Jaipur is the historic capital city of Rajasthan in Northern India. Known as the Pink City due to the colour of its sandstone buildings, Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.
Here’s (briefly) what you need to know before booking a trip to Jaipur city, Rajasthan.
When to visit Jaipur
Winters (October – March) are the best time to visit Jaipur, as the weather is mild but pleasant.
Summers (April – June) are extremely dry and hot, and monsoon season (July-September) is best avoided.
Things to see
Indian palaces are awe-inspiring and there are several which will take your breath away in Jaipur.
The most popularly photographed landmark in Jaipur is the Hawa Mahal (the ‘Palace of Winds’). The beautiful pink palace was build in 1799 as an extension to the Royal City Palace of Jaipur and now houses a museum.
City Palace includes the Chandra Mahal (the residence of the royal family) and Mubarak Mahal palaces. The buildings also house a museum, art gallery, and exhibits of royal outfits, and armory. Find out more about City Palace here.
Amer Fort and Palace (or Amber Palace) is situated at the top of a hill, a 20 minute drive away from Jaipur city. Made out of sandstone and marble, Amber Fort consists of a series of four courtyards, palaces, halls, and gardens. Totally breathtaking in its grandeur, the palace was a royal residence until the 18th century. It’s worth hiring a guide to take you round and tell you of the local legends. Don’t miss the Sound and Light Show which plays twice every evening, in English and Hindi.
Aside from palaces, there is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jantar Mantar, the best preserved of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharajah Sawaii Jai Singh in Northern India. Hire a guide to get the most out of your experience.
Finally, go shopping in the bazaars and markets of Jaipur and soak up the atmosphere and buy jewellery, embroidered material, shoes, handbags… but only go if you are prepared to attract the attention of the stallholders.
Where to stay
There are many
hotels in Jaipur and fortunately not all of them reminiscent of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, part of which was filmed in Jaipur city.
Your budget will obviously have a big impact upon the one you choose; staying in a five-star palace could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but set you back a few hundred pounds or more a night.
Perhaps more realistic but rather more dull are the comfortable chain hotels, but if you want to soak up a little more of Jaipur then there are many large historic hotels which are renovated Havelis (mansions). If you prefer something more modern, check out out smaller boutique hotels in Jaipur. Be sure to check out the reviews first!
What to eat
If you are a fan of spice and curries then be prepared to tantalise your taste buds with beautiful flavours while you’re in Jaipur.
One of the most famous dishes of Rajasthan, baatis (balls of dough) are served with dal (lentils) and churma (cracked wheat, jaggery and ghee).
Another traditional dish, laal maas is a lamb dish made using chillies and spices.
Indulge your sweet tooth with ghewar, a sweet cake soaked in sugar syrup, and mawa kachori, puff-pastry stuffed with sugary goodness.
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