Every time we visit Jaipur, it feels like we’ve arrived home. It’s difficult for me to explain my connection with the pink city, but it’s almost like I’ve lived here in another life… Did I just create an image of me with a borla and a royal ghunghat on my head? Actually, the vibrant colours, the magnificent palaces and forts, the teeming bazaars –they all call out to me and I am more than happy to comply! So naturally, when I recommend places to visit in Jaipur, I do so with extra enthusiasm! I’m hoping that I can infect you with the same degree of enthusiasm when it comes to exploring the alleys and gullys of this city that exude royalty, warmth, culture and excitement in one gorgeous pink package!
Best Places to Visit in Jaipur
There are certainly a lot of places to list down under this category but I’d just start with my most favorite ones. These are essentially those places that I’d recommend anybody visiting Jaipur for the first time (in no special order of preference).
1. Shop till you drop at Bapu Bazar
The vibrant Bapu Bazar is in the heart of the town, and is so colorful that it blows me away every single time I head that way. It’s that kind of a place that shopaholics would place on top of their lists amongst other tourist places in Jaipur! From jewelry to juttis and from clothes to quilts, Bapu Bazar features shops of all the Rajasthani goodies that you can possibly dream of. I’ll recommend anyone looking for handicraft items to visit Suraj Handicrafts in Bapu Bazar. I really loved their collection, and the prices were reasonable. At Bapu Bazar, you can make the most of street side shopping whilst relishing the real ‘Pink’ side of the city in truest aspect.
Closest Bus Stop: Sindhi Camp Bus Stop
Open: 7 days open | 11 am onwards
Now if you are a jewellery freak, then don’t forget to make your way to the Johari Bazar that is adjacent to Bapu Bazar only. This market is famous for selling precious gems, semi-precious stone, and handmade jewellery.
Closest Bus Stop: Badi Chopar Bus Stop
Open: All 7 days open | Timings – 10 am to 11 pm
2. A picture at the fancy Patrika Gate
(Hey instagrammers, this one is for you, I mean for us)
Picture-perfect Patrika Gate is the relatively new hotspot for photographers. This place is just a short distance away from Jaipur International Airport and you can easily fit it into your Jaipur itinerary either on the way in or out – but whatever you do, please don’t miss out on this one. The first time I saw it, I was stunned with its opulence – and oh boy those colors! The Instagrammer in me went berserk moving around capturing those dream-like shots. I must have spent about an hour just taking pictures inside out.
Once you have had your fill of fun at Patrika Gate, go inside and explore the Jawahar Garden Circle. You can treat yourself to sumptuous street food at various food stalls serving chowmein, pav bhaji, chat, and a lot more. If you plan to stay back till the evening time, make sure you enjoy the musical fountain show which displays a spectrum of 316 different colors. It takes place from 7PM to 7:30PM, all seven days of the week.
Address: Patrika Gate, JLN Road, Jawahar Circle, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302018
3. Gulab Ji Chai Wala for that addictive cuppa tea
It has never happened that I’ve visited Jaipur and given Gulab ji Chai Wala a miss. Chai, charcha and its chilled out vibe is what draws me to this unique ‘Chai ki Dukan’. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Jaipur when you’re looking for that delicious cuppa to re-energize and keep going.
You will love meeting the zesty 94 years old Gulab Ji who serves tea and food to 200-250 beggars at 6 every morning. There wouldn’t be even a single dull moment outside this tea stall as it remains packed with friendly and talkative tea lovers. Just go ahead and strike a conversation to spend a blissful day sipping on some nice tea at Gulab Ji.
Address: B-5, Sindhi Camp, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
4. Snack on some kachoris at Rawat Kachori Wala
This place is legendary when it comes to Kachoris. These round puffed-up snack are flavorsome and extremely crispy. Some even say that the best kachoris in India are served here. Well, my friends certainly loved their fill of pyaz Kachoris with a side of crispy jalebis. Pretty heavy on the tummy but scrumptious nonetheless!
Not just pyaz ki kachori, Rawat is also famous for serving the most delectable mewa kachoris, shaman dhoklas, kesari lassi, and mirchi vada. Rawat’s range of sweets is really drool-worthy.
Address: Station Rd, Near, Sindhi Camp, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
5. Click some magical pictures of Hawa Mahal
An open terrace, the best view of Hawa Mahal and a cup of coffee – I was almost inspired to write a poem in the style of the famous Rajasthani court poets of yore!
Wind View Cafe in Jaipur is an upper-story restaurant that offers strikingly gorgeous view of Hawa Mahal. Hawa Mahal is an iconic five-storey pink-painted monument that resembles a honeycombed hive. The cafe is on the third floor and the food is pretty decent. Just occupy a table at the cafe, sip some coffee and get stunning pictures of Hawa Mahal.
Address: Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
6. A mandatory guided tour of Amber Fort
Amber Fort is Jaipur’s most famous landmark – and no matter how many times I might have already visited, I do not mind visiting again. I have visited Jaipur as many as 4 times and each time, I have ended up spending a whole day at this grand fort. There’s so much that holds me in awe of this place. Its formidable fortifications, its grandeur, its history and its beauty! It goes without saying that this is the most important among tourist places to visit in Jaipur.
The entry charges for Amber Fort are Rs 100 for Indians and Rs 500 for foreigners. It will take about 2-3 hours to properly tour this fort with a guide. Just don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and carry water bottles along with you. It is also recommended to attend the Light and Sound show at Amber Fort in the evening.
Address: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
7. Panna Meena ka Kund (because Instagram and such impressive architecture)
Stepwells make Instagrammers like me go cuckoo with excitement. Panna Meena Ka Kund is one such stepwell that holds its own among best places to visit in Jaipur. The geometric placement on the steps and the central well with deep green water looks amazing when framed in photographs. Go there for history or go there for the pictures, either way you’ll come back richer. It closes at 6 in the evening.
Address: Amer, Rajasthan 302028
8. Nahargarh Fort for that perfect sunset
Nahargarh fort is the right mix of history, nature, and mystery that make for a great story. I heard that cycling and trekking trips around this magnificent fort are arranged by tour operators, but I was in the mood for the view of the gorgeous sunset that can be seen from this fort. I stayed long after the sunset and watched the city below as it slowly lit up and took on its night-time avatar. Beautiful!
Address: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
9. Jaipur Parantha Junction for the world’s biggest parantha
Talk about fun things! This place serves up paranthas based on size right from the small 12-inch one to the largest – an unbelievable 32 inch parantha! What’s more there are around 74 different types that are served in these sizes.
What we loved about paranthas here was that they were made with whole wheat atta, no maida at all! Apart from that, sharing a meal together as a family is priceless, and the owner of Jaipur Parantha Junction wants to achieve just that. I believe that’s very thoughtful, and we really had great fun with our friends at this humble restaurant.
Address: Plot No. 120/1, Vijay Path, New Sanganer Rd, Mansarovar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302020
10. Raj Mandir for good old dose of Bollywood
This theatre seems straight out of the era when my parents were young. The days when the movie theaters were made grand and were a destination by themselves not part of some multiplex in a mall. The experience was like as though we were royalty going for premier!
Address: C-16, Bhagwan Das Rd, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
I hope you guys found this little guide on Jaipur helpful. If you found our suggestions helpful, let us know. Do you think we have missed out on any important place to visit in Jaipur, do add in the comments below.