JAIPUR: REGAL | COLORFUL | VIBRANT
SEE & DO: GALTAJI - MONKEY TEMPLE
For a unique experience, venture out to a pre-historic Hindu pilgrimage site, the Galtaji Temple. Also known as the Monkey Temple for the many tribes of monkeys that dwell in the area, the complex consists of temples, pavilions and holy kunds (natural spring and water tanks.) Photo By: Venkasub | Wikimedia Commons
STAY: LEBUA RESORT
With a contemporary vision of Indian design, this property is one of the newest to open in Jaipur. Inspired by the architectural traditions of Rajasthan. Photo By: lebua Resorts
STAY: OBEROI RAJVILAS
Built around an 18th century Shiva temple, you can feel the peace and serenity in this breathtaking royal resort. Known as one of the world’s top hotels, the luxurious accommodations are outfitted to meet your every need. For those with extra special requests, a butler service is available 24 hours.
STAY: RAJ PALACE GRAND HERITAGE
Built in 1727, this hotel has been meticulously restored to its original glory as a Maharaja’s palace. Crystal chandeliers, rich fabrics, and ornate decorations greet visitors to this stunning and unique hotel.
STAY: RAJMAHAL PALACE
A sparkling gem in the center of Jaipur, this is one of the oldest and most treasured properties in the city. Each room boasts of completely unique interior décor specially chosen or created to tell the many stories of Jaipur.
STAY: RAMBAGH PALACE
Colorfully rich fabrics, silk drapes, and opulent furnishings create a sanctuary indoors while expansive, ornamental gardens decorate the grounds of this architectural beauty.
Featuring Northern Indian, Mughlai, and Rajasthani cuisine, the chef specializes in preparing food according to recipes passed down through generations of royal chefs. Enjoy your meal in a centrally located outdoor area or the private dining area dazzling with silver and gold old-world charm. Photo By: Steven Pinker | Flickr
Indian curries and meats, marinated with rare herbs and exotic spices are complimented with a great collection of old and new world wines for an authentic dining experience. A tempting bread bar offers a selection of artisanal breads baked in a traditional iron tandoor.
EAT: JAMMIE'S KITCHEN
Innovative yet classic Indian and International cuisine, served with the utmost care, warmth and gracious tradition, in a minimalistic restaurant.
Escape the bustling city into this relaxing restaurant – a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Serving Indian, Chinese, and Continental dishes from a vast menu, the famous Laal Maans meat curry and Rogan Josh lamb dish are not to be missed.
A relaxing outdoor location with an extensive liquor menu is the perfect way to begin the evening. Forresta also has a wide variety of delectable cuisines if you want to begin and end the evening in the comfortable outdoor courtyard.
DRINK: THE VERANDAH
Stunning panoramic views of gardens and fountains accompany you in this relaxing palace verandah. Enjoy an afternoon champagne tea or savor pre-dinner cocktails.
SEE & DO: AMBER FORT
Set on a hill top overlooking Maota Lake, Amber Fort was the original home of royalty until Jaipur city was built. The fort is home to breathtaking palaces, halls, gardens, and temples which reflect a beautiful fusion of Hindu-Muslim architecture. Photo By: zoonabar | Flickr
SEE & DO: DERA AMER
Located just behind the hills of Amber Fort awaits an opportunity to get up close with some of India’s much loved elephants. Spend some time enjoying an elephant safari through fields, fortress, and to the camp in the middle of Aravali forest land.
SEE & DO: CITY PALACE
City Palace is a complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings right in the center of the Old City. A blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, decorative art and carved doorways from different eras greet you at every turn.
SEE & DO: HAWA MAHAL
With 953 uniquely carved niches and windows, the Hawa Mahal is widely considered Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark. Also called the Palace of Winds, legend has it that it was built as a royal grandstand for the palace women, enabling them to watch the life and processions of the city.
SEE & DO: JANTAR MANTAR - UNESCO
Adjacent to the City Palace, this observatory was built for measuring the heavens. It is a collection of astronomical structures which measure time, predict eclipses, and track stars. At a height of 90 feet, the world's largest stone sundial can be found here. Photo By: jesserichmond | Flickr
SPA: JIVA SPA
Pamper yourself like royalty in this new luxurious spa. Soak tubs, lounge areas, and relaxing outdoor hideaways provide the perfect opportunity for you to unwind.
SPA: OBEROI RAJVILAS
A restored 18th century haveli (mansion) is home to one of the best spas in Jaipur offering the very best Ayurvedic and Western beauty therapies. Indulge in a specialty detoxing bath followed by their one of their Signature Indigenous Rituals. Photo By: mararie | Flickr
A luxury spa located within the Marriott hotel, you’ll find many of the services available at other spas but with a nice twist of Ayurvedic treatments to relax and refresh the mind, body, and soul.
SHOP: BLOCK PRINT TEXTILES
Fabrics from Jaipur are known worldwide because of the hand-made process they go through. Rajasthani designs are unique to Jaipur and block print textiles, exported globally, are the best you will ever find.
SHOP: BLUE POTTERY
Widely recognized as a traditional craft of Jaipur, the name comes from the eye-catching Persian blue dye used to color the clay.
Jewelry is an integral part of the Indian lifestyle. Jaipur is famous for emeralds, topaz, and diamonds as well as the traditional Meenakari-style jewelry which the city is known for.
Sari is the national dress for the women of India. Each region has a unique style and over the past few years, the styles have been given a modern twist by Indian designers.
A city of colors, the historic Indian city of Jaipur is one of the most culturally vibrant destinations in the world. Founded in 1727 by the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the city is entrenched in the cultural legacy as India's Pink City – named so because of the distinctive pink walls and buildings of the old city. Jaipur is a rich source of inspiration to artists and a shopper’s paradise luring visitors in search of arts and crafts, textiles and jewelry. Every corner whispers of history while the ancient palaces and forts are a tribute and reminder to the city’s entire royal heritage.
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BEFORE YOU GO
Jaipur is a city swarming with people. Traffic and crowds are the norm but don’t let that deter you from visiting the beautiful destinations. Renting a car is possible, but only if you’re comfortable braving streets full of congestion.
Hiring a chauffeur from the airport and around the city is preferable. If you want an authentic experience, try out the motorized or bicycle-powered rickshaws.
Live like royalty in palatial hotels reminiscent of glittering gold and sparkling jewels. The rich history of the city of Jaipur is captured elegantly in the architecture which surrounds your every step down splendid hallways and lavish gardens.
Raj Palace Grand Heritage Hotel
Influenced heavily by history and climate, Indian cuisine is well-known for its diversity. Cooking styles vary from region to region, most famously between South and North Indian cuisine. Traditional dishes from the south are generally based around rice, lentils, and stews. Dishes from the north, where Jaipur is located, feature a dizzying array of breads and curries. Not to worry though, most restaurants in Jaipur serve a vast menu to taste and try different dishes to your heart’s content.
Jaipur is not known for its nightlife, but there are a few places to explore at sundown in the Pink City. The best bars and lounges are located in the grand hotels with more opening regularly. You may not need to walk far for an enjoyable evening out.
SEE & DO
Ancient temples and generations of culture await you in this magnificent city of pink. Stroll through the elaborate architecture of palaces and forts as you envision the opulent lifestyle of past rulers.
Galtaji - Monkey Temple
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds
Jantar Mantar Observatory - UNESCO
Spas in Jaipur offer a mix of holistic and natural treatments based on eastern and western techniques. Soul-nurturing treatments aim to balance your unique mind and body type while you relax in the decadence of an Indian palace.
Oberoi Rajvilas Spa
Famous for gems like topaz, emeralds, and diamonds, Jaipur is a shopper’s paradise. A visit to the Gem Palace is an absolute must.
From the city’s famous blue pottery to the distinctive block print textiles be prepared to devote yourself to some serious shopping time.