In March 2018, I spent more than a week in Jaipur.
During this time, I explored some of the top sights and best places to visit in Jaipur in 3 days.
The Jaipur itinerary
Here’s the quick list of my itinerary for part of my week in Jaipur:
- Getting to Jaipur: Jaisalmer to Jaipur by train
- DAY 1
- Visit to 3 palaces in Jaipur
- Jaipur City Palace
- Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace)
- Jal Mahal (Water Palace)
- Visit to 3 palaces in Jaipur
- DAY 2
- Walk across 3 forts in Jaipur
- Amber Fort
- Jaigarh Fort
- Nahargarh Fort
- Walk across 3 forts in Jaipur
- DAY 3
- Street shopping in the Pink City
- Walk to hilltop temples
- Monkey Temple (Galtaji Temple)
- Sun Temple
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Best tours in Jaipur
Rajasthan as a whole is full of rich history.
Most of the major palaces and museums all over Rajasthan will offer audio guides at the very least. Some places will also have guides available. These could be worth paying for at least once so that you can get a basic introduction to the history of the area that is known as Rajasthan today!
For Jaipur, take a look at this tour to get a deeper understanding of Indian history.
A unique way to explore Jaipur could be to take this night tour that starts at 10pm.
To explore more tours in Jaipur, the Golden Triangle, and beyond, be sure to have a look at these tours.
Getting to Jaipur: Jaisalmer to Jaipur by train
The journey from Jaisalmer to Jaipur is a bit of a distance, so an overnight train can be one of the best options for this route.
I decided to take the Ranikhet Express train from Jaisalmer to Jaipur.
This train originated in Jaisalmer late at night and arrived in Jaipur the next day in the afternoon. So while the duration was long, it didn’t feel as long since I was sleeping through some of the train ride. I was able to get a pretty decent night’s sleep in the 3AC class.
I like to use trainman in order to see what my train options are for any given route. You can type in Jaisalmer JSM and Jaipur JP to do a search for all Jaisalmer to Jaipur trains.
You can also take a look at redbus to see if any of the Jaisalmer to Jaipur bus options appeal to you.
Getting around Rajasthan
- Mumbai to Udaipur by overnight bus
- Udaipur to Jodhpur by bus
- Jodhpur to Jaisalmer by train
- Jaisalmer to Jaipur by train
More things to do in Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle
Here are some of the best places to visit in Jaipur in 3 days
DAY 1 IN JAIPUR
Visit to the palaces in Jaipur
Rajasthan can be considered a land of palaces, and there are several palaces in Jaipur to see.
These are some of the most famous palaces in Jaipur:
- City Palace
- Hawa Mahal – Wind Palace
- Jal Mahal – Water Palace
Jaipur City Palace
The Jaipur City Palace is located in a convenient part of Jaipur, and it’s a way to learn more about the different aspects of the royal lifestyle and what life was like in the past.
If your trip to India is doing the Golden Triangle loop only with Jaipur being the only city in Rajasthan you’re visiting, then the Jaipur City Palace is worth a visit.
But if you’re traveling around Rajasthan and you’re looking to save some money, personally I liked the Udaipur City Palace and Jodhpur Fort Palace a little bit more. Part of this was because I felt there was more to explore within the palace complex in Udaipur and Jodhpur.
Still, the City Palace in the Pink City can offer some architecture that’s worth admiring.
The entry fee to City Palace was 500 rupees (US$8) for foreigners. There is also a “Royal Grandeur” tour for 2,000 rupees (US$30) that would give you access to more of the palace.
Hawa Mahal – Wind Palace
This is the iconic pink palace that you have seen in pictures!
The Hawa Mahal complex has a few areas to roam around. It’s not too big, so this could be a quick visit if you want it to be.
If you head across the street to one of the rooftop cafes, you can get a perfect straight on view of the Hawa Mahal. You don’t even really have to stay and eat, as you can just climb the stairs for the view too. But heading to a cafe can make for a nice break if you’ve been out exploring the streets of Jaipur!
The entry fee to Hawa Mahal was 200 rupees (US$3) for foreigners.
Jal Mahal – Water Palace
This is a palace that’s located in the middle of the lake which means that it offers scenic views on the water. There’s a path along the lake which makes it a nice place to go for a stroll at sunset.
The area is usually lively with lots of people around, especially in the evening.
This can be a good place to buy some souvenirs too.
The guidebook I’d been using says this palace has no public access.
On the theme of royalty and royal families, a visit to the royal cenotaphs can be a convenient visit if you’re headed to the Jal Mahal. This is where members of the royal family are memorialized.
The Gatore ki Chhatriyan is located on the way to Jal Mahal if you’re coming from City Palace or Hawa Mahal.
DAY 2 IN JAIPUR
Walk across the forts in Jaipur
Rajasthan can also be considered a land of forts.
There are 3 forts near Jaipur, and these can easily be covered in a single day if you want to make it a fort day.
- Amber Fort
- Jaigarh Fort
- Nahargarh Fort
The easiest would be to drive to each of the forts, but it’s possible to walk from fort to fort too! And so, I walked from fort to fort… to fort!
At the end of the day, I had walked 15 miles (20 km). This includes walking around the different fort and palace complexes, as well as getting back to where I was staying after I finished up at the last fort.
Of the different fort complexes, I did the most walking around at Amber Palace with an hour or so of walking.
Getting back to my host’s place added on an extra 3 miles or 5 km or so.
So naturally, walking these forts in Jaipur was an all day affair.
For Jaipur to Amber, I reached the base of Amber Fort just after 9am by taking an Uber motorbike.
And I reached the base of Nahargarh Fort just before 4:30pm. The fort walk ended with a winding downhill road on uneven ground! This would be the road you’d take if you were going directly from Jaipur to Nahargarh Fort.
I generally took it at a leisurely pace, including time exploring the fort complexes. Near the end of Amber Fort, I stopped at a cafe for some food to fuel me up for the walk, and it came with a nice view! Look for Cafe Coffee Day when you’re at the fort.
I continued to stay energized along the walk with water, ice cream (carbs), and potato chips (carbs and salt). 😉
Fresh pineapple juice from pineapple man
As I was walking back to my host’s place following the 3 fort walk, a pineapple man walked right passed me with his cart full of pineapples. This seemed like a good choice for a recovery drink, so I decided to get both fresh-cut pineapples and fresh pineapple juice!
There’s nothing like a feeling of fresh juice than seeing it being churned right in front of you!
DAY 3 IN JAIPUR
Street shopping in the Pink City
There’s a section of Jaipur that can make for the perfect place to go when you’re looking to do some street shopping.
You can start at one of the iconic pink gates in Jaipur, located in the Old City or Pink City.
From there, once you get past the city walls, you can basically walk along the streets in a square.
Once you are in this area, it will be pretty easy to follow the outer streets of the square.
This will get you a good sampling of some of street shopping in Jaipur!
If you’re planning for something like 2 weeks in Rajasthan, you might consider saving Jaipur for last. This could be a good place to do some souvenir shopping!
Fresh pineapple juice in the Pink City
Before leaving the main Pink City area, it seemed like a good idea to get some pineapple juice!
This pineapple juice was 50 rupees, a little less than a dollar.
Visit to the Monkey Temple
The Galtaji Temple is famous for having tons of monkeys all around, so it’s also been given the name of Monkey Temple.
This is located a little bit outside Jaipur, and I took an Uber cab to get to the Monkey Temple.
There are a few stairs and a little bit to explore within the temple complex, but generally it won’t take up too much time.
There was no entry fee at the Monkey Temple, but there was a 50 rupee (less than US$1) charge if you plan on taking pictures, even with a mobile phone.
Walk to Sun Temple with some of the best views of Jaipur
Once you get to the Monkey Temple, you can keep walking up the stairs further.
This is a bit of a further walk, maybe 1-2 miles.
Once you’re walking for a bit towards the Sun Temple from the Monkey Temple, there’s a point where you have the option to go left or right. The road to the right is the for scooters or motorbikes, and you can walk up this road too. The road to the left isn’t as friendly for motor vehicles with the uneven roads, but it is walkable. I was told by a local man that this is the shortcut, so head to the left if you’re doing this walk!
Then soon you’ll be at the Sun Temple and treated to some of the best views of Jaipur… and some more monkeys!
There’s also a road on the other side of the Sun Temple that you can take to get back down, instead of returning back to the Monkey Temple. Taking this road will drop you closer to the main part of Jaipur.
The cheaper way to get to the Monkey Temple
Going from the Sun Temple side is also how you can get to the Monkey Temple for cheaper, if you don’t mind a little bit of walking.
Look for the Galta Gate on Google Maps, walk to the Sun Temple, then walk to the Monkey Temple!
Because the Galta Gate is located on the side of the main city, even if you take a rickshaw or Uber to reach here, it will be cheaper than looping all the way around to the main entrance of the Monkey Temple. Basically, you’d end up entering from the back side.
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