Travel Guide to Jaipur Pink City, Rajasthan

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There is a famous proverb in Rajasthan Je Na Dekho Jaipario, To Kal mein akar Kya Kario! You know what it means? It means that the one, who has not seen Jaipur, has not accomplished anything in life; and we believe it to be correct too. Jaipur Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan is famous not only among national tourists but also among international tourists for its vibrant colors, culture, heritage, grand palaces, hilltop forts and lip-smacking Rajasthani savors. So, in this post, we are writing a complete guide to Jaipur Pink City.

Distance from Delhi: 293 km

Route: Delhi Ajmer Expressway (Delhi – Gurugram- Bawal – Kotputli – Jaipur)

Total time taken to reach Jaipur by road: 6 Hrs

Mode of Transport: Jaipur city can be reached by road, rail or air from Delhi

Best Season to Travel: October – March i.e. winters is the best time and expected temperature during this time is between 8- 32 degree celsius. Summers are extremely hot and the temperature ranges between 25- 40 degree celsius. Sometimes it goes above 40 too.

Why Jaipur is known as Pink City

In the year 1876, when the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria had to visit India on a tour, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink in color in order to welcome the guests. It was then that Lord Albert named Jaipur as a ‘Pink City‘.

About Jaipur Pink City

Jaipur, the pink or salmon colored city, is flanked by the rugged Aravali Hills from three sides. It was built in the 18th century and is named after Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The Pink city, Jaipur is one of the first planned cities in the world. Today, the city might be rapidly changing as the skyscrapers and more food outlets are rising exponentially but still it has retained its traditions and culture. Indeed on 6 July 2019, the walled city has made it to the UNESCO World Heritage sites list.

The Jaipur Pink city is built according to the Indian Vastu Shastra and is a city of more than 30 million people. Indeed, it is one of the largest and most popular tourist spots in Rajasthan.

Most of the tourist spots in Jaipur Pink city are located close to one another within the city. And around these attractions is the jumble of colorful native shops selling Rajasthani ghagharas (skirts), turbans, juitis (shoes) etc.

Nahargarh Fort Baoli - Travel Guide to Jaipur Pink City
Nahargarh Fort Baoli

Attractions of Jaipur Pink City

Jaipur pink city has a plethora of attractions. One needs minimum 3-4 days to explore around, without rushing over the things. We, advise you to divide your days carefully before starting, keeping the nearby attractions in mind.

  • Like while visiting Amer Fort, visit Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Gaitore and Jal Mahal too.
  • For another day club Jantar Mantar, City Palace, and Hawa Mahal
  • The Sisodia Rani Bagh, and Albert Hall Museum can be explored together, on the same day.
View of Jaipur Pink City from Nahargarh Fort
View of Jaipur Pink City from Nahargarh Fort

Apart from these, there are temples like Birla Temple, Govind Devi Ji Temple, Ganesh Temple, Galtaji which are world famous and are the perfect architecture examples. For traditional Rajasthan experience, walk into the Chokhi Dhani during late evenings. The place is an ethnic-themed village with the mix of activities around. There are multiple other museums in the Jaipur city apart from Albert Hall. The ones which should make to your list are Anokhi Museum of Hand printing and Jaipur Wax Museum.

Jaipur - Travel Guide to Pink City

Another famous attraction of Jaipur is the Raj Mandir, one of the oldest cinema built in Art Moderne style.

What to eat in Jaipur Pink City?

If the Jaipur Pink city is a heritage hub, it too is a gastronomic delight. There is a list of must-try options both for vegetarians and nonvegetarians.

Rajasthani Savors- Travel Guide to Jaipur
Rajasthani Thali (Source: medium)

Vegans must eat Dal Bati Choorma, Pyaaz Kachori, Mawa Kachori, Gatta curry, Mawa curry, Mawa Naan, the unique variety of Omelletes, Galauti Kebabs, Grilled Kebabs, Sevpuri, gulab jamun, Sweet Lassi, Ghewar & Malai Ghewar.

Non Vegans must eat: Keema Batti, Jungle mass, Laal mass and Soola.

Also Read: The best places to eat in Pushkar, India

Accomodation in Jaipur

The walled city has plenty of options to accomodate every type of tourists and travellers – from hostels to budget hotels, heritage hotels and luxurious hotels. The architecture and color scheme of heritage hotels and resorts matches the colour scheme of city and is a perfect mix of contemporary Rajasthani designs and modernization.

The options to pick for living heritages are Taj Rambagh Palace, Lohagarh Fort Resort, Raj Palace, Fairmont, Chokhi Dhani, Pride Amber villas, Pearl Palace Hotel etc.

Shopping in Jaipur Pink City

Jaipur is laden with colorful markets everywhere selling Jaipuri Jewellery, block printed handicrafts & clothes, Jaipuri bed sheets, and quilts etc. Indeed, there are separate zones in the city for food, flowers, textiles & Jewellery.

Jaipuri Juiti (Shoe) - Travel Guide to Jaipur Pink City
Jaipuri Juiti (Shoe)

For the cheap and budgeted shopping, do make a visit to Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar. And you can read the complete guide for shopping in Rajasthan here.

Also Read: The Palaces of Jaipur, Rajasthan

Points to Remember while traveling to Jaipur 

  • Leave early by 8:00 am in the morning to utilize your day well.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, as one needs to walk a lot around.
  • Days in Jaipur are really hot in summers as well as winters, so it is good to carry water along to stay hydrated.
  • The Cultural villages like Choki Dhani, begin their activities around 7:00 pm and these continue till late night around 1:00 am.
  • Remember to buy some traditional handicrafts from Jaipur and also negotiate on the same as much as you can while purchasing. In the city, there are government authorized shops for Rajasthani articles but they too don’t have fixed prices. So, always make sure to bargain.

Well, that is a brief guide on Jaipur Pink city covering the best option to stay. Also, do check the travel tips for Rajasthan. And if you any further questions do let us know, we will be happy to help and answer them.

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Travel Guide to Jaipur Pink city, Rajasthan

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28 thoughts on “Travel Guide to Jaipur Pink City, Rajasthan”

  • I love your post! It’s so detailed and the photos are great. I definitely want to visit India one day. This place looks vibrant and full of culture. I enjoyed reading your experience and tips!

  • I’ve heard of Jaipur before and it seems like such an intriguing place to visit! I was just wondering what does the photo show that says Nahargarh Fort Baoli? It looks like a dammed river, but you say fort? Can you please explain. Also, what does it mean when you say the city was built according to Vastu Shastra ? Thanks!

    • Baoli is a stepwell and in these ponds, water can be reached by climbing down stairs. So, Nahargarh Baoli is a stepwell within the Nahargarh Fort.
      Vastu Shastra is a traditional Hindu system of Architecture and it means the science of architecture. In it design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry everything is taken care of .

  • Jaipur Pink city looks amazing. I would be very tempted to buy some of those beautiful embroidered goods. And, I’m amazed by the wealth of vegan food! more recommendations than for meat eaters!

  • I’m adding Jaipur – Pink City to my list of “color cities”, next to Arequipa – White City (from stone), Leiden – Red City (from bricks), and others. I’d be all over the bazaars, they’re the best places to get lost.

  • Hoping I make it to Jaipur some day. Interesting to learn that it was one of the first planned cities. It sure is lovely! That spread of food is raising my blood pressure. Indian food is my alltime favorite and I woul d be all over that offering!

  • Thank you for including a list of vegan food. I’m dairy and egg intolerant so it’s super helpful. I just hope it’s not too hot! I love Indian food and it looks delicious on your photo but I sometimes struggle with the spices!
    Jaipur seems to be an amazing city with a lot to offer. I’ve heard many great things about it and your photos are stunning. Thanks for all the tips!

  • Jaipur is probably one of the most vibrant cities in India. We loved it when we were there last year. There is so much to see and experience in Jaipur that you end up asking for more. The food, of course, is one of the highlights when in Jaipur. A lovely guide which would be so useful to first-time visitors to Jaipur.

  • Who wouldn’t want to stay at Lebua Resort Jaipur? It is stunning! I have also heard of Jaipur and all the pink buildings. Is there a special reason for the use of the pink color?

    • Pink Color has its own history.In 1876, Prince of Wales & Queen Victoria had to visit India on a tour.Since pink denotes the color of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink in color to welcome his guests.

  • I absolutely love the rajasthani culture. Its so colorful. And the food is to die for. So yummyy. I need to go back to those streets. Do a photo tour of rajasthan or something 😍

  • Great post, I’d love to visit Rajasthan and Jaipur will be an essential stop!. This is a really useful guide and thanks for the hotel recommendation which sounds lovely. I’m going to bookmark this for the future.

  • Rajasthan is truly colorful and not to be missed. This reminds me of my trip to Jaipur a couple of years back. We covered alot of grounds but missed out on Nahagarh. Lebua looks absolutely luxurious. Although it is a bit far from the city, I guess the resort is worth the money. 🙂

  • A great write up, but your choice of stay was baffling. There are two Lebula places in Jaipur, and they might work for people that want to get away and relax, but I wouldn’t recommend either of them for anyone wishing to explore the city as they as so far out. There are plenty 4-5 star hotels nearer the city if anyone needs pampering.

  • I belong to Delhi (Don’t live there anymore but my parents do) and I visited Jaipur as a child. I am sure I have seen most of the things there but I do not remember at all! Now that I have started to travel a lot myself, I want to go back and explore Jaipur. It is hardly a 4 hour drive away from my home town so I must plan a trip soon. Your pictures are amazing and thanks for recommending Lebua resort, it looks perfect!

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