March 17, 2018

3 days in Jaipur :: My 2018 Jaipur itinerary :: Rajasthan, India

Jaipur itinerary: Best places to visit in Jaipur in 3 days. Hawa Mahal, Pink palaces in Jaipur. Rajasthan, India

ALOHA!

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:

Read on below for more information below about each of these Jaipur activities!

Jaipur itinerary: Best places to visit in Jaipur in 3 days. Pink City, Old City gates in Jaipur. Rajasthan, India

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

Jaisalmer to Jaipur by train: Getting to Jaipur. Itinerary with getting around Rajasthan, India

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

More things to do in Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle

Now, see below for the best things to do in Jaipur as a tourist!

Here are some of the best places to visit in Jaipur in 3 days

Jaipur itinerary: Rajasthan, India. 3 days: Famous palaces, famous forts, Old City street shopping. Golden Triangle, India

DAY 1 IN JAIPUR

Visit to the palaces in Jaipur

Jaipur itinerary, one day: Palaces in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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

Here are more tips to make it a day of Jaipur’s palaces.

Jaipur City Palace

Jaipur itinerary, one day: Is Jaipur City Palace worth it? Palaces in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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.

Jaipur itinerary, one day: Jaipur City Palace, Pink City. Palaces in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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

Jaipur itinerary, one day: Hawa Mahal - Wind Palace. Jaipur palaces, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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.

Jaipur itinerary, one day: Jal Mahal - Water Palace. Jaipur palaces, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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.

Royal cenotaphs

Jaipur itinerary, one day: Royal cenotaphs, elephant carvings. Best places to visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

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.

Jaipur itinerary, one day: Royal cenotaphs, royal family of Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

The Gatore ki Chhatriyan is located on the way to Jal Mahal if you’re coming from City Palace or Hawa Mahal.

There are few people here, so this can be a nice environment to sit back and take a break too.

DAY 2 IN JAIPUR

Walk across the forts in Jaipur

Jaipur itinerary, 2 days: Forts in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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!

Here are more tips to make it a day of Jaipur’s forts.

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.

Jaipur itinerary, 2 days: Amber Palace. Forts in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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.

Jaipur itinerary, 2 days: Jaipur to Amber Fort. Jaipur forts, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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.

Jaipur itinerary, 2 days: Jaipur to Nahargarh Fort. Jaipur forts, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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.

Jaipur itinerary, 2 days: Rooftop restaurant at Amber Fort. Jaipur forts, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

I continued to stay energized along the walk with water, ice cream (carbs), and potato chips (carbs and salt). 😉

Amber Fort

Jaipur itinerary, 2 days: Amber Palace. Forts in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

Jaigarh Fort

Jaipur itinerary, 2 days: Jaigarh Fort Palace. Forts in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

Nahargarh Fort

Jaipur itinerary, 2 days: Nahargarh Fort. Jaipur forts, Rajasthan. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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!

Jaipur itinerary, 2 days: Fresh pineapple juice. Best places to visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

There’s nothing like a feeling of fresh juice than seeing it being churned right in front of you!

It was 20 rupees each for the cut pineapple pieces and pineapple juice, so a total of 40 rupees (less than a dollar).

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.

Jaipur itinerary, 3 days: Street shopping in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Pink City, Old City, Ajmeri Gate. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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.

Jaipur itinerary, 3 days: Street shopping in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Indian clothes in Pink City, Old City. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

This will get you a good sampling of some of street shopping in Jaipur!

Jaipur itinerary, 3 days: Street shopping in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Indian clothes in Pink City, Old City. Best places to visit in Jaipur, India.

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

Jaipur itinerary, 3 days: Pink City walking tour, Old City. Best places to visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

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

Jaipur itinerary, 3 days: Monkey Temple aka Galtaji. Hilltop temple with best views of Jaipur. Best places to visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

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!

Jaipur itinerary, 3 days: Sun Temple with monkey. Hilltop temple with best views of Jaipur. Best places to visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

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.

More Rajasthan itinerary planning

Jaipur itinerary: Best places to visit in Jaipur in 3 days. Jaigarh Fort, Forts in Jaipur. Rajasthan, India

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