As I said in my earlier post, “weekend is never far away”, are you planning to visit Jaipur anytime soon? If yes, then this blog post is tailor-made for you. And, if it’s your first visit to the Pink City, then I’m sure this post is gonna prove really helpful in making your trip an enjoyable, memorable and hassle-free experience. So, let’s find out what you can see and do in Jaipur, over a duration of two days and one night!
Day 1: Jantar Mantar-City Palace-Hawa Mahal-Albert Hall Museum-Chokhi Dhani
- Start early, and reach Jantar Mantar by 9:00 am. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the largest astronomical observatory amongst the total five such observatories of India. Jantar Mantar is located around 3.9 km away from Jaipur railway station and is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Keep aside an hour for this attraction and walk across to the City Palace, whose entrance gate is located just across from Jantar Mantar. While roaming around the palace complex, admire its beautiful architecture, which is a fusion of Mughal and Rajput. It is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm. You will need around 1 to 2 hours here.
- Before exiting the palace, enjoy yummy lunch at The Baradari Restaurant, which is located within the City Palace premises. It serves both Rajasthani food and international cuisine. Win-Win!
- Once you exit the palace, head east on Tulsi Marg and spend some time in street shopping at Sireh Deori Gate, located on Tulsi Marg itself.
- Once you are done with shopping, turn right onto Hawa Mahal Road from Tulsi Marg to reach Hawa Mahal, located just 650 m away. Also known as the Palace of Winds, this popular attraction is situated in Badi Chopad area and is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. You will need minimum 1 hour here.
- Once you exit Hawa Mahal, take a rickshaw and head to Jaipur’s famous market Johari Bazaar for jewellery shopping.
- Next, because it’s evening snack time, walk toward Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar or LMB, Jaipur’s most popular sweet shop and restaurant. It is open daily from 7:00 am to 11:30 pm. Must try dishes include Sweet lassi, Pyaz kachori and paneer ghewar.
- Once you are done here, take a bus or autorickshaw for Albert Hall Museum, located around 2.4 km away via Johari Bazaar road. You will need to finish your tour here by 4:30 pm, as the museum closes by that time.
- Now, it’s time to end your trip on a memorable note. Head straight to Rajasthan’s popular ethnic village Chokhi Dhani, which is located around 20 km away from Albert Hall Museum. It is open daily from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Enjoy here, lip-smacking Rajasthani dinner, live cultural programmes and fun activities.
Day 2: Amer Fort-Jaigarh Fort-Jal Mahal-Nahargarh Fort
- Start as early as possible, and try to reach Amer Fort by 8:00 am, as it is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Located around 6.6 km away from Jaipur railway station, Amer Fort is the star attraction of Jaipur and therefore you will need 3 hours to truly experience its grandeur.
- Next, head to Jaigarh Fort, which is around 15-20 minutes away from Amer Fort by auto-rickshaw or cab. Located at a height of 500 feet above sea level, this historic fort offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding Aravalli Range. It is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Spend one hour here. As you started early, take a break in between to munch on some light snacks at few of the cafes located inside Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort.
- Next, head toward Jal Mahal, which is located at a distance of around 12 km from Jaigarh Fort. Built in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, it is one of Jaipur’s most popular attractions. Unfortunately, you have to admire its beauty from a distance only as visitors entry is restricted nowadays. Have your lunch at Pink City A Heritage Restaurant, located opposite to Jal Mahal on Amer Road. It is a good place for non-veg and Rajasthani food. As outdoor seating is available, enjoy your lunch while watching the beautiful Jal Mahal.
- Post lunch, head to Nahargarh Fort, located at a distance of 9 km from the restaurant. Also known as the Tiger Fort, Nahargarh Fort is famous because of its Bollywood connection. The popular song Masti ki Paathshala from the movie Rang De Basanti was shot here. It is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. You can spend 2 to 3 hours here. Catch the sunset and enjoy the breathtaking view of Jaipur city.
Few Points to Keep in Mind
1. Wear comfortable cotton clothes (preferably full sleeves), scarf or a hat and flat shoes for a day outing.
2. Carry your sunglasses and a plenty of drinking water to keep yourself well-hydrated.
3. If Google fails you, take direction from locals. They are said to be quite friendly and helpful.
4. Try to book your accommodation near the railway station or near the area from where all sightseeing and shopping places are easily accessible. You can book Hoztel Jaipur as it is quite close to the railway station, bus stand, and other local attractions of the city.
5. While shopping at street markets, don’t shy away from bargaining. Bargain as much as you can.
So, all set for Jaipur? Do share when you are planning to visit Jaipur and if this post helped you or not!