Since Rice Love spreads the love in India, I decided to pick a city to introduce you to. This is an amazingly beautiful city with many treasures to see and it was very hard to pick only 7 places not to miss if you ever have the pleasure of visiting.
Jaipur is located in the state of Rajasthan, India, which happens to be India’s capitol. Jaipur is known as “The Pink City” because of its trademark building Hawa Mahal (pictured above). Hawa Mahal was once the home of the royal family that ruled in 1727 and is often called the “Old City” or “The Pink City”. Today, this city consists of roughly 3.073 million people and is the 10th largest urban agglomeration. It is known for its beautiful fabrics and its popular rug exportation.
Now let’s get to the “good” stuff shall we? Here are the 7 places you cannot miss when traveling to Jaipur, India.
1. Amber Fort: known for its magnificent sound and light show which relives the story of the Kachawaha Kings on a monumental sandstone fort.
Photo via @lindzisme
2. Jantar Mantar Observatory: completed in 1734, it consists of 19 architectural, astronomical instruments built by the Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh, II.
Photo via Flickr user Barb Gannon
3. Jaigarh Fort: famous for having the largest cannon on wheels, a significant structure from the medieval era and you can’t beat the great views it provides from its watchtower!
Photo via Flickr user Russ Bowling
4. Jal Mahal: located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar, this 5 story Palace (4 of which are below the surface of the water) this gem is simply a stunning site to see, especially at night.
Photo via Flickr user Arian Zwegers
5. Birla Mandir: this is a religious palace located at the foot of Moti Dungri Hill. Built with white marble, this is why you can’t miss out on seeing this amazingly shiny Temple.
6. Central Park: No, I’m not talking about NYC. Jaipur has it’s own Central Park not unlike the one in NYC with a 5k pathway often used for jogging or walking. Also Jaipur’s Central Park is one of the most colorful gardens in Jaipur and located in the heart of the city (also like the Central Park in NYC).
Photo via Airbnb
7. Panna Meena Ka Kund: this is going to be a serious “can’t miss” if you are into rare architectural sites. It has alternating faded pink & yellow staircases. In India, “stepwells” as they’re called, are usually used as social meeting places where people will gather to socialize (sort of like coffee shops in the US). Apparently, the most confounding aspect to those who do visit Panna Meena is that it is nearly impossible to use the same set of stairs to go up & down since it has a symmetrical design and structure. This one is most certainly a MUST SEE and a great photo opp as well.
Photo via Flickr user Tobias Held
Resources: Jaipuronline.in; traveltriangle.com; jaipurlove.om; TripZilla.com