Top 10 Things to do in Jaipur with Family
Family - Oct 19, 2018

Top 10 Things to do in Jaipur with Family

Also known as the ‘Pink City’, Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur has an abundance of architecture, history, and folklore running through its veins. It is the perfect place to experience the old-city charm and marvel at the magnificence of a bygone era.

When you’re there, expect to see elements of opulence and exoticness at every turn. From magnificent forts to lavish palaces to bustling bazaars, Jaipur has a bit of everything for the perfect family vacation!

Here’s a list of ten places to visit and things to do in Jaipur while on a family vacation.

1. Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

An architectural marvel that stands tall and faces the main thoroughfare of old Jaipur, Hawa Mahal’s distinctive appearance make it a formidable, yet familiar sight. The structure was built keeping in mind the science of ventilation; air circulates through the entire building thanks to its multiple windows and vents, earning it the name ‘Hawa Mahal’.

Tip: Combine a trip to Hawa Mahal with other sights such as Jantar Mantar, the City Palace, and the nearby markets.

Entry fee: Rs 50

Timings: 9 AM to 4.30 PM, all days

2. Jantar Mantar in Jaipur

 Jantar Mantar literally means ‘calculating instrument’. Like its counterpart in Delhi, this ancient observatory was used in bygone times to observe and record heavenly phenomena. Of the 14 structures placed around the manicured garden, each has a specific astronomical function. The shadow cast by the sundial is almost the length of a person’s arm. One part art and one part science, Jantar Mantar offers kids a chance to find adventure in Jaipur.

Entry fee: Rs 50

Timings: 9 AM to 4.30 PM, all days

3. Amber Fort and Palace in Jaipur

To witness something truly out of a fairy tale, make your way to Amber Fort on the outskirts of town. This impressive fort displays the brilliance of Rajputana architecture. As you walk along the halls, palace rooms, and gardens, the skill of the artisans can be clearly seen in the delicate mosaic work, ornamental pillars, ivory and sandalwood motifs, latticework, and frescoes. While you are there, Maota Lake and the surrounding hills are a sight to behold. The light-and-sound show held in the evenings is another attraction.

Entry fee: Rs 100

Timings: 8 AM to 5.30 PM, 7 PM to 10 PM

4. Shopping in Jaipur

Jaipur has many bustling markets and shops where one can find unique and traditional Rajasthani items such as clothes, jewellery, curios, etc. For jewellery and gemstones, head to Johri Bazaar. Jootis, textiles, and perfumes can be found at Bapu Bazaar. Stone carvers, gem cutters, silversmiths, puppet makers etc. are dispersed through the city. Looking to buy souvenirs? Check out blue pottery, jewellery, bangles, and textiles.

Entry: Free

Timings: Varies from market to market

5. Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur

Overlooking the magnificent city of Jaipur and perched high in the rugged Aravalli Hills is Tiger Fort or Nahargarh Fort. Madhavendra Bhavan is a major attraction here. Offering a panoramic view of the city, the fort is a great place to view sunrises and sunsets, and is also stunning when lit up at night. Other newly opened attractions include a sculpture park, a wax museum, and a restaurant/café.

A fun and interactive way of touring the fort is on a bicycle, which can be hired by the hour. Cycling is considered an adventure sport in Jaipur and is popular with both tourists and locals. Don’t miss this experience!

Entry fee: Rs 50

Timings: Sunrise to sunset; the palace is open every day from 10 AM to 5.30 PM

6. Government Central/Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur

This museum is an amalgamation of Neo-Gothic and Islamic architecture. It opened its doors to the public in 1887. Marvel at the display of the Egyptian mummy, which dates back to the Ptolemaic dynasty. You can also visit the museum at night.

Entry: Day Rs 40;

Night Rs 100 Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM and 7 PM to 10 PM, all days

7. City Palace in Jaipur

This structure is a true testament to the wealth of the royal family of Jaipur. Even today, the royal family continues to live here. Enclosed within the complex are large gardens, courtyards, and buildings that display both Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Those interested in visiting the private rooms can do so with a personal guide. Catch the light-and-sound show in the evening to complete the experience.

Entry fees: Price varies depending on the activity; starting Rs 130

Timings: 9.30 AM to 5 PM and 7 PM to 10 PM, every day

8. Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur

Lovers of military and defence strategies will love Jaigarh Fort. Look forward to seeing ‘Jaivana’, the world’s biggest cannon on wheels. Despite being centuries old and facing harsh weather, it is in near-mint condition. Interestingly, Jaivana has never fired a shot and the fort has never been captured either. You can also visit Diwa Burj watchtower for a truly mesmerising view.

Entry fees: Rs 35

Timings: 9 AM to 4.30 PM, all days

9. Sisodia Rani Palace Garden in Jaipur

A short distance from the city centre, the Palace Garden or Sisodia Rani ka Bagh makes for a perfect getaway from the bustle of the city. The garden is well-maintained and the area has a terrace garden that is decorated with statues and fountains built centuries ago. The mighty Aravalli Hills provide an absolutely breathtaking backdrop.

Entry fee: Rs 10

Timings: 9 AM to 8 PM, all days

10. Elefantastic in Jaipur

This lets you spend a day in the company of friendly elephants! The sanctuary allows visitors to wash, decorate, feed, and ride the elephants. If you want to know more about these animals, you can learn about elephant language, their habitat, and lifestyle. Your kids might want to try their hand at adventure by riding an elephant! There are several such parks, but this one is both popular and reputable, and an ideal choice if you are on a family vacation.

Entry fee: Rs 4500

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM, all days

You can enjoy these things to do in Jaipur and many more during your family vacation. After spending a day out and about, wouldn’t it be great to come back to a resort that offers comfortable and spacious accommodation along with a host of essential amenities? Your best bet for this is Club Mahindra Jaipur Resort in Rajasthan. What’s more, you can enjoy finger-licking local food at the in-house restaurant.

Club Mahindra reviews section features thoughts and memories of members who had a pleasant stay at the resort. So here’s wishing you Happy Holidaying with a Club Mahindra membership.

Also, have a look at Rajasthan tourism guide to make the most of your family vacation in Rajasthan!

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