Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jaipur is one of India’s best-planned historic cities. The beautiful city is home to several architectural marvels and a haven for food and shopping fanatics. If you are planning to visit Jaipur, we have you covered.
Who to go with?
Considered a popular travel destination in India, Jaipur is a safe city for all kinds of travellers. The pink city is open to families visiting for weddings or reunions, friends exploring the city, or solo travellers looking to take a break from their regular lives. Depending on your interest, you can curate a holiday itinerary that will suit you and your companions.
The best time to visit
November to March is the ideal time to visit as the temperature is between 8 and 32 degree Celsius.
Things to pack
Here’s a quick list of things to pack. Copy the list to your phone
- A pair of sunglasses
- Camera (or a good phone)
- Light layers including sweatshirts, shawls, woollen scarfs, and beanies
- Water bottle
- Power banks and chargers
- An emergency kit with contact details, cash, and first aid items
How to reach Jaipur
Air travel is one of the best options. The nearest airport is Sanganer Airport (10 km from the city centre) which has good connectivity with Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi. For those who enjoy a good train ride, Jaipur has three railway junctions at Durgapura, Gandhinagar, and Jaipur main. Travellers can also drive by road through NH8, NH11, and NH12 or take the bus from Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) or private agencies.
Jaipur has a wide range of accommodations to choose from based on budget. Based on your preference, select a hotel along Sansarachandra or Station Road to enjoy the old city charm. Hotels in the Rambagh area are great if you want to enjoy a the nightlife.
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Things to do
Monuments to visit
- Built with red and pink sandstone, Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds has this pyramidal shape and the palace gets its name from always being windy, thanks to the presence of several windows and jharokhas. For the best view of the monument, head up to Wind View Cafe across the road and enjoy chai and pakoras.
- The City Palace is famous for its art and architecture. The palace continues to be the home of the Jaipur royal family with their 500-odd personal servants.
- Built in 1724, Jantar Mantar is considered one of the world’s most accurate pre-modern observatories and has the world’s largest ever stone sundial. This astronomical observatory was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Jal Mahal, or the water palace, is built in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. The palace appears to be floating and remains an architectural testament to the Rajput’s engineering prowess.
- Located 11 km from Jaipur, the magnificent Amer Fort is filled with palaces, the sheesh mahal, ramparts, cobbled paths, and fascinating Rajputana stories from the past. It overlooks Maota Lake.
- Patrika Gate is a 30-minute drive from Jaipur near the airport. It’s the entryway to Jahawar Circle Park and is one of the most photographed spots in Jaipur. The architecture is considered a reflection of Rajasthani culture.
- Overlooking the city of Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort towers over the city from the edge of Aravalli Hills. It was once part of the city’s three-point defence strategy and now offers visitors breathtaking views of the city.
- Jaipur Literature Festival is a 5-day annual literary event that hosts nearly 2,000 authors, writers, and thinkers along with complementing music shows before and after the event. Scheduled to happen every January, the Jaipur Literature Festival is an enriching way to gain exposure to the world and also indulge in the written word. If it interests you, plan your Jaipur trip coinciding with JLF.
- Kripal Kumbh is the best place in Jaipur to shop for authentic blue pottery run by the descendants of the very family who got blue pottery to India from Persia. Choose from plates, vases, jars, tiles, or soap dishes. The shop now houses classical pottery designs as well as modern designs.
- Situated 180 km from Jaipur, visit the Ranthambore National Park to sight tigers and other wildlife animals in their natural habitat.
Jaipur is known for its rich cultural history and vibrant cuisine. The city is home to a variety of traditional dishes that are influenced by the region’s climate, geography, and cultural traditions. Some popular foods in Jaipur include dal baati churma and gatte ki sabji. Street food is also popular in Jaipur, with vendors selling a variety of Rajasthani chaat and bhelpuri. Jaipur is also known for its sweets, such as gulab jamun and laddoos, gazak, lassi and more. The diverse vibrance in Jaipuri food and it’s flavours reflective of the city’s rich cultural heritage are not to be missed. Indulge on!
- Johri Bazaar is famous for jewellery, furniture, art, handicrafts, and gems.
- Bapu Bazaar is known for its leather products such as Mojri shoes, sandstone artefacts, attire, and lehengas.
- Teatro Dhora is a multi-designer boutique curated to reflect the culture of Rajasthan.
- The Gem Palace has been selling handcrafted jewellery since 1852. The historic shop was court jewellers to the Maharajas of Rajasthan.
While we covered the most important places and activities, we are sure there are many more hidden gems in Jaipur that one must not miss. If you know of any, write to us in the comments below and let our readers take the cue!