Jaipur : Experience the Indian Culture, Heritage and Royalty (Day 1) #MemoryLane

Photo of Jaipur : Experience the Indian Culture, Heritage and Royalty (Day 1) #MemoryLane by Shivangi Johri

Jaipur is the capital city in Rajasthan, one of the most colourful states of India. It is the largest city in Rajasthan and is the first planned city of India. Also called as the Pink city. It had been ruled by Rajput kingdoms for centuries and then developed as a planned city. It combines the charms of ancient history and modern advantages of a metropolis. It is part of one of the famous tourist circuits, the Golden Triangle.

Jaipur city View

Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shivangi Johri

I have tried to put down the Jaipur itinerary based on my experiences to help you smoothly plan yours.

How to reach Jaipur and travel around?

Jaipur is well-connected to major cities. One can reach Jaipur via air, rail or road transport. Taxis are available for rent is a viable option to move to and fro with ease within the city.

We started our journey from Ahmedabad via road. We returned by flight. Both options are equally good and feasible. We started in the morning and reach around 1:00 PM. We had our vehicle, so we didn't need any transportation. But there are many taxi services available for local travel. We checked in to our hotel and had our lunch. We decided to take some rest as our first-day plan was to enjoy the night views of the different places of the city.

Places to visit in Jaipur

1. Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal is a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake bordered by Nahargarh hills. It is a masterful creation with beautiful architecture. In the night with the reflection of lights in the beautiful lake, it is just marvellous and a delight to tourists.

Entry fee : Free

Timings : 12 noon to 10.30 pm

Note : Prefer to visit in the evening so that you can enjoy both the daylight view as well as the night view with lights.

2. Amer fort

Amer Fort or Amber Fort is a fort located 11 kilometres from Jaipur. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The architecture is an amalgam of Rajput, Hindu, and Mughal styles. The fort complex is quite large and needs time to be explored. Elephant ride is a famous activity in the fort. Also, it holds a light and sound show in the evening which is worth watching to understand the history behind the fort.

Entry fee : ₹50 per person

Timings : 8am to 5.30pm; 6.30pm to 9.15pm

Light and sound show fee : ₹150 per person

Timings : 7pm to 9pm

Elephant ride fee : ₹1100 for 2 persons

Timings : 8am to 11am

Note : Prefer to visit the fort in the morning as well as in the evening. In the evening to get the light and sound show and in the morning so to get an elephant ride. It is advisable to get either the audio guide or the tourist guide to know more about the history behind the fort.

3. Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal is the palace of winds and, it is called so due to its architecture. It is a structure made of red and pink sandstone and has a pyramidal structure which resembles the crown. It has 953 tiny windows, also known as 'Jharokhas'. It is one of the iconic landmarks in Jaipur.

Entry fee : ₹50 per person

Timings : 9am to 5pm

Note : Prefer to visit the palace in the day as well as night time. The main entrance for Hawa Mahal has been closed. You have to rely on local people to guide you for the entry of Hawa Mahal as there are no signboards.

Hawa mahal

Photo of Jaipur : Experience the Indian Culture, Heritage and Royalty (Day 1) #MemoryLane by Shivangi Johri

4. Albert Hall museum

It is the oldest museum in Rajasthan. The museum has a rich collection of artefacts including paintings, jewellery, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, and works in crystal. The museum gets even more beautiful at the night when the entire building glows with multicoloured lights.

Entry fees : ₹40 per person

Timings : 9am to 5pm; 7-10pm

Note : Prefer to visit the museum at night when the crowd lesser and the lightning also starts.

Albert Hall Museum

Photo of Jaipur : Experience the Indian Culture, Heritage and Royalty (Day 1) #MemoryLane by Shivangi Johri

5. Johari Bazaar

It is one of the oldest marketplace showcasing the work of several craftsmen and artisans, selling jewellery. It is famous for its vibrance ambience, delicious food and Kundan jewellery. This market also sells shoes also called as 'juttis'. The whole market is painted in pink and gives you the vibe of the pink city.

Entry fee : Free

Timings : 10am to 11pm

Note : Bargaining is must as the prices the sellers quote are quite high than the actual price.

Johari Bazaar

Photo of Jaipur : Experience the Indian Culture, Heritage and Royalty (Day 1) #MemoryLane by Shivangi Johri

Itinerary for Day 1

We started our exploration with the most exciting evening spot of Jaipur city, i.e. Jal Mahal. Jal Mahal is a perfect spot to stroll around the Man Sagar Lake. There were lots of street food options, so we decided to have some chaat for our evening snacks. We waited there for sunset as we wanted to see the night view of Jal Mahal. Soon the lights were lit up in the Jal Mahal, and we were able to get some beautiful reflection views. A perfect start of the evening.

Jal Mahal

Photo of Jal Mahal, Amer Road, Jal Mahal, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shivangi Johri

Then we went to Amer Fort as we wanted to watch the Light and sound show and we were able to make it right in time. The show was incredible. We got to understand the historical significance of Amer Fort. It is a 50-minute show, so plan your evening accordingly.

Amer Fort

Photo of Amer Fort, Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shivangi Johri

After light and sound show we stayed for 10 minutes in front of Amer fort. Then we started towards Hawa Mahal as we wanted to witness the night view of Hawa mahal. It took 20 minutes to reach there. The market in front of Hawa Mahal was colourful and vibrant. We roam around for some time for shopping in the Johari Bazaar and where we noticed the oldest Rajasthani restaurant for authentic food. We decided to come back to the same restaurant for dinner.

Hawa Mahal at night

Photo of Hawa Mahal, Hawa Mahal Road, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shivangi Johri

After shopping it was time for another beautiful location Albert Hall Museum which is known for its night lights. We reach there in 10 minutes. The Museum looked amazing with all the lights.

Then we call this a day off after visiting five great places in Jaipur. Now is the time to visit the oldest restaurant and eat some authentic Rajasthani food. We went to Laxmi Misthan Bhandar restaurant and ordered the special Rajasthani Thali. The food was delicious. After eating our food, we came back to hotel. The whole day went well with no complains just fun and lots of excitement for the next day.


Photo of Johari Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shivangi Johri

Where to eat in Jaipur?

Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar : For authentic Rajasthani foodL

Where to stay?

There are various options from hostels to palaces available. You can choose as per your budget and choice.

So this was the plan for day 1. All the places in Jaipur are worth visiting in day as well as night so plan your trip to take out time to get the night views of important places.

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