May 06, 2020
The Pink City, as Jaipur is popularly known, is one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in India. It has a heavy tourist influx even from other countries, particularly from the US and some parts of Europe. Many tourists are attracted to the city for its historical and royal heritage, as well as the stunning architecture and delicious food.
Jaipur has a rich history that includes everything from secession wars among warring Hindu kings, battles fought between local kings and plundering foreign armies, conquests of States, innovative architecture and construction methods, literature, performing arts and modern engineering. There are forts, gardens and palaces as far as the eye can see, and there is so much to explore in this city that a few days can hardly help you cover all the tourist spots. Besides, the people are warm and friendly, and quite accepting of tourists. You can be yourself in this beautiful city and explore it to your heart’s content.
The dry and sandy landscape is offset beautifully by the colourful attire of the residents, and the way they decorate the walls of their homes and even dress up the camels! Then there are the added attractions of enticing street food and the buzzy vibe in the local bazaars. But despite its rich historical and cultural heritage, and how the residents still hold on to the traditional way of doing things, Jaipur is quite modern in outlook and fast developing into a global city. It is one of the designated Smart Cities in India and is being developed as a communications, housing and retail hub.
If you are looking to book a restful holiday in a wonderful, slightly mysterious part of India, then you should look no further than Jaipur. This article discusses how to reach the city, when you should visit this fabled Pink City, the best things to do in Jaipur, and the best resorts in Jaipur to enrich your stay.
It is important to know how to reach Jaipur from your hometown. You can get there by flight, road and railway. It is well connected to the rest of Rajasthan and also the major cities of Surat, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chandigarh and Indore.
There are many direct flights from major Indian cities to Jaipur, as also several connecting ones. There are both domestic and international flights disembarking at the Jaipur Airport, so you have a wide range of flight options to choose from.
People from the neighbouring States of Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Gujarat also drive down to Jaipur, but it’s a long road trip that adds more days to your holiday. You can attempt a road trip if you are passing by the city for a couple of days (which won’t leave much room for sightseeing) or if you are planning a larger tour of Rajasthan. Or you can choose to take a train to Jaipur – there are some Express trains and many daily trains arriving from Mumbai, Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and South India.
Once you reach Jaipur, you can hire a pre-paid taxi to reach your resort. Your resort in Jaipur may even be able to arrange an airport transfer for you, so that you don’t need to wait and queue up for a taxi. There are a few transport options to get around in Jaipur, from taxis and autorickshaws, to private jeeps and hired scooters.
Jaipur is located in the State of Rajasthan, which is largely a desert. Being a desert city, it shows extremes of climate and harsh weather in the summer and winter season. There is sparse rainfall here, but you would not prefer to be out and about in the city when it is raining. The roads become a little slushy with rainwater mixing with the sand, and it is quite uncomfortable to walk or drive over.
The best time to visit Jaipur depends on your holiday preferences and your tolerance to the weather. We recommend travelling to Jaipur in the months between October and December, which are the winter months and quite the most pleasant ones in the ciyt. The winter chill does not set in till late November, and you can enjoy sightseeing in good weather and soft sunshine. This period is also known as the tourist season in Jaipur, so there will be a lot of footfalls. You can refer to Jaipur tourism guides for a better idea of when to make a visit. The most unfriendly season to visit Jaipur is during the summer, when day time temperatures normally go above 40⁰C. The summer season begins from March and ends by June in Jaipur and the rest of Rajasthan.
Pack a warm sweater or two for the cold evenings and nights, and do reach your Jaipur resort before dark to avoid travelling back in the dark. Also carry sturdy walking boots with rubber soles because many points are accessible on foot.
Jaipur is so full of tourist spots, eateries, bazaars and general recreation places, that you will be spoilt for choice in terms of what to see and what to do. Here’s our list of recommendations for what to do in Jaipur:
* Start by booking a good Jaipur resort: The city teems with a variety of accommodation options. However, you must seek out a premium Jaipur resort like the Club Mahindra property located in the city, to start your vacation on the right note (more on this in the last section of this article). Once you have booked the best resort in Jaipur, you can continue on to the list of things to do in the city.
* Tour the famous City Palace precinct: Located in Chokri Shahad in old Jaipur city, the eminent City Palace Complex stands as a testament to the grandeur of the royal Rajput clans that once ruled this city. It features palaces, courtyards, private residences, offices, gardens, shaded retreats for the queens and royal ladies, temples, etc. Lately, one portion of the complex has been turned into a museum, and there is also an art gallery. The complex hosts a famous sound and light show in the evenings.
*Be amazed by the Hawa Mahal: The beautiful Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 as an extension to the City Palace complex listed above. Its design is inspired by Lord Krishna’s peacock feather crown in the façade. The Mahal was used by the royal ladies of the court and their attendants, allowing them to look outside without people being able to look inside the latticed windows. The Hawa Mahal is an architectural wonder with its windows built such that they form a natural channel for the winds at all times of the year, thus providing adequate ventilation even in the hot summer months.
* Take your kids to see the Jantar Mantar: This spot features on our list because it is so enthralling. Not just children, but even adults will be left spellbound by it. It is constructed entirely out of stone, and was built to study astronomy. In fact, it is known as the world’s biggest astronomical stone observatory, and there are even paintings, poems and stories devoted it in popular folklore. Apart from the stone structure itself, the building has ancient brass and stone instruments placed such that they allow you to note the position of heavenly bodies at one glance. These are in good condition and can be used even today.
* Check out the historic Nahargarh Fort: This fort looks like any other pink edifice in Jaipur, but it is also distinguishable due to its intricate stone and marble carvings. Its majestic exterior belies its delicately crafted interiors. It is one of the few impregnable Indian forts that withstood every attack by marauding Mughal and British armies. Today, it offers magnificent views of Jaipur city, and many pre-wedding shoots are done here routinely to make use of the excellent backdrop.
* Pay your respects at the Galtaji Temple: Every tourist leaflet and guidebook lists this important place of worship as a must-visit destination, and for a good reason, too. The temple is said to be several centuries old, and in good condition to this day. Flanked by the majestic Aravalli Hills on one side, you can take in the majestic temple complex, the many small shrines inside, the hot water springs, prayer rooms, etc. The Galtaji temple stands carved out of natural rock in the centre of the complex. Located inside the City Palace premises, the Galtaji Temple complex is sure to amaze and mesmerise with its sheer grandeur.
* Visit the curious Albert Hall Museum: Located off the small Ram Niwas Garden, another famous tourist spot in Jaipur, the Albert Hall Museum was built at the time of the British Raj to entertain the British officers and their families with musical performances. It was a concert hall that hosted music, dance and other cultural events. But it was converted into a museum in the 19th Century, along the lines of the Albert Hall in England. Today, you can visit it to view their large collection of local and national artefacts inside 16 large display galleries located in the main building.
* Bapu Bazaar: No sightseeing trip in any part of the country is complete without visiting the famous shopping haunts. And Bapu Bazaar is Jaipur’s best shopping retreat, which even the local residents swear by. You must take the entire family to visit Bapu Bazaar, and drink in the sights of many bustling shops selling authentic Rajasthani wares. Buy locally made bags, dupattas, kurtas, scarves, leather juttis and mojris, sarees, bangles, earrings and artificial Kundan-style jewellery here. Located near the Sanganer Gate, you should also take a look at the shops selling brass items, stone jewellery, woollen clothing and blankets, etc.
* Eat at the famous restaurants: There are several restaurants in Jaipur offering authentic local food that you cannot miss. Gorge on authentic and typical Rajasthani fare like chilly pakora, gatta kadhi, makke ki rotis with creamy buttermilk, and succulent sweets if you want a thali experience. There are many high end restaurants offering tasty, authentic Rajasthani meals for you to savour. Keep drinking water or fresh fruit juice to keep yourself hydrated – the days are often quite hot, and the air is dry. What you eat will keep you nourished and able to withstand the rigours of the climate, especially on a hot day.
Your Jaipur sojourn can be made twice as enjoyable when you book yourself into a wonderful Jaipur resort like the stately Club Mahindra Mansingh Towers Resort. Make use of your Club Mahindra membership to holiday in this part of Rajasthan and have the most memorable holiday with your loved ones.
Book yourself into the Mansingh Towers Jaipur Resort and get captivated by the luxurious rooms, excellent food at the resort’s restaurant, activities to keep both children and adults occupied, and a restful vacation in India’s desert State Rajasthan.
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL) is India’s leading player in the leisure hospitality industry, and it offers quality family holidays, primarily through vacation ownership memberships.
Book yourself into the Mansingh Towers Jaipur Resort and get captivated by the luxurious rooms, excellent food at the resort’s restaurant, activities to keep both children and adults occupied, and a restful vacation in India’s desert State Rajasthan. You are sure to return from your holiday with renewed energy and passion for life!
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Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.