Jaipur is affectionately referred to as the Pink City because of the pink walls and buildings of the old city. The city, which is surrounded by rugged hills and besieged walls, is full of fascinating royal heritage and magnificent well preserved buildings. Travel to Jaipur to get a feel for how the monarchy once lived in all its glory. This Jaipur guide will provide you with all the information you need.
Jaipur is the capital city of India's desert state of Rajasthan. It's located approximately 260 kilometers (160 miles) south west of Delhi.
There are around four million people living in Jaipur.
UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) +5.5 hours. Jaipur does not have Daylight Saving Time.
Climate and Weather
Jaipur has a very hot and dry desert climate. During the summer months from April to June, temperatures hover around 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) but can easily exceed this. Monsoon rains are received, mostly in July and August. However, daytime temperatures still remain above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). The most pleasant time to visit Jaipur is during the winter, from November until March. Winter temperatures average 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). Nights can be very chilly though, with temperatures dropping to 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) in January.
Travel from Delhi to Jaipur in a comfortable air-conditioned car
Visit the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, and the bazaars of Jaipur
Take an optional elephant ride up to the Amber Fort
Tourists must remember that Jaipur follows the strict regulations of the Rajasthani culture. Foreign tourists should avoid clothes that reveal too much of the skin by local standards.
Travelers must adhere to the rules of photography strictly, not clicking the forbidden places. This is important because there are lots of heritage buildings in and around the city, and trespassers are punished strictly if found guilty.
Sometimes, one may be conned by local goons posing as gemstone sellers, aided by the auto-rickshaw drivers, who are often act as mediators. So it is advisable to purchase gemstones only from authorized dealers.
Tourists must also shun overly friendly locals inviting them over for dinner or stay, as many of such incidents have ended up in robbery.
Cost of travel
Jaipur, like all other cities of India, is not a very costly city to travel. Depending on the mode of transport and choice of accommodation, one can easily spend a week for Rs. 30,000-40,000 per couple. Train tickets from anywhere in India should not cost more than Rs. 3,000-4,000 for air-conditioned coaches. Staying in a mid-range hotel would be roughly around Rs. 14,000-21,000, depending upon the amenities one chooses. To satisfy the taste buds for a week, dipping into the exotic cuisine of Rajasthan will cost less than Rs. 10,000 for two people. Roaming around the city and nearby places will fit into the rest of the budget with ease. However, for some monetary benefits, the tourist may contact tour operators, who can offer a package deal.
How many days are enough?
Jaipur offers options galore to the tourists to enjoy every facet of it. There are several areas to be explored, and the heritage buildings are so magnificent that a single-day tour is not enough to explore them fully. Moreover, the city has several gardens, palaces, and museums with so many things to see and admire and these cannot be completed within hours. So a traveler needs to spend at least 7-10 days in the city to understand the royal legacy and historic charm of the capital of Rajasthan.
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