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The so-called Pink City is ground zero for crafts and commerce in Rajasthan, offering an immersion in the dazzling riches of traditional India. Although many travelers visit Jaipur as part of an Indian circuit that includes a visit to Agra and the Taj Mahal, as well as a swing to Udaipur and its lake palace, many experienced travelers plan the bulk of their trip around Jaipur, so that they can explore the riches of the region at their leisure.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in grand style at the Rambagh Palace, the former home of Jaipur’s maharajas
  • Experiencepainting an elephant, a longtime tradition
  • Splurge…on the Amanbagh, a designer enclave a two-hour drive from Jaipur
  • Eat…on the shaded terrace of Cinnamon, the restaurant at the Jai Mahal Palace
  • Drink…in the romantic, candlelit courtyard of the Samode Haveli Restaurant
  • Savor…the colorful chaos of Johari Bazaar, one of the highlights of a visit to Jaipur
  • Visit…the City Palace, and don’t miss the well-curated gift shop
  • See…the Jantar Mantar observatory and consider an appointment with an astrologer
  • Shop…at our favorite boutiques such as Taara, Hot Pink, Cottons and Tholia
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, itineraries and the top guides in the region

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Lay of the Land

“This is indeed India...the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.”
~Mark Twain, Following the Equator, 1897

Rounding out India’s Golden Triangle that includes Agra and Dehli, Jaipur is a first-time must when traveling to India. The capital of Rajasthan in northwestern India is also fondly known as the “Pink City.” An 1853 visit from the Prince of Wales inspired a renaissance of sorts, during which the entire city was painted a welcoming pink. The warm coral hue, and inviting atmosphere, remains.

Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727, Jaipur is India’s first planned city, with an intricate, well-organized layout and a mathematical six-sector division. Originally constructed as part of an eight-part mandala in keeping with Hindu architectural tradition, Jaipur has now expanded outside the original city walls. The central Palace Quarter is home to the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, formal gardens and a small lake—all popular attractions.

Palace hotels, once home to India’s royal families, and painted elephants parading along the streets are part of the colorful everyday of Jaipur. The famous Amber Fort lies just outside the city, and within an hour’s drive are sensuous, embellished palace rooms to view, tribal villages to visit, hand-woven and embroidered Kashmir shawls to buy and a world of modern Indian design to uncover.

When To Go

The time to visit is during the cool season, from November to February, when temperatures hover in the high-50’s and low 60’s. The city is easily navigated by rickshaw, but taxis and car services are also available.

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