Jaipur is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited and it’s full of the beauty and history that so much of bohemian fashion is inspired by.
If you’re interested in visiting, I suggest staying in Jaipur for at least three days to give you enough time to see all the amazing sights and have some time for shopping. Or, stay a little longer and have a relaxing pool day to recharge after all the hustle and bustle of touring the city.
After visiting Jaipur twice a year for the last few years, I’ve become fairly well-acquainted with the “Pink City,” and I want to share with you a few tips and must-sees for anyone planning the trip. -Amy Voloshin
What to wear. I recommend dressing in a somewhat conservative manner so you don’t gather unnecessary attention. Westerners are not that common in this area, so be prepared for people to request photos with you. It’s fine to say no, but it’s also fun to do it and take a selfie with your phone, too—why not?!
How to get around. You may want to have your hotel arrange for a driver—it’s very affordable and will give you more time for shopping and sightseeing and less time haggling over the rates. I avoid rickshaws in Jaipur as it has some of the worst air quality in the world due to dust, pollen, and manufacturing.
Where to stay. 47 Jobner Bagh and 28 Kothi are both amazing places we’ve stayed while visiting Jaipur. 28 Kothi is more on the home-y side and has a super cute library and cafe attached, plus a nice courtyard to hang out in. Jobner Bagh is an absolutely beautiful hotel with stunning gardens that we’ve even used for photoshoots in the past! The food at Jobner Bagh is so good that we usually end up eating dinner there every evening—it’s all organic food with new dishes made fresh daily and the wonderful staff explain the ingredients they picked out that day from the market.
What to see. Anokhi Museum. This charming museum is like heaven to me. There are demonstrations of carving and printing, and you can even try your hand at it. There are many beautiful examples of different pigments and dye techniques, and it’s a must-see destination for textile lovers.
Amber Fort / Amer Fort. Really beautiful paintings and architectural details cover most of this amazing fort. It’s a bit of a hike to walk up to the top, but worth the effort.
The Stepwells (Panna Meena ka Kund). While over by the Amer Fort be sure to take a short drive to see the historic stepwell and rainwater catchment. Be very careful when visiting the stairways and really watch your step. It’s a little unclear on whether you’re allowed to go down or not, so make sure you tip whoever is there—otherwise they will tell you that you definitely can’t go down.
Jal Mahal. A beautiful palace floating in the middle of Man Sagar Lake that’s worth popping out of the car for a bit to admire. Half of it is submerged, so you can’t actually visit it, but you can view it from the observation point.
Hawal Mahal. An amazing pink palace with beautiful architectural details. Be sure to drop by and snap some pictures.
Ajmeri gate. This beautiful wall circles the old section of Jaipur. Built in 1727, it’s covered in lovely paintings.
City Palace. Another fantastic place to spot beautiful architecture. There’s a special blue room that you need to pay extra for, so make sure to ask about it when you pay admission.
We’re heading back to Jaipur again in March to visit and work with our vendors, so make sure you follow us on Instagram to get an inside look at our next trip!
Do you have any favorite spots in Jaipur? Leave a comment below and let us know—we always love recommendations!