Jaipur is one of the most popular cities among travelers and tourists in India. It is not surprising as it is a part of the golden triangle consisting of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Golden Triangle is the most popular tourist circuit in India. The palaces, forts, Havelis, bazaars, and shopping are a big lure for travelers to visit the pink city. Given the number of tourist attractions in Jaipur, it is difficult to squeeze them all in one day. With many destination weddings, business conferences and conclaves happening in Jaipur, a large number of people visit the pink city on a tight schedule, leaving little time for sightseeing. Visiting Jaipur and not being able to explore tourist attractions is a letdown. This travel blog on Jaipur will help you with the best things to do in the pink city.
Can Jaipur be covered in one day?
The must-visit places in Jaipur can easily be covered in one day. The only exception is during the peak tourist season like new-year holidays when the city gets clogged with a large number of travelers and visitors. With careful planning and starting early, one can easily visit Jaipur in one day. This blog on one day Jaipur itinerary will help travelers plan well and include the must-visit places in Jaipur.
History of Jaipur
Jaipur was founded in 1727 AD by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II and it is one of the first planned Indian cities, popular the world over as the Pink City. Initially, Amber or Amer was the capital of this region called Dhundad. It is at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur. The need for shifting the capital to Jaipur arose because of an increasing population of Amer and scarcity of land. Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II wanted to grow his capital into a great trading hub, therefore, he decided to build a new one close to Amer. He consulted several astrologers and city planners before finalizing the layout of the city.
The layout of Jaipur was guided by the ancient art of Shilp Shashtra. After the founding of Jaipur, he invited leading traders, Brahmins and artists from all over the country to settle in his new capital. This explains why even today Jaipur is a leading center for Jewelry, hand block print fabrics & clothes, and handicrafts.
Why is Jaipur called the Pink City?
It wasn’t always pink ever since it was founded. The color pink was chosen when Edward Albert, the Prince of Wales was visiting Jaipur in 1876 AD. India was then a British colony. The king of Jaipur, Maharaja Ram Singh II thought it will be a welcome gesture to paint the city with a single color, not knowing that this shade of pink will stay on forever. Before choosing this shade he got all markets painted in different colors as an experiment but ultimately, the color pink was chosen. The “Jaipur Pink” is actually a terracotta pink.
Jaipur One Day Itinerary
People often get confused with places to visit in Jaipur in one day. This Jaipur travel guide blog will help you with places to see in Jaipur in one day.
Tourist Places in Jaipur
Amer Fort is the most popular tourist attraction in Jaipur and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is 10 km from Jaipur and it’s actually a palace and not a fort. Its grandeur is spellbinding. Its architecture is a beautiful blend of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles using both marble and sandstone which are found locally. It was recently included in India’s top 17 iconic tourist attraction by the Indian Ministry of Tourism.
Amer Fort Elephant ride is one of the highly coveted experiences of this medieval fort. There are many things to see here and it takes a minimum of 45 minutes to complete the tour of the palace section. Don’t miss Ganesh Pol, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Mahal, and Zenana.
Do read the complete guide to Amer Fort in this post – The only guide you will ever need for Amer Fort.
Tip for Amer Fort. If you want to avoid the rush at Amer Fort, you can Amer fort at night. Amer is open for the tourists between 7 Pm to 10 PM called Amer By Night.
Amer Fort Timing: The Amer Fort is open between 8 AM-5 PM. It open under Amer By Night from 7 PM to 10 PM.
City Palace Jaipur
Jaipur City Palace is a royal abode; the residence of Jaipur royalty. It was built by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II. Descendants of the royal family still reside in City Palace. However, some of its parts are open for tourists to explore. It’s located right in the heart of the city, close to Hawa Mahal.
Things to see in Jaipur City Palace include beautiful courtyards, painted gates, and museums. Not to be missed are Mubarak Mahal and Pritam Niwas. The four gates of Jaipur City palace in Pritam Chowk are popular among travelers. These gates are the most photographed areas of City Palace. The four gates are Peacock Gate, Leheriya Gate, Lotus Gate, and Rose gate.
Tip for City Palace! The 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 two huge silver urns made by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II to carry the holy water of river Ganga during his trip to England in 1902. Each of them weighs 345 Kg!!
It’s a must-see visit place in Jaipur- it’s a UNESCO world heritage site. Jantar Mantar is one of its kind solar observatory in the world! It was built by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II in1738 AD and is still fully functional. The instruments are still precise. It has the world’s largest sundial. Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh had a keen interest in both maths and astronomy. He did extensive research on the works of Portuguese and Arabs in the field of astronomy before building Jantar Mantar. Jantar Mantar is a part of Jaipur City palace complex but it is run and maintained by the government department and there offers entry through composite ticket along with Amer Fort and Albert Hall Museum.
Tip for Jantar Mantar. Don’t forget to hire a guide!! Without a guide, it’ll be difficult for you to understand how each instrument functions. It takes 30-45 minutes to complete the tour of Jantar Mantar.
Hawa Mahal is synonymous with Jaipur. It’s unique in terms of its design & beauty; an architectural marvel. It is popular the world over as The Wind Palace and was built in 1799 AD by Lal Chand Ustad, commissioned by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh. This iconic building is five-story tall and features 953 windows! It served as a screen for the royal women as they watched the processions or life on the street.
The facade of the Hawa Mahal is actually its backside! The entrance to the building is from the opposite side. If you have time, do explore the entire structure. However, If you are short on time, a selfie with Hawa Mahal will do!!
Read – Exploring Hawa Mahal
Tip for Hawa Mahal! There are 953 windows in Hawa Mahal called Jharokhas in the local language! By the way, all the shops around Hawa Mahal sell tourist-oriented stuff like garments, bedsheets, souvenirs, etc. You will find only commercial quality in these shops. Bargain hard before you seal a deal.
Gulab Chand Prints is a famous shop that sells hand-block-printed fabrics near Hawa Mahal. It is a trusted name for Sanganeri hand-block-printed fabrics, salwar suits, dresses, and shirts!
Nahargarh Fort is extremely popular among the locals, especially youth. Nahargarh Sunrise and sunsets experience is highly sought after. The fort covers a huge area and overlooks Jaipur city. It’s been restored beautifully. The Madhavendra Palace is its main attraction and contains 12 identical quarters. It was a residential complex for the queens designed in a way that King could access any of them discreetly. It has also served as a jail for a brief time; only VIP’s were detained here. Read more about this fort in this post How to explore Nahargarh Fort
The Stepwells of Nahargarh Fort are incredibly popular among visitors. In fact, one of the famous Bollywood movie Rang De Basanti was filmed at Nahargarh Fort Baori.
Tip for Nahargarh Fort! The palace section closes at 5 PM. Visit Nahargarh fort around 4-4.30 PM. After visiting the 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 amazing views are the best way to end your Jaipur trip. It won’t be a problem if you wish to leave at 7 or 9 PM. Do note 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 for you.
If you love watching sunset do read this post on Nahargarh Sunset
Detailed Jaipur Travel Plan for One Day
Start early with Amer Fort followed by Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar. This should set you free by 1 PM for a lunch break. To save time, you can have lunch in Baradari, Jaipur City Palace. You can check it out in detail on the Zomato app. After the lunch break, visit City Palace followed by Nahargarh fort. Post-Nahargarh Fort, you can visit the old bazaar of Jaipur for shopping.
Following is the estimated time required to complete each of Jaipur point of interests:
- Amer Palace-2-3 hours
- Hawa Mahal – 10 minutes for street-side view/ 30 minutes to explore the 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 of a composite ticket for Amer Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal. It’s a good deal. Valid for two days!
Things to add to the above itinerary
There two more places you can add to the above Jaipur travel guide itinerary if you have already seen any of the listed places.
- Patrika Gate at Jawahar Circle is a visual treat for art lovers and those seeking a visual tour of Rajasthan. Read more in this Patrika Gate guide – Patrika Gate a snapshot of Rajasthan
- Royal Gaitore has cenotaphs of the erstwhile rulers of Jaipur. It is one of the offbeat places in Jaipur. Of late, it is attracting travelers for Instagram worthy pictures. Read more Why visiting Royal Gaitore is a fascinating experience?
- Bar Palladio is one of the best places to spend your evening. It has beautiful decor and ambiance. Read everything about this great hangout place Bar Palladio Jaipur|-Chicest Bar of Jaipur
Shopping Places in Jaipur
Jaipur is a popular shopping destination offering a huge variety in all that it offers. Here is a short guide to shopping in Jaipur Bazaar.
- Johari Bazaar for Jewelry, Sari and street shopping with roadside vendors
- Bapu Bazaar for hand block print fabric and clothes, Jootis, bangles, salwar suits, and bedsheets.
- Sirehdyodi Bazaar near Hawa Mahal for touristy stuff especially fabrics, clothes, and footwear
- Tripolia Bazaar for metal utensils and brass items
Feel free to tinker around with this Jaipur travel itinerary of places to visit in Jaipur in one day. This travel guide on Jaipur is not suggested for summer months (March to June) when the scorching heat makes it difficult to explore tourist attractions in Jaipur during the daytime. I’m sure this travel blog will help you explore the pink in the best way.