Are You Planning to Spend a Weekend in Jaipur?

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Whether you want to travel solo, with family or as a couple, Jaipur – The Pink City, has a lot to offer. Jaipur is one of the most visited places in India. Every year, millions of people travel to the city from all over India and the world. Located approximately 165 miles from Delhi, the national capital of India, Jaipur has become a favorite tourist destination amongst the local Delhiites. The city can be reached within 5 or 6 hours by undertaking a smooth drive along National Highway 8. Furthermore, the recent India Government announcement of constructing a control access highway between Delhi and Jaipur is expected to reduce the travel time to just 2 hours. This development shall further enhance the appeal of the city of Jaipur as a weekend destination.

While Jaipur has easy road access from Delhi, what about rest of India? Thankfully, the city is also well connected by air. There are direct flights to Jaipur from all the major cities in India namely, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The Jaipur international airport also runs several international flights from cities like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Bangkok and Singapore.

Finding an accommodation in the city is also not difficult. There are several hotels in Jaipur befitting every budget and pocket. Booking a hotel in Jaipur is also not difficult. Portals like Yatra, which means travel in ‘Hindi’ will ensure easy and comfortable booking for one’s stay.

So, Why Spend a Weekend in Jaipur?

The metropolis of Jaipur is the gateway to the State of Rajasthan, the home ground to the erstwhile Indian royalty, located West of India. It is also the State’s capital and is the seat of administration, commerce and Industry. Like any other State or provincial capital, the city of Jaipur is bustling and crowded. Many foreign tourists reach Jaipur only to disperse to other parts of the State like Jodhpur (the blue city), Udaipur (the city of lakes) to experience the rich and cultural traditions of Rajasthan. However, is you are in Jaipur you must spend a weekend in the city to experience the royal hospitality that it’s known for.

Jaipur Weekend Itinerary

You need a minimum of 3-4 days to explore the city like a true locale. However, if hard pressed on time, we recommend that you Plan your visit on a weekend when the city is most charming and beautiful. So, here’s what the weekend itinerary in Jaipur should look like –

Morning Attraction – Explore the city of Foot

The best way to explore the city of Jaipur is by foot. Morning is the best time of the day to start this exploration. There are many old havelies (palaces) and temples. Reach the main market of Jaipur also known as Johari Bazaar. It is one of the oldest markets in Jaipur which is also the best place to shop for local jewelry, gemstones, clothes, artifacts etc. Along the market, is also located the iconic Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds. In fact, the market is surrounded by several tourist attractions like the Albert Hall Museum, City Palace, Jantar Mantar.

Slightly away is Amer Fort overlooking the Maoto Lake which is a reminder of the Rajasthani royalty of the bygone era. Just in case you are an adventure enthusiast, do not miss the aerial view of the city from a hot-air balloon. This activity is organized by various operators in the city, an inquiry about it can be made online.

Evening Attraction – Visit Choki Dhani-

Choki Dhani is an experiential village set-up right in the heart of Jaipur. The establishment is built to impart the authentic and vibrant village culture of Rajasthan. Sprawling and widespread the facility offers Live entertainment session that includes a puppet show, street performances and traditional Rajasthani dances. The structures are built with mud walls and the entrances and window frames are hand painted and decorated with oil lanterns. These depiction and structures are very Indigenous to the region.

A lavish spread of food that includes a wide range of lentils, vegetables, Indian bread, chutney’s and pickles cooked in local spices is yet another reason why you should visit Choki Dhani. All in all, to dip into the true Rajasthani culture within a few hours, Choki Dhani is the place to visit.

Conclusion –

October to February is the best time of the year to visit Jaipur. The climatic condition of the State of Rajasthan is arid and desert-like and is warm during the day in winters and extremely hot during the summer days. Therefore, if you are visiting Jaipur make sure you carry a lot of sun protecting gears, cotton clothing and that you keep hydrated always.

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