Jaipur Itinerary: 3 Days in the Wonderous Pink City
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To help you prepare for your trip to India’s Pink City, we are sharing our huge Jaipur Itinerary.
ITINERARY FOR JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN CONTENTS
Are you ready to learn more about the spectacular Pink City? First, we will delve into all of the fun things to do in Jaipur in 3 days, then we will put them all together to make the best itinerary for 3 days in Jaipur.
Things to do in Jaipur
Jaipur, the Pink City and the capital of Rajasthan, is an icon of royal legacy in India.
This famous travel destination is well known for mesmerizing historic sites, magnificent monuments, spacious parks, chaotic streets, and spicy eateries on every corner.
Jaipur, being the capital city of Rajasthan, has a lot of important and historically significant forts, monuments, and palaces. To make the most of this fulfilling destination, you need to finalize the best 3 days itinerary for Jaipur to suit your travel plans.
The Heritage Amber Fort
Amer Fort, also known as Amber Palace or Amber Fort, built in 1599 is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an epitome of Rajasthani architecture and design. This beautiful citadel is decorated with red and pink sandstone with obscure carvings of great artisans.
Inside, the fort and its carvings are so artistic that virtually every corner can become a stunning Instagram worthy picture.
Panna Meena Kund Stepwell
Panna Meena Ka Kund is a beautiful (and famous) stepwell that lies in the shadow of Amber Fort. This is one of those places where, in ancient times, locals came to collect water, wash clothes, and engage in light chit-chat.
The temperature inside the stepwell remains relatively cooler as compared to outside. You can reach here by foot when you visit Amber Fort. It’s also a good place for photoshoots – you may have caught some images on Insta!
This fort is also famous for the world’s largest cannon on the wheels called Jaivana Cannon. Open to the public from 9 am – 4.30 pm, you can take a car to visit the interiors, enjoy the gardens and armory museum.
After Amber fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort is the third hilltop fort in Jaipur and is an ideal place for enjoying the panoramic views of the city. Located at Aravalli Hills, these are the best striking views of Jaipur’s scenic landscapes.
The royal families also used this fort as a relaxing getaway for their excursions, and hunting activities.
Jaipur Wax Museum
The world’s first wax museum, which is located inside a heritage site right near the Nahargarh Fort, the Jaipur Wax Museum has 32 wax exhibits. The museum showcases wax and silicone statues and the life-like statues of Bollywood celebrities and national icons add more joys to your selfies.
Jalmahal (The Water Palace)
Although entry to Jalmahal and the lake surrounding it has been closed by the government, you should definitely stop for 10-15 mins on the way back from Nahargarh Fort to admire the beauty.
The palace’s yellow color is in stark contrast with the blue lake (on a clear-sky day), thereby making the view even more incredible!
Hawamahal (Palace of the Winds)
The masterpiece of the Pink City, Hawamahal is a royal place and a must-visit attraction. This Palace of Winds is visually represented as a 5-story extension of a honeycomb with 953 windows, called jharokhas, adorned by intricate lattice works so that a cool breeze always persists inside this flamboyant palace.
The purpose behind the building’s design was to prevent outsiders from catching a glance of the royal women in ancient times.
Shopping in Jaipur
Make sure you check out Johri Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar – the shopping hubs of Jaipur. There are also places called Nehru Bazaar, Badi Choppad, and Choti Choppad for ethnic wear, bangles, and joothis (Rajasthani footwear).
Also, don’t forget to try Masala Chai at Sahu Tea Shop at Bapu Bazaar. Famous in the entire Rajasthan, this modest shop is where masala chai gives you a beautiful feeling after a day of roaming around. Several generations run this shop, and their tea is addictive to any customers who visit.
Johri Bazaar is one of the best shopping places in Jaipur. Here you will get delicate colorful Jaipuri jewelry, an amazing collection of Lehengas and sarees, and joothis.
Jantar Mantar Observatory
Heaven for Astronomy lovers, in Jantar Mantar where you will find large-scale versions of the instruments used to calculate the position and distance of stars and planets. This popular UNESCO world heritage site, consists of 19 architectural astronomical instruments devices that measure time, predict eclipses, track the locations of stars and calculate the earth’s movement around the sun.
Maharaja Jai Singh had dedicated this place to astronomy geeks and it is now a famous tourist attraction.
The City Palace
To explore more of the centerpieces of Jaipur, you can now head towards City Palace. Located in the heart of the metropolitan city, it is one of the most remarkable monuments to visit. Its everlasting architecture brims with every minute detailing of Rajput and Mughal’s empire.
Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal comprise the major parts. This gorgeous peacock gate, which depicts the four seasons and the Hindu gods, is also a famous photo shoot point. Maharani Palace and Baggi Khana are the best galleries of all.
Govind Dev Ji Temple
Govind Dev Ji temple is an adorable spiritual location in Jaipur. Built in 1733 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the main deity Govind Dev Ji is believed to be another form of Lord Krishna.
This place was first created by the great-grandson of Lord Krishna named Bajranabh, hence this place is also called Bajrakit. The calm and serene temple attracts devotees to experience its pleasures.
Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan Crematorium Grounds
Gaitore Ki Chaatriyan is the royal crematorium grounds for the Kachawa rulers. It may appear to be a weird thing to do in Jaipur at first, but the family tombs form an impressive cluster of intricate structures. Plus it is a peaceful place to wander around.
Albert Hall Museum
Albert Hall Museum was built to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales. A Strong Ruler of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II opened this museum for all the public to enjoy.
The collections of the Albert Hall museum have been increasing for centuries and have raised their stature to an international level. There are also products of local Rajasthani artisans and craftsmen, where you can check for souvenirs.
Birla Mandir Temple
Birla Mandir is also a lovely place to visit in Jaipur. This white architectural marvel is a combination of ancient and modern styles of Hindu temple architecture. The main deity is Lord Vishnu and Lord Laxmi.
The three large marble domes represent three religions that originated in India. The walls have unique Hindu symbols and citation referred from various religious books. There are also many idols of philosophers Like Buddha, Zarathustra, Socrates, Confucius, and others.
Statue Circle is also one of the most famous interesting tourist attractions. If you visit after 6 pm you can have a good relaxing time, with lighting, nice roads, and with a good cup of coffee.
This area is quite magnificent with gorgeous gardens around. There are also famous cafes and restaurants where you can experience a variety of lip-smacking dishes.
Chand Baori Stepwell
Chand Baori, one of the largest step-wells in the world, is located in the Abhaneri village, around 90 km (2 hours drive) from Jaipur city. It was built over a thousand years ago, by then king Chand Raja. The 3,500 steps form a somewhat magical maze and the consistent play of light and shadow on the structure gives it a captivating look.
Being slightly outside the main city, it is relatively difficult to locate and hence remains a hidden secret of Rajasthan.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh Garden
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh is nature filled with beautiful surprises and views of peace. This garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh for his second queen, Sisodia who was a princess of Udaipur.
This royal garden boasts amazing flowerbeds, galleries, water channels, and natural attractions. It is believed that this gorgeous place is used by the queen for relaxation. Mural paintings that are decorated around the garden depict the love story of Lord Krishna and Radha, which is a sign of love from the king to the queen.
Galtaji Monkey Temple
Galtaji Temple (or Temple Shri Gyan Gopalji, Galtaji) is a famous temple surrounded by hills and many holy kunds of pure and clear water. The architecture of this temple is very much different from any other temple in Jaipur.
It is said that the holy water in “Gaumukh” is filled by the holy River Ganga. There are a lot of monkeys around the Hanuman temple nearby which are quite friendly and photogenic.
World Trade Park
World Trade Park is an impressive building at Malviya Nagar (Jaipur’s energetic modern core). Some of the best things to do in Jaipur can be done here. It has various food joints, famous shopping brands, and a recreational hub.
Jawahar Circle Garden
Jawahar Circle Garden is famous for the largest highway Circular Park, which is connected to a musical fountain, the colorful Patrika Gate, and quaint rose gardens.
The musical fountain show begins at 7 pm every day. This is also a family-friendly place to visit for fun events happening here throughout the year.
Choki Dhani Resort
Now it’s time for another unique Rajasthani experience, Choki Dhani.
Chokhi Dhani is a well-known tourist spot and famed village resort. It is popular for traditional Rajasthani food, delicacies, music, and cultural celebrations. This innovative resort also has traditional folk dance performances, magic shows, photography spots, and spa experiences.
The entire village setting is heavily influenced by the Indo-Saracenic style. They have many cultural activities like the haldighati battle, puppet shows, and dining restaurants… the list is endless. Many people from all over the world visit here every day.
Jaipur: 3 Day Itinerary
This 3-day Jaipur travel itinerary covers almost everything to do in Jaipur and the significant places to visit. This itinerary, we believe, is a good mixture of regular as well as unusual attractions in Jaipur. And that’s why we are sure that you will have lots of fun.
As there are plenty of places to visit in Jaipur, 3 days is a bare minimum to enjoy the best bits. Now, it is time to list out a perfect travel itinerary of Jaipur for 3 days.
Jaipur Itinerary Map
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DAY 1 | Forts, Palaces, and Bazaars
Day one activities can be viewed on the map above and are the orange icons.
Main Highlights of Day 1: Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Forts, Jalmahal, Hawamahal, Johri Bazaar.
7:30 | The best way to kick-off your 3 days Jaipur itinerary is by visiting one of the prime attractions – the Amer Fort (or Amber Fort), located in Amer, just outside the main city. Allow 2 hours here.
Tip: try to reach there as early as possible to avoid crowds and people in your photos. In fact, we reached there even before the fort opened at 8 am to be among the first ones to enter.
10:00 | Walk over to Panna Meena Kund for some IG-worthy pictures in the stepwell. It’s a 10-minute walk or 1 minute in a taxi from Amber Fort.
11:00 | Optional: Jaigarh Fort is just 20 mins away from Amber Fort and easily reachable by taxi from Amer Palace. Allow 1 hour here.
Lunch | Have lunch either after Jaigarh Fort or Nahargarh Fort. There are only a small number of restaurants in these areas, but there are street food stalls. If you don’t like eating street food, bring a packed lunch instead.
Your next stop is at Nahargarh Fort, a 15-minute taxi drive away. Or if you choose to skip this, head back to the city via Jalmahal the Water Palace.
If you haven’t maxed out on beautiful forts, stop over to Nahargarh Fort and enjoy panoramic city views. It’s a 15-minute drive between Amber Fort and Nahargarh Fort.
Additionally, Jaipur Wax Museum and Nahargarh Step Well are only a 3-minute walk from Nahargarh Fort. Allow 2-3 hours at these sites.
16:00 | While on the 40-minute drive back to the city, stop by Jalmahal (The Water Palace) to click some beautiful shots of the floating palace. This won’t take long, just ask your driver to stop for a few minutes.
Tip: If you decide to skip Nahargarh Fort or Jaigarh Fort, you can still stop at Jalmahal on the way back into the city since it is on the same road.
16:30 | Hawamahal (Palace of Winds) is not to be missed. Many people simply marvel at it from the street, but you can also enter and check out the museum and incredible viewpoints from inside if you wish.
17:30 | Next we’ll be heading to Johri Bazaar for some shopping in Jaipur. This is a 10-minute walk or a super quick rickshaw from Hawamahal.
Down some Masala Chai at Sahu Tea Shop in Bapu Bazaar and then find somewhere to have dinner nearby.
DAY 2 | Within the City
Day two activities can be viewed on the map above and are the teal icons.
Main Highlights of Day 2: Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Govind Devi Ji Temple, Albert Hall, Birla Mandir, Statue Circle.
09:00 | Day 2 can be started at the famous Jantar Mantar Observatory at 9 am opening. Allow about 45-minutes here.
10:00 | The City Palace then opens at 9:30 am and you can walk there from Jantar Mantar Observatory once you’re done. Spend between 1.5-3 hours here exploring the whole complex.
Lunch | Have lunch at a restaurant near the City Palace such as Govindam Retreat or the Art Cafe.
14:00 | After lunch walk over to the Govind Dev Ji Temple in which is also in the City Palace Complex. Allow 30 minutes-1 hour here.
Tip: You can visit Govind Dev Ji Temple anytime between the sunset and sunrise on any day of the week if you are an early riser and prefer to do this activity first in the day.
15:00 | Optional: Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan crematorium grounds, a 10-minute drive from City Palace, is an optional stopover if you’re after something really unique to do in Jaipur. Allow 1-3 hours here.
15:00 | Optional: Visit the Albert Hall Museum to see Indian art, arms, jewels, and artifacts. It is a 5-10-minute drive from the Govind Dev Ji Temple. Allow 2-3 hours here.
Next, Birla Mandir Temple is a 15-20-minute drive from Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan crematorium or a 10-minute drive from Albert Hall Museum.
17:00 | Birla Mandir white temple is a quick and easy activity that shouldn’t be missed. Allow 30 minutes to look around inside or just admire it from outside.
The Statue Circle is only a 5-minute drive from Birla Mandir.
18:00 | End your day at the Statue Circle for a famous cold coffee, sunset, light shows, and dinner nearby.
DAY 3 | Wells, Gardens and Culture
Day three activities can be viewed on the map above and are the purple icons.
Main Highlights of Day 3: Chand Baori, Sisodia Rani Bagh, Galtaji Monkey Temple, World Trade Park, Jawahar Circle, Chokhi Dhani.
07:00 | Chand Baori Stepwell (Abhaneri) is a 2-hour drive from Jaipur. It is a hidden secret and will most likely be quiet, especially if you go when it first opens at 7 am.
Tip: If you don’t want to go that far out of the city (or you already saw the Panna Meena Kund stepwell on day 1), skip this activity.
10:00 | Sisodia Rani ka Bagh Garden opens at 8 am and can be visited on the way back from Chand Baori. Alternatively, it can be your first activity of the day if you skipped Chand Baori stepwell. Allow 30-45 minutes here.
Next head over to Galtaji Temple, which is only a 10-minute drive and is also outside of the city.
11:00 | You’ll need 1-3 hours at Galtaji Monkey Temple depending on whether you want to do the hike up the hill or just stay on the ground level. Be sure to allow some time to view and play with the monkeys.
Next, World Trade Park is a 30-minute drive from Galtaji Temple.
Lunch | Find somewhere to eat at World Trade Park (next stop) in the air conditioning like The Yellow Chilli or Biryani Blues.
13:00 | Now it’s time to explore a modern part of Jaipur, World Trade Park. Great for air-conditioning, lunch, and shopping.
Afterwards, take a taxi to Jawahar Circle Garden, 5 minutes away.
16:00 | Visit Jawahar Circle Garden to relax outside, see the beautiful intricate architecture, and have a snack. Watch the Jawahar Circle Music Show that is conducted every day in the evening at around 7:00 pm if you are still in the area.
18:00 | Now it’s time for dinner and a show at Choki Dhani Resort. The Folk Dancing is not to be missed.
The Best Time to Visit Jaipur
Just like any other city in Rajasthan, the best time to visit Jaipur is between October and March to avoid the summer heat. And the weather is particularly awesome from mid-November to mid-February.
But, you also need to keep in mind that this is the peak tourist season. Hence, you need to plan your Rajasthan trip as meticulously as possible, and at least 3-4 months in advance.
Where to Stay in Jaipur
If it’s your first time to the Pink City and you want to know where to stay in Jaipur, we recommend somewhere in either Bani Park or Vaishali Nagar. If you’re on a budget, head for the central Pink City or Raja Park.
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Transport in Jaipur
Jaipur is easily accessible via road, air, and railways. A huge portion of the foreign travelers to Jaipur usually end up arriving at New Delhi Aiport and then take a road trip to Jaipur. The majority of the metro cities in India have good flight connections.
Commuting within the city is also pretty easy with a convenient network of city-buses and mini-buses. Also, taxis and auto-rickshaws are available everywhere.
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