A Local’s Guide To Best Instagrammable Spots In Jaipur

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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Amber Fort

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.

Love my pictures? Well, I can take equally beautiful photos of you when you book me for a Jaipur Photo Tour here.

Patrika Gate

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

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.

An unobstructed view of Hawa Mahal from the Tattoo Cafe across the street.

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. 

Albert Hall Museum from the front pavement.

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

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

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.

Nahargarh Fort

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.

Nahargarh Fort at sunset

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.

Samode Palace

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

Blue room of Samode palace with years old hand painted frescos

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. 

Final Thoughts

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,
Charu xx

Want to keep reading? You might like “Staying at Alila Fort Bishangarh near Jaipur, India” and “Staying at Samode Palace: a luxury hotel near Jaipur“.

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This Post Has 59 Comments

  1. Bilal and Izzy

    Your photos are so beautiful! We’ve been seeing Jaipur on Instagram so much lately and its definitely inspired us to add it to the bucket list! Thanks for sharing this, your website is beautiful

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you Bilal and Izzy! I am so happy to know that you want to visit my beautiful city. Do let me know when you plan to get here x

  2. Denise Weekes

    This is the most comprehensive guideI have seen of Jaipur. In fact, you are the person who has inspired me to move up India on my bucket list. You are def blazing the trail and leading the way for many others to follow suit and visit the hidden gems you have now shown us. Your tourism board should make you an Ambassador for Jaipur. Your pictures are simply breathtaking. Thanks for your tips hun!

    1. Charu Goyal

      Omg, thank you so much for your comment! I am so happy to know that I have inspired you to visit my beautiful country. I cannot wait for you to come here and see all these places for yourself 💗

  3. Bliss

    This are awesome recommendations. Pinned for when I go there.

    1. Charu Goyal

      So glad to read that! Thank you Bliss 💓

  4. Deer Traveler

    Wow! Excellent guide! We really want to go to India and visit some of these spots! They have all a magical vibe 🙂

    1. Charu Goyal

      They 100% do! I hope you can get here and explore super soon 💖

  5. Chervon

    I love your blog! I have so many questions to ask you. I am so glad we caught up in Jaipur, keep in touch babe.

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you so so much sweetie. I am really glad to have met you as well and cannot wait to reunite somewhere soon! Also feel free to msg me all your questions, I would love to answer them 💗

  6. Tara White

    Great pics, I’m visiting India next year! How many days would your recommend in Jaipur please?

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you Tara, so exciting that you are coming here. I reckon 3 days are good to see Jaipur.

      Hope you have a wonderful time in India!

  7. Suman

    Probably my favorite Jaipur guide! Love how you have given tips for these beautiful spots as well.

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you Suman! I cannot express how happy I am to read that.

  8. Your photos are stunning as always! And Jaipur is such an amazing place, I have visited it while travelling around India for a month and loved it! I hope I get the chance to go back one day, I see now I have not visited all of the places you´ve mentioned here. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post, x

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you for your comment Katja! I am so happy to read that you loved Jaipur. And yes, visiting again is always good to discover some hidden gems. Hope you get to come here soon x

  9. Gemma

    Absolutely stunning images. I’m hoping to go back to India soon and this makes me want to head to Jaipur. 😍

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you Gemma! I hope you get to come here soon 🙂

  10. Sara Essop

    Beautiful photos. Your post brought back memories of my trip to Jaipur!

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you Sara! I hope you had a wonderful time on your trip to Jaipur.

  11. Aaren Prody

    India is so colorful!! What is your favorite part about living here? (:

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you, Aaren! I love the food, diversity and unlimited supply of photogenic spots 💗

  12. Taylor Deer

    Your photos are always so gorgeous Charu! I definitely need to get to India soon. Jaipur looks incredible. 🙂

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you, Taylor! I would love for you to come here soon 💗

  13. Nina

    Such beautiful pictures! I just arrived in India 3 days ago for my yoga teacher training. After that I’m planning to do the golden triangle! Super helpful post, I’ll definitely check out those places 😍

    1. Charu Goyal

      Oh thats amazing Nina! I live in Jaipur so feel free to reach out to me if there’s anything else that you might need. Have a great time here 🙂

  14. Aditi Sharma

    You captured the grandeur and architecture of Jaipur so beautifully in this post. Enjoyed reading it as it brought back fond memories from our trip to Jaipur.

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you so much, Aditi! I am so happy to read that seeing this brought back wonderful memories from your trip. Hope you enjoyed your time here in Jaipur 💗

  15. Jen

    Great post! The sunrise photos at Jal Mahal are beautiful 😁

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you so much, Jen! Did you get a chance to go to Jail Mahal on your trip as well?

  16. Hannah

    These are gorgeous shots!! Love all of the colors and how different each place is.

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you Hannah! The diverse architecture and design is one of the things that I love the most about India. I mean, have you seen photos of the south yet? So amazed to see that all of this is within the same country.

  17. Vicky

    Wow! The architecture and photos are incredible! These are some stunnign finds. Love how you have matched your outfit to the colours.

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you so much, Vicky! Planning my outfits according to the places I visit is one my favourite things to do and I am so glad that you love that.

  18. Sharon

    What amazing architecture! Your photos are lovely. The birds in flight photo is impressive!

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you so much, Sharon! The birds in India are really something else.

  19. Gorgeous photos, Charu! I visited Jaipur a few months ago and I definitely missed out on a few of these spots.

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you Disha! And well, there is always another trip, right? I hope you get to visit it fully one day.

  20. Hannah

    Oh my goodness, Jaipur looks beautiful! Panna Meena Ka Kund looks especially beautiful, but all of the temples look stunning! Thanks for the wonderful guide, I hope I’ll have an opportunity to visit in the future!

    Hannah

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you Hannah! I really hope that you get to visit Jaipur one day too. And yes, Panna Meena ka Kund is one of my favourites too- although such a shame that they now barely allow people to go on the steps.

  21. Jiayi Wang

    Oh Charu, what a beautiful post!! Too many stunning images that make me want to fly to Jaipur ASAP. Will definitely keep this handy for my future trip 🙂

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you so so much, Jiayi! It would be so nice to have you finally visit India one day. Looking forward to showing you my favourite spots in the city soon x

  22. Kriszti

    Omg Jaipur is so beautiful and all your photos are so dreamy! I really hope I can visit India next year and I would love to see your hometown as well!

    1. Charu Goyal

      I really hope so too, Kriszti! I am sure that you would like Jaipur just as much. Can’t wait to meet you here one day 💗 thank you!

  23. Jasmine

    To be honest with you, I’d never actually heard of Jaipur before I read this post, however, it looks beautiful! Your photos are absolutely breathtaking and your content is wonderful!

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you, Jasmine! I am so happy to read that I was able to introduce you to my beautiful city, I hope you get a chance to come visit here someday.

  24. Marina

    I am dying of visitin Jaipur, it has been on my list for so long! All your photos are so dreamy! Thank you for all those places Charu!

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you, Marina! I hope you can visit here really soon and get to see all these dreamy places for yourself. Jaipur will be waiting for you when its safe to travel here 🙂

  25. Francesca

    India is high on my list! I want to visit Jaipur so bad, especially the City Palace!

    1. Charu Goyal

      The City Palace is one of my favourite places in the city. I hope you get to visit Jaipur soon, Francesca!

  26. studio cube

    Amazing blog that is…thanks for sharing
    Jaipur is really an awesome place to visit

    1. Charu Goyal

      I am glad that you think so too. Thank you 🙂

  27. Prantika sarma

    To be honest, i first thought that i will check put your jaipur guide blog once i decide to visit jaipur. But i really couldn’t resist myself when i check your instagram shots. After this lockdown m surely gonna visit jaipur as it was already in my bucketlist of 2020. I hope that i will find you available if i think of booking you for jaipur photo tour 😊
    Your blogs and shots are perfect ❤

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you so so much for your kind comment, Prantika. I will be more than happy to take you on my Jaipur Photo Tour and help capture beautiful memories on your trip to the pink city! If not this year, I hope that a trip here is on the cards for you in 2021 at least.

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you, Darshak! Jaipur really is one of its kind.

  28. Srishti Verma

    Charu i always visit and read your blog, but the blog on Photography for instagram in Jaipur is just amazing and best at the category. I will use the same techniques while visit. Thanks and subscribed your blog.

    1. Charu Goyal

      Thank you so so much, Srishti. Reading your kind words have made my day and I cannot explain how much it means to me. I am really glad to know that you love visiting and reading my blog, I hope to see you around here more often. And yay, welcome to my newsletter family💗

  29. Rajat Kumar

    I have been to Jaipur countless times and this is one of my favorite cities.
    Yet I have not been to Gaitore, Samode and Panna Meena Ka Kund. Everytime I read a blog on Jaipur, I come acorss these three places and I question myself for not visiting these gems.

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