Get ready to be dazzled by the vibrant city of Jaipur! Known as the Pink City, Jaipur seamlessly blends together rich culture, captivating history, and modern charm. From the iconic pink-hued buildings to breathtaking architectural marvels, this city will leave you in awe. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a food lover, or an intrepid explorer, Jaipur has something special in store for you. And if you’re a first-time visitor, imagine immersing yourself in grand palaces, ancient forts, and delectable food spots all in just one day! It’s like a dream come true, and we’re here to make it a reality. We’ve handpicked the ultimate 24-hour guide to Jaipur, so get ready to experience the best this city offers. Intrigued? Let’s dive in and discover the magic of Jaipur!

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Start With Breakfast At 9:00 AM

We know that you will be on vacation so we won’t ask you to get up early. Kickstart your day in The Pink City with some local foods and tastes. If you are looking for some hearty but affordable breakfast options, then head straight to Chaura Rasta road. Here are three classic options to start your exploration day with:

1. Sahu Chai

Start your day desi-style in the Pink City by indulging in tasty bun muska, parathas, vada pav, pakodas and whatnot! Sahu Chai is a hygienic and one of the most famous restaurant outlets in Jaipur that offers a variety of dishes at super affordable prices (and over-the-top quantities!). Pair these tasty dishes with a piping hot cup of chai and thank us later!

Where: Shop No, 365, Chaura Rasta Road, Telepara, Bapu Bazar, Pink City, Jaipur

2. Gulab Ji Chai

Can’t live without your daily dose of chai? Then head straight to Gulab Ji Chai. This outlet is one of the most famous tea spots in Jaipur. From classic masala chai to piping hot black tea, you have numerous options. Fuel yourself up with some taste delicacies offered by this local shop – Bombay Sandwich, Paneer Tikka Sandwich, and whatnot! But if you ask us, pair your soulful chai with Bombay Sandwich to make the most of your morning in the Pink City.

Where: Shop No 10 Masala Chowk, near Albert Hall, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur

3. Sanjay Omelette, Bapu Nagar

Just eight minutes away from Masala Chowk, buff yourself up with protein and start your day with a hearty breakfast at the famous Sanjay Omelette. Why is it famous, you ask? Well first, this place is run by former Masterchef India contestant – Sanjay Sharma. Second, this place offers 20 different varieties of omelettes for you to choose from. However, our recommendation would be their classic masala omelette which is just too good to miss.

Where: Janta Store shopping Center, University Marg, Bapu Nagar, Jaipur.

4. Laxmi Misthan Bhandar (LMB)

One of Jaipur’s oldest and most renowned shops, Laxmi Misthan Bhandar is located in the bustling street of Johari Bazaar. Also known as LMB, this famous restaurant’s menu boasts a variety of dishes from lip-smacking kachoris to mouthwatering chaat, from Kadi Chhokanwali to Bahar-e-Chaman. However, their Rajasthani Royal Thali is something that you should not miss at any cost since it comes with 13 varieties of food.

Where: No. 98, 99, Johari Bazar Road, Bapu Bazar, Biseswarji, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur.

Jaipur To-Do list: Jantar Mantar, Jaipur.
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Explore The City At 11:00 AM

After you have fuelled up with a hearty breakfast, it is time to explore Jaipur’s rich heritage and stunning architecture. For the unversed, Jaipur traces back its origins to 1727 when it was established by the Raja of Amber – Jai Singh II. Legend has it that in 1876, the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur. Since pink symbolised hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink to welcome the royal guests. This is how Jaipur got its famous nickname.

Did this little trivia get you excited about what you will see in the city? If so, it’s only a matter of minutes! Here are some must-see highlights for your morning exploration:

1. Hawa Mahal, Badi Choupad

Just eight minutes away from Masala Chowk, Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace of Breeze’ as they say, is situated on Badi Choupad. This stunning palace has intricate lattice windows and offers a glimpse into the posh royal life. Trust us when we say that the early morning light will make it a great time for photography. Say cheese!

Entry Fees for Indians: ₹10

Entry Fees for Foreigners: ₹50

2. City Palace, Gangori Bazaar

After exploring the tourist attractions in and around Hawa Mahal, make your way to City Palace, which is just three minutes away. This historic structure was established in 1727 and features a captivating combination of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Additionally, the City Palace still serves as the residence of the royal family, making it rich in history and fascinating facts. Take the time to visit its museums, courtyards, and gardens to gain insight into the city’s past!

Entry Fees for Indians: ₹300

Entry Fees for Foreigners: ₹700

3. Elefantastic Wildlife Sanctuary

Are you travelling with kids? The Elefantastic would be a great option to explore! This wildlife sanctuary will give you an up, close and personal experience with humble animal friends – Elephants! Enjoy bathing activities, feeding, touring and so much more with the elephants and make memories of a lifetime by living the bucolic life.

4. Jantar Mantar, Gangori Bazaar

Just a minute away from the City Palace, Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This architectural marvel has an astronomical observatory built in the 18th century. Don’t forget to observe the massive instruments as they are super fascinating and showcase the scientific advancement of ancient India.

Entry fees for Indians: ₹50

Entry fees for Foreigners: ₹200

Afternoon Gastronomic Indulgence At 3:00 PM

After immersing yourself in the architectural wonders of Jaipur, it’s time to treat your taste buds to a delightful culinary experience. Make your way to some of the popular restaurants nearby and savour the rich flavours and culinary delights of the Pink City. Here are some enticing options for you to explore and indulge in a truly soulful lunch experience.

1. Baradari

After enjoying the mesmerising forts and architecture of the pink city, head straight to Baradari Restaurant. This beautiful restaurant is based inside the City Palace and is known for providing a perfect blend of elegance and culinary delight. From authentic Rajasthani dishes to an impeccable range of international cuisine, this restaurant is a perfect respite after some city exploration.

Where: Jaleb Chowk, City Palace, near Gate No 2, Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur

2. Niros, MI Road

At a mere distance of 10 minutes, Niros is an amazing option if you want to indulge in Rajasthani cuisine. This restaurant has been an integral part of the city’s history for almost five decades now and is loved by the locals. Although it’s a multi-cuisine restaurant, make sure to have their specialities like Reshmi kebab and Laal Maas. It will leave you drooling for more!

Where: 319, Mirza Ismail Road, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur

3. Masala Ministry, C-Scheme

Aside from Rajasthani food, if you crave some delightful North Indian food, then head over to Masala Ministry at C-scheme. Just 17 minutes away from Jantar Mantar, this restaurant has a classy ambience and delectable menu options that will surely charge you up for some further exploration of Jaipur. Make sure to try their Dal Makhani, Amritsari Kulche and Paneer Taka Tak to take your tastebuds on a roller coaster ride!

Where: E 153, Ramesh Marg, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur

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Evening Escapades At 4:30 PM

After recharging yourself with some relaxation and mouth-watering food, gear up for some adventure. The evening provides a perfect opportunity to see what this enchanting city has to offer. Here are some nearby areas to explore:

1. Albert Hall Museum, Ram Niwas Garden

Did you know that the Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur is named after the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII? It’s located just eight minutes away from C-Scheme and is famous for being the brainchild of Maharaja Ram Singh, who had the entire city painted pink. Inside, you’ll find a fascinating collection of artefacts, paintings, and sculptures that offer a glimpse into the rich heritage of Rajasthan. The museum, which was established in 1887, is a must-visit for anyone interested in exploring the cultural treasures of Jaipur.

Entry Fee for Indians: ₹40

Entry Fee for Foreigners: ₹300

2. Shop At Johari And Chandpol Bazaar

After learning about the rich history of Rajasthan, you can head over to shop on a budget! Jaipur has two famous markets – Johari and Chandpol Bazaar – that are just 10 minutes away from the Albert Hall Museum. These bustling markets are perfect if you want to pick up some souvenirs like handicrafts, jewellery, and textiles. So, roll up your sleeves and head straight to these markets. And don’t forget to haggle for the best prices!

3. Anokhi

If you want to buy some authentic Jaipuri clothes with block carving and printing, then Anokhi is the place to be. You can buy yourself some unique hand-made pieces that can make your trip to the Pink City a 10 on 10. This brand has its roots in the city and works towards the revival traditional textile industry. From stylish evening dresses to trendy kaftans, Anokhi offers a wide range of products that will surely become of the highlights of your trip.

Where: 2nd floor, KK Square, Prithviraj Road, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur

3. Amer Fort, Amer

Are you a Bollywood buff? Then you can’t miss out on visiting the iconic Amer Fort! This historic fort has been the backdrop for blockbuster movies like Jodhaa Akbar, Bajirao Mastani, and Mughal-e-Azam. Just a 30-minute drive from the City Center, the fort boasts breathtaking Indo-Islamic architecture and stunning views of Lake Maota. Don’t forget to lace up your sports shoes as there’s a lot of ground to cover. And the cherry on top? Catch the mesmerising light and sound show in the evening! You won’t want to miss this Bollywood extravaganza at Amer Fort! 

P.S. A tour inside the massive Amer fort takes around three to four hours. If you are short on time, cut it down to one hour by hiring a guide.

Entry Fee for Indians: ₹25

Entry Fee for Foreigners: ₹550

Savour Dinner at 8:00 PM

After a delightfully immersive experience at Amer Fort, you would want some good food to unwind and relax. Whether you prefer a regal atmosphere or an immersive cultural experience, there’s a perfect spot for every taste. Here are some options to explore:

1. 1135 AD, Amer

An exciting, luxurious and quick option for you can be the 1135 AD restaurant which is located right within the Amer Fort. This place has royal decor and live music which will calm you down in no time. Plus, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city! Make sure to taste their authentic Rajasthani thali, kebabs and desserts. 

Where: Level 2 Jaleb Chowk, Near Sheela Mata Temple, Amer Palace, Jaipur.

2. Rambagh

If you want more than one lavish dining option, then head straight to Rambagh Palace. With its carefully manicured gardens and beautiful Indian architecture, the luxurious Rambagh Palace holds three restaurants – Survana Mahal, Steam, and Polo Bar. If you like extravagant ambience, atmosphere and vibe, then an evening at the exotic Survana restaurant would make your time worthwhile. If you and your kids are fans of trains, then Steam would provide you both – perfect ambience and lip-smacking food. But, if you want to unwind after a long day of roaming around, then head straight to Polo Bar for a vintage affair!

Where: Bhawani Singh Rd, Rambagh, Jaipur

3. Bar Palladio, Narayan Singh Circle

Another amazing option if you want to relax a bit and enjoy food is Bar Palladio is just 30 minutes away from Amer Fort. This Italian restaurant is set in a historic garden and offers a beautiful escape from the real world with its exquisite blue interiors and mouth-watering menu. Although, the whole menu is filled with delectable selections, try their pizzas and pasta for a change of pace.

Where: Hotel Narain Niwas, Narayan Singh Circle, Jaipur

Bonus: A Short Trip To Chokhi Dhani

Chokhi Dhani, Tonk Road

Perhaps one of the most famed places of Jaipur, head over to Chokhi Dhani on Tonk Road – an ethnic village resort that offers a glimpse into rural Rajasthani life. However, for this, cut down your visit to Albert Hall Museum, wrap up your shopping in Johari and Chandpol bazaar in under one hour, and head straight to Amer Fort. While you feel like you’ll be missing out on a lot by rushing things, trust us it is going to be worth it. From folk dances to puppet shows to camel rides, you can have a wholesome experience at Chokhi Dhani along with some traditional food. 

Where: 12 Miles Tonk Road via Vatika Jaipur.

After your hearty meals, you can explore several other options in the city. Head over to Bapu Bazaar for some late-night shopping. Or you can get a nightcap at Shikhaar Bagh! If you are a night owl, several places hold discotheques on weekends so make sure to check those out.

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If you are visiting Jaipur for the first time and have limited time, make sure to check out these places and make the most of your trip!

By Alex Benjamin

Alex Benjamin, historian, quizmaster, and author, passionately explores history's depths. Renowned for unearthing forgotten facts, he's a quiz expert captivating audiences worldwide.

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