Monkeys sitting on the steps of Monkey Temple in Jaipur
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The Best Places To See In Jaipur The Pink City

Traveling to India isn’t complete without a visit to Jaipur the Pink City as it stands out with its romantic pink hues. There are many fascinating places to see in Jaipur such as palaces, vibrant colors, and jaw-dropping architecture intertwined with an intriguing history.

As with most cities in India, Jaipur is a combination of chaos, excitement, and color that is captivating to wander through. Get ready to be warmly greeted by this alluring city and explore the numerous things to do in Jaipur…

Where Is Jaipur?

Jaipur the Pink City is the capital of Rajasthan and is the gateway to exploring this magical region of India.

Jaipur is the closest city in Rajasthan from Delhi but it is still 4 hours by train, 5 hours by car or 1 hour by plane.

Jaipur is visited the most of any other area in Rajasthan as it has relatively close proximity to Delhi. For most visitors to India, a majority only focus on visiting the Golden Triangle.

The Water Palace can be seen driving from Jaipur the Pink City to Amber Fort
The Water Palace can be seen driving to Amber Fort from Jaipur…

The Golden Triangle ties an invisible connection between the cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. If looking at a map, the route forms the shape of a triangle with Delhi at the top.

Agra is famous for being the home of the Taj Mahal so as you can imagine, it is a hot spot to visit. From Jaipur, Agra is about 4 hours by train or car. The Golden Triangle is so popular as some of the most iconic sights can be seen on this route.

If you will be including Delhi on your trip to India then refer to my post, A First Timer’s Guide To 3 Days In Delhi Itinerary!

Why Is Jaipur Called The Pink City?

By this point, you are probably curious as to why Jaipur is called the pink city and how it became to be pink! The first time I laid eyes on Jaipur I smiled in delight and a sense of happiness came over me.

The inspiration to paint the city of Jaipur pink was prompted by the announcement that the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria would be visiting in 1876.

Hawa Mahal is the most distinct building and one of the best places to see in Jaipur
Hawa Mahal is the most distinctive buildings in Jaipur!

The King of Jaipur at that time decided that the city to be painted pink in preparation for the visit as “pink” is a symbol of hospitality. He wanted the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria to feel welcomed and at home.

From that day forward, a law went into effect that stated all buildings within the old city section of Jaipur must be painted pink. And I am so glad they did!

Travel To Jaipur

The three main ways to reach Jaipur is by car, train or airplane. Unless you are a local, I highly recommend to NOT drive yourself! Driving anywhere in India is a bit crazy and not for the faint of heart.

I have been to Jaipur a few times and feel the best option is to take the train. It is the easiest, economical and you don’t have to worry about having tense nerves while traveling by car.

Loving the vibrant colored flowers!
Loving the vibrant colored flowers!

If you do go by car then hire a driver which I did on one of my trips. Just make sure you request a car with an air conditioner (AC), have water and snacks, and trust that your driver knows how to drive in the chaos on the road.

On one of my visits, there were huge trucks coming at us head-on while on our side of the road!

Somehow it all works out but it might give your heart a jump once in a while. For this reason, do not go by car at night or at times with intense fog as it can be dangerous.

The intricate details in the architecture are remarkable as seen in this carved window that resembles a honeycomb
The intricate details in the architecture are remarkable!

The train station in Jaipur is Jaipur Junction Railway Station (JP). To buy train tickets, visit 12go.asia which makes booking a train much easier than before. The train station is a 10-minute drive to the heart of Jaipur.

If you choose to fly into Jaipur, the airport to book into is the Jaipur International Airpot (JAI).

Another option is to fly into Delhi at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and then take a train to Jaipur.

Domestic airlines that fly into Jaipur from other cities in India are SpiceJet, IndiGo, and Air India.

Hawa Mahal illuminated at night
Hawa Mahal illuminated at night

I have flown on all three airlines and had a good experience on each of them. From the airport, expect 15 to 20 minutes to arrive in Jaipur.

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Where To Stay In Jaipur

My favorite place to stay in Jaipur is Jas Vilas and I have stayed here on two different trips. Jas Vilas is a tranquil and idyllic hotel that is a treat after spending the day in the hectic markets and attractions of Jaipur!

Lovely courtyard and pool at Jas Vilas...
Lovely courtyard at Jas Vilas…

The hotel has beautifully painted floral patterns, decorated with hanging bougainvillea and an inviting pool in the courtyard. You are welcomed each morning with a delicious Indian breakfast that is a perfect start to your day.

A man is painting flowers on the courtyard wall of Jas Vilas
Waking up to real and painted flowers is a treat!

A few other options to stay at that I can recommend are the three below. All of the options listed including Jas Vilas are within 15 – 20 mins from most attractions in Jaipur’s old city.

Khandela Haveli

Hilton Jaipur

Jai Mahal Palace

Tips For Visiting Jaipur

  • Always make sure to have cash on you with small denominations as the smaller markets and stores might not take credit cards.
  • The currency is the Indian rupee (INR). Use the handy app XE Currency to help assist with determining the exchange rate.
  • I would avoid using ATM machines located on the streets as they are likely not as well maintained or potential to be a victim of theft. Exchange money at the airport, your hotel or a bank when possible.
  • Keep your passport and money tucked away and close to your body with this money belt or this scarf with a hidden pocket.
  • Arrange for a taxi from your hotel and agree upon a price before taking off.
  • Only drink bottled water or water you have purified yourself. Carry this water purifier bottle.
  • If you do buy bottled water, make sure the seal of the cap has not been broken! A local told me that sometimes bottles are filled with tap water and sold as new…
  • I would recommend staying 3 days to allow enough time to visit the best places to see in Jaipur.
  • At each Jaipur attraction, you will notice that there are two prices, one for locals and one for foreigners. If you don’t live in India then you pay the foreigner price.
  • Don’t lose your sweater or jacket with this handy travel clip to attach to a purse or backpack.
  • Carry a portable power bank so that your phone always has a charge!
  • Hindi is the main language spoken but most will speak English as well.
  • Speak to your health professional to make sure all vaccinations that might be needed are up to date such as tetanus, hepatitis A and consider taking malaria chemoprophylaxis (pills).

Bonus Tip: If you are looking for a filtered water bottle for your trip then read my post, 7 Best Filtered Water Bottles For Travel And Hiking!

Top Jaipur Tours

Street Food Tour – This tour will take you to the best street food spots including some history on the food and describe how foods are prepared all while trying several local delicacies and tea!

Half-Day Old City Private Tour – Spend a half-day touring the top Jaipur attractions in the old city.

Full-Day Customized Private Tour –  Spend a full-day on a guided tour of all the sights you want to see that includes a driver.

Ranthambore Tiger Safari Tour – If you are looking for the adventure of finding Bengal Tigers then Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to see them. It is not only home to the majestic Bengal Tigers but leopards, sloth bears, crocodiles, birds, and more!

An Organized Trip by Intrepid Travels – If traveling to India on your own sounds a little daunting, then taking one of these completely guided tours of India is a great option. They will handle the logistics, modes of transportation, and lodging so you don’t need to worry about a thing!

Traveling in a group is great especially if you are solo. I wouldn’t recommend going to India alone as a female, as I would have felt uncomfortable at times. I either took my parents or my ex-husband and felt safe on each trip to India.

Map Of Top Jaipur Attractions

This map was made with Wanderlog, a road trip planner

Best Things To Do In Jaipur

1. Hawa Mahal

One of the first things to do in Jaipur is to visit Hawa Mahal also known as Palace of the Winds!

Admire its gorgeous and intricate architecture that resembles that of a honeycomb. Except for this one is bathed in a romantic pink color from the red sandstone used.

Hawa Mahal all pretty in pink
Hawa Mahal all pretty in pink

Hawa Mahal is likely one of the most recognized and photographed attractions in Jaipur for its exquisitely detailed five stories. Built in 1799 so that the ladies of the royal household could look out onto the energetic streets below.

View of Hawa Mahal from a courtyard inside
View of Hawa Mahal from a courtyard inside

The many small windows overlooking the main marketplace of the old city was so that the royal ladies could look out and see daily life without being observed by those outside the palace.

Looking down into a courtyard where ladies are using flowers to make items
Hawa Mahal is where the royal ladies could roam and socialize

At that time, the women could not be seen in public without a face covering on. Today it houses the Hawa Mahal Museum where you can see and learn about the life of the Rajasthan Royals.

High up view of the back side of Hawa Mahal with beautiful pink and pale yellow architecture
The architecture is elaborate and dainty as the royal ladies likely were

Tip: To get a stellar view of Hawa Mahal, head across the street and go up to Wind View Café terrace for a coffee and snack!

Hours & Admission: Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is INR 200 (rupees) for foreigners. For example, 200 rupees is around $2.75 (US dollars). Expect to spend about 1 hour here.

2. City Palace

Located next to Hawa Mahal is the City Palace which is one of the top attractions in Jaipur. Within the walls of the City Palace is a complex of gardens, courtyards, and buildings with striking architecture.

An ornately carved statue of an elephant at the entrance to the City Palace
The ornately carved statues are impressive

The City Palace built in 1727 by the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II is at the center of Jaipur’s old city and has been the home of the royal family since.

Today you can wander the palace grounds, admire the stunning and intricate doors, arches and imagine what life was like to live here.

A guard looking regal standing under a arch in the City Palace
Wandering the grandeur of the City Palace
The pink walls and courtyard within the City Palace
I could get used to living in a pink palace…

The main areas to visit are the Sarvato Bhadra (Diwan-e-Khas), City Palace Museum, Chandra Mahal, and Sabha Niwas (Diwan-e-Aam). And don’t leave before you see the gorgeous Peacock Gate on the northeast side!

A grand and intricately decorated door into the City Palace
Each door into the City Palace has unique and intricate decor

Tip: Purchase the full City Palace ticket to gain entrance to the private blue room section known as Chhavi Newas.

Hours & Admission: Open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is INR 700 (rupees) for foreigners. You could easily spend 2 – 3 hours here.

3. Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II developed steps away from both the City Palace and Hawa Mahal.

There are other Jantar Mantars in India but this one in Jaipur is the biggest and most impressive.

Large yellow geometric structure at Jantar Mantar
Where architecture meets geometric shapes….

Built in the 18th century, Jantar Mantar is a site filled with several instruments designed to observe various astronomical positions. This was a huge feat for its time as there were no fancy telescopes or technology to accomplish the same thing.

A unique geometric structure that was a tool to determine time at Jantar Mantar
It’s fascinating how they figured out time and star locations…

As you walk around, you will see how to find the stars and planets with your naked eye using these primitive yet effective tools. Of the instruments, you will see a sundial and several geometric stone shapes that can pick out a star and determine the month based on the sun’s movement.

Tourists standing in front of a geometric tool structure at Jantar Mantar
I think they are wondering how to use it…

Tip: To understand how to use and read the various instruments, visit at midday when the sun is directly over your head. It is the best time of the day to read the many instruments.

Hours & Admission: Open daily 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Admission for foreigners is INR 200 (rupees). You can expect to spend 45 minutes to 1 hour exploring.

4. Amber Fort

Located about 7.0 miles (11.0 km) from the heart of Jaipur the Pink City is the spectacular Amber Fort.

The golden-colored walls of Amber Fort sit high up on a hill looking quite regal even today. It’s no surprise that it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

mber Fort sitting up on the hill of Amer
Amber Fort sitting up on the hill of Amer
Walking up to Amber Fort
Walking up to Amber Fort

The Amber Fort also referred to as Amer Fort was the original capital of Rajasthan and home to the Maharaja Jai Singh II and the royal family. As you approach the fort, you will see a line of elephants carrying visitors to the top entrance.

View of courtyard and entrance of Amber Fort
Amber Fort looks more like a palace than a fort
The Amber Fort walls that cover the various hills
The walls of the fort remind me a little bit of the Great Wall…

On my first visit, I rode an elephant up and it is wasn’t comfortable at all. It was also before I became aware of how animals are treated for this reason chose not to do so again. On my next visit, I got dropped off by my driver for the day. You can also walk up too!

I fell in love with the carvings of the pillars!
I fell in love with the carvings of the pillars!
The scalloped arches throughout Amber Fort are gorgeous...
The scalloped arches throughout Amber Fort are gorgeous…

Once you are at the top, take in the gorgeous views and notice the fortress walls that line the surrounding hillsides. At first glance, it reminded me a little bit of the Great Wall in China. Makes for a lovely photo!

Beautifully painted exterior of a gate into the next courtyard of Amber Fort
An incredible amount of detail in each painted wall…
A decorated open-air room under arched doorways
Exploring the grounds of Amber Fort

The architecture is a marvel to see with elaborate walls, courtyards, hallways, arched doorways, and temples that will dazzle you. In total, you will make your way through 4 courtyards and areas of the fort. No question that this is one of the most magical places to see in Jaipur!

My favorite courtyard within Amber Fort...
My favorite courtyard within Amber Fort…

Tip: Grab a coffee at the coffee shop in Amber Fort and enjoy the views on the outdoor terrace.

Hours & Admission: Open daily 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and then again from 6:30 pm to 9:15 pm. Admission for foreigners is INR 550 (rupees). Expect to spend about 3 hours.

5. Panna Meena Ka Kund

Don’t miss out on seeing Panna Meena Ka Kund after you leave Amber Fort. Just 5 minutes and less than a mile away from Amber Fort lies an amazing series of stairs or stepwell.

Two women collecting water at Panna Meena Ka Kund In Jaipur
Gathering water at the steps of Panna Meena Ka Kund

The distinct symmetrical steps are eye-catching for any photographer lover but it has served an important purpose. Starting in the 16th century, the stepwell was a place for both locals and travelers to come gather water, cool off, and rest.

The geometric symmetry of the steps is captivating...
The geometric symmetry of the steps is captivating…

Who knew a series of zig-zagging stairs could be so breathtakingly beautiful! It definitely is a serene place to just sit and reflect on your journey like travelers have for hundreds of years…

Hours & Admission: Open daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm or sunrise to sunset. There is no fee to visit.

6. Jaigarh Fort

If you are at Amber Fort and look further up the hillside you will see Jaigarh Fort which was the real fort to Amber. If the Amber Fort or palace was attacked, the royal family would escape through a tunnel to Jaigarh Fort.

Numerous monkeys sitting along the walls of Jaigarh Fort...
You might see one or two monkeys at Jaigarh Fort…

The main reasons to come up to Jaigarh Fort are for the fantastic views of Jaipur, Amber Fort and Sagar Lake. The thick red sandstone walls that protect the fort have lovely carved patterns that are similar to Amber Fort below.

The world's largest cannon!
The world’s largest cannon!
Looking out through arched patio from Jaigarh Fort
Epic views from Jaigarh Fort…

Other than the stellar views, one of the coolest things to see is the world’s largest cannon! The Jaivana Cannon is the biggest cannon on wheels and was created in 1720. Luckily, the cannon never had to fire as there was no threat requiring it.

View of tower and walls of Jaigarh Fort with a small lake in the background
The stunning architecture is very similar to Amber Fort
View of Amber Fort from Jaigarh Fort
View of Amber Fort from Jaigarh Fort

It is said that it was only fired once to test with the cannonball covering a distance of 35 km! You can also see other weapons used in the armory. The drive up to Jaigarh Fort is about 15-minutes from Amber Fort and well worth visiting.

Hours & Admission: Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Admission for foreigners is INR 200 (rupees). Spend about 1 hour touring the fort.

7. Nahargarh Fort

If you want to know where the best place to take in the sunset with a view then Nahargarh Fort is the place to be. Located up high you get a stunning vantage point of Jaipur while admiring the very distinctively carved walls.

Nahargarh Fort at sunset and aerial view of Jaipur City
Nahargarh Fort at sunset and an aerial view of Jaipur City

Built in 1734, Nahargarh Fort served as a defense and a place of protection for Jaipur even though it was never attacked.

Today it still has an impressive architecture of strength and beauty. Nahargarh Fort gets its name as it means “abode of tigers” as tigers once prowled this area.

Hours & Admission: Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. If you go up later, you can enjoy the views only from the outside. Admission for foreigners is INR 200 (rupees). Expect to spend 2-3 hours here.

8. Monkey Temple

When I heard that Monkey Temple was home to hundreds of monkeys I couldn’t wait to go! It really does live up to its name.

Monkey Temple is officially called Galta Ji temple but it is no surprise that it got its nickname from the high volume of monkeys that roam here.

A cute baby monkey sitting on a wall at Monkey Temple
I fell in love with this adorable baby monkey…
A gray langur monkey intent on eating his snack...
A gray langur monkey intent on eating his snack…

Located 6.2-miles (10.0 km) from Jaipur, the Hindu temple complex is nestled between the Aravalli Hills and a large pool in front. The water is considered sacred and it is known for pilgrims to bathe in the holy water.

Galta Ji or Monkey Temple tucked into the hillside
Galta Ji or Monkey Temple tucked into the hillside
A large gray langur monkey sitting regal and looking directly at the camera
There are hundreds of monkeys roaming the grounds

You will likely see more monkeys than humans splashing and bathing in the water which is pure entertainment. The two types of monkeys that you will see are the larger gray langur and the smaller rhesus macaque.

Monkeys drinking water from the pool in front of Monkey Temple
The monkeys staying hydrated!
A small monkey walking along a pipe in the pool at Monkey Temple
Somebody is monkeying around…

The smaller monkeys are quite friendly with one jumping on my pant leg and another on my shoulder. They are adorable but be cautious as they are wild animals.

I would recommend visiting in the early morning or late in the day when the monkeys will be out wandering around more.

Fascinating how the temple is built into the rocky hillside
Fascinating how the temple is built into the rocky hillside

Hours & Admission: Open daily from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm. Admission is free to enter but you can donate a small fee if desire. If you are like me, you could spend hours taking photos of the cute monkeys but expect to spend at least 1 hour.

9. Go On A Food Tour

Want to find out the best foods to try while visiting Jaipur? One of the best things to do in Jaipur is to taste the best street food. Nervous to try food from street vendors?

Completely understandable but one way to avoid any stomach issues is to go where a local recommends, there is a long line, and when you can see the food being cooked hot in front of you.

Vendor selling vegetables along the streets of Jaipur
A vendor selling vegetables along the streets of Jaipur

One great way to make sure you eat at the best spots is to go on a street food tour with a local guide! This tour will provide food history, describe how foods are prepared all while trying several local delicacies and tea!

Tip: Before the end of the tour, ask your local guide for the best places to eat. Locals always have a few excellent places to recommend.

10. Albert Hall Museum

If you are a fan of history, make your way over to the Albert Hall Museum that houses several pieces of artwork, crafts, and artifacts from Rajasthan including Jaipur.

The fancy Albert Hall Museum
The fancy Albert Hall Museum

The outside alone is reason enough to visit as the architecture of the building is quite breathtaking to see.

Hours & Admission: Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is INR 300 (rupees) for foreigners. Expect to spend about 1-hour here.

11. Iswari Minar Swarga Sal

If you want to find the best place to view Jaipur the Pink City from above, then climb up to the top of Iswari Minar which is a minaret or tower. Get a 360-degree sweeping view of sights such as the City Palace and Hawa Mahal.

Iswari Minar Swarga Sal in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. This minaret was erected in the 1740s by Jai Singh’s son and successor Iswari.
Iswari Minar Swarga Sal

The Iswari Minar is fairly easy to spot out in the old city section of Jaipur and located behind the Tripolia Bazaar. It was built by Jai Singh II’s son, maharaja Ishwari Singh in the 1740s and stands a regal 115 feet (35 meters).

Unlike many towers you may have climbed, the steps are at an incline and easier to go up which is a plus!

Hours & Admission: Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Admission for foreigners is INR 200 (rupees) and expect to spend 3- 45 minutes visiting the minaret.

12. Jawahar Circle

Jawahar Circle is a large circular park and it just happens to be pink on the outside and full of vibrant colors inside. The main attraction to Jawahar Circle is the entrance that is known as Patrika Gate.

Colorful paintings on the walkway of Patrika Gate
Patrika Gate is the ninth gate of Jaipur

Throughout the arched corridor of Patrika Gate are gorgeous paintings depicting the history of Jaipur. There is also a rose garden, spaces to go for a walk, a fountain, and possibly musical entertainment.

13. Ranthambore Tiger Safari

One of the best places in the world to see a tiger in the wild is in Ranthambore National Park. It is not only home to the majestic Bengal Tigers but leopards, sloth bears, crocodiles, birds, and more!

If you have a few extra days that you can add to your time in Jaipur, I recommend going on this 2-day tiger safari tour. On this tour, you will get to go on 2 different safaris, one in the afternoon and one the next morning including overnight lodging.

Although there are some tours that are one day, I wouldn’t consider them as it is too much to do in one day. The drive is 4 hours each way meaning you won’t have a lot of time to see anything…

14. Shopping At Johari Bazaar

If you are in the mood to shop, Johari Bazaar is the best place to visit in Jaipur if you are wanting a keepsake. As you walk there are vendors and artisans at every turn offering you to come closer and see their wares.

Myself dressed up in a traditional saris that is a deep pink
I had fun shopping for the most beautiful saris and scarves!

The specialty that Jaipur is known for is its gems, jewelry, and handicrafts. The name Johari means “jeweler” hinting at the many years that this area has been known for beautiful items to wear. You can also find an assortment of souvenirs including saris, spices, and bangles (bracelet)!

15. Restaurants In Jaipur

Chokhi Dhani – This is more of an experience than just a meal as it is a village of Chokhi Dhani where you can see the customs, artwork, and traditions of the local Rajasthani people. In this tour, you get to enjoy a dinner with entertainment and more! The dinner alone is quite delicious…

Lassiwala – If you are interested in trying the traditional fermented drink known as Lassi then Lassiwala has the best! It is similar to yogurt that has spices and possibly fruit added. It comes in a small clay cup to enjoy.

Handi – Voted best Northern Indian food restaurant that will be a delight to taste!

Lakshmi Misthan Bhandar – Is known for its savory snacks and desserts. It has been is business for 300 years so they are doing something right!

Samode Palace – If you want to have dinner and feel like you are Rajasthani royalty then dine at Samode Palace. In a luxury setting, enjoy the stunning architecture and detailed décor while eating a meal fit for a king… It is a heritage hotel if you want to spend even more time here, about 1-hour from Jaipur!

Suvarna Mahal – Located in the Rambagh Palace, is an elegant restaurant to feast on Indian cuisine. Located about 15 – 20 minutes from the City Palace area.

How To Get Around Jaipur

If you are focusing on touring the old city area of the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and the bazaar you can see all of this on foot.

For short distances or if you need a ride to your hotel then hopping into an autorickshaw is the cheapest and a fun experience.

An autorickshaw is the easiest way to get around Jaipur
An autorickshaw is the easiest way to get around Jaipur

If you are not taking a tour that includes a driver to attractions that are further away then I recommend hiring a driver for the day. It is very economical and worth it! You can ask your hotel to arrange a driver and see Jaipur the Pink City at your leisure.

Climate In Jaipur

The climate in Jaipur can get quite hot depending on when you visit. Regardless of the time of year, Jaipur is always a warm city to visit. The temperatures range from warm to hot to scorching hot…

The best time of year to visit Jaipur is during the winter months of December to March.

You can expect the daytime temps to range from 72 F to 80 F (22 C to 27 C). After that, I would recommend October and November.

Best time of year to visit Jaipur is from October to March
Best time of year to visit Jaipur is from October to March

The months of late March through June are incredibly hot with temperatures from 90 F to 104 F (32 C to 40 C). The summer months of July through August is the monsoon season with both hot temperatures and tons of rain making it the worst time to visit.

I have been in both October and January and had fantastic weather during both visits. It was hot but not sweltering and no rain. In January you may likely see fog in the mornings though.

Popular Festivals

Kite Festival – In celebration of new beginnings, the kite festival is held for 3 days in mid-January. It is a sight to see an assortment of kites flying high above you.

Diwali – Is a festival of lights and lasts 5 days held anywhere between mid-October and mid-November. It is the biggest festival in India celebrating light over darkness marking the spiritual awakening of Lord Mahavira.

Do I Need A VISA?

Yes! Definitely look into your country requirements but for the U.S., a passport is required that has 6 months validity from the time you travel to India. The passport must have 2 blank pages.

Applicants need to apply for a Tourist VISA in addition to having a passport that is if you are traveling as a tourist. If you are traveling for business or other reasons then look into those VISA requirements. The tourist VISA is good for 180 days and allows for multiple entries.

Note: You CANNOT get a VISA upon arrival so make sure you apply in advance of your trip.

Have a magical time touring the best places to see in Jaipur the Pink City!

A decorative and colorful door half opened
I hope you enjoy Jaipur as much as I did!

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54 Comments

  1. I really need to visit Jaipur again, because when I visited there was a curfew and lots of things were closed/we couldn’t get to see. I really want to see the steps of Panna Meena Ka Kund, it looks absolutely unreal. Once we can travel again, I will be back exploring and I’ll be using this post to help. Loved it!

    1. Yes, I definitely recommend going back as it is one of the coolest cities in India. Plus you can see things you missed. 🙂

    1. Thank you! India is fabulous and such an interesting country. Jaipur is one city to include as there is so much to see. And you will likely enjoy all the yummy street food options! 🙂

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed learning about Jaipur’s pink origin! It is such a fun city to explore. 🙂

  2. Jaipur looks amazing! I’ve never been to India, but what a magical place it looks. Your photo of Patrika Gate is breathtaking in particular.

    1. Jaipur is definitely a magical place! It is a photographer’s dream with all the vibrant colors and architecture. 🙂

  3. Wow, Jaipur looks spectacular! Patrika Gate looks absolutely beautiful! All of the photos I’ve seen of Jaipur are so pretty! I’d love to visit one day. Thanks for the great guide!

    1. Thank you! Jaipur is one of those cities you can’t help but love as it is so pretty and unique. I hope you do get to go one day! 🙂

  4. Such a great post Vanessa! I have visited Jaipur, but somehow I never learned that it is pink because of the visit of Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria! I assumed it was something about local pink(ish) rocks. I need to go back as you saw sooo much more than we did!

    1. Thanks so much Josy! They do get the pink color from the red sandstone that is nearby, so you got it! It was the visit from the Prince and Queen that spurred the actual painting of the buildings with it. Yes, always a great place to visit! I’ve been a few times and hope to go back again. 🙂

  5. And Jaipur has gone straight to the top of my India wishlist – this is a great guide! I’ve love to visit the forts and Galta Ji. Actually, everywhere on the list.

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, I hope you do get to visit one day! The forts are spectacular and Galta Ji you can’t help but enjoy with all the monkeys. 🙂

  6. Interesting post with wonderful photos! India is so hard GH on my travel bucket list. I never knew anything about this place so it was great to read

    1. Thank you so much! India is such a unique country and definitely bucket list-worthy! I loved all of the places I visited in India but Jaipur is a favorite destination. I hope you get the chance to visit in the future when it is safe to do so. 🙂

  7. Your article reminded me of the two trips to Jaipur. It is such a fascinating city with so many things to see. I missed the Monkey Temple when I was there, I ended up to a different temple on top of a hill, that was surrounded by monkeys. I thought that was it (at least that’s what the driver said, haha)

    1. Haha that’s funny! Well, I guess if there is a lot of monkeys there then it can technically be called a Monkey Temple… 🙂 Either way, it sounds like it was a pretty cool location!

    1. I hope that you love it when you do get to go one day as a trip to Jaipur is a must when visiting India!:)

  8. Wow – Jaipur is so beautiful! The Water Palace is mesmerizing! Thanks so much for inspiring to visit India 🙂

    1. India is a wonderful country and I hope you get to visit one day! The Water Palace looks like it is floating and so beautiful to see along with all the other cool forts and palaces. 🙂

  9. Lovely post! I loved my visit to Jaipur a few years back, but there is so much more to see still. I’d love to see more. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you! That is so great that you have been to Jaipur and yes always more to explore! 🙂

  10. Reading this post was so nostalgic, and it took me back to the time I visited Rajasthan many years ago! I still remember how gorgeous the interiors or Sheesh Mahal and City Palace were!

    1. I’m so glad reading it brought back wonderful memories! The design and architecture of all the sites are certainly remarkable to see. 🙂

  11. I visited Jaipur in 2019 and absolutely fell in love with the city and all the beautiful places and architecture. I would love to go back again and explore even more and eat more delicious food! Beautiful pictures!

    1. Ah that is so great to hear that you loved Jaipur too! I agree the food alone is worth going back to visit! 🙂

  12. Jaipur is such an amazing city! I visited in 2017, and it was just as beautiful and magical as you show it. I would love to go back – I can’t get enough of the detailed architecture throughout India!

    1. The architecture in India is one of the most impressive and yes is worthy of another trip back! 🙂

  13. We were supposed to be in India in 2020, then 2021. And now 2022. I can’t wait to see Jaipur in real life – it’s absolutely stunning. Thank you for taking me there virtually <3

    1. Oh that is such a shame! So many wonderful trips canceled but hopefully, 2022 is the year you make it to India! I can’t recommend it enough as it is a unique and beautiful country. I’m glad you enjoyed the virtual tour of Jaipur for the time being. 🙂

  14. I’ve always been enchanted by the pink city. So many remarkable sights worth visiting. Dare I say, your photos are better than ever here. Captured wonderfully. Top blogging as usual Vanessa.

    1. Ah thank you so much John! All my trips to India is where I started to get into taking photos. India is a photographer’s dream with crazy beautiful architecture, colors, and awe-factor which makes taking good photos easy! Hopefully, get to see it in person one day. 🙂

  15. I’ve been wanting to visit Jaipur for a while now. India has just started to fascinate me and the pink city is at the top of my list. This is such an informative and detailed guide that I’m going to pin it for when we can get there. Love the photo of you in a sari, you look beautiful.

    1. Thank you Wendy! If you love pink then you will adore Jaipur! India is indeed one of those unique and magical destinations. 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed taking a virtual tour of Jaipur! The architecture is incredible everywhere you look. 🙂

  16. What an incredible place to visit Vanessa. I’ve never been to India, but I’ve seen photos of Jaipur, and it only reinforces me wanting to visit one day. I’m mesmerised by the symmetrical steps, I’d take so many photos!

    1. It’s amazing how they built with such striking architecture and symmetry with none of the modern tools. I highly recommend visiting India one day as it is spectacular! 🙂

  17. Over reading this in-depth guide to Jaipur. Really interesting that pink was seen as a welcome colour. Welcoming Hawa Mahal certainly is!

    1. Hawa Mahal is so beautiful and it’s easy to love being pink! I hope you get to use the guide and visit one day. 🙂

  18. Wow, this architecture is stunning! I’ve seen a lot of pics of the Hawa Mahal but not of the rest. So hard to pick a fave spot.

    1. I hope that you get to see them all one day! It is tough to have a favorite as each building has such a unique style of architecture. 🙂

  19. What a beautiful, comprehensive, and useful post, Vanessa. Enjoyed reading it. I’ve never been to the sub-continent, but when Ellie & I go, perhaps later this year or definitely no later than next year, if we’d only visit one province, this is the one I’d pick. It’s got everything. The architecture, the wildlife. The tigers, really. I do want to see them.

    1. Thank you so much, I’m glad it has inspired you to visit Jaipur! The entire Rajasthan region is magnificent as I would also recommend visiting Pushkar and Udaipur one day. It really is an exciting place with so much beauty. 🙂

  20. What an incredible city! Your pictures are stunning! This is one of my top places in India on my bucket list. I pinned this so I’d have your wonderful recommendations for later!

    1. Thank you! Jaipur is a city I hope you do make it to see one day and very bucket list worthy. 🙂

  21. I’m planning to visit with my family of 12 but I’m bit skeptical but reading all those reviews i think I want to do it, I just hope to find the right tour guy.

    1. Oh that would be lovely to plan a trip to see family in Jaipur! I’m not sure which reviews you are referring to but I only had very good experiences in Jaipur. I listed a few tours that you can book to make things easier as far as getting around and logistics. Have a wonderful time! 🙂

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