Rajasthan's capital, enthralling, historical Jaipur, serves as the gateway to India's most flamboyant state.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, was established in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and is popularly known as the Pink City. The city is steeped in history and culture, with wide avenues and expansive gardens. The history comes to life in the majestic forts and palaces, blushed pink, where the maharajas once lived. Jaipur's bustling bazaars, famous for Rajasthan jewelry, silk, and shoes, have a timeless quality and are a treasure trove for shoppers.
Jaipur is India's first planned city, having been designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. Rajasthan's capital city, known around the world for its colored gems, blends the allure of its ancient heritage with all the benefits of a metropolis. The city of Jaipur rises majestically against the backdrop of the forts of Nahargarh, Jaigarh, and Garh Ganesh Temple. The bustling modern city is one of three points on the golden triangle, which also includes Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
The story goes such that the Prince of Wales went on a tour of India in 1876. Pink was associated with hospitality, so Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink. That earned Jaipur the name – Pink City.
Jaipur is one of India's most visited cities by visitors and travelers. It's unsurprising, given that it's part of the golden triangle, which includes Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. The pink city's palaces, forts, Havelis, bazaars, and shopping are all major draws for visitors. It's difficult to visit all of Jaipur's tourist attractions in a single day, given the city's size.
In one day, you can comfortably explore all of Jaipur's must-see attractions. The only exception is during peak tourism season, such as the New Year's holidays, where the city becomes clogged with tourists. One can comfortably visit Jaipur in one day with proper preparation and getting up early.
Following are the places which you can visit and enjoy in one day in Jaipur:
1. Amber Fort
Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Jaipur's most famous tourist attraction. It's 10 kilometers from Jaipur and is a palace rather than a fort. Its magnificence is mesmerizing. Its architecture is a majestic combination of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles, using both local marble and sandstone.
The Amber Fort elephant trip is one of the most sought-after activities in this medieval fort. There is a lot to see here, and the palace part of the tour takes at least 45 minutes to complete. Ganesh Pol, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Mahal, and Zenana are all worth seeing.
Tip for travelers - You should visit Amber Fort at night if you want to escape the crowds. Amber is accessible to visitors from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is known as Amer By Night.
Amber Fort Timings - The Amber Fort is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is accessible from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. under the name Amer By Night.
2. Jaipur City Palace
The Jaipur City Palace is a royal house and the official residence of the Jaipur royalty. It was built by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II. The royal family's descendants still live in City Palace. However, some of its parts are open for tourists to explore. It's next to the Hawa Mahal and right in the heart of the district.
Beautiful courtyards, decorated gates, and museums are among the attractions in Jaipur City Palace. Mubarak Mahal and Pritam Niwas are not to be skipped. Travelers flock to Pritam Chowk to see the four gates of the Jaipur City Palace. The most photographed parts of City Palace are these entrances. Peacock Gate, Leheriya Gate, Lotus Gate, and Rose Gate are the four entrances.
Tip for travelers - Post lunch is the perfect time to hit the city palace so you won't have to walk too far. It is conveniently situated near Johari Bazar, making commuting a breeze. Don't forget Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II's two massive silver urns, which he used to transport the holy water of the Ganga to England in 1902. They each weigh 345 kilograms.
3. Jantar Mantar
It is a UNESCO world heritage site and a must-see attraction in Jaipur. Jantar Mantar is the world's only solar observatory of its kind. Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II constructed it in 1738 AD, and it is still operational. The instruments are also very accurate. It is home to the largest sundial in the world. Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh was fascinated by astronomy and mathematics. Before constructing Jantar Mantar, he conducted detailed research into the works of Portuguese and Arab astronomers. While Jantar Mantar is part of the Jaipur City Palace complex, it is managed and operated by the government.
Tip for travelers - Remember to hire a guide. It would be challenging for you to grasp how each instrument works without a reference. The tour of Jantar Mantar takes 30-45 minutes to complete.
4. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal is synonymous with Jaipur. It's one-of-a-kind in terms of architecture and aesthetics; an architectural masterpiece. It was commissioned by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh and designed by Lal Chand Ustad in 1799 AD. It is known around the world as The Wind Palace. This landmark structure stands five stories tall and has 953 screens. It was used as a screen for the royal women to watch processions and life on the streets.
Tip for travelers - All of the shops in the vicinity of the Hawa Mahal sell tourist-oriented items such as clothes, bedsheets, and souvenirs. In these stores, you can only find commercial quality. Bargain before you buy anything.
5. Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh sunrise and sunset experiences are highly sought after. The fort is massive and has a great view of Jaipur. It's been beautifully rebuilt. Its main draw is the Madhavendra Palace, which has 12 adjacent rooms. It was a residential complex for the queens that was built in such a way that the King could discreetly visit all of them. It was also used as a prison for a short period of time, but only VIPs were kept there.
The Nahargarh Fort Stepwells are extremely popular with tourists. In fact, Nahargarh Fort Baori was used to film one of the most well-known Bollywood films, Rang De Basanti.
Tip for travelers - The palace section closes at 5 PM. Visit Nahargarh fort around 4-4.30 PM. Following your visit to the Madhavendra Palace section, dine al fresco at the Padao restaurant and take in the sunset and city views. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) manages this restaurant. It just serves beer and snacks. The breathtaking views are the ideal way to conclude your visit to Jaipur. If you want to stop at 7 or 9 p.m., it is not a concern. Please keep in mind that there will be no public transportation or taxis available for your return journey from Nahargarh Fort. Make your pick-up arrangements ahead of time or request that the cab wait for you.
The city of Jaipur rises majestically against the backdrop of the forts of Nahargarh, Jaigarh, and Garh Ganesh Temple. The bustling modern city is one of three points on the golden triangle, which also includes Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
Between October and March is the perfect time to visit Jaipur, with intermittent showers bathing the city's streets and pleasant weather.
The fastest way to reach Jaipur is via the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi with airtime of an hour. Once you reach the Jaipur airport at Sanganer, you could hire a taxi or cab to your desired destination.
Jaipur’s climate ranges from post-monsoon charm, the scorching heat of the sun to cooler and pleasant winters.
Yes, the city is rather safe. However, we suggest you to be careful while meandering along the busy and bustling bazaars of Jaipur.
When in Jaipur, do not miss out on Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Johari Bazaar, and Amber Fort.
Temperatures vary dramatically during the day throughout the peak season (November to March). As a result, layered clothes, a light winter coat, and a shawl are recommended.
The tourists can buy the tie-and-dye fabrics in vibrant colors, block-printing, embroidery, wooden furniture, carpets, blue potteries, and mirror work in Jaipur and nearby villages.
English is widely spoken and understood at almost all tourist centers. But we highly recommend you to take qualified and government-recognized guides during your sightseeing in Rajasthan. They are fluent in many other languages like French, Russian, German, Spanish, etc.
The best-known food which is found in the menu of the families of Rajasthan is the combination of Daal, Baati, and Choorma, along with pickles and buttermilk. Another must-try is Laal Maas for non-vegetarians.
Various means of local transport in Jaipur range from cycle-rickshaws to auto-rickshaws, taxis, and buses. Local buses are usually overcrowded and should be avoided. Auto-rickshaw and taxis are easily available and can be used if necessary. You can ask at information desks at the airport or in hotels to get an idea of the fare.