5 Places to visit in Jaipur in a day/ An Insider’s guide to the tourist attractions of Pink City

People often get confused on places to visit in Jaipur in one day. This is true even for those who are visiting Jaipur either for work, conference or during  transit and have a tight schedule. They are able to manage very less time for the sight seeing or exploring around. Visiting Jaipur and not being able to explore the right places is surely a let down. And with plethora of choices, it kind of gets overwhelming! Here is a short guide that will help you strip down to the must visit tourist attractions in Jaipur. This is an Insider’s guide to 5 must see places in Jaipur in one day.

Amer Palace.

Tourist enjoying elephant ride on their way up in Amer Palace, Jaipur. #Amer

Amer Fort is certainly the most popular tourist attraction in Jaipur city. The grandeur of its architecture is unrivaled!! Elephant ride to the palace courtyard is a highly coveted experience of Amer Fort, along with the sheesh Mahal situated inside the palace. It is located approximately 10 km from the city center – Albert Hall/Johari Bazaar.  Amer Fort is also called Amer Palace or Amber. In reality, it’s a palace and a fort.

Read: 5 Reasons why Amer Fort is the most popular tourist attraction in Jaipur ?

TIP! Take the elephant ride on your way up. Don’t be surprised to encounter a long queue of people for elephant ride during the peak season! Beat the rush and reach early!  Amer Fort Timing: The Amer Palace opens at 8 AM, try to reach the elephant stand around 7.30 AM.

Foreign tourists entering the palace in Amber Fort, Jaipur

City palace, Jaipur

City Palace is the residence of Jaipur royalty. It’s a royal abode!

One of the gates leading to the City Palace, Jaipur

Descendants of the royal family still reside in some sections of  the City Palace. However, some of it’s parts are open for tourists to explore. You can visit museums located inside the Palace. City Palace is located right in the heart of the city, very close to the Hawa Mahal.

TIP! Best time to visit the city palace is post lunch, you don’t have to walk around much. Its located very close to Johari Bazar, so commuting is not a hassle. Don’t miss seeing the two huge silver urns made by Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh II to carry holy water of river Ganga during his trip to England in 1902. Each of them weigh 345 Kg!! A Guinness record holder!

Overlooking Jantar Mantar solar observatory and City Palace, Jaipur.

Jantar Mantar

It’s a must see! Surely, Jantar Mantar is  one of it’s kind solar observatory in the world!

This solar observatory was built by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II and is still fully functional and precise too. Built in 1738 AD, it’s a  UNESCO world heritage site!

TIP! Don’t forget to hire a guide!! Without a guide, it’ll be difficult for you to understand how each instrument functions. It won’t take you more than 30-45 minutes to complete the tour of Jantar Mantar.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal.  Jaipur. Surely, one of it’s kind! #jaipur guide

Hawa Mahal is  synonymous with Jaipur. There is no other building in the world that comes close to Hawa Mahal in terms of it’s beauty. It’s an architectural marvel. The facade of Hawa Mahal is actually its back side! The building has a different entrance. If you have time, do explore the entire structure. However If you are short on time,  a selfie with Hawa Mahal will do!!

Read: Hawa Mahal- Face of Jaipur

TIP! there are 953 windows in Hawa Mahal and are called Jharokhas in  the local language!  By the way, all the shops around Hawa Mahal sell tourist oriented stuff like garments, bed sheets, souvenirs etc. Do note that they only sell commercial quality. Bargain hard!!!

There is a very famous shop which is very popular and quite reliable. Popular  among locals & tourists, alike!  Gulab Chand prints! Famous for  great quality Jaipuri & sanganeri hand block print salwar suits,dresses and shirts! It’s  a small, congested “busy” shop. They also have two more outlets in Jaipur, outside the walled city area.

Tourists at Hawa Mahal, a famous tourist attraction in Jaipur.

Nahargarh Fort

The Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur #jaipur guide

Nahargarh fort is very popular among locals, specially youth. It’s a favorite spot for locals to enjoy Sunset & sunrise, alike! The fort is spread over in a huge area and overlooks the city of Jaipur. It was recently restored. The Madhavendra Palace is it’s main attraction. It was a residential complex meant for the queens.

Madhvendra Palace is one of the major attractions at Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

TIP!  The palace section closes at 5 PM. Visit Nahargarh fort around 4-4.30 PM. After visiting Madhavendra Palace section, head to the open air Padao restaurant and enjoy the sunset & city views. This restaurant is run by RTDC – Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation. It serves only beer and snacks. The views are amazing and perfect way to end your Jaipur trip. Don’t worry, even if the palace  section closes at 5 PM, rest of the fort is still open, till late. It won’t be a problem if you wish to leave at 7 or 9 PM!! Do note however, there is no public transport service or taxis available for your return trip from Nahargarh fort. Arrange for your pick up well in advance or ask for the cab to wait.

nahargarh fort
View from Padao at Nahargarh Fort

Suggested Jaipur itinerary for 1 day :

Start early with  Amer Palace followed by Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar. This should set you free by 1 PM for a lunch break. After lunch break, visit City Palace followed by Nahargarh fort.

Following is the estimated time required to complete each of these Jaipur point of interests:

  • Amer Palace-2-3 hours
  • Hawa Mahal – 10 minutes for street side view/ 30 minutes to explore entire structure.
  • Jantar Mantar – 45 minutes
  • City Palace– 1 hour
  • Nahargarh Fort – 30 minutes-45 minutes for Madhavendra Palace.

This sets you free to spend time at Padao restaurant, and wind your day at your pace!

TIP! You can avail a composite ticket for Amer Palace, Nahargarh fort, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. It’s a good deal. Valid for a day!

Feel free to tinker around with this suggested itinerary of places to visit in Jaipur in one day.This itinerary  is not suggested for  summer months (March to June) when scorching heat makes it difficult to explore tourist attractions in Jaipur during the day time. 

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151 thoughts on “5 Places to visit in Jaipur in a day/ An Insider’s guide to the tourist attractions of Pink City

  1. I had been top Jaipur several times and could relate to everything you mentioned above. The tips are nice and very useful for first time travelers. Hope I get to travel soon to the pink city.


  2. Great list! We visited Jaipur but was with a large group and wasn’t able to see everything on this list. Guess we’ll have to return. Glad I found your blog, I’ll follow you in order to plan a better trip for Jaipur when we visit again!

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  3. Thanks for the very helpful tips to Jaipur. I would love to see the Amer palace and Hawa Mahul. The architecture of Hawa Mahul looks amazing in your photo. I can’t imagine the beauty of it in person.

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    1. Surely, Hawa Mahal makes for a great background for a selfie, too! Hawa Mahal is synonymous with Jaipur, quite like Eiffel is with Paris. Have you ever visited India?


    1. Neha I haven’t created a post this year for JLF. And have even opted not to create a post for many other events. Unless, something is worth it, it doesn’t make sense. 🙂


  4. Great guide, We visited Jaipur last December but were unable to visit many places except Amer fort and Jahuri Bazar. I love Rajasthan and will definitely visit again.

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  5. Very good post! I was there a little while ago, and Jaipur is one of the most beautiful cities in India! There was also a very nice cinema to see, Raj Mandir I think it was.


  6. Jaipur is one of my favorite travel destinations. Have spent so much time here wandering in Pink City and feeding myself on Rawat’s Pyaz Kachori that can simply cannot forget.

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    1. I’m sure if you have been to Jaipur multiple times and not yet explored these places your work must have kept you away. May be you had some other agenda to take care of! I feel you must visit these places especially Amer Fort and Nahargarh Fort! 🙂


    1. Thanks, Divsi! Definitely! You are most welcome.

      I have often wondered in the age of social media whether anything is unexplored or hidden? I have seen some incredible places losing out because of social media. When people post it on social media, the place gets swarmed with groups. That’s one reason why I have become cautious. At times, I prefer not to disclose too much.

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      1. I visited in Feb this year. But couldn’t spend more than a day there. But I had seen the important ones long back, such as the Rambagh Palace, Galtaji and Johri Bazar. This time, the Sanjay Museum was a great experience. They have a huge wealth of ancient Indian information.

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      2. Yes, you can check it out. The only Hindi post I wrote as yet. Photography was not allowed inside, but I must say the museum has got more than 1 lac ancient scriptures that has been preserved here for several decades.
        I was reading another interesting blog by Indrajit Roychowdhury yesterday where he mentioned about the oldest zero found in scriptures in a ‘British Library’, which is where it surprised me as to how our scriptures are still researched over in British libraries.

        I would love to read and decode more of our heritage information at this museum. Due to limited time, I was not able to do it.

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      3. surely, I will check it out. I thought of visiting this museum at suggestion of another travel blogger, but I guess it never happened. You have given a fresh perspective to it. Thanks Rajat. Do let me know whenever you are in town. we should definitely meet!

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