Come join us as visit Jaipur ‘The Pink City’ of Rajasthan in this travel guide covering some of the best things to do in Jaipur, India. Compared to some other cities in Rajasthan, India the main attractions in Jaipur are relatively spread out (especially the forts) meaning hiring an autorickshaw for the day or taking a tour is your best bet to cover them in a short period of time since walking is out of the question.
However, we made the mistake of joining a tour with the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and quite frankly it was awful. Our guide was disinterested and lacked any passion for the places he was showcasing. Moreover, he didn’t care about the whereabouts of the group members. The only concern he had was making sure we made plenty of unscheduled ‘commissioned’ shopping stops along the way while rushing us through the main attractions that people actually joined the tour to visit.
It was honestly one of the worst experiences we’ve had on a tour since we’ve been traveling together. I’m sure it seemed we complained a lot in this video (and we did) but it is just an honest ‘in the moment’ reaction to how frustrated we felt on this tour. Do visit Jaipur and do check out all of these attractions but don’t take the same tour we did. It sucked!
10 Things to do in Jaipur Travel Guide:
1) Birla Mandir Hindu Temple (Laxmi Narayan Temple) dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi
2) Albert Hall Museum – officially the state museum of Rajasthan
3) Jantar Mantar astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II (जंतर मंतर)
4) City Palace, Jaipur, including the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal as well as Diwan-i-Aam
5) Jaigarh Fort (जयगढ़ क़िला) built by Jai Singh II to protect the Amber Fort
6) Nahargarh Fort ‘abode of tigers’ overlooking the pink city of Jaipur
7) Pav bhaji for lunch (पाव भाजी) vegetable curry with cheese and bread rolls
8) Amer Fort (Hindi: आमेर क़िला or Amber Fort main tourist attraction
9) Jal Mahal (Water Palace) located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake
10) Many unofficial ‘commissioned’ shopping in Jaipur
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Our visit Jaipur travel guide documentary covers some of the top attractions in the Pink City including top museums, shopping for souvenirs, the City Palace and fascinating forts with city views. We also cover off-the-beaten-path activities you won’t find in a typical Jaipur tourism brochure, Jaipur city tour or Jaipur itinerary.
Jaipur City Guide | Rajasthan India Travel Video Transcript:
Today we are in Jaipur (जयपुर). We’re visiting the Pink City. We have signed up for a full day tour from 9am to 6pm. And it is basically a bus tour that is going to be taking us to the main highlights in Jaipur (जयपुर).
We then hopped back on the bus, drove past the Albert Hall Museum, and continued to the next stop on our itinerary: Jantar Mantar (जंतर मंतर).
The name Jantar Mantar (जंतर मंतर) translates to ‘calculating instrument’, and it is a collection of 19 structures that date back to the 18th century. These instruments were used to predict eclipses, track stars, and measure time.
From there it was just a short walk to the City Palace. Like most of the city, the palace is also painted pink, which is the colour of hospitality. This was done in 1876, to welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria when they did their India tour. Inside the palace complex, you can visit a museum and the armoury.
From the Jaigarh Fort (जयगढ़ क़िला) it was a short drive to Nahargarh Fort and Palace. I wish I could tell you we got to see a bit of the palace, but as you’ve probably already noticed, the theme of the day was rushed so we grabbed a quick bite of food.
We then hopped back on the bus to go visit our third fort of the day: the Amer Fort (आमेर क़िला). Back down, we got a quick glimpse at Jal Mahal ‘the Lake Palace’ in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.
This is part of our Travel in India video series showcasing Indian food, Indian culture and Indian cuisine.
Music in this video courtesy of Beach by Joakim Karud http://youtube.com/joakimkarud