Jaipur, also known as the Pink City is the closest to my heart ❤ ! It is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, which literally translates to the “Land of Kings!”. While visiting Jaipur, you can immerse into the Royal hospitality, visit World Heritage sites which shouts about the historic wars and vibrant culture they have witnessed since 1700s or indulge in an amazing shopping experience or traditional Rajasthani food.
A lot of friends have asked us for the must visit places in Jaipur over a weekend (2D1N) and activities that are not to be missed. Part of the Golden Triangle (Jaipur – Agra – Delhi), Jaipur offers a lot more than what can be covered in two days, but here’s a list of things to do if you only have a weekend to explore this city!
A single post won’t do justice to list down what you can see and do. But we will try our best 🙂 ! Feel free to reach out to us separately if you need more information or some useful contacts before visiting this Royal City.
How to get to Jaipur:
Jaipur Airport has a few international flights coming in and direct domestic flights from major metros of the country. The travel time from airport to the walled city during peak traffic hours shouldn’t take more than 40-45 minutes. You may also fly in to Delhi and take a 4-5 hours taxi ride to Jaipur. There are other ways to reach like private or public buses and trains (which are experiences in itself ;)) but the most convenient way to reach Jaipur is definitely via air.
If you are visiting Rajasthan for the first time and looking for a reasonably priced stay, I would recommend you to stay in the three star boutique hotels (which are Havelis or traditional townhouses or small mansions turned into hotels). For a Luxurious Royal stay, there are palaces turned into hotels which have palatial and extravagant ambience. They might be heavy on pockets but are the best ones if you wish to get the Royal Rajasthani experience. For the names of hotels, you may contact us separately 😛 .
There are auto rickshaws or tuktuks/ e-rickshaws available in every nook and corner of the city. Some of my friends had booked rickshaws for the whole day to take them around. You may also book a car with a driver for 12 hours/ 1 day/ 2 days or on call taxi services like Ola Cabs (just like Uber- so you need to download the App) are also available.
For the Forts:
Declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Amer Fort is the biggest tourist attraction in Jaipur. This red sandstone fort was built in 1592 and is located 11 km from Jaipur city. It may take 6-7 hours to go around the entire fort. I recommend planning this in the morning. Do check the timings when the fort opens. It has various halls and alleys still preserved in all their glory to this day. It is full of beautiful courtyards where music and dance concerts used to be held for the Royal Family. The ‘Sheesh Mahal’ inside the fort is still preserved to its glory and is decorated with colorful mirror mosaics and you should definitely check it out.
In the heart of the city is the City Palace, built in 1729, with red and pink sandstones. This palace is the official residence of the royal family of Jaipur, but some parts of the palace are open to public. There is a flag on top of Chandra Mahal, which is unfurled only when the Maharaja (or the king) is in the Palace at that moment. A section of the City Palace is converted to a museum and is home to various war relics and royal artifacts. It may take 2-3 hours to go around the palace and can be visited anytime of the day. Do check the timings when the palace is open for public.
On the way to or from Amber Fort, stop by at the Jal Mahal, right in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Water levels are low most of the time of the year, unless it’s rainy season. This picturesque palace is a five storied building with the bottom floors always immersed in the lake water. There are various small shopping stalls (mainly for souvenirs) and camel rides around the lake. You can work on your bargaining skills here :). The best time to visit would be in the evenings. You may spend 45 minutes to 1 hour to go around the place.
To buy souvenirs, Rajasthani home decor, beautiful paintings and marble murals, fabric and clothes, Bapu Bazaar is the ‘market’ to go. The whole street is full of small shops which have variety of colorful Rajasthani souvenirs, clothes or bags you can take home with you. Top picks are the colorful umbrellas, patch work home decor and mojaris (Rajasthani leather shoes). Right beside Bapu Bazaar is Link Road, if you are looking for some vibrant artificial or precious stone jewellery. 2-3 hours spent here is ample time to shop and experience the local markets.
For the Experience:
Experience Rajasthani cuisine and culture up-close at Chokhi Dhani. Rajasthani folk dances, puppet shows, traditional clothes, barefoot-dining, henna and various rides are just a few things this place has to offer. The best time of the day to visit Chokhi Dhani is in the evenings as all the activities are mainly outdoors. You need 4-5 hours to enjoy all the activities. Check out Chokhi Dhani’s official website for more details here.
- Hawa Mahal (tip: right across the street from hawa mahal there are various cafes on first floor, head to one of the cafes for the perfect shot).
- Albert Hall.
- Patrika Gate(near airport).
Other amazing spots to cover if you have time :
Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Chand Bawri
Happy Exploring! 🙂