Jaipur Landmarks Walking Tour, Jaipur (Self Guided)

Jaipur is also known as the Pink City because of the many pink sandstone buildings around. These beautiful buildings help make Jaipur one of India’s most impressive places. There are plenty of other great landmarks around the city that you can see using our Landmarks Walking Tour.
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Jaipur Landmarks Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Jaipur Landmarks Walking Tour
Guide Location: India » Jaipur (See other walking tours in Jaipur)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.0 km
Author: vickyc
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Birla Mandir Temple

1) Birla Mandir Temple (must see)

The Birla Mandir Temple is a sacred place for Hindus. Also known as the Laxmi Narayan Temple, it is dedicated to Lord Laxmi Narayan. This contemporary temple attracts many visitors, especially at night when its white marble exterior is magnificently illuminated. Look closer to see scenes from Hindu mythology painted on the windows, as well as marble idols and sculptures.
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Rambagh Palace

2) Rambagh Palace

The Rambagh Palace is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and now a luxury Taj Palace Hotel, located 5 miles (8.0 km) outside of the walls of the city of Jaipur on Bhawani Singh Road. Preferred by celebrities and sport stars across the globe, Rambagh Palace, is widely considered to be one of the best hotels around the world.

The first building on the site was a garden house built in 1835 for the wet nurse of prince Ram Singh II. In 1887, during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, it was converted into a modest royal hunting lodge, as the house was located in the midst of a thick forest at that time. In the early 20th century, it was expanded into a palace. Maharajah Sawai Man Singh II made Rambagh his principal residence and added a number of royal suites in 1931.

After India became independent and the princely states united, the Palace became the Government House. By the 1950s, the royal family felt that the upkeep of the palace and its 47 acres (190,000 square meters) of gardens was becoming very costly. They, therefore, decided in 1957 to convert it into a luxury hotel.

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Birla Planetarium

3) Birla Planetarium

Set within the Birla Science & Technology Center, the Birla Planetarium is one of the most prominent landmarks in Jaipur. This modern, fully equipped facility has amazing audio-visual displays that show visitors the mysteries of cosmos in an amazing and creative way.
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Raj Mandir Cinema

4) Raj Mandir Cinema (must see)

Raj Mandir Cinema is a famous movie theater in Jaipur. Situated on the Bhagwan Das Road, the meringue-shaped auditorium opened in 1976, and over the years has seen many movie premieres of Hindi films, and has become a popular symbol of Jaipur, it is often referred as the Pride of Asia. It opened on 1 June 1976 with the film "Bazigar".Cinema was designed by architect W.M. Namjoshi in Art Moderne style (Streamline Moderne or late Art Deco). Known for its large size as well as opulent and meringue interiors, Raj Mandir remains an important part of the tourist circuit, and thus usually remains full despite its size.

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Albert Hall Museum

5) Albert Hall Museum (must see)

Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum of the state and functions as the State museum of Rajasthan. The building is situated in Ram Niwas Garden outside the city wall opposite New gate and is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The building was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and was opened as public museum in 1887. It is also called the Government Central Museum.

Maharaja Ram Singh initially wanted this building to be a town hall, but his successor, Madho Singh II, decided it should be a museum for the art of Jaipur and included as part of the new Ram Nivas Garden. The museum has a rich collection of artefacts like paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, colourful crystal works etc. It is named after King Edward VII (Albert Edward), during whose visit to the city as the Prince of Wales, its foundation stone was laid on February 6, 1876.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm / 7pm - 10pm.

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Hawa Mahal Museum

6) Hawa Mahal Museum (must see)

Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds" or “Palace of the Breeze”) was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah" (face cover).

Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women' chambers, the chambers of the harem. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Jantar Mantar

7) Jantar Mantar (must see)

The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. It is modeled after the one that he had built for him at the Mughal capital of Delhi. He had constructed a total of five such facilities at different locations, including the ones at Delhi and Jaipur. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of these. It has been inscribed on the World Heritage List as "an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period".

The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars' location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides. Each is a fixed and 'focused' tool. The Samrat Yantra, the largest instrument, is 90 feet (27 m) high, its shadow carefully plotted to tell the time of day.

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Jorawar Singh Gate

8) Jorawar Singh Gate

Jaipur is also known as the Pink City because of its many attractive rose-colored buildings. One of these pretty sights is the Jorawar Singh Gate, which is also a great example of Indian architecture. Named after a general, this gate is the entryway to the northern area of the city, acting as a beautiful introduction to a walk around this part of town.

Walking Tours in Jaipur, India

Create Your Own Walk in Jaipur

Create Your Own Walk in Jaipur

Creating your own self-guided walk in Jaipur is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
South Jaipur Walking Tour

South Jaipur Walking Tour

The city of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan state, is a town of fairy tale beauty full of amazing palaces, temples and parks. Many of these top sights are located in southern Jaipur, plus some fascinating museums where you can learn all about Indian culture and traditions. Take our South Jaipur tour to see the main attractions of the area.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Jaipur Daily Life Walking Tour

Jaipur Daily Life Walking Tour

The people of Jaipur are very friendly, as you’ll see when you walk on the city’s streets and notice their brightly-colored clothing and welcoming appearance. Take our Daily Life Tour to see how the people of Jaipur live their everyday lives.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
North Jaipur Walking Tour

North Jaipur Walking Tour

There is much to admire in the beautiful city of Jaipur, and the northern area is particularly picturesque. Set on a lake, it is a truly beautiful district with monuments and gardens that are a treat to the senses. The mountains to the north complete the area’s scenic landscape. Take our tour to see the best sights in Northern Jaipur.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 km
Shopping Walk in Jaipur

Shopping Walk in Jaipur

One of the best ways to experience the vibrant colors of Jaipur is to take a shopping trip around the city. Jaipur’s exotic markets are full of bright, exotic objects that highlight the culture and customs of the Rajastan region. You can find all kinds of great gifts to take home, like jewelry, pottery and handicrafts. If you want something special for your home, there are also lots of miniature...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Jaipur Cultural Walking Tour

Jaipur Cultural Walking Tour

The picturesque city of Jaipur, capital of the Rajasthan state, boasts a rich culture and heritage. Visitors can experience this culture through the city’s many great art galleries, museums and palaces in which they are set. Take our walking tour to see the most interesting cultural attractions in Jaipur.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Jaipur for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Jaipur has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Jaipur, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.