Jaipur Tourism Guide

Jaipur Tourism Guide

Quick Guide

Electricity

Type C, D or M – 230V/50hz

Weather

JAN
15°C
FEB
18°C
MAR
23°C
APR
29°C
MAY
33°C
JUN
33°C
JUL
30°C
AUG
28°C
SEP
28°C
OCT
27°C
NOV
21°C
DEC
16°C

Language
Rajasthani

Currency
Indian Rupee

Visa
Visa Free

Cost of a beer
₹ 100 (avg)

Cost of a Meal
₹ 500 (avg)

Average Room Rate
₹ 3,524 per night (3* hotel)

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.

Top Attractions in Jaipur

City Palace

One of the icons of the booming metropolitan city of Jaipur is, without a doubt, the much loved City Palace. It stands as a living piece of history, as well as being a wonderful place to learn about the city’s fascinating past. This enormous architectural gem spans 7 floors, including a building dedicated to showing the stunning silks worn by royalty.

Galtaji Temple

Almost otherworldly in its unique beauty, Galtaji Temple, perhaps better known as Monkey Temple, has much more to offer than the monkeys that call this amazing place their home. A venue of great religious importance for followers of the Hindu faith, it’s also an amazing sight for anyone with a love for architectural wonders.

Jantar Mantar

The building of astronomical observatories so early on in Jaipur’s history is one of the many reasons this city got off to such a unique start and why it remains a place of great innovation to this day. Built in 1738, Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO Heritage site, and with good reason. It features the world’s largest sundial and is a wonderful reflection of India at its forward thinking best.

Places to Visit in Jaipur

The Amer Fort

Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302001, India

Amer Fort JaipurThe Amer Fort (also known as The Amber Fort or Amber Palace) is a grand fortress, located just over 10km outside of the Pink City; with its serpentine staircases and plethora of passages this is a key sight to see for anyone visiting Jaipur. Overlooking Maota Lake, this Hindu style fort takes around 2hours to explore; we recommend getting an audio guide to lead you through this incredible building sharing all the stories of the history and beauty of this building.

We recommend you get there early to buy tickets, but still be prepared to wait as The Amer Fort is incredibly popular place to visit in Jaipur so queues are inevitable. The sight is open from 8am-6pm and last entrance is at 5.30pm, but go earlier if you want to see as much as you can. Entry for Indians is ₹25 and guides and audio guides can be arranged for ₹150-200 depending on your preference.

Be warned: it is usually popular to get an elephant ride up the stairs to the fort, however animal rights groups have been very active in fighting this as it is believed the elephants are sorely mistreated.

City Palace

Jalebi Chowk, Near Jantar Mantar, Tripolia Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302002, India

City Palace, JaipurNo visit to Jaipur is complete without a visit to the City Palace; once the home of Maharajas built in 1729-1732, this predominantly pink building is now a museum where visitors can learn more about the history of Jaipur. City Palace includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal buildings; the bottom floor of the Chandra Mahal is open to visitors, but the other 6 floors of this 7 floor citadel are currently where the Maharaja’s decedents reside. The Mubarak Mahal showcases the fine silks and clothing designs worn by royalty throughout the ages.

From the beliefs and attitudes of the people all the way to the buildings that make up the city, this destination is a great place to discover more about how the history of Jaipur has moulded its reputation today. The palace is open for visitors from 9.30am-5pm and entry and guide fees range from ₹100-300. Or if you’re feeling really lavish, you can embark on the Royal Grandeur tour for ₹2500.

Jantar Mantar

Near the Tripoliya Bazaar, Near entrance to City Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302020, India

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Image source: McKay Savage

It is not all glitz and glamour of yesteryears in Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory site built in the 1738. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this observatory contains the world’s largest sundial and around 20 fixed instruments designed to make astronomical observation easier with the naked eye. They reflect the enlightened advances of science in India and are architecturally incredible; this is a must see destination on your Jaipur To Do List.

Price: 9.00am-4.30pm daily for visitors

Opening times: The entrance fee for Indians is ₹40. If you’d like to learn as much as you possibly can about Jantar Mantar then we recommend you get an audio guide (₹150) or join one of the groups with a personal human guide (₹200).

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Thought to have inspired great Hollywood Director Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, the Hawa Mahal is an architectural astounding building to behold. This 5-storey palace was built in 1799; its pink honeycomb complexion is an architects dream and adds to the glamour of this dazzling city. The women of the Royal family were once not allowed out in public, so the Hawa Mahal was built to ensure they had a great view of the comings and goings of the city; the 953 windows within the building helped facilitate this.

Price: The entrance fee for Indians costs ₹ 50.

Opening times: 9.00am – 4.30pm daily, with visits taking approximately one hour.

Nahargarh Fort

Narghard Rd, Krishna Nagar, Brahmpuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302001, India

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Image source: Piyush Kumar

For an aerial view of the entire Pink City, take a trip to the Nahargarh Fort, where you will be above to gaze over all that Jaipur has to offer. Located high up in the Aravalli Hills, this fort was one of three that stood to defend this rich city from any enemies. This fort has had many vocations; a hunting lodge for maharajas, a safety house for British diplomats and the location where peace treaties were signed, but never as a war fort.

Price: Entrance costs ₹ 50 for Indians

Opening times: The Nahargarh Fort is open daily between 10.00am – 5.30pm. A visit here takes between 2-3 hours.

The markets of the Pink City are my favourite haunt whenever I visit the city. From crafts to colourful souvenirs, you get a variety of things that you can bring back home. However if there is one monument that stands tall here , it is the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds – a five storey wall that rises like a pyramidal structure built of red and pink sandstone. Standing here, I almost feel like a princess looking down on the city!

By Lakshmi Sharath, Founder of www.lakshmisharath.com

Galtaji Temple

Galta Ji, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302031, India

Galtaji TempleLocated approximately 10km away from Jaipur is Galtaji Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple; this historic temple is a site of pilgrimage for Hindus and is a peaceful, interesting sight for tourists. The temple is set across fresh water springs and holy kunds (water tanks); one of the kunds, named Galta, is rumoured to never dry out, making it the most holy of all them all. The temple’s intricate walkways and beautiful architecture is built into the rocks surrounding it and is known for the monkeys that call the area home.

Price: The temple is completely free to visit. If you ask nicely and pay a little money, usually one of the local kids who feed the monkeys will show you around whilst fending off these cheeky animals.

Opening times: The temple is open between 5.00am-9.00pm throughout the week.

The Jaivana Cannon, Jaigarh Fort

Above Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India

The Jaivana Cannon, Jaigarh FortImage source: Acred99

The story goes that during the war between the Jaipur Royalty and Mughals (and a few others) in the 17th century, the Maharaja of Jaipur wanted to build a canon so large that it could destroy large amounts of men in one shot.

This is how the Jaivana Cannon was born – it is the world’s largest wheeled cannon and could shoot as far as 40kms with around 100kgs of gunpowder!

Price: Entrance costs ₹ 35 for Indian visitors

Opening times: The fort is open daily between 09.00am – 4.30pm

Do not miss out the sunset from the Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur. People visit Amber Fort or Jaigarh Fort but miss out on Nahargarh. The sunset view of the city from Nahargarh Fort and the road next to it is amazing. Carry a tripod to click the city lights too.

Mridula Dwivedi, Found of traveltalesfromindia

Shopping in Jaipur

Shopping in JaipurShopping in Jaipur is an exciting way to investigate local life; there are numerous bustling bazaars dotted around the city where you can purchase souvenirs to take home. Enjoy looking a local art work and treat yourself to a pair of mojaris and vibrant materials. Make sure you don’t carry too much cash around and be observant of your surroundings. Some of the most popular markets and bazaars in Jaipur including the Tripolia Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Badi Chaupar and Johri Bazaar.

For other inspiration take a look at our post on places to celebrate Diwali in India as this Pink City erupts into vibrant celebrations, should you find yourself in Jaipur for Diwali. Or perhaps consider adding Jaipur to your destination list for the long weekends this year, it would be a great time to embark on the great Golden Triangle Tour!

By all means visit the formidable forts and opulent palaces from the past of Jaipur. But once you are done with the history, walk the crowded bazaars in the old city to discover the rustic and rugged Rajasthan, drenching you in colors of fragrant earth that you will be one with Jaipur.

By Prasad Np, Also Known As desi Traveler

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.

Eating Jaipur

Food in JaipurPerks of being in a lavish city include the fact that excellence extends beyond the service and architecture and into the food. Rajasthan is a state known for its delicious dishes and Jaipur food is as hot as its climate! The food in Jaipur is equally as tasty as Jaipur’s buildings are beautiful. Make sure you try some traditional dishes such as dal baati churma and ghewar.

City Palace Café

The City Palace, Johari Bazar, Johari Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302003, India

City Palace Cafe, JaipurImage source: Vasenka Photography

There are countless numbers of restaurants, food stalls and cafes located around the city, but there are a few that stand out for us for different reasons. First of all the City Palace Café is a must for anyone wanting to dine surrounded by memories of kings and queens of the past. Open between 8.00am – 6.00pm every day, you’ll be treated to highly authentic, traditional Rajput dishes such as Mawa Kachori.

Niro’s

Shop No.80, Near Bank Of Baroda, Mirza Ismail Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302001, India

Niro’s is one of the most popular little eateries in Jaipur for travellers and locals alike, which is always a good sign. It’s been open since 1949 and is always thriving with business, opening between 10.00am – 11.00pm every day of the week. If you fancy trying something different, perhaps try their Chinese dishes, but we recommend you stick with their classic, tasty Indian food.

Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar

Surajpol, Laxmi Narayan Puri, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302003, India

LMB, the shorter name for the popular Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar, is internationally known as one of the best places to eat in Jaipur. Open since 1954 and located in a hotel, this 24-hour authentic dining experience is purely vegetarian; it includes many of the tastes of the street food from outside, but in the comfort of an elegantly designed restaurant.

A few other restaurants of note to look out for are Reds, OM Revolving Restaurant and Ganesh Restaurant. If you know of any others, please do share your thoughts in the comments section below. We don’t want anyone missing out on Jaipur delights!

Nightlife in Jaipur

Jaipur SunsetImage source: Christian Haugen

Sound and Light Show, Amer Fort

Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302001, India

The sound and light show at the Amer Fort in Jaipur, is a 50-minute musical display that starts at 7pm (English version at 9pm) showcasing the cultural signatures of Jaipur. It is a truly authentic show and there are no over-the-top effects that affect the quality of this performance. The show costs ₹ 100 for Indians and it is recommended that you make sure you organise your transportation back from the show before-hand, as it can be hard to find a ride home.

TA Blu

Hotel Clarks Amer, J L N Marg, Jaipur 302018, India

A sophisticated, cosmopolitan rooftop bar where you can sip on tasty cocktails whilst watching the sunset of this dazzling city. It is a very edgy, up and coming destination known to have been visited by an array of different customers, from international celebrities to locals alike. Open daily between 4.00pm – 1.00 am and costing around ₹ 1,800 on average for two people with alcohol, it is a great place to relax with friends or unwind on a romantic evening out!

Amigos Bar & Disco

Church Road, M I Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302001, India

If you’re looking to get your dancing shoes on, then there is nowhere better in Jaipur than Amigos Bar and Disco. This Mexican-themed party destination is on hand to serve you a range of drinks, from beers to cocktails and rums to wines. It is open every day of the week between 12.00pm-4.30pm and between 7.00pm-12.00am, with no entry fees. It’s a great place to go with friends and is located on the 9th floor of the Hotel Om Tower, meaning you’ll get to look out on the whole city whilst your party the night away.

Top Tips

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.

Hotels in Jaipur

Luxury Hotels in Jaipur

Luxury Hotels in JaipurAs the phrase goes, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”, so when in Jaipur why not live the life of luxury as the maharajas of days gone by once did. There is ample opportunity to do so: The Taj Rambagh Palace is one of the most luxurious hotels we imagine you’ll ever come across and this is probably because it was once the home of Jaipur’s Maharaja! The hotel décor is oozing with golds, reds and oranges that scream royalty and the comfort level is more than any Maharaja could ever dream of.

As you can probably tell, we’re very excited about getting a chance to tell you about this hotel, the minute you arrive you’ll want for nothing. The staff are always on hand and the level of service is exceptional. Don’t believe us? Just look at the ratings and recommendation level from our guests. A stay in the lap of luxury will cost you approximately ₹28,900 a night at a minimum.

Alternative options for luxury hotels include the ITC Rajputana, A Luxury Collection Hotel; located near to all the main sites, this hotel adds convenience to its long list of positive features. Or perhaps you’ll be more intrigued by the Jai Mahal Palace whose sprawling grounds are incredibly romantic but also make the hotel a great place for families with kids. These hotels will cost you on average ₹6,650-18,825 per night stay, but prices can be much more depending on the details of your visit.

Mid-Range Hotels in Jaipur

Mid Range Hotels in JaipurThere are many great mid-range hotels in Jaipur; one of our favourites is the Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre. This hotel provides great comfort and value for money; it has four different restaurants, a health club, a bar/lounge and free Wi-Fi, as well as a cute coffee shop/café and a rooftop terrace. Each room is individually decorated with a sleek, stylish and sophisticated theme.

Alternatively, you could try the Fortune Select Metropolitan located near the Taj Rambagh Palace or try a Haveli. Havelis are grand old town houses that have been converted into comfortable hotels or bed and breakfasts just for you; one of the nicest Havelis in Jaipur is the Nahargarh Haveli.

Staying in one of these mid-range hotels in Jaipur for one night will cost you at least ₹2,400 per night, and prices can vary depending on the time you visit (peak or non-peak season) and how many nights you choose to stay.

Budget Hotels in Jaipur

Budget Hotels in JaipurIf you’re travelling to Jaipur on a budget or whether you’re more interesting in spending your money on sights, food and experiences rather than accommodation then there are many options for you. The Rawla Rawatstar guesthouse occupies an ideal location in the city centre, located to many transport services, such as buses, taxis and rickshaws and also some great sights such as Jantar Mantar. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, laundry service, daily housekeeping and many others designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The owner is a very kind, caring lady who usually around and happy to help or give any advice (as a local she knows a lot of useful information about Jaipur).

Alternative options in similar price ranges are the OYO Rooms Vaishali Nagar or Anuraag Villa that, between them, have many comforting features such as Wi-Fi, laundry services, free parking and free breakfast. A stay in one of these budget hotels will cost, at a minimum of ₹936, but as always this can change dependent on the time of your visit and duration of your stay.

These are all but a few of the incredible hotels Jaipur has to offer; there is guaranteed to be something for everyone, whether you’re a solo traveller or there with a big family. For more hotels in Jaipur, explore the Expedia India website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

Getting Around Jaipur

Getting Around Jaipur by RickshawAs 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.

Best Time to Visit Jaipur

Beautiful JaipurJaipur tends to be warm all year round, but we recommend trying to avoid the Summer (April-June) as temperatures will spike (sometimes up to 47°C) making exploration far less comfortable. However, April does still have its perks; Gangaur Festival is held in honour of Lord Shiv and Goddess Parvati, so you can expect to see lots of bright colours and taste their popular sweet dish: Ghewar.

We think the best time to go is October to March, although be aware that in winter (November-February) temperatures drop to around 4°C in the evening. Yet, these are definitely the most pleasant months to be out and about sightseeing, as temperature are usually around 18-27°C during the day. But if you’re not afraid or deterred by a bit (okay, a lot) of rain, then perhaps try monsoon season (July-September); low tourism season means that hotels may be inclined to offer better deals.

Flights to Jaipur

High Altitude PlaneImage source: El Ronzo

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.