Top 12 Attractions In Jaipur – The Pink City

1. City Palace

City Palace, Jaipur

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: History, Architecture and Photography.
  • Tickets: A palace view would cost rs. 200/- for Indians, rs. 100/- for students (with IDs) and rs. 700/- for tourists. A museum visit would cost rs. 500/- for Indians and rs. 1000/- for foreigners.
  • Extras: You can book a golf cabby at rs. 150/- and a chariot ride (with family) at rs. 1000/- (the cost might change with time). Audio guide is available at rs. 200/-. You may also buy a composite ticket which is valid for 2 days and includes entry fees to many other attractions in Jaipur.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. for night viewing.
  • Visit Duration: 1-2 hours.

About City Palace

Once you are in the Pink City, you will naturally be inclined to visit City Palace. It was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732 AD. The palace complex comprises of Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. Now, Chandra Mahal has been converted into museum that houses exclusive handcrafted products and other products that depict the cultural heritage of the kingdom. Not only will you enjoy the architecture, you will be awe struck by the glorious view of Pink City from here.

2. Amber Fort

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Visitor Information

  • Famous For : History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets : 25 INR for Indians and 200 INR for other nationalities.
  • Opening Timings : Open all days from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Duration : 1.5-2 hours.

About Amber Fort

Also known as Amer Fort, it is located in Amer, which is around 11 kilometers from Jaipur. It was constructed by Raja Mansingh in the year 1592. It was later expanded by Raja Jai Singh I. The red sandstone and marble stone construction reflect a blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture. The main entrance faces east and there are three more entrances. There are four courtyards in Amber Palace. One of the courtyards has the Public Audience Hall, called the Diwan-i-Aam.

Things to Do In Amber Fort

  • Go elephant riding.
  • Enjoy the light and sound show in the evening.
  • Visit the temple of Sila Devi.
  • Eat some mouth watering cuisines at 1135 AD.

3. Nahargarh Fort

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 85 INR for Overseas Tourists and 35 INR for Indians.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.
  • Duration: 1-1.5 hour.

About Nahargarh Fort

Built as a defensive fort on the Aravali Ranges, Nahargarh Fort is a majestic fort overlooking Amer and Jaipur. The fort provides some stunning viewpoints of the city nearby and therefore is a popular picnic hangout spot for localites. The main attraction here apart from the views are the twelve queen boudoirs which are well connected and decorated with beautiful murals.

Things to Do at Nahargarh Fort

  • Visit the Jaipur Wax Museum.
  • Enjoy the city’s night view in the fort’s restaurant.
  • Have a picnic with your family.

4. Jaigarh Fort

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Photography, Weapons.
  • Tickets: 200 INR for Overseas Tourists and 50 INR for Indians.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days from 10 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Duration: 45 min.

About Jaigarh Fort

Literally known as the Fort of Victory, Jaigarh Fort houses the world’s largest cannon, Jaivana. It was built as a defensive fort and was used to house weapons and other artillery. This fort was the main symbol of the military prowess of Rajputs and had been an indirect or direct part of many famous historical wars. It is highly fortified and spread over a distance of about 3km. Jaigarh Fort is located near Amer and Nahargarh Fort and can be visited en-route.

Things to Do at Jaigarh Fort

  • Visit the artillery museum.
  • Enjoy a stunning view of Lake Palace.

5. Hawa Mahal

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 50 INR for Overseas Tourists and 10 INR for Indians.
  • Opening Timings: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Duration: 0.5-1 hour.

About Hawa Mahal

A stunning presentation of the rich architectural expertise of the past, Hawa Mahal is a not-to-miss tourist places in Jaipur. The Mahal was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. True to the name it earned as the ‘Palace of the Winds’, Hawa Mahal has 953 windows to provide ventilation. The five-storey building does not have steps to reach upper floors. Slopes connect the storeys and it is said that the Mahal was constructed to enable the Royal women of Rajput family to view the happenings in the city.

Things to Do at Hawa Mahal

  • Visit the archaeological museum.
  • Shop in Pink City Bazaar.

6. Jal Mahal

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Photography, Nature, Bird Sightseeing.
  • Tickets: 50 INR for Overseas Tourists and 10 INR for Indians.
  • Opening Timings: 9am to 5pm (restricted access).
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

About Jal Mahal

Situated in the middle of Mansagar Lake, Jal Mahal is another architectural delight that Jaipur has to offer. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century, as a hunting lodge and summer retreat. It’s beautifully decorated hallways and the fragrant Chameli Bagh would are enough to impress any visitor. It is also a well known visiting site for many migratory birds like grey heron, white-browed wagtail and blue-tailed bee-eaters.

Things to Do nearby Jal Mahal

  • Shop in Jal Mahal Textile & Carpets.
  • Go for a camel ride.
  • Take long walks in the pathways.
  • Birdwatching (seasonal).

7. Jantar Mantar Observatory

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Astronomy, Architecture.
  • Tickets: 40 INR for Indians and 200 INR for other nationalities.
  • Opening Timings: Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30 pm.
  • Duration: 0.5-1 hour

About Jantar Mantar Observatory

If you have any doubts about having to spend your time at an observatory on your tour, reconsider it. Jantar Mantar is not just like any other average observatory; it is ranked amongst the largest observatories of the world. Built during the period of Maharaja Jai Singh II, the astronomical observatory has the largest sundial of the world. Maharaja Jai Singh II had avid interest in various subjects including architecture, astronomy, philosophy and astronomy. His keen interest in astronomy led him to construct the country’s largest observatory. The geometric devices available here are used in measuring time, observing constellations and orbits around the biggest star. The astrological instruments attract astronomers and architects from all parts of the world. Whatever your level of interest in space, you will be inspired by Jantar Mantar Observatory.

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Shopping, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: No entry fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open all seven days except Sunday (a part of bazaar is closed) from 11 am to 10 pm.
  • Duration: Depends on the visitor’s pace and can take up to 5 hours.

About Pink City Bazaar

The old city or “Pink City” is a shopper’s paradise with shops selling a plethora of things. Pink City Bazaars are made up of four main bazaars–Johari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar and Tripolia Bazaar. Each bazaar is famous for different things like Johari Bazaar is known for precious gemstones, Bapu Bazaar for Jaipur textile goods, Nehru Bazaar for Jootis and Kishanpole for wooden sculptures. Make sure to dedicate a day to explore this beautiful bazaar which has for everyone. Many famous attractions like The are also around the Pink City Bazaar.

Things to Do at Pink Bazaars

  • Eat mouth watering cuisines at Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar.
  • Explore the nearby attractions like Hawa Mahal, City Palace etc.

9. Albert Hall Museum

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 40 INR for Indian visitors and 300 INR for Overseas visitors with special discounts for students.
  • Opening Timings: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm & 7.00 to 10.00 pm (Daily). Remains closed on specific maintenance days in the months of October to March (Last Tuesday) and April to September (Every Monday).
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

About Albert Hall Museum

Adorning the gates of Old City and flanked by the famous Ram Niwas gardens, Albert Hall Museum is a stunning example of Indo-Saracenic style architecture. Named after the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward and completed in the year 1887, this museum is one of India’s oldest center for art and culture exploration. The museum houses many artifacts, paintings from different parts of India and even an Egyptian mummy that is increasingly becoming popular. In the recent times, Albert Hall has also become a hub for many activities like concerts, rallies and festivals. or even rest in the nearby restaurants like.

Things to Do nearby Albert Hall

  • Visit the zoo.
  • Relax in one of the many restaurants.
  • Take a horse ride around the pathways.
  • Take a stroll through Ram Niwas garden.

10. Galtaji

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Pilgrimage, Photography, Architecture.
  • Tickets: No fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open on all days (5:00 am – 9:00 pm).
  • Duration: 45 min.

About Galtaji

Situated within the hilly regions of Aravali, Galtaji or Khole Ke Hanuman Ji is an important Hindu pilgrimage center. The temple is surrounded by hilly ranges filled with vegetation and natural springs which fill up seven sacred kunds (water tanks). The temple’s unique architecture, beautiful pavilions and unique position make it a vision to behold for any visitor. Apart from a shrine dedicated to Lord Hanuman, it also houses many shrines dedicated to Lord Rama, Brahma, Surya and Lord Vishnu. A legend associated with the temple also states that this was the place where Tulsidas wrote some part of Ramcharitmanas.

Things to Do nearby Galtaji

  • Shop for blue pottery enroute.
  • Get a glimpse of the stunning Aravali Range.

11. Birla Temple

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Pilgrimage, Architecture, Sightseeing.
  • Tickets: No fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open on all days (5 am-11.30 am & 4-8 pm).
  • Duration: 0.5-1 hour.

About Birla Temple

This LaxmiNarayan temple is one of the many Birla temples adorning India’s cityscape. Built completely from white marble, Birla Temple Jaipur is visited by tourists from all over the world for its beautiful architecture, carvings and the stunning idol of LaxmiNarayan. The inner walls depict various events associated with Hinduism and the outer walls also have cravings of philosophers, thinkers and religious leaders namely- Socrates, Zarathustra, Christ, Buddha, and Confucius.

Things to Do nearby Birla Temple

  • Visit the Moti Dungri Temple (Indians only).
  • Shop in the Birla Temple shopping complex.
  • Enjoy the city view in the evening.

12. Govind Dev Ji Temple

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Pilgrimage.
  • Tickets: No fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open on all days from 5 am to 11:30 am & 5:30 pm to 9 pm (seven darshan time-slots).
  • Duration: 0.5 hour.

About Govind Dev ji Temple

Govind Dev ji Temple is an important pilgrimage site, especially for the people who hold high regard and devotion for the Lord Krishna. The deity of the temple was brought from Vrindavan by Raja Sawai Jai Singh to prevent its destruction by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. According to a popular Hindu legend, the idol here is closest to the real appearance of Lord Krishna during his incarnation. The temple is visited by throngs of devotees every day, especially during Janmashtami and Holi.

These attractions capture Jaipur in a nutshell but visitors can also visit places like GaitoreSisodiya Rani Bagh and Chokhi Dhani. These places lying on the outskirts of Jaipur are sure to make your trip even more worthwhile

10 Must-Visit Places In Udaipur, The City Of Lakes

It is great if you had been to Venice. If not and if you would like to know how it would feel like to be in such a lovely atmosphere, you may have to land in Udaipur, famously called the ‘Venice of the East’ and ‘The City of Lakes’. Udaipur, a city in Rajasthan is a stunning location and has a rich cultural background and a great history. The palaces reflect the architectural grandeur prevailed during the period of Rajputs and the scenic landscape is descriptive of how nature could be generous where it chooses to be. Here are top 10 places to visit in Udaipur, which you just cannot miss.

1. City Palace

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 30 INR for adults and 15 INR for children.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days ( 9:30am to 5:30pm).
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

About City Palace

City Palace was constructed in the year 1559 by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh. The palace is situated on the banks of Pichola Lake. The palace is a blend of European, Medieval and Chinese styles of architecture. City Palace houses 11 magnificent palaces and they were all constructed during various periods and by various rulers. The size of the palace is awe inspiring with the courtyards, terraces, pavilions, hanging gardens and a lot more. Everything about the palace is magnificent be it the architecture, the antiques inside and the exclusive paintings hanging on the walls.

Things to Do at City Palace

  • Take a tour of City Palace.
  • Visit the City Palace Museum (charges separate).
  • Enjoy a scenic view of the nearby Lake Pichola.

2. Lake Pichola

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Nature, Photography.
  • Tickets: Boat ride costs 340 INR for adults and 170 INR for children. A sunset boat ride would cost about 220 INR more.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days till sunset.
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

About Lake Pichola

Another man made wonder in the city dominated by nature, Lake Pichola was created in 1362 AD. Rana Udai Singh II extended the lake in 16th century. The picturesque lake is surrounded by huge hills, magnificent palaces, temples and bathing ghats. The islands in Lake Pichola offer various tourist attractions and hence by cruising in Lake Pichola, you are sure to have a whale of a time. Sunset views are stunning. Boat cruise offers lovely views of the town, particularly in the evenings as you watch the sun go down on your eyes, you will find the city lit up. The palaces look stunning with the lights on and it is a great view from the lake.

Things to Do at Lake Pichola

  • Boat riding during sunset.
  • Stroll along the pathways surrounding the lake.
  • Visit the attractions like Lake Palace and Lake Garden Palace.

3. Lake Palace

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Weddings, Photography.
  • Tickets: Museum tour costs 75 INR, Crystal Gallery tour costs 500 INR and boat ride costs 450 INR.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days.
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

About Lake Palace

The symbol of Udaipur tourism and a famous wedding destination, Lake Palace or Jag Niwas is an architectural marvel. The palace is situated on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola and was built in the year 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II. It was later converted into a luxury hotel in 1960s and now is a part of Taj luxury resorts. This stunning location has also been featured in many Hollywood and Bollywood movies.

Things to Do near Lake Palace

  • Have a luxurious meal in the many restaurants.
  • Boat Ride in Lake Pichola.
  • A tour of this historic heritage site.
  • Visit the nearby Jagdish temple nearby.
  • Enjoy the sunset at the nearby Lake Fatehsagar.

4. Lake Garden Palace

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: A 30 min ride would cost 225 INR (adult) and 115 INR (child). An hour ride would cost 325 INR (Adult) and 115 INR (child).
  • Opening Timings: Open all days.
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

About Lake Garden Palace

Jagmandir or Lake Garden Palace is said to have served as an inspiration for the Taj Mahal when Shah Jahan took refuge here in his younger days. This palace has a long history and is considered one of the symbols of friendship between the Mughals and Rajputs. A series of impressive structures give this palace a regal feel and would delight any visitor.

Things to Do at Lake Garden Palace

  • Visit the flower garden.
  • Boat Ride in Lake Pichola.
  • Savour Rajasthani cuisine at the Darikhana restaurant.
  • Visit the museum in the complex.
  • Visit the nearby City Palace.

5. Vintage Car Museum

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Automobiles, Photography.
  • Tickets: 250 INR for adults and 150 INR for children.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (9 am to 9 pm).
  • Duration: 45 min.

About Vintage Car Museum

A paradise for all motor enthusiasts, The Royal Vintage Car Museum is a must visit for any visitor. It was inaugurated in Feb 2000 and has become a very popular tourist destination since then. The museum houses many famous vintage cars like the 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom used in the Bond film Octopussy and many rare Rolls Royce models to name a few. The quiet and peaceful environment here is an added bonus.

Things to Do near Royal Vintage Car Museum

  • Have traditional Rajasthani thali at the Garden Hotel.
  • Vintage car tour.
  • Visit the nearby Gulab Bagh.

6. Bagore Ki Haveli

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 60 INR plus 100 INR additional charges for camera.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (10am to 6:30 pm).
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

About Bagore Ki Haveli

Bagore Ki Haveli is situated near Pichola Lake. The 18th century construction was built by Amir Chand Badwa, Chief Minister at the Royal Court of Mewar. The Haveli became the residence of Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore in the year 1878 and hence the name Bagore Ki Haveli. This was converted into museum retaining the royal touch to the building. The museum presents the culture of Mewar. The antique collections include the stuff used by Rajputs such as jewellery boxes, hand fans, copper vessels and so on. The massive building has over 100 rooms and looks splendid with its unique style of architecture. When you are there, make sure you present yourself for the shows conducted here in the evenings.

Things to Do at Bagore Ki Haveli

  • Visit the museum in the haveli.
  • Witness the musical and folk dance shows.
  • Catch a theatre show at theatre ground.
  • Enjoy a puppetry show listen to folk tales.
  • View the beautiful sunset.
  • Shop for handicrafts, souvenirs and other artworks.

7. Saheliyon Ki Bari

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography, Gardens.
  • Tickets: 10 INR for Indians and 50 INR for foreigners.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (8am to 8pm).
  • Duration: 45 min.

About Saheliyon Ki Bari

Built by Sangram Singh II as a gift to queen and her maids, Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of Companions) is a beautiful sight to behold. The king designed the garden himself and strived to make it a relaxed place where the queen could relax with her 48 maids. The garden still serves its purpose in many ways and people come to this place to escape the chaos of the city.

Things to Do at Saheliyon Ki Bari

  • Walk through the gardens.
  • Visit the museum.
  • Have a meal at the multi cuisine restaurant, 1559 AD.

8. Jagdish Temple

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Pilgrimage, History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: No entry fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (4:15 am to 1 pm & 5:15 pm to 8pm).
  • Duration: 45 min.

About Jagdish Temple

Built in the year 1651, Jagdish Temple is Udaipur’s largest temple. An estimated 1.5 million INR were spent on this stunning Indo-Aryan architectural marvel. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also houses other shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ganesh, the Sun God, and Goddess Shakti. This temple should be visited not only to offer your devotion but also to witness beautiful wall carvings, elephant sculptures and for the stunning architecture.

Things to Do near Jagdish Temple

  • Shop for handicrafts at the shopping complex.

9. Shilpgram

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Shopping, Photography, Village life.
  • Tickets: 30 INR for Indians and 50 INR for foreigners.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (11 am to 7pm).
  • Duration: 2-3 hours.

About Shilpgram

Set up in about 70 acres of land and situated in the lap of Aravali ranges, Shilpgram is a rural arts and crafts complex set up to promote the traditional arts and crafts of Rajasthan. It provides employment to many rural craftsmen and is a centre of many cultural festivals which are organised here on a regular basis. Another attraction here is an open air Amphitheatre which provides the centre stage for many art festivals. Visit Shilpgram to experience the simplicity of village life, attend art or dance showcases and shop to your heart’s content.

Things to Do at Shilpgram

  • Eat at the Shilpi restaurant.
  • Shop at the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex.
  • Visit two museums near the shopping complex.
  • Enjoy theatre, art or dance showcases at the Amphitheatre.
  • Visit the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary nearby.

10. Moti Magri

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Gardens, History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 20 INR for adults and 10 INR for children.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (9am to 6pm).
  • Duration: 0.5-1 hour.

About Moti Magri

A fitting tribute to the memory of Maharana Pratap and his beloved horse Chetak, Moti Magri hosts a stunning bronze statue of Maharana on his horse Chetak.It is situated on a hilltop overlooking Fateh Sagar lake and also offers some really beautiful lookout points to not only the nearby lakes but also of Udaipur. Visit Moti Magri to know the stunning legacy of events associated with Maharana Pratap and get some really stunning views.

Things to Do around Moti Magri

  • Visit the Moti Mahal museum.
  • Enjoy the Light and Sound show in the evening.
  • Visit the Japanese Rock Garden.
  • Visit the nearby Fateh Sagar Lake and Swaroop Sagar Lake.

Other attractions nearby Udaipur include Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace)Kesariyaji TempleSukhadia CircleNeemach Mata Temple and Karni Mata temple.

10 Must-Visit Places in Jaisalmer

Every old city has facts to declare, tales to impress, uniqueness to wonder and spirit to live. Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is one such city, which offers facts about the courageous rulers and citizens of the bygone era, tales of unequalled valor, unique in its beauty and undaunted spirit to keep us alive and kicking. The city is located deep inside in the famous Thar Desert. If your next tourist destination is Jaisalmer, ensure that you visit the following 10 tourist places in Jaisalmer.

1. Jaisalmer Fort

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 30 INR for Indians, 70 INR for other nationalities. 50 INR for still camera and 150 INR for videography.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (9 AM – 5 PM).
  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours.

About Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is famously known as Golden Fort of Rajasthan. It was constructed by Raja Jaisal, Rajput ruler in the year 1156 AD. It ranks amongst the largest forts in the world. The golden and yellow mixed sandstone offer magical look to the Fort. Rising from the desert sands like a mirage, the fort is a real sight with its 99 turrets during night. The Fort stands tall and proud displaying the magic of Rajasthani architecture.

Things to Do around Jaisalmer Fort

  • Street shopping.
  • Sampling cuisines in the many eateries.

2. Bada Bagh

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography, Gardens.
  • Tickets: 50 INR for Indians and 100 INR for foreigners.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (9 AM – 6 PM).
  • Duration: 45 min to 1 hour.

About Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh means ‘Huge Garden’. Maharawal Jait Singh’s period saw its construction, which was in the beginning of 16th century. His son Lunakaran completed the construction after the death of his father. The garden served as a memorial where the nobles and their families were cremated. The garden offers a stunning view. The place is isolated. If you visit the place during sunrise and sunset, you are guaranteed of beautiful moments, which you cannot avoid clicking.

3. Patwon-Ki-Haveli

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 20 INR for Indians and 100 INR for other nationalities plus 50 INR for still camera and 100 INR for videography.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (9 AM – 5 PM).
  • Duration: 1-1.5 hours.

About Patwon-Ki-Haveli

Patwon-Ki-Haveli is located in the main city. It was built by a famous trader named Guman Chand and his sons. This massive five-storied construction has five intricately decorated huge suites. The large corridors and the decorated walls are excellent representations of the art form that prevailed. The entire construction is made of yellow sandstone. The grandeur and the architecture of the monument add immense value to the cultural heritage of the city. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum. The third haveli houses the works of local craftsmen of the bygone era.

4. Sam Sand Dunes

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: No entry fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days.
  • Duration: Depends upon the activity you perform here.

About Sam Sand Dunes

To have a feel of the desert, you need to undertake Desert Safari. Sam Sand Dunes is the ideal location to set off for the Desert Safari. You will love the safari on camelback that would take you along crests and troughs and you could watch the picturesque sunset on the desert. Jeep safaris are available as well. Desert festival is organized in the months of February and March. If you are around this time, you would not want to miss the folk dances, camel races and other cultural events conducted here.

Things to Do at Sam Sand Dunes

  • Desert Camping.
  • Desert Safari.
  • Paragliding and other adventure sports.
  • Camel rides.
  • A visit to the nearby Desert National Park and Sanctuary.

5. The Thar Heritage Museum

  • Famous for: History, Photography.
  • Tickets: 30 INR for Indians and 70 INR for other nationalities.
  • Opening Timings: Everyday (9AM – 8 PM).
  • Duration: 2 hours.

About Thar Heritage Museum

Thar Heritage Museum is located at the main market of the city. Laxmi Narayan Khatri was the founder of this museum. The museum presents you the history, culture, art and architecture of the famous Thar Desert. Sea fossils aging over million years let us in on how the sea eventually became the Thar Desert. The museum houses unique ornaments of the ship of the desert and horses. Documents and coins of Jaisalmer, ancient manuscripts and weapons are some of the collections found in this museum.

Things to Do at Thar Heritage Museum

  • Enjoy a puppet show (charges separate).
  • Visit the nearby Silk Route Art Gallery.

6. Gadisar Lake

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: Entry free. Boating charges (Row boat 10 INR, Paddle Boat 50 INR, Shikara- 100 INR) for a 30 min ride.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (8 AM – 8 PM).
  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours.

About Gadisar Lake

Gadisar Lake is located a kilometer away from the fort. It was constructed by the first ruler of the land, Raja Rawal Jaisal and later reconstructed by Maharawal Garsi in the year 1367 AD. The people of the desert city depended on this tank for their water needs. You will find temples, Holy shrines and Chattris around the banks of this lake. The artistically carved entrance made of yellow sandstone offers breathtaking view.

Things to Do around Gadisar Lake

  • Picnic.
  • Boat riding.
  • Visit the historic Tilon Ki Pol gate.
  • Visit the Folklore Museum nearby.

7. Nathmal-ki-Haveli

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: No fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (8 AM – 7 PM).
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

About Nathmal Ki Haveli

Nathmal Ki Haveli was built by two Muslim jeweller brothers not stone carvers on the order of the then prime minister. The brothers started working on the opposite sides of the building which lead to a similar but non identical left and right side. Apart from its extraordinary outer carvings, this haveli is known for its beautiful interiors filled with paintings and equipped with modern facilities. An amalgamation of Islamic and Rajputana architecture, Nathmal Ki Haveli is well justified as being one of the most beautiful haveli in Jaisalmer.

8. Jain Temples

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography, Pilgrimage.
  • Tickets: No fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (7 AM – 12 PM).
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

About Jain Temples

Located inside Jaisalmer Fort, Jain temples are a series of temples dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras and can be traced back to the 12th century. The temples are are known for their distinctive architectural style modelled after the Dilwara temple of Mt. Abu. Beautifully carved and well interconnected, these temples are a vision to behold and are completely made up of yellow sandstone.

Things to Do near Jain Temples

  • Visit the Gyan Bhandar library.
  • Visit the Jaisalmer Fort.

9. Salim Singh Ki Haveli

Photo by Antoine Taveneaux, CC BY-SA 3.0

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 10 INR for Indians and 15 INR for foreigners. Extra charges for photography (50 INR) and videography (100 INR).
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (8 AM – 6 PM).
  • Duration: 45 min.

About Salim Singh Ki Haveli

Among all the havelis in Jaisalmer, Salim Singh Ki Haveli is known for its distinctive and eye catching architecture. It was built by the then minister, Salim Singh who wanted to make as high as the fort but was prohibited by the king. It has 38 balconies with their own distinctive style of architecture and a peacock shaped roof. This haveli provides a good glimpse in the past and the photographs taken here would be awe inspiring.

10. Kuldhara

Photo by Suryansh Singh, CC BY-SA 4.0

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Ruins, Ghost Town, History.
  • Tickets: Entry free.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days from 8am – 6pm.
  • Duration: 1 hour.
  • Distance from Jaisalmer: 49 min (32.0 km).

About Kuldhara

An abandoned ghost town, Kuldhara was once a prosperous town occupied by Paliwal Brahmins. The reasons for why a whole city was abandoned within a night is not clear but the popular belief holds the then state minister Salim Singh responsible for the same. The minister wanted to marry the village chief’s daughter and therefore delivered an ultimatum to the village chief to accept his demands or let the whole community face dire consequences. Rather than giving in to the minister’s demands, the whole village decided to move away. Before leaving, they cursed this place to never have any kind of human settlement and this has been proven true to this date. Visit Kuldhara to get a glimpse of the past and get spooked by its tales.

Top 12 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

The second largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is every traveller’s delight offering a glimpse of the state’s rich cultural heritage and the legacy left by Marwar rulers. Founded by Rao Jodha of the Rathore clan in 1459 AD, this city has many captivating forts, palaces, lakes, and other architectural wonders to explore. A highlight of Jodhpur is its houses, built in vivid shades of blue, which paint a magical picture on the canvas of Thar Desert – something you would not want to miss. Consider yourself spoilt for Things to do in  when it comes to the Blue City, so to make it easier, here is a list of popular attractions that must be a part of your Jodhpur itinerary.

1. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Sitting atop a 400-feet-high hill, the beautiful Meharanghar fort commands the landscape of Jodhpur with its architectural brilliance and grandeur. The foundation stone of this majestic fort was laid by Rao Jodha in the mid-15th century. Built over a period of 500 years, the fort bears testimony to the glorious era of the erstwhile ruling dynasty, and houses possibly the best museum in Rajasthan displaying paintings, arms and armoury, textiles, decorative arts and other prized exhibits. Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal and Moti Mahal are some prominent palaces inside the fort, which would transport you into a different era altogether.

  • Timings: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 50 – ₹ 100 for Indians, ₹ 600 for Foreign Tourists
  • Travel Tip: Try zip-lining at the fort to enjoy the most enchanting views of the Blue City!

2. Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Another brilliant example of India’s architectural wonders, Jaswant Thada sits beside a lake just a little away from the Mehrangarh Fort. This white marble monument, built in the 19th century, commemorates the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II who once ruled the city. You must visit this place in Jodhpur for its enchanting beauty, peaceful surroundings, scenic vistas, and for its extensive collection of paintings and portraits of Jodhpur rulers.

  • Timings: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 30 for Indians, ₹ 50 for Foreign Tourists

3. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Your trip to Jodhpur would be incomplete without visiting the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace. Built in 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh, this palace is one of the largest private residences in the world. It currently houses the royal residence, a luxury hotel and a family museum – the only part of the palace accessible to general public. The extensive collection of memorabilia at the museum will take you through the fascinating 20th century history of Jodhpur kings.

  • Timings: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Closed on Sundays
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 30 per Adult and ₹ 10 per Child for Indians, ₹ 100 for Foreign Tourists

4. Balsamand Lake, Jodhpur

Situated on the Jodhpur-Mandore Road, Balsamand Lake is yet another popular attraction in the city. Built in 1159 AD to serve as a water reservoir, this artificial lake is visited by tourists and locals alike for its lush green surroundings and charming natural beauty, which makes a perfect setting for picnics. If you are lucky, you might even spot a peacock here!

5. Kailana Lake, Jodhpur

Another great spot to enjoy picnics, Kailana Lake was constructed in 1872 by Pratap Singh to serve as a water source for Jodhpur and its surrounding areas. Owing to its scenic beauty, a number of people come to this artificial lake to seek respite from the hubbub of the city. It is also a popular place for birdwatching, boating, and for viewing the most ethereal sunsets.

6. Machiya Safari Park, Jodhpur

Not very far from Kailana Lake is the Machiya Safari Park, a must-visit place for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. You can spot several animals in their natural habitat here including desert fox, wild cat, deer, monitor lizard and blue bull. There is also an assigned point where many exotic birds can be spotted, especially during winters. This is not all! The views of the sunset and sunrise from atop the fort inside the park are not to be missed. 

  • Timings: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (October-March); 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (April-September); Closed on Tuesdays
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 15 – ₹ 30 for Indians, ₹ 300 for Foreign Tourists

7. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jodhpur3

A walking trail through the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park will give you an insight into the plant life of the rocky trails of Rajasthan. Spread over 170-acre area, this park was built in 2006 in an effort to restore the ecology of the wetland surrounding the iconic Mehrangarh Fort. You can spot some unique forms of cactus here along with several other floral species.

  • Timings: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (October-March); 7:00 am – 6:30 pm (April-September)
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 100

8. Chamunda Mata Temple, Jodhpur

Located on the southern edge of Jodhpur’s landmark fort, Chamunda Mata Temple is one of the most popular places of worship in the city. In its sanctum sanctorum is a black stone idol of Mother Chamunda, which was brought here from Mandore in 1460 by Rao Jodha. People of all castes and creeds visit this temple to offer prayers to their guarding deity and the Isht Devi of Jodhpur royals. Navaratri celebrations at this temple are quite a spectacle.

  • Timings: 5:00 am – 10:00 pm

9. Jodhpur Government Museum, Jodhpur

The Government Museum of Jodhpur is yet another great place to discover the glorious past of Jodhpur city. Situated in the heart of Umaid Garden, the museum showcases an extensive collection of miniature paintings and portraits of rulers, textiles, weapons, and local art and crafts along with the manuscripts and images of the Jain Tirthankaras and other relics. Read also – Places to Visit in August

  • Timings: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Closed on Fridays
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 5 for Indians, ₹ 50 for Foreign Tourists
  • Travel Tip: If you’re travelling with children, spend some time at the zoo located close by.

10. Mahamandir Temple, Jodhpur

Located in the outskirts of the city, the Mahamandir Temple is a sanctified spot dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built in 1812, this ancient shrine is supported by 84 intricately carved pillars that feature detailed designs and figures depicting different Yoga postures. It might be a tedious experience to climb the winding alleys leading up to this temple, but the beauty of the place and its quaint ambience is bound to soothe your nerves.

  • Timings: 5:00 am – 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

11. Mandore Gardens, Jodhpur

Mandore served as the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Marwar, until it was abandoned in 1459 CE. However, Mandore Gardens have fought the trials of time and still stand strong to tell the tales of the town’s glorious past. An ideal place to click Instagram-worthy photos, this garden houses an ancient temple, cenotaphs of Maharajas of Jodhpur, a Hall of Heroes and a government museum; all depicting the rich cultural heritage of the princely state.

  • Timings: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 50

12. Bishnoi Village, Jodhpur

If you have some time after exploring the best in the city, the Bishnoi Village close by is an ideal spot to unwind. You can indulge in a variety of cultural activities at this small village, including camel treks, desert excursions, arts and handicrafts and more. At Guda, you can set out on a safari to discover the exotic wildlife and nature of the region. Antelope, black buck and Demoiselle crane can be spotted here, besides thousands of migratory birds.=

With so much to see and do at Jodhpur, you are sure to come back from the city with some wonderful memories that you can cherish for life. Book In jodhpur