Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state.
Jaipur is a must-visit if you are planning on venturing to India. The royal family ruled the region in 1727, hence the trademark Rajasthani architecture. The area the royal family founded is known as the ‘Pink City’ due to the color of the buildings in the city. Jaipur is a treat for the eyes, and with its beautifully designed buildings and luxury hotels, it is the ultimate experience for those looking to explore the history of India.
HOW TO GET AROUND JAIPUR:
Jaipur is a land of automobile transport (unless you are staying at a resort), so hiring a car, ordering a taxi, or taking public forms of transport such as the bus might be a good move. If neither of those tickle your fancy, perhaps look at staying at a hotel that offers package deals involving tours and trips with transportation options included.
Panna Meena Ka Kund – your instagram moment
Amer, Rajasthan 302028, India
Odds are that if you follow Instagram travel accounts, you have seen the Panna Meena Ka Kund steps on your Instagram feed. The historic stepwall and rainwater catchment is known for its picturesque symmetrical stairways like in the photo above. This popular tourist attraction is a must-see. The ancient stepwalls were made in the 16th century to collect rainwater for monsoons but now make a great learning moment about Rajasthan’s history, and a good pic!
Hawa Mahal – no, THIS is your IG moment
Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
Hawa Mahal is one of the most famous palaces in Jaipur, well recognized for its red and pink sandstone exterior. The palace was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. He was the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who was the founder of Jaipur. The outside of the structure has five floors which are reminiscent of a beehive, due to the 953 small windows called Jharokhas and the intricate latticework. This iconic cultural and historic location is an important piece of Jaipur’s history.
Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar (LMB) – candy shop
No. 98, 99, Johari Bazar Rd, Bapu Bazar, Biseswarji, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302003, India
If you are looking for authentic Rajasthani food, this is your place. The LMB hotel houses this casual dining restaurant and a world-renowned sweet shop. Both are popular dining institutions perfect for a quick meal, with dozens of vegetarian options and classic Rajasthani meals and sweets like pyaaz ki kachori, milk cake, and other delicacies. Give the meals and desserts a try, and treat yourself to a mango lassi!
Jaipur Modern Kitchen – classy & upscale
51, Dhuleshwar Garden, Sardar Patel Marg, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
Jaipur Modern Kitchen is a chic food stop in Jaipur. The beautiful interior makes for a chic and modern dinner with friends or family. This, on top of the great food, makes Jaipur Modern Kitchen a staple for your Jaipur eating adventures. The global menu is proud to support organic farming initiatives and sustainable agriculture that sustains local farming communities in Rajasthan.
Grunge – edgy club
Plot No. 3, Airport Plaza Tonk Road, Chandrakala Colony, Mata colony Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302018, India
Grunge was recognized as the Best Nightclub in Jaipur 2015 by the Times of India, so that should tell you something about this great night time spot. The edgy club has live music on Wednesdays and Fridays, making it great fun for a night out with friends. On top of the lively atmosphere, Grunge has great food and drinks, such as their B52 drink and White Sangria. Make sure to check out this lounge for DJs and delicious drinks!
Blackout – open rooftop
Ahinsa Circle, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302001, India
This open rooftop bar is a great place for drinks and a beautiful view of Jaipur. The contemporary space is made inviting with comfortable seating, cocktails, and a selection of beer. If you are looking for a space where you can have a conversation, listen to music, and have a snack, Blackout might be what you are looking for.
Bapu Bazaar – daytime adventure
Bapu Bazar Biseswarji, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302007, India
Bapu Bazaar is the most popular shopping destination in the city. Both locals and tourists flock to the bazaar to pick up goodies. The bazaar typically sells brass items, stones, textiles, footwear, and other traditional items. Lined with little shops selling products, the bazaar showcases its brightly colored fabrics and bangles- making for the perfect daytime adventure. Also, don’t forget to bargain!
Trunks Company Jaipur – handcrafted goods
44 Lane Number #4, Kartarpura Road, Bais Godam, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006, India
If you are looking for a unique item from Jaipur, look no further than the Trunks Company Jaipur. Known for their handcrafted trunks, this spot offers the perfect opportunity to buy a one-of-a-kind gift or a personal purchase unlike any other. The luxury trunks come in a variety of types to store different goods, like collectible items or fine malts. The trunks are true masterpieces that are fun to just admire if not buy!
Bhawani Singh Rd, Rambagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302005, India
For the ultimate luxury hotel experience in Jaipur, look no further than Rambagh Palace. This five star Heritage Hotel was originally built in 1835, and holds 78 stunningly restored luxury rooms and suites. The palace is architecturally mesmerizing with elaborately decorated marble latticework and Mughal gardens. The palace also has an all-day dining establishment, a spa, and yoga and meditation spaces. This place is called the ‘jewel of Jaipur’ for a reason – it’s a gem!
Village Samode, Tehsil Chomu, Jaipur, Rajasthan 303806, India
Run by the hereditary owners of the home, the Samode Palace is a treat to stay at. The palace was completed in the 16th century with Indo-Saracenic that celebrates the best of Indian and Mughal design. The hotel is recognized for its intricate designs, four-poster luxury bedrooms, pool, spa, and gorgeous grounds and gardens. Its location makes it a perfect getaway.
Jaipur has so much to offer the keen traveler with history, tradition, and culture wrapped up in each street and palace. Make sure to take advantage of all Jaipur has to offer and embrace all the possibilities in this unique Indian city.
Sophia lived in India for 2.5 years.