If you spend as much time on Instagram as I do, then I am sure not a day goes by when you don’t come across a picture from Jaipur on your feed. It comes as no surprise that Jaipur is the most photographed city in all of India and rightly so. I have lived here for most of my life and still cannot stop taking pictures of it.
While I might be a teeny bit biased towards Jaipur, I really do feel that there is no other place like it. I mean, a city that is pink, has an abundance of palaces and forts, intricate architecture, rich history, a royal heritage, mesmerising details and endless Instagram opportunities; if this isn’t an idea of a bucket list destination then what is? Oh, and the food is delicious too.
So if you are planning to tick Jaipur off your bucket list soon and are slightly unsure about places to see during your short trip here (trust me, it will feel short), then you have come to the right place. In this article, I have complied a list of the best photography spots in Jaipur, so you don’t have to worry about researching and can just get packing!
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Probably the most famous landmark in the entire state of Rajasthan, Amber Fort is a palace located in Amer town near Jaipur. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of Insta-worthy spots, out of which Ganesh Pol is my all-time favourite.
Like most of the touristic places, it is best to reach Amber fort before everyone else. I would even advise you to reach the fort 30 mins prior to the opening time. This will give you enough time to take a photo or 20 on the pavement leading to Amber Fort and also make sure that you are one of the first ones to enter this magnificent place.
You can find my complete guide about visiting the Amber Fort here.
Opening hours: 08:00 am – 05:30 pm, 06:30 pm- 09:15 pm
Entrance Fee: Rs. 100 for Indian nationals and Rs. 500 for Foreign citizens. Student discount is available with a valid ID.
The City Palace
Located in the centre of Jaipur, The City Palace is the present day home of the Royal Family of Jaipur and is an absolute must see on my list. The four seasonal gates and the pink courtyard of the City Palace are known to Instagrammers across the globe. But, in my opinion, the best part about the entire place is actually the blue room called Sukh Niwas that is hidden in a private part of the palace which could be visited for an extra 2500 Rupees.
Along with providing access to an otherwise restricted section, the ticket also comes with a private guide and a complimentary chai at the palace courtyard. I cannot recommend this experience enough as it’s not every day that you can have a tea or coffee at a royal palace.
However, please note that this blue room is the best additional sight included in the private tour. If you are concerned about your budget, then I would recommend to go with a standard ticket instead.
Opening hours: 09:30 am – 05:00 pm
Entrance Fee: For Indians, the tickets cost Rs. 200 for the museum (includes the four gates and pink courtyard) and Rs. 2000 for Royal Splendour Tour (includes exclusive access to some of the private parts of the palace, most notably the Instagram famous blue room). For foreign nationals, the museum ticket costs Rs. 700 and the Royal Splendour Tour costs Rs. 2500.
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Patrika Gate is one of those rare places that you will never get tired taking pictures of. It is the newest addition to Jaipur’s many landmarks and is one of my personal favourites here. I could probably spend an entire day admiring its stunning frescos and beautifully carved arches.
It may come as a surprise when I tell you that this gate is not actually a part of a palace or a fort but instead is just an entrance to one of the many gardens here in Jaipur. It is however a little far from other touristic places in the city so if you are flying out from Jaipur, then I would advise you to leave for the airport slightly early and make a pit stop at this beautiful gate, which is only 5 mins away from the airport and is free to visit.
Opening hours: All day
Entrance Fee: Free
Hawa Mahal, also known as, the Palace of Winds was specifically built so that the royal ladies of Jaipur could see street festivities without revealing themselves. The famous honeycomb structure consisting of 953 windows is actually the rear view of the building and its best part too.
Instead of doing a tour of the palace itself, it is best to visit a café across the road and admire Hawa Mahal away from the hustle and bustle of the busy street that it stands on. I personally love visiting the Tattoo Café for sunset and watch the sky turn pink behind Hawa Mahal.
Opening hours: 09:00 am – 05:00 pm for Hawa Mahal. The cafes across the street open at 08:00 am, out of which The Wind View Cafe closes at 08:00 pm and The Tattoo Cafe at 11:00 pm.
Entrance Fee: Rs. 50 for Indian nationals and Rs. 200 for Foreign nationals.
Panna Meena Ka Kund
Ever wanted to be in a real-life Pacman? Well, so did I. This stepwell in Jaipur is the closest place to Pacman I have ever seen. Situated just about 5 minutes from Amber Fort, Panna Meena Ka Kund is an architectural masterpiece that has slowly gained its fame on Instagram.
Truth being told, people are actually not allowed to go on these symmetrical stairs anymore. If you are still keen on getting that shot for Instagram then I would advise you to go early in the AM or ask the security guard for a permission beforehand.
Opening hours: Sunrise – Sunset
Entrance Fee: Free of charge.
Albert Hall Museum
I am sure that most of us have wondered about people using Photoshop to add birds into their pictures, haven’t we? Well, you do not have to spend hours editing when you are visiting Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur. Located in Ram Niwas garden, this museum is home to many pigeons that enjoy making a special appearance in your photos in exchange for some grains.
CG’s tip: The main road surrounding Albert Hall is pedestrian only early in the morning, making it a perfect opportunity for you to take photos without worrying about the crazy Indian traffic and hurdles of people photobombing your otherwise perfect shot.
Opening hours: 09:00 am – 05:00 pm, 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm. But, you can access the pavement outside it all day.
Entrance Fee: Rs. 40 for Indian nationals and Rs. 300 for Foreign nationals. Student discount is available with a valid ID.
Jal Mahal is my favourite spot to watch the sun rise from in Jaipur. If there is anything that beats a magical sunrise than it is a magical sunrise behind a lake palace in India. However, if you cannot make it here for sunrise, then I would suggest you visit it on your way back to Jaipur from Amer town.
There might be a few wedding shoots happening when you go there early in the morning but since it’s not otherwise crowded, you will easily be able to find your perfect spot without any trouble.
Opening hours: All day
Entrance Fee: Free of charge as visitors are not allowed to go inside Jal Mahal.
Royal Gaitor is Jaipur’s best kept secret. In a city where every sight is buzzing with tourists, you can finally find some peace at this place (even during peak season). It’s so less known that being born and raised in Jaipur, I myself had no clue about it until a few years ago.
Tucked away near the walls of Jaipur, this royal cemetery is definitely a must see. I have been there many times since I discovered it and to be completely honest with you, there are very few places that have blown me away like Royal Gaitor in terms of architecture.
Opening hours: 06:00 am – 06:30 pm
Entrance Fee: Rs. 30 per person.
Galta Ji temple
Galta ji is a monument consisting of numerous temples and it is home to the most photographed temple in Jaipur. It is truly fascinating how temples dedicated to so many different Hindu deities were built right next to each other and are managed till date harmoniously.
Whether you are going there to see the large colony of monkeys or to take photos of the remarkable Hindu architecture, there is an eye-pleasing sight for everyone to enjoy.
Note: The main area with the pond is not open right now due to the coronavirus.
Opening hours: 05:00 am – 09:00 pm
Entrance Fee: Free, but you’ll be asked to pay a camera charge if carrying one. It is usually around Rs. 100-150.
Being the highest point in the city, Nahargarh Fort is really the best place to watch the sun set over Jaipur. Regardless of how many pictures are posted in which Instagrammers can be seen walking on the fort walls, I want to be honest and let you know that the drop on the other side of the walls is actually scary in real life, at least for me it is. Instead, you can just find a good seat at Padao café and watch the sun set over Jaipur.
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 05:30 pm for inside the fort. However, you can visit the restaurant there till 10 pm.
Entrance Fee: Rs. 50 for Indian nationals and Rs. 200 for foreigners. Student discount is available with a valid ID.
Jagat Shiromani Temple
Despite being located a mere 5 mins from the famous Amber fort, this temple in particular doesn’t receive that many tourists. If exploring hidden gems and quaint places are more of your thing, then you are in for a treat when visiting this temple. Built between 1599-1608 AD, Jagat Shiromani temple is a true montage to the architecture heaven that is India.
Opening hours: 06:00 am – 08:00 pm
Entrance Fee: Free, but there is a Rs. 50 charge for videography.
Located about 40 kms from Jaipur, Samode Palace is one of the most Instagram worthy hotels in Rajasthan. Even if you are not staying there, you can visit this property for a day tour and take pictures in its many beautiful rooms for INR 1000. This entry charge can also be fully redeemed in the restaurant inside.
CG’s tip: Samode Palace often gets booked for private events and weddings, during which guests from outside are restrained from taking the tour of the premises. I would suggest to call the property and confirm before making driving all the way there.
Read More: Honest review about staying at Samode Palace
Opening hours: All day
Entrance Fee: Rs. 1000 per person for non-guests. The price is fully redeemable at the restaurant inside.
Map of the Best Instagrammable Spots in Jaipur
To make your time in Rajasthan even more convenient, I have created a custom map containing the best photo spots in Jaipur for you. This way you can club places that are closer in one outing and plan your trip more easily.
Just click on the bracket in the upper right corner and the map will automatically open in Google Maps on your device. You can leave it open to come back to it later or share with friends and family.
I hope you found my best Instagrammable spots in Jaipur list useful. If you ever need any help planning your trip to India then feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to me on Instagram. I am always happy to help a fellow wanderer.
See you in the pink city,
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