Jaipur Travel Guide

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Jaipur Things to Do

  • Amber Fort

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    CHEATS !!! CHEATS !!! CHEATS !!!CHEATS !!!CHEATS !!! If you also got cheated by them write to tafdot@gmail.com making cc to tourismminister@nic.in Do not buy anything from here the price is double or triple from open market!!! Your guide is hand in glove with the shop and the artist working in the store to portray that its a direct to client shop...

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  • City Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

    The city palace complex still has some areas reserved as royal residence, but several buildings are opened to public as a museum. Different buildings and yards, arches and rooms, provide a very interesting visit. Be prepared to pay the same than 5 Indian citizens to enter, doubling the price if carrying a camera, however, for occidental uses, it...

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  • Hawa Mahal

    Of all the pink buildings in the Pink City, this must be the most photographed. It is a fantastical concoction of oriel and bay windows, coloured glass, carved screens in stone and wood, delicate pointed arches – all piled up in five ever-diminishing storeys. It was built in 1799 as part of the City Palace to provide the ladies of the royal court...

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Jaipur Hotels

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Jaipur Restaurants

  • Handi

    4 out of 5 stars

    Do not miss a chance at eating at this restaurant, its got a really good tandoori/non-veg food range. the atmosphere is great and the decor is kind of village-themed. it is reasonably priced as well. for example a whole tandoori platter at 250/- tht will be enough starters for 2 people. The restaurant also delivers, which came in extremely useful...

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  • Shahpura House

    I am including a separate tip about dinners at our hotel as their lovely rooftop restaurant is open to non-guests, and certainly on one evening we saw a group here who had been brought by their guide. We had two meals up here - one good and one excellent (the difference being only that on the second night the dishes we ordered proved to be...

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  • Virasat SheeshMahal

    This birthday, my wife surprised me by taking me to Virasat SheeshMahal. My experience at Virasat Sheeshmahal can't be described in words. The Royal treatment in a complete Rajasthani setup with Rajasthani attire, the Rajasthani turban, Rajasthani Jewellery made us feel like King and Queen. We were escorted and welcomed by Audio show followed by...

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Jaipur Nightlife

  • On the street

    Hooray for Bollywood No visit to India would be complete without seeing a Bollywood movie and one of the best places in all Asia is the Raj Mandir cinema in Jaipur. Famous for its grand entrance foyer and theatre like a giant meringue, the Raj Mandir captures the splendour of a bygone age of cinema, long before multiplexes in shopping malls....

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  • Hooray for Bollywood

    Hooray for Bollywood No visit to India would be complete without seeing a Bollywood movie and one of the best places in all Asia is the Raj Mandir cinema in Jaipur. Famous for its grand entrance foyer and theatre like a giant meringue, the Raj Mandir captures the splendour of a bygone age of cinema, long before multiplexes in shopping malls. It's...

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  • Exciting Pink City

    Though Night life at Jaipur is not to the tune of Delhi & Mumbai but Jaipur does offers fair bit of fun. There are some very good clubs now which offers quality entertainment. Geoffery's at Park Plaza is quite a famous place which plays some great music. Tablu at Clarks Amer is a roof top bar quite close to Airport. You can see a lot of...

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Jaipur Transportation

  • How to get around?

    Maybe you feel some constraint (as I did) to accept being pulled around by the effort of a man. But remember, it's their job, and life will be harder with... no clients. So, be aware that the rickshaw is the best way to tour the city at a cheap price. After all, cycling around such a plane city is not the toughest job they may choose.

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  • elephant transfer

    You can get an elephant ride up the hill to the Amber Fort - however, you may want to walk as the queue is often over an hour long. A lot of people worry about the well being of the elephants. I don't know the entire situation, but I was told by several people that the elephants now only do a small amount of trips up and down the hill each day...

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  • Rickshaw

    Maybe you feel some constraint (as I did) to accept being pulled around by the effort of a man. But remember, it's their job, and life will be harder with... no clients. So, be aware that the rickshaw is the best way to tour the city at a cheap price. After all, cycling around such a plane city is not the toughest job they may choose.

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Jaipur Shopping

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  • Shops

    The best thing about the Lemon Tree Premier hotel was the shop on the second floor (at the entrance to the restaurant), Shri Sai Yash Crafts Boutique. Owner Bhupendra has a beautiful range of high-quality and authentic items and he was really happy to chat with us and discuss his work as an artist. He was an honest and no-pressure salesman (which...

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  • Brilliant shop in Lemon Tree Premier...

    The best thing about the Lemon Tree Premier hotel was the shop on the second floor (at the entrance to the restaurant), Shri Sai Yash Crafts Boutique. Owner Bhupendra has a beautiful range of high-quality and authentic items and he was really happy to chat with us and discuss his work as an artist. He was an honest and no-pressure salesman (which...

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  • Block printed goods

    We came here interested to see the block printing techniques but not planning to shop, although at the back of my mind I thought I might maybe buy a cushion cover if I saw something in suitable colours that I liked. The fact that we bought something rather larger, a fabric throw big enough to cover a double bed or make into a duvet, is, I assure...

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Jaipur Local Customs

  • Block printing

    One of the most traditional crafts in the Jaipur area is block printing on cotton or silk, and you are likely to be offered an opportunity to see craftsmen at work. Of course this is also an opportunity for them to persuade you to buy (I succumbed - see my shopping tip), but even if you don't want to buy it is worth going to see the work that goes...

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  • Privacy?

    Public toilets are available in Jaipur, but their privacy is... none. We saw everything, even people defecating in the walkways. In those hard conditions who cares about privacy and cleanliness?

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  • Road hotels

    Along the roads it's common to see several stalls with sleeping places. Comfort is absent, such as privacy, but in a so populated and hot country, this must be the cheapest "civilized" solution.

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Jaipur Warnings and Dangers

  • scary men on motorcycles

    I stayed in Jaipur for a month with a group of students. One girl in our group was riding in the back of a bicycle rickshaw one evening, and a group of four men on two motorcycles pulled the rickshaw over and attempted to abduct her. They pulled on her arms and grabbed her breasts, but she held on to to the rickshaw, and was thankfully not...

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  • Disgusting

    Maybe you'll be attracted by the colors and smells of India. They are really gorgeous. But not in the market, specially in the areas reserved for chicken or milk. There, if you don't skip them, you have to be strong. Nor even in the tanneries of Morocco I found such a awful smell. And the dirt... True India...

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  • Touts and hawkers are everywhere

    You will run in to persistent sellers of everything around the tourist sites. It's not a danger as much as an annoyance. If you do not want to buy anything, do not make eye contact and be equally persistent with your "NO".And if you want something, do not pay the asking price. Bargain a bit. Pictures that were being sold for 700 rupees, ended up...

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Jaipur Tourist Traps

  • Photographers at the fort

    A word of caution. There are cameras everywhere at the fort, but the ones pointing at you by the "freelance photographers" come at a price. As you leave the fort they will be there to sell you your photos for a high price. If you want the pictures, negotiate the price down to at least a third of what they are asking. When they argue, say no and...

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  • Service fee trick

    At the cafe next to the entrance of the City Palace be aware of the waiter´s scam. They pretend that the service charge is not included in price shown on the bill.The back thougt is you to persuade you to give extra tip.Of course the service fee is seperately shown on the invoice you get presented, but is already included in the endsum. If you...

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  • Shop recommendations

    In Amer fort we were suggested by the guide that there is a govt outlet which is very reliable called Raj kala Mandir and the entrance tickets also has its name. We believed him, but after going there, realised that it's not a govt shop. But the quality was no doubt good, but we resisted their pressure to buy too many things. No harm in taking a...

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Jaipur What to Pack

  • Useful advice

    I used a backpack with luggage locks and I also carried a bicycle lock to secure my bag. This especially came in handy on the Indian sleeper trains, where you sleep in a car with 50 of your closest friends. A freind of mine left his bag bext to him on the train and turned to look out the window, and someone took it (passport, money, and all). I...

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  • Packing List

    45 liter Backpack. Clothing: see cultural tips. Shoes: good mountain shoes and slippers. Anti-malaria pills, anti-mosquito cream, anti-mosquito net (klambu), suncream extra strong. See: touristtraps.

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Jaipur Off The Beaten Path

  • Amber Fort and Palace

    This spectacular place is only a short drive from Jaipur and easily visited from there. I have written a small separate page about all its wonders, too many to share in a single tip, but here are some general facts and some practical info, plus a few photos to whet your appetite for a visit. The fort was established in what was the Kachwaha capital...

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  • Haunted Bhangarhfort A Ghost Town of...

    Bhangarh, a deserted town in Rajasthan, was established in 1613 by King Madho Singh, son of great Mughal general, Man Singh of Amber. Bhangarh was abandoned soon after being built and supposedly after it was cursed by a magician. In ignorance Ajab Singh, the grandson of Madho Singh, raised the palace to such a height that the shadow reached the...

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  • Block printing on fabric

    Visit a factory/workshop where you can watch fabrics being block printed. You even get to try in on you own. But beware of being forced into buying from their outlet. In my shopping tips I shall provide you with the address of where to buy reasonably priced fabrics One such workshop is Saakshi in Lakshmi colony, Sanganer

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Jaipur Sports & Outdoors

  • Polo

    Rajputs have been keen equestrian and they take to the horses like a fish to water. Their taking to polo in big way was only natural. Their association with polo dates back to the Mughal period and miniature paintings at the Mehrangarh Fort bear testimony to this early introduction to the game. * helmet* riding boots* white trousers* two gloves*...

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  • Trekking

    The hilly areas of Rajasthan provide several days of ideal trekking opportunities. The Mewar belt with the Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh-Chittaur combine, or the area around Mount Abu, or the Sariska-Alwar-Amber belt is best for trekking. * Climbing boots * Crampons * Ice axe * Harness * Karabiners * Ice screws * Snow bars * Deadmen * Tapes/slings * Rock...

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  • river rafting

    while in kulu in himachal pradesh you could try river rafting on the river beas......wonderful and not too tough so good experience for first timers... there are many camps being set up along the river beas in the seobagh area of kulu and they provide all the gear.you just have to carry your enthusiasm with you!!!

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Jaipur General

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  • The Pink City

    Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan state and its largest city, although after the hubbub of Delhi where we had been a few days earlier it seemed relatively small to us. The city was founded in 1743 by Ram Singh’s ancestor Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amer. He clearly took the responsibility of founding a new city very seriously, studying several books...

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  • Spice market

    For a slice of local colour (and scents) the spice market is wonderful. A narrow alleyway lined with small shops all selling the typical spices of India - turmeric, chillies, peppers, ginger, cardamom; Our guide suggested a walk here when we said we were more interested in photography than shopping, and it was a great recommendation. Although all...

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  • A young magician

    On the terrace looking out to the Lake Palace we met an enterprising young lad offering to show us some magic. We decided to invest a few rupees in his performance and he performed some sleight of hand tricks with coins, cups and small stones. At times it was easy to spot him palming the objects, but at other times he surprised us, making the...

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