Jaipur – Paris of India | A Complete Travel Guide

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About Jaipur

About Jaipur

Jaipur, the capital and the largest city of Rajasthan, is located 268 KM from the national capital of New Delhi. With a population of 3.1 million+, it is also the 10th most populous city of India. In 2019, the pink city was inscribed by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. A fine blend of royal heritage, rich history, and, contemporary culture, Jaipur remains every traveller’s favourite.  

Why is it called the Pink City?

Jaipur is also called the Pink City. The obvious reason is that the color of most historical places in Jaipur that were made in red sandstone and marble, render a pinkish glow in the sunlight. But there’s a more detailed story behind Jaipur’s moniker. 

In 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria were to be on a tour of colonial India, which also included a tour and stay in the city. Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh, who was ruling the state at that time, saw this as a great opportunity to strengthen the ties of the royal family with the British aristocracy.

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To impress Prince Albert, the maharaja set out to beautify his city, in the colour of hospitality – pink. This included using red sandstone exclusively for newer constructions and repainting older ones with terracotta pink. As expected, the prince was highly impressed and named it the Pink City.

The maharaja’s queen, who also loved the color scheme, convinced the king to make it illegal for the city’s buildings to be painted in any other color from thereon. Thus, in 1877, a law was passed to make all buildings and structures of the city to be done in pink. Surprisingly, the law is still in effect today. 

Hidden Facts about Jaipur

People mostly know about famous places in Jaipur. But there are many hidden facts about this city that make it more interesting. 

Jaipur Literature Festival
Jaipur Literature Festival
  • The city was built in only four years and became the first planned city of India when Maharaja Jai Singh moved his capital from Amer to Jaipur. 
  • Jaipur is also the home to Jantar Mantar, the country’s first and most original center of science and astronomy, with nineteen architectural astronomical instruments
  • The Pink City’s crown jewel – the Hawa Mahal is a massive structure, with five stories and 953 windows have no foundation per se. The building sits on the edge of the city palace.
  • Jaipur is also the host of the Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest and free literary festival. Started in 2006, the festival works as a platform for writers, filmmakers, novelists, and artists from all over the world to convene and share their works.

Best places to visit in Jaipur

With a host of historical monuments, museums, and artistic structures, the Jaipur tourist places are exhaustive. Here are some of the best and most popular Jaipur places to visit – 

Jaipur Palace 

  • How to Reach – The city palace is located at 5.2KM from the railway station. You can take the local bus to Tripolia Bazaar and walk to the palace, or hire a cab to reach.
  • Timings – 9.30 AM -5 PM (all days)
  • Entry Fee – INR 40 for adults, INR 25 for children (5 to 12 years old)
  • Time Required – 2-3 Hours

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
  • How to Reach – The site is located at 5.3KM from the railway station. You can take the local bus, auto, or book a cab to reach.
  • Timings – 9AM – 4.30PM
  • Entry Fee – INR 40, Students: INR 15
  • Time Required – 1-2 Hours

[Also Read: All you need to know about Jantar Mantar UNESCO Site]

Jal Mahal 

Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal 
  • How to Reach – The palace is located 10.8KM from the railway station. You can rent a local car or book a cab to reach and explore.
  • Timings – 6AM -6PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Time Required – 1-2 Hours 

Hawa Mahal 

  • How to Reach – The palace is located at 5.5KM from the railway station. You can book a local auto, bus, or cab to reach.
  • Timings – 9AM- 4.30PM
  • Entry Fee – INR 50
  • Time Required – 2-3 Hours

Albert Hall Museum

  • How to Reach – The museum is located at 5.8KM from the railway station. You can hire an auto, local bus, or a cab to reach.
  • Timings – 9AM – 5PM and 7PM – 10PM
  • Entry Fee – INR 40
  • Time Required – 1-2 Hours

Places to visit near Jaipur

The attractions include more than the popular tourist places within the city. There are many places near the pink city that you can visit in a day. With a comprehensive Jaipur tour package, you can make the most of your trip. Include these sites in your Jaipur sightseeing – 

Amer Fort & Palace 

Amer Fort
Amer Fort
  • How to Reach – The fort palace is located 11KM from the city center. You can book a cab or rent a car for the day to travel and explore.
  • Timings – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Light Show: 7:30 PM (English), 8PM (Hindi)
  • Entry Fee – INR 25, Students: INR 10
  • Time Required – 3-4 Hours

Nahargarh Fort

  • How to Reach – The fort is located 19.4KM from the city center. You can book a local cab or rent a car for half day to travel and explore.
  • Timings – 10AM- 5.30PM
  • Entry Fee – INR 20, Students: INR 5
  • Time Required – 2-3 Hours 

Pushkar Lake 

Pushkar Lake
Pushkar Lake 
  • How to ReachJaipur to Pushkar is 144KM and takes 3 hours. You can book an outstation cab or take the train or private bus to reach. 
  • Timings – Sunrise to Sunset
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Time Required – 2-3 Hours

[Also Read: The Outstanding Pushkar Camel Fair]

Abhaneri Stepwell

Abhaneri Stepwell
Abhaneri Stepwell
  • How to Reach – The ancient well is 82KM from the city. You have to take a cab or rent a local car to travel. 
  • Timings – 8AM- 6PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Time Required – 1-2 Hours
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Best time to visit Jaipur

Being in the heart of the state, the city experiences a warm, semi-arid climate. Summers are extremely harsh while the winters are quite pleasant when the temperature is perfect for exploring the outdoors. Hence, the best time to visit the city is between November and February or till mid-March when the weather is mild. You can also visit during the monsoon, but look up the weather forecast in Jaipur during July and September.

[Also Read: The Great Rajasthan Road trip – An 11-Day Itinerary for Offbeat Rajasthan]

Things to do in Jaipur

Jaipur tourism is not just about the famous tourist attractions but also the activities that you do –

Chokhi Dhani
Chokhi Dhani
  • Catch the light and sound show at the Amer Palace. The laser-light spectacle against the backdrop of the Aravalli narrates Rajasthan’s folklore and history. It is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur at the night. 
  • Go on a shopping tour for handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, and jewellery. Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar, and Kishanpole Bazaar are some of the best places to visit in Jaipur for shopping.
  • Spend a day or two at the Appu Ghar. Spreading over 300 acres, it is the largest themed entertainment and water park in Jaipur. With rides, food, rock climbing, mini-golf and more, this is one of the most fun places to stay and enjoy with family or friends.
  • Stay at Chokhi Dhani. The most luxurious rural themed resort offers the ultimate Rajasthani experience with folk events, dance performances, art and crafts, and authentic local food.
  • Explore the Zoo. Home to 50+ endangered animals like the Black Buck, Baboon, Hyena, Black Bear, Himalayan Bear and a host of special avian species, the sprawling greenery is great for trail walks, safaris, and photography.

How to reach Jaipur

By Train

The city’s railway station is Jaipur Junction, 3KM from the city centre. There are regular trains to the city from Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and more. You can also take the special Palace on Wheels train from New Delhi that goes through the city. 

By Road

Jaipur is well connected by road via NH 48 and other state highways to Delhi, NCR, other major towns and cities in northern India. There are regular state-run and private buses to the city. The best way to reach is to book a private car from Delhi or any nearest city and drive to Jaipur. You can also stop at other interesting places on the way to the pink city.

By Flight

The nearest airport is Jaipur Airport (JAI). There are regular flights available from all major cities in India to the pink city. From the airport, you can book a Jaipur airport taxi to reach your hotel or go sightseeing.

Places to stay in Jaipur

Choosing the right hotels are an important part of your travel. To make your vacation memorable, explore some of these best resorts in Jaipur

  • Umaid Mahal 
  • Nahargarh Haveli
  • Hotel Rajasthan Palace 
  • Shahapura House 
  • ITC Rajputana
  • Hotel Narain Niwas Palace 
  • Welcome to the Lodge

Places to eat in Jaipur

Jaipur’s food is an exceptional culinary experience. From the famous streetside Rawat Kachori to the finest restaurants, there’s a flavor for every tastebud. Try some of these best restaurants and cafes in Jaipur.

  • Padao, Nahargarh Fort, 
  • Marble Arch, Jai Mahal Palace
  • Govindam Retreat
  • Rajput Room
  • Suvarna Mahal
  • 1135 AD

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