Guide to Jaipur, Visiting India’s Pink City

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Jaipur is the largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan and, as part of India’s Golden Triangle, it is one of the most visited cities in India.

Jaipur is also known as the Pink City. The Maharaja of Jaipur, one of India’s most powerful men, ordered that the city be painted pink to impress Prince Albert during his tour of the country in 1876.

Pink was the color chosen as it historically represents hospitality. A law was then passed in 1877 which meant that the city would remain pink right up to the current day.

The city has much to offer visitors in addition to its striking architecture including a unique shopping experience and cultural sights.

Travelers can find useful information below for planning a trip to Jaipur including when to go, how to get there and how to obtain the correct eVisa for India.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Jaipur

As Jaipur is located in an arid, semi-desert region, it is very important for tourists to consider the timing of their trip carefully.

There are 3 seasons in Jaipur:

  • Hot season: March to July
  • Monsoon season: July to September
  • Winter: November to February.

As summer temperatures can reach a scorching 113 ºF (45 ºC), tourists are advised to avoid traveling to Jaipur between March and July.

Traveling to Jaipur during the monsoon season

Unlike in other areas of India, the rain falls late in the day during the monsoon season in Jaipur. This means that visitors are able to explore the city in the morning and early afternoon before the rain arrives.

If traveling to the city during the wet season it is a good idea to pack waterproof clothing and be prepared for heavy downpours.

Visiting Jaipur in winter

The winter months, from November to February, are generally considered to be the best time to go to Jaipur. With average maximum temperatures from 72ºF (22ºC) in January to 84ºF (29ºC) in November, conditions are optimal for sightseeing.

Despite the mild daytime temperatures, sightseers should pack warm clothing for the evening when temperatures can drop to 41ºF (5ºC).

Flying to Jaipur International Airport

Jaipur International airport is in the southern suburb of Sanganer, around 13km (8 miles) from the center of the city.

Domestic and international flights arrive and depart from terminal 2.

Domestic flights from both New Delhi and Mumbai land at Jaipur airport on a daily basis:

  • Flights from New Delhi airport take around 1 hour and cost in the region of 2,000 INR (28 USD).
  • From Mumbai, the flight time is 2 hours and travelers can expect to pay 5,000 INR (70 USD).

How to get from Jaipur airport to the city center

There are 2 main options for getting from Jaipur international airport to the city center. By taxi or by bus.

By bus, the journey time is approximately 1 hour and prices are economical, with the bus fare under a dollar.

Many tourists, especially when traveling with luggage, choose the convenience of a taxi. Taxis can be pre-booked or picked up outside the terminal. Taking under 15 minutes, this is the quickest means of transport, the fare is from 300 INR (4 USD).

Traveling to Jaipur by Train

Many international flights arrive at New Delhi International airport. Numerous trains depart from New Delhi Railway Station each day for Jaipur.

The best option for tourists is the express service which takes around 4 and a half to 5 hours. Dynamic pricing means that the exact fare may depend on available seats and current demand.

As an indication of pricing, a first-class seat costs around 1,300 INR (18 USD) whilst a standard seat with air conditioning costs from 596 to 805 INR (8 to 11 USD).

Trains are generally clean and punctuality is good, meals are also provided.

Most Popular Visitor Attractions in Jaipur

Jaipur offers a wealth of cultural, archeological and historical treasures. Visitors to the city can discover beautifully ornate palaces, stroll around stunning gardens and purchase traditional goods.

Some of Jaipur’s best-known attractions include:

  • City Palace: courtyards, gardens, and buildings in the center of the Old Town
  • Nahargarh Fort: overlooking Jaipur, unbeatable views over the city
  • Hawa Mahal: a pink sandstone palace, Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark
  • Jantar Mantar Observatory: an immense astrological observation site
  • Pink City bazaars: shop for handicrafts, fabric, and jewelry.

Is Jaipur Safe for Tourists?

Travelers in Jaipur should prepare for their trip carefully and read safety and security advice for India.

Although tourists are not often the target of criminal activity, crimes that do take place tend to be of an opportunistic nature. Visitors should practice caution and common sense, for example by keeping personal possessions hidden when in the street.

Jaipur is generally safe for women but female travelers can take some extra safety precautions including dressing in modest clothes and avoiding walking alone at night.

What do I Need to Visit Jaipur?

Foreign nationals planning a trip to Jaipur should first apply for the India visa which corresponds with their reason for travel.

Citizens of 169 countries are now able to apply for one of the types of Indian visa online: eTourist, eBusiness, and eMedical visas are available.

All eligible citizens are encouraged to complete the India visa application process over the internet, by doing so they can avoid having to attend the embassy or consulate in person to present paperwork.

For total peace of mind, it is highly recommended that visitors take out travel insurance. In addition, it is important to check India’s vaccine requirements and get all necessary vaccinations prior to travel.