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Full of pink palaces that have lasted centuries and intricate art based on age-old techniques, Jaipur is a city synonymous with style and excellence! Located in the Golden Triangle in the north of India, it’s been at the center of India’s cultural, artistic and scientific development since its foundation. Whether it’s a museum of handmade textiles or a sprawling astronomical observatory, you’ll find this living history all over our Jaipur itinerary!

There are so many Jaipur tours to choose from but when you decide to follow our Jaipur itinerary, you’re getting so much more than just a list of sites to visit. From the best place to stay in Jaipur in 3 days to the nearest eatery for every attraction, we’ve really thought of everything! Just stick close to our Jaipur itinerary and you’ll be in for a dazzling time in the pink city of Jaipur!

 

Best Time to Visit Jaipur

When deciding when to visit Jaipur, the weather is the most important factor to keep in mind. Summers are incredibly hot, with temperatures reaching as high as 45 °C/113 °F. The added burden of dust and pollution makes summer even more unbearable. If you do visit Jaipur during this time, make sure to choose hotels with air conditioning and to drink lots of water!

when to visit Jaipur

These are the best times to visit Jaipur!

Winter (from October to March) is actually the best time to visit Jaipur. The weather is warm and dry during the day but some nights can be very chilly! This is actually peak season so book your accommodation as soon as possible if you’re busy planning a trip to Jaipur.

Between August and September is monsoon season. Rainfall ranges between mild and moderate, and floods are rare. However, it is quite humid during this time. Photographers, though, will find an advantage to going on a Jaipur tour during this time. The monuments are fresh from the recent showers and the colors are more vivid!

 Average TemperaturesChance of RainCrowdsOverall Grade
January22°C / 72°FLowBusy😀
February25°C / 77°FLowBusy😀
March31°C / 88°FLowBusy😀
April37°C / 99°FLowCalm🙂
May40°C / 104°FLowCalm🙂
June39°C / 102°FMediumCalm😐
July34°C / 93°FHighCalm🙁
August32°C / 90°FHighMedium🙁
September33°C / 91°FMediumMedium🙂
October34°C / 93°FLowBusy🙂
November29°C / 84°FLowBusy😀
December24°C / 75°FLowBusy😀

 

Where to Stay in Jaipur

As magical as Jaipur may seem when you’re ogling the pink palace, there are also parts of Jaipur that are far from picturesque. Choosing where to stay on your Jaipur trip is very important!

Bani Park is the best place to stay in Jaipur. It’s a tranquil and safe residential area that is within easy proximity to the sights on your Jaipur itinerary! It’s close to the train station and rickshaw drivers are always close by to get you around Jaipur.

where to stay in jaipur

These are the best places to stay in Jaipur! | source: JCBPhotos0505 (shutterstock)

There are numerous accommodation options ranging from budget to all-out luxury! Bani Park is actually the center of the haveli accommodation industry. Havelis are traditional Indian mansions that are built around a courtyard and you’ll find plenty of these charming hotels in Bani Park!

C Scheme is another good option to base your itinerary for Jaipur from. It has fewer accommodation options than Bani Park but it is within walking distance of the major Jaipur attractions, such as the City Palace.

If you prefer to be right in the heart of things while on your Jaipur visit, consider Mirza Ismail Road (also known as MI Road). This colossal road cuts through the entire city, meaning it has ideal access to transport! The area has various accommodation options to suit all budgets and is ideal for those interested in shopping and local cuisine.

 

Zostel Jaipur Hostel is our pick for the best hostel in Jaipur!

Best Hostel in Jaipur – Zostel Jaipur Hostel

Zostel Jaipur is the two-time winner of the best hostel in India prize so you know you’re in good hands here! It’s situated in the city center, near the Hawa Mahal. There’s free wifi, air conditioning for humid summers, and regular social events! The staff has gotten top marks for friendliness and helpfulness, while the hostel itself remains pristine.

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Period property steeped in history

Period property steeped in history is our pick for the best Airbnb in Jaipur!

Best Airbnb in Jaipur: Period property steeped in history!

This palatial, heritage property will make you feel like you stepped back in time the moment you walk through the door. It’s the kind of place where every detail has been considered and nothing skipped. Perfect for the insta-minded.

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Nahargarh Palace Hotel is our pick for the best budget hotel in Jaipur!

Best Budget Hotel in Jaipur – Nahargarh Palace Hotel

Nahargarh Palace Hotel is the epitome of providing value! The rooms may be on the bland side, but you can’t fault their cleanliness or spaciousness. The staff is the absolute highlight of the hotel as they go out of their way to ensure you have a good stay! Additionally, the hotel is close to the sites on your Jaipur itinerary.

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Taj Rambagh Palace is our pick for the Bbst luxury hotel in Jaipur!

Best Luxury Hotel in Jaipur – Taj Rambagh Palace

With endless landscaped gardens, four-poster beds and on-call butlers, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re royalty at the Taj Rambagh Palace! After all, the hotel is a palace that was once the home of the Maharajah of Jaipur! The staff at this 5-star hotel is both discrete and efficient, and everything from cocktails to afternoon tea is on offer!

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Jaipur Itinerary

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Welcome to our EPIC Jaipur itinerary

From state-of-the-art museums to a pink palace, Jaipur has plenty of treasures with which to dazzle visitors. Our Jaipur itinerary will introduce you to all the city’s iconic wonders, as well as find spaces where you can just breathe and take it all in!

There are various methods of getting around Jaipur. Uber and Ola, another app-based cab service, both operate in Jaipur and are the most hassle-free ways of getting around.

You can also take a rickshaw which is best for short distances. Try The Pink City Rickshaw Company which is run and owned by women from low-income households in Jaipur. It’s easy to spot these hot pink, eco-friendly, and custom-designed vehicles from a distance!

 

Day 1 Itinerary in Jaipur

City Palace | Chandra Mahal | Jantar Mantar | Hawa Mahal | Bazaar Shopping

One day in Jaipur is enough time to explore the city’s historical center. As you hop from one historical monument to another, our Jaipur itinerary will ensure that you get first-row access to the best places to visit in Jaipur in 2 days!

 

Day 1 / Stop 1 – City Palace

  • Why it’s awesome: Picturesque and full of fascinating facts, this palace is a must-see site on any Jaipur itinerary!
  • Cost: $7 USD.
  • Food nearby: Get your energy levels up with tasty Indian sweets at Rawat Sweets! You’ll find a more substantial meal at Hotel Sweet Dream Restaurant.

No itinerary for Jaipur would be complete without a visit to the truly awesome City Palace! It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is a fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The enormous complex took up one-seventh of old Jaipur so there’s plenty to see!

The Mubarak Mahal is one of the great highlights in the palace. It was constructed as a reception hall in the 19th century and today, it’s the palace museum. There are some truly envy-provoking clothes worn by the royal family on display!

City Palace

City Palace, Jaipur | source: Jan S. (shutterstock)

In the Diwan-I-Khas, an audience chamber, you’ll find two silver vessels which hold the Guinness World Book of Records for the largest silver vessels in the world! They were used to carry water from the Ganges for Sawaii Madho Singh II who wanted to only drink the holy water while on tour in England!

Insider Tip: If you can afford to splash out on just one thing, it should be a guided tour of the City Palace. The palace is just gigantic and has so many stories that only an insider can tell! If you don’t have a guide, try the audio guide which costs $3 USD.

 

Day 1 / Stop 2 – Chandra Mahal

  • Why it’s awesome: This stunning building remains the home of the former royal family of Jaipur!
  • Cost: $37 USD.
  • Food nearby: Yummy Indian sweets and pastries can be found at Shree Pandit Kulfi Bhandar, while Govindam Retreat is our favorite locale for Indian lunches!

Although it’s technically a part of City Palace, Chandra Mahal has its own entrance fee and a famed reputation in its own right! It’s a seven-story building but only the ground floor can be visited by tourists.

Chandra Mahal

Chandra Mahal, Jaipur | source: wonker (flickr)

The royal collection on display at the museum is just spectacular, with everything from priceless manuscripts to rare carpets on display! Although it’s a bit pricey, most visitors agree that it’s worth it.

 

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Jantar Mantar

  • Why it’s awesome: Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with large astronomical instruments!
  • Cost: $3 USD or included in the composite ticket.
  • Food nearby: Boasting lovely views of the next attraction on our Jaipur attraction (the Hawa Mahal), Wind View Cafe also serves delicious snacks and meals!

Jantar Mantar was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II who was fascinated with the mysteries of the skies. It continues to be a working astronomical observatory that fascinates tourists on vacation in Jaipur!

Vrihat Samrat Yantra, the huge sundial, is the crown jewel of Jantar Mantar! At 27m, it’s the tallest sundial in the world! It’s also an incredibly precise instrument that measures time to an accuracy of 2 seconds!

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jaya Prakash Yantra is another stellar highlight of our Jaipur itinerary. When the inverted image of the sky falls on the marble slabs, casting a shadow, it’s possible to determine the positions of various stars and planets!

Other fascinating instruments include Digamsa and Karnti Vritya which measure times for sunrise and sunset, and the solar sign of the sun, respectively.

Insider Tip: Make sure that you get here around midday when the sun is overhead. This means you’ll be able to see how readings are taken from the various instruments much more easily than at other times!

 

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Day 1 / Stop 4 – Hawa Mahal

  • Why it’s awesome: You know how Jaipur is the pink city? That’s right, the name comes partially from this iconic landmark!
  • Cost: $3 USD or included in the composite ticket.
  • Food nearby: The Tattoo Cafe & Lounge manages to be both fun and sophisticated, serving up international food alongside Indian specialties!

Hawa Mahal, the gorgeous “Palace of the Wind” is one of the classic Jaipur landmarks that has to be on your Jaipur itinerary! It was built as an extension to City Palace in 1799 to allow royal ladies to watch street parades without being seen by the wider public.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

The architecture of Hawa Mahal is just sublime. Admiring the facade, which is shaped a bit like a honeycomb, you can take in all 953 windows! Some say that the shape was inspired by Lord Krishna’s crown.  When the royal ladies would watch street activities, they’d have the windows slightly open to let in a breeze, giving rise to the name “Palace of the Wind”.

Hawa Mahal is also reputedly the world’s tallest building without a foundation. If you notice a slight curve in the structure, that was a mechanism to compensate for the lack of a foundation!

 

Day 1 / Stop 5 – Bazaar shopping

  • Why it’s awesome: Full of noisy haggling and bright colors, Jaipur’s bazaars are the best kind of assault on the senses!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Now’s a good time to taste the richness of Indian street food like Masala tea and golgappas! You’re never far from a food vendor, just make sure to choose one who’s surrounded by a crowd of satisfied locals

From turbans to musical instruments, Jaipur’s bazaars have anything and everything you can imagine on sale! Even if you’re not buying, just taking the vibrant atmosphere in will be a highlight of your Jaipur itinerary!

Sireh Deori Bazaar is probably the most famous place to shop while touring Jaipur. It’s just opposite the Hawa Mahal and has a variety of goods, ideal for window shoppers who want to get an idea of what’s on offer! You’ll also find the best camel leather products here.

Bazaar shopping

Bazaar shopping, Jaipur | source: Pikoso.kz (shutterstock)

For a bit of Maharaja bling, head to Johari Bazaar. It’s a bit like an Aladdin’s cave, with heaps of precious stones and glittering metals. Handmade necklaces and any jewelry set with precious stones are the perfect souvenirs to remember your vacation in Jaipur many years after!

You’ll find carpets, dyed fabrics, and brassware at Tripolia Bazaar. There are also rows and rows of the colorful lac bangles that are so iconically worn by Indian women!

Finally, head to Chandpole Bazaar. It continues its long history of selling sculptures made from marble, wood or stone. The marble carvings are particularly gorgeous!

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Zostel Jaipur
  • $$
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi

Zostel Jaipur is the two-time winner of the best hostel in India prize, so you know you’re in good hands here! It’s situated in the city center near the Hawa Mahal. There’s free wifi, air conditioning for humid summers, and regular social events!

If you prefer to stay in hostels, check out our favorite hostels in Jaipur!

 

Day 2 Itinerary in Jaipur

Albert Hall Museum | Museum of Legacies | Amrapali Museum | Jal Mahal

As your weekend in Jaipur draws to a close, it’s time to dive into the history and art scene of Jaipur with a trio of excellent museums! Afterward, you’ll freshen up with a lively elephant encounter before toasting to your trip to Jaipur at a pretty lake!

 

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Albert Hall

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s home to an awesome collection of local artworks!
  • Cost: $2 USD or included in the composite ticket.
  • Food nearby: Get your morning fix at Indian Coffee House, where the combination of eye-catching design and quality coffee beans is sublime!

When building first started on Albert Hall, no-one had any idea of what purpose the structure would serve! Fortunately, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II approved an idea to create a museum in the space that would showcase the talents of local artists. Just over a century later, you can lose yourself in the Albert Hall Museum’s many fascinating artifacts, a highlight on any Jaipur trip itinerary!

Albert Hall

Albert Hall, Jaipur | source: Anupamg (wikimedia commons)

Albert Hall’s architecture is something of an attraction in itself. The Indian-Saracenic style incorporates features from various Indian architectural styles. The museum walls are covered in murals depicting daily life in various other great empires, like Babylon and Egypt. This allowed citizens to compare their lives with others and develop their knowledge.

The 16 galleries inside the museum range from armor to miniature paintings. There are some fascinating coins that date back to before the 11th century! You’re also able to admire royal jewelry, intricate woodwork, and ivory statues.

 

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Museum of Legacies

  • Why it’s awesome: This is a stunning traditional mansion that boasts incredible pieces of art from around the region!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Midtown Multicuisine Restaurant is your best bet for a hearty Indian or Western lunch! Some tables have excellent views, too.

When it comes to the Museum of Legacies, it’s all about the love of art! The museum’s gorgeous location is a haveli that was donated by a prominent official to an art school in the early 18th century.

In the History of Jewelry section, you’ll find pictures showing how jewelry was traditionally made in Jaipur. There is also a collection of beautiful finished pieces. The Mitch Crites and Nilou Collection, meanwhile, is host to an array of precious stones and marble work.

There’s an impressive collection of fine art at the museum, too. Pichwai artworks from the Decca region depict Lord Krishna, while the Bhil people’s indigenous artworks are also breathtaking!

You’ll also discover a fabulous collection that showcases embroidery from all over Rajasthan in various textile items!

It’s also worth putting the Museum of Legacies on your 2-day itinerary in Jaipur for the chance to go inside a traditional Indian mansion (a haveli). The 64 rooms and 2 great halls of the haveli are situated around a large courtyard to ensure the circulation of light and fresh air throughout the residence.

 

Day 2 / Stop 3 – Amrapali Museum

  • Why it’s awesome: For an insight into the good life Indian royals enjoyed, the Amrapali is unbeatable!
  • Cost: $7 USD, including an audio guide tour in English.
  • Food nearby: Mamu’s Infusion serves up scrumptious fusion cuisine, with Indian, Lebanese and other influences!

No, it’s not just another museum on the Jaipur itinerary; this is the Amrapali Museum and, trust us, it’s awesome! It has arguably the most state-of-the-art facilities to showcase hand-picked items from around India, and it’s just stunning.

Amrapali Museum was founded by two friends who went on an epic trip around India, sourcing unique items from various Indian tribes. The love and thought that went into this venture is so palpable in the museum that it’d be a shame to miss it when you travel to Jaipur!

The bulk of the museum’s collection is jewelry and expensive personal items. While you can easily give yourself free rein to explore the museum, there are a number of absolute must-see items on show!

One of the more unusual collections is that of mukhnaals. These gilded objects were used by Indian kings as mouthpieces for hookahs. The eclectic designs range from fish to elephants!

Another insight into lavish royal life comes with the pair of mojris from around the 19th century. These shoes are made of solid gold and silver, encrusted with rubies and emeralds, and would have been worn for ceremonial occasions!

You may not be able to afford the real thing but upstairs there are some pretty good replicas for sale!

 

Day 2 / Stop 4 – Jal Mahal

  • Why it’s awesome: It’s not every day that you get to see a palace rising out of the middle of a lake!
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: There are plans to host a restaurant in the palace but if that’s not complete at the time of your visit, head to Jal Mahal at the Trident Hotel nearby for dinner.

You may have spent 2 days in Jaipur but you won’t have seen anything else like this! Rising out of a body of glimmering water, Jal Mahal has to be one of the most serene Jaipur points of interest! It was constructed at the end of the 18th century as a hunting lodge and was later renovated into the elegant palace we see today.

You’re probably wondering how a palace just “floats” on a lake and that’s a valid question! Firstly, you only see one level of the palace from above ground; below the water are a further four stories! When the palace was built, it wasn’t surrounded by a lake as the area was experiencing a severe drought.

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal, Jaipur | source: Dmitry Rukhlenko (shutterstock)

To preserve the palace when the drought passed, the palace’s pink sandstone walls were coated in special lime mortar to prevent water seeping into the monument. The palace was actually deserted when the water levels rose much more than expected but thankfully, it has been lovingly restored! Consider taking a tour to learn more about this palace!

Insider Tip: Be at the Jal Mahal in time for sunset. The magical glow that falls on the lake, as well as the palace’s illuminated facade and reflection in the water, makes for a breathtaking experience! This is the perfect way to conclude a 2-day itinerary in Jaipur! You can easily reach the lake by rickshaw or taxi.

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Day 3 and Beyond

Anokhi Museum of Hand Block Printing | Nahargarh Fort | Jaipur Wax Museum | Gem Palace| Iswari Minar Swarga Sal

You may have 3 days in Jaipur, but there’s no need to search high and low wondering what to do in Jaipur next! Our incredible 3-day itinerary in Jaipur rounds up the final Jaipur attractions that will stoke your curiosity and steal your breath. Be sure to bring your best travel camera to record these precious moments!

 

Anokhi Museum of Hand Block Printing

  • After 2 days in Jaipur, you’ll be familiar with havelis, but this one is also an amazing arts center!
  • Entrance is just $2 USD!
  • When you’re done exploring, there’s a cool cafe to grab snacks, and a gift shop for some beautiful mementos of your vacation in Jaipur!

The Anokhi Museum is the stunning result of a true labor of love! It was founded by an Indian family and remains a privately-owned, small organization. Anokhi is dedicated to preserving and promoting the threatened local hand block printing industry, and we think it’s doing a fabulous job!

There’s a small collection of historical textiles that help document the evolution of hand block printing in India. The focus, however, is on contemporary hand block printing from the 1960s to the present day.

Anokhi Museum of Hand Block Printing

Anokhi Museum of Hand Block Printing, Jaipur | source: Ketayun, Katz (wikimedia commons)

There’s a rich permanent collection of clothing, raw fabrics and home furnishings that showcases the many varied patterns that these artisans have created in the last 60 years! This is accompanied by a photographic collection and items from the production process.

Learning about the different kinds of dyes (from natural to chemical processes) and tools (including brass and wooden blocks, as well as carving tools) is really an interesting experience to add to your Jaipur itinerary!

The Anokhi Museum also hosts various temporary exhibitions. These might explore unique kinds of bedding from a small village or the use of traditional techniques in more contemporary styles of clothing. Don’t miss out!

 

Nahargarh Fort

  • Just half an hour out of Jaipur is this once-mighty fort with an awe-inspiring hilltop location!
  • Its history is not just about the military; learn the local legends about the haunted palace and hear palace gossip about a maharaja with a wandering eye!
  • It’s a popular set for Bollywood films so familiarize yourself with the local stars, you never know!

The story goes that while the fort was being built, strange things started happening. Each day the workers would find the previous day’s work destroyed. The maharaja investigated and found that the land was haunted by the spirit of a tiger! To placate the tiger, a shrine to it was built and the fort was named after him: Nahargarh, meaning “abode of the tiger”!

Before you get lost in the wonders of Nahargarh Fort itself, appreciate the fantastic views of Jaipur and the countryside that the hilltop location affords!

Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur | source: WitthayaP (shuttesrtock)

The fort was constructed in 1734 and you can still see the original 1km-long walls. Many of the other original structures have been destroyed. The highlight of the fort is the palace which dates from the late 19th century when it was used by Madho Singh II to keep his favorite concubines away from the disapproval of his officials and wives!

If you enjoy Indian sites with interesting stories, check out our guide to the most mysteriest places in India.

Insider Tip: Get even more out of this experience by starting the final day of your 3-day itinerary in Jaipur with an early morning bicycle trip to the fortress! The winding trail boasts wonderful views of Jaipur and the Man Sagar Lake. You can do this kind of visit to Nahargarh Fort from around $20 USD!

 

Jaipur Wax Museum

  • Just next to the Nahargarh Fort, this is the first wax museum to set up shop next to a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
  • It’s kind of like the Indian version of Madame Tussauds, with many prominent Indians amongst the displays!
  • Entrance is just $5 USD ($10 USD including the Sheesh Mahal).

Once you’ve gotten to know a bit about Jaipur and India, it’s totally cool to get to know their star personalities from across the ages!

The figures were made of wax and silicone by India’s first and most senior wax sculptor, Susanta Ray. All of the figures are accompanied by background information to really bring them to life just for you!

Jaipur Wax Museum

Jaipur Wax Museum, Jaipur | source: Manjwm (wikimedia commons)

In the aptly-named Hall of Icons, come face to face with activist Mahatma Gandi and Mother Theresa! You’ll also meet Amitabh Bachchan, the legendary Bollywood actor, and former president and scientist A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

The Royal Darbar is an amazing recreation of the royal life of the maharajas and maharanis. See these larger-than-life figures in wax, as well as admire their treasures! Even better than that, you can also dress up in the splendid royal garments!

The final attraction of the wax museum is the Sheesh Mahal. It’s an incredible space that houses thikri mirror work, an ancient Indian art. It took around 100 craftsmen and 2,5 million pieces of glass to produce the mind-blowing optical illusions in the hall!

 

Gem Palace

  • Passed down for eight generations in the same family, there is passion and expertise at the Gem Palace!
  • You may not be buying the precious jewelry, but it’s still one of the most-loved Jaipur landmarks that you should visit!
  • With patrons like Prince Charles of Wales and Mick Jagger, you can be sure you’re in good hands at the Gem Palace!

A veritable treasure trove, the Gem Palace is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur in 3 days! It’s home to both antique and modern jewelry that’s been in hot demand since the mid-19th century. If you’re shopping, be prepared to fork out your money but rest assured that the quality is unbeatable!

The store is owned by the Kasliwal family who first gained fame as court jewelers to the maharajas of India. The skilled jewelers and gem cutters passed their skills down to the present generation who have also brought in Western influences. The family history and presence of the atelier at the store make the Gem Palace a living museum that deserves a spot on your Jaipur itinerary!

 

Iswari Minar Swarga Sal

  • This minaret is in the heart of Jaipur and provides lovely views of the inner city!
  • The spiral staircase is painted white, giving a sense of spaciousness, and there are windows to make the climbs as comfortable as possible!
  • Entrance is just $3 USD or free with the composite ticket!

The royal who commissioned the minaret killed himself when an enemy army approached but thankfully, he left Jaipur this striking minaret in the heart of the city!

For your final day in Jaipur, take yourself on a leisurely Jaipur walking tour in the old city and search for Iswari Minar Swarga Sal (also called Isarlat).

Iswari Minar Swarga Sal

Iswari Minar Swarga Sal, Jaipur | source: Volodymyr Petryshyn (shutterstock)

Although it’s not the premier place to go for views in Jaipur, its height allows for an intimate picture of Jaipur. It’s high enough to allow you to admire Jaipur attractions like the City Palace and the Hawa Mahal but also low enough to hear the street sounds and see daily life carry on in Jaipur. It’s a great place to reflect and celebrate your trip to Jaipur!

Don’t forget to pack a good book!

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan: This is our top recommendation for an awesome and inspiring read on this magical city.

 

Staying Safe in Jaipur

Don’t let any concerns you have about safety stop you from planning a trip to Jaipur. Rather, do your research and follow our tips for staying safe in the pink city!

One of the more unusual safety hazards you may encounter on your Jaipur tour are monkeys! They’re all over in the city and, as cute as they may seem, it’s best to keep them far away. Hold tight to your possessions as they’re notorious for grabbing. Monkey bites can transmit disease so keep your distance.

Pickpocketing and scams are as common in Jaipur as in any other big city. Keep your belongings close by, particularly in crowded areas. Taxis are also known to charge exorbitant prices so insist on using the meter. You should also be careful when buying gemstones, as they are not always true gems but rather colored glass.

India has a bad reputation for overall sanitation and tap water is not considered safe. Be sure to wash your hands regularly (and even carry hand sanitizer). Don’t accept any water in glasses at restaurants; rather, ask for bottled water and make sure it’s sealed. Those backpacking through India should be extra mindful not to compromise on this. Getting sick while long-term traveling is pretty miserable.

Most travelers leave Jaipur safe and sound but you never know what may happen until it does. Therefore, you should always have travel insurance when you leave your home country! We love World Nomads, an efficient and flexible travel insurance.

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Day Trips From Jaipur

Jaipur is a gem on its own, but add some of the neighboring attractions to your Jaipur itinerary and you’ve got absolute Rajasthani magic! Fortunately, it’s easy to get around the area with these epic day trips from Jaipur!

 

From Jaipur: Same Day Taj Mahal Private Tour

From Jaipur: Same Day Taj Mahal Private Tour

Visiting the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort (both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites), this is one of the most popular day trips from Jaipur!

Apart from these awesome sights, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit Fatehpur Sikri, a beautiful town with red sandstone buildings that was once the Mughal capital! You will also be given a tour of Agra during which you can visit the Tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah. This mausoleum is often called the “Baby Taj” as it is thought to have been a kind of draft for the construction of the Taj Mahal!

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Jaipur Amer Fort, Jal Mahal & Stepwell Private Half-Day Tour

Jaipur Amer Fort, Jal Mahal & Stepwell Private Half-Day Tour

Day trips from Jaipur offer a convenient way of seeing attractions just outside of the city. This one will take you to the famed Amer Fort and Jal Mahal, amongst others!

Amer Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! It’s a fortress on top of a hill that doubles as an opulent royal palace. There are plenty of picturesque attractions inside the complex, such as the lake in the gardens and Sheesh Mahal, the hall of mirrors!

Afterward, there’s a stop at Rajasthani Baori, a traditional stepwell that has been featured in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Following this, you’ll head to Lake Man Sagar. In the midst of the lake is Jal Mahal, a partially submerged summer palace and a striking vision!

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From Jaipur: Pushkar Self-Guided Day Trip

From Jaipur: Pushkar Self-Guided Day Trip

For an immersive experience in Indian spirituality, this day trip to Pushkar is perfect!

With over 400 temples, Pushkar is known as the Holy City. The star temple which you’ll visit is Brahma Temple, the only temple in the world that is dedicated to Brahma (the divinity who created the world in Hindu mythology)!

After climbing an epic 650 steps, you’ll reach Savitri Temple where, apart from admiring the temple, you’ll enjoy incredible views of the ancient city!

The tour will also make a brief visit to the edges of the Great Indian Desert of Thar. Although the landscape is harsh, it’s also breathtaking!

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From Jaipur: Same Day Trip to Abhaneri

From Jaipur: Same Day Trip to Abhaneri

Your destination for this wonderful day trip is Abhaneri, an old town full of traditional architecture!

Chand Baori is probably one of the oldest landmarks you’ll find on any Jaipur itinerary. It was built in the 9th century by King Chanda. There are some stunning step wells in the complex, where worshippers would wash their hands and feet before entering the Harshat Mata Temple which was dedicated to the goddess of happiness and joy!

The final stop on your trip is the so-called Monkey Temple. This temple complex is largely abandoned, except by a large troupe of monkeys! It’s a popular place to take photos when you visit Jaipur!

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Private Day Trip: The Havelis of Mandawa

Private Day Trip: The Havelis of Mandawa

As well as visiting the stunning havelis in Mandawa, you also get the chance to enjoy a tranquil drive through the Rajasthani countryside! This combination of both natural and architectural beauty will make this day trip one for the books!

Mandawa is full to the brim with havelis, traditional Indian mansions that were built around a courtyard. These 18th-century homes are lavishly decorated with detailed frescoes and plush furnishings!

You’ll carry on with the good life by having lunch at Castle Mandawa before paying tribute to deceased royals at the royal cenotaphs. If you feel the need to transform your home into a palace, don’t worry, there are plenty of shops with similar items you can adorn your house with.

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Conclusion

Jaipur’s passion for excellence means you’re never far from a UNESCO World Heritage Site or a centuries-old tradition. Whether you’re shopping up a storm in the bazaar or ogling the many windows of the Hawa Mahal, our Jaipur itinerary ensures that you’re always in the heart of the city’s rich heritage!

Jaipur’s beautiful monuments mostly remain just as they were when they were built, allowing visitors an intimate glimpse of its illustrious past. Coupled with a handful of intimate museums and tried-and-tested traditional techniques in the bazaars and workshops, this means that Jaipur’s past is as alive as its bustling present!

If tasty Indian sweets, lofty architecture and vibrant colors sound good to you, then Jaipur is definitely for you! The pink city offers a warm welcome to visitors and our Jaipur itinerary lets you dive right into this charming Indian city! Once you’ve decided where to stay in Jaipur, pack your bags using our suggested India packing list!

 

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