Jaipur, a city planned according to the India Vedic Shastra is the first planned city of modern India. This capital city of the desert state of India, Rajasthan is known for its grand forts and palaces. Jaipur is surrounded by a circle of hills with the crenulated walls snaking up the hills. The city, well known as the “Pink City“, was planned by Sawai Man Singh. The monuments in the city were painted in pink in order to welcome the Edward, Prince from Wales. Jaipur is famous for its colorful and well decorated markets, precious gemstones, pottery items and clothes.
There is always a festive mood and warmth in this wonderful city. The historic forts, the grand palaces and the wonderful markets– it is possible to explore all this in less than $ 100!
How to reach?
Jaipur Airport is well connected, with regular flights connecting it to major cities-India and abroad. There are flights from Delhi and Mumbai on a daily basis. Besides,the Indian Railways too connects Jaipur with all parts of the country.
Accommodation & Food
You will find a wide range of accommodation in Jaipur, ranging from budget hotels to the luxury ones. The average hotel charge for a one night stay is around $ 8-10 for a budget accommodation, while a room in a luxury hotel ranges from $ 41 to $ 85. However, the budget hotels provide all the basic facilities and are good enough to stay in for a week or so, if the main focus is on exploring the place. Food is quite cheap and costs around INR 360 ( $ 6) for a Rajasthani Thali, in a proper restaurant. You can relish Kair Sangri and other local cuisines at quite low prices.
Thus, you can very easily manage to keep the accommodation and food costs at around $ 45-50 for a day.
Places to Visit
The City Palace– City Palace is wonderfully crafted, using the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture styles. The Mubarak Mahal, which has now been turned into a museum, has various belongings of the rulers exhibited. The entry fee for foreign nationals is INR 500, which is just over $ 8.
Hawa Mahal– Built close to the City Palace, Hawa Mahal or the “Palace of winds” was built with a number of small windows so that the female members of the royal household could watch the proceedings going out on the streets without the fear of being watched. It remains the most well designed monument of Jaipur till date. The entry fee for foreign nationals is INR 50, which is a little less than $ 1. The Hawa Mahal remains closed on Fridays and there is no entry fee on Mondays!
Amber Fort and Palace– Located on a hilltop and overlooking the Maota Lake, the Amber Fort used to be the home to the ruling royal family. There are various interesting stories related to the royal fort and you can take help of Padhaaro greeters, who can guide you through the sightseeing experience. The fee for gaining entry in the Amber Fort is INR 200, which is $ 3.25.
Jaigarh Fort– Built in 1726, Jaigarh Fort is a treat to watch for the military lovers. Having the world’s largest cannon on wheels along with gigantic watch towers and gateways, this fort must have been impenetrable in the medieval times! The entry fee is less than $ 1 ( INR 50) for foreign nationals.
Chowki Dhani– A place set up exactly like a village fair, chowki dhani lets one enjoy the authentic Rajasthani experience and a lavish Rajasthani meal. Elephants ride, Magic Shows, Puppet shows, dances are the major attractions. Also, everyone can have their hands dyed for free. The best thing remains the Rajasthani cuisine that is served in a traditional manner. This experience can be enjoyed at a price less than $15.
The other attractions include Nahargarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall Museum to name a few. They all can be explored for less than $5.
The best way to travel within the city is by an auto-rickshaw. The minimum fare for an auto-rickshaw ride is INR 13 for the first kilometre, with INR 5 for additional kilometre. The waiting charges are 20 paise per minute. Also, another popular means of transportation for less distance is by a cycle-rickshaw. In total, you would spend around $ 10 for a day’s travel in the Pink City.
So, you can very easily spend your day in Jaipur in less than $ 100.
Go out there and explore Jaipur! Happy Travelling! 🙂 🙂
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