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Overview of Jaipur

When to go

September - April


June - July

What not to miss in Jaipur

• Shopaholics will be in seventh heaven exploring the bustling bazaars for textiles, pottery, jewellery & precious stones bargains. The delightful Shapurha House is an ideal base from which to hit the shops.

• Afternoon tea at Raj Palace whilst while being serenaded by the sounds of a Sarangi (traditional Rajasthani string instrument).

• Marvel at the grandeur of the dining room of the signature restaurant, Suvarna Mahal at the Rambagh Palace. Non-residents are welcome although requested to book in advance.

• The breath-taking views from the top of Amber Fort: arrive early should you wish to arrive Raj-stlye on the back of an elephant, although late afternoon can be quite entertaining if you visit the temple as the priests can be found a little worse for wear after drinking their whisky-offerings throughout the day!


Jaipur is high on the agenda for many visitors as it is the third corner - together with Delhi and Agra - of the ‘Golden Triangle’ tourist trail.

With a wealth of historical, cultural and architectural sights, and boasting some of the best shopping for textiles, handicrafts and precious stones in the whole of India, it’s easy to lose yourself for several days exploring all the capital of Rajasthan has to offer.

Affectionally known as the ‘Pink city’ owning to the request for the town to be painted pink to welcome Price Albert in 1879, the most impressive buildings and monuments are Hawal Jantar (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799, along with Jai Singh’s City Palace and the domineering Jantar Mantar – the largest stone-built observatory in the world.

Take the easy route (on the back of an elephant) up to Amber Fort outside the city for more Rajasthani architecture and spectacular views.  For more elephants coincide your visit with the famous elephant festival in the month of March to witness the colourful procession and extraordinary elephant versus mahout 'tug-of war'.

Aside from the heritage sights, the beauty of Jaipur is that you certainly ‘feel’ you’re experiencing all India has to offer: bursting with colour and energy, its vibrancy will seduce you, although the noise, traffic and visible poverty can be quite intense.  

If you’ve any energy after sightseeing hit the shops – everything from modern malls to traditional bazaars and local markets -, visit one of the palace hotels for afternoon tea, or join the locals at the cinema to catch the latest Bollywood blockbuster in the atmospheric Raj Mandir cinema.

Jaipur is India and if you only have a short time in the country, Jaipur should be top of the list.

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