Jaipur is also known as The Pink City and is the capital of Rajasthan state. Most people (like me) probably googled this place after seeing the pinkish Instagram filter.
We stayed there for 5 days because we didn’t want to rush into seeing all the places we had on our list. We knew it was a big city and therefore, many interesting things to discover here.
From my point of view, if you have the opportunity to visit Jaipur, do not miss it. The city is full of life, history, and colors. However, there are many places to see which makes it as well a bit exhausting.
Places to visit
The Palace of Winds is certainly one of the most impressive buildings I’ve ever seen. It was built in 1799 to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life celebrated in the street below without being seen.
We didn’t go inside because we’ve read many reviews saying it’s not worth it, therefore, we saved 400 Rs (200 Rs/each).
The Palace is located 5 minutes from Hawa Mahal and it used to be the place where the kings lived. The same architect created both buildings.
The museum is also famous for the four gorgeous small gates that represent each season of the year. The Peacock Gate represents autumn, The Lotus Gate symbolizes 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 visited the Palace area only and it was more than enough.)
Patrika Gate is the ninth gate of Jaipur and it’s stunning. Each part of Rajasthan has a pillar dedicated.
The location is its good and bad aspect. It’s a good aspect because it’s away from the city chaos and it’s not very crowded. It’s bad because it takes approximately 20 minutes by tuk-tuk from the city center.
Similarly to most touristic places in India, you’re not allowed to use a tripod to take photos. I also asked a guide why, but he didn’t really have an answer.
The fort is so well conserved therefore you can get a good idea of how people used to live here.
In addition, it looks like a maze, so allow yourself 2 or 3 hours to explore the inside.
Price: 500 Rs/person (6,1€)
How to get there:
The fort is located 20 minutes from the city center. We booked an Ola cab and paid only 150 Rs/one way (1,80€). The price was nothing compared to 500 Rs which was the price asked by tuk-tuk drivers on the street.
Tip: In Jaipur, Uber and Ola apps work. It’s very easy to use and you get rid of the (annoying) bargaining part. With Uber you pay directly by card and Ola allows you to pay cash to the driver.
You can check here how to easily use both apps.
This Fort is connected to Amer Fort by an underground tunnel, but only a part of it it’s accessible to visitors and the other part is on the outside.
However, it’s not a must to go inside because there is 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
This is where I had my first argue with an Indian. Why? Because they asked for money to let me go downstairs and take a photo. I told them it’s illegal for the reason that it’s a public space.
As a result, after 5 minutes of exchanging some heated replies, he told me I can go once the other tourists leave.
The stairs are located 10 minutes away by foot from Amer Fort, but plan your trip wisely because you might not have good light for photos if you go late.
The Monkey Temple (Galta Ji Temple)
We enjoyed this place so much. As the name suggests, this used to be a temple and is now home to hundreds of monkeys. You can buy a bag of peanuts at the entrance to make sure monkeys will come to you. Be careful when you take it out because you might find yourself covered in monkeys.
If you are afraid of monkeys, I certainly recommend you to skip this place because it is impossible to avoid them.
Price: 50 Rs/person if you say you won’t take photos (0,60€)
How to get there
The Temple is located 10 km from the city center. Ola and Uber saved us again. The taxi drops you at the beginning of the hill and then you do a small and easy hike for 15-20 minutes to reach the temple.
Tip: The drivers will tell you have to walk a very hard and long road. They only try to convince you to choose the longer road, because they want to charge you at least three times the amount.
Where to stay
We had a good and cheap stay at FabHotel The Lodge. The hotel is located 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. In other words, they serve very good food. In addition, they offer a nice rooftop view, good prices, and the staff is very nice.
Also, in the menu you can find the final prices, therefore, you won’t be surprised when the bill comes. For example, other places add a lot of taxes and you find out at the end.
While in most cities of India is sometimes hard to buy alcohol, here you can ask the waiter. In most places, you might not find it on the menu, but it’s better to ask.
You can find Bhartiya Bakery in the Pink City in Kishanpole Bazar area. It is considered to be the oldest pure veg bakery in Rajasthan. They sale the best cookies I’ve ever had and you can choose from a big selection. Every box is made freshly that day. We can tell you for sure because we’ve been there many times in 5 days.
This is certainly one of the most famous places in Jaipur. Is the one where lassi was first made. For those of you who don’t know, lassi is a typical Indian yogurt drink. You can have it sweet, salty, or in some places with fruits.
The real Lassiwala is the one located at “Shop 312” and under it’s written, “Since 1944”. You will rather see that many “impostors” tried to copy the place and it’s a bit confusing now to spot the original one.
How to get to Jaipur
Jaipur is very accessible because is one of the 3 cities of the Golden Triangle. Therefore, you can reach it by plane, train or bus.
We chose the third option and booked a night sleeper bus from Amritsar.
You can check here how to book a bus in India.
The price was 1.200Rs (14,88€) and we arrived there in approximately 12 hours.
Also, there are multiple trains from almost all the big cities.
You can check here how to book a train in India.
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