How to get there
The Sanganer Airport is 12 km out of the city. It is well connected to all major cities in the country. There are regular flights to Mumbai, Udaipur, Kolkatta and New Delhi from here. On the international route there is a flight to Dubai daily.
The railway station, is situated in the heart of the city and has trains chugging out to all major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkatta. The Palace on Wheels is the best option to travel to this royal city. It would an expensive trip, but the experience on the train makes it all worth it.
Jaipur is linked by the National Highways 8 and 11. The national highway number 8 links Jaipur directly to New Delhi and 11 links Jaipur to Agra. There are regular bus services to Agra (230 km) and Delhi (261 km). The journey is quite decent by road saving a few bad patches. And there’s some awesome food on the way too, stop at any of the dhaba’s and get your first bite of dhal-bhatti and puran poli
Best time to visit
Jaipur has extreme climates. The temperatures soar to as high as 47 degree Celsius during the summer and fall to about 4 degree Celsius during the winter. The ideal time to plan a trip to Jaipur would be between October and April.
The deluxe hotels in Jaipur have elegant restaurants, bars and cafes that serve an eclectic mixture of Indian, Asian and European cuisines in a beautiful ambience. The Mirza Ismail Road is the main thoroughfare that has a number of mid range eating places which serve good food in clean surroundings. For really inexpensive food, especially if you are not too particular about the general hygiene and cleanliness, try the Station Road with its many ‘dhabas’ or small roadside restaurants.
Most hotels organize theme evenings especially during the tourist season and these can be rather charming. Otherwise, entertainment options are limited to cinema houses that screen the latest Hindi movies and Hollywood blockbusters or the occasional cultural performances.
, M.I.Road,(opp. GPO) - Multicuisine restaurant
, M.I.Road - Multicuisine restaurant
, Johari Bazar. - Serves vegetarian food and sweets
, Bani Park - Serves Muglai cuisine
, Malviya Nagar
Jaipur is a treasure trove of shopping. It is a major gems and jewellery centre. Marble statues, woolen carpets, hand printed Sanganeri and Bagru cotton fabrics, brassware, blue pottery made from crushed quartz, leather footwearand cotton rugs make popular local merchandise here.
M.I.Road has many upmarket handicraft stores. Johri bazaar (jeweller's market), near Hawa Mahal has some of the best trinkets, enamel jewellery and uncut precious stones. Shops at Chhoti Chaupar sell traditional skirts, bags, turbans, light quilts, carpets, embroidered shoes (jootis) and other objects. Artisans at work can be seen at many places in the city.
One can buy Jaipur's famous blue pottery at Kripal Singh Shekhawat's studio that has revived the tradition of blue pottery, on Shiv Marg in BaniPark area.
Markets are generally open from 10:30 am till 5:30 pm and are closed on Sundays. Rajasthan Cottage Industries at Shilpgram Complex, GolomarGarden sells a wide range of silver jewellery, furniture, textiles and hand made paper.
Rajasthan Tourism department’s offices (RTDC) are located in the Paryatan Bhavan, on the main thoroughfare Mirza Ismail Road, Tel# 376362. RTDC has counters at the railway station and bus station as well. The Government of India’s tourist office is in the Hotel Khasa Kothi, Tel# 315461.