If you’re starting your Rajasthan tour in Jaipur, you’re in for a wonderful treat because this is where your journey into India truly begins!
When I first get views of the pink city of Rajasthan from the train window travelling out of Delhi, my heart always skips a beat.
Although it is known as the “pink city,” it isn’t actually pink. The colours of the structures are more peach or orange.
Nonetheless, it’s quite lovely. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is a vibrant, buzzing city with a mix of old and new architecture.
Although the ancient side has more culture, the new side also has some 21st-century conveniences such as shopping malls, bars, and clubs.
Finding your way around Jaipur might be a bit of a maze, so here’s a helpful first-guide timer’s to the Pink City (which isn’t pink lol).
How to go to Rajasthan’s Jaipur from Delhi or elsewhere
By train, Jaipur can be reached in 4 hours from Delhi. The Shatabdi express, which departs early in the morning, is the greatest train I would recommend.
There are only a few stops, and you are served breakfast, which is fantastic. For train travel in India, I would personally recommend Make my trip
I’m not sponsored, but I’ve spent enough time on the website of an Indian train firm to know it’s not worth the hassle! Jaipur also has an international airport, making it possible to fly in from Delhi in around 45 minutes.
If you book far enough in advance, you can also obtain some fantastic flight prices. I’d use Skyscanner or Kiwi.com as flight applications.
If you’re looking for a place to visit after Jaipur, consider Pushkar, which is only 3 hours away by bus. It’s one of Rajasthan’s few tranquil towns, and one of my personal favourites!
The finest methods to explore Jaipur are through travelling around it.
Because Jaipur’s attractions are dispersed, it’s preferable to hire a Tuk-Tuk (motorised rickshaw), Tam-Tam (electric rickshaw), or Taxi for the day.
For a full day (8 hours in a Tuk or Tam), the going fee is 500 rupees. A taxi will set you back 1600 rupees.
Uber is also available in Jaipur, so if you simply need to go to a few places, this could be a good option.
You can enter your credit card information and pay the metered fee. Most of the time, this is less expensive than a Tuk-Tuk!
Before you go, here are some of the best Jaipur travel recommendations.
The rupee reigns supreme in this country, so bring cash. Although the ATM will most likely give you 2000 rupee notes, it is preferable to change them as quickly as possible into smaller change.
This will come in handy when paying for things like entertainment, shopping, and transportation. The 2000 rupee note was recently introduced in India to replace the 1000 rupee note.
This was done in an attempt to block a large amount of ‘black (false) money’ from being distributed around the country.
Despite the fact that there is plenty to go around currently, few people can give change for them! To prevent being taken advantage of, try changing it at a large chain like Café Coffee Day or Starbucks, which will almost certainly have change.
The top places to stay in Jaipur are listed here.
In Jaipur, there are hundreds of affordable options to select from.
Personally, I enjoy staying in small boutique Havelis (traditional Rajasthan hotels) because it adds to the adventure of my travels!
There are many midrange Havelis near the railway station that cost roughly ₹ 2506. per night.
In Jaipur, I stayed at Umaid Bhawan.
The Rambagh Palace is the place to go if you’re seeking for high-end luxury.
It comes at a high price, but if you have the cash, it appears to be well worth it. If you just want to have a look inside, they offer a nice cocktail bar and restaurant.
The finest things to do in Jaipur are as follows:
The Amer Fort is about 15 kilometres from Jaipur’s main city, so you’ll need to take a Tuk-Tuk, Tam-Tam, or Taxi to get there.
To avoid the heat and crowds, I recommend starting your day here in the morning!
This fort is the most picturesque in Rajasthan, with a fascinating history of Maharajas from the past as well as royal apartments.
Because it is so high, you can get some fantastic views of Jaipur and the Nahargarh Fort.
Many people choose to ride the elephants up the hill to arrive in style, and while I have done so in the past, I would advise you to avoid it.
Many of these elephants have been subjected to long-term cruelty by their owners, and I was disturbed to witness how they were treated with bullhooks.
I highly recommend Elephantastic, which I will discuss further below, if you are searching for an elephant experience that is both safe and kind to elephants.
Elephantastic is a wonderfully lovely home for our wise old pals. The owner, Rahul, was a rider at the Amer fort.
However, after witnessing how elephants are handled for tourists, he resolved to save them and create a safe haven for them in his sanctuary.
Rahul genuinely cares about his elephants, ensuring that they are kept safe from harm, well-fed, and receive proper medical attention when necessary.
When I scheduled my session, he apologised for not being able to wash them because it was too cold for them in the winter.
This is a true tribute to the fact that it isn’t about making money, but rather about assuring the elephants’ happiness and well-being.
You will meet his friendly elephants in his human-elephant interaction programme, which you will be able to hug, feed sugar cane to, paint (with natural safe paints of course), bathe, ride (if you wish to), and converse with:
Then, depending on your package, you’ll meet his family and be served a great home-cooked lunch!
Jaipur City Palace
The City Palace in Jaipur is a very simple structure. It isn’t as large as the one in Udaipur, but it does have some wonderful architecture to admire.
The main feature is a set of royal archway doors in the centre, which are highly famous.
This door is featured on the cover of Lonely Planet’s Rajasthan and North India guidebook, so I guess that’s why people want to click on it!
They offer a charming café where you can get melt-in-the-middle chocolate muffins and see traditional puppet shows during peak season.
I recommend purchasing a tourist pass that includes admission to the palace, the Jantar Mantar, the Albert Hall Museum, the Nahargarh/Jaigarh fort, and other attractions. It’ll set you back about 1000 rupees, but it’ll save you money!
The Palace of Winds is Jaipur’s most famous structure. However, because it’s on a busy road, it’s easy to miss as you speed by!
When you are dropped off, there is a small area within the market street where you can observe and take photographs.
I would go across the street and observe it in one of the many cafés there unless you want an extremely terrible angled photo that is practically vertical.
The wind café delivers delicious meals and a hot cup of chai. When I initially arrived at the Hawa Mahal, a man snake charmed me and invited me to join!
Here’s a super-tourist in action, but it was SO much fun! The snake did become a little furious at one point, so it was time for me to flee, hehe.
Galta Ji Temple | Hanuman Temple
This temple is also known as the Jaipur monkey temple, but I was instructed not to call it that.
However, because of the large tribe of monkeys that have made the area their home, most tourists recognise it as such!
This location is divided into two halves. On one side, there is a section where you can meet the monkeys. Because there are so many people up to no good, I would stay away if you’re frightened of being bitten.
To get to the summit, we hired a Bandar walla (monkey guy). We bought monkey nuts, and he’ll show you how to feed and handle them. I kept dropping the peanuts as soon as they got close at first.
However, as I got more at ease, I allowed them to rest on my shoulder. I was also offered the opportunity to learn the skill of monkey calling. He only needed two months and I’d be set. It’s a nice offer, but I guess I’ll pass.
On the other hand, there is a bathing area on the other side. One is for women and the other is for males. It’s not for me because it’s crawling with boys! The women’s section was nearly empty.
The Nahargarh fort and the Jaigarh fort are the two forts in Jaipur.
The view from Nahargarh Fort is significantly more magnificent, so if you must choose one, make it this one.
At the end of the fort, there’s a lovely restaurant with the view in the shot below.
I think I paid about 50 rupees to get in, but I also received a drink coupon for a coke while admiring the view.
Last year, I came here to celebrate my first Diwali, and this fort gave me a bird’s-eye view of all the bright lights, fireworks, and revelry!
The top restaurants in Jaipur
This tourist attraction may be considered trashy by some, but I loved it! It’s mostly a tourist cultural village that provides insight into traditional Rajasthani culture.
You are responsible for the cost of your meal selection. You can choose between a classic Indian tali with no air conditioning, an Indian tali with air conditioning, and an international cuisine restaurant.
My companion and I decided to eat in the traditional A/C since we felt it would be more pleasant.
A thali is basically a platter with little pots of typical Indian cuisine on it. Curries, chutneys, rice, naan bread, dessert, and even buttermilk will be served .
You’ll be able to eat while listening to traditional Rajasthani music, which is very pleasant.
Following that, you can enjoy a variety of entertainment that is included in your ticket. Here you’ll find puppet shows, a look at how chapatis are manufactured, camel rides, dancing, fortune-telling, and a cheap bazaar.
You can also receive some free traditional henna and dress up in traditional Rajasthani garb.
I couldn’t believe this café was in Jaipur, let alone India, when I first saw it on Instagram.
The wallpaper is to die for, and the design is amazing! It like something from a fairy tale. So, when I realised I’d be returning to Jaipur, I had to take a look.
The menu features foreign food, including Baklava, my favourite pastry treat!
Unfortunately, this was sold out when I arrived (perhaps due to seasonality), so I settled for coffee. It also tasted like real coffee, which was a pleasant surprise from Bru . It was also only 110 rupees, which was a steal given the location.
Fresh salads and authentically prepared Italian pasta meals are included on their menu.
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Jaipur is one of my favourite cities in the world, and I return there frequently.
It’s the epitome of Rajasthani culture in action, and you’ll remember it for months, if not years, after you leave.