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How to Plan a Jaipur Itinerary 2024

Known as the pink city, the buildings in Jaipur, from roof to walls, are all pink, emanating a lively and romantic feel.

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. Together with Delhi and Agra, it is part of the golden triangle of India travel.

See how to plan a Jaipur itinerary with things to do, itinerary suggestions, best times, and more below...

What to Do in Jaipur

There is more to explore in Jaipur. The magnificent architectural creations are Jaipur's biggest highlights:

The eye-catching Palace of the Wind is a masterpiece of Indian architecture. Its pink walls and numerous windows are a Jaipur landmark.

There are also the City Palace that the current king of Jaipur is still living in and the historic Jantar Mantar (giant stone instruments of astronomy).

The City Palace, Jaipur The City Palace

Meanwhile, the grand Amber Fort overlooks Jaipur. If you are thinking of a couple's trip, you can add a romantic dinner experience at Amber Fort to your itinerary. This could make a treasured memory for your anniversary or honeymoon.

Amber Fort Amber Fort

If you're interested in history, you could also visit Nahargarh Fort, a former military defense base. There you could enjoy an unrivaled bird's-eye view of the city at dusk.

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur The bird's-eye view of the Jaipur city from Nahargarh Fort

Jaipur is also the center of gem processing and distribution in India. If you want to go shopping for souvenirs, we recommend Johari Bazaar. There you can find all kinds of gems, textiles, Indian essential oils, incense, and tea.

How Long to Spend in Jaipur

It takes 1–3 days to visit all the highlights of Jaipur.

If you want to have a golden triangle trip with Delhi and Agra too, you would need at least 7 days.

If you are thinking of a desert culture trip exploring Rajasthan, 8–10 days are needed, covering its major cities of Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Jaisalmer.

See more details on these itinerary ideas below:

Jaipur Itinerary: 1–3 Days

A 3-day itinerary in Jaipur offers many top attractions and a relaxed pace: one day for arrival and rest and two days for classic city sightseeing and some cultural experiences like an Indian cooking class.

Day 1: Arrival day. You could rest from your journey in (usually 5 hours by road from Delhi; international flights in usually transfer at Delhi). At night, enjoy a romantic dinner in Amber Fort.

Day 2: Explore the Palace of Wind, Amber Fort, and take a cooking class in the home of a Jaipuri local.

Day 3: Go to the City Palace and Nahargarh Fort. Explore some local markets and bazaars.

If you want a shorter stay, you could visit the City Palace and Nahargarh Fort on the first day, when you arrive in Jaipur, just in time to see the beautiful sunset.

A Classic Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur Itinerary: 7 Days

These three cities encompass the most iconic experiences in India — history and culture in the capital, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and charming pink architecture in Jaipur.

Days 1–2: Delhi exploration. Learn about India's culture and history from its famous sights: Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, and Humayun's Tomb. Then take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk market for some local culture.

Humayun's Tomb Humayun's Tomb

Days 3–4: Agra discovery. Visit 'Moonlight Garden', where you can get a stunning sunset view of the Taj Mahal. Explore the famous Taj and Agra Fort up close the next day.

Taj Mahal Sunset view of Taj Mahal

Days 5–6: Jaipur experience. Go to City Palace, where the king of Jaipur now lives. Visit Hawa Mahal ('Palace of Winds') and Amber Fort. Take an Indian cooking class.

Day 7: Return to Delhi from Jaipur for your departure.

Check out more on our 7-Day Golden Triangle India Tour if you are interested in this itinerary.

You can also get more tips on India itinerary planning from How Long to Spend in India (for First Timers): from 5 Days to 1 Month.

A Cultural Rajasthan with Jaipur Itinerary: 14 Days

If you are interested in a dreamy Indian landscape (desert and lakes), impressive forts, and some romantic experiences like Indian-style dating and a candlelit dinner by the lakeside, you should consider this itinerary.

The journey through Rajasthan mainly features its capital Jaipur, the desert city — Jaisalmer, the city of lakes — Udaipur, and the blue city — Jodhpur.

  • Days 1–2: Delhi sightseeing
  • Days 3–4: Agra highlights
  • Day 5: Jaipur sightseeing (experience Indian dating, a cooking class, and dinner in a fort)
  • Days 6–7: Bikaner sightseeing (visit Rajasthan's most ornately decorated fort; have a heritage hotel experience)
  • Days 8–9: Jaisalmer exploration (go on a camel safari; enjoy sunset over the royal family cenotaphs; visit a fort complex)
  • Days 10–11: Jodhpur sightseeing (walk among its characteristic blue houses; visit magnificent Mehrangarh Fort)
  • Days 12–13: Udaipur tour with a boat ride experience
  • Day 14: Back to Delhi

Check out more details on our 14-Day Romantic Honeymoon Trip in India.

How to Get to Jaipur from Delhi/Agra

Jaipur is not far away from both Delhi and Agra. Jaipur is about 280 kilometers (175 miles) southwest of Delhi and about 238 km (148 miles) west of Agra.

It is very convenient to travel to Jaipur from Delhi and Agra. The most worry-free and efficient way to get to Jaipur is by private vehicle, taking you right from hotel to hotel. It will take about 5½ hours from Delhi to Jaipur and 4½ hours from Agra to Jaipur.

Flights to Jaipur from Agra are not available. You could choose to take a direct flight from Delhi to Jaipur of about 50 minutes to 1 hour, but flights are not daily. With the waiting time and the travel time from hotel to airport to hotel, it will take about 5 hours in total as well.

Other ways, like taking a train or bus, are also doable. We have compiled more detailed transportation information on Delhi to Jaipur and Agra to Jaipur.

Best Times to Visit Jaipur

December to February sees Jaipur's coolest and driest weather, which could be one of the best times to visit Jaipur.

March, October, and November are considered the shoulder season months in Jaipur. You can expect to enjoy attractions with fewer crowds and sunny days while paying lower prices than during peak season. With Asia Highlights, you enjoy 100% refund of any payments made to China Highlights prior to 3 weeks before departure (detail⇒).

July to September is the rainy season in Jaipur, but you can find good discounts if you want the lowest prices. And April to June is the hot season, which regularly sees temperatures over 40°C (104°F); it has low prices too.

Check out more on our article: Best and Worst Times to Visit Jaipur.

Where to Stay in Jaipur

Jaipur has many heritage palaces. Some of these palaces have been converted into hotels and have become a feature of Jaipur — its heritage hotels.

Jaipur's main attractions, like the City Palace, the Wind of Palace, and Jantar Mantar, are located in its 'old city'. So, if you want to stay in an area that is convenient for sightseeing and shopping, you should choose to stay in the old city area.

If you prefer a quiet vibe, you could stay around Man Sagar Lake, about halfway between the Old City and Amber Fort, or even around the fort itself.

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