There’s an overwhelming range of things to do and see that it gets difficult to decide what to do in Jaipur if you’ve limited time on hands. Here are the best places to visit in Jaipur to help you plan a perfect vacation with or without family.
Most travelers kick off their Rajasthan itinerary with Jaipur. What an incredibly vibrant, royal, and cultural city it is! A sure shot treat for Instagrammers and photographers!
In fact, Get Your Guide offers special Instagram Tours of the Best Photography Spots in Jaipur.
Jaipur – First Impressions
If I have to define Jaipur in one phrase, I’d say “Everything Regal!”
Jaipur truly is a fine portrayal of royalty. The city has treasured its elegance and royalty for decades now.
In 1876, Prince of Wales was welcomed by painting the entire city Pink and since then it’s called the “Pink City.”
The Pink City, as a matter of fact, seems like a color spectrum or rainbow.
Quintessential forts, beautiful castles and palaces, religious shrines, iconic museums, lively and artsy bazaars, heritage hotels, traditional Rajasthani cuisine, intriguing festivals, and metropolitan culture cite impeccable juxtaposition of old and new that makes Jaipur the decisively perfect place to visit.
The history, architecture, and glory of Jaipur have been an inspiration for many artists and historians all around the world.
A journey through the history and culture of Jaipur is like being entangled in a time warp. I was intrigued by the vitality and charisma of the places.
It’s a delight to understand the pertinence of historical and architectural marvels while entangled in the sorcery of everyday life.
Jaipur unfolds pulsating with hustle and chaos. Walking on the streets of Jaipur is the test of perseverance as you dodge the cow dung, struggle for space with street animals, pass over the streets chock-full of vendors and maneuver your way through traffic.
You’ll realize the meaning of the saying, “No pain no gain” when you endure this chaos and confusion to discover the hidden gems of Jaipur echoing its splendid past in the midst of harum-scarum streets.
The culturally vibrant capital of Rajasthan needs you to slow down to savor its different flavors, to capture the timeless charm of the city and enjoy the authentic soulful experience.
Best Places to Visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan
We’ve narrowed down the best places to visit in Jaipur for you. You can easily tick them off your Jaipur itinerary even if you have a day or two in the Pink City.
Amber (Amer) Fort
An absolute must-visit! You’ll be wowed at every turn.
Built over five centuries, by one of the navratnas (nine gems) in Akbar’s court, Raja Man Singh, Amber Fort (Amer) is a fine blend of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture.
Colossal courtyards, elaborately chiseled jharokas, beautifully adorned ceilings, and walls, serene gardens make Amber Fort a jewel of Jaipur.
Series of doorways (Chand pol, Singh pol, Suraj pol, and Ganesh pol) each with unique architecture are bound to amaze travelers.
A walk through Diwan-e-Aam (Hall of Public Audience), Sukh Mandir (relaxation spot for kings and queens), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) and Kesar Kyaari (Saffron Garden) gives you a glimpse of the sumptuousness of the lifestyle Rajput dynasty led.
Siladevi Temple inside the fort houses the idol of Durga recovered from the ocean and brought by Raja Man Singh I from eastern Bengal.
The amazing light show at Amber Palace is the treat for the senses. The show runs for 52 minutes in both English and Hindi.
The glittering dancing lights, soulful music, and stories of pride, history, and traditions of Amber narrated by Amitabh Bachchan in his deep and baritone voice leave the spectators spellbound.
Amer Fort is open from 8 am to 5:30 pm.
Light and Sound Show timings vary with the season.
|Months||English Show Timings||Hindi Show Timings|
|October to February||6:30 pm||7:30 pm|
|March to April||7 pm||8 pm|
|May to September||7:30 pm||8:30 pm|
The fort is free to visit but entry to the palace costs INR 25 (Indians), INR 10 (Indian Students, INR 550 (Foreigners), and INR 100 (Foreign Students).
The Light and Sound Show costs INR 200 (English) and INR 100 (Hindi).
Wherever you are, plan to come back to the fort to witness the light and sound show because you can’t visit Jaipur with kids and miss this mega affair.
A Humble Request Elephants ride the tourists up and down the steep slope at the Amer Fort. Ride on the lavishly decorated elephants might be a stately affair that makes you feel like a king or queen for some time but what about those gentle animals. A joy-ride or a royal experience for tourists become a punishment for these kind animals who can't even speak for themselves. They are ill-treated for some amount of money. We request everyone to not participate in this cruel activity and help prevent animal abuse. Walking up to the fort is a wonderful and guilt-free experience.
Jaigarh Fort (Fort of Victory)
Jaigarh Fort was built at the top of Aravalli ranges for the safety of Amber (Jaipur) from the rivals. It was constructed for the extra protection and there’s a tunnel that leads to Amber Palace.
The hill on which it is built is known as the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles), and you really get an eagle’s eye view of the encircling area from the fort!
The fort provides a breathtaking view of the Amer, Sagar Lake, and Aravali hills. Weaponry has been painstakingly preserved and displayed in the fort museum.
It houses a cannon foundry too. World’s largest cannon on the wheel called Jaivana is displayed at the fort.
Few of the areas like Kitchen area, dining hall and summer suites of king and queens are closed recently for the public visit because some thoughtless tourist and/or citizens have done enough damage to our glorious heritage.
Guide told us that people still write on walls and peel the paintings and carvings even when there’s a huge fine. I feel sorry to see the eroding parts of the fort or instead of history.
Jaigarh Fort is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm daily and the entry fee is INR 35 (Indians), INR 85 (Foreigners). You also need to pay for photography – still camera fee is INR 50 while a video camera fee is INR 200.
Nahargarh Fort (Abode of Tigers)
Of the three forts, the one which enticed me most was Nahargarh Fort. Its simplicity, charisma, minimum human presence made me just adore the place.
The exquisitely designed terrace, secret passageway and the amphitheater at Nahargarh Fort attracts attention after the shooting of the Bollywood movie ‘Rang De Basanti’ here.
King’s suit has been converted into a fine dining Indian restaurant for visitors to eat and relax. Glass Palace and Jaipur Wax museum are some of the significant aspects of Nahargarh Fort.
Nahargarh Fort is open daily from 10 am to 5:30 pm. The entry fee is INR 50 (Indians), INR 5 (Indian students), INR 200 (foreigners), and INR 25 (foreign students).
The Jaipur Wax Museum and Sheesh Mahal operate from 10 am to 6:30 pm daily. You need to buy a separate ticket for them that costs INR 500 for Indians and INR 700 for Foreign Nationals.
In the evening, make your way to Jal Mahal to catch the gorgeous sunset and the intense sight of Jal Mahal in the glimmering beautiful lake.
Kids love to run around the area called Chopati near the Jal Mahal.
Jal Mahal isn’t accessible but the glimpse of it across the lake is beautiful especially during sunset.
Jaipur’s idiosyncratic landmark, Hawa Mahal looks resplendent with its five-storey perforated semblance made of pink sandstone.
It was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 to empower the royal ladies to watch the festivities and performances, clandestinely.
Hawa Mahal’s Operational timings are 9 am to 5 pm. The Entry ticket costs INR 50 per Indian and INR 200 per foreign national.
Pro Tip Head to Wind View Cafe or The Tatoo Cafe & Lounge across the street from Hawa Mahal for the postcard-perfect view of Hawa Mahal or Wind Place with a cup of coffee.
The City Palace is the abode of Jaipur’s royal family at present.
Parts of it are open for public viewing. Mubarak Mahal in the City Palace complex houses a textile museum where you can have a look at the meticulously preserved royal wardrobe.
Friends of the Museum is a gallery that provides space to artisans and craftsmen to display their work of art. You can see the way they create artwork and buy something if you want to. Money goes directly to the artisans.
Pritam Niwas Chowk is a square courtyard inside the City Palace. It has four exquisitely adorned gates representing the four seasons. The balconies above the gates were used by performing singers.
The Royal family (current maharaja of Jaipur) resides at Chandra Mahal. It also encapsulates Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.
To witness this beautiful piece of architecture you need to pay INR 2500 separately along with the city palace tickets.
The City Palace is open from 9 am to 5 pm. Indians are charged INR 100 for the Palace’s outer space and INR 130 for the museum. The charges for foreign nationals are INR 500 and INR 900 respectively.
The still camera charges are INR 50 and videography costs INR 150.
This astronomical wonder is an excellent blend of ancient architecture and the history of astronomy in India.
Guide narrated a lot about the way measurements are done using these instruments but he was somewhat right when he said that don’t try too hard because even he couldn’t understand so many things after spending 25 years here 🙂
The entry timings for Jantar Mantar in Jaipur are from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The entry tickets cost INR 50 for Indians and INR 200 for Foreigners. The audio guide comes at INR 100 while you can hire a guide by paying somewhere around INR 200.
Albert Hall Museum
Albert Hall is the oldest museum of Rajasthan.
Its Indo-Gothic architecture and rare collection of traditional Indian and international artwork and handicrafts attract people from all walks of life.
Albert Hall Museum is open from 9 am to 5:30 pm and then from 7 pm to 10 pm for night tours. The museum is closed on Tuesdays. The entry ticket varies according to the time of the day.
A visit between 9 am to 5:30 pm costs INR 40(Indian), INR 20 (Indian student), INR 300 (Foreigner), and INR 150 (Foreign Student).
A night visit entry ticket (7 pm – 10 pm) charges are INR 100 per person.
Children below 7 years get free entry.
Panna Meena ka Kund
Located right next to Amber Fort, architectural symmetry of Panna Meena ka Kund is simply stunning.
The zig-zag staircases and the viridescent water of the pond reminded me of Chand Baori stepwell in Abhaneri.
It’s open daily from 7 am to 6 pm and the entry is free.
As you drive towards the airport through JLN Marg, you would come across a towering pink structure amid a beautiful garden – that’s Jawahar Circle. It’s known to be Asia’s biggest circular park at a traffic signal.
Vibrantly gorgeous, artistically intriguing, and meticulously designed Patrika Gate marks the entrance of Jawahar Circle. The gate depicts the essence of Jaipur and its history through its murals and motifs.
Patrika Gate tops the list of the most Instagrammable places in Rajasthan.
Aka Monkey temple or Hanuman Ji Temple, this Hindu temple is few kilometers away from Jaipur. The temple is unique in a way that it’s home to the clan of monkeys and thus the name.
A short hike takes you to the temple complex that’s circumscribed around a natural spring. It channels water to 7 huge pools.
Devotees bath away their sins in the holy water of the pools.
Children love monkeying around the huge temple complex.
Note: Please let the kids don't feed the monkeys as it can be risky.
The temple is open daily from 5 am to 9 pm. There’s no entry fee.
Other places of interest in Jaipur are Birla Mandir, Rambagh Palace, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Ram Niwas Garden, Royal Gaitor Tumbas, Sisodia Rani Garden, Kanak Vrindavan, Raj Mandir, Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple, Man Sagar Lake, Amar Jawan Jyoti, and the list continues!
Why Travel to Jaipur With Kids?
Exploring Jaipur with kids is always a good idea! Because taking kids to historical places is an exciting and fun way to inculcate inquisitiveness about the country’s rich history in children’s minds.
Jaipur is one place in India with golden historical past and rich cultural heritage and a visit to its splendid forts and palaces is like a walk down the history lane.
Don’t you want to make history lessons less boring for your kids? Read on to plan things to do in Jaipur with kids.
Fun Things to do in Jaipur with Kids
Though I believe visiting historical monuments is a great way to make kids learn about the rich past and implant love for history in them. But I also believe that sometimes they need a break from all the learning.
There are places in Jaipur you can take your kids for their kinda fun. Kids-friendly attractions to add to the list include:
Alice Garg National Seashell Museum
With its colossal collection of seashells, Alice Garg National Seashell Museum is a perfect and unique attraction for kids.
The museum operates from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening and is closed on Thursdays. Indians can buy an entry ticket for INR 30 while it costs INR 100 to Foreign Nationals.
Timings may vary with the season.
Jhalana Safari Park
The national park is home to many elusive animals and birds and also offers activities like Leopard Safari which makes it a fun place for young ones.
The morning and evening safaris are available and timings differ by an hour or so depending upon the season.
A gypsy safari with 6 people plus driver and a guide costs between 4500 to 5500. Private safari tours are also available at higher prices.
Snow Planet can be the most thrilling experience for kids because of its astonishing rides and slides.
It’s open daily from 12:30 pm to 9 pm and the entry fee is INR 550.
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
This museum in Amber is a must-visit if you are a textile fan. You can witness the artisans performing the art of hand block printing and can try printing your own scarf or T-shirt.
Kids love to create their own masterpieces by block printing. Anokhi Cafe is a nice place to eat and relax with kids.
Operational Hours: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm (Tuesday to Saturday); 11 am to 4:30 pm (Sunday); Closed on Mondays
Entry Fee: INR 30 per adult; INR 20 per student; INR 15 per child; INR 50 for a camera
Chokhi Dhani is a quintessential Rajasthani themed village that lets you savor the quirks of Rajasthan under one roof.
Be it traditional Rajasthani folk dances (Ghoomar, Kalbeliya, and Chari), Puppet show, Camel, elephant and bullock cart rides, authentic Rajasthani food and shopping for handicrafts.
The ticket (INR 700 per adult; INR 400 per child up to 3’5″) includes food and cultural events. It’s open from 5 pm to 11 pm.
Elefantastic a day keeps the kids in yay!
Elefantastic, India’s first ethical elephant farm, attracts kids and adults both for its one of a kind elephant experience that gives you a chance to make friends with elephants.
Kids love feeding and painting the elephants and soaking in the shower with elephants is a joyful experience.
The entrance fee is INR 4500 and the timings are from 9 am to 5 pm. You need to book in advance.
What and Where to Eat in Jaipur
A trip to Jaipur is incomplete without relishing the authentic Rajasthani Food.
Head to Rawat Mishtan Bhandar at Station road for the famous finger-licking pyaaz kachoris (a fried pastry filled with a spicy onion filling), dal-bati churma (Indian dish comprising lentils and hard wheat rolls), Rajasthani Thali and warm hospitality.
Gopalji ka Rasta at Johri Bazaar is a perfect hole in the wall to try some sinfully oily street food.
Little Italy at Prithviraj Road is a nice option if you are looking for a break from traditional food.
Pearl Palace’s Peacock Rooftop Restaurant (a walk away or a hotel can arrange an auto) is like a voyage that blends art, gastronomy, delightful ambiance and visual experience. Food is delectable and reasonably priced. Highly recommend their breakfast menu.
Gulp a glass or two of lassi at Lassiwala, Iconic lassi shop at MI road. They have been serving lassi to Jaipurites and tourists since 1944! They serve salted, sweet and sugar-free lassi in Kulhads (traditional handle-less clay cup) that tastes divine more so on a hot summer day.
You can’t leave Jaipur before you taste Jaipur’s quintessential Laal Maas. Two of the best places to taste this super fiery Mutton Curry are Handi Restaurant and 1135 AD.
If cafes and book lounges tickle you as they do to me then take some time to enjoy the great ambiance with a cup of coffee and flavorsome food at Stepout Cafe & Book Lounge.
What and Where to Shop in Jaipur
Jaipur is famous for its traditional artistic jewelry, hand-printed textiles, beautiful Mandala tapestries, colorful turbans and no trip to the city is complete without buying one of these.
Even if you are not a shopaholic, ambling in the colorful markets and streets of Jaipur is a treat in itself!
Here’s a lowdown of where and what to shop in Jaipur:
- Bapu Bazaar is a perfect shopping destination for everything Jaipuri. You can also buy souvenirs from here.
- Johri Bazaar for jewelry, gemstones, and traditional tie and dye fabrics
- Tripolia Bazaar for lacquer bangles
- Chandpole Bazaar for traditional handicrafts
- Kishanpole Bazaar for clothes and wooden sculptures
- Nehru Bazaar for traditional colorful juttis
- Sireh Deori Bazaar for leather goods
- Aravali Bazaar for home decor products
- Mirza Ismail Road (MI Road) for vibrant pottery items
- Kripal Kumbh for blue pottery
- Anokhi for handprinted textiles
And kids can’t leave Jaipur without buying traditional colorful puppets.
Jaipur bazaars are crowded like hell, so be cautious while shopping in the markets of Jaipur with kids.
Despite the crowds, dust, and chaos, Jaipur retains its charm. It leaves you craving with so much to see and understand.
Practically and cosmically, it’s not really possible to see each and everything; it’s wise not to quantify the experience because the quality is what matters and anyhow we take home beautiful memories.
Whenever we see the photographs, we feel happy that we made it! 🙂
How to Get to Jaipur
There are regular flights to Jaipur from all the metropolitans. Jaipur International Airport (Sanganer Airport) is about 12 km from the city center. You can hire a taxi or cab from the airport to reach the city.
Jaipur is also well connected by road, so taxi and car are great options because nothing beats the road journey. For travelers coming from Delhi, it’s an easy 5-hours drive via NH8.
The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) runs regular Deluxe and Volvo buses between Jaipur and other Indian cities.
Jaipur Railway Station is well-connected with all the major cities in India. Ajmer Shatabdi and Ranikhet Express are the best options while coming from Delhi.
Those who want to or have money to splurge, there’s nothing like Palace on Wheels, a popular luxury train experience in Rajasthan.
Getting Around Jaipur
Walking is the finest way to explore the city.
Cycle Rickshaws are quite popular in Jaipur and considered a great way to get around the nearby attractions in Jaipur. Somehow, I don’t buy this idea of a human being pedaling his life away to transport another human being.
Sadly, this is how they make the ends meet. If you decide to hire a rickshaw, please offer them double the amount they ask. They have ridiculously low wages like INR 50 ($0.70) for a single ride and still, I’ve seen people arguing with them for a little amount of money.
Autorickshaws can be hired for longer distances. It’s wise to discuss the fare antecedently to avoid the hitch.
Autorickshaws or for that matter, taxis are unmetered and need a lot of haggling.
Pink Auto Rickshaw is by women and for women transport.
Jaipur Metro’s Pink Line is operational that travels from Mansarovar through Civil Lines to end at Chandpole. It covers a total of 9 stations. The stretch of the metro that’ll connect Chandpole to Badi Chaupad is still under construction.
The metro fare ranges from INR 6 to INR 17. You can buy a one-day transport card by paying INR 50.
Uber and Ola offer an economical and convenient way to get around the Pink City.
Best Jaipur Tours
Where to Stay in Jaipur
Our Pick: Pearl Palace Heritage
Pearl Palace Heritage is the best budget-friendly plus family-friendly bet. The rooms are artistically and tastefully decorated and the ambiance is great.
Taj Rambagh Palace
Rambagh Palace is for those who want to experience the regal and royal Rajasthani hospitality.
Barwara Kothi, a charming Colonial-style accommodation was a former residence of Barwara Royal family and thus, offers the utterly royal Rajasthani experience.
Best Time to Visit Jaipur
Winter (October-February) is the best time to visit any part of Rajasthan. Summers are harsh. Days are usually warm the and evenings are lovely during August and September.
Best Day-Trips from Jaipur
A day tour to the Havelis of Mandawa is absolutely a unique trip to make from Jaipur if you’ve time.
Wildlife enthusiasts can consider visiting Ranthambore National Park which is a little less than 4 hours away from Jaipur.
Also, a sacred city of Pushkar is just 148 km away from Jaipur, which makes it a great day-trip destination.
Insider Tips to Help you Plan the Trip to Jaipur
- Plan well in advance and allocate ample time (at least 3 days) to let kids soak in the history and culture of Jaipur. Slow travel is the way of travel with kids.
- Avoid traveling to Jaipur during summer months especially with kids.
- Always keep bottled water, hand sanitizer, and wet tissues with you. My daughter makes sure to carry a backpack stuffed with all her essentials.
- Beware of buying goods at a shop inside Jaigarh fort even if a guide insists because you’ll end up paying above the odds.
- Take a physical guide at Jantar Mantar; the audio tour fails to explain the complexities of the instruments. Kids love to listen to the guides more attentively than their parents 🙂
- The most convenient way to travel the city is by local rickshaw, auto or taxi. It’s advisable to hire transport for a day as it saves a lot of money and exhaustion when traveling with kids.
- Be cautious while buying jewelry or gemstones as fake jewelry and gem scams are common here. Shop at trusted outlets.
Some places absolutely have a soul. Jaipur is one of them. It’s not about its rich history, culture or stunning architecture but it’s about the life and ebullience Jaipur has. You would want to visit it again and again.
Are you planning a trip to Jaipur with kids? Just leave a comment and I’d be the happiest to help you create the itinerary.
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