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Jaipur's chaotic streets

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan in Western India.


Jaipur, is the the largest city in Rajasthan, not only provides a stepping stone to the enchanting desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, but offers several massive forts of its own - tributes to the Rajputs who once ruled the land. It is called the "pink" city because of the colour of its historical buildings built by Rana Jai Singh. Inside the historical area, city regulations require that all buildings be painted pink so that the character is maintained.

It is a bustling, dusty, chaotic city that will confuse and overwhelm an ordinary traveller's senses.

Get in

Overnight trains arrive from many major cities including Delhi and Agra.

Get around

By and large, autorickshaw is the best way around the city. Cycle-rickshaws are cheaper, but the amount of time it takes quickly makes the extra few rupees worth it. Walking in the bazaar is a treat, although side streets are a bit less welcoming and offer a sharper glimpse of poverty.


Amber Fort


  • Nahargarh Fort.
  • Amber Fort. The Amber fort greets one with regal architecture (and elephants giving rides to tourists!) derived from Hindu and Muslim styles.
  • Jaigarh Fort. The Jaigarh Fort holds the world's largest cannon, and offers stunning views.


  • City Palace.


  • Govind Devji Temple
  • Moti Doongrari
  • Lakshmi Narayan Temple


  • Jantar Mantar
  • Hawa Mahal


  • Ram Niwas Garden
  • Central Museum (or Albert Hall Museum)
  • Zoological Garden
  • Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden
  • Vidyadhar Garden

Other Places to see

  • JalMahal, Statue circle , Galta, Ramgarh, B.M. Birla Auditorium and Convention Centre


  • Raj Mandhir Theater. An experience in itself. The best movie theater in Rajastan, it offers an overwhelming experience. From the pushing, shoving, and general chaos in the ticket line, to an audience that laughs, cries, cheers, claps, and consistently talks through the entire film, the Raj Mandhir provides an insight into Rajasthani culture. The movies themselves are always interesting; Masala movies are action, drama, mystery, suspense, and epics all wrapped into one single movie, teeming with dances and obligatory wet Sari scenes, and unabashedly lifting generous amounts of plot devices from Western movies.


Snake charmers in Jaipur's Bazaars
  • Bazaar. A brilliant colorful explosion of flowers, elephants, ox carts, and wares! The traveller will smell the deep aroma of spices in canvas bags, the fetid smell of animals and open sewers, the sweet waft of tea, and the crusty acrid burn of dust and exhaust. The noise is chaotic, the people constantly will stare if you are a Westerner and anybody who has something to sell will try to sell it to you, repeatedly. Watch cobras dance out of their wicker baskets, and don't be too surprised if the snake charmer slaps his cobra for having a wayward eye.




The Pearl Palace [1] is a wonderful place to spend a week! The roof top patio restaurant is wonderful and very inexpensive. The owners are so nice! Mr Singh will invite you into his home and make you feel very welcome. This place is a great budget hotel which feels like a 4 star hotel. The front desk clerk is very moody, however it is still well worth it.

Stay safe

Beyond the standard dangers of travelling in India (thieves, hustlers, touts, questionable drinking water), Jaipur has developed its own set of unique scams. You may be accosted by youths on motorbikes who claim that Westerners are unwilling to engage with the Indian people. The scam artist then changes their tune and invites the traveller to drink a tea. As a general rule, do not accept tea from strangers, but in addition be wary of any who invite you to talk in secluded areas.

There have been reports of smugglers trying to entice travellers to assist in smuggling items. Under no circumstances accept - smuggling is a major criminal act.

Get out

Continue into Rajasthan, to the beautiful city of lakes Udaipur, the stunning, powerful fort of Jodhpur, and onto the dreamy, enchanted desert city of Jaisalmer.

External links

[*" Jaipur City Guide]

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