A colorful amalgamation of the old and the new mingle in Jaipur. Here you will come across a multitude of forts and palaces as well as urban neighborhoods and shopping areas. And exploring these attractions offers a range of fun things to do in Jaipur. Create a treasure-trove of memories on your trip to Jaipur by exploring the various forts, monuments, bazaars and cafes. You can also go on a camel safari, experience Rajasthani culture at the village resort, pick up Rajasthani jootis and trinkets at the bazaars and enjoy mouthwatering Lal Maas and Ghewar on your trip to this majestic city. Take a trip through the royal corridors of this Pink City and have an enjoyable experience.
23 Best Things To Do In Jaipur
Jaipur is a city full of experiences. This regal city has a plethora of not just royal palaces and forts for you to visit and explore, but also fun and adventurous to quench your thirst for the thrill. Here is what all things you should do next time you are in the Pink City for a memorable and fun-filled vacation.
- Jal Mahal
- Nahargarh Fort
- Chokhi Dhani
- Jaipur Bazaars
- Rajasthani Cuisine
- Jaipur Nightlife
- Folk Festivals
- Jaipur Literature Fest
- Heritage Hotel
- Tree House Resort
- Ranthambhore National Park
- Jeep Safari
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Amer Fort
- Jhalana Leopard Conservation Reserve
- Nahargarh Sanctuary
- City Palace
- Jantar Mantar
- Birla Mandir
- Raj Mandir
- Elephantastic Elephant Farm
- Bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev Trek
- Adventure Activities
1. Jal Mahal
Admire the exotic architectural styles that combine both Mughal and Rajput characteristics at Jal Mahal or Water Palace in Jaipur. This fort is like a jewel nestled among the Nahargarh hills and situated on the Mansagar Lake. It was built as a summer resort for the royal family and was used to host duck-hunting parties. However, it is not possible to stay at the palace as it is undergoing renovation work.
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2. Nahargarh Fort
Go on a cycling in jaipur expedition and witness the unique combination of Indian and European architectural styles at the grand Nahargarh fort. According to local legend, Nahar Singh Bhomia was a Rathore prince who was not happy with the construction of this fort on his land and haunted the place. Jai Singh who was building the fort then pacified his spirit by dedicating the fort in his name.
A stunning feature of this palace is the Madhavendra Bhawan that has 12 identical suites for the queens. The suites were constructed in such a way that the Maharaja could visit any of the queen’s rooms without the others finding out. One of the best things to do in Jaipur is to explore this fort and then enjoy a quick bite at the Padao Open Bar/Restaurant on the terrace of this palace whilst enjoying the views of the city.
Timings: 10 am – 5 pm, daily
Entry Tickets: Foreigner: INR 50 | Indian: INR 20
Besides these, you should also pay a visit to the majestic Jaigarh Fort, the peacock gates at the City Palace, the honeycomb-like Hawa Mahal and the grand Rambagh palace.
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3. Chokhi Dhani
If you are looking for an entire Rajasthani cultural experience, head on over to the Chokhi Dhani. Enjoy the electrifying ambiance of this village resort where you can enjoy puppet shows, magic shows, Rajasthani folk performances, acrobatics, camel rides, elephant rides, boating and much more.
One of the best things to do in Jaipur is to enjoy the mouthwatering Rajasthani cuisines at the open-air restaurants here. This provides a perfect break from the city life where you enjoy the natural surroundings and rustic rural life.
4. Jaipur Bazaars
Go crazy shopping at Jaipur where you will be able to find the most authentic and traditional Rajasthani jewellery and clothes. Buy precious gemstones at Johari Bazaar, pick up lac jewelry at Tripolia Bazaar, shop for marble sculptures at Chandpol Bazaar and get some amazing deals on wooden souvenirs and colorful handicrafts at Mirza Ismail Road (MI. Road).
You can also pick up Rajasthani jootis and blue pottery at Nehru Bazaar and mojari shoes and leather products at Bapu Bazaar.
5. Rajasthani Cuisine
Jaipur is a foodie’s paradise where you will find delicious Rajasthani exotic dishes like Dal-batti-churma, Mawa Kachori, Mirchi Bada, Ghewar, and more. For some lip smacking Lal Maas try Niros or Handi at MI Road, enjoy some Murli ke paan, dine like a Maharaja at 1135 AD, and enjoy traditional mithai at Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar.
You can also go the healthy way and enjoy locally produced organic food at Anokhi Cafe. This is one of the best things to do in Jaipur where you can just curl up with a book on the mooda seats. For sumptuous French delicacies like creme brulees and croissants, try the Dzurt Patisserie and Café. The lassi at Lassiwala is definitely droolworthy and a must try on your trip to Jaipur.
6. Jaipur Nightlife
Jaipur is a very vibrant city that has an eccentric nightlife and you can party all night here. One of the best things to do in Jaipur at night is to flock to the popular nightclubs here like the 100% Rock Bar & Restaurant, Dragon Bar & Terrace Lounge, Grunge, Cocoa House, and Restro Foresto.
Sway to the tunes of groovy music, enjoy mouthwatering snacks and sip on a variety of cocktails at these nightclubs.
7. Folk Festivals
Join in the festivities at the Pink City where Gangaur and Teej are celebrated with as much fervor as the Kite festival and Dhulandi Festival. Smear dry gulal (color) on each other well dancing to the tunes of traditional Hindi folk songs. The festival takes place in March every year at the Khasa Kothi. There is also a city tour bus later on that takes you all around the city to see the colorful celebrations.
One of the fun things to do in Jaipur is to fly kites at the Man Sagar lake during the Kite festival and savor cuisines like Til-Ke-ladu’ and ‘Dal-Ke-Pakoras’. Another popular festival you can partake in is the Gangaur festival that is held in the month of chaitra (March-April). This festival celebrates the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Women decorate their palm and fingers with henna on this auspicious day and pray for a happy married life.
Major festivals: Kite Festival (January), Dhulandi Festival (March), Gangaur Fair (March-April), Teej Festival (July-August)
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8. Jaipur Literature Fest
Jaipur is not just known for its forts and bazaars, this historic city is also the land where literary giants meet every year. The Jaipur Literature Festival is one of the country’s biggest literary festivals that has played host to names like Amish Tripathi, Hanif Kureishi, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Fry, and many more.
This is one of the most popular things to do in Jaipur where soothing Sufi melodies provide the perfect backdrop for enchanting literary readings and discussions.
Venue: Diggi Palace
Date: Generally held in January
Stay at: Arya Niwas, Tara Niwas, and Megh Niwas
9. Heritage Hotel
Witness the resplendent heritage of Jaipur when you stay at the heritage hotels in Jaipur. This is one of the best things to do in Jaipur as you get to experience the history and royalty of the Pink City by viewing the grand architecture, the rambling courtyards, the lush greenery and the serene alcoves of these royal structures. Live like a king at these heritage hotels and enjoy puppet shows, cultural shows, horse safaris and camel rides.
Best heritage hotels: Diggi Palace, Lal Mahal Palace, Raj Mahal Palace, Ramgarh Lodge, Samode Haveli, Sirsi Haveli, Alsisar Haveli, Narain Niwas Palace
Average tariff: INR 6000
10. Tree House Resort
Glamping has now become one of the most popular adventure activities in Jaipur. It is possible to go glamping at the Tree House Resort where the state-of-the-art amenities, iron wrought beds, leathered chairs are what greet you. You will get to stay in ‘nests’ on the keekar tree that are named after birds in the area. This is a true luxury at its best with ATV rides, jungle safaris, camel rides, tennis courts, bird watching, and outdoor movies.
Restaurants: Machan and Peacock
Cost: INR 12,000
Key highlights: Jungle safari, bird watching, archery, nature gym, camel ride, golf, outdoor movies
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11. Ranthambhore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is an adventure lover’s delight where there is a myriad range of greenery and fauna. This was a former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Go on a tiger trail at Bakula, hike up to the Ranthambore Fort, spot sloth bears at Kachida Valley, buy handicrafts at Dastkar Craft Centre and go on bird watching tours here.
Where to stay: Tree House Anuraga, Taj Sawai, Tiger Den resort, Tiger moon resort, Sanctuary resort, The Tiger Villa, Ankur resort
Species: Leopards, Tigers, Hyenas, Jungle cats, Jackals, Indian Foxes and a wide range of birds like Pelicans, Ibis, Flamingos, Egrets, Parakeets
Tip: Soar high in the sky in a hot air balloon for some spectacular views of the National Park
Timings for tiger safari:
- October – February: 07:00 am – 10:30 am | 02:30 pm – 06:00 pm
- February – March: 06:30 am – 10:00 am | 02:30 pm – 06:00 pm
- April – June: 06:00 am – 09:30 am | 03:00 pm – 07:00 pm
12. Jeep Safari
Go on a jeep safari throughout the city and explore the various forts and jungles here. If you only have a day to explore the city, these jeep safaris are one of the best adventure activities in Jaipur.
You will get to ride on a military jeep and see peacocks, panthers, deers, and cobras while crossing the jungles, farms and villages here. This is a good way to experience the rich history of Rajasthan. Most of these safaris start from the major forts and gateways of the city.
13. Hot Air Ballooning
Drift over the Pink City in a hot air balloon and experience the mesmerizing views of the forts and palaces nestled among the Aravalli ranges. Enjoy the plethora of colors and sounds of this city from up above.
These rides are popular things to do in Jaipur in one day and are mostly held two hours before sunrise and two hours before sunset. Most of the hot air balloon rides accommodate up to 8 people and start from Amber Fort.
Charges: INR 12,000 per adult
14. Amer Fort
Amer Fort is an iconic tourist attraction in Jaipur. Located on a hill in Amer, the fort covers an area of 4 sq. km. The palace fort built in a blended style of Indian and Mughal architecture is so beautiful that even the invaders did not want to destroy it. During its golden time, Amer Fort was a strong defence ring around the city. If you are visiting this fort, you must surely see the Light and Sound show that displays the glorious history of this fort Amer Fort and the city.
Timings: 8 am – 5.30 pm
Entry Tickets: INR 25
15. Jhalana Leopard Conservation Reserve
Experiencing wildlife is one of the best things to do in Jaipur, India. Jhalana Leopard Conservation Reserve is located in the Jhalana region in Jaipur. Once a hunting ground of the Maharajas, this place is now a Leopard reserve. Spread over a small area of 20 sq. km., and with a considerably large population of these wild cats, you can be sure of spotting at least a few. Take a safari in the open-top gypsy and you can spot many other species too, including Striped Hyena, Porcupine, Desert Fox, Sambar Deer, Hanuman Langur, etc.
Safari Prices: starting from INR 700
16. Nahargarh Sanctuary
Take a Jeep safari around this 7.2 sq. km. vast wildlife sanctuary in Nahargarh. The place is home to about 13 lions and tigers. The park features quartzite and stone rocks with tropical dry deciduous vegetation. Other species that share the habitat include deers and peacocks. This sanctuary also has a good number of bird species along with many migratory birds who stop-over here for winter season. So the jeep safari lets you have an interesting bird-watching experience too.
Timings: 6 am – 10 pm
Entry Tickets: INR 3500
17. City Palace
Established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the city Palace was the administrative and ceremonial seat of the royal family. Located in the heart of Jaipur, the palace is now a popular museum. The palace complex features grand courtyards, beautiful gardens, and elaborate temples and two main palaces – Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. The descendants of the royal family still resides in the Chandra Mahal. City Palace is built with the pink and red sandstone, the signature architectural style of Jaipur.
Timings: 9.30 am – 5 pm
Entry Tickets: INR 130
18. Jantar Mantar
Build in the 18th century by the scholar Sawai Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur features the world’s largest stone sundial. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This observatory structure uses the principles of sun and shadow to indicate time. Apart from telling the time, Jantar Mantar can predict the position of the major stars and eclipses. This place is one of the popular tourist spot in Jaipur.
Timings: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Entry Tickets: INR 50
19. Birla Mandir
Located on the foot of Moti Dongari Hill, the Birla Mandir is a beautiful temple structure. The whole temple is done in white marble which glows at night, creating a mesmerizing sight. The glass window panes bare stories from the scriptures. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. But an interesting feature of Birla Mandir is that the exteriors have figures of gods and goddesses of all faiths including, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Confucius. Birla Mandir also features a lush green garden.
20. Raj Mandir
Opened in 1976, Raj Mandir is an iconic movie theatre in Jaipur. This theatre auditorium was designed by the famous Indian architect W.W. Namjoshi. This venue has movie premiers over the years. The amazing interiors ensure that watching a movie here will be an interesting experience. The winding staircases and the antique chandeliers hanging from the ceiling simply add a classic touch to the whole experience.
21. Elephantastic Elephant Farm
This is one of the most unusual things to do in Jaipur. Elephants have always been an inseparable part of the culture of Rajasthan. Started in 2012, Elephantastic Elephant Farm is a sanctuary for protecting Asian elephants. The farm offers a close experience with these giants, which includes feeding, walking and bathing the elephants. You can spend an entire day at the farm, while which you also get to learn how to communicate with the elephants.
Timings: 9 am – 5 pm
Entry Tickets: INR 4500
22. Bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev Trek
Take a guided trekking tour to the Bhuteshwar Nath Mahadev in Jaipur. The trek starts and ends at the Sagar lake in Amer. The trails take you through the world’s oldest mountain ranges, the Aravali. This whole journey is going to be an combo of an adventurous and spiritual experience. You will also be provided refreshments in this 5 hour long trek, if you opt for a guided tour.
Trekking Tour Prices: INR 1,300
23. Adventure Activities
Though the city of Jaipur is famous for its royal palaces and forts, the place also offers adventurous experiences. You can enjoy thrilling sports like ATV rides and quad biking through the forests. There are Flying Fox, Body Zorbing for sumo wrestling and Zip Lining activities also hosted at different parts of the city. Challenge your limits at these adventure zones and make the most of your Jaipur holiday. Indulging in the adventure sports in one of the best things to do in Jaipur, India.
How To Reach Jaipur
Jaipur is well-connected by rail and some of the best trains are Adi SJ Rajdhani, Pune Jaipur Express, Ajmer Shatabdi and Jaipur Express.
Also, there are regular flights from metropolitan cities to Jaipur and the closest airport is the Sanganer Airport that lies just 10 km from the city center. There are also international connecting flights to cities like Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, and Sharjah.
However, the most popular and budget-friendly means of traveling to Jaipur is via bus. There are Volvos, Rajasthan state-run buses and deluxe buses that ply frequently to Jaipur. These operate from Delhi, Vadodara, Ajmer, Udaipur, Kota, and Ahmedabad at regular intervals.
With these amazing activities and things to do in Jaipur, it will be the most adventurous trip of your life. If time is not a constraint, make sure you indulge in all the above-listed experiences and make the most of your Jaipur holiday. So, what are you waiting for? Hurry and plan a trip to Rajasthan and head to the Pink City to paint it in your own colors.
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