Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur has always been close to my heart. Maybe because of its architecture or the childhood memories, the city allures me to visit it time and again.
There are many things to do and places to visit in Jaipur. There is beauty in every nook and corner of the city. But here’s a 24-hour guide to spending time in Jaipur as per my experience:
8:00 AM Have breakfast at the hotel, or you can go to Cafe WindView for a cup of coffee with a stunning and up-close view of the Hawa Mahal.
9:00 AM Visit the nearby attractions such as the City Palace – the home to the royal family of Jaipur. The Palace houses many artefacts of the royal dynasty and an elegant cafe for a royal meal. Don’t miss the two largest silver urns for the holy water that were made for Maharaja Madho Singh II’s for his visit to London 1902. The Guinness Book of World Records verifies them as the largest single object constructed from silver.
Next head to Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This place is considered to be the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. Also, visit Rajasthan Fabric and Arts to witness local artisans creating beautiful bandini and Rajasthani quilt.
12:00 PM Head to witness the jewels of Jaipur – Amber Palace, Nahargarh Fort, and Jaigarh Fort.
Your first stop would be Amber Fort. On the way to the fort entrance, stop and visit Panna Meena Ka Kund, one of the hidden gems of Jaipur. Situated in between the narrow streets and little houses of the area, this stepwell is an excellent place for photography and introspection.
Reach Amber Palace and have lunch at a heritage restaurant by the name 1135 AD – an opulent Maharaja’s dining room serving sumptuous dishes. Explore the palace, the Mughal and Hindu architecture, the Turkish bath, Jodha Bai Palace, and various movie shooting locations and then, head to Jaigarh Fort.
Housing the largest canon in the world – Jaiban, the fort is situated amidst thorn bushes and rocky terrains.
Sitting proudly on the edge of Aravallis, Nahargarh Fort was constructed as a barrier for defending Jaipur from the enemy’s attacks. The fort consists of Madhavendra Bhawan, the summer destination for the members of the royal family and 12 similar boudoirs for the queens, at the head of which is a suite for the king. The fort is the best place to witness the panoramic view of the city of Jaipur.
4:00 PM While returning to the city, stop by the famous Jal Mahal, the lake palace of Jaipur that gives an illusion of floating in the centre of Man Sagar Lake.
Rest at the hotel for a while.
6:00 PM: Head to Choki Dhani on the outskirts of the city to enjoy an authentic Rajasthani Dinner and experience the typical Rajasthani village. Established in 1990, this heritage resort offers a true Rajasthani experience to both native and foreigners with the villages, the vibrant paintings, Bani Thani art, the wall decorations, dipak wall, the evening performances, the ‘manuhar’ – an authentic Rajasthani buffet, the traditions, the costumes and camel rides.
This is your guide to Jaipur in a day. It could be tiring, sure, but believe us, it is worth the effort! And we’re talking from experience.
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Niko Knight ❤