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Bradley and I visited Jaipur on our way travelling through India in 2018. Jaipur is better known as the “Pink City” and is an area exploding with culture, life and people!
We spent 3 nights in Jaipur, but we only actually did one day sightseeing (we were busy working the rest of the time!).
So, I thought it would be best to write a guide on the best places to visit in Jaipur in one day!
I've rounded up ten places I think are perfect and won't leave you feeling shattered!
I also take you through other elements of visiting Jaipur such as when to go, how to get there, and where to stay, to help make this a little Jaipur travel guide.
Please note that in order to successfully partake in the list of things I will list below, you will need to start early and end late. But, if you’re in a rush and need to see everything in one day, then you can totally achieve that goal!
Amer Fort is probably the most well-known tourist sight in Jaipur to visit. It’s big, it’s beautiful and it’s affordable. You can get an Uber or Ola out to the fort for around $2-3 but the journey will take a while because of the traffic. I would start with sight first because it’s furthest out. So start here and work your way in.
Amer Fort offers both Muslim and Hindu elements and also offers beautiful sites. You can also get an elephant ride to the top of the fort, but since I disagree with elephants riding on all levels, I am going to suggest you simply walk rather than hurt an elephant.
There are plenty of photo opportunities within the fort and you can go into the complex in these dark and dingy hallways and corners. I had a lot of people ask me if they could take my photo, like queues of people (I am not exaggerating), so you may experience that too.
It’s open from 8 am until 6 pm and there is a light show in the evenings which is an extra fee. We didn’t make it to the light show, but I am sure it is interesting.
It costs 25 entrance for locals and 200 for tourists.
Central Park is basically a green, lush park that offers you the chance to relax. It’s the perfect picnic spot in Jaipur and I suggest you grab yourself a lunch to go, alongside a coffee and go and relax in the park. It might have to relax and escape the madness that surrounds you in Jaipur. There is also a massive flag of India and statues to explore.
It won’t cost you to see this sight.
Known as the “palace of the winds” this is another iconic tourist spot and should definitely make it on your list of the best places to see in Jaipur in one day. You will probably find yourself driving through this to get to Amer Fort.
It’s just a nice place to get a picture but it’s also a massive tourist shopping street, so if you want some souvenirs for your time in Jaipur, such as clothes, shoes, jewellery etc, then this is the perfect place to find them. Don’t forget to haggle. The general rule in India is that you can knock around 60% off the price they are giving you.
It won’t cost you to see this site (unless you go mad on your shopping! :P )
A museum and royal residence, city palace should make it on your list of places to visit in Jaipur in one day. The royal palace is located in the centre of the nine blocks that make up Jaipur. Did you know Jaipur was the first planned medieval city of India? I didn’t!
It should take you around 1 to 2 hours to visit the city palace. You can get an audio guide at the gate for 200, which is advised if you want to know more in-depth history. Your ticket also includes entrance to Jaigarh Fort.
This is also one of the places to visit in Jaipur in one day. It’s a striking fort and is particularly popular for the carvings on the walls which make it stand as an architectural wonder along with its rainwater harvesting system.
Opening hours are 9 to 5 and it costs INR 500 for Foreign Tourists and INR 190 for Indians
This place is best visited at night time or at least sunset. It’s absolutely beautiful. Like breathtaking. Jal Mahal is basically a floating temple, as it sits in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake.
It’s a grand palace made of red sandstone and it’s mostly submerged. We didn’t visit until nightfall and I didn’t have my proper camera with me to take a picture (or at least one that’s worthy of its beauty). You don’t need long here, so make it a stop off point, or just stay for sunset.
It won’t cost you to see this sight.
If you want sweeping views of the city then this is the perfect fort for you on your places to visit in Jaipur in one day. It’s one of the many forts which acted as a defence mechanism around the city. I actually think Jaipur should be called the fort city, rather than the pink city! Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, and it opens from 10 to 6 every day.
There is even a food court and a restaurant at the top of the fort which offers excellent views. Whilst visiting you can also explore the glass palace and wax museum.
Cost: 50 for locals and 200 for tourists.
To round off your day after exploring the best places Jaipur has to offer for a 1-day itinerary, I would choose to dine in the pink city! We dined at Hawk View restaurant twice.
It’s a rooftop restaurant that I found from typing in “best budget restaurants in Jaipur” on TripAdvisor. As it turns out, it’s also number 10 of 3000 restaurants in Jaipur, as well as being number 1 for cheap eats, so I knew it had to be good.
We were not disappointed. The food is delicious. You can get a mix of local Indian food and Italian food. The drinks are good value, coming in at around £1.50 fo for a vodka diet coke. The thing that makes this place so great is the views that surround you. You can see forts lightened up in the distance and on the night of Diwali, the sky was alight with fireworks which were pretty spectacular! I would visit hear after sunset for an evening meal.
The staff are super friendly and you can pay on card.
So now night has fallen, I’ll include some things to do in Jaipur at night on this one day Jaipur itinerary. You may as well make the most of it!
This is one of the most popular places in Jaipur and the white statue looks even more amazing at nightfall. Lots of people head for a walk in the garden to explore the area, and you can grab an ice cream (a perfect dessert choice) or enjoy an evening coffee. It’s quite a romantic spot for couples in Jaipur too.
If you’re wondering is one day enough for Jaipur? Yes, it is! You could totally take things slower and create this into places to visit in Jaipur in 2 days adventure, but one is truly enough.
This is one of the oldest museums in all of Rajasthan which is also the state museum. It’s a perfect spot to enjoy at night on your list of places to visit in Jaipur in one day and it oozes in colours showcasing pride in the pink city.
Ps, all the spots I suggested to visit in one day in Jaipur, specifically in the daytime, are also quite beautiful to view at night, especially Amer Fort as it’s lit up. You won’t be able to get in, but if you appreciate a beautiful view, then it might be worth seeing.
I thought I’d do a quick little section on some market in Jaipur that is worth a visit with one day in Jaipur.
This market is known for its beautiful jewellery. Indian jewellery is statement jewellery and it’s perfect for those who want something bold and bright. I personally love it and wish I could take it all home with me (it can be quite heavy!). You’ll also find handicraft items and cushions, bedsheets etc, all authentically made.
This place is well known for selling Jaipur's famous blue pottery, brass statues and much more. So if you’re looking to purchase authentic antique markets, then this one is considered the most genuine in all of Jaipur. I.e they are probably telling you the truth about what they are selling (probably!).
Other markets include:
Jaipur is it’s most popular during the Indian winter which is October, November, December, January, February and March. The weather is pleasant, the crowds are big, and it’s a good time to visit. You can visit Jaipur whilst visiting the cultural triangle of India.
Top Tip, if you can visit during Diwali in October. It was an awesome atmosphere and the pink city was alive with music, lights and fireworks.
Jaipur is one of the top tourist destinations in all of India so naturally, it’s easy to access. Depending on where you are coming from you can get a bus, taxi, or even a plane to Jaipur.
Buses: Buses run frequently all throughout India and we used a company called “Red Bus” to book bus tickets. You can pay for your ticket online via card and you don’t need to print it off which is really convenient.
Train: The train network in India is great and there are train links to all over the country to Jaipur. If you consider yourself some sort of ‘hardcore’, then maybe you’ll want to go with the lowest class, which is sleeper non AC, but it’s crowded, disgusting and doesn’t need a reservation. But, if you want a comfortable journey then I can recommend 3rd class AC or 2nd class AC. They are both the types of class Brad and I travelled on. If you are on a short journey, then AC sitting is fine too.
Plane: You can fly to Jaipur from many airports including Delhi, Mumbai and Goa. Flights internally in India are quite reasonable (especially if you book in advance), so if you fancy fuss-free and quick travel, then a plane journey is a good choice.
Well, this all depends on your budget and how much time you have within your day of exploring.
One way to achieve all your Jaipur sightseeing goals is to get an organised sightseeing tour from either a local company or an online company such as Get your guide. This is a quick and convenient way to bust your way through all the sights and I actually think they are good value for convenience and the chance to meet other like-minded travellers. Plus the guide who is taking you around on your Jaipur city tour will also have actual information about the places, which saves money on buying more guides.
I recommend this half day tour of Jaipur as it includes a visit to 5 of the sights I mentioned above, and a traditional Indian lunch is included, all for US$ 89 and it includes all your entrance fees too. Afterwards you can explore the rest of the places I mentioned, so it's a great tour starting at 8 am!
If you want a night tour of Jaipur, then this is a good choice for $25 per person.
Use Uber or Ola for convenience and the chance not to get ripped off by drivers. You will need wifi or a local sim to do this, both which are easy to get in India.
You can also try your hand at negotiating with rickshaw drivers, but if they aren't giving you a realistic price, then you can order a rickshaw off Ola and Uber too! Means you can get that authentic Indian travel experience without being ripped off :P
Due to the sheer size of Jaipur, there are many hotels and hostels on offer all around the city. There are also lots of different areas and districts in which you can stay. Brad and I stayed in The Livin. It wasn’t in the heart of the pink city, but rather a 10-15 minute drive took you to the heart of everything. This was nice because we were close to the action, but could also take a step back.
Bani Park is another place I would recommend staying. It’s well known as a nicer neighbourhood and is a popular choice with families and couples.
After you’ve visited Jaipur you can head to Agra to see the beautiful and world famous Taj Mahal, or you can head to Jodhpur and visit the blue city after seeing the pink city! Pushkar is also a popular spot and you can get a taxi there for £12 on uber.
You could also take a Jaipur one day tour package from Delhi if you were really in a rush!
Either way, it’s easy to get to anywhere in India from Jaipur whether you opt for bus, train, taxi or plane!
So there you have it, my guide to the best places to visit in Jaipur in one day! This Jaipur one day tour will take you to all the major highlights the city has to offer. Comment below if you’ve got any other suggestions to add to the list.