Things To Do In Jaipur

A fascinating city with an enthralling past, Jaipur is one of the few cities in India which strikes the perfect balance between treasuring history and welcoming development. While one part of the city has seen a massive transformation with new malls and restaurants, the other part proudly displays archaic monuments and old bustling markets with infectious energy. So if you are preparing a list of things to do in Jaipur, take a look at our top picks.

Things to do in Jaipur: Visit City Palace

City Palace is one of the most popular monuments in Jaipur and a visit here is counted among the best things to do in Jaipur. Located in the midst of the city, City Palace is the erstwhile administrative seat of the royal family. It’s said that a part of the palace is still home to descendants of the family.

 

Reminiscent of a typical Rajasthani palace with huge courtyards, intricate window and verdant gardens, a visit to City Palace is ideal for history lovers and photographers. The two highlights of City Palace are Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal which have been constructed using Rajasthan’s architectural elements. 

 

The palace opens early at 9:30 am which makes it easier for travellers to plan their sightseeing tours. If a visit here is a part of your things to do in Jaipur itinerary, we recommend heading here late in the afternoon or early morning to avoid tourist rush. History lovers and museum buffs must keep aside a couple of hours to explore the well-maintained museum. Exhibiting relics, handicrafts, swords and apparel from a bygone era, a tour here is a great way to learn more about Rajasthan’s royal past.

Cost: To include City Palace in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary can cost you anywhere between Rs.200 to Rs.500 including entry ticket of Rs.130 per person.

Things to do in Jaipur: Visit Amber Fort

A visit to Amber Fort is arguably one of the most popular things to do in Jaipur. Situated on a hill, the first glimpse of the sprawling fort is breathtaking. The long winding road leading up to the historical fort offers panoramic views of the entire city and the lake and it’s quite a sight to behold. 

 

Built by Maharaja Man Singh I in 1592, the fort was one of the main residences of Rajput Rulers and is one of the best things to see in Jaipur. A UNESCO World Heritage Site with five other forts in Rajasthan, the fort is visited by thousands of tourists every year. 

 

Since travellers mostly explore the monument in the morning, more often than not they miss the enthralling light and sound show in the evening. But if your schedule allows, we urge you to attend this mesmerising show which takes you through the history of the fort and the city. If you include the light and sound show in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary, the phenomenal storytelling experience through music and dance will stay with you for a long time. 

Cost: A visit to Amber Fort in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary will cost you anywhere between Rs.200 to Rs.350 including the cost tickets which is Rs.25 for Indian Nationals.

Things to do in Jaipur: Cycle to Nahargarh Fort

Most visits to Nahargarh Fort are combined with a visit to Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort. But, if you truly want to explore this historical fort, we suggest booking a cycling tour. Taking you up through narrow Aravalli hill roads, a cycling tour to Nahargarh Fort is one of the best things to do in Jaipur.

 

Not only do you have an opportunity to be one with nature, but the tour is an unforgettable experience. Most cycling tours to the fort are organised in groups so you can meet fellow travellers with similar interests. Nahargarh Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1734 as a retreat for the ladies of the royal family. The fort is connected to Jaigarh Fort through an extended wall and it is quite fascinating to explore both these forts together. 

 

Among the highlights in Nahargarh, we recommend visiting Nahargarh Biological Park which is home to numerous animals as well as the recently opened Jaipur Wax Museum. With silicon and wax statues of most famous personalities, the wax museum is divided into main sections – Hall of Icons and Royal Darbar. After your long cycling tour, you can explore the museum as well as spend time in the fort to enjoy the breathtaking sunset. For photographers, this is one opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. Trust us, the only filter you will need for the perfect photograph is the colours of the sky.

Cost: Including a cycling tour in the best things to do in Jaipur itinerary can cost travellers between Rs.300 to Rs.600.

Things to do in Jaipur: Explore the local cuisine

Rajasthan is popular across the country for its delectable flavours and royal cuisine. From dal bhaati churma, kachori, bajre ki khichdi to laal maas, kadi and ker sangri, Rajasthani food is delectable, to say the least.

 

And that's why exploring the local cuisine is one of the best things to do in Jaipur. What makes this even better is the huge number of restaurants in the city. A few years back, there were a few restaurants in Jaipur which offered a delectable treat but today, the city's food culture has undergone a massive transformation. While the taste and goodness of old restaurants remain, there are a few new places which you should try.

 

Among our favourites, we recommend Nand and Chawla's for gol gappe, Rawat Misthan Bhandaar for kachori, samosa and pao bhaji, Masala Chowk for a plethora of offerings including dosa, jalebi and chole bhature. Besides these well-known places, you can also enjoy a taste of the local cuisine in local markets such as Chandpole Bazar and Hawa Mahal Market.

Cost: If you would like to include a tour of local restaurants in your best things to do in Jaipur itinerary, it can cost you anywhere between Rs.150 to Rs.400.

 

Things to do in Jaipur: Take a walk around Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal is perhaps the first structure that catches one's attention as you make your way to the city and a visit to this mesmerising monument is one of the best things to do in Jaipur

 

Situated amidst Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal is synonymous with Jaipur. Unfortunately, owing to the precarious location of the palace, you can't admire the intricate artwork in the palace or the once verdant terrace gardens. Spanning nine floors of which four are underwater, Jal Mahal is a marvel for photographers. The contrast of the rugged hills in the background with the palace and blue waters sets the right frame for breathtaking pictures.


We recommend heading here after your visit to Amber Fort for a short walk along the lake. There are several food vendors along the lake selling bhel puri, besan pakode, samosas and hot tea. If the weather is welcoming, we highly recommend spending some time here.
Cost: A trip to Jal Mahal in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary will cost you anywhere between Rs.100 to Rs.300 including transport and food costs.

Things to do in Jaipur: Explore the quirky cafes in the city

In the past few years, Jaipur has seen a dramatic transformation. The influx of big global conglomerates has made for more spending capacity and thereby more development. Besides the malls and high-end restaurants, the city is now home to several cafes and restaurants which promise unique interiors, a different food menu and a relaxed, rejuvenating vibe. A visit to one of the cafes should definitely be a part of your things to do in Jaipur itinerary. 

 

One such place is Jaipur Adda. A rooftop restaurant with vibrant paintings on the wall, low-seating, wooden furniture and a plethora of delectable dishes. It’s become popular for its spicy corn bhel, naan pizza and cold coffee. 


Another popular place is Taruveda. A beautiful bistro, one can see the huge amount of efforts that have been put into setting up the place. Besides being a welcoming spot for locals and tourists, the cafe is extremely popular owing to the plethora of dishes it serves, including delectable sushi. It’s home to a store which sells quirky home decor as well as an organic store.
Cost: A visit to local cafes in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary will cost you anywhere between Rs.300 to Rs.700.

Things to do in Jaipur: Spend an afternoon exploring local markets

Jaipur is one of India’s most favourite shopping destinations. With age-old markets selling silver jewellery, bandhani apparel, juttis and block print cloth, there is much to explore in the city’s crowded streets.

 

A visit to local markets should be on all itineraries for things to do in Jaipur. Johari Bazaar offers travellers lac jewellery, silver and precious stone jewellery as well as customised designs for weddings and occasions. While bargaining is a great tool for a successful shopping trip, the shopkeepers in Jaipur are well-versed with tactics, so you may be in for a long round of haggling. If you are looking for meenakari or hand-painted jewellery, you’ll be surprised at the range of designs they have.

 

At the same time, if you are looking for handicrafts, handlooms and sculptures, you can head to Chandpole Bazar. Among other popular markets in Jaipur, we recommend visiting Kishanpole Bazar, Sireh Deori Bazar and Bapu Bazar.

Cost: Including a visit to local markets in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary will cost travellers anywhere between Rs.200 to Rs.600.

Things to do in Jaipur: Spend an evening in Chokhi Dhani

Over the years, Chokhi Dani has become one of the best things to do in Jaipur. Situated on Jaipur highway, Chokhi Dhani is constructed in the form of a rural Rajasthani village and offers one a glimpse into the culture and tradition of this vibrant state. 

 

Perfect for families and friends travelling together, each visit to Chokhi Dhani is different. If you are on a luxurious holiday, you can also choose to stay in the resort. Inspired by village huts, the cottage-style rooms here promise the perfect mix of luxury and warmth.

 

There are numerous cultural shows in Chokhi Dhani which take place throughout the year and offer visitors an unforgettable experience. Among the entertainment shows here, we recommend taking out time for folk dances, puppet shows, astrology, parrot-fortune stalls, fire dances and magic shows.

 

As for things to do, one can enjoy amusement rides, a visit to the enthralling shopping centre and of course a taste of the local cuisine at one of the many eating stalls. 

 

Chokhi Dhani opens in the evening at around 7 pm and closes at 11 pm so ensure you keep your schedule free. Since it's located away from the city and parking is limited, we recommend booking a taxi for your journey.

Cost: Tickets to Chokhi Dhani cost between Rs.599 and Rs.1000 depending on the kind of buffet service you choose.

Things to do in Jaipur: Explore the historical Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort is one of the most beautiful forts in the city and should be a part of all things to do in Jaipur itineraries. Located in the midst of Cheel ka Teela hills, the sprawling fort was commissioned by Sawai Jai Singh II. It’s said that the fort was built in an effort to protect Amber Fort.

Surrounded by verdant fields and connected to Amber Fort through passages, Jaigarh is often known as the Fort of Victory since it was never conquered in a battle. For history lovers and architectural buffs, the biggest highlight of Jaigarh Fort is Jaivana or the largest cannon on wheels. 

Among the best things to do in Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort is the strongest fort among the three forts on the hill and from the fort’s boundary, you can admire breathtaking views of the city and also the gorgeous skyline. As is the case with all forts, you can choose to explore the fort with a guided tour or head out yourself. The latter gives you the opportunity to explore the fort at a comfortable space.

The best time to include Jaigarh in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary is during the morning when the sun is not too harsh but if you are travelling to Jaipur during winter, you can head out anytime.
Cost: A trip to Jaigarh Fort in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary will cost you anywhere between Rs.100 to Rs.350 depending on the mode of transport you choose.

 

Things to do in Jaipur: Enjoy a day at Elefantastic Elephant Farm

Imagine spending a day with elephants where you can interact and engage with them in a free and safe environment. Elefantastic is a safe sanctuary for elephants and allows tourists from across the world to enjoy a beautiful experience. If you are an animal lover, this is one of the things to do in Jaipur for you.

 

All visitors are introduced to one elephant and can spend time with the animal throughout the duration of the tour. There is a handler with each elephant who is also with you throughout the tour and helps you navigate through the experiences. Travellers are given an opportunity to interact with the elephant and by the end of the tour, you almost form a bond with the animal.

 

Some of the experiences included in the tour are bathing the elephant, feeding him and also painting. At the end of the experience, you are treated to a lovely meal at the owner’s house. Simple and delicious, it is a much-needed meal after a long day of enjoying yourself. 

Cost: A visit to Elefantastic is a great experience to include in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary and the cost will depend on what the company is charging.

Things to do in Jaipur: Enjoy an afternoon in Hawa Mahal

Another enthralling monument in Jaipur is Hawa Mahal. Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799, this unique monument is quite an architectural wonder. Part of all tours, it is a great site to include in your best things to do in Jaipur itineraries. Hawa Mahal gets its name due to its structure which has numerous windows. 

The mesh windows allow cool winds to enter the palace, which was a way to keep the palace cool during the hot summer months. It’s said that the palace was especially constructed for the women of the royal family so they could enjoy the numerous festivities. 

One of the best things to do in Jaipur, you can head here either in the morning or late in the afternoon to enjoy a splendid tour. There are tour guides in Hawa Mahal but you can easily explore the palace on your own. Some parts of the palace are not accessible to the public and it’s best to take note of the various warnings outside some corridors. There are almost 953 windows in Hawa Mahal which are known jharokhas. A beautiful fountain welcomes you when you enter the palace and makes for a great spot to get pictures clicked. If you want to learn more about the history of Jaipur and the palace, you must keep aside a couple of hours to visit the museum.
Cost: A trip to Hawa Mahal in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary will cost you anywhere between Rs.50 to Rs.150 depending on your mode of transport.

Things to do in Jaipur: Enjoy kachori and hot tea at RMB

Rawat Mishtan Bhandar is among the oldest eating joints in Jaipur. For decades, this local restaurant has been serving locals and tourists a plethora of delicacies. But the most popular dish here is definitely pyaaz kachori. If this is your first trip to the city, you have to include a visit here in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary. 

 

While some travellers claim that the restaurant has lost its charm, loyal followers feel otherwise. Crowded throughout the day, we recommend heading here in the afternoon so you can try this popular dish. If kachori is not something you enjoy, the restaurant offers numerous other Indian snacks including samosa, dal kachori and aloo bonda. For travellers who want to try authentic Rajasthani food, they have a thali which offers popular Rajasthani favourites including dal bhaat, ker sangri and bajre ki khichdi

Cost: A visit to RMB in your things to do in Jaipur list will cost travellers anywhere between Rs.50 to Rs.250 depending on what you are in the mood to try.

Things to do in Jaipur: Get in touch with the artist in you at Jawahar Kala Kendra

If art and theatre interest you then a visit to Jawahar Kala Kendra should definitely be a part of your things to do in Jaipur itinerary. Situated in the midst of the city, the centre was built by the Rajasthan government. In an effort to preserve art and craft, the centre is home to eight blocks which have museums and an amphitheatre. 

 

Among the best things to do in Jaipur, you can head here for an enthralling exhibition, an art show or a play depending on what is on the schedule. The centre also has an auditorium, a cafeteria, art galleries and an art display room. Fondly known as JKK, the centre holds an extravagant theatre festival every year. 

 

While there is something new happening in the centre almost every day, we recommend checking the website for ongoing events before you head out. During the weekend, there are festivals, cultural performances, films and music performance which have the power to enthral audiences. The best part of a visit here is that all shows are reasonably priced and you can enjoy an unforgettable evening. 

Cost: A visit to Jawahar Kala Kendra in your things to do in Jaipur can cost you anywhere between Rs.100 to Rs.400 depending on the price of the ticket.

Things to do in Jaipur: Visit Pushkar for a day trip

Jaipur is the gateway to Rajasthan and is located close to numerous tourist attractions. Among the most popular places near Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, Alwar, Ajmer and Pushkar stand out for the numerous things they offer.

 

So if you have time in your schedule, a visit to nearby places should definitely be on your list of things to do in Jaipur. Among the most popular places to visit, Pushkar is a great choice. Located 150 km from the city, this is one of the most sacred towns in India. Home to one of the few Brahma temples in India, it is visited by travellers from across the world. Earlier, Pushkar was a huge attraction for spiritual seekers, but today, the small village attracts backpackers, solo travellers, photographers and artists.

 

A small town, Pushkar is centred around the beautiful Brahma temple which is in the main market. Surrounding numerous ghats, the market is home to several wholesale shops, artist workshops and welcoming cafes. If this is your visit to Pushkar, you'll be surprised by the diversity of tourists here. 

 

If you are including a day trip to Pushkar in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary, we strongly recommend leaving early in the morning. This will give you an entire day to explore this gorgeous village.  

Cost: A trip to Pushkar can cost you anywhere between Rs.500 to Rs.4000 depending on your itinerary and mode of transport.

Things to do in Jaipur: Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing

Arts and crafts are synonymous with Jaipur. The colourful city is filled with exemplary art forms which are reminiscent of its rich cultural history. Barely 10 mins walk away from the Amber Fort is a hidden gem, the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing. The museum is housed in a beautifully restored haveli and houses various hand block print textiles, along with texts and tools used in this traditional craft. A must include in your itinerary of things to do in Jaipur if you are an art enthusiast or a photographer.

 

One can visit the museum and learn about the traditional hand block printing and how it is being revived. The museum also holds various exhibitions in collaboration with different artists and is open all days except Mondays. Travellers should note that the museum remains closed from mid-May to mid-June, for maintenance work. The museum is perfect for travellers who are interested in traditional crafts or are simply mesmerised by the colourful patterns of hand block printing.
Cost: Entry fee for Anokhi museum is Rs.30 per person. A complete tour of the museum in your things to do in Jaipur itinerary will cost you anywhere between Rs.200 to Rs.500.