Jaipur, famous as the Pink City of India is indeed a big city and there are lots of things to see in Jaipur. Jaipur has forts, palaces, temples, lakes, gardens, stepwells, markets, iconic monuments like the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar, museums like the oldest Albert Hall museum. It’s quite hard to see them all as all of these things are not that close together! So you have to plan an itinerary and move on with it. If you’re planning a trip, read on this article for the best ways to explore Jaipur.
Best way to explore Jaipur
The best way you can explore the city is by sectioning down the city. This will depend on the number of days you have planned your travel. If you just have a day you can buy a composite ticket of all the forts and palace and explore them at one go. If you are staying for two or three days you can go on a city tour, relish the local food, shop at bazaars and visit other famous places of the Pink City such as Jaipur City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and Instagram famous Panna Meena Ka Kund Steps, Jawahar Circle Garden and Birla Mandir Temple along with Jal mahal and the Galta Ji Temple which is close-ish to the Pink City.
Remember don’t try and see too much as you will end up enjoying nothing to the fullest. Instead, visit it section by section rather than hopping over too much as it will waste your time and your money. To visit all the places conveniently you definitely need to know the best way to get around the city.
Best local transport options available in Jaipur
The traffic is very busy and hectic in Jaipur so you need constant transport to get around. There are a lot of options for getting around Jaipur or travelling within the city.
You can hire a cab or a taxi for sightseeing and getting around the city. They are the best transport option to let you travel as per your convenience. Hiring a cab or taxi from a local service provider will cost you per kilometre right from where they pick you up to the drop point. You can hire a taxi or cab from Jaipur cab services or rajputana cabs, the reliable names in Jaipur.
Uber or Ola
Like every big city, Jaipur also has Uber and Ola. Ola and Uber are really much cheaper than what the rickshaw drivers on the street charge. If you are planning to travel solo in Jaipur then this is the safest option. Other than their cabs, you can also book Uber taxi, Ola bikes.
Taking an auto rickshaw is the best option for getting around in Jaipur. However, one should always try to negotiate fares when dealing with them. It would be good if you hire a rickshaw driver for the day as they will take you to all famous and offbeat locations. Also, hiring for a whole day makes them agree on a set price. This saves you from getting individual rickshaws which adds up the price and from the hassle of constantly having to negotiate and find one for the right price. You can opt for a pink auto rickshaw in Jaipur that is driven by women from needy homes.
Renting a Bike or Car
There are cars and bikes available for rent in Jaipur to travel around the city. Obviously, you would not want to burn a hole in your pocket, right? Renting a bike or scooter can help you save up on the expenses of booking cabs and is one of the best ways to explore Jaipur. These rentals usually cost Rs. 500 on an average. You just need to carry your valid driving license and government-issued identity proof. Rajasthan car rentals have a good name in the city for renting a car. You can also rent a car from Zoomcar. While renting a bike, you can go for Jaipur Bike Rental.
The best way to explore Jaipur is through its small lanes. And when it’s about getting around in the old City, nothing can be best than hiring a tuk-tuk. This is because many sights and shopping areas in the old city aren’t too far apart. So, hopping on a Tuk-Tuk rickshaw is ideal for short distances and most importantly they are very cheap. A short trip won’t cost more than 20 INR.
Local low floor buses are another easy option for getting around the rest of the city. Low floor buses operated by Jaipur City Transport Service Limited (JCTSL) crisscross the city via several routes and run between 6:30 am and 10 pm. But it becomes tough when you have to switch between rickshaw and buses many times.
Travelling by RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Dept. Corp.) bus is one of the best and cheapest way to visit the Jaipur local sights. RTDC offers a full-day tour, a half-day tour and also a Pink city night tour. They also provide a guide with each bus to brief you about all sights. You can go to the official websites to look at the schedules. If you don’t like to be bound by their timings, it is best to explore on your own.
Jaipur is a tourist-ridden city and you will come across many guys who come to you and offer city tour packages. If you are travelling solo in Jaipur, be aware of scams and the tour packages they offer. It would be best if you travel hiring a rickshaw or booking Ola or Uber.
How to reach Jaipur
Jaipur is a part of India’s Golden Triangle circuit along with Delhi and Agra and is well-served by a range of flights, trains and buses; therefore getting to and from Jaipur is not an issue. If you are travelling to Jaipur from Delhi, you will reach in merely 5 to 6 hours by NH8 route.
The Sanganer Airport is the nearest domestic and international airbase to Jaipur which is 12 kilometers from the heart of the city. All national, as well as international airlines such as Air Asia India, Air India, GoAir, SpiceJet, IndiGo, Jet Airways Air Arabia, Air-India Express, Etihad Airways and Oman Air, operate regular flights from Jaipur. All major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai have flights for Jaipur. Travellers can hire a taxi or cab to reach anywhere in the city from this airport.
Jaipur has its own Jaipur Railway Station, which is well-linked with major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Patna, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Bhopal, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Goa, among others. Apart from this, if travellers wish to enjoy a royal experience and have a glimpse of the city’s heritage, they must also try the very popular luxury train, Palace on Wheels. It will leave them awestruck.
Taking a bus to Jaipur is a reasonable and very suitable option. If you are travelling within the state, the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) operates routine, Volvo (ac and non-ac) and deluxe buses. Other than this, there are regular buses from Delhi and other cities like Kota, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Vadodara and Ajmer. You can board the bus from the Sindhi Camp bus stand. Their fares too are very reasonable and you can easily travel on these buses with your families.
These are the most convenient and best ways to explore Jaipur. Hopefully, the information given here will make your tour happier and more joyful.