Jaipur

Pink City

Invoking the unparalleled legacy of the Rajput era, Rajasthan’s capital city, Jaipur presents a fascinating cityscape to behold. Known as the Pink City, it gets this label from the panorama of pink-shaded houses lining the old city. Lying in Eastern Rajasthan, Jaipur is an enthralling mix of age-old temples, grand forts, opulent palaces and magnificent museums. From the royal City Palace to the extravagant Jal Mahal, from the majestic Nahargarh fort to the awe-inspiring Hawa Mahal- all forms Jaipur’s glory. The unrivalled extravagance of the Amber Fort is the city’s star attraction which dazzles every visitor.

A bustling metropolis, Jaipur is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions. Languages like Marwari and Rajasthani are prominent along with Hindi. The flamboyancy of the rich Rajasthani culture reverberates in Jaipur’s festive fervour.  The city comes alive while hosting the myriad of festivals like Teej and Gangaur. Its unique cultural heritage expresses itself during the Elephant festival where the mighty animal acquires a unique festive spirit.

The countless traditions of folk art and crafts make the pulse of this artistic city. Be it the Bandhini or block printing, lac bangles or blue pottery- Jaipur’s local artists have given birth to some of the unique trend setting features of India’s fashion scene. Similar to the rest of Rajasthan, the essence of royalty perfumes through its culinary landscape. A single meal of its trademark Dal Baati Choorma and Ghevar, served with warm hospitality and sheer love, leaves you rejuvenated.

So, come and explore Jaipur, a city that litters past in the present.

Jaipur has a pleasant climate and October to March is the best time to visit the city.

Every corner of Jaipur is an attraction that can wow any traveller. Come here to witness and adore legends manifested in its every fort, museum, parks and gardens. Once here, you will experience a blast from the past and you will be hooked forever with this place in your memory lane.

Amber Fort

Popularly known as residence of Begum Jodha, the Amber fort is a defining image of Jaipur. A must see attraction on your travel itinerary; the Amber fort is iconic and royal in its every bit. The Suraj Pole, the sun confronting the royal entrance of the fort, is a masterly blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The other marvels of the fort include the Ganesh Pol, Sila Devi temple, Sheesh Mahal, Magic Flower fresco and Maan Singh Palace.

If you would like to add some thrill to your journey, take an elephant ride up to the fort. Also, to enjoy the light and sound at the fort is a perfect way to spend your evening in Jaipur. Don’t forget to spot the scenes from the movie Jodha Akbar shot at this site.

Opening Closing Time: Open daily from 9 am – 5:30 pm

Entrance Fee:

Indian/Foreigner: Rs. 25/Rs. 150

Elephant Ride: Rs. 550 one way

Sound and Light Show: English (7:30 pm daily): Rs. 200; Hindi (8:30 pm daily): Rs. 100

Hawa Mahal

A popular landmark of Jaipur, the palace of winds or Hawa Mahal, was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for royal women to view the bustling streets of Johari Bazaar, while staying veiled behind the windows. Make your way to the top and enjoy a similar view.

Opening Closing Time: Saturday – Thursday: 9 am – 4:30 pm

Entrance Fee: Indian/Foreigner: Rs. 10/Rs. 50; Camera Fee: Still/Video – Rs. 20/Rs. 70

Jantar Mantar

Taking pride of having the largest sundial in the world, Jantar Mantar is a world heritage site that showcases how modern science mingled with traditional knowledge of astrology. In order to grab its full essence, one must take a guided tour (30 minutes to 1 hr) and would cost Rs. 100.

Opening Closing Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm (Daily)

Entrance Fee: Indian/Foreigner: Rs. 20/Rs. 10

Jal Mahal

Standing erect on the Man Sagar Lake and constructed by Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799, Jal Mahal or the Water palace is a unique attraction in Jaipur. Its grandeur lies in its location as the palace cum hotel is surrounded by the lake giving a spectacular view. The palace boasts the classical blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Made of red sandstone, it is a five-storeyed building where only the top storey is visible to the naked eye. Although, the palace looks breath-taking all the time, views from this dazzling palace is more captivating during the rainy season. It has beauty in its core and, of course, it should be there in your travelling checklist to Jaipur.

Opening Closing Time: 9 am to 5 pm

Entrance Fee: Rs. 50

Jaigarh Fort

The Jaigarh fort which seems to articulate the sagas of Rajputana bravery and prowess was once a royal treasury and defence system of Amber. A majestic fort, this site is an embodiment of walls, watchtowers and bastions. The sight of Jaiwan, the largest moving canon in Asia, is the main attraction of the fort which was used only once in its lifetime. When there, don’t forget to visit its armoury section (Vijay Garh) to get a glimpse of legendry Rajput spirit.

Opening Closing Time: 9 am – 5 pm (Daily)

Entrance Fee: Indian/Foreigner: Rs. 25/Rs. 75; Camera Fee: Still/Video – Rs. 5

City Palace

Carrying the throne of Maharaja in the past, the grand architecture of the City Palace speaks for the strong alliance of Rajput and Mughal styles. The palatial complex is home to several other small attractions including Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Diwan-i-khaas, Diwan-i-Aam and Maharani Palace.

Behind this palace is the Chandra Mahal which is still the royal residence of the successors of the royal family.

Opening Closing Time: 9:30 am – 5 pm (Daily)

Entrance Fee: Indian/Foreigner: Rs. 40/Rs. 300; Camera Fee: Still/Video – Rs. 50/Rs. 200

Govind Dev Jee Temple

Jaipur is home to an array of temples, one of which is the famous Govind Dev Jee temple. One of the oldest temples, the temples is visited by millions of followers. Devoted to Lord Krishna, the temple is also famous for its grand architecture.

Opening Closing Time: Open daily from 5 am – 9 pm

Laxmi Narayan Temple/ Birla Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his various Avataars. Its impressive architecture is a result of elaborated carvings in its inner walls which makes it a masterpiece. It is adorned with light effects at night which enhances its beauty manifold and one must not miss the opportunity to witness it.

Opening Closing Time: 8 am – 12 pm; 4 pm – 8 pm (Daily)

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh

Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh for his second wife, a Sisodia princess, the verdant gardens allows witnessing royalty and grandeur in its full form. It is donned with murals representing the eternal love story of Radha-krishna and many anecdotes from wars in history.

Opening Closing Time: Open daily from 8 am – 4:30 pm

Entrance Fee: Rs. 25

Nahargarh Fort

Popularly known as the Tiger fort, the Nahargarh Fort was used as the summer residence by the nobility. Reach the top for a grand view of the city especially in the evening. Pay some homage at the temple of Nahar Singh Bhomia, who seemingly haunted the site and evaded any attempts of construction. Remember Masti ka Pathshaala? Yes, the song was shot here only. Visit and see yourself.

Opening Closing Time: 10 am – 5 pm (Daily)

Entrance Fee: Indian/Foreigner: Rs. 10/Rs. 30; Camera Fee: Still/Video – Rs. 20/Rs. 70

Choki Dhani

The Choki Dhani village resort is a place where you will find something for everyone. With a traditional rural setting, it allows you witness the spirit of Rajasthan at single glance. It transfers you to the world of Rajputs and provides you the chance to treat yourself with lots of exciting activities. Enjoy the elephant, camel and bullock rides, live performances, puppet shows, folk dances, magic shows and acrobatics- all in all come here for a delightful experience. Do remember to feast your taste buds with the traditional Rajasthani Thali which is a pure gastronomic delight.

Opening Closing Time: Open daily from 6 pm – 11 pm

Entrance Fee: Rs. 450 (Including meal)

If bitten by a travel bug and you are out to explore an unknown destination, your trip is definitely not complete without getting a taste of its authentic cuisine, and Jaipur is a food paradise that you cannot afford to miss in this area. An archetype of combined form of culture and taste, its famous dishes like Dal Bati Churma, Laal Maas, Pyaaz Kachoris or Ghevar, will surely excite the foodie inside you. So, have a taste of this awesome cuisine and give your trip a complete essence. Read below to find out more about its famous eateries.

Rawat Mishthaan Bhandaar

This famous food joint has everything to rejuvenate your taste buds. Serving some famous cuisines like North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, it is a perfect choice to explore the traditional Rajasthani delicacies. A trip to Jaipur is incomplete as the eatery promises you a satisfying culinary ride.

Opening Closing Time: Daily: 8 am to 11 pm

Handi Restaurant

A famous food joint, the restaurant is known for its amazing food and friendly-staff. Handi Meat, Tandoori Chicken, Seekh Kebab and Paneer Butter Masala are some famous dishes that will surely satisfy the foodie inside you.

Opening Closing Time: Daily: 12 pm to 3:30 pm and 6 pm – 11 pm

Spice Court

Located in a posh colony of Jaipur, Spice Court caters to every taste. Right from Indian to Chinese to Continental, it is known for offering a variety of culinary delights, soothing ambience and expert hospitality. Spend your evenings here as many puppet shows and folk dances are being performed giving you a delightful experience.

Opening Closing Time: Daily: 11 am to 3 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm

Laxmi Mishthaan Bhandaar

Laxmi Mishthaan Bhandaar is known for its Sattvik (pure vegetarian food) and dates back to 1954. An air-conditioned eatery, it offers taste of famous Rajasthani delicacies in a single bite in its popular Rajasthani thali. Don’t forget to grab a bite of its famous Kulfa (combination of Kulfi and Falooda with dry fruits and saffron). A sweet counter filled with tasty Mithais, innovative décor, and excellent hospitality- with all this at one space, the restaurant is definitely a must-visit.

Opening hours: 8am-11pm

Being a cultural city, Jaipur takes pride in hosting a number of cultural festivals, carnivals and fairs. Giving a sneak peek into the royalty, rich culture and diversity of the place, the multitude of festivals and events will definitely leave you in sheer awe. Let’s explore the magic of Jaipur while reading about these festivals and events.

Gangaur

Make your visit to Jaipur more magical by joining in the festivities of the Gangaur festival. Mainly for women, the event celebrates the eternal love between Gan (Lord Shiva) and his spouse Gauri (Parvati). The celebrations begin on the day following Holi with great enthusiasm. The main attraction of the event is the procession where the veiled image of the Goddess is carried from the Tripolia gate through the streets of the Old city in a palanquin. The trademark dish of the festival is Ghewar which is avalaible in many flavours in almost every sweet shop of the city.

Teej

Celebrating the arrival of the monsoon season the festival speaks for the marital relationship between Shiva and Parvati. The festival is eagerly awaited by women where they keep fasts for long lives of their husbands.

Elephant Festival

A unique festival in its own, the Elephant festival celebrated on the day before Holi in Jaipur, speaks for the diverse culture of the Incredible India. One can witness numerous line of elephants painted in exquisite patterns and adorned with ribbons and jewellery. The mighty animal becomes charming when it gets indulged in the activities of polo at Chaugham Stadium, races and tug-of-war with humans. Come and see the skills of this massive mammal.

Jaipur Literature Festival

A carnival for writers and book lovers, the Jaipur Literature Festival is an ensemble of intellectualism, academics, discussions, thoughts and debates. A perfect place for book lovers, it welcomes famous authors from all over the world. Apart from literary figures, one can also spot famous Bollywood celebrities sharing their ideas and thoughts. Provoking the book lover inside you, the festival is an iconic celebration of the spirit of literature of all over the world.

No amount of savings or bank balance can give you more happiness than buying what you like. It doesn’t matters that you have a lot to still try on back at home, the feeling of buying something new for yourself gives you happiness every time. And, if vibrant colours are something that grabs your attention at a glimpse, then Jaipur bazaars are the perfect places to curb your shopping frenzy. Rajasthani Bandhanis, leheriyas, lac bangles, silver jewellery, silverware, blue pottery, ornamental home accessories and much more- with all this on offer, Jaipur is an ideal shopaholic’s paradise. With everything that can form your wedding trousseau, Jaipur’s famous bazaars, located around the Hawa Mahal, are perfect sites to indulge in retail therapy. Find out more about its famous bazaar by reading below.

Johari Bazaar

If you have a wedding at your home, then a visit to Johari Bazaar is a must. From wedding lehengas, hand embroidery to mirror and kundan work- buy it all here. Lined with shops selling dazzling pieces of jewellery with vibrant colours, intricate designs and unique artistry, the bazaar offers you a plethora of choices leaving your spellbound and wanting for more.

Opening Closing Time: Daily: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm

Bapu Bazaar

Shop here and take home an array of beautiful Jaipuri items like ethnic wears and traditional Jootis. The bazaar offers an ideal experience for street shopping and is a perfect choice to explore the true essence of the ‘Pink City’ Jaipur.

Opening Closing Time: Daily: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm

Nehru Bazaar

Come here and explore the shops selling some artistic handicrafts, textile items, perfumes, trinkets, traditional Jootis, and blue pottery. A perfect place to buy souvenirs for friends back home, Nehru Bazaar gives a sneak peek into the Rajasthani art and culture. Try to haggle for some discounts and you might get lucky to strike an amazing deal.

Opening Closing Time: Daily: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm

Tripolia Bazaar

Tripolia Bazaar is the perfect place to lay your hands on the exquisite lac jewellery which Jaipur is famous for. If have a liking for bangles, don’t miss out the place as the bustling shops are stocked with an amazing variety of bangles. One can also look for designer carpets, brass wares and traditional wares to decorate their house. Come. Shop. Get Amazed.

Opening Closing Time: Daily: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

Kishanpol Bazaar

Packed with local inhabitants and tourists alike, the bustling shops of Kishanpol Bazaar are famous for selling tie-dye and bandhini fabrics. Be sure to lay your hands on some delicate wooden carvings as the bazaar is home for skilled artisans renowned for making wooden artefacts.

Opening Closing Time: Daily: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm

Royalty and Luxury- echoing these two words, hotels in Jaipur provide you stay that make you feel like a King. Its palatial premises and luxurious rooms transfer you to an aristocratic era. Pampering you with princely meals, extravagant spas, and monarchical lifestyle, these hotels takes luxury to a new level of opulence. Apart from these, there are few budget hotels catering to visitors with different kinds of affordability. Read below to find out more about the best hotels in Jaipur each striving to be better than the other in its attempt attracting you.

The Oberoi Rajvilas

Manifesting the true essence of Raje-Rajwada in its every bit, this property is spread over an area of 32 acres having a 200-year old Shiva temple and a Rajasthani haveli within the premises of the hotel. Go there to pamper yourself with luxury spas, therapeutic massages and treatments. Combining traditional Rajasthani splendour with the luxury of the Oberoi brand, enjoying the extraordinary facility of this hotel is worth every penny.

Jai Mahal Palace

Ever dreamt of staying in a palace that lets you experience a kingly lifestyle? Well, your dreams can become true if you have chosen to stay at the Jai Mahal palace of Jaipur. Belonging to the erstwhile Maharaja, the palace boasts a Mughal garden and has 100 odd rooms fully furnished with colonial-style furniture and Rajasthani artefacts. It has six eateries including many bars and coffee shops forming an elegant fine dining experience.

Le Meridian

Making your stay in Jaipur an experience to cherish for a lifetime, the Le Meridian hotel has everything that makes its patrons comfortable and happy. Equipped with ultra-modern facilities including games room, 42-seat cinema room and provisions for outdoor seating facilities, the fortress type hotel gives you every reason to spend your savings over here. Their famous Nirvana Spa gives you massages and spa treatments that infuse tranquillity in you. Stay here and experience it yourself.

Rajasthali Resort and Spa

Luxury and adventure goes hand in hand in Rajasthali Resort and Spa, as it has an option of staying in well-furnished tents. Located at some distance away from the main city and nestled in the verdant hills, the resort is one of the best options to enjoy your holiday in Jaipur. The amenities here include an over-the-top spa.

Being a city that welcomes thousands of tourists from all corners of the world, Jaipur has an efficient network of transportation taking every traveller to and fro to the desired locations. As a famous tourist site, it is well connected with other cities in India via road and air. The most common modes of transportation include buses, auto-rickshaws, and cycle-rickshaws avalaible at every nook and corner of the town. Private taxis and cabs can also be booked via travel agents to explore the city avalaible at an affordable price.

Reaching by Air- Travelling to Jaipur by air is a convenient option. It has a network of both international and domestic flights connected with cities from across the globe. The Jaipur airport is situated at Sanganer, which is at a distance of 12 km from the heart of the city.

Reaching by Train- Jaipur has an efficient railway network connecting it to major cities in India like Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and many more. However, a luxurious way to explore the state is by hopping on to Palace on Wheels. The palatial train, one of its kinds in India, takes you on a royal ride and let you explore the fascination which is Rajasthan.

Reaching by Bus- Reaching Jaipur by bus is an affordable option if you are looking for a budget travel. The Rajasthan State Road Transportation (RSRTC) runs a network of Volvo (air-conditioned and non-air conditioned) buses and deluxe buses with a very reasonable fare. When in Jaipur, buses from Narayan Singh Circle or the Sindhi bus stand can be boarded.

Reaching by Road- Travelling to Jaipur by Road is a convenient option. The Delhi-Jaipur national highway joins the two cities with a distance of 260 km. The roads leading to Jaipur are well connected by National Highways 8, 11 and 12.

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