Jaipur is a vibrant amalgamation of the old and the new. It is demanding but yet captivating city and can be quite polarising— from opulent and lavish places through to grinding daily poverty. Also called the Pink City, the capital of the royal state of Rajasthan, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle (along with Delhi and Agra), one of the most famous tourist circuits of India.
To get through this chaotic city, a well-planned itinerary and a local guide is highly recommended.
We travelled with Puneet, our airbnb host, who also showed us around his beautiful city.
Here is my 2 day itinerary, which to be honest, felt very hectic but yet eventful as we were constantly being blown away by what we saw. I’d recommend to give yourself at least 3 days in Jaipur so you won’t need 18 hour days.
Just a 3 minute drive away is Jagat Shiromani Temple. This 400 year old Krishna Temple in Amer is really quiet in a morning, so there’s a chance that you’ll get to enjoy this place all to yourselves.
On our way back to our AirBnB for breakfast, we made a brief 10-15 minute stop at Albert Hall. I’ll be honest, we got off the car just to take a few shots “for the gram” because there were so many pigeons around and it looked gorgeous under the morning sun. You can very easily get your bird-photobomb shot here. There were also a couple of people doing their pre-wedding shoots there. Albert Hall is actually an arts & crafts museum but the building looks stunning from the outside.
After a quick breakfast and freshen-up at our Airbnb, we were on our way to Patrika Gate and City Palace. We grabbed a muffin for lunch at the cafe in City. Palace as we didn’t want to spend time on a sit-down meal.
Patrika Gate is absolutely gorgeous! It is not overly crowded in the morning and you’ll be able to get your shot. I’d recommend a wide angle lens for this place to capture her vastness and magic.
Samode was our last stop for the day as the sun had set by the time we were done exploring! We tried to get back early as we had a drive to pick us up at 12 midnight for an overnight drive to Agra the next day. We spent day 2 in Agra before returning back to Jaipur for the next sunrise on Day 3.
Puneet recommends going to Amer Fort early (before the tour buses arrive) but we got there a little late and were battling with the crazy crowds.
We made it out of Amer Fort by 11-ish AM in time for lunch. Our lunch spot was at Cafe Palladio— a stunning cafe with amazing food and the most gorgeous interiors. 100/100 Instagram worthy!
After lunch, we decided to explore the streets of Jaipur and tour the local markets. It was a really nice experience but I’d recommend doing this towards the later part of the day when it is not too hot. Don’t forget to bring some cash for shopping!
We made a pit stop to Hawa Mahal. If you’re looking for a place with great views. Head across the road to Wind View Cafe! You could stop there for coffee/tea and admire the view of Hawa Mahal from a distance.
Our last and final stop before leaving Jaipur was Nahagardh fort. If you’re looking to visit a fort without any physical assertion, you’ll be pleased to know that you can take a car/taxi all the way up here. This fort is highly recommended for sunset views. It overlooks the city of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
The best season to visit Jaipur is during the winter months of November through to February. During this season the temperatures will at their lowest (but it is still hot). However, it will also be most crowded. From April until the monsoon (July) temperatures can reach an unbearable 40C and combined with the pollution and dust makes sightseeing unpleasurable. Jaipur experiences less heavy downpours during the monsoon season (July to September) than the rest of India but is not a great time to visit. Our trip was towards the end Sept/early Oct but thankfully we didn’t experience any passing showers.
India has always been on my travel bucket list and while we didn’t visit Delhi (the last part of the golden triangle), I’m so happy we managed to cover Agra and Jaipur.
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