Jaipur’s culture and history reminds us of an epic novel; there are grand buildings, intricate love stories, heroic battles and glamorous, multi-faceted characters (especially the Maharajas). Rajasthan is one of the flashiest and most colourful states in India, and as its capital Jaipur does not fail to live up to this reputation. Jaipur has been a cultural jewel in Indian history for hundreds of years and we’re excited to tell you more about it.
One of the most popular questions about Jaipur that we hear often is: why is Jaipur pink? Well, once upon a time a clever Maharaja had a smart plan to impress some Royal guests (Queen Victoria and Prince Albert) on their Royal visit in 1876. Pink is the colour of warm welcomes and he wanted to make sure the relations between Jaipur and its British Empress were water-tight. Jaipur’s pink is really more a red/brown colour, as the buildings are built with red sandstone, the warm appearance of the city has always resonated well with proud locals and excited visitors.
So if you haven’t decided whether the majestic Jaipur is for you or perhaps you have and need some guidance on what to do, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve built our Jaipur Tourism Guide in order to guide your decisions and ensure you have the best trip possible; which means not missing out on the key sights.
Fun Facts About Jaipur
- Jaipur is India’s first planned city and is believed to have been founded on 18th November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
- In the early eighteenth century, he constructed five astronomical observatories: an amazing achievement for any time. They inspire everyone from artists to architects today.
- It’s a mere 60km away from the largest saline lake in India: Sambhar.
- There are five religions practised in the country, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism and Hindu, of which the latter is the largest.
Have respect for their religious customs
To this day Jaipur remains a very religious city, with the majority of citizens practising Hinduism more than any other faith. With this comes certain customs and expected etiquettes. This includes not showing too much flesh, so make sure you dress modestly when visiting any religious sites.
Know how to tip
This is always a tricky subject when visiting somewhere new, as countries and cities around the world have their own expectations. For Jaipur, it’s generally expected that you pay a 10% tip for most services, although its not always expected, with taxi drivers being a notable example.
Avoid the ATMs
While it’s great that Jaipur has started utilising ATMs, unfortunately, they are still in their infancy here. This means that they often malfunction and swallow cards. It is therefore advised that you should avoid them where possible.
Getting Around Jaipur
As you’ve now already gathered from reading about all the things to do and places to visit in Jaipur, the city is a pretty magical place. We want to make sure you get around as easily as possible, so pesky traffic jams don’t hinder your experience. There are a few methods of transportation, besides walking (which is always a great option, but only if you have time to kill), such as hiring a car, taking a taxi or organising a chauffeur. However, our preference is to test out a rickshaw!
Rickshaws in Jaipur
Rickshaws are a really useful way of getting around Jaipur, with these rickshaws you’ll be able to take in your beautiful surroundings whilst travelling between destinations. Taking a guided tour in a rickshaw is a lovely opportunity to view all of the sights, without being stuck inside or in traffic; there are plenty of rickshaw drivers who will be happy to give you a guided tour for around ₹400-500 a day. These rickshaws can manage the more narrow passages of the city, and dodge Jaipur’s somewhat horrendous traffic jams, so they’re a great choice for getting around.
Whilst the official fares for rickshaws are: ₹15 for the first kilometre and ₹10 for every other kilometre, drivers are known to try and get away with charging more. Whilst rickshaws are monitored for metre usage, many a driver will always try and push their luck (especially with tourists) so make sure you keep you try and use the fixed rate or prepaid rickshaws stands and keep your ticket safe, to give to the driver at the end of your journey. If you cannot find one of these pre-paid/fixed-rate rickshaws then we definitely recommend discussing the price with the driver before you proceed on your journey. Other travellers have found it useful to check rates with their hotel concierge to assess what they should be paying for their rickshaw journey.
Flights to Jaipur
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The Jaipur district is served by the Jaipur International Airport, which is located only 13km away from Jaipur. This makes it easy enough to travel onto your destination by hired car or taxi once you arrive.
Jaipur International Airport was declared by the Airports Council International as one of the World’s Best in the category of 2 to 5 million passengers per annum back in 2015. This means that passengers travelling through will likely find the airport accommodating and a warm welcome to the start of their holiday. It is also well connected to India’s various airports, with around 93 flights taking place between New Delhi and Jaipur every week. The average flight time between the two airports is just 45 minutes.
Being located in India, Jaipur is also accessible via car, bus and various operators that connect India’s many cities to the Jaipur Railway Station.
Visit the Expedia India website to find the best prices for flights to Jaipur.