A Travel Guide to Jaipur

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India’s oldest planned city brings the best of Rajasthan’s culture to the fore. From food to architecture to shopping, Jaipur presents everything in one colourful package. Remarkably, for a city as old as this, it has kept up well with the times, as you will realise when you walk into its lively cafes, trendy restaurants and expensive hotels. 

Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan’s heroic and fearless warrior kings, is steeped in centuries of history, culture, and royal tradition. The colourful city entices not only with its majestic forts and resplendent palaces that display Mughal and Rajput architectural styles. But also with the atmospheric bazaars of the original Old City which goes back to the 18th century. 

Best time to visit Jaipur

The best time to visit Jaipur is from October to March. During this time, the weather remains pleasant, perfect for exploring the attractions.

How to reach Jaipur

  • By air: Located in Sanganer, Jaipur Airport is 12 km away from the centre of the city. IndiGo operates more than 150 flights to Jaipur and all other vital locations.
  • By train: Jaipur Junction is the central railway station of the city, connecting it with the rest of the country through several trains like Shatabdi Express, Ajmer Shatabdi, Adi SJ Rajdhani and many more.
  • By bus: Jaipur is well-connected with the other cities of the country through a vast network of buses run by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC).

Getting around Jaipur

Auto-rickshaws and rented cars are the popular means of transportation in the city. You can also try Jaipur metro that runs between Chandpole Bazaar to Mansarovar.

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Places to visit in Jaipur

  • City Palace: Come and explore the City Palace, which is the official residence of the Jaipur royal family. One part of the palace is open to public which includes a museum documenting the life and times of the royals. 
  • Jantar Mantar: From City Palace, hop across to Jantar Mantar, built as a celestial observatory by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh and completed in 1734. It is home to the world’s largest stone sundial and other purpose-built architecture that tracks the position of the stars in the sky.
  • Hawa Mahal: Hawa Mahal was built as an elegant but discreet viewing gallery for women of the royal household to look out at life on the street below. It is through these ventilated galleries that the women would shop from the merchants who would flock to the palace. The markets around Hawa Mahal are bustling with more items than you can imagine.
  • Nahargarh Fort: The fort looks over the city from its vantage on the Aravalli ridge. It makes for an excellent sunset point, provided you don’t mind the snaking jam of vehicles on the way down.
  • Amber Fort and Jal Mahal: The Amber Fort is another stunning place to visit. You can spend time at the Sheesh Mahal, the breathtaking palace of mirrors, gasp at the gorgeous garden at the centre of the fort, and snap the Kesar Kyari and its surrounding lake from the galleries above. You can hang around for the spectacular sound-and-light show after sunset. Along the way, you may also stop by for a boat ride around the surreal Jal Mahal.

Places to eat in Jaipur

1135 AD
1135 AD

This restaurant serves a great ten course Rajasthani thali. The recipes have reached perfection over generations and assure of a great meal.

Chokhi Dhani
Chokhi Dhani

A local institution, Chokhi Dhani is known for its rustic Rajasthani fare in a setting that mimics a village fair. Bangle sellers, potters and dancers round out this traditional experience.

Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar
Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar

Jaipur’s most famous sweet shop is known for its pyaaz ki kachoris, chaat and samosas. Have a sweet tooth? Try their ghevar and rasmalai. Want a proper meal? Walk into the adjoining restaurant for a belly-bursting Rajasthani thali.

Pandit Kulfi
Pandit Kulfi

Pandit Kulfi offers some unusual flavour of the favourite milk-based dessert. There are Indian variants like paan and Kesar pista, but also chocolate and sugar-free flavours in a nod to today’s diets.

The Verandah
The Verandah

The outdoor café at the Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel serves up orders in silverware (even if it’s just a hot chocolate), and offers you a chance to survey the palace grounds. The food is a bonus.


Shopping in Jaipur

  • MGF Metropolitan Mall: MGF Metropolitan Mall is the best place for shopping, fun and food. They have a lifestyle showroom, a world of titan and lots of shopping option is here. The fully operational mall has top-notch brands.
  • Pink Square Mall: Pink Square Mall is the closest destination for the shoppers, fun-loving Jaipurites and entertainment seekers. The mall offers a variety of products at most reasonable rates. It is a nice mall with a variety of branded stores, big bazaar and fashion stores. They also have a food court where you can enjoy Indian and continental food. Food court consists of many leading and familiar names like burger king, KFC and many more.
  • World Trade Park: The mall has two different blocks, one in the north and other in the south. You can find multi-brand food outlets and varieties of restaurants. The world trade park consists of a cinema, a prestigious brand for shopping and restaurants. It is a perfect place to come and spend your holiday with friends and family. It's a massive place with a safe environment.

Markets in Jaipur

Jaipur is home to mix of stores, from places where you can get traditional block printed outfits, to stores that sell the best of Indian fashion, and course gems and jewellery, there’s something for every taste, and budget. A visit to the three most popular bazaars is probably the right place to start.

  • Johari Bazaar: Known for its traditional fabrics like tie-and-dye and gota, you’ll find jewellery stores too, lining Gopalji ka rasta and Haldiyon ka rasta. So, prepare to spend an afternoon here, and don’t forget to haggle.
  • Bapu Bazaar: Bapu Bazaar is best known for its goods made of leather, and its confections like churan. You can also pick up some Attar or Ittar and jewellery.
  • Chamaliwala Bazaar: Chamaliwala Bazaar is the best place to visit if you are looking for jewellery, as this is a market known for its silversmiths.
  • Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre: For something traditional, the Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre which is known for its ceramic artefacts in the city’s signature blue colour. You’ll find tiles, plates and more to bring home with you.
  • Rajasthali: The state-run emporium is also a well-stocked one-stop-shop for those that want to see that handicrafts and designs that Rajasthan is known for across the globe.

Nightlife in Jaipur

  • Bar Palladio: The most popular, with its deep blue walls, and Instagram-ready interiors is Bar Palladio, in Narain Niwas Palace, but there’s more. Bar Palladio serves Mediterranean food in a cheerful setting. Stop by for a coffee and something to snack on, or have a meal—you won’t leave disappointed.
  • Polo Bar: The concept bar at the Taj Rambagh Palace is set inside a replica train carriage and features the most beautiful spirits from around the world. The marble patio outside only adds to the setting. In the same hotel is The Polo Bar, which serves up its signature Polotini, a setting that reflects the history of the old-world sport.
  • Lounge 18: The Jaipur Marriott is home to Lounge 18, where the indoor bar opens up to the pool area. Rub shoulders with overworked travelling business executives and local partygoers who enjoy the potent yet inventive cocktails.
  • TaBlu: Rounding out the offerings is Ta Blu, on the rooftop of the Clarks Amer, from where you can look out over the Pink City, with a drink in hand. Popular with city residents, this is a local institution, and if you’re lucky, there will be a gig going on as well.

Where to stay in Jaipur


28 Kothi, Civil Lines Located centrally, 28 Kothi is a boutique guesthouse that has only five rooms (named for different coloured stones) and is an unpretentious refuge from the chaos of the city. This quiet Civil Lines property features expansive lawns, home-style cooking and in-room Ayurvedic massages.


Alsisar Haveli, Sansar Chandra Road For a stay that immerses you in the Jaipur of old, book yourself into one of the 45 rooms at Alsisar Haveli. The meticulously restored former nobleman’s townhouse features courtyards, gazebos and more.


Diggi Palace, C-Scheme The venue of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Diggi Palace is a hotel that also happens to be the home of Thakur Pratap Singh Diggi, who still lives in a part of the building. The hotel consists of 70 unique rooms and a multi-cuisine restaurant that the family itself runs.


The Oberoi Rajvilas, Paldi Meena Spread over 32 acres, this hotel is known to host the glitterati. With 54 rooms, 13 luxury tents, and a Shiva temple on-site, the hotel offers a sense of tranquillity to its guests.


Radisson Blu Jaipur, Durgapura With a location that is close to the airport, and a range of eating options, the Radisson Blu Jaipur combines business essentials with modern comforts. If you’re planning a conference or a destination celebration, this might be worth considering.

Places to visit near Jaipur

  • Tonk: It is one of the best places to visit near Jaipur. Packed with mosques, old mansions, Tonk will amaze you with the beauty of ancient architectural wonders. The stunning artwork of temples and mosques with Sunheri Kothi or Mansion of Gold being the ultimate one.
  • Sariska: Known as the home for the Royal Bengal Tigers, Sariska is another interesting nearby place from Jaipur. Especially if you love adventure, wildlife and jeep safaris, this is the place you must visit.
  • Alwar: From mysterious forts like Bhangarh Fort to beautiful palace-like Neemrana Fort, Alwar is the best place near Jaipur to explore ancient forts and ruins.
  • Ajmer: Now this place needs no introduction. Ajmer stands outs reflecting divinity for the famous Dargah Sharif of Moinuddin Chishti. The place also has other attractions like Taragarh Fort and Sagar Lake to make your visit memorable.

More reasons to visit and top things to do in Jaipur

  • Walking Tours: There’s a host of tours and experiences that have sprung up recently to cater to those that are looking to see the city differently. For example, Virasat Experiences offers walking tours themed around different points of interest—like photography, gastronomy, history and more.
  • Cycling Tours: If you’re looking to get some exercise, they set-up cycling tours of the city as well.
  • Anokhi Museum: Within the city, once you’ve had your fill of shopping and sightseeing, make your way to the Anokhi Museum of hand printing where you can try your hand at block printing your shirt.
  • Dera Amer: For those looking to get away from the city, book a night at Dera Amer, a campsite that can organise treks through the jungle and facilitate visits to a neighbouring village as well.

Festivals in Jaipur

  • Kite Festival: The kite festival of Jaipur has become one of the most popular festivals of the city. Each year, a large number of visitors from all over the world visit Jaipur to attend this festival.

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