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Jaipur Itinerary – How To Spend 1 Day In Jaipur

Building a one day in Jaipur itinerary is tough, with so much to see and do. So we’ve narrowed down all the best parts, into how to do Jaipur in a day.

How To Get Around Jaipur

Before we start, if you’re looking for transfers between Agra and Jaipur, you can secure a cheap and easy One way City Transfer To/From Agra and Jaipur.

Also once you’re finished in Jaipur, if you’re looking to move onto Jodhpur, Delhi or Agra, you can secure a cheap and easy Private Transfer to Jodhpur, Delhi or Agra From Jaipur.

Getting around Jaipur couldn’t be easier. There are generally 4 options:

On Foot

With a population of around 3.5 million people, Jaipur is a city full of pedestrians.

And with the population density bursting at the seams, this means traffic, congestion, and crowds.

So there are many times you will get to places faster on foot, than by vehicle.

The Old City is well laid out, and its many sights and shopping areas aren’t too far apart, making walking around the centre your best option.

Taxi/Tuk Tuk

Jumping in a rickshaw (tuk tuk) is a great option if your legs are feeling tired.

Quick trips are usually cheap and shouldn’t cost more than 50 rupees, but be sure to negotiate a price before getting in the vehicle.

Regular taxi’s are available and should operate on a metre.

App-based taxi services like Uber and Ola also operate in Jaipur.

Driver

A perfect example of this is the Jaipur: Private Customised City Tour.

With this option you get an air conditioned vehicle and a driver for the day, and get to see the best of Jaipur in a private, customisable 8-hour tour.

Simply tell your driver which sites you’d like to visit, and enjoy complete flexibility as you visit forts, museums, bazaars, and anything else that interests you.

Tour

Some of the best days out we’ve had in Jaipur have been on private tours.

There’s even a Jaipur: Instagram Tour of The Best Photography Spots. For those that wish to capture all the magic of Jaipur through a lens.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

From food tours, to river rides and walking tours, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the bustling city!

Also, if you are planning on visiting a few of the tourist attraction in Jaipur, it’s worth purchasing the Jaipur: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to 8 Attractions pass.

This allows you to visit 8 of the city’s most popular attractions including Amber Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall, Isarlat, and Sisodia Rani Garden at a fraction of the price.

Best Time To Visit Jaipur

Jaipur is a desert city and can experiences quite extreme weather conditions, so you bear that in mind when planning your visit.

Summer season is from April to August with temperatures getting up to a very warm 42°C.

Winter starts around mid November through until the end of February. With temperatures at what some people would call a pleasant 24°C during the day, with much cooler nights for sleeping.

Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions. However, Jaipur is on most people’s India itinerary.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Looking down on Amber Fort from the Amber Fort Viewpoint.

Jaipur Itinerary Day 1

Hawa Mahal

The Old City is probably the best place to start your one day in Jaipur itinerary.

It’s centrally located and is close to most accommodations, as well as one of the top things to do in India.

With so much to see and do in Jaipur in a day, this centrally located spot makes for the ideal starting location.

Hawa Mahal, also known as ‘the Palace of Winds’, is a red and pink sandstone palace in Jaipur, and the city’s most famous landmark.

The honeycomb-looking structure sits on the edge of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana, or women’s chambers.

It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who was the founder of Jaipur.

The structure has 953 windows on the outside walls. The purpose of the windows was to allow ladies of the palace to watch the outside world without being seen.

The entrance fee for the Hawa Mahal is 200 Rupees for foreigners, and 50 Rupees for Indian nationals.

However, if you plan on visiting a couple of attractions in Jaipur we highly recommend grabbing the Jaipur: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to 8 Attractions. Making your entrance fees and queuing a lot less painful.

There are also a couple of 2-story cafe’s opposite the Hawa Mahal like Wind View Cafe and Tattoo Cafe & Lounge. These are extremely popular with tourists, and even locals, who want to capture the incredible views of Hawa Mahal and the streets below.

So be sure to not only add the Hawa Mahal to your one day in Jaipur itinerary, but to grab lunch in one of the cafe’s opposite too!

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The Wind View Cafe at Hawa Mahal is must if you’re visiting Jaipur in a day.

City Palace

Just around the corner from Hawa Mahal, the stunning City Palace makes sense to add as your second stop on your one day in Jaipur itinerary.

It stands right in the centre of the Old City.

It is a complex made up of courtyards, gardens, buildings, a temple and a museum.

The grounds are spread over a large area, making up one seventh of the Old City of Jaipur.

Within these ground there are palace buildings from different eras, some dating from the early 20th century. All of which displaying a blend of both Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.

For those that are into art and history, the City Palace is absolute paradise.

You can purchase locally made souvenirs at the palace shops too. They have traditional paintings made from organic colours and wooden replicas of the monuments. It is the perfect way to take a memory back home.

The City Palace is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Entrance to the City Palace is 500 Rupees for foreigners, and 130 Rupees for Indian nationals.

You also have to pay an extra 50 Rupees for a photography permit, and 150 Rupees for videography.

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The stunning Hawa Mahal.

Amber Fort

Next up on the Jaipur in a day route is Amber Fort.

The fort is located roughly 20 minutes northeast of Jaipur’s city centre, so this is where your Private Customised City Tour can come in handy.

If you’re on a budget, you can take one of the frequent buses that depart from Hawa Mahal. They can be super crowded but will only cost you 15 Rupees.

Alternatively, it’s possible to take a rickshaw, costing about 500 Rupees for a return trip.

Amber Fort is one of the most well-known and most-visited forts in India, so is a must on your one day in Jaipur itinerary.

Made out of sandstone and marble, Amber Fort consists of a series of four courtyards, palaces, halls, and gardens.

In the entrance lies the primary courtyard, known as Jaleb Chowk. This is where the king’s soldiers would assemble and parade themselves around.

Entrance to the fort is 500 rupees for foreigners, and 100 rupees for Indian nationals. Again, another reason to purchase the entry ticket to 8 attractions.

This beautiful fort along with Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort, once formed a strong defence for the city of Jaipur.

Amber Fort is open daily, from 8am until 5.30pm. So be sure to wander around all of the grounds, and learn all about the interesting history whilst you’re there.

Another spot you cannot miss is the Amber Fort viewpoint across the road.

You’ll have to climb many steps to reach the top, however the panoramic view of the fort and surrounding areas is truly incredible.

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Admiring Amber Fort from the bottom.
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The beautiful grounds of Amber Fort.
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We recommend trying to visit the Amber Fort Viewpoint when exploring Jaipur in a day.

Nahargarh Fort

Last but not least, we recommend heading to Nahargarh Fort for sunset.

Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734 by the Hindu Rajput ruler, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.

He was the founder of Jaipur, and chose to build the fort up in the Aravalli Hills to use as a retreat place and a home for his 9 wives. Each wife had a similar section of the fort.

The hike up from the foot of the hill to Nahargarh Fort itself took around 30 minutes.

Entrance fee is 200 Rupees for foreigners, and 50 Rupees for Indian nationals. Nahargarh Fort is also included in the entry ticket to 8 attractions.

Following the winding path, we were a little hot and bothered, however had heard such great things about the views from the top, and we were not disappointed!

Upon arrival at the entrance, we passed plenty of smiling locals, and a few roaming bulls. We soon realised it was a good break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Although nothing on the Taj Mahal, the Fort is located on the hillside, and still looks out over the entire pink city of Jaipur.

Nahargarh Fort should absolutely be on your one day in Jaipur itinerary because of the incredible panoramic view of the city and possibly the best place in Jaipur for sunset.

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Nahargarh Fort should not be missed on your one day in Jaipur itinerary.
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Incredible views over Jaipur

Where To Stay In Jaipur

Luxury

Trident Jaipur

Luxurious 5-star accommodation and service awaits at Trident Jaipur, which boasts breathtaking views of peaceful Mansagar Lake and the Aravalli Range.

It houses a large outdoor pool with loungers, pool bar and fitness facilities.

Free WiFi is available in the rooms of the property. Spacious rooms open out to private balconies overlooking the lake or the hotel’s landscaped grounds.

In-room comforts include a flat-screen TV, a bathtub and separate shower.

Trident Jaipur offers free parking. Offering 24-hour reception, staff can provide concierge and childcare services.

Mid-Budget

Hotel Kapish Smart-All Pure Veg

Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Bani Park district of Jaipur, Hotel Kapish Smart-All Pure Veg is 1.5 miles from Sindhi Camp.

Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property.

There is free private parking and the property offers paid airport shuttle service.

The units in the hotel all come with a kettle. At Hotel Kapish Smart-All Pure Veg every room includes a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Budget

Housetel

Housetel in Jaipur provides adults-only accommodation with a restaurant, a shared lounge and a garden.

Among the facilities at this property are a concierge service and a tour desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property.

The accommodation features evening entertainment and an ATM.

All rooms at the hostel come with a seating area. All units will provide guests with a fridge.

Guests at Housetel can enjoy a continental or a à la carte breakfast.

For more places to stay in Jaipur, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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