Discover with this Jaipur itinerary all the highlights of the pink city - Wapiti Travel

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and a popular tourist destination.  Most first-time visitors to India make a stop in this city as part of their Golden triangle route.  This makes it one of the most visited cities in North India. We visited Jaipur during our 3-weeks in Rajasthan. In this Jaipur blog post, we share our complete Jaipur itinerary that will show you all the highlights of the pink city.

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Jaipur travel tips 

What’s the best time to visit Jaipur

The best time to visit Jaipur is in winter from November to February. This period has pleasant temperatures between 25-30 degrees and most days you will enjoy nice days with perfect blue skies.

Don’t forget to bring a jacket. Temperatures drop fast in the evening.   As soon as the sun sets it will become chilly and sometimes it can even freeze at night.

We wouldn’t recommend visiting Jaipur from April to June as temperatures can rise to 48 degrees Celsius. During the day the hot winds blow like a hairdryer.  Some locals flee the city in this season, others stay inside as much as possible. Nobody seems to get used to the burning heat which does lead to victims of deadly heat strokes every once in a while.

The Monsoon season runs from July to September. As the monsoon rains most often fall late during the day, sightseeing in Jaipur is possible.

This can be a great time to visit Jaipur as it’s less crowded and hotels tend to be cheaper during this period.

 

Festivals in Jaipur 

The Elephant Festival 

The Elephant Festival is organized on the day of the Holi festival, usually in February or March. The exact date changes from year to year.

The festival begins with a procession of beautifully decorated elephants.  The elephants are beautifully decorated, wear jewelry and are embellished in vibrant colors.  As the elephants pass people will perch colored power on them. The most beautifully decorated elephant is awarded.

Several other games take place on this day.  There’re elephant polo games, elephant races, tug games, and an elephant dance performance.

The elephant festival is not without controversy. The festival was canceled in 2012 and 2013 after heavy protests from animal welfare organizations. Their main fear is that the ‘gulaal’, the colored powder that is perched on the elephant’s skin, could harm them.  It is not yet proven that it is harmless but the government has largely ignored the protests since then.

Elephant Festival Jaipur

The Kite festival

The Kite festival is celebrated around the 14th of January on Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti symbolically celebrates the end of the winter months. It is held on the first day that the sun transits in the Capricorn and the days start getting longer again. 

It is different from other festivals in the sense that it is not a mass event like other festivals.  This event is more a leisure day where most attention goes to the kids who get the complete day to play with their colorful paper kites.

A big advantage is that there is almost no traffic.  You can quietly stroll along the streets to enjoy the festive feeling.  You just have to take care that you’re not hit by one of the many kites that patrol the air.  There is some friendly Kite Flying going on but there is also the Kite War.  Kids play a game where they try to take down as many other kites as possible with their kite. To do so they have reinforced their strings with metal and glass pieces.

Unfortunately, their kites not only take down other kites but also lots of birds, that then fall prey to the street dogs, as well as people that are struck by the sharp strings.

Along with the kite festival, there’re also numerous other cultural performances.

Teej festival

The Teej festival welcomes the start of the Monsoon season.  It is mainly celebrated by the woman population in Rajasthan.  The women sing and dance in honor of the Goddess Parvati and they ask her for the well-being of their husband and a blessed marriage.

The Teej Mata temple is the heart of the festivities.  The temple is beautifully adorned and a procession takes place that transports the idol of the temple to Kanak Vrindavan.

The festivities take place all over Rajasthan at different times.

The Jaipur festivities last for 3 days and are usually held around mid-September.

How to get to Jaipur

By plane

The Sanganer Airport is Jaipur’s domestic and international airport. The airport lies about 13km from Jaipur.

The easiest way to get to the city center is with a prepaid taxi. You will find the counter inside the terminal. The ride will take around 30-45 minutes. Price: around 450 INR.

Alternatively, you could take the city bus.  Line 6A connects the city center with the airport and runs every 10 to 30 minutes from 5 am in the morning till 9:30 pm in the evening.

By train

Jaipur is well connected by rail.  Jaipur Junction, as the station is called, is the busiest train station in Jaipur.  There’re daily connections to Ranthambore, Agra, Delhi, and several other popular tourist places in India.

Read also: A varied India 2 week itinerary, perfect for first-time visitors. 

By bus

The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) runs the bus services that connect Jaipur with the other cities in Rajasthan.  It is an official public transport company.  There’re several types of buses ranging from regular non-airconditioned to deluxe versions.

All buses leave from the terminal at station road.

 

By car

Jaipur is a 4-hours drive from Agra or a 5-6hours drive from Delhi.

Public Library Jaipur Pink city, India

Why Jaipur is called the pink city

Jaipur is also known as the Pink city and as soon as you arrive at this impressive city you will understand why.  All buildings in the historic city center are painted in a terracotta pink-like color.  Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh had the entire city painted in this color to impress and welcome Prince Albert in 1876.  The pink color used to represent the hospitality of the Maharaja and the citizens of Jaipur.  The color was fairly easy to produce in the very dry climate and is also able to withstand the arid temperatures. Nowadays it’s even enforced by law to maintain the pink color.

We thought it was more terracotta than pink. 😉

 

Read also: 45 amazing facts about India you absolutely need to know

How many days in Jaipur 

We would recommend you to stay 2 days in Jaipur. 2 days is enough to discover all the city highlights at ease. 2 days should also give you ample time to hunt for souvenirs.

Squeezing all the sights in a busy 1-day Jaipur itinerary is possible for those who don’t have as much time to explore the country.  You can definitely still see all the highlights if you start your day early and pay attention not to spend too much time at each sight.

If you have only one day in Jaipur we would recommend you to consider an organized tour since this saves you a lot of time. We recommend some guided tours later in this article.

How to get around Jaipur

The best way to get around Jaipur depends on what you’re doing and where you want to go. For sightseeing, I suggest booking a cab or auto-rickshaw on a per day basis. Ola cabs and Uber are both active in Jaipur. 

Uber has the very convenient Uber Hire service in Jaipur where you can keep the car for as long as you want and do an unlimited number of stops while the driver will wait for you. (If you sign up for Uber through our link you get €5 of your first ride) Uber seems to be the biggest of the two in Rajasthan’s capital.

Ola has the advantage that it can be used to book auto-rickshaws. Renting an autorickshaw for a day is an affordable affair.

Auto-rickshaws are plentiful and finding one shouldn’t be a problem.

If you haven’t booked a car for a day these auto-rickshaws are probably the most convenient way to reach the Amber Fort since it lies outside the city; a return trip should cost between 350 to 400 INR.

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You can also rent motorbikes.  Some companies rent bikes on a daily basis, others require a minimum of 6 or 7 days.

When renting a motorbike pay attention to the required deposit.  Sometimes it’s a lowly 500 rupees but others charge as much as 10,000 rupees.

Personally, I would always opt for an Uber or Ola over a rickshaw or taxi that I stop along the street and where I will need to negotiate the rate.

The best way to discover the old city is on foot.

The Old City is well laid out and its many sights and shopping areas aren’t too far apart. If you do get tired, you can hop a cycle rickshaw, which is ideal for short distances. A quick trip shouldn’t cost more than 12 INR (but you’ll likely need to bargain).

Another option for getting around the rest of the city is by taking the bus. Low floor buses operated by Jaipur City Transport Service Limited (JCTSL) crisscross the city via a number of routes and run between 6:30 am and 10 pm. Fares depend on how far you’re traveling but you will probably have to pay something between 8 and 25 INR.

 

Organized tours in Jaipur

Here is an overview of the best-organized tours in Jaipur.  An organized tour saves you time and, moreover, the tour guide will enlighten you about the different sights you visit.

We partnered up with GetYourGuide for these activities.  We love GetYourGuide because they’re flexible.  Sometimes your plans change last-minute and then you want to be able to cancel your tickets and get your money back.  It’s also good to know that GetYourGuide has your back when the local tour operator doesn’t show up or cancels your trip.

GetYourGuide is a reliable platform where you can book thousands of tours anywhere in the world.

We selected 2 excellent tours in Jaipur just for you.

Amer Fort Jaipur, India

Jaipur Private Day Tour

This tour brings you in one day to all Jaipur highlights and is perfect if you are short on time. In one day you will visit the Hawa Mahal, the City Palace, the Jantar Mantar Observatory, Amber Fort and finally the Jal Mahal, the water palace in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. After visiting all these places, you will have some time left to do some souvenir shopping. If you don’t want to go shopping, that’s fine too. It’s up to you.

More information and bookings: Jaipur Private Day Tour Tickets

Full Day City Tour with Camel ride and Monkey Temple

With the exception of the city palace, you will visit exactly the same sites as with the above tour.  In addition, this tour includes a camel ride near the water palace and a visit to the Monkey temple.  The Monkey temple is a nice addition to the trip.  We loved our visit and it was a lot of fun to see the monkeys splashing in the holy water pools.

We did a small camel ride in the desert camps near Jaisalmer.  If you aren’t going to Jaisalmer this is a good alternative to experience how it is to ride on a camel. The camel rides near Jal Mahal receive good reviews on TripAdvisor. This tour would be our favorite as we prefer the Monkey temple above the city palace.

More information and bookings: City Tour Camels and Monkey Temple

General Jaipur tips

Scams

Jaipur is one of the most visited cities in Rajasthan. Like in all major tourist cities you should be alert for scams.

Besides the scams we described already in our Rajasthan article, the most common scam in Jaipur is the gemstone scam. If you are approached by someone who says he has a jewelry export business and asks you to use your duty-free allowance to ship the gems for them walk away or you will probably lose a lot of money.

Entrance fees

We did our best to state the actual entrance fees. The fees may have changed in the meantime. You may always inform us of this if you notice that the fee has changed.

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Where to stay in Jaipur

Luxury Hotel

Hotel iconITC Rajputana

ITC Rajputana Jaipur IndiaThe ITC Rajputana is a very beautiful hotel with clean and spacious rooms. Friendly and wonderful staff. Excellent buffet breakfast. 

Read reviews and check prices here: BOOKING AGODA



Premium Comfortable Hotel 

Hotel iconRoyal Heritage Haveli

Royal Heritage Haveli Jaipur IndiaThe Royal Heritage Haveli has spacious and comfortable rooms, a lovely pool area and fantastic spa facilities at reasonable prices. The hotel serves a delicious breakfast and dinner. 

A beautifully stunning boutique hotel with personal attention to detail and service

Read reviews and check prices here: BOOKING AGODA

 

Comfortable Hotel

Hotel iconHotel Pearl Palace

Hotel Pearl Palace JJaipur IndiaThe Pearl Palace hotel is an excellent hotel with beautifully decorated rooms. The hotel has a great rooftop restaurant. Friendly and helpful staff.

A wonderful place to stay

 

Read reviews and check prices here: BOOKING

If you aren’t convinced of this hotel, you will find a lot of other hotels in Jaipur on Booking.com: BOOKING AGODA



Our Jaipur itinerary

Day 1

Wander through the Amer Fort 

In Rajasthan, you will find a lot of impressive fortresses, castles, and palaces and Jaipur isn’t an exception.

We start our day by visiting the impressive Amer or Amber Fort.  The name is derived from the location.  The fort is actually located in Amer, 11 km north of Jaipur. It’s an opulent fortress that dates from the 16th century and was built by Raja Man Singh, the Raja of Amer. The fort is constructed of red sandstone and marble. Over the years its functions have changed and that’s why it’s popularly known as the Amber Palace.  As the palace complexes got an ever more important function in the Amer fort the Jaigarh fort was constructed to protect the Amer fort.  The Jaigarh fort sits on the Hill of Eagles and overlooks the Amer fort, both forts are considered one complex as they’re connected by an underground passage.

The Amber Palace is an absolute must visit during your Jaipur 2 day itinerary. Since 2013 it’s classified as a Unesco world heritage site together with 5 other iconic hill forts in Rajasthan.

Our visit fell together with the widely celebrated Navratri festival so we had to ascend several flights of stairs to reach the impressive fort’s gates.  On other days you can opt to take a jeep ( around 400-600 IRS ) or make a ride on a bedecked elephant ( 1200 IRS).

We visited a lot of forts during our Rajasthan itinerary, all of them are similar but they all have their own characteristic elements.

What we liked about the Amer Fort compared to other forts we visited was the maze of narrow corridors where you could wander around freely. We just started walking down those small corridors not knowing where we would arrive. Our expedition brought us past a family of monkeys and different remote places that hadn’t seen many tourists. While we were alone and wandering through these corridors, we tried to imagine what it must have been like to live here.

The fort offers lots of wonderful panoramic views and has a lot of very photogenic spots.

Go as early as possible to beat the heat and escape the crowds.

 

Count around 3 hours to visit this majestic fort.

 

Amer fort at night, Jaipur, IndiaIn the evening you can attend a light and sound show that focusses on the history of Jaipur and the fort. The show lasts about 50 minutes and is run in both Hindi and English. 

The fort is beautifully lit at night.  It is very photogenic from the foot of the hill or from the Maota Lake.

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Address:
Amer Fort
Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur,
Rajasthan 302001
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Opening hours: Daily 8am-5.30 pm

 

Tickets: Indians: 100 IRS, foreigners: 550 IRS
Amer Fort Jaipur, India

Jaigarh Fort Jaipur, IndiaJaigarh Fort 

The Jaigarh Fort, also called the victory fort, is one of the three main forts of Jaipur. The other two are the Amer Fort and the Nahargarh Fort.  Jaigarh fort was built by Jai Singh II to protect the Amer Fort when the latter began to serve more like a palace than a fort. It overlooks the Amer Fort and is connected with it by subterranean passages.

The fort is located high up on the Cheel ka Teela, the Hill of Eagles, and offers splendid views on its surroundings including the 400 meters lower located Amer fort.  

The abundant presence of ore in the mines surrounding this fort used to make it one of the world’s most efficient cannon foundries.  The fort produced massive 5-meter long cannons.  One of them, the Jaivana, is still on display.  This cannon was once the largest cannon on wheels in the world.  It has never been used in battle but when tested the projectile flew about 35 kilometers.

The fort itself is not that well preserved.  

If you are short on time we would advise you to skip this fort.  It’s not well preserved (the biggest attraction might well be the Jaivana cannon) and except for the amazing views, there is not that much to see. 

Count around 1h to visit

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Address:
Jaigarh Fort
Devisinghpura, Amer,
Rajasthan n 302028
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Opening hours: Daily 9 am-4.30 pm

 

Tickets: Indians: 35 IRS, foreigners: 85 IRS
Camera fee: 50 IRS, video camera: 200 IRS
Jaigarh Fort Jaipur, India

Admire a Medieval Stepwell

After our visit to the Fort, we continue our Jaipur itinerary to the Panna Meena Ka Kund stepwell.

There are lots of medieval step wells to be found in Northern India.  These medieval stepwells are known for their picturesque symmetrical stairways.

If you have not seen such a well, it is certainly worth taking a moment to pass.

The medieval Panna Meena ka Kund stepwell was built during the 16th century. It’s a beautiful place that was very calm while we there.   Rajasthan has several larger stepwells like Chand Baori about 90 kilometers outside of Jaipur.

The Chand Baori stepwell is even more impressive but if you don’t have the time for a side trip it is not so bad.

The Panna Meena ka Kund is very beautiful and not flooded by tourists. There is no entrance fee and you have the place for your own so it is very easy to take Instagram worthy pictures on the stairs.

It’s normally not allowed to take your picture on the stairs but you can try to make arrangements with the guards.

How to get there: 

The stepwell is located in the northwest part of Amer, on the Jaipur-Amer road near the Anokhi museum.

If you want to reach Panna Meena Ka Kund from central Jaipur, the easiest way is to travel by Uber. Expect to pay between 150 and 200 rupees each way.

Jal Mahal Water Palace Jaipur, IndiaTake a picture of the Water Palace

On your way back to Jaipur you can stop for a picture at Sagar Lake.  The splendid Jal Mahal palace is in the middle of the lake.  That also explains the name as Jal Mahal palace effectively means Water Palace.  The palace has recently undergone a complete restoration and today it serves as the royal summer residence.

Read also: The perfect 7 days Kerala itinerary.

The palace seems to float on the water.  It’s a 5-story building but usually, you only see one or at most 2 floors as the other 3 or 4 of the floors remain underwater. The solid stone walls are constructed with a specially formulated kind of mortar that has withstand the pressure of the millions of liters of waters for over 200 years.

The inside of the palace cannot be visited.

Beware of the touts that try to sell you Rajasthan stuff or a picture in a typical Rajasthan outfit for a ridiculous price. If you want to let them take your picture don’t pay more than 50 INR per picture.

 

Address: Amer Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India

Pay a visit to the Monkey Temple

If by now you still have time we recommend you to pass by the Sita Ram-ji temple also known as the Monkey temple. As big animal lovers, this was one of the highlights of our 2 days in Jaipur.

The temple seems to go by many different names but if you ask a taxi driver to take you to the Monkey temple he should know where to head to.

The temple is located slightly outside Jaipur in a narrow gap in the mountain range that borders Jaipur.  It’s officially called the Sita Ram-ji temple and is part of the Galta-ji pilgrimage site.

Pilgrims bathe in the sacred baths that are filled by the river that flows through the temple complex.  There is, of course, a reason that the temple is called the Monkey temple.  Nowadays more monkeys than pilgrims can be found in the temple complex and they also enjoy the baths.

At the temple entrance, we were approached by somebody who offered his services to protect us from the monkeys.  We are not particularly afraid of animals and didn’t carry any food so we declined his offer. Rightly so we discovered once we were inside the temple complex.  The monkeys didn’t pay attention to us and just walked passed us. Nowhere have we met more well-behaved monkeys than here.   🙂 They didn’t bother us at all.

You can buy peanuts to feed the monkeys.  There’re 2 sizes of packages that sell for 20 or 50 IRS. Just beware when you have food with you, the monkeys might be more interested in you. 

If you go all the way up to the Sun temple you might get a good view of Jaipur if there is not too much haze or smog.

It was a lot of fun to watch the monkeys jump and play in the temple’s baths.

 

Entrance fee:

There is no entry fee for the temple but they charge a camera fee of 50 IRS.

How to get there:

By taxi or auto-rickshaw: The temple is located about 10 km east of Jaipur.  The return trip including waiting time should cost approx. 600 rupees for a taxi or 250 for an auto-rickshaw.
All these sights can be easily combined in a one day trip.  Take an Uber hire or arrange a rate for a full-day with a taxi or auto-rickshaw.  Make sure you don’t overpay.

Ask somebody trustworthy in the hotel or another tourist what the going rate is as you probably will have to bargain.

Day 2 

Palace Of Winds, Jaipur, IndiaTake a picture of the famous Palace of the Winds

We would recommend starting your second day in Jaipur with a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, commonly known as the Palace of the Winds.

Morning’s are the best time for pictures.  The palace will be in the sun and the sun rays will make the lace-like facade even more picture-perfect.

The exterior of the Palace of the Winds can best be described as the honeycomb of a beehive.  It contains hundreds of small windows, 953 to be exact, and each of them is meticulously decorated.  These windows, called jharokhas, allowed the royal ladies to follow the festivals that happened on the street without being seen by the public. They were strictly forbidden to appear in public without face coverings as stipulated in the “purdah”.

The facade is part of the women’s section of the City Palace.  The palace is just one room deep behind the picturesque wall so this part of the palace could actually best be described as a kind of screened porch.

The palace is incredibly beautiful from the outside but according to our driver, the inside is not nearly as spectacular.  That’s why we didn’t go inside.

Even though the Palace of the Winds is part of the city palace it has a separate entrance and you need to pay a separate entrance fee.

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Address:
Palace of the Winds
Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur
Rajasthan 302002
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Opening hours: Daily 9.30 am-4.30 pm

 

Tickets: Indians: 50 IRS, foreigners: 200 IRS
Palace Of Winds Jaipur, India

Our next stop is the City Palace.  The Palace of the Winds is part of the City Palace so it’s just a short 5-minute drive to reach the entrance of the City Palace.

City Palace Jaipur, IndiaJaipur City Palace

We started our day strolling through the enormous City Palace. Jaipur City Palace is located in the center of the old city. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh and was once the seat of the king from where the Maharaja ruled over the region.

The City Palace is a vast complex with lots of buildings, courtyards, and gardens. There are 3 gates along which one can enter the palace. The Virendra Pol and Udai Pol gate are open to the public but the Tripolia gate is reserved for royalty since the palace is still inhabited by descendants of the royal family.  The family’s trust runs the palace, inside the palace different textiles, thrones, arms and paintings are on display.

The palace is huge and even though only part of the palace is open to the public you will still need several hours to see everything.

Count around 3 hours for a visit.

 

Don’t get us wrong, maybe we already saw too many palaces during our India trip, but we weren’t as impressed by the city palace as we were by other palaces we had seen before.  Udaipur’s palace remains our favorite.  You could consider skipping this palace if you have seen plenty already but if not you will surely be impressed by its beauty.

A visit to the city palace does not include the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the winds).  The exterior of the Hawa Mahal is much more impressive than the interior but if you do want to visit the Hawa Mahal you need to do so separately.

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Address:
Jaipur City Palace
Jaleb Chowk, Opp Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
Rajasthan 302002
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Opening hours: Daily 9.30 am- 5 pm

 

Tickets: Here you can find the current rates.
City Palace Jaipur, India

Jantar Mantar Observatory Jaipur, IndiaThe Jantar Mantar Observatory

The entrance of the Jantar Mantar Observatory is right next to the Virendra Pol gate of the city palace. The name is derived from Sanskrit, literally translated it means ‘calculating instrument’. This observatory was founded in the early 18th century by Sawai Jai Singh who was very interested in science and technology, in particular in astronomy.

India has a total of five astronomical observatories, of these the one in Jaipur is the largest and most impressive. There’re 19 different instruments in the Jantar Mantar observatory in Jaipur.  Most of them are large but one really stands out, the Samrat Yantra sundial that is located here is the world’s largest.

All instruments have been built to such a huge scale to be very accurate.  The sundial can predict the local time to a precision of 2 seconds.  Most of the instruments can still be used but the precision is not what is used to be as subsidence of the foundations have caused the instruments to become misaligned.

Signs are posted at each of the instruments to explain how they work. Without a doubt, you can learn a lot about astronomy here but for us rookies, it was out of our league.

In 2010 Jantar Mantar was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Count around 1 hour for a visit.

 

Next to all instruments, you will find a sign with information but frankly, it was still hard to understand how everything worked. That’s why we would recommend you to take a guide.

Go shopping or soak up the atmosphere in a traditional Bazaar

Jaipur is one of the best places to shop on your Rajasthan itinerary and this is not surprising since Jaipur was always a city where commerce flourished. Even in ancient times, it was a trade city where rich merchants, on their way to further outposts in the Mogul Empire, stopped to shop.

Today, Jaipur is still a shopping paradise for gemstones, jewelry, hand made clothes, scarves and shawls, shoes, carpets and much more.  It’s the perfect place to buy souvenirs. But even if you are not a shopping addict, It is still fun to stroll around the market and soak up the atmosphere.

Like everywhere else, we advise you to pay close attention to your belongings when you walk around the market.

Indians are real merchants and some can be a little pushy at times.  If you don’t like these practices you can just move on as there’re some “hassle-free” stores as well.

Don’t forget to bargain when you want to buy something.  You should be able to get all items at less than half the initial asking price.

When paying cash make sure to check your change as some shops use forged notes.

 

Here we list 3 of the best shopping bazaars in Jaipur.

Johri Bazaar

Johri Bazaar consists of 2 kilometers of winding alleys full of colorful stalls and people prowling. This busy market is popular with locals and tourists alike as it offers a huge collection of beautifully designed textiles and jewelry. When you enter the shops you can see how the jewelry is made. There’re also several excellent places to eat.

Johri Bazaar is located close to the Hawa Mahal and city palace.  The area closest to these tourist attractions is usually very crowded and not as pleasant to hang around.  As you move further away from the tourist area the streets will become less populated and you should be able to do better deals.

Location: Johri Bazaar is located on Queen’s Road.

Opening hours: Johri Bazaar is open every day until late in the evening.

Bapu Bazaar

Bapu Bazaar is famous for textile. It’s one of the most popular markets in Jaipur. If you are looking for reasonable priced textiles and Joothis ( Indian shoes), this is the place to be. Be aware however that you will need to know the price of the item that you want to buy. If you don’t the shopowners will definitely loot you.

Open: 7 days open | Bapu Bazaar Timings – 11 am onwards

Location: Bapu Bazaar lies in the heart of the Pink City between Sanganer Gate and New Gate

Sireh Deori Bazaar

Sireh Deori Bazaar lies right opposite to the famous Hawa Mahal. The bazaar runs from the western gate of the city walls up to the eastern city gate. It is famous for its special Jaipuri quilts, leather shoes, colorful textiles, and puppets. 

It’s a good place to shop or to window shop.

Open: 7 days open | Sireh Deori Bazaar Jaipur Timings – 11 am onwards

Location: Sireh Deori Gate, Tulsi Marg, J.D.A. Market, Jaipur

Albert Hall Jaipur, India

The Albert Hall Museum

The Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum of Rajasthan and one of the best-preserved museums in India.  It is a nice example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The foundation-stone ceremony was in 1876 during a visit of King Edward the Prince of Wales. The building has subsequently been named after him.  Originally it was designed as a concert hall although one had no idea for what the building would be used.  It was not long before one changed their minds and in 1880 it was turned into the Town Hall.  Not for long, just one year later it got yet another purpose when it became a museum.  Initially, as an experiment but in 1887 the museum opened to the general public.

The museum has 16 galleries featuring a wide collection of artifacts such as jewelry, arms, sculptures and musical instruments. Each month one of the galleries is highlighted as the ‘gallery of the month’.

Since we didn’t have time for a visit and only stopped to take a picture of the building we cannot say if it’s worth a visit. But here you can find reviews on Tripadvisor. 

 

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Address:
The Albert Hall Museum
Museum Road, Ram Niwas Garden, Kailash Puri, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur
Rajasthan 302004
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Opening hours: 9 am- 5 pm and 7-10pm

 

Tickets: Indians: 40 IRS, foreigners: 300 IRS
All ticket info (there’re also combination tickets with Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar)
Albert Hall Jaipur, India

Conclusion

Jaipur is part of the classic Golden Triangle route and that makes it the tourist capital of Rajasthan.  I wouldn’t necessarily say that Jaipur is the city that holds the best monuments but if you’re limited on time it is a good compromise. If you do have the time I would certainly advise to have a look at our Rajasthan itinerary or 2 weeks in India itinerary and visit some other cities as well.

If you don’t have the time you shouldn’t worry too much as Jaipur has many monuments that showcase the rich culture and beautiful architecture of the state. It’s only after you’ve seen so many that you start comparing.

2 days is ideal to visit Jaipur. One day is possible if you start early although we would advise you to look into the organized tours if you only have one day.

Take into account the heat as you make your planning.  If you have 2 days you will be able to take some time in the afternoon and avoid the hottest hours of the day.  If you just have one day you will need to get through it without a break which may not be as pleasant during the warmer months.

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