Visiting Jaipur ‘The Pink City’ in India: Forts, Markets and Food!

When I first stepped off the train in Jaipur I felt a jolt a adrenaline rush through my veins.  I had taken the train from Delhi with much anticipation.  As I gathered my backpack and jumped on rickshaw, little did I know at the time what kind of adventures would be in store for me as I first broke ground exploring the province of Rajasthan.

I had for years been anticipating a chance to tour around Rajasthan and I was finally manifesting my dream into reality.  Jaipur also known as the ‘The Pink City’ certainly didn’t disappoint and it even exceeded my initial high expectations.  Being the largest city & capital of Rajasthan it has a lot to offer those who are lucky enough to visit.  Because of its impressive Forts, monuments and floating Palace it’s often been referred to as the Paris of India.

Jaipur 'the Pink City' in Rajasthan, India with a couple posing at the fort

One of the most fascinating aspects of Jaipur is that it was India’s first planned city when it was formed by Sawai Jai Singh.   Jaipur, known by many as the Pink City, has distinctly coloured buildings that were designed to resemble the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities.  When the Prince of Wales visited back in 1876 a fresh coating was plastered over the buildings to mark the occasion.

For those backpacking in India, Jaipur is a destination I recommend highly.  It’s a fascinating city, but even more importantly, it serves as ideal launching pad to explore the rest of Rajasthan.  The following photo essay offer a small sample from my journey back in 2010:

Visiting Jaipur: The Pink City In Rajasthan, India

A monkey leaps along the outside of this fort wall. I was sure glad I brought my telephoto lens along with me in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

A monkey leaps along the outside of this fort wall.  I was sure glad I brought my telephoto lens along with me.

Some Indian men perform an animated song to the delight of those watching in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Some Indian men perform an animated song to the delight of those watching.

A snake charmer performs a mesmerizing song just outside of the Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

A snake charmer performs a mesmerizing song just outside of the Fort.

This imposing tree stood tall in this Fort that I visited in the pink city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

This imposing tree stood tall in this Fort that I visited during my stay in the Pink City.

This is a shot of the Floating Palace (aka Jal Mahal or Water Palace) - Jaipur, India

This is a shot of the Floating Palace (aka Jal Mahal or Water Palace) – Jaipur, India

A man sits outside on the ledge with has basket of crispy flat-bread in Jaipur, India

A man sits outside on the ledge with has basket of crispy flat-bread – Jaipur, India

An Indian man with a distinct face and headdress poses at the Fort in Jaipur, India.

An Indian man with a distinct face and headdress posers at the Fort – Jaipur, India.

An India lady strolls down the street in her colourful and distinct red sari in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

An India lady strolls down the street in her colourful and distinct red sari.

An overhead perspective shot at night of The Pink City in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

An overhead perspective shot at night of Jaipur as it shines brightly.

An Indian man demonstrates how he makes elephant dye imprints in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

An Indian man demonstrates how he makes elephant dye imprints – Jaipur, India.

A group of Indian boys are delighted to see me and pose for a group shot while visiting Jaipur, India

A group of Indian boys are delighted to see me and pose for a group shot.

A candid discussion between these two Indian men on the streets of Jaipur, India in the state of Rajasthan

A candid discussion between these two Indian men on the streets of Jaipur, India.

Some various forms of pottery and trinkets on display at the market in Jaipur, India

Some various forms of pottery and trinkets on display at the market.

Two Indian boys pose with their goat on the bustling streets of Jaipur, India.

Two Indian boys pose with their goat on the bustling streets of Jaipur, India.

Three wise men sit down to share a conversation in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Three wise men sit down to share a conversation.

A man hauls an enormous load of tires on the back of his rickshaw on the streets of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

A man hauls and enormous load of tires on the back of his rickshaw.

Online Visas for British Citizens

For British travelers interested in exploring Jaipur, the convenience of online visas has greatly simplified the travel process. This digital approach allows applicants to submit all required documents and information electronically, eliminating the need to visit a consulate or embassy.

The online system not only speeds up the application process but also provides real-time tracking and support. With the ease and efficiency of online visa applications, British visitors can focus more on planning their adventures in Jaipur and less on the paperwork, making the journey to the ‘Pink City’ more enjoyable and accessible.

Top Attractions In Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, India, is a city that evokes the majesty of India’s royal heritage. With its rich history, intricate architecture, and cultural richness, Jaipur offers a plethora of attractions that are a treat for the senses.

One of the city’s most significant draws is the magnificent Amer Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a marvel of ancient architecture and design, with its ornate courtyards and sprawling gardens that transport visitors to the bygone era of royal splendor.

The Palace of Winds, or Hawa Mahal, is another iconic landmark that reflects the city’s rich cultural heritage. Its intricate façade with over 900 windows and small balconies is a testament to the exquisite craftsmanship of the past.

The City Palace is another must-visit attraction in Jaipur, offering a fascinating glimpse into the region’s royal history. The palace’s ornate architecture, sprawling courtyards, and impressive collections of artifacts and artworks are a testament to the city’s rich cultural legacy.

For science enthusiasts, the Jantar Mantar, one of the largest stone observatories in the world, is a marvel of ancient engineering. Its nineteen architectural astronomical instruments were designed to study the heavens and offer visitors a fascinating insight into the astronomical knowledge of the past.

The Jal Mahal, a stunning palace set amidst the tranquil waters of the Man Sagar Lake, is a testament to the city’s love for architectural beauty. Visitors can take a boat ride around the palace and admire its intricate design and rich history.

The Albert Hall Museum is a treasure trove of art, history, and culture, showcasing the rich heritage of Rajasthan. Visitors can explore its galleries filled with paintings, sculptures, textiles, and artifacts from the region.

Lastly, the Nahargarh Fort, perched atop the Aravalli Hills, offers stunning panoramic views of the city. The fort’s sprawling courtyards, galleries, and gardens are a testimony to the grandeur of India’s royal past.

All in all, Jaipur is a city that offers a fascinating insight into India’s rich cultural heritage. Its grand palaces, ancient observatories, and stunning landscapes make it a must-visit destination for any traveler seeking to experience the splendor of India’s royal past.

Transportation Around Jaipur

Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, India, offers a plethora of convenient and fascinating transportation options to explore the city’s many attractions. Each mode of transport presents its unique opportunity to experience the city’s vibrant culture and history.

Auto-rickshaws, three-wheeled vehicles that ply the city’s roads, are a popular and affordable mode of transportation, ideal for short distances. These vehicles offer visitors a chance to experience the local culture and the hustle and bustle of the city.

City buses, operated by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation, connect Jaipur’s major attractions and offer visitors a cost-effective way to explore the city’s many sights. These buses are comfortable and provide visitors an opportunity to interact with locals and fellow travelers.

Taxis and private cars are also readily available for hire and provide visitors with the flexibility to explore the city at their own pace. Rental options include cars with or without a driver, and private taxis can be booked via ride-hailing apps, hotels, or travel agencies.

For a leisurely and unique experience, renting a bicycle or motorbike is an excellent option. Many rental shops offer bikes and motorbikes, allowing visitors to explore the city’s narrow alleys and streets at a leisurely pace.

For an authentic experience, visitors can hire traditional horse-drawn carriages or camel carts, a throwback to a bygone era of grandeur and royalty. These modes of transportation offer visitors a chance to experience the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Jaipur offers a wide range of transportation options, from the affordable and popular auto-rickshaws to the grand and traditional horse-drawn carriages. These modes of transportation not only offer visitors the convenience of exploring the city’s many attractions but also provide an opportunity to experience the city’s unique and vibrant culture.

Best Tours In Jaipur

Jaipur, the enchanting capital city of Rajasthan, India, is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and historical significance, and there are several exceptional tours available that showcase the city’s unique and vibrant character.

One of the most popular tours is the Jaipur Walking Tour, which offers visitors an immersive experience of the city’s bustling bazaars, ancient temples, and historical landmarks, providing a fascinating insight into the everyday lives of locals. This tour is led by knowledgeable guides who provide fascinating insights into the city’s colorful history and culture.

For those seeking a more grandiose experience, the Jaipur Heritage Tour is an excellent choice. This tour takes visitors on a journey through the city’s grand palaces, magnificent forts, and architectural wonders, such as the awe-inspiring Amber Fort, the iconic Hawa Mahal, and the breathtaking City Palace. The tour provides an opportunity to marvel at the architectural and cultural richness of the city.

Food lovers will appreciate the Jaipur Food Tour, which takes visitors on a culinary journey to discover the city’s delectable cuisine. The tour visits the city’s best food joints, where visitors can sample mouth-watering dishes and street food, and learn about the cultural significance of each dish.

For those seeking a leisurely experience, the Jaipur Cycle Tour offers an opportunity to explore the city’s hidden alleyways, narrow streets, and historic landmarks on a relaxed bicycle ride, accompanied by knowledgeable guides who share their insights on the city’s rich history and vibrant culture.

The Jaipur Night Tour is perfect for those seeking to experience the city’s vibrant nightlife. The tour takes visitors to some of the city’s best pubs, bars, and nightclubs, where they can enjoy live music, drinks, and dancing, soaking up the city’s lively atmosphere after dark.

Jaipur offers a variety of exceptional tours that showcase the city’s unique cultural heritage, vibrant character, and grandiose history. From walking tours to heritage tours, food tours to cycle tours, and night tours, each tour provides a different perspective on the city’s charm and beauty, providing a truly unforgettable experience.

Where To Stay In Jaipur?

Jaipur, the captivating “Pink City” of Rajasthan, India, is a destination that truly captures the imagination, offering a range of accommodation options that cater to different tastes and preferences. From luxurious palace hotels to charming heritage hotels and modern five-star hotels, there is a place for everyone to stay in Jaipur.

One of the most enchanting places to stay in Jaipur is The Oberoi Rajvilas, a five-star hotel set amidst a sprawling estate that provides guests with a tranquil oasis of luxury and elegance. The hotel features exquisitely appointed rooms and suites that combine modern amenities with traditional Rajasthani decor, providing guests with a truly authentic experience. The hotel’s world-class spa, exquisite dining options, and beautifully landscaped gardens add to the hotel’s allure, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a lavish stay in Jaipur.

Another remarkable place to stay in Jaipur is The Taj Rambagh Palace, a legendary palace hotel that has played host to royalty and celebrities for over a century. The palace’s opulent rooms and suites, lavish gardens, and stunning pool provide guests with a truly royal experience, immersing them in the city’s grandiose history and heritage. The palace’s several dining options, including the iconic Suvarna Mahal, offer guests a chance to savor the best of Indian and international cuisine.

For those seeking a more intimate and authentic stay, Samode Haveli is a charming heritage hotel that offers guests a glimpse into the city’s rich cultural heritage. The restored 19th-century haveli features beautifully decorated rooms and suites that evoke the charm and elegance of old-world Jaipur. The hotel’s tranquil courtyard, swimming pool, and rooftop restaurant serving delicious food add to the hotel’s allure, making it a popular choice for travelers seeking a more authentic and immersive experience.

Jaipur offers a range of accommodation options that cater to different tastes and preferences, each offering a unique perspective on the city’s charm and beauty. From luxurious palace hotels to charming heritage hotels and modern five-star hotels, there is a place for everyone to stay in Jaipur, providing an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking a taste of the city’s vibrant culture and rich heritage.

Jaipur Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Jaipur, the vibrant “Pink City” of Rajasthan, India, is a destination that captivates the imagination with its rich history, culture, and architectural wonders. From the magnificent Amber Fort to the enchanting Hawa Mahal, Jaipur offers visitors an unparalleled experience that combines the grandeur of the past with the excitement of the present.

The city also offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets, from opulent palace hotels to charming heritage hotels and modern five-star hotels. Each hotel offers a unique perspective on the city’s charm and beauty, providing visitors with a chance to immerse themselves in the city’s rich cultural heritage and experience the city’s warm hospitality.

Moreover, Jaipur is a city that offers visitors a wealth of experiences beyond its architectural wonders and rich history. Visitors can enjoy culinary delights, shop for traditional Rajasthani handicrafts, explore the city’s bustling markets, or simply immerse themselves in the city’s vibrant street life.

All in all, Jaipur is a destination that offers visitors a kaleidoscope of experiences that combine tradition and modernity, grandeur and simplicity, and history and culture. It is a city that should be on every traveler’s bucket list, providing an unforgettable experience that will linger in the memory for a long time to come.

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  1. says: Lori

    I must say this is an impressive photo essay. I only discovered it today, but I am glad I did. It is a part of the world I didn’t see (yet) live, only through others eyes and photos.

  2. While I was in Jaipur, I was surprised that there are a lot of Langur roaming around the city. Pink City of Japiur along with Blue City of Jodhpur are definitely must visit when in Rajhastan. Nice set of photos you have here Sam. 🙂

  3. says: Tess

    I found your post through another blog. Great photos! I am taking a tour of Rajastan in March but unfortunately, it does not visit Jaipur. 🙁 Would you suggest going there on our own? How long did the train from Delhi take?

  4. says: Andrew

    India always seems to be totally overwhelming. Even your pictures do not change that impression, but they are neat. I definitely like the Water Palace and the picture of the pots. The beauty of ordinary things is cool.

  5. says: BlogDaz

    I feel like I’m repeating myself every time I comment on your blog Sam, but every time I visit the effect is the same, you always manage to grace your posts with amazing photos and well written informative text, to be honest I want to visit every place you write about.

  6. says: Priyank

    Hey Samuel! Nice photo essay! I’ve never been to Rajasthan (okay once when I was 3) but its mystical image has always attracted me. I love the gypsy music and desert stories in particular. 🙂

  7. says: Addison S

    Love the photo of the three wise men – Jaipur is such an amazing city. Have you been to see a Bollywood movie at Raj Mandir cinema – bizarrely, it was one of the best movie experieneces I had when travelling in India.

  8. Some of those portraits are worth blowing up into posters! And sell them 😉 Gorgeous, my faves are the man with the red turban and the couple — almost looks like you sneaked into a Bollywood set 😉

    – Maria Alexandra

  9. says: Juliann

    Wow. You really transported me there with these photos. They’re gorgeous! They almost don’t seem real. I especially like the one of the monkey racing across the building and the snake charmer working his magic. Truly beautiful pictures.

    1. says: Samuel

      Thank you Juliann,

      I was really lucky with the time with regards to the shot of the monkey. I couldn’t believe the way they were scaling those walls with such a steep vertical drop below.

    1. says: Samuel

      Thank you!

      I also love Jodhpur as well. Jaipur and Jodhpur share a lot similarities in my opinion. Some of the most fun cities I’ve ever tried to negotiate on foot.

  10. says: Kerri

    Incredible photos, really gives the place a personality. I love all of them but the photo of two boys with their goat raised an extra wide grin! 🙂

  11. says: Maria

    The text is great, that alone paints such a great picture of your experience and what it’s like there but the photos you chose for this one, icing on the cake. Kudos!