Jaipur is a top choice for first-time visitors to India. This historical city, the capital of Rajasthan, blends tradition and modernity with its vibrant streets, beautiful Old City, and fabulous Amber Fort.
One of India’s most popular itineraries is the Golden Triangle, which combines Delhi, Agra (the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur. The circuit covers 720km and can be completed in less than a week. Jaipur is usually the last.
Rajasthan is the land of maharajahs. It has forts, palaces, and forts. There are also dunes, deserts, and colourful festivals. Temperatures range from the 40s to the 50s from April through June. The monsoon rains of July and August bring the humidity up to the 70s. It was pleasant and warm in March, with sunny days and cool evenings. The nights drop to 10 degrees between December and February. February, March and September are the best months to visit Jaipur.
You might think of Jaipur when you see the film, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. Then you may imagine a provincial backwater. Jaipur, a city of three million people, is chaotic and busy. The Old City is only partially walled. It is messy and active in the best way, explaining why people fall in love with India.
These are the Top Things To Do In Jaipur
Pink City Walking Tour
It is possible to spend hours wandering the streets and back streets of Old City. Jaipur is also known as “The Pink City” because Maharaja Ram Singh painted all Jaipur pink in 1876 to show hospitality and welcome the Prince of Wales. The law still dictates that facades should be kept pink. It is more orange than pink. This is where you should begin your Jaipur sightseeing.
Hawa Mahal, which is Jaipur’s most famous building, is also a must-see. It was built in 1799 by the ladies of the royal family to keep an eye on the city. It is five stories high and has 953 windows. For the ladies to see out, the windows have a pink lattice. This is in keeping with purdah, which prohibits women from being seen publicly without covering their faces.
Pink City Bazaars
The Pink City’s bazaars are bustling with activity. Your walking tour will take place through them. Shopkeepers will be selling saris to their customers, while cobblers are making and selling traditional shoes and gold, silver, and pottery. Jaipur is known for its shopping. Here, commercial buyers can stock up on unique Rajasthani products. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, the bazaars are one fun thing to do in Jaipur.
The City Palace was built in 1727. It has been expanded over the years, incorporating both Rajasthani and Mughal influences. You will find large courtyards, gardens, and buildings that contain art, military equipment, and costumes. The Palace is still the residence of the Jaipur royal family. There are also special events here.
The City Palace’s highlights include Mubarak Mahal, the Welcome Palace, Pitam Niwas Chowk’s beautifully decorated gates, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum’s costumes and history, and the Armoury. The City Palace has traditional-dressed guards that you will see, and they may even perform a musical performance. It is a popular tourist spot in Jaipur, and it is not hard to see why.
After you’ve spent time in the Pink City, spend 11km outside the city to visit Jaipur’s most famous attraction, Amber Fort. This honey-coloured fort, known as “Amer”, rises majestically from a mountainous ridge. This was, without doubt, one of the highlights of our trip to Rajasthan. The fort’s beauty and grandeur increase with each step.
You have three choices to get into the fort from the base: you can walk, ride an elephant, or take a vintage jeep. We do not encourage elephant riding. Instead, we recommend that you walk the 10 minutes uphill on a paved path until the entrance gate. You will pass snake charmers and children selling customized bracelets.
Many rooms inside the fort with mirror-covered walls, a historic hot tub in Hamman, maharajas apartments and beautiful doors. You can also explore narrow tunnels and stairways.
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
Jaipur is known for its block-printed fabrics. We had fallen in love with the clothing at the Anokhi boutique, Jaipur, and we were eager to visit Amber’s Museum. The museum is housed in an old Indian mansion, which was renovated around Amber Fort.
While the first two floors provide information about the history and technique of block printing, the upstairs floor is the most interesting. Artisans will show you every step of the block printing process. One man carved a wooden stamp, and another printed a large bolt of fabric. You can also make a small square print to try it.
Jal Mahal, a beautiful water palace located halfway between Amber and Jaipur, is well worth a stop. The beautiful Palace that rises from Man Sager Lake is believed to have been constructed by Jai Singh II (the Rajput ruler of Amber). A wealthy businessman is currently renovating the Palace to become a series of hotels.
Jai Singh II was a keen astronomer and built five Jantar mantras (calculating instruments) across India. The most well-known one is in Jaipur. The observatory, built in 1728, features 19 large astronomy instruments scattered throughout the grounds. You can find tools that track time, predict eclipses and track the earth’s orbit and coordinates with other stars and planets.
Shopping in Jaipur
Jaipur is a great place to shop, and we don’t mean tourist junk. You will find beautiful linens, clothes and jewellery as well as shoes, jewels, crafts, and other items. International buyers travel from all corners of the globe to shop in Jaipur. We enjoyed window shopping at the Old City bazaars and then went on to shop in the boutiques of Jaipur and the wholesale shops around the outskirts. Some boutiques have a fixed price, while others allow for negotiation.
Jaipur has many beautiful rooftop restaurants. It is a great place to watch the sunset over Jaipur while enjoying delicious curries and delicious curries. After a long day of sightseeing, our hotel, Hotel Kalyan, had a beautiful rooftop that we used to spend our afternoons on. We would do real work, and the kids would do schoolwork.
Peacock Restaurant is a Pearl Palace Hotel’s rooftop restaurant that offers affordable, delicious food. We enjoyed the food immensely (more details below) but preferred the rooftop at our hotel across from it.