Tucked at the base of Rajasthan’s Nahargarh Hills, the Pink City was designed in 1727 according to Shilpa Shastra, the ancient philosophy of architecture. Now an international center of arts and business, Jaipur is still a captivating city, paying homage to its regal past while looking to the future.
Tucked inside the magnificent Amber Fort in an elegant haveli, or historic mansion, is this museum dedicated to the ancient Rajasthani tradition of block printing. Founded by the renowned clothing, home goods, and textile brand of the same name, the museum showcases both the fabrics themselves and the processes, educating both artisans and visitors in this heritage craft.Learn More
One of Jaipur’s most internationally renowned handicrafts is its signature blue pottery, and there’s nowhere better to admire (and, of course, purchase) it than at this family-run ceramics shop. In business since the late 19th century, it’s the oldest of its kind, and offers a picture into Jaipur’s heritage and dedication to craftsmanship.Learn More
Dawn-colored palace walls reflect from the waters of Mansagar Lake, welcoming visitors to Jal Mahal. Built in the late 18th century, this private pleasure resort of the Jaipur royal family is now an impeccably restored cultural destination. The rooftop garden pavilion offers breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding Nahargarh Hills. The lake and shores have been transformed into a healthy biosphere complete with a thriving wildlife.
Adjacent to the City Palace sits this curious collection of architectural monuments that, to the uninitiated, would seem meaningless. In fact, they’re giant astronomical observation instruments designed and built by the 18th-century Rajput ruler Jai Singh, who was fascinated by astronomy. Keep an eye out for the magnificent Samrat Yantra sundial and hire a guide in order to learn about each specific instrument.Learn More
Jaipur’s most famous bazaar is a labyrinthine marketplace that feels almost unchanged by the contemporary world. Both locals and tourists alike wander its alleys, perusing and haggling at the many tiny stalls selling traditional jewelry, textiles, sweets, and more. Those in search of styles aimed at foreigners should head to Roop Sagar, whose back section sells fabrics and clothes made for international designers.Learn More
India is home to one of the world’s largest film industries, so it’s only appropriate that it also have a major film festival, which attracts stars of both Bollywood and the international industry.Learn More
One of the world’s largest and most renowned literary festivals, this celebration of words has hosted thousands of enthusiasts and luminaries, including the likes of the Dalai Lama and Salman Rushdie.Learn More
Jaipur celebrates Holi, the Festival of Colors, somewhat differently than the rest of the country: with a whole day dedicated to showcasing its beloved elephant, a symbol of the city.
The state of Rajasthan celebrates its birthday with parades, live cultural performances, street fairs, food markets, and more.Learn More
A major Rajasthani festival, this 18-day Hindu celebration includes a two-day parade, ornate traditional costumes, special culinary treats, and colorful religious traditions.Learn More
One of Jaipur’s most iconic festivals, Teej celebrates the beginning of the monsoon season and honors the goddess Parvati with colorful parades, as well as dance and musical performances.Learn More
This festival comes to life for two nights each September with performances from popular local artists, dancers, musicians, and more.Learn More
Northern India’s festival of lights makes Jaipur even more magical than usual, with its streets and monuments lit up in celebration, and its bazaars offering special festive treats.
Explore the rugged, magical landscape of Rajasthan, filled with Rajput palaces and ancient forts, with excursions like hot-air balloon rides and horseback-riding trips.Learn More
For the ultimate in contemporary Rajasthani decadence, claim a traditional-style poolside pavilion, order a sumptuous parade of treats from the pool restaurant, and cool off in the water.Learn More
The elegant Sheesh Mahal Bar serves up signature cocktails to the city's elite.Learn More