When traveling through northern India, there is no way around Jaipur. Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan and one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. The city is also known as Pink City and with good reason: the buildings in Jaipur’s old town are all pink.
Jaipur is one of the youngest Cities of India, but still very steeped in history. Therefore you will find some really very special and unusual sights in Jaipur. In this blog article we show you what awaits you in the Pink City. Of course, we also leave our personal tips for your trip.
1. Jaipur: Rajasthan’s capital at a glance Three million people live in Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan. So if you have romantic ideas about the city, which is often described as “fairytale”, you should throw it overboard as soon as possible.
Jaipur is loud, smoggy, chaotic – a big Indian city. Poverty is (as unfortunately so often in India) omnipresent. Good to know: Jaipur is comparatively touristy. Or to put it better: As a tourist, you don’t stand out at all in Jaipur. But that also means that you can look forward to a fairly good infrastructure (nice hotels and restaurants).
Jaipur’s appearance is very special. The house facades in the old town of Jaipur shine in a pink-orange hue. There is also a story: In honor of the Prince of Wales’ visit, at the end of the 18. century to paint all the buildings in Jaipur pink. Since then, the old town has shone in this special shade. The local residents are even obliged to preserve the cityscape.
How many days should I stay in Jaipur? We ourselves stayed two nights in Jaipur and, to be honest, found this period of time to be a bit too short. Although we were able to visit the most important sights, we had to make compromises.
Therefore, we recommend that you plan three nights for Jaipur. So you have two full days for sightseeing. If you prefer to take it easy, you could stay even longer – there are plenty of sights. And quite apart from that, we also found it very exciting in Jaipur to just walk around a bit aimlessly and to watch the hustle and bustle on the streets.
2. Attractions in Jaipur Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) Probably the most famous building in Jaipur and the city’s landmark is called the Palace of Winds. Its architecture is unparalleled: The Palace of the Winds was built of red sandstone and extends over five floors. The curious thing about it: Strictly speaking, the building is only a facade with staircases on the back.
Behind the bizarre architecture there is of course a story: The many windows (953 in number) were once used to Harem ladies to give a glimpse of the public.
By the way, the Palace of the Winds is located directly on a busy street. As romantic and magical as it looks in the photos: in reality, unfortunately, the visit is accompanied by the stench of exhaust gases and the noise of engines. You can also visit the inside of the Palace of Winds, but most people only stop for a photo and then continue.
Our tip: The best You can see the Palace of Winds from the rooftop cafes across the street (Wind View Cafe, The Tattoo Cafe & Lounge). We wouldn’t go there to eat, but of course the view is fantastic. Since you are looking west here, you can also see the sunset from the cafés – perfect for capturing the Hawa Mahal photographically!
Jantar Mantar This observatory comes from the 18. Century and made quite an impression on us. It is the largest and best preserved of a total of five historical observatories in India and has therefore rightly been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a number of years.
Overall you will find 17 buildings, all of which had different functions. And here is our tip: you should definitely visit the observatory with an experienced guide. Without our guide, we wouldn’t have been half as excited about the whole thing.
You can book a guided tour here: City tour of Jaipur (incl. Jantar Mantar )
Info on visiting Jantar Mantar Observatory Entry: 30 Indian Rupees Opening hours: daily from 9 am to 12 Watch
City Palace (City Palace of Jaipur) The City Palace is a spacious palace complex in the center of Jaipur. You walk through countless courtyards and buildings. Items on display include relics from the Maharajas’ period such as weapons, paintings and clothing.
Personally, we find the City Palace to be one of those must-see attractions in Jaipur when you don’t have enough time. Of course the palace is worth seeing, but in our eyes it is not one of the big highlights.
Information about visiting the City Palace Entry: 700 Indian Rupees Opening hours: 9: 30 until 17 Watch
Amber Fort A few kilometers outside of the center, Amber Fort sits majestically on a ridge. The gigantic fortifications were made of sandstone and marble ) was built and is considered one of the most famous forts in Rajasthan.
Amber Fort is terraced. From below, a serpentine path leads you up to the entrance. At this point our request: Please don’t let yourself be taken up on the back of the elephants. It really doesn’t have to be!
When visiting the Amber Fort you walk through countless buildings, courtyards and gardens. The fort is quite spacious. So it is best to take enough time for your visit. The Amber Fort is well frequented, especially during the day (depending on the season, sometimes really crowded). We therefore recommend that you come as early as possible.
By the way: On the way to Amber Fort it’s worth it stop at the moated castle called Jal Mahal, which stands majestically on the lake. It cannot be visited, but it is a great photo opportunity.
Information on visiting the Amber Fort Entry: 500 Indian Rupees Opening hours: 8 to 14: 19 Watch
3. Our restaurant tip for Jaipur Usually we rarely visit restaurants more than once when we travel. Not so in Jaipur. We visited our favorite restaurant in town, the Peacock Rooftop Restaurant, three times, because we liked it so much and we liked the ambience so much.
As the name suggests, this restaurant is located on a roof terrace with a nice view. But the best thing is the fantastic kitchen: all the dishes we ordered there were delicious. Above all, the vegetarian thali is a poem. And: The coffee is unusually good.
If you want to come in the evening, you’d better make a reservation. During the day you can usually find a place without a reservation. The most beautiful places are on the top level of the roof terrace.
4. Hotel tip for Jaipur If you stay in a typical Heritage Hotel on your trip to India want to stay overnight, then the Pearl Palace Heritage – The Boutique Guesthouse is the right place for it. Heritage hotels usually have a very authentic, often even kitschy charm – as does this hotel.
The rooms in the Hotel Pearl Palace Heritage look like a oriental fairy tale emerged: Pretty overloaded, quite kitschy, but really unique and furnished with great attention to detail. Facilities and cleanliness are great. In addition, the staff is incredibly accommodating and friendly.
The Breakfast is served at the aforementioned Peacock Rooftop Restaurant which is a short tuk-tuk ride away. However, the free shuttle works without any problems. Our conclusion: Highly recommended!
You can book the hotel here: Pearl Palace Heritage – The Boutique Guesthouse
5. Arrival and local transport Arrival from Agra (Taj Mahal) or Delhi You will probably travel to Jaipur from either Agra (Taj Mahal) or Delhi. The most common way is to travel by train or with a private driver.
Travelling by train in India is cheap and quite an experience which we highly recommend can recommend. It takes about four hours by train from Agra to Jaipur. It takes just under five hours from Delhi.
We ourselves traveled from Agra to Jaipur and were traveling with a private driver for this route, what is of course the most comfortable option.
We are happy to use the website to book train tickets and private transfers go.asia. Unfortunately, it is not that easy to book the train ticket for India from Europe, because you often need an Indian phone number for the booking. With 12go.asia works fine.
You can book your transport here: Drive to Jaipur via 12go.asia
Getting around Jaipur Within Old Town of Jaipur you can reach many sights on foot . For longer distances we can recommend motorized rickshaws. We usually have around 801 per trip Indian rupees paid – don’t forget to negotiate in advance! We will also give you more information about transport in our detailed guide: Travel Tips for the Golden Triangle.
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