Jaipur – Colourful Paradise

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India’s oldest planned city brings the best of Rajasthan’s culture to the fore. From food to architecture to shopping, Jaipur presents everything in one colourful package. Remarkably, for a city as old as this, it has kept up well with the times, as you will realise when you walk into its hip cafes, trendy bars and expensive hotels. Here’s how to make the most of your time in the Pink City.

Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan’s heroic and fearless warrior kings, is steeped in centuries of history, culture, and royal tradition. The colourful city entices not only with its majestic forts and resplendent palaces but also with the atmospheric bazaars of the original Old City which goes back to the 18th century. Go on a sightseeing tour of the Pink City.

Constructed in a blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles, the resplendent City Palace or royal complex has an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal memorabilia, and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin, and Sanskrit. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II (1728-1734), the Jantar Mantar Observatory is remarkable for its accuracy even today! The Jantar Mantar has an extraordinary collection of complex astronomical instruments. It is the largest and the best preserved of the five that Jai Singh built.

Best time to visit: October to March is the best time to explore Jaipur.

How to reach

By air: Located in Sanganer, Jaipur Airport is 12 km away from the centre of the city. IndiGo operates more than 150 flights to Jaipur and all other vital locations.

By train: Jaipur Junction is the central railway station of the city, connecting it with the rest of the country through several trains like Shatabdi Express, Ajmer Shatabdi, Adi SJ Rajdhani and many more.

By bus: Jaipur is well-connected with the other cities of the country through a vast network of buses run by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC).

Getting around/Transport in Jaipur

Auto-rickshaws and rented cabs like OLA are the popular means of transportation in the city. You can also try Jaipur metro that runs between Chandpole Bazaar to Mansarovar.

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Places to visit in Jaipur

Places to eat in Jaipur

1135 AD, Amer Fort
1135 AD, Amer Fort

Feast like the kings. This restaurant serves a great ten course Rajasthani thali, in a romantic setting. The recipes have reached perfection over generations and assure of a great meal.

 

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Caffé Palladio Jaipur, Narayan Singh Circle
Caffé Palladio Jaipur, Narayan Singh Circle

The sister property of Bar Palladio, in chic Narain Niwas Palace, Café Palladio serves Mediterranean food in a cheerful setting. Stop by for a coffee and something to snack on, or have a meal—you won’t leave disappointed.

 

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Chokhi Dhani, Tonk Road
Chokhi Dhani, Tonk Road

A local institution, Chokhi Dhani is known for its rustic Rajasthani fare in a setting that mimics a village fair. Bangle sellers, potters and dancers round out this traditional experience.

 

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Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar, Johari Bazaar
Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar, Johari Bazaar

Jaipur’s most famous sweet shop is known for its pyaaz ki kachoris, chaat and samosas. Have a sweet tooth? Try their ghevar and rasmalai. Want a proper meal? Walk into the adjoining restaurant for a belly-bursting Rajasthani thali.

 

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Pandit Kulfi, Hawa Mahal Market
Pandit Kulfi, Hawa Mahal Market

On Hawa Mahal Road, Pandit Kulfi offers some unusual flavour of the favourite milk-based dessert. There are Indian variants like paan and Kesar pista, but also chocolate and sugar-free flavours in a nod to today’s diets.

 

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The Verandah, Rambagh
The Verandah, Rambagh

The outdoor café at the Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel serves up orders in silverware (even if it’s just a hot chocolate), and offers you a chance to survey the palace grounds. The food is a bonus. Go on, feel like royalty.

 

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Shopping in Jaipur

High-end shopping/luxury shopping/shopping malls in Jaipur

  • MGF Metropolitan Mall: MGF Metropolitan Mall is the best place for shopping, fun and food. They have a lifestyle showroom, a world of titan and lots of shopping option is here. The fully operational mall has top-notch brands.
  • Pink Square Mall: Pink Square Mall is the closest destination for the shoppers, fun-loving Jaipurites and entertainment seekers. The mall offers a variety of products at most reasonable rates. It is a nice mall with a variety of branded stores, big bazaar and fashion stores. They also have a food court where you can enjoy Indian and continental food. Food court consists of many leading and familiar names like burger king, KFC and many more.
  • World Trade Park Pvt. Ltd: This place is constructed in 2,300,000 square feet. The mall provides world-class and worldwide connectivity to expand the reach of their business. The building has two different blocks, such as one in the north and other in the south. They offer multi-brand food outlets and varieties of restaurants. The world trade park consists of a cinema, a prestigious brand for shopping and restaurants. It is a perfect place to come and spend your holiday with friends and family. It's a massive place with a safe environment.

Street/local shopping in Jaipur

Jaipur is home to mix of stores, from places where you can get traditional block printed outfits, to stores that sell the best of Indian fashion, and course gems and jewellery, there’s something for every taste, and budget. A visit to the three most popular bazaars is probably the right place to start.

  • Johari Bazaar: Known for its traditional fabrics like tie-and-dye and gota, you’ll find jewellery stores too, lining Gopalji ka rasta and Haldiyon ka rasta. So, prepare to spend an afternoon here, and don’t forget to haggle.
  • Bapu Bazaar: On the other hand Bapu Bazaar is best known for its goods made of camel leather, and its confections like churan. You can also pick up some Attar or Ittar and jewellery.
  • Chamaliwala Bazaar: Lastly, there’s Chamaliwala Bazaar, which is where you should visit if you’re looking for jewellery, as this is a market known for its silversmiths.
  • Stores in Jaipur: When it comes to the stores to stop by at Anokhi, which offers block printed clothing in silhouettes that are for the 21st century should be on your list. Next-door is the Anokhi Café, where you can grab a bite, or sit down and rest with a cup of coffee. Also, worth checking out, especially for a well-curated set of clothing from some of India’s best designers, is Hot Pink, in Narain Niwas Palace. The store is one of many in the palace complex, but here you’ll find outfits from Namrata Joshipura and Manish Arora on the racks. In the same palace, check out Idli, where you’ll find everything from home décor to jewellery, all put together by French designer Thierry Journo. Successfully bridging the divide between modern India and ancient techniques is Jaipur Modern, a lifestyle store that has a range of clothing, and textiles, though we’re partial to their supple scarves in gorgeous colour combinations. There’s a café attached for those hungry for a bite afterwards.
  • Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre: For something traditional, the Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre which is known for its ceramic artefacts in the city’s signature blue colour. You’ll find tiles, plates and more to bring home with you.
  • PM Allah Buksh and Sons: Another favourite is PM Allah Buksh and Sons, which is run by the fifth generation of the family, where brass artisans turn out lamps and more with intricate filigree work. If you like something too big to fit into your suitcase, don’t worry they ship worldwide.
  • Rajasthali: The state-run emporium is also a well-stocked one-stop-shop for those that want to see that handicrafts and designs that Rajasthan is known for across the globe.
  • Amrapali and Gem Palace: Perhaps the best-known jewellery stores to come out of Jaipur are Amrapali and Gem Palace, both of which have now expanded all over the country. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit the original outlets. While Amrapali has a line of jewellery designed by Manish Arora, Gem Palace is known for its classic designs and traditional pieces.

Nightlife in Jaipur

When it comes to where to party in the city, your best bet for drinks is probably the bar at Jaipur’s hotels that cater to every kind of traveller.

  • Bar Palladio: The most popular, with its deep blue walls, and Instagram-ready interiors is Bar Palladio, in Narain Niwas Palace, but there’s more.
  • Steam and the Polo Bar: the concept bar at the Taj Rambagh Palace is set inside a replica train carriage and features the most beautiful spirits from around the world. The marble patio outside only adds to the setting. In the same hotel is The Polo Bar, which serves up its signature Polotini, a setting that reflects the history of the old-world sport.
  • Lounge 18: The Jaipur Marriott is home to Lounge 18, where the indoor bar opens up to the pool area. Rub shoulders with overworked travelling business executives and local partygoers who enjoy the potent yet inventive cocktails.
  • Sheesh Mahal: Also, worth considering is Sheesh Mahal, at the ITC Rajputana, where the bar takes its inspiration from the room in Jaipur’s City Palace.
  • Ta Blu: Rounding out the offerings is Ta Blu, on the rooftop of the Clarks Amer, from where you can look out over the Pink City, with a drink in hand. Popular with city residents, this is a local institution, and if you’re lucky, there will be a gig going on as well.

Where to stay in Jaipur

28-kothi

28 Kothi, Civil Lines Located centrally, 28 Kothi is a boutique guesthouse that has only five rooms (named for different coloured stones) and is an unpretentious refuge from the chaos of the city. This quiet Civil Lines property features expansive lawns, home-style cooking and in-room Ayurvedic massages.

Alsisar-Haveli

Alsisar Haveli, Sansar Chandra Road For a stay that immerses you in the Jaipur of old, book yourself into one of the 45 rooms at Alsisar Haveli. The meticulously restored former nobleman’s townhouse features courtyards, gazebos and more.

DiggiPalace

Diggi Palace, C-Scheme The venue of the Jaipur Literature Festival, Diggi Palace is a hotel that also happens to be the home of Thakur Pratap Singh Diggi, who still lives in a part of the building. The hotel consists of 70 unique rooms and a multi-cuisine restaurant that the family itself runs.

the-oberoi-rajvilas

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Paldi Meena Spread over 32 acres, this hotel is known to host the glitterati. With 54 rooms, 13 luxury tents, and a Shiva temple on-site, the hotel offers a sense of tranquillity to its guests.

RadissonBlu

Radisson Blu Jaipur, Durgapura With a location that is close to the airport, and a range of eating options, the Radisson Blu Jaipur combines business essentials with modern comforts. If you’re planning a conference or a destination celebration, this might be worth considering.

Places to visit near Jaipur

Tonk

It is one of the best places to visit near Jaipur. Packed with mosques, old mansions, Tonk will amaze you with the beauty of ancient architectural wonders. The stunning artwork of temples and mosques with Sunheri Kothi or Mansion of Gold being the ultimate one.

Sariska

Known as the home for the Royal Bengal Tigers, Sariska is another interesting nearby place from Jaipur. Especially if you love adventure, wildlife and jeep safaris, this is the place you must visit.

Alwar

From mysterious forts like Bhangarh Fort to beautiful palace-like Neemrana Fort, Alwar is the best place near Jaipur to explore ancient forts and ruins.

Ajmer

Now this place needs no introduction. Ajmer stands outs reflecting divinity for the famous Dargah Sharif of Moinuddin Chishti. The place also has other attractions like Taragarh Fort and Sagar Lake to make your visit memorable.

More reasons to visit and top things to do in Jaipur

Walking tours

There’s a host of tours and experiences that have sprung up recently to cater to those that are looking to see the city differently. For example, Virasat Experiences offers walking tours themed around different points of interest—like photography, gastronomy, history and more.

Cycling tours

If you’re looking to get some exercise, they set-up cycling tours of the city as well.

Adventure activities

Skywaltz is another company that offers hot-air balloon trips from which you can look down on the town and Amber Fort while enjoying a journey up in the crowds. Adventure seekers can also try para-motoring on the outskirts of the city that is organised by Wingmasters Co. This aerial experience allows you to see nearby attractions like the Mendota Fort from above.

Anokhi Museum

Within the city, once you’ve had your fill of shopping and sightseeing, make your way to the Anokhi Museum of Hand printing where you can try your hand at block printing your shirt.

Dera Amer

For those looking to get away from the city, book a night at Dera Amer, a campsite that can organise elephant treks through the jungle and facilitate visits to a neighbouring village as well.

Festivals in Jaipur

Elephant Festival

Elephant Festival is a festival celebrated in Jaipur city in Rajasthan state in India. It is held on the day of Holi festival, usually in the month of March. The festival features Elephant polo and Elephant Dance.

Kite Festival

The kite festival of Jaipur has become one of the most popular festivals of the city. Each year, a large number of visitors from all over the world visit Jaipur to attend this festival.

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