Planning to go on a Jaipur sightseeing tour in a day? If you’re on a budget and want to combine Jaipur local sightseeing with local hospitality, then a tuk tuk ride is a great option. See this sample Jaipur itinerary to get a glimpse of what Jaipur has to offer.
Jaipur, India’s Pink City
Jaipur is a dazzling combination of colorful sceneries, chaotic streets and royal splendor. Dubbed as the “Pink City of India”, Jaipur is a popular destination in India. You will immediately notice the mostly pink-colored buildings of the city once you set foot on Jaipur.
However, do not expect it to be the cute “girly” kind of pink. Instead, buildings along the walled city of Jaipur are coated in terracotta pink or earth pink, if there’s such a term. History tells that the city was painted pink upon the order of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in a sheer effort to impress Prince Albert of England. Pink was also aptly chosen because it symbolizes hospitality.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2019. Its urban structure reflects Rajasthan’s exemplary architecture and medieval grandeur. You will surely not run out of beautiful places to visit in Jaipur in one day.
Jaipur Sightseeing Tour: One Day in Jaipur by Tuk Tuk
Tuk tuk or auto rickshaw is one of the most popular means of transportation in India. Those who have been to India will be aware that a tuk tuk ride can you make you close your eyes to call for divine intervention. Why then am I recommending a whole day of Jaipur sightseeing tour in a tuk tuk?
Tuk tuk is the cheapest and traditional way of getting around Jaipur’s attractions. Common perception will tell you that it is unsafe to get in a tuk tuk in India. However, if you find yourself a professional driver who will also be your genuinely nice local guide, then you will have a wonderful experience exploring Jaipur.
Traveling solo while I was in Jaipur, I carefully chose a tuk tuk service after a thorough research of published reviews. I found Mr. Firoj Khan and would highly recommend this really nice Jaipur local who is knowledgeable and proud of his city. You can contact Firoj through the following:
WhatsApp: +91 96369 98783
It is not possible to see all the best places to visit in Jaipur in one day, so do your research to determine which places you want to prioritize.
Jaipur Sightseeing Map: Find Places to Visit in Jaipur
Here is Jaipur’s local sightseeing map. I have covered the places tagged in red in my one day tuk tuk tour. Places tagged in blue are other Jaipur attractions I haven’t visited, but I would otherwise be interested in visiting if given more time.
Check below the list of places to visit in Jaipur that can easily fill your one day Jaipur itinerary.
The mention of Jaipur, the Pink City, will almost always bring to mind this pink honeycomb-shaped building called Hawa Mahal. Hawa Mahal is an extension of the City Palace, where female royalties can watch street happenings from daily scenes to royal parades without being seen by the public.
This practice is in conformance to “purdah”, a rule where ladies should be in seclusion by concealing their bodies and hiding behind curtains. Purdah isn’t apparent nowadays in Jaipur, but I’ve seen some women in rural Rajasthan like in the Bishnoi village near Jodhpur, who are still practicing this.
Hawa Mahal is amazingly composed of 953 small windows, which do not only serve as peep holes but also allows cool breeze to naturally pass through. Morning is a great time to visit Hawa Mahal when the light passes through the colorful stained-glass windows.
See more photos of Hawa Mahal here:
Monday to Sunday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Indian Nationals: Adult - Rs 50; Student – Rs 5
Foreigners: Adult - Rs 200; Student – Rs 25
Royal City Palace, Jaipur
If you have one day in Jaipur, the Royal City Palace should definitely be included in your Jaipur sightseeing tour. You will find a remarkable mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture in the City Palace complex.
Being a royal palace, elegant artworks and opulent design were expectedly embedded in the place. However, seeing the splendid details with your own eyes is a different story. The main entrance gate itself has already left me in awe.
My favorite part of the City Palace is no doubt the Pritam Niwas Chowk in the inner courtyard. It features four colorful gates, each embellished with peacock motif representing the four seasons. I have a thick collection of door photos that I took in my travels and the ones here at Pritam Niwas Chowk are certainly hard ones to beat.
Read about more "door articles" here:
Monday to Sunday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM; 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
|Museum and exterior||Composite||Museum at Night||Chandra Mahal||Royal Splendor|
|Adult||Rs 200||Rs 300||Rs 500||Rs 1,500||Rs 3,000|
|Child (5-12 years)||Rs 100||Rs 200||Rs 250||Rs 1,000||Rs 1,500|
|Senior||Rs 100||Rs 200||Rs 380|
|Composite||Museum at Night||Chandra Mahal||Royal Splendor|
|Adult||Rs 700||Rs 1,000||Rs 2,000||Rs 3,500|
|Child (5-12 years)||Rs 400||Rs 500||Rs 1,500||Rs 2,000|
|Senior||Rs 430||Rs 780|
The types of entrance tickets for the City Palace can be quite confusing. A composite ticket entitles you to visiting all palace courts and galleries, plus other Jaipur attractions, particularly Jaigarh Fort and the Royal Cenotaphs. It is valid for two days from the first day of your visit.
If you are a foreigner and want to visit just the City Palace, you still have to purchase the composite ticket. I don’t know if I missed out on something but from what I understood, the City Palace only ticket is only available for Indian nationals. A visit to Chandra Mahal, the residence of Jaipur’s current Maharaja requires a separate ticket.
Furthermore, a Royal Splendor tour entitles you to enter parts of the palace that are otherwise normally restricted from visitors. If price is not an issue for you, then you must try this special tour.
Amber Fort or sometimes called Amer Fort, is one of the six Hill Forts of Rajasthan that are collectively listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort, overlooking Jaipur, serves not just as a fortress but also as a palace.
You can reach Amber Fort by climbing a zigzag of stairs and ramps, by vehicle through Chand Pol entrance or by an elephant ride. I would strongly not recommend the elephant ride due to ethical animal tourism concerns. If you have the energy, go for the climb. You will enjoy the sceneries by going at your own pace.
Several courtyards with pavilions and gardens comprise the fortified palace. As someone with a poor sense of direction, I easily got lost going from one portal and narrow corridors to another.
I think I went through the different courtyards or halls about three times on that day, not finding where to exit. I wasn’t bothered though because I would stare at the same intricately decorated walls and chambers and get blown away each time as if seeing them for the first time. My pictures could not justify how uniquely splendid each section of the palace is.
Going back to the narrow corridors, I have eavesdropped from a guided tour that these claustrophobia-inducing corridors were designed to allow the maharaja to stealthily visit his concubines. Some of the staircases and passageways were also a one way width because it is intended to trap the enemies, in case the citadel gets invaded.
Monday to Sunday
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Indian Nationals: Adult - Rs 100; Student – Rs 10; Light and sound show – Rs 100
Foreigners: Adult - Rs 500; Student – Rs 100; ; Light and sound show – Rs 200
I haven’t tried it, but there is a light and sound show in the evening showcasing the history of Amber Fort.
Jal Mahal or The Water Palace is a five-storey palace that was built as a duck-hunting resort for the maharajas. It sits in the middle of Man Sagar Lake and is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. Today, the first four floors are submerged underwater.
Whereas Jal Mahal reflected in water provides an ideal photographic scene, it tells of an ecological disaster of what was once a life-giving natural resource.
Four centuries ago, a dam was built across the river to direct water at the foot of Aravalli hills, from which the Man Sagar Lake was formed. The dam was intended to provide drinking water and save the people from a deadly drought. The lake also provided a feeding ground for various bird species, including the migratory Greater Flamingo.
Over the years, the water in the lake irreversibly rose, eventually submerging most parts of the palace. The palace was abandoned while Jaipur was busy with economic development. Rapid urbanization has converted the lake into a dumpsite for garbage and untreated sewage. Consequently, the lake and the groundwater quality deteriorated.
In 2003, a Private-Public Partnership ensued to restore the both the lake and the palace. If you are interested in how they did it, read the inspiring story of Jal Mahal and Man Sagar Lake revival here.
Open all days. Jal Mahal can be viewed from the lake promenade along the road leading to Amber Fort.
Panna Meena Ka Kund (Stepwell)
A photo of a stepwell I’ve seen on the internet has haunted me the first time I saw it. I knew before going to Rajasthan that I had to visit even just one of Northern India’s stepwell. Among the largest is Chand Baori of Abhaneri’s deep 13-storey stepwell, which I did not have the chance to visit.Panna Meena Ka Kund’s eight-storey criss-crossing staircase may be small compared to Chand Baori. Nevertheless, I was impressed by its unique architecture. Moreover, complementing this man-made well is a natural mountain range at the backdrop.Stepwells collect rainwater during monsoon season to act as reservoir in arid regions like the Northern India. The collected water is then used for bathing, washing clothes, and basically for domestic use.
Reaching the stepwell, I was surprised to see only a pair of visitors and a uniformed guard who wouldn’t let me get down the stairs. It was frustrating not being able to criss-cross my way down the stepwell and not being able to take closer shots of this shutter-inducing geometric wonder.
Sun Temple, Jaipur
The Sun Temple Jaipur, also known as Surya Mandir, lies on an outcrop on the edge of Aravalli Hills. The Hindu temple itself is small but the special thing about visiting the Sun Temple is its offering of a panoramic view of Jaipur.
Sun Temple is a part of the Monkey Temple complex, composed of the larger Galta Ji temple and several other small temples. Reaching the Sun Temple will require a short hike along a cobblestoned road, but nothing too strenuous.
In fact, what bothered me more was the thought of being mugged by a gang of macaques while on my way up the Sun Temple. I have visited other monkey temples like the Swayambunath Temple in Nepal, but the monkeys in Surya Mandir look more aggressive.
They look like heavy weights well-fed with fruits by the devotees and visitors. Hindus believe that feeding the animals will bring them good karma. As for me, I made sure I did not carry any food that will catch the primates’ attention.
My homestay host recommended that I spend the sunset here. It did not take long before I understood why. As the sun begins to set, the golden sunlight slowly enveloped Jaipur’s cityscape.
And how were the monkeys? It turned out they couldn’t care less about my presence. They were enjoying the sunset much as I did.
Some Notes About Visiting Jaipur
- If you are visiting Jaipur for more than a day, consider buying a composite ticket, which is valid for two days from the time of purchase. A composite ticket will entitle you to enter certain Jaipur attractions using a single ticket. Two types of composite ticket are available:
|Composite Ticket 1||Composite Ticket 2|
|Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall, Isarlat, Sisodia Rani garden, Vidhyadhar garden||City Palace (all palace courts and galleries) Jaigarh Fort and the Royal Cenotaphs|
Check the Government of Rajasthan Department of Archaeology and Museums for ticket prices and booking.
- If you are travelling to Jaipur by train from other Indian cities, you can check train schedule, price and conveniently make online train reservations here.
- Check Jaipur accommodations and reviews from all top booking sites here.
- If you have more time in Jaipur, you can find other activities and places to visit in Jaipur here.
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