Jaipur is one of the most photogenic spots in India. The gorgeous architecture is intermixed with culture and history, that you get a photography turn-on at every turn. Here are my top spots to go trigger happy when in Jaipur.
This is a snapshot of aesthetically pleasing spots in Jaipur. For my ultimate guide and ideal itinerary for a fruitful two days in Jaipur, click here instead.
All the nooks and crannies at Amer Fort & Palace
The two most recognized spots at Amer Fort is the intricate and colourful Ganesh Pol and the magical Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors. Though pretty much every turn at Amer Fort is a photo waiting to happen.
Located right in the city centre of Jaipur, the beautiful City Palace holds some instantly recognizable spots – namely the gorgeously intricate doorways representing seasons.
If you want even more exclusive shots, you can pop an extra RS2500 for access to exclusive rooms in the palace grounds. You get a guide and a cup of chai with this cost.
The pink honeycomb exterior of the Hawa Mahal, or Sheesh Mahal is iconic to the city. When I visited Jaipur for the first time some years ago, we only stopped by the exterior and went off our merry way to Amer Fort. Little did I realize how interesting the interior of the Hawa Mahal was as well. Lots of pretty Instagram moments within too.
The Café opposite Hawa Mahal
For a good view of the Hawa Mahal façade without people, head over to any of the cafes right opposite the palace.
The cafes know their value and overcharge but it does make for a nice spot with a view to relax after exploring Jaipur. A seat on the terrace would be lovely, but understandably popular. If you can’t score a seat on the terrace, not a problem – just wait for your turn for a photo.
A regular pit stop along the way to Amer Fort, the Jal Mahal is a palace set atop a serene lake.
The pigeon-infested exterior of Albert Hall Museum
I can describe it more romantically than I did, but I got pigeon poop on myself. The pigeons really does make for a nicer shot. Pigeons are aplenty in front of the Albert Hall monument.
Nahagarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort
I only visited Nahagarh Fort but I did stop by the entrance of Jaigarh. Nahagarh has a yellowy hue, while Jaigarh looks like its pink counterpart.
Walking the fort paths gave us some amazing views of Jaipur city, but the interior of Nahagarh holds some photogenic spots as well.
Panna Meena Ka Kund Stepwell
This is a symmetrical architectural wonder that served a real purpose in its hey days. Today it looks like modern art made for photography. These days, you can’t go down the steps anymore, and there’s green sludge at the bottom of well… but I still found myself amazed at this.
The temple right opposite of the Panna Meena Ka Kund stepwell was a surprise find. According to Google, this temple is called Bihariji Temple. I went up the steps trying to find the stepwells and stumbled upon the temple instead. I was tight on time, so I managed just a quick peek. It was a beautifully peaceful stone temple that had zero people when I visited.
Much less seen on Instagram pages but worthy of a look.
The beaut roadsides once you get out of the city centre
While Jaipur is traffic jam city packed with people and vehicles, once you drive out of it, you’re in for some amazing views.
For eg, we stopped by the roadside for this gorgeous panoramic view of Jal Mahal on our way to Nahagarh Fort.
Further along, we also encountered what looked like an abandoned temple.