Pink, colorful, chaotic, brimming with stories from Indian history in every nook and corner, flavourful, a culture like no other, can you tell which city am I talking about? If you still haven’t guessed then it is no other than the capital and also the gateway to the state of Rajasthan in India which is Jaipur! Jaipur has been enthralling visitors for centuries.
JAIPUR, the pink city of India has been enthralling visitors for centuries and is the next favorite place of every Foreign tourist coming to India after Agra, both of which are part of the Golden Triangle of India. Golden triangle, comprising of the Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur are considered being the best places to see if you only have a week in India.
It is known as the Pink City for a reason; to impress the visiting Prince Albert during his 1876 tour of India, the Maharaja (Sawai Ram Singh) decided to paint the whole city a shade of terracotta pink. Even today, 140 years later, a law still stands that makes it illegal for buildings to be daubed in any other shade. The color of the city certainly makes it one of the countries most photogenic destinations, but as do the remnants of Jaipur’s royal heritage.
It is every bit as disorderly as India’s other major cities Jaipur is a demanding yet captivating tourist destination that is full of extremes, from opulent and lavish palaces through to traffic-clogged streets awash with autorickshaws and honking tuk-tuks, only here there are the added obstacles of lanky camels and plodding elephants dawdling through the labyrinthine streets of the Pink City.
To get the most from this chaotic city a well-planned itinerary is highly recommended
After being to Jaipur for more than 5 times now I think I can confidently tell you how to have the best 2 days in this beautiful city. To have plenty of time to explore each and not rush through to have a feel of seeing Jaipur and savor the culture
The day with an overload of Pink all around you. Starting the day at around 7 a.m.
1. Windview or Tattoo cafe right opposite Hawa Mahal
- You can have your breakfast any one of these places with the best view of Hawamahal you can find. There is a reason to reach there early in the morning is that starting from 8 a.m. a lot of tourist buses start coming in with their first stop being Hawamahal too and the tourist guides bring them to these cafes for the view and to click pictures and then you cannot enjoy either your food or the view.
- Note: Wind view has free photography but Tattoo cafe does not.
2. Hawa Mahal
See Hawa Mahal from inside – should take you about 20-40 minutes
An extension to the Royal City Palace, Hawamahal open at about 9 a.m. That’s when you can go in and have a look at how the royal ladies strictly following the purdah system at the time, enjoyed the view of street scenes to royal processions on the street without being seen. As under the purdah system, the Rajput royal ladies were not to be seen by strangers or appear in any public area.
3. City Palace
Timings : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. .Would easily take you 11/2 to 2 hrs.
Tickets: INR 500 for Foreign Tourists and INR 190 for Indians
- Next, you head towards The Royal City Palace, still home to the royal family. It was built between 1729 and 1732 AD by Sawai Jai Singh II. The palace complex includes multiple buildings, gardens, courtyards, and planetariums, initially only the central part of the palace was built. Successive rulers added more and more to this historic complex. The Royal City Palace is a huge complex. It is an interesting mix of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture
- Your entry tickets give you access to:
- Mubarak Mahal
- Sarvato Bhadra
- Pritam Niwas Chowk of Chandra Mahal
- Chandra Mahal is where the current royal family resides. The
shastraof 7-storey for the palace of kings is implemented here. The ground floor Pritam Niwas is opened to the public. The remaining areas are reserved for royal family use only and entrance is prohibited.
Timings: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. should take you about 30-45 minutes
Tickets: INR 200 for Foreign Tourists and INR 50 for Indians
- Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory used to measure the distances and positions of celestial objects. India has a total of five such observatories the largest of which is in Jaipur.
- It is walking distance from the city palace.
5. Albert Hall Museum
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM, 7 PM – 10 PM
- If you still have energy left to take in some more of history then you can head towards Albert hall Museum which is not that far from the main city and is right opposite the main bazaar area. But if not then you can totally skip it.
- This museum is one of the oldest museums of the Jaipur. You can see crowds here throughout the year. It was built by the Raja Ram Singh second in 1868. The main theme of this museum is to preserve the old art. You can see the pieces of very rare paintings, carpets, and many other artistic things.
Having Lassi at Lassi wala
- Time for some refreshment and there could be no better option than having a Lassi, which is a popular traditional dahi (yogurt)-based drink which originated in India. And the interesting thing is that they serve it to you in
- There are two of my favorite places you can choose from
- First is the Lassiwala, the iconic shop situated at MI road
- Which has been serving ‘lassi’ to the Jaipurites for more than seventy years now. Set up by Kishanlal Agarwal in 1944, the shop was then the first of its kind in Jaipur.
- You can either have it sweet or salted
- Second is one is right in the middle of Johari Bazaar, not as famous as the Lassiwala but if you do not want to go all the way to M.I. road and start your shopping right away then you can have your Lassi from here and get right into the shopping spree. But they only offer the sweet version and not the salted one.
- First is the Lassiwala, the iconic shop situated at MI road
- Both these places serve you Lassi in the traditional ‘culhads’ (the taller version of the mud teacups that you’d find everywhere in Jaipur)
7. Shopping at Baapu and Johari Bazaar
- I don’t know about you but shopping is what excites me the most and Jaipur offers you more than what your eyes, heart and wallet can take on. Both the bazaars are right opposite the Ram Nivas Parking or you can say on to the left of Hawa Mahal when facing it.
- A long stretch of road with shops on both side of the street and endless options of juttis, jewelry, leather bags, footwear, colorful clothes, silver, and even Home decor stuff. You can start from anywhere.
- One thing to keep in mind is that if you like a shop and would like to come back here and even if don’t but would like to suggest it to someone is by the bazaar name and the shop number. I did the mistake of not remembering the shop no once and could never find it again.
- Now it depends on you how much time you’d take here but I’d suggest staying there till the sundown and then head back again to the place where you started from and that was the Hawa Mahal
8. Night lighting of Hawa Mahal
You cannot go back without seeing this. It is beautiful and once you are there you’ll understand what I mean.
9. Night lighting of Albert Hall Museum
And a bonus , if you did not go to the Albert Hall Museum then this is the perfect time to go there too just to see its lighting. You don’t need to see it from inside, but it deserves a watch from the outside
And now you can happily end your day to start another jam-packed one tomorrow
This day startes at about 7:30 – 8 a.m. as it would take you 40min- an hour to reach the location
1. Jal Mahal – The water Palace
Would take you about 15 mins
- The Jal Mahal is an exquisite palace built at the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. The palace stands bright with five floors, four of which remain under water.
- The Jal Mahal was built by Maharaja Madho Singh I to serve as a lodge for his duck hunting parties. The Mahal is a testament to the bond that was formed between the Rajput’s and the Mughal Empire. The architecture of the palace has a resemblance of both types of construction.
- Today you can only see it from the perimeter of the Lake.
- You can stop here while going to Amer Fort or also while coming back later in the evening.
2. Amer fort
Timing: 9:30 to 2 pm and would take you 2-3 hrs
- Foreigner – INR 550 per person
- Foreign Students – INR 100 per person
- Indians – INR 50 per person
- Indian Students – INR 10 rupees per person
- Situated 11km away from Jaipur, 27 minutes drive from Hawa Mahal, the Amber Palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 as an example of Rajput military hill architecture.
- Elephant ride is available from morning 9:30 till
afternoon1:00. To go up till the main entrance of Amer Fort or you can be dropped at the backside entrance which is another parking for vehicles
- Things to see inside Amer fort:
- Sukh Mandir –
SukhNiwaasor SukhMandir is a hall made with sandalwood and ivory. SheeshMahal -Sheesh Mahal or the Mirror Palace is the most beautiful part of this fort .Thewalls and the ceilings in this palace are carved with beautiful flowers and other paintings made with glass.
- Kesar Kyaari– Mughal Gardens have a beauty that cannot be tallied by simple gardens that you see around the country
.Thegarden is formed in a star shape.
- Sukh Mandir –
3. Jaigarh Fort
Go to Jaigarh through Amer Fort
- The Amber Palace is jointed with the Jaigarh Fort through a subterranean path. This allowed the royal family in the palace to escape during wartimes.
- make sure you take the secret tunnel and passageway up to this fort! You can find the entrance to the tunnels near the exit of Amber Palace. Once you get to the main gate you can walk up the steep slope or pay 100 rupees to take the golf buggy up.
4. Nahargarh Fort
- You can either come back or tell your vehicle driver to come to Jaigarh and then head to Nahargarh for the Sunset and have dinner at one of the restaurants up there. Come back and then head to Nahargarh for sunset and then a dinner
- Or you can decide to see the light show at Amer and then go to Nahargarh for dinner (but then you’ll be missing out on sunset)
That’s all for this one. Hope this post helps you in planning your own perfect itinerary to Jaipur or you could even follow this one. See you soon with the next post.
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