Most Instagrammable Places in Jaipur
When it comes to photogenic cities in Rajasthan, the pink city is the king. There is no end to the Instagram spots in Jaipur and you will feel inspired by color, culture, food, market and design. All perfect muscles for a photoshoot.
Jaipur is a historical city with a diverse heritage that spans the ages. So, you will find a splendid mix of all Mughal architecture, Hindu culture, religious temples and rose-colored buildings all in the sunny desert state.
After living in India for over a year, I learned to love the country beyond my photo opportunities and learned a lot of lessons along the way. So, I will also give you some useful tips for safety, respect for culture and some top tips for remaining attraction.
So, grab your camera and let's shoot, these are the most Instagrammable locations in Jaipur.
The 11 most Instagrammable Places in Jaipur
1. Amer Fort
There is a high Amber Fort in the hills of Amer city. Amer was formerly known as Dhundar and the state capital before Jaipur from the 11th - 16th century. The fort that stands today was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh.
The palace is equipped with many courtyards, staterooms, gardens, viewpoints, mirror walls and famous photovoltaic entryways like Ganesh Pol.
It is high on a hill, so you will need to walk or drive here. There is parking for taxis, there are also shared jeeps, but tuk-tuk cannot go up. Please do not support the elephant ride trade, they are treated poorly and abused.
Top tips for a photoshoot at Amer:
- Get here for the opening or as early as possible, be the first place, this place seriously packs!
- Or, stay here for the last hours of the day.
- Here elephants do not support riding, it is barbaric and animals are abused
- There are many photo spots here, viewpoint, garden, wall mural, window, wild.
2. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal means the Palace of Winds and the most iconic place in the city and one of the most Instagrammable places in Jaipur! In 1799, Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built for the women of his house. He was an ardent worshiper of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna and the design is similar to the crown of Krishna.
A colorful rose-colored palace made of 953 windows, known as the "Jharokaas", these windows were originally installed to keep the air flowing through the palace and therefore the women at the bottom. Can not be seen in the world.
This palace is photovory from outside and inside. The best view can be seen from the cafe in front of the palace which serves good tea and food.
Top tips for shooting Hawa Mahal:
- Cross the road for a different viewpoint, Hawa Mahal is really difficult to shoot from below
- Winds Cafe serves some delicious tea in their cafes for a really cool view
- Always enter shopping complexes and cafes of your own accord (there are signs), many people will drag you inside their shops, expecting you to buy excessive merchandise. Of course it is your choice, but know that many of these shops are tourist traps with high commissions.
- Hawa is really beautiful inside the palace too and is included in your museum ticket
3. City Palace
This place is wall to wall which is Instagram Gold and a must see! When the new city was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727, the royalty court shifted from Jaipur to Amber Fort.
The architecture of this palace is jaw dropping and colorful inside and out! The most prominent feature of this palace is the intricate gates in the inner courtyard or Pritam Niwas Chowk.
These four doors represent the four seasons and various Hindu deities are honored here. Enjoy walking around this pink palace and having snacks everywhere!
Along with the photos, there are some beautiful performances and performances. You can also watch a puppet show here or have your treatment at their royal cafe. I highly recommend their Nutella Stuffed Cupcakes - they seriously melt in the mouth!
Top tips for shooting the City palace:
- This place can be found empty or hit or miss. Sometimes early is good, but then there may be weddings or photoshoots at other times.
- In peak times, you'll be queuing for your door shots, it's not just Instagrammer wanting a picture here!
- I did not do this, but it is worth paying extra to enter the cutthroat which is also incredibly photovory!
4. Jal Mahal
"Jal" means water and "palace" means a mansion or palace, so it literally means Jal Mahal. It is a grand building that sits in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. It was built by Raja Jai Singh II in 1799 in Rajput style.
It was the summer palace of the royal family as the wind on the lake surrounded the palace to cool them. You cannot go inside the Jal Mahal at this time, but there is a big restoration project and there is talk of it becoming a luxury hotel.
You'll see it on the way to Amber Fort, so stop by the side of the road for a quick photo opportunity!
Top tips for shooting Jal Mahal:
- Any time of the day is good for traveling because the palace is on the water
- Sunset lighting is good to capture the castle
5. Galta Ji Temple / Hanuman Temple
Hanuman Temple, Hanuman Temple or Hanuman Ji of Kolay is a temple dedicated to the Hindu monkey god Hanuman. It was commonly known to Westerners as a "monkey temple", but was told by a local that was abusive.
There are actually two aspects to this temple. There is a temple with monkeys on one side where you can feed them food. It is a wild place and monkeys are not trained. They are not chained, they are allowed to roam free. But, if they provoke on the flip, they will bite.
The other side is the temple, Galta ji bathing area with two baths. One is for women where only women are allowed and the other is for men at the top.
Women in India are usually conservative, so you will see any women in the pool only going to wash their clothes, but the men's pool is always hoarse and full!
Top tips for shooting at Galta Ji:
- The temple has two bathrooms, one for women only and one for men only - there is no exception to this rule but being honest you don't want to swim.
- It is not a pet zoo, monkeys are wild and roam free here, they roam around the temple because there is food there
- You can buy peanuts for them at the temple and I would recommend a 'monkey' or guide to help you - be sure to tip
- Monkeys are not trained around humans, so be careful not to provoke them
Don't tease them with food for photos, it's just cruel and a sure way to bite or scratch.
- Don't even think about moving here if you haven't lost your rabies jobs, it's not worth the risk
6. Cafe Palladio
If you are looking for a beautiful cafe in Jaipur, look for none other than Cafe Palladio. A stunning pink cafe with Indian and Italian influences.
Not only does it suit the eye, you will also have a large menu of Western cuisine from Italy and Greece. Plus coffee and delicious treats like Baklava!
It is not the cheapest place in Jaipur for a mile, but I think it is worth eating in such a stunning setting.
Warning: You are not allowed to use the camera inside, only photos on the phone.
Top tips for photos of Cafe Palladio:
- You must buy food or drink to take photos
- You can not take photos with your camera, only the phone
- Come early during a weekend and not on weekends
7. Nahargarh Fort
There is nothing better to see from above and Jaipur has many hills to choose from. The Nahargarh Fort offers the best views ever seen in the city. In addition, there are plenty of attractions, restaurants and places to drink.
When I came here for Diwali, it was incredible to see the night sky light up with all the fireworks! I would recommend The Durg Cafe, it has a cover charge but includes tea, fizzy drinks and water etc.
There are lots of tigers and panthers that roam the area here at night, be careful! I have seen myself it's terrible.
Tops for shooting at Nahargarh Fort:
- I would go to get the best light for sunrise and avoid the heat
- I personally do not recommend climbing walls for a 'shot', plus security will shut you down anyway - security is cooler
- There are platforms on which you can stand so that they are more secure and provide the same awesome views!
8. Bar Palladio
One of the most qualified restaurants in Jaipur is Bar Palladio. This grand bar is painted blue from head to toe and has the most breathtaking rooms.
Not only this, there is also a photogenic alfresco lounge area in their garden where you can enjoy the cool breeze in the evening.
They have various cocktail menus including diverse and alcoholic beverages, as well as they offer some great traditional and western choice food options.
Again, not the cheapest place to eat or drink, but it is quite reasonable and you are paying for the luxurious setting.
No camera is allowed to take only photos, phones. Therefore, for lighting, I would recommend arriving here before dark.
Tips for shooting at Bar Palladio:
- You have to buy food and drink to take a photo here
- You can not take pictures with your camera only with the phone
- It gets busy, so come in the evening or during the week
9. Jahawar Circle
Probably the most Instagrammable place in Jaipur is Jahawar Circle. This series of colorful arches is a favorite spot among photographers.
I really feel like an idiot because I went to this place and didn't bother to check inside the pink building, so didn't take pictures here. After being here for so long, I think an epic will fail. But, it gives me an excuse to go back right?
Beyond the circle, there is a beautiful relaxing park, which has a musical fountain. So, you can make the long trip outside the old city worth it.
Top tips for shooting at Jahawar Circle:
- Get here early or you keep battling people for a whole day of shooting
- You will not see this place immediately, but it is inside the pink building
- It is open 24 hours
10. Albert Hall Museum
It is now showing some British influence in Jaipur. The Albert Hall Museum was built in 1876 to visit the Prince of Wales. By 1989, the museum had over three million visitors!
Now, I'm not going to lie, if you're not really interested in history, you'll have a photo spot outside this museum. Actually the inside photo is not worth taking. But, it has an interesting display of historical artifacts to see!
It was included in our joint ticket when my friends and I went inside. But, we went on an extremely hot day and so ran a little. There was no air thief just fans who had little to calm us down!
There are a lot of pigeons that hangout in front of the museum that make for a nice picture but watch out for Pope Haha!
Tips for photos at Albert Hall Museum:
- Get here early, at sunset this place is like settling in a park.
- You can feed the birds here, but there are hundreds, watch out for hunting!
11. Panna Meen Ka Kund
I was not sure if it should be included as it has come under fire recently. But, as I feel its photovory is enough without anyone in it, I'll include it.
Rajasthan's stepchildren are famous and can be found throughout the state. Panna Meen ka Kund was designed by the Brahmin in the 16th century and during the monsoon season to catch rain water for people to bathe and wash clothes.
This place is seriously photovoltaic with gorgeous symmetrical stairs! But, despite what Instagram tells you, tourists are not really allowed to step on it. People who have done so have bribed the guards.
I would not suggest this for the reason why people have not been allowed to step on it so that this grand place can be protected for the enjoyment of others.
But, beyond Jaipur there are many step people that you can walk freely. In the city of Bundi, there is a grand one that is not only free to enter, but is empty all day…
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