Our Favorite Things to Do & Places to See in Jaipur

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Have you ever felt that a particular place, city or town has a very royal aura? Like it has been home to kings and queens in the past and their presence can still be felt? Well, if you haven’t, head to Jaipur and you’ll know what I mean!

With numerous places to visit and things to do in Jaipur, even 3-4 days wouldn’t be enough to take in the beauty of this royal city. This city of Rajasthan has a timeless, majestic feel to it and just by wandering through the streets I could tell – there must be some great historic tale linked to its every nook and cranny.

When you’ve been around the place, you realize that it is, in fact, a ‘Pink City’, as it is fondly called. That’s because all older architecture makes heavy use of a particular shade of pink that is actually quite wonderful.

The unique architecture is complemented by an equally distinctive cultural ethos. This enthralling city’s flamboyance and higgledy-piggledy streets are so inviting that no traveler would be immune to its charm.

Jaipur City

Jaipur City and one of its many attractions

Highlights of our Road Trip to Jaipur
  • Drives around Jaipur, especially when going uphill the Amber Fort.
  • The Lassi! Jaipur is a foodie’s paradise. You’ll get amazing lassi and malpuas everywhere.
  • Camels, elephants, and horses after every 20-30 minutes taking you back to the ancient times.
  • Stars twinkling over the Amber Fort during Music and light show when it looks all the more resplendent and all the more mighty.
  • Feeling like a village dweller in Chokidhani. Being served 6 course Rajasthani meal with utmost hospitality.
  • Luxury camping at Lebua – cycling, camel riding, and much more…

Even as the city is becoming more and more modern, the indelible mark of the past hovers in the city’s very atmosphere. Even Lonely Planet recommends visiting Jaipur. It should be done for an exciting royal experience.

Get to know about things to do and places to see in Jaipur, India. We have shared our favorite tales from the land of grand palaces and colorful streets:

Begin your Trip with a Visit to the Amber Fort

The mighty and handsome Amber Fort that stands tall and looks down at the Aravalli ranges gloriously.  Romance the bygone era of Royalty at Amber Fort – a showcase of the magnificence of kings in ancient times. I was already awed by the beauty of this 16th-century monument, all thanks to Jodha Akbar that was filmed here. And I must add, I wasn’t disappointed at all.

The panoramas from castle’s terrace are simply gorgeous, and they look even more breathtaking during the night. Yes, we went there twice – once to soak in the beauty of the monument with a guide at tow; the second time during the night to enjoy the famous ‘Sound and Light Show’. It was indeed a stunning spectacle of music, light, and sound. There was a nip in the air in the night as with a lesser number of visitors and twinkling lights, the palace looks way prettier.

  • Entry fees for Sound and Light Show have been revised to 250INR | 3.7USD for both Indians and Foreigners.
  • Photography is prohibited inside the fort during the Sound and Light Show.
  • When visiting Amber Fort, it is best to opt for a guided tour as guides there are friendly enough to answer all your queries. They narrate the tales related to each and every section of the fort in depth. It is perhaps better to have a guide by your side as he will take you to those points from where you can get the best glimpse of the rugged terrain around the fort.
  • My most favorite part of the palace was exploring the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ where one of the most iconic songs ‘Jab Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya’ was filmed. Yes, this fort has been in many Bollywood films!
Amber Fort Jaipur

Mighty Amber Fort in Jaipur

Appreciate beauty of Amber Fort - Things to do in Jaipur

Inside the stunning Sheesh Mahal

Jaipur city

Garden in the middle of a lake

Ditch the Complexities of City Life and Enjoy at Chokhi Dhani

What could be a better proposition for city folks to cut away from the laborious routine and enjoy the life of a village dweller? Well, it’s an experience like no other. The rural life of Rajasthan is replete with folk music, Rajasthani food, and bucolic architecture.

  • Chokhi Dhani is a mock Rajasthani village which gives a feel of a fairground and keeps you entertained with its various cultural activities, folk dances, camel rides, etc. Other than that, you can enjoy flame throwing, henna painting, puppetry, and magic show over there.
  • One thing you can’t miss at Chokhi Dhani is the hospitality – the way they serve food. Though dal, bati, churma, and mal puas are way better if you have them in the market (taste wise), but the feel of sitting on the ground and being served all the food with so much respect truly reinstates the fact that in India, Atithi Devo Bhav.
  • It is definitely one of the touristy places to visit in Jaipur. In fact, if you have been looking for hotels in Jaipur, you can choose to stay at Chokhi Dhani Resort, Jaipur. The village shuts down at 11 PM.
Chokhi Dhani Jaipur

An evening well-spent at Chokhi Dhani

Splurge at the Johri and Bapu Baazar

If there’s one place that attracts visitors by the hordes then it has to be Johri and Bapu Baazar. Famous, crowded, yet a shopper’s paradise! Both the bazaars are pedestrianized and you can easily shop for anything and everything that you want. You name it and the bazaars have it!

From colorful jackets, lehenga cholis, suits, to juttis, traditional handicrafts, jhola bags, kurtis, bangles, beaded necklaces, and food stalls, you’ll find everything here for dirt cheap rates. The markets are most famous for selling sanganeri prints, batik prints and bhandhej. Not just shopping, taking pictures of all those colorful displays was a fun thing to do!

Let me warn you- shopping in Jaipur is going to be a real test of your bargain skills, but make sure you get all the stuff you like. This is because the quality and rates that you’ll find here are incomparable. I bought a lovely batik dyed lose pants and a jhola bag with an elephant embroidered on the top of it. Priceless!

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Pink buildings of Johri Bazaar

Spend time at Bapu Bazaar - Things to do in Jaipur

Colorful Jhola bags at the Bapu Bazaar

Jaipur City Johri Bazaar

Typical rajasthani bangles with elephant carvings

Johri Bazaar

Wish I could buy all of these – a heaven for shoppers

Take a Quick Stop at the Central Museum Jaipur 

Housed in gorgeously florid Albert Hall, Central Museum Jaipur has been built in tandem to the English and North Indian architecture. The museum exhibits relics from the history of Jaipur, which includes carpets, tribal dresses, miniature paintings, wooden carvings, folk art, and even an Egyptian mummy. We spent about an hour inside the museum and going through a lot of archways and courtyards.

  • All those who love history and culture should definitely pay a visit to this museum. It is actually nice to take pictures of the magnificent building when all the birds are sitting atop.
  • You can easily find a tonga or a rickshaw from the central museum to visit any other attraction like Hawa Mahal or City Palace.
  • Entry fee to the museum is 20INR | 0.3USD for Indians and 150INR | 2.25USD for foreigners
Central Museum Jaipur

Entry of Central Museum Jaipur

Central Museum - places to visit in Jaipur

Birds flying over the Central Museum Jaipur – Such a sight!

Gorge on Jalebis, Kachoris, and Moong Dal Pakore

There’s no staying away from street food when visiting Jaipur. We were really keen on trying street food of Jaipur as we love Delhi’s street food, and I must tell you the food here is equally flavorsome. While I personally loved kachoris we had from the shop in front of Amber Fort, Harsh became a fan of dal bhajia – a street food made of yellow dal and stuffed with coriander as well as spices.

  • A piece of kachori would set you back by 18INR | 0.270USD and a samosa by 10INR | 0.150 USD. Moong dal pakoras would cost you about 10INR | 0.150 USD.
Sample Kulhad Lassi at Panch Batti Circle  

Kulhad lassi – it’s not just lassi; it’s a dessert! Here in Jaipur, people drool over kulhad lassi and it would be a rarity to find the shop ‘Lassiwala’ at the corner of Panch Batti Circle, not being overcrowded. Dashed with thick malai and froth on top, lassi at this shop would be a scrumptious treat to your taste buds.

Lassi is actually intrinsic to the life of people in Jaipur. Locals love this treat and for most their day begins only after a kulhad lassi drink. It’s easy to guess why Lassiwala is famous – their drink melts-in-your-mouth and are sanitized. 🙂

  • A small glass of Kulhad lassi would set you back by 25INR | 0.35SD and a large one would cost 50INR| 0.75SD.
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Kulhad Lassi at Lassiwala – yum yum!

You cannot Say ‘No’ to a Tonga Ride

If camels and elephants are not your stuff then a tonga ride will definitely be. Get on a rickety horse carriage (tonga) just as a local would and check off places to see in Jaipur. A breezy tonga ride will let you witness the striking beauty of this wonderful city.

  • As each city has its own attractions, tonga ride is sure to grab your attention just like it did mine.
  • This unique mode of transportation will take you back to the time of royalties and you’ll have an incredible amount of fun during the entire journey.
  • Tonga rides in Jaipur will definitely be a hit with the tourists having kids.
  • There are no fixed rates; a small ride would cost you 50INR | 0.75USD.
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Fun tonga ride in front of Central Museum Jaipur

Spare time? Glamping at Lebua is a Must!

This is something which is rare in a place like Jaipur where palaces and forts dominate the city heavily. That is why this had to be on the list. While we wanted to get ourselves accommodated in an opulent palace on the last day, on second thoughts, we decided to go for glamping!

It’s not regular camping; it is typically glamorous camping with utmost comforts while being surrounded by nature. I would strongly recommend everyone to include luxury camping in their list of things to do in Jaipur. It can be an incredibly exciting experience for the honeymooners who are seeking something different to do on their break.

All those cravings for something different – pleasures of camping as well as outdoorsiness – luxury tents are ‘PERFECT’. We got accommodated in Lebua Lodge at Amer – an astounding glamping retreat. You can read more about our Glamping Experience at Lebua Lodge Amer (opens in new window)

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Glamping in Lebua Lodge

Besides all these attractions and places to see in Jaipur, there’s a lot more to do. Some optional stops, we’d recommend to the ones who have spare time in Jaipur are:

  • Hawa Mahal: A fine example of ancient India architecture, this distinctive mark is a must explore for all those visiting Jaipur. The narrow, cramped corridors are just not meant for the Claustrophobic. (Remains open from 9-5)
  • City Palace: Also called the Chandra Mahal, City Palace is located in the heart of Jaipur City. It remains open from 9-5 so you can plan your trip accordingly.
  • Nahargarh Fort: We wanted to go to Nahargarh Fort during the evening but were suggested against it by all the locals and our hotel staff. They advised us to visit in daylight expressing some safety concerns. Though we even did not have much time to visit the fort and catch the bird’s eye view of Jaipur city from the fort but we would love to do that sometime in future.
  • Jal Mahal: Another amazing architectural palace that offers a splendid view of the Man Sagar Lake and the Nahargarh hills bordering it is Jal Mahal. A one-time visit to this place never hurts. Moreover, you can visit this place during the evening as a lot of people gather here to click pictures and have fun. A lot of food hawkers can be found selling corn cobs, chole kulche, lemonade, etc.
Jal Mahal Jaipur

Gorgeous Jal Mahal in Jaipur

If you are planning a trip to Jaipur, you might as well be interested in reading about things to do in Jodhpur

Author: Prerna

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29 Comments

  • Reply Hendrik November 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Wow, such an impressive place, this looks really like ancient royal times. I love your pictures, they give a very good impression that you obviously had a very good time there 🙂
    Also very well and detailed written, how it should be.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and always happy travelling
    Hendrik & Birdie

    • Reply admin December 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Hendrik, glad that you liked our pictures and the blog. You must visit and experience it yourself to uncover the beauty of Jaipur. 🙂

  • Reply Indrani November 27, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    A good comprehensive guide, covers every aspect of Jaipur. The glamping experience is new to me, didn’t read this in any other Jaipur post.

    • Reply admin January 28, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Thanks Indrani, then you must try glamping next time you are in Jaipur.

  • Reply FS November 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    This place looks magnificent. The pictures look great. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Brianna November 28, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Jaipur definitely sounds like a place I’d want to explore. How many days would you recommend for a visit? How about the weather? Is there a better time to visit?

    • Reply admin November 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

      3-4 days would be ideal for exploring Jaipur. If you want you can club your visit to Jaipur with Jodhpur – you’ll love being there. Read about it here: http://www.wanderershub.com/things-to-do-in-jodhpur-top-experiences/
      The better time to plan your visit to these two cities is during winters (early November – February). It’s also the peak season time. 🙂

  • Reply Kallsy Page November 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Wow! Jaipur seems so unique and looks stunning. There are many things I haven’t tried or done that I would love to experience. Glamping for one, as my husband and I are normally “roughing it” 😉 I also haven’t ever tried lassi or malpuas! Amber Fort is definitely a place I would add to my list to see as well. Thank you for the insightful tips! I hope to use this someday.

  • Reply Sarah November 30, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    This looks like such a great place to explore! The food, the Fort, the glamping! It all sounds lovely! Going to go check out the post on your glamping experience. I’m not the best at camping, but glamping is more my style!

  • Reply Mike December 23, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I visited Jaipur earlier this year and loved it. Especially around the pink city and Hawa Mahal. One other thing I did during my trip was head to the monkey temple which was great thing to see.

    • Reply admin January 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for the tip – shall visit the temple on our next trip 🙂

  • Reply luxurybackpacking | Emma December 23, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    We have yet to visit this part of the world! It seems so full of culture, heritage and architectural beauty! Feel like we are missing out big time! The glamping experience definitely is up my alley as I am not a camping person 😀

    • Reply admin January 28, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Perfect then Jaipur is definitely going to treat you well! 😉

  • Reply Gokul Raj December 24, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Well detailed post. Jaipur is on the cards once I am done with Thailand.

  • Reply Claire December 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Great post. Love the idea of clamping here. And the markets and food look great!

  • Reply Ada December 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I never heard about this place thank you for sharing! Looks fantastic and you did amazing job with this whole blog post!

  • Reply Nathan January 28, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I was in Jaipur two years ago and loved it! You got some really great pics. I would love to go back soon– the food was amazing!

    • Reply admin February 5, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Hey Nathan – hope you make it there soon again. 🙂

  • Reply Anne January 28, 2017 at 8:55 am

    This is certainly a city I want to visit. It looks stunning and your photos are fabulous. The glamping looks far from the tents ⛺️ I was used to as a kid! Thank god!

  • Reply Rhonda Albom January 28, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Wow. What a fabulous part of the country. The Jal Mahal and the birds flying over the museum are my favourites of the photos. I have had a mango lassi before, but not any other flavours. I am guessing this one is also sweet as you said it was a dessert.

  • Reply Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers January 29, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Well you had me sold at ‘foodie paradise’ but the history and dramatic architecture are equally impressive. Loved the video too, it gives a great overview of your visit.

  • Reply Meg Jerrard January 31, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Jaipur sounds quite spectacular – I get that feeling of a royal aura about London – you just know from being in the place that this has been where Kings and Queens have reigned and made history over hundreds of years, and even just int he past few decades. I can definitely see how this feeling would extend to Jaipur – the opulence of the palaces and forts is astounding!

    I would love to set up an itinerary the same way as you – with glamping at the end!

    • Reply admin February 5, 2017 at 8:35 am

      I know right? Glamping holidays are definitely our favourites – awesome panormas and creature comforts all at once 🙂

  • Reply Chandni February 1, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Great post. Shall plan a trip there soon!

    • Reply Prerna Harsh January 16, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Chandni. Do share your pictures from the Jaipur trip 🙂

  • Reply Joan Torres February 1, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Hey, Jaipur looks amazing and your itinerary seems just perfect. I still need to visit this part of India. I’ve only been to Kashmir, which is strange, right? The garden on the water from this 16th old fort looks amazing. It’s incredible how a civilization from 500 years ago was able to build such pieces of architecture.

    • Reply admin February 5, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Jaipur cultural places, markets and forts are definitely special Joanna – hope you make it to the city super soon! 🙂

  • Reply Nisha February 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I also went recently to Jaipur and can relate to everything you are saying. Did you start the road trip from Delhi?

    • Reply admin February 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Yes Nisha, we started from Delhi only! 🙂

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