13 photos that will make you want to visit Jaipur right now

Rajasthan is one of India’s most beautiful states. Located in the northwestern part of the subcontinent, it offers many first-time travelers a glimpse into the desert cities of India. Founded in the 16th century by Jai Singh, Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital city, is one of the stops on the Golden Triangle (which includes Delhi and Agra). It’s also known as the pink city because of its sandstone buildings and because it was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876. Here are 13 photos that will make you want to visit Jaipur right now.

indian fort
Amer Fort, also known as Amber Fort, is located on a hill near the city center. Amer is famous for its Hindu-styled architecture. It was the residence of Rajput maharajas or kings. In 2013, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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View of the fortified hills from one of the public courtyards of Amer Fort.
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This is one of the public courtyards of Amer Palace. On the right is Ganesh Pol. On the left is Diwan-i-Aam or the Public Audience Hall.
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This detailed structure is part of the Ganesh Pol or Ganesh Gate. It marks the entry into the private palaces of the maharajas.
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The third courtyard has two buildings separated by a garden that resembles the Chaharbagh or Mughal gardens.
mirrored hall
The third courtyard of the palace features the Sheesh Mahal or Mirror Palace. Also called the Jai Mandir, its walls, columns, and ceilings are covered with glass, colored foil, and mirrors. It was said to shine like a jewel under candlelight used in previous eras.
Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal is also known as the Palace of the Winds. It was built in 1799 for the City Palace women to observe the street life below through its honeycombed windows. Built from red/pink sandstone, it is one of Jaipur’s most ornate and recognizable architectural landmarks. The facade is made up of 953 windows, also known as jharokhas.
Hawa Mahal
This is what the other side of Hawa Mahal looks like. The intricate details reflect a combination of Rajput and Mughal influences.
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Here’s a close up of one of the building’s jharokhas or windows. It is built in a way so that air can circulate throughout the building during summer. Each window has a small chamber where the women would sit and view the street life below unseen.
astronomical device
Jantar Mantar, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a huge astronomical observatory built by the founder of Jaipur. It holds sixteen devices designed to measure and track time, stars, and planets. This instrument is called the Jai Prakash Yantra and it is used to determine the positions of celestial bodies.
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Jantar Mantar is a clean and quiet respite from the craziness of the city. Here’s another surreal instrument that looks like a stairway to heaven. Unfortunately, you can’t climb the stairs!
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The City Palace is located in the heart of Jaipur. It includes impressive museum collections and exquisite architecture. Only the ground floor of Chandra Mahal is accessible to visitors since many parts are still used by the royal family. Featured here is Chandra Mahal’s marble-floored Diwani-I-Aam or Public Audience Hall.
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Pritam Niwas Chowk is an inner courtyard to Chandra Mahal. There are four small gates, each representing the four seasons and dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddesses. This green gate is called Leheriya and represents spring.

Photos: © Live Lyfe Photography

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41 thoughts on “13 photos that will make you want to visit Jaipur right now

  1. I would love to visit Rajasthan and see the pink city; I’ve heard there is a blue city in India so seeing both would be amazing! The details on the artwork and architecture are breathtaking, it’s amazing how they have maintained it so well. And those green hills look so vibrant and inviting!

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  2. I jist got back from my trip to Jaipur and I have to say you have captured the beauty of the Pink City perfectly. I could only manage to visit theEr Fort amd Hawa Mahal as there was curfew in this city. Your post just makes me realise how much O have missed durong my stay. Love all of your pictures.

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  3. Have been to Jaipur before, and the city is absolutely beautiful. It’s like , there is a little bit of everything in the city, right from historic monuments, to modern day hangout spots. All these pictures look absolutely amazing.

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  4. Can you believe? Inspite of being an Indian, I’m yet to visit Jaipur!!! But then India is so vast and diverse that a lifetime isn’t enough to explore our country completely!!
    Amer Fort and Palace are just impeccable! The detailing and intricacy is just wow!
    Jantar Mantar has always just wow-ed me! The scientific knowledge our forefathers had is just unbelievable!

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  5. Jaipur is a hot spot for Delhi NCR people…. I have been there many times and every time I visit, The city has something to offer……besides these places that you have captured beautifully and explained in detail another thing that attracts me is the food of Rajasthan…… Its so amazing…..

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  6. I’ve never been to India, but this city of Jaipur is just mesmerising! Hawa Mahal is breathtaking, especially with the unique architecture. I love all the colours and intricate details inside the palace, these photos do make me want to visit now!

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  7. Like you said, Your pictures really made me want to visit Jaipur. It’s sad that I never visited this place when I was there in India in 20 years . But now soon I will be visiting India and am surely gonna Visit Jaipur

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  8. If you were actually able to climb those stairs it would have made an amazing IG photo. I appreciate that they are actually trying to protect the architecture though. The tile work and mosaics are something I have a love and affinity for (which is why I’m obsessed with Morocco). The bright colors of the buildings, especially that bright orange one was so interesting to see – how unique. The mirror palace……omg……can I get that same thing in my closet please?

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  9. I have been to Jaipur so many times and still it throws new surprises at me. My favourite is Hawa Mahal. It looks so beautiful when lit in night. Your pictures have done justice to Jaipur. Hope to visit again this winter with my family.

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  10. Lovely photos of pink city – Jaipur and really all photos of yours are so tempting. Those jharokhas or windows are really photogenic and for me I will finish my memory card of my camera. Green gate which depicts lehriya is really stunning. Jaipur is an architectural gem of India.

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  11. One of my favourite states in India and one of my favourite cities too! your pictures of Amer fort are simply stunning. Especially the view of the hills. Did you visit Nahargarh fort?
    One visit isnt enough for this majestic city! 🙂

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