Hi travellers! My name is Puneet Yadav (@puneetyadav). I was born and raised in a small Indian town called Alwar near Jaipur. After my schooling days, I moved to Jaipur and started working in the corporate world.
I have always had this love for photography and used to take photos of landscapes and monuments whenever I got the chance to travel around India. Staying in Jaipur for the last 18 years made me not only fall in love with the monuments and architecture but also made me appreciate the history and culture. Of course, everyone knows that Jaipur is the pink city!
Why Visit the Pink City of Jaipur
Jaipur is not just a city but rather a place with character and charm which people can’t deny. It’s so easy to fall in love with the pink city! Jaipur is a blend of new and old with the charm of incredible historic forts and palaces. The city also has beautiful landscapes and surrounding nature.
For me, I love to spend time at the markets and monuments. My favourite place in Jaipur is the Sunrise Point at Amer Fort. It’s just magical to be there in the morning and see the Amer town from a higher perspective.
Visiting between November and March gives you the chance to witness the Diwali Festival in November, Kite Festival in January or Holi Festival in March. This adds so much to the experience. Jaipur is one of the most colourful cities in India where festivals are celebrated with energy!
Jaipur gives you the comfort and luxury of a big metro city but also offers you old rich traditions, festivals and experiences. You will find the warmest people with the brightest smiles in Jaipur. They are always willing to help.
Top 10 Things To Do in Jaipur
Jaipur is a destination that offers something for everyone. Whether it be markets and food, stunning architecture and historic buildings, colourful festivals and traditions, or magic sunrise and sunset spots – you will never get bored! Below are my top 10 recommendations for Jaipur.
1. Explore the Markets of the Old Pink City
One of the best markets located in the Old City is Bapu Bazar. This market sells traditional outfits, beautiful decorative items, jewellery, antiques, footwear, artisan food products – you name it, they have it! The market is located right by Johari Bazar at Sanganeri Gate in the heart of the Old City.
2. Take a Mouth-Watering Food Tour of Jaipur
You simply can’t visit Jaipur without taking a food tour of the delightful local cuisine. There are various companies in the pink city offering food tours – all differing in style and length. Most tours take you to popular local restaurants and food stalls where cuisine has been enjoyed for years.
3. Do the Famous Sunrise Climb at Amer Fort
Climbing Amer Fort at sunrise is an iconic activity in Jaipur which literally takes your breath away! The walk up involves heading up a set of steep stairs – so general fitness is required. Try to avoid the crowds by heading up before sunrise where stillness and the morning light greets you.
4. Watch a Majestic Sunset from Nahargarh Fort
Another marvellous fort of Jaipur where you can enjoy a magical sunset with views over the pink city. Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills and can be reached by driving up a windy road. Bring your camera and take some beautiful photos of this iconic destination.
5. Learn about the Incredible Maharani Ki Chhatri
The locals of Jaipur have historically been chivalrous people. This can be seen at the Maharani Ki Chhatri which was a special funeral area for the royal ladies of Jaipur. Discover several magnificently carved cenotaphs (royal tombs) dedicated to imperial ladies at this royal crematorium.
6. Discover the Amazing Amer Fort during the Day
Wandering around the Amer Fort (otherwise spelt as “Amber Fort”) gives you the chance to discover a 16th-century Maharaja’s palace – mixing Hindu and Muslim designs together. Marvel at the intricate architecture and learn about the days when the Rajput ruled over Rajasthan.
7. Take Endless Photos at the Impressive City Palace
The City Palace is situated in the centre of the Old City. Here you can explore an amazing complex of buildings, courtyards and gardens. Some palace buildings were built in the early 20th century while others date back centuries. The architecture of the palace blends Rajasthani with Mughal.
8. Marvel at the Opulent Patrika Gate
Located 30-minutes outside of Jaipur’s city centre, the gorgeous Patrika Gate is a popular tourist attraction believed to be one of the most photographed places in India. When you first gaze at the intricate design you will be awe-struck by the architecture. It’s truly a breathtaking place!
9. Visit the Illustrious Krishna Meera Temple
This temple is famous with locals and tourists alike, and is dedicated to the Hindu goddess and mystic poet Meera Bai. Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu are also important figures at the temple – hence giving the name “Krishna Meera Temple”. Wander around the complex and take in the spirituality.
10. Enjoy a Delicious Dinner at Chokhi Dhani
Chokhi Dhani is a resort village which is all about Rajasthani culture. The main goal of the resort is to celebrate the culture and give tourists an immersive experience. You can enjoy different cultural activities here from watching a traditional folklore dance to enjoying a delicious dinner.
Where to Eat & Sleep in Jaipur
These are just a few examples of my favourite places to stay in Jaipur. Of course, if you want to stay somewhere which is next level then you should book a royal stay at the City Palace (Residence of the King of Jaipur). Although, this is expensive and the suite is only available on Airbnb.
Hosting Travellers in Jaipur
I have many amazing stories and memories from Jaipur. They mostly come from the people I meet, not just the places I visit. I think local connections and friendships are what stay with you forever. I host a lot of travellers who visit Jaipur through my Airbnb – Sunrise Experience, Airbnb – In Person Photography & Culture Day Tour and Airbnb – Virtual Tour of Jaipur.
I have many wonderful memories with travellers whom I show my city. The friendships and bonds we create are priceless. Many times I enjoy long meaningful conversations with visitors who are from a completely different culture to my own. It’s always fun learning from each other.
Need to Know Before you Go
My strongest piece of advice for visiting Jaipur is what I recently told one of my fellow guests from Australia. That is you can’t plan for India as nothing can prepare you for this country. Just come and enjoy India as it unfolds. Arrive with an open mind and heart. Be aware of your surroundings.
Secondly, don’t try and rush things here. Take your time and travel slowly. That is the best way to enjoy Jaipur and go deeper into the local culture. Thanks for reading my guide on the pink city of India. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or if you would like me to be your host in Jaipur.