Elephants at Amber Fort, Jaipur

Sightseeing in Jaipur, India

Want to go sightseeing in Jaipur but don’t know where to visit? Here are some of my favorite sites in this crazy, amazing city. Jaipur is my favorite city in India (although I’m a little biased since I used to live there), so don’t miss it when you visit India!

 

Amber Fort: Sightseeing in Jaipur

Today we went to the Amber Fort in Jaipur, which is very near the Elephant Village (where our school is).

Amber Fort, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

In fact, the elephants at the fort live in the Elephant Village, and we teach the children of their caretakers!

Elephants at Amber Fort, Jaipur

 

We rode elephants up the hill to the fort, and I shared an elephant with my roommate Kelly!

Riding elephants, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

The views from the top of the fort were stunning:

Amber Fort, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

Then we got to explore the fort, including the Hamām (turkish bath), the Diwān-i-Khās (the hall for private audiences), and the Sukh Mandir (cool room for summer). There was even a dance hall with mirror shards in intricate patterns covering the walls. This way, the royals could have disco dance parties!

Amber Fort, sightseeing in Jaipur, India     Amber Fort, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

The Amber fort displays an amazing mixture of art, history, and architecture. No visit to Jaipur could be complete without a morning at the Amber Fort, and I really hope I can come back here again!

Amber Fort, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

 

City Palace: Sightseeing in Jaipur

Today we went to the City Palace in Jaipur, India. Many of the walls here are the traditional pink color of Jaipur, and crystal chandeliers are plentiful.

City Palace, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

One of my favorite parts of the palace was a courtyard with four entrances for the four seasons. The arch over each entrance is exquisitely painted to match the different seasons.

City Palace, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

We also saw learned about miniature painting, which is a highly-prized form of art in Rajasthan (the state where Jaipur is located). The artists make incredibly small and detailed paintings, using paints made only of stones and plants and a brush so small and fine that it’s made from a single squirrel hair!

City Palace, sightseeing in Jaipur, India     City Palace, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

Numerous times now, people have asked to take pictures with us (seeing as we’re strange pale people from another land). This family was so anxious to get a picture with my friend Caroline that they had me take it on my camera, seeing as they didn’t have one. So now I have this sweet (albeit unusual) souvenir!

City Palace, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

I absolutely love the beautifully colors of all the saris here! I couldn’t help but sneak a picture of these women sitting against a wall at the City Palace.

City Palace, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

The architecture in India is also incredible; I could photograph it all day, especially the arches!

City Palace, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

 

Birla Temple: Sightseeing in Jaipur

Today we visited the Birla Temple, which is a small but incredibly beautiful structure in Jaipur.

Birla Temple, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

The detailing on the white marble is so intricate and beautiful!

Birla Temple, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

The temple is not very big and could easily be lost among the city’s hustle and bustle if it weren’t for its stunning white color.

Birla Temple, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

We stayed until the sunset, which was magically. For some reason I have yet to understand, the sun in India is always big, bright and orange at sunrise and sunset. It sure makes for some amazing photo-ops!

Birla Temple, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

This is definitely one of the most extraordinarily beautiful buildings that I have ever seen – and it’s so easy to get to and free to the public! I will definitely be coming back to the Birla Temple next time that I’m in Jaipur!

Birla Temple, sightseeing in Jaipur, India

 

Want to know more about my travels in India? Click here to read about my previous excursion or here for the following excursion. Or, you can click here to read about all of my travel trips and adventures in Asia!

Happy Travels! XOXO Ann

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