Jaipur, aka Pink City, is one of the top destinations in India, often chosen by travellers far and wide. The massive forts, the history behind it, its architecture, the food, shopping and not to forget the light shades of pink inside the old city. These are what draws the crowd towards Rajasthan’s capital – JAIPUR. Indeed, Jaipur is quite vast and requires a minimum of 3 days to properly explore all the sites. So, let me give you a quick guide on different places to stop at for cool, Instagram-worthy, memorable pictures of your trip to Jaipur. Here’s my list of top instagrammable places in Jaipur you should add to your itinerary.
PS: The place will be crawling with locals, bloggers, as well as photographers. Therefore, you might have to wait for your turn to click pictures if you visit during the peak season.
Best time to Visit Patrika gate: Definitely not at noon. Even though Patrika Gate is open for 24 hours, I’d suggest early morning visits. This would be the perfect hour to click some drool-worthy Instagrammable pics and DPs.
Situated about 10 km from all the buzz at Jaipur, Galta Ji Ka Temple is a must-visit if you are into temple architecture. Unlike other temples in Jaipur, this cluster is also home to countless monkeys. You’ll see them monkeying around the premises throughout the day. Club this visit with a trek to the sun temple to witness an instagrammable sunset over the city of Jaipur.
Best time to Visit Galta Ji and Sun Temple: if you are stopping at Galta Ji temple during your visit to Jaipur, you should make it a point to trek up to the sun temple as well. The sunset from here is a must-see. So, plan your visit to Galta Ji ka temple accordingly.
What was the first thing that popped into your mind when you decided to plan a trip to Jaipur? For me, it was the Hawa Mahal.
Hawa Mahal, aka the Palace of Winds, was built by the rajas for the women of their house to get a glimpse of bustling life in Jaipur, without anyone seeing them. It is its elaborate pink façade that lures the crowd. Well, it is indeed worth the Instagram hype!
Best time to visit Hawa Mahal: Hawa Mahal is open to visitors from morning 9:00 till evening 5:00. This is for people who want to delve into some history as well as interiors. For those looking for fine instagrammable spots to click Hawa Mahal, I’d suggest the roof-top cafes opposite. If you want to test the photographer in you, come over at night to see the Mahal lit up.
Pictures of bloggers twirling in front of intricately carved, colourful archways at Jaipur flood our feeds on Instagram, right? Want to know where these are clicked? It is none other than the gates of Pritam Niwas Chowk at City Palace in Jaipur. With its aesthetic architecture, City Palace makes its way to the list of travellers favourite instagrammable places in Jaipur.
Best time to visit City Palace: Just like all other monuments in Jaipur, you should visit the City Palace as early as possible to avoid the crowd. It opens at 9:00 in the morning.
PS: Don’t forget to book yourself a special tour to gain access to the Instagram famous doorways.
How innovative the Rajas and their architects must have been back then, I wonder. Rajasthan is all about forts and palaces that are massive, yet elegant. One such out of the box creation is the Jal Mahal or the Palace that floats.
Jal Mahal is situated en route Amer Fort from Jaipur city. You can either stop to click pictures while you drive to Amer Fort or on your way back.
Best time to visit Jal Mahal: If you are looking for pictures to lure in more followers to your Instagram account, sunrise at Jal Mahal is what you need. Reach early and wait for the sun to rise behind Jaipur’s famous water Palace. Sunset is also a good time to see the Palace turn golden.
PS: Please note that you’ll not be allowed to go near the Palace (as of Jan 2020). Also, if you are travelling to Nahargarh Fort, yet another Instagram worthy spot for sunsets, ask your guide/driver to take you to the spot where you’ll get a birds-eye view of Jal Mahal.
Amer or the Amber Fort, a UNESCO heritage site, lists among the popular Forts in Rajasthan. It brims not just with stories, but with photography opportunities as well. Thus, making it a bloggers paradise. Showing off its grandeur, one of the photoshoot spots to fascinate your Insta-family is the Ganesh Pol. Apart from the fort walls, another room of interest is the Sheesh Mahal.
Best time to visit Amer Fort: Reach as early as possible so that you can get the Ganesh Pol all to yourself.
PS: Please do not climb on the fort walls, trying to imitate a few bloggers that you see online. Also, please avoid scribbling your names on the walls.
Panna Meena ka Kund is situated very close to the Amer Fort. Standing atop these symmetrical steps is a scene that has been floating around in social media. So, this stepwell is one place you wouldn’t want to miss if you’re scouting for instagrammable places in Jaipur.
Best time to visit Panna Meena Ka Kund: Truth be told, no one is permitted to go down the well. I would suggest you stick to the rules as well. But, in case you badly want a picture from the well, try convincing the guard. For this, you will have to reach as early as possible. Also, make sure you’re the only tourist around!
PS: Try taking pictures from a distance and not go bribing the guard just so that you can have an Instagrammable picture. Sometimes rules are more important than getting pictures! Plus, you can find umpteen walkable step-wells around Rajasthan.
Yet another location of interest near Amer Fort is the Jagat Shiromani Temple. If scouting for hidden gems excites you, add this to your Jaipur checklist. Ornate pillars at the entrance to this temple which is dedicated to Meera Bai will be an addition to your Instagram profile.
Best time to visit Jagat Shiromani Temple: From a photography point of view, plan to visit before the sun climbs overhead
The Royal Gaitore ki Chhatriyan is nothing but the cenotaphs built for the Kachhwaha Rajputs. The blend of ornate temple and Islamic architecture at this cluster of tombs acts as a perfect background for your pictures. Thus, making the Royal Gaitore one of the common places in Jaipur for pre and post-wedding shoots. Gaitore also offers you a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Jaipur.
Best time to visit Gaitore ki Chhatri: Evenings would be a great time to visit Gaitore ki Chhatri. The orange hues from the setting sun would add elegance to your pictures, making it more Instagram worthy. Do make a note that the cenotaphs close by 5:00 pm. So, try to reach by 3:30 pm, for you’ll need an hour to linger around finding that perfect spot.
The last on my list of Instagram-worthy places in Jaipur is Albert Hall Museum. Have you felt like photoshopping pigeons into your frames just coz you can’t properly capture them? If so, Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur is where you need to go. The Indo-Saracenic architecture, with the pigeons in the background, is sure to make people go head-over-heels for your picture. That too, without any photoshop enhancements!
Best time to visit Albert Hall Museum: If you are interested in the mummy that rests inside, I’d suggest you combine it with your trip to the Hawa Mahal and City Palace. Else, you can stop by any time of the day to get that perfect shot with the pigeons. You may also come by at night to see the Museum colourfully lit from outside.
So, is your checklist ready? There are many more places in Jaipur where you can click mind-boggling pictures. This includes some of the cafes and restaurants such as Caffe and Bar Palladio.
Have you already been to Jaipur? Share your pictures from these instagrammable places in Jaipur with us 🙂
11 thoughts on “Instagrammable places in Jaipur – 10 Hot picks”
Excellent overage and useful tips for first timers
Loved it , saving it for my trip
Thank you so much! You should definitely visit Jaipur at least once… Will be posting more on planning Rajasthan trip soon 🙂
DO share your experience with us once you travel 🙂 🙂
Nice article on Jaipur. Love the place and its historical essence. Me too covered one article on Jaipur in my blog.
Beautiful…..and the way it’s presented gives me a to defenitely visit place. Thank you Meerutty
:* Thank you so much!!!!
Meera, your beautiful narration on the ‘Pink City’ has made it as a ‘must see place’ for me and my wife. Certainly commendable work you have done.
Looking forward to get more such inspiring travelogues from you. All the best..
Thanks so much, uncle 🙂 Will, for sure, share more of such articles!!
Geee… one has missed quite a few obviously after gleaning thro this and would warrant another call now. Even the city markets I believe are eccentric in as much as they are eclectic ! Cheers Meera..compulsive n exhaustive as always !
Excellent short and brief description
Helpful for a novice traveller
Very crisp and essential description of each important must visit places including the right time to visit
Keep going and writing
Thanks so much, uncle! 🙂
Jaipur is indeed a very beautiful place. In fact, whole of Rajasthan is! One definitely needs more than 10 days to explore the place fully.