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Global City Guidebook: Jaipur

Jul 25, 2023

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Jaipur, capital and largest city of India’s Rajasthan state, offers up ancient history in a modern metropolis. The Pink City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts palaces, temples and forts as well as bustling markets and peaceful gardens. Popular with tourists and a Golden Triangle city along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur also serves as a hub of automotive and IT industries.

GETTING THERE & AROUND

Jaipur International Airport (Sanganer Airport), about 8 miles from city center, is served by all national carriers, with daily flights to all major Indian cities. International flights connect Jaipur to Dubai, Muscat, Singapore and Bangkok, and taxis provide the most direct access to the city from the airport. The city is also well-connected by rail and bus to other Indian cities, while local transport options include taxi, rideshares Uber and Ola, auto rickshaws, tuk-tuk, and car and bike rentals.

LODGING

The Leela Palace Jaipur

This 5-star hotel sits on 8 beautifully landscaped acres close to key sites within the ancient city center. Several dining options, luxurious accommodations, a full-service spa, and indoor and outdoor event spaces ensure your every need is met.

Jaipur-Delhi Highway, NH 11, Kukas, Rajasthan, India, tel 91 126 350 000 theleela.com

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

Enjoy specially curated experiences, spa and wellness treatments, and accommodations which include villas and air-conditioned luxury tents with private pools.

VVFP+W32, Babaji Ka Modh, Goner Road, Prem Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, tel 91 141 268 0101 oberoihotels.com

Rambagh Palace – Jaipur

A maharaja’s former palace, it retains the splendor of its elaborate architecture and grounds while offering every convenience. Experience fine dining; Indian and international spa therapies; a range of dining options and event spaces; and 24-hour fitness center, business center and concierge.

Bhawani Singh Road, Rambagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, tel 91 141 667 1234 tajhotels.com

DINING

1135 AD

The maharaja’s dining room within Amber Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site) offers more than 200 dishes representing authentic Rajasthani and Mughal cuisine. Warmly lit indoor or outdoor seating, excellent service and live Sufi music contribute to a genuine experience.

Amber Palace, Jaleb Chowk, 1135 AD, Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, tel 91 982 903 7170

Masala Chowk

This open-air food court just minutes from Albert Hall Museum brings together 21 vendors of authentic Indian street food. An excellent way to sample a wide range of dishes at affordable prices.

Ram Niwas Bagh, Rina Road, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Suvarna Mahal

Translated to “Gold Palace,” Suvarna Mahal presents several royal Indian cuisines in the Renaissance-styled original palace banquet room, all served on gold-plated tableware.

Rambagh Palace – Jaipur, Bhawani Singh Road, Rambagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, tel 91 141 667 1234 tajhotels.com

ATTRACTIONS

City Palace Complex

At the heart of the walled city, this complex embodying a fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture contains Mubarak Mahal, now housing a museum displaying a broad collection of royal garments, Pashmina shawls, silk saris and folk embroidery. Also here, Maharani’s Palace features Rajput weaponry dating back to the 15th century.

The City Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, tel 91 141 408 8888 royaljaipur.in

Hawa Mahal

Built in 1799 and known as “The Palace of the Winds,” this summer palace’s 953 windows allowed the royal ladies to maintain purdah while viewing the world outside. Today they offer excellent views of the city, and archaeological exhibits give a glimpse of the past.

Hawa Mahal Road, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, tel 91 141 261 8033 hawa-mahal.com

Jantar Mantar

This 18th-century open-air observatory in the heart of Jaipur features a collection of stone astronomical instruments used to calculate celestial events. A sound and light show each evening relates stories of Jaipur and the observatory.

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, jantarmantar.org

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