Jaipur Travel Guide
Jaipur city has so much to offer to any type of traveler – from colourful markets, rich cuisine, interesting museums, majestic palaces, you will find everything your heart desires here!
I will make this blog simple and detailed with everything you would need to plan a trip to Jaipur.
What makes Jaipur so popular?
Jaipur also known as the Pink City is the capital city of Rajasthan.
Undoubtedly this city is very famous among tourists that come from all over the world. This is primarily because it lies on the famous golden triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) and houses beautiful fortresses. There are several well-established transportation routes to reach Jaipur, which makes it easy to travel.
Jaipur city is also steeped with history and rich culture. What I best loved about Jaipur is the odd strolling of camels and elephants in the chaotic streets of the city. It is great mix of urban living surrounded by havelis and palaces.
If you are wondering why Jaipur is called The Pink City…
In 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria were on an India voyage. The then ruler of Jaipur, Maharaja Ram Singh painted the whole city pink to welcome his honorary guests. Since pink denotes the color of hospitality.
How to reach Jaipur?
It depends from which city or country, you’re travelling.
By Air: Jaipur has a well-connected domestic airport from major cities in India. The frequency of flight is also not a problem. The city has an international airport too. But most international tourists prefer coming via Delhi. The domestic airport is barely 7 kms from the main city. While, the International Airport is 10 kms from the city. Once you reach the airport, you could hire a cab or bus to reach the main city.
By Train: Jaipur can be reached via Indian Railways from many cities in India. There are three major railway junction – Jaipur, Gandhinagar and Durgapara. Most trains stop at Jaipur railway junction. After reaching the train junction, hire a cab, auto or take a bus to reach your hotel. To book your cab or auto, you could use UBER app.
There is a special, luxurious and renowned train called as Palace on Wheels which starts from Delhi and connects to all the popular destinations of Rajasthan including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur etc.
By Road: You can opt between:
1) private cab from Delhi (approximately 5 hours) or from Agra (approximately 4 hours).
2) Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) government buses, Private Volvo and AC buses, all of which you can be booked via redbus based on their reviews and ratings
Where to stay in Jaipur?
There are several good stay options in Jaipur for all kinds of budget.
•Hotel Umaid Haveli, Jaipur – budget hotel too
•Narain Niwas, Jaipur
•Samode Haveli, Jaipur
•Hotel Ratan Haveli Haveli, Jaipur
•Sujan Rajmahal, Jaipur
•The Raj Palace, Jaipur
•Umaid Bhavan, Jaipur
Medium Budget stay options:
•Pearl Palace Heritage – The Boutique Guesthouse
•Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur
•Umaid Mahal-A Heritage Style Boutique Hotel, Jaipur
•Jas Vilas, Jaipur
•Suryaa Villa, Jaipur
Budget Stay options:
•Tara Niwas, Jaipur
•Arya Niwas, Jaipur
•Hotel Shikha, Jaipur
Luxury Stay options:
• The rambagh palace
• Rajvilas – An Oberoi Hotel & Resort
We stayed at this Airbnb. The space was absolutely beautiful and tranquil, with views of mountains just outside their terrace. The hosts are also excellent at communication. We really loved it here and would recommend this stay as its location is just ideal. Book early, as it gets filled up real soon.
How to get around Jaipur?
Unlike a lot of tourist places in India where transport could be a huge challenge, Jaipur is the most sorted out city.
• Uber rickshaw and uber cabs are the most convenient and affordable options. Also, you don’t have to bargain, and the rates are pretty standard
• Public buses are the cheapest options and the frequency is quite high
• You could also book a private cab for the duration of your stay
How long should you stay in Jaipur?
If you are coming from far away, I suggest your stay should be of minimum 3 full days. However, if you have more time, there are plenty of things to do in Jaipur. You could stay here for as long as one full week and dive into its culture.
When is the best time to visit Jaipur?
October to February is a pleasant weather to visit Jaipur. It is the winter season in the Jaipur when the climate is pleasant during the daytime and nights are slightly chilly. Having said that, this is also the peak season for tourists in Jaipur.
The monsoon season lasts from July to September but Jaipur doesn’t experience much of rainfall. If you wish to visit Jaipur before the crowd starts coming in then August and especially September would be a great time to visit. The crowd is fairly less and rainfall is not much.
March to June could be very hot, especially if you are on a long holiday in Jaipur and near around cities, you may feel tired with the dry heat. If you do decide to visit Jaipur during summers, make sure that you keep yourself adequately hydrated.
Suggested Jaipur packing list
Here are some things that I would not go to Jaipur without:
• Hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen, no matter which season you travel
• A light jacket, only during winters. Rain jacket/umbrella, only during monsoons
• Mode of payment – Paytm, GooglePay and Cards are pretty much accepted everywhere. But carry some amount of cash in case of emergency. ATMs are also widely available
• Water Bottle – Most monuments have drinking water available for free. You only need to refill your bottle at the entrance. We preferred refilling our bottles at the Airbnb we stayed.
• Good pair of shoes – Jaipur has several forts that are massive in size and requires lot of walking. Hence carry comfortable shoes
• ID proof
Internet in Jaipur
We did face internet issues in the main city, but it wasn’t much of a problem as people were always there to help with directions. Booking an uber could be a slight problem if internet speed is slow but we still managed to book them. And just in case you are unable to, then several rickshaws and public buses will be running just outside each of the monument.
What to eat in Jaipur?
Jaipur is famous for its large Rajasthani thalis and dishes such as Dal Batti Churma, Mawa Kachori, Ghewar and Mirchi Bada.
Jaipur tourist map
Hawa Mahal is pretty much at the center of the city.
To the North of Hawa Mahal are places such as Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Panna Meena ka Kund
To the South of Hawa Mahal are places such as Jawahar Circle Garden and Albert Hall museum
Rest of the places such as City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Nahagarh Fort etc are all around the Hawa Mahal
TIP: After finishing all site-seeing for the day, drive back to Hawa Mahal instead of your hotel room. This way you could spend whole evening shopping. There are several lanes in Jaipur to shop, explore them one evening at a time.
3 days itinerary for Jaipur
The city today is one of the most Instagram-able place in the world! It has so much to offer, so I would recommend spending at least 3 full days to get the most out of your visit.
Here is my 3 day Jaipur itinerary –
Panna Meena ka Kund
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India is blessed with the most beautiful stepwells which are known for their awe-gaping symmetrical beauty! ❇️They were obviously built as means to store water. But what intrigues me more is that they were not plain soil dug out. 🔨 They were architectural marvels offering spectacular views! Our ancestors were so artistic and skillful that they made even ordinary structures look beautiful. Today these stepwells remain as archives of past only left to our imagination of how magnificent ancient India may have looked like! . . . #jaipurdiaries #jaipurtourism #visitrajasthan #rajasthantourism #pannameenakakund #jaipurgram
Most of northern India is full of ancient step well. Rajasthan was a hot desert and water was scarce in this region. Majority of surviving step wells not only served as water storage but also for leisure gatherings. This was because when the winds would blow above the well water, it was cooler and provided relief from the mid-day heat. Step-wells also served as a place for social gatherings and religious ceremonies.
Panna Meena ka Kund lies in the middle of Amer village, close to Amber Fort. It is also the northern most tourist place to start your Jaipur itinerary.
You should get to Panna Meena ka Kund around 7 am when they open. This step-well was open to visitors earlier but now you are not allowed to climb down. But even from high up, this step well is a beauty to watch!
Entry Fee: Free
Opening Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m., all days
Duration: 0.5 Hours
Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort
Amber Fort and the neighboring Jaigarh Fort are actually considered to be one large complex because they are connected by an underground tunnel. This tunnel was built to enable the royal family to escape into the more secure Jaigarh Fort in case of an attack.
Both these forts are a perfect representation of timeless beauty. If you are confused like we were, Amber Fort, Amer Fort and Amber Palace are all one and the same thing! It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built from impressive pink sandstone and white marble. It looks so stunning from down the road and the walls of these forts are spread across the Aravalis mountain range. You can get an impressive view of the fort walls from Jaigarh Fort.
We got here just after our visit from Panna Meena ka Kund. We have written a detailed blog on Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort with timings, entrance fee, what to expect etc.
This five-storied building dates back to the 1750s and set amid the beautiful Man-Sarovar Lake. The then ruler, Maharaja Madho Singh needed a hunting lodge for himself and as a place for his duck hunting celebrations. Of the five stories, four floors remain underwater when the lake is full.
The palace is not open to the public so one can only admire its beauty from afar. There are chances you will pass the Jal Mahal when you travel between forts and towns. If you like, you could have a quick stop here. During evening, the Mahal is lit up so it looks even more gorgeous. If you don’t find time during the day, you could take a leisurely stroll here in the evening.
Break for Lunch at
This totally depends on when you have started your day. If you have reach Panna Meena ka Kund at 7AM, there are chances you would finish all the above by lunch time. In this case, you could stop for lunch at Jal Mahal Restaurant just across the Jal Mahal Palace.
However, if you have not finished covering Jaigarh Fort by lunch time, then you could stop for lunch at Jaigarh Restaurant which is located inside the fort. It is not a very fancy restaurant but food quality will be standard.
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What a beauty Jaipur has been! 🌻With it's beautiful heritage monuments, vibrant colours and rich culture, Jaipur has been winning my heart 💟 This lovely cafe ☕ right opposite Hawa Mahal gives the best view of the monument. I could sit here all day long. . . . #jaipurdiaries #jaipurtourism #jaipur #indiantravelblogger #colours_of_rajasthan #rajasthan #rajasthantourism
Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of Breeze”, was built in 1799 as an extension to the City Palace. It has a five storey exterior consisting of 953 small windows or Jharokhas. The building structure is so spectacular that I loved this view the most.
It was originally built as a vantage point for the ladies of the royal household to observe everyday life and festivals in the streets below without being observed themselves.
After your visit at the Hawa Mahal, you could step into any of the cafes right opposite to Hawa Mahal – Wind View Café and Tattoo Café & Lounge . A little heads up, Tattoo Cafe & Lounge is a tiny open restaurant where only one table can fit in. Most tourists come to both these cafes for some photos and light snacks. Each of the cafes provide an unique view of the Hawa Mahal. If you want to spend some time to enjoy watching the city crowd and tourists, then Wind View Cafe is a good place to be.
Entry Fee for Hawa Mahal: INR 50 INR for Indians, INR 200 INR for Foreigners
Opening Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Duration: 1 hr
End your day at
Walk through the lanes of Jauhari Bazaar around Hawa Mahal. There are plethora of things you could buy from here. Also, carry an extra empty bag for your trip to Jaipur. Things to buy – Blue pottery jars, Jaipuri bedsheets and dohars, gota patti dupattas, lehariya salwars and many other things that are unique to Rajasthan culture.
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#citypalacejaipur has four gates that are collectively called the Ridhi Sidhi gates. Each of these gates represents a season. This ones called the Leheriya Gate. 🍀More detailed blog on our experience at City Palace is coming up on our next blog, so stay tuned. And to those of you who are asking me for a Jaipur itinerary, that blog too is in progress.📝 I will add details such as opening timings, time taken at each monument, where to stay, how to travel, few tips and any other information you would like to hear from us…😀😀 Besides the Jaipur itinerary, I have also prepared several other itineraries for our friends to different parts of the country and some foreign places too 🤣🤣🤣 I think I should sometimes quit my job and become a travel agent..but I always love to help and because you ask me about various places that I get to learn more.. 😀😀 . . . . #jaipurdiaries #jaipur #indiantravelblogger
Our first stop on the second day was the City Palace, the royal residence and once the seat of royals. The complex has Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, and other significant structures. The architecture is a fusion of Indian, Mughal, Rajput and even European styles.
It will take about two hours to walk around because there are so many stunning design details to take in. When we reached this monument, there was also some preparation work going on for a wedding in the evening.
We have written a detailed blog on City Palace with timings, entrance fees etc.
Right opposite the City Palace lies Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO world heritage site. It is one of the five observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. If you like astrology, then this is a good place to visit. It displays good amount of scientific knowledge our ancestors possessed.
The observatory consists of nineteen instruments. Apart from telling the accurate time it also allows observation of planetary positions, predicting eclipses, locating major stars and much more.
Entry Fee: 50 INR – Indians, 200 INR – Foreigners
Opening Timings: 9:00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Duration: 0.75 – 1 hr
Break for Lunch at
The Yellow House – Experience an actual Robot serving your food at your table. Cool isn’t it?
Gatore Ki Chatriyan
This was the final resting place for the Maharajas of Jaipur where every Maharaja has one cenotaph constructed in his honour. Every thing about the Rajputs rulers was so royal and these cenotaphs are here to remind us just that. The name Gaitore comes from the phrase “Gaye ka Thor” which means “resting place of the departed souls”.
We reached here soon after lunch and there was quite a lot of shade on a hot afternoon. It didn’t have too many tourists around, which made us enjoy this place even more.
Entry Fee: only INR 30 for Indians and INR 100 for foreign tourists
Opening Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 5p.m.
Duration: 1 Hour
Nahargarh Fort: Abode Of The Tigers
Along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort once formed a strong defence system for the city. This Fort has nothing much in the interiors as compared to Amer and Jaigarh Fort. However, it attracts many tourists for its gorgeous sunset views from the top. It requires quite a lot of walking around if you wish to cover the entire premises and view the city from all sides of the forts.
We took a rickshaw till the foothills of Nahagarh Fort and then decided to climb the fort. If you are not used to a lot of walking, its best to drive by cab till the summit. We quite enjoyed our walk up hill and met a few local kids who were quite friendly and playful.
Entry Fee: INR 50 for Indians, INR 200 for Foreigners
Opening Timings: 8:30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Duration: 2 hrs
Albert Hall Museum
Considered as one of the finest galleries in Jaipur, Albert Hall is famous for both its outstanding architecture as well as the exciting museum exhibitions. The construction of Albert Hall started during the visit of the Prince of Wales to Jaipur back in 1876.
This monument also is well lite during the night. We got a chance to look at the amazing light display on our way back from Jawahar Circle Garden. The entire building keeps changing into vibrant different colours.
Entry Fee: 40 INR – Indians, 300 INR – Foreigners, 100 INR – Night Viewing of the Museum
Opening Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for normal sightseeing and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for night viewing.
Duration: 1 hr
Jawahar Circle Garden
Located very close to the Jaipur airport, this is usually the first or the last visiting place in Jaipur. The entrance of Jawahar Circle and also kind of the main attraction is the beautifully designed and very colorful Patrika gate. It gives you a taste of the vibrant culture of Rajasthan as each pillar is dedicated to different eras and parts of the state.
Set in the middle of this huge circular garden is a fountain which puts on a musical light show every Sunday from 7 pm. In addition to the fountain, the park also comprises a playground, jogging tracks, food vendors and a Hindu temple. This is a public park so there’s no entrance fee.
Don’t miss out the outstanding ceiling of Patrika Gate.
Also strongly recommended
If you wish to extend your stay a little more, then trying on block printing at Studio Bagru is going to be an experience you won’t regret. Its a great learning experience and that way you would also support local craftsmanship.
With this I pretty much finish writing about Jaipur City and hoped to have inspired you to visit this spectacular city.