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Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. This is the most visited city in Rajasthan along with other 3 famous cities: Jodhpur, Jaisalmer & Udaipur. It was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. Read this article on Jaipur Travel Guide to get in-depth information about Jaipur.
Jaipur is popular for its unique architectural style, which includes traditional Rajput and Mughal styles. Jaipur has a rich history and is well-known for its monuments like Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort.
The city is also known as “the pink city” because of the color that predominates in its buildings.
Jaipur has been ranked as one of the best places to live in India by many publications due to its high quality of life, low crime rates and good education system among other factors.
I visited this city twice in my life. This time, I am sharing the whole information about Jaipur with you from a tourist point of view. To make things navigable and easily understandable, I have designed Jaipur Travel Guide in FAQ format.
Location of Jaipur
Jaipur is located in Rajasthan state in North-West India. It is the capital of Rajasthan state. It is one of the famous cities on the Golden Travel Triangle Route of India.
How to reach Jaipur?
Jaipur is well connected with all means of transport and you can reach here by adopting anyone out of the following ways:
By Road: Rajasthan has a very good network of roads and these roads are wide & 6/4- laned Highways. The distance between Patiala, Punjab to Jaipur is approximately 500 KM and you can reach here in 8 hours by driving your own car. Jaipur is at a distance of 280 KM from New Delhi, the National Capital of India. You can easily book a cab/taxi or bus to reach Jaipur from New Delhi. You can book your bus tickets through the Redbus app/website.
By Train: Jaipur Railway Station is a busy station & is connected to major cities of India. You can book a direct train from New Delhi Railway station to Jaipur. Shatabdi is the best option because it is super fast and will provide you with a budget luxury experience of travelling. The railway is the most economical way to travel to Jaipur. For more information and booking the train, you can visit the official website of IRCTC or download the app IXIGO.
By Air: Jaipur International Airport is the main airport of Rajasthan state. Direct flights from different countries and major cities of India run on a regular basis. You can book your tickets through Makemytrip.com or IXIGO app which I personally use.
Which is the best time to visit Jaipur?
The best time to visit Jaipur is from October to March as the weather remains pleasant during this period of time. Other months of the year are hot and scorchy and this area is much hotter due to its close proximity to the Thar Desert.
What are the best things to do in Jaipur?
There are a number of places to visit in Jaipur. But here I would discuss only those places of interest which are most visited & worth to see. Jaipur Travel Guide includes:
- City Palace, Jaipur
- Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
- Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
- Amer/Amber fort, Jaipur
- Jaigarh Fort
- Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
- Jal Mahal, Jaipur
- Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur
- Chokhi Dhani
CITY PALACE JAIPUR
The City Palace of Jaipur is a palace complex with several structures within its walls. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan.
The complex is in the heart of Jaipur city, Rajasthan in northern India. The palace was built on a hill known as Mani Parbat by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who ruled from 1727 to 1750.
It requires a minimum of 2 to 3 hours to completely explore this palace. The City Palace of Jaipur has the following attractions to see:
- Gates of City Palace/Pitam Nivas Chowk.
- Mubarak Mahal
- Chandra Mahal
- The armoury
- Baggi Khana
- Govind Dev Ji Temple
This Palace is divided into two parts – the Museum and the Royal Family Residence. You can also visit this palace at night time.
Entry Ticket (INDIANS): INR 200 Per Adult & 100 per Child of age 5-12 years
Nighttime : INR 500 per adult & 250 per child
Entry Ticket (Foreign Nationals): INR 700 Per Adult & 400 per Child of age 5-12 years
Nighttime: INR 1000 per adult & 500 per child.
9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Day Visit)
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Night visit)
Remains open for all days.
Photography is allowed inside.
A tourist guide or Audio guide is available here to get in-depth knowledge about this place.
JANTAR MANTAR JAIPUR
Jantar Mantar is located just at a 1 KM distance from the City Palace & attracts thousands of visitors every year due to its uniqueness.
It is an open-air astronomical observatory and is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site.
It was built in the early 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. It is a conglomeration of stones and very large structures which have its specific usage.
It requires a minimum of 2 hours to completely explore this place. Jantar Mantar has 19 large instruments with very specific purposes. The most famous one is “the SAMRAT YANTRA” – the largest sundial in the country.
INR 50 per person (Indians)
INR 200 per person (Foreigners)
9:00 to 5:00 pm (All days)
HAWA MAHAL JAIPUR
Hawa Mahal means “the Palace of the Winds” is located just at a distance of 800 m from the City Palace.
Hawa Palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The palace got its name from the fact that it was designed to look like a crown known as “hawa” in Hindi.
As per Rajput law, the Royal ladies could not be seen by strangers and were not allowed to appear in public places. With the help of this palace, the ladies could easily be party to the royal processions from a distance without being seen. It is notable to say that women could observe all the events happening around them, without coming in contact with strangers.
It is made out of red and pink sandstone and has 953 small windows called “jharokhas.”
It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaipur and has been featured in many Bollywood movies.
It is an engineering marvellous 5 story building about 50 feet high which you must see when you visit in Jaipur.
INR 50 per person (Indians)
INR 200 per person (Foreigners)
9:00 to 5:00 pm (All days)
AMER/AMBER FORT JAIPUR
Amer/Amber fort is situated approximately 15 KM from Jaipur city on National Highway – 8. This fort was constructed on the Kalikho hills formed by the Aravalli Ranges.
It is the finest monument & key attraction of Jaipur which was declared a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site in the year 2013.
The construction of Amer fort first began with Raja Bharmal & Raja Mann Singh in 1558 & it was completed over a period of two centuries in 1727 by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II.
The main attraction points in this fort are:
- Ganesh Pol
- Jaleb Chowk
- Singh Pol
- Jai Mandir
- Yash Mandir
- Sheesh Mahal
- Suhag Mandir
- Sila Devi Temple
- Bhool Bhulaiya (Puzzle site)
- Zanana Dyodi (Women sitting place)
The interesting fact about this fort is that you can reach the top of the fort on an elephant. Besides, it can be visited at night time to experience the effect of yellow bulbs on its architecture.
It requires a minimum of 3 hours to fully explore this fort.
Sound & light show is being organised at this fort which includes local folklores, tales & myths about Rajasthan culture.
INR 25 per person (Indians)
INR 550 per person (Foreign Nationals)
8:00 am to 5:00 pm (All days)
Elephant riding time: 7:30 am to 12:30 pm
Light Show timings: 7:30 pm
JAIGARH FORT JAIPUR
Jaigarh fort is situated above the Amber fort. Basically, it was built to protect Amber fort from enemies. This fort provides an excellent view of the Aravalli Range and Maota lake and is actually built atop the Hill of Eagles, also known as Cheel ka Teela.
For me, it is not that much attractive & you may skip it if you have a shortage of time.
Nahargarh fort is situated approximately 17 KM from the Jaipur city. It was built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1734. Nahargarh means “Abode of Tigers”. It was originally constructd to protect the city from invaders.
You can do the following things while in Nahargarh fort:
- Jaipur Wax Museum.
- Sheesh Mahal.
- Sculpture Park
- The Royal Gaitor Tombs.
- Vantage points to get panoramic view of city.
- Water tank
- Queen Apartments.
INR 50 per person (Indian)
INR 200 per person (Foreigners)
10:00 am to 5:30 pm (All days)
JAL MAHAL (WATER PALACE) JAIPUR
Jal Mahal is one of the majestic places to visit in Jaipur. It is situated on Amber road around 5 KM from Jaipur city.
Jal Mahal was constructed right in the center of Man Sagar lake and has five floors with four being submerged in water.
You can click amazing photographs here with a background of the hills & palace. There are a number of street vendors around this place from where you could purchase local items & taste street food.
There is no entry fee for Jal Mahal & you can visit this spot during day time from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
ALBERT HALL MUSEUM JAIPUR
It is located near Metro Road Junction Railway within the city.
This museum has 16 galleries that showcase antiques & heritage artefacts that belong to the royal family of Jaipur.
INR 40 per person (India)
INR 300 per person (Foreigners)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm (All days)
7:00 am to 10:00 pm (Nighttime)
CHOKHI DHANI JAIPUR
Located around 20 KM from the main city on Ajmer-Jaipur Highway, there is a mock village called “CHOKHI DHANI” that showcases the Rajasthani culture, food and other traditions.
It is spread over an area of 10 acres. It requires 2 to 3 hours to completely explore this site.
Timings are from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm and entry tickets will cost you around INR 1000 per person.
This ticket includes dinner which is served in Rajasthani style and is a buffet system.
You can also do shopping here. Besides, you will find every aspect of the Rajasthani culture here like house structure, daily chores & lifestyle of Rajasthani people and their rituals.
Jaipur is famous for its hand-made handicrafts, traditional suits, 100 gm lightweight blanket, camel leather products & Bangles.
You can do shopping at the following markets:
- Johari Bazaar
- Bapu Bazaar
- Tripolia Bazaar
Where to stay in Jaipur?
Hotels of all price ranges exist in Jaipur city. You can pick any hotel based on your interest and budget.
You can book your stay through Booking.com below.
What’s the best way to get around Jaipur?
There are the number of options that you can select to explore Jaipur city. The cheapest option is to hire an autorickshaw (Tuk-Tuk) that would cost less than INR 100 to visit the main tourist points.
Another option is to book a taxi or cab through Ola or arranged by Hotel.
How was my experience?
Jaipur is a very picturesque city with lots to explore. I visited this place twice and I had an amazing time exploring the different places of interest in two days. I stayed at Hotel Oberoi which was centrally located and had a beautiful view of Hawa Mahal from my room window.
Jaipur is a vibrant city & wide road with no traffic issues.
I reached here via my car. It took me 8 hours to reach here from Patiala, Punjab. On the very first day, I visited City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall Museum, Jal Mahal & Chokhi Dhani (in the evening).
On next day, I went to Amber fort, Jaigarh Fort & Nahargarh fort. After visiting these forts, I did some window shopping in Johri Bazaar.
I enjoyed this trip a lot & will make another visit in future.
Final Words about Jaipur Travel Guide
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog about the Jaipur Travel Guide. If you have any other questions or concerns about visiting Jaipur city (or Jaipur Travel Guide), please comment in the comment box. I will be glad to answer your queries. Thank you for reading, I am always excited when one of my posts is able to provide useful information on a topic like this!
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