Imagine what you can do in 24 hours in a city as old, magnificent, proud, and colourful as Jaipur! If you have just 24 hours in hand for exploring the Pink City, here’s everywhere you should go, everything you must see, everything you should eat. By Shubhanjana Das

1. Amber Fort

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Each city of Rajasthan has something that makes it unique and worthy of a visit. Not being the most authentic one, Jaipur stole a bit of our hearts. It’s huge and has tons of beautiful historic places to visit.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ You can stare at the impressive Amber Fort from the road, but instead, you can get yourself up to the top and enjoy the stunning views from one of its towers. Fun fact: when you do just the opposite as the rest of the visitors, you find yourself alone in the most beautiful places. This spot was in our ‘must see’ list for a while, and finally getting there was like a dream come true.⁣⠀ ✧✧✧✧✧⁣⠀ Location: Amber Fort, Rajasthan⁣⠀ ✧✧✧✧✧⁣⠀ Traveller Tips and Photo by @wanderonworld⁣⠀ ✧✧✧✧✧⁣⠀ Do you want to see your travel tips and photos featured here?! Go to the Photo Submission link in our bio to submit your photos⁣⠀ ✧✧✧✧✧⁣⠀ #wearetravelgirls #travelgirls #travelcommunity #femaletravelcommunity #travel #travelblogger #traveltips #india #rajasthan #amberfort #wanderlust #indiatravel #instatravel #lonelyplanetindia #travelgram #indiatourism #indiagram #adventure #travelphotography #beautifulmatters #travelwithus #travelandleisure #travelgirl #instagood

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Amber Fort, also known as Amer Fort, is an imposing structure built by Raja Man Singh I. With the Maota Lake on the bottom edge of the fort, this place tops our list of the must-see places in Jaipur. Brace yourself for experiencing the life of the royals up close at many of the fort’s sprawling halls like the Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. The fort is open from eight in the morning to 5:30 in the evening.

2. Jal Mahal

Next up for some more royal indulgence, the Jal Mahal is one of Jaipur’s prized gems. Just 8 km from Amber Fort, the Jal Mahal or the Water Palace stands imposingly in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. With a pavilion and a terrace garden, this five-storey 18th century beauty was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. Once at the Jal Mahal, don’t forget to enlighten yourself of the many stories that relate to the history of Jal Mahal, while also remembering that conjecture regarding the same is still in the airs. The view of the Aravalis dotted with forts and temples and the city from a distance is something that only Jal Mahal can boast of. The palace has now been revamped into a luxurious boutique hotel.

3. Jaigarh Fort

While at Jaipur, your eyes won’t tire of looking at the sheer architectural brilliance that the rajas and the maharajas practiced when it came to building their forts. The Jaigarh fort is located atop an extension of the Aravalis and is often referred to as Cheel ka Teela or Hill of the Eagles. Named after Maharaja Jai Singh himself, this fort was built as a military fort to strengthen the protection of the Amber Fort. The fort’s museum is historical and houses many weaponry, among which is the world’s largest cannon on wheels made by the fort foundry but never put to use.

4. Street Food in Jaipur

Before you get awed by even more forts in Jaipur and have your breath taken away by its beautiful terracotta pink walls (which make it the Pink City), it may be time to snack up on Jaipur’s epic street food. What are the options? Dal Kachori, Ghewar, Choorma, Bejad Roti, Tikki, Laal Maas, and basically everything that Jodha served Akbar on that mammoth plate! Anokhi Cafe, Tapri Central, Japiur Modern Kitchen, and Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar are the places to try for authentic Jaipuri food that goes straight to the heart.

5. Hawa Mahal

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Il palazzo dei venti – Hawa Mahal

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Now that you have fueled yourself, it is time to get blown away yet again by the grandeur and the sheer magnanimity of the Hawa Mahal or the Wind Palace. Built in 1799 by the Maharaja Sawai Singh, this five-story magnificence replicates the shape of the crown of the Hindu God, Lord Krishna. The 953 jharokhas or the windows in Hawa Mahal were positioned in such a way that allows the royal women to view the outside world but them to be hidden from common sight. While the honeycomb structure of the palace always allowed cool breeze into the palace, the fountains in front helped make it even cooler and windy.

6. Jantar Mantar

Did we mention the architectural brilliance of the Rajput Kings? At Jantar Mantar, get ready to witness their astronomical as well as scientific prowess. Located in five different places in India, the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is home to the largest and the best preserved observatory. Translating to ‘magical instrument’, this structure helped calculate time, predict monsoons, eclipses and also track the position of the sun, the moon and the stars. With a collection of 14 geometric devices, the Samrat Yantra being the largest, Jantar Mantar is also renowned for being the biggest sundial in the world!

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