Jaipur, or The Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan state.
Probably most people (like me) googled this place after seeing the pinkish Instagram filter.
We stayed 5 days here so we didn’t have to rush to see all places we had on our list.
Things to see:
The Palace of Winds is one of the most impressive buildings I’ve ever seen. It was built in 1799 to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and festivals celebrated in the street below without being seen.
We didn’t go inside because we’ve read many reviews saying it’s not much to see and we saved 400 Rs (200 Rs/each).
The Palace is within 5 minutes walking from Hawa Mahal and it used to be the place where the kings rulling the area lived. Both are creations of the same architect.
The museum is also famous for the gorgeous 4 small gates representing each season of the year. The Peacock Gate represents autumn, The Lotus Gate symbolises summer, Leheriya Gate is for the spring season and The Rose Gate is the winter gate.
Price: 700 Rs/person – 8,60€ (to see the Palace area)
2500 Rs/person – 30,70€ (to get inside the Palace)
(We only visited the Palace area and it was more than enough)
This is the ninth gate of Jaipur and it’s stunning. Each pillar is dedicated to one or another part of Rajasthan.
The location is its good and bad part. Good because it’s away from the city chaos and not very crowded, bad because it takes an approximately 20 minutes tuk tuk ride form the city center.
Like in most touristic places in India, you’re not allowed to use a tripod to take photos. I even asked a guide why, but he didn’t really have an answer.
Like Andrei said, a movie should be made here. The fort is so well conserved that you can get a very good idea of how people used to live here.
It’s also like a maze, so allow yourself 2,3 hours to get lost inside and take photos.
Price: 500 Rs/person (6,1€)
Tip: In Jaipur, Uber and Ola apps work. They are very easy to use and you get rid of the (annoying) bargaining part. With Uber you pay straight with your card, while with Ola you pay cash to the driver.
How to get there:
The fort is 20 minutes away from the city center. We booked an Ola cab and paid only 150 Rs/one way (1,80€), which was nothing compared to 500 Rs, which is the price asked by tuk tuk drivers on the street.
This Fort is connected to Amer Fort by an underground tunel, but only a part of it it’s accesible to visitors, the other part being on the outside.
It’s not a must to go inside, there’s not much to see, but it gives you a good view over Amer Fort and the surroundings.
Price: 200 Rs/person (2,50€)
Stepwell Panna Meena
Here is where I had my first fight with an Indian. Why? Because they were asking for money to let me go down and take a photo. I told them it was a public place and it’s illegal what they’re asking me.
Eventually, after 5 minutes of getting into some heated exchange of replies, he told me I can wait a few minutes until the 3,4 tourist around leave, and then I can go down the stairs.
The Monkey Temple (Galta Ji Temple)
This is a place we deeply enjoyed. As the name suggests, this used to be a temple that is now home to hundred of monkeys. You can buy a bag of peanuts at the entrance to guarantee monkeys will come to you. You have to be careful when you take one out because you might find yourself covered in monkeys.
Price: 50 Rs/person if you say you won’t take photos (0,60€)
How to get there:
The Temple is 10 km away form the city center. Again, Ola and Uber saved us. The taxi will drop you at the base of the hill and then it’s a small and easy hike of 15-20 minutes to reach the temple.
*Don’t get tricked by the drivers who will tell you you have to walk a very hard 1km long road. They only try to convince you to go the long way, meaning 1 hour drive around the hill to the other entrance.
Where to stay:
We had a very good and cheap stay at FabHotel The Lodge located right in the Pink City, 10-15 minutes walking from City Palace and Hawa Mahal.
Where to eat:
Hawk View Restaurant
We declare ourselves fans of this place. Very good food, nice rooftop view, good prices and nice staff. Also, prices in the menu are the final ones and you won’t be surprised when the bill comes, like in other places where they add a lot of taxes and you find out at the end.
How to get to Jaipur:
Being one of the 3 cities of the Golden Triangle makes it very accessible. You can reach it by plane, train or bus.
We chose the third option, booking a night sleeper bus from Amritsar for 1.200Rs (14,88€) and we arrived there in approximately 12 hours.
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