3 days in Jaipur – how best to utilize

Jaipur keeps bemusing me. As a destination, it has so much to offer. However planned an itinerary we create, at the end we feel short of time. However, this time around, we did a trip to Jaipur wherein we spent 3 days in the City. What we feel is 3 days are good enough to cover most of the places in the city. However, a little planning is required for the same. Moreover, once we started writing about places in Jaipur, we got queries from readers about the planning / itinerary part. So, here , we are going to list out for you a three days itinerary of Jaipur. If you want to visit many places around Jaipur, that can be done in day trips with your base in Jaipur. There are several places of historical as well as natural interest around the city. And to cover all of them will require at least 15 days to a month. So, here we cover places only inside the city for which you need not travel far and wide.

Amer fort
The grandeur of Amer fort

This is not the exact itinerary we followed. But, this is the itinerary we wish to have followed. Though we covered most the places in this list, at the end we felt if we had a week or so extra, we could have covered lots of places around Jaipur. Nevertheless, here goes the list of what to do and where to go in Jaipur given you have three days at Hand.

First Day in Jaipur

In our opinion, it is good to keep the first day light. You might be tired from your journey. You will need some time to get fresh and settle down. So, here’s what we recommend for your first day in Jaipur. Visit the historical places in the center of the city. So that you will not need to venture far. These places can be covered in half a day. Here’s the list of places (in order) to be visited:

  1. Hawa Mahal (Duration: 1 hour)
  2. Jantar Mantar (Duration : 1 hour)
  3. City Palace (Duration: 1 hour)
  4. Albert Hall Museum (Duration : 1.5 hours)
  5. Moti Doongri Fortress (Duration : 0.5 hours)
  6. Birla Mandir Temple (Duration : 1 hour)

You can start your day trip with a visit to Hawa Mahal. Next, go to Jantar Mantar, which is located at walkable distance from Hawa Mahal. From here, head to City Palace whose entrance gate is located just across from Jantar Mantar. Once you are done visiting City Palace, head to Albert Hall Museum which is 3.5km from City Palace. You can take an autorichshaw or a bus. From here, head to Moti Doongri Palace and Birla Mandir which are just besides each other.

Call it an early day since the next day is going to be a long one.

Our first day

I had to observe a fast (as a part of my religious custom) on the first day of the trip. So, I decided to keep it really light. And the above itinerary helped me achieve my goal. It would have been really sad to waste one wonderful day. And it was not possible for me to venture far and wide with the “no food all through the day” limitation. So, we decided to explore the heart of the city and that included these sites that were quiet close by. I felt quiet energetic enen at the end of the day. Moreover, I was able to get back in time to complete some rituals that I had to observe as a part of the ceremony. It was like a win-win. Having been able to keep the fast and also complete the day at a wonderful note.

Second Day in Jaipur

Reserve day two for an endeavor with forts and palaces of Jaipur. Today you can visit:

  1. Amber fort or Amer fort (Duration : 3 hours)
  2. Anokhi Museum (Duration : 1 hour)
  3. Nahargarh fort (Duration : 2 hours)
  4. Jaigarh fort (Duration: 2 hours)
  5. Jal Mahal and boat ride (Duration : 1 hour)

We would recommend you to start early on. Have an early breakfast and head to Amer fort. Reach here by the time it opens (8:30am). Near Amber fort, there is a hand printing museum called Anokhi. We were very interested to visit here. But alas, it is closed on that day of the week (Monday), so we couldn’t.

Next, visit Nahargarh fort which is quiet near, almost 20 minutes drive from Amer fort. Many will suggest you to visit Jaigarh fort before Nahargarh. But the reason we tell you to go to Nahargarh fort before is reasonable lunch option available here. Such facility is not available at Amer or Jaigarh forts.

After completing a visit to Nahargarh fort, head to Jaigarh fort. Next, visit Jal Mahal. As the sun sets, have a nice boat ride on the beautiful lake surrounding this palace. This will bring us to the end of day two of our Jaipur trip. Actually, we bet you will be very tired at the end of this trip. Since there is a lot of walking done through the premises and stairs of three massive forts. So, have a nice dinner at your hotel and take rest.

Our Experience on day 2

We had an awesome trip to the trio of the forts but we ended up missing a boat ride to Jal Mahal. Since, we started little late in the morning. Since the little one took her own time to get ready. We still could have made it. But, we were not in favor of hopping from one destination to another. Instead, we decided, whichever places we are able to cover, we will spend sufficient time there. So, we ended up visiting the three forts. By the time we reached Jaigarh fort, it’s doors were almost getting closed. The security guard was humble enough to not only show us around. But he even extended his duty time to show us all over. And only after we left, he secured the gates of the fort and called it a day. However, we do wish to have been able to take one boat ride around Jal Mahal.

Nahargarh Fort
Stunning view of city from Nahargarh Fort


Nahargarh fort 7
See the vast span of walls running all the way to Amer from Nahargarh fort

Third Day in Jaipur

Today, head back to the locations within the city. Visit these places :

  1. Monkey Temple (Duration : 0.5 hours)
  2. Taj Rambagh palace (Duration : 1 hour)
  3. Sishodri Rani Garden (Duration: 1.5 hours)
  4. Jaipur Zoo (if you have kids with you, they will get a break from the historical endeavors you so far had) (Duration : 1.5 hours)
  5. Chokhi Dhani or the likes of it (3-4 hours)

This is going to be another long day ! Start your day with a temple visit. Next, head to Taj Rambagh Palace. From here, go to Sishodri Rani Garden. You can visit the Jaipur zoo if you have kids with you. They will enjoy a break from the usual historical sightseeing that we have been doing so far. From here, head to Chokhi Dhani or similar ethnic village setup in Jaipur.

Our experience

We went to Chokhi Dhani on our last day of stay at Jaipur. Again, we reached here by 8 in the evening. By this time the place had got quiet crowded. May have been because it was a Sunday evening also. Nevertheless, we were left carving for more. Our experience at Chokhi Dhani was really great. And, we can’t think of a better way that our vacation in Jaipur could have ended. But, we wanted to experience more at Chokhi Dhani, which we couldn’t because of crunch of time. So, we recommend you reach here by 6:30pm and then you can stay all the way till 11pm (when the place finally shuts down) if you wish. The experience will surely be worth it.

Apart from the places to visit, there are a lot of other things to do in Jaipur like trying the local cuisines, or experiencing a cultural folk dance or puppet show. Here’s another comprehensive list of things to do in Jaipur.

Hope you enjoy this itinerary. If you have any suggestions or feedback, we will love to hear back from you.

Actually, sometimes it’s best to talk to locals and figure out the details on what to see, how to see etc. Like we did during our shopping and sightseeing in Jaipur. Your Local Cousin is an organization that is doing a wonderful job of connecting you with authentic locals when you head somewhere. In case you would like to try and want to connect to someone in Jaipur, just head here and talk to an authentic local guide who will give you all the details for your travel and answer your questions.

Where to stay in Jaipur

Jaipur is famous for it’s heritage havelis and palaces. Many of them have been converted into hotels. And some of these hotels are run by renowned hotel chains in India. The most authentic stay experience in Jaipur will be to stay in one such place and get a real feel of the royalty that Rajasthan stands for. To check out some beautiful such properties, head here. Apart from these beautiful properties, the city abounds in other stay options as well – something to suite all budget types and tastes. Isn’t that wonderful?

General tips

  1. Start your day as early as possible.
  2. Club the places that are nearby together in one day. So that you can visit them all without wasting too much time in travel.
  3. Visit temples in the morning. They open as early as 6am in the morning.
  4. Some sights close by 5pm while there are few that open till 6:30-8pm. Line them up accordingly in your itinerary.
  5. You can buy combined tickets that cover multiple destinations. Some of these tickets are valid for multiple days. This way you will save money.
  6. Don’t rush. Jaipur mostly comprises of historical places. If you rush through the places, you are not going to get their essence. The journey through a fort or museum doesn’t become interesting until you know the story or the history that lies behind it. So, take your time.
  7. Go for a guided tour. Guided tours are useful in places of significant historical importance.
  8. Wear comfortable cotton cloths, preferably full sleeves as Jaipur mostly has a hot weather in the daytime.
  9. Carry plenty of drinking water with you all the time and keep yourself well hydrated.
  10. Carry your sunglasses and hats with you.
  11. There are plenty of means of communication inside the city including autorickshaws and buses. You can take make use of these while transiting from one spot to another.
  12. Spare some time for shopping. Rajasthan is one place full of beautiful traditional crafts and garments. You should explore the market here.
  13. Take direction from locals when required. They are very friendly and helping.


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  1. […] since the time Revolving Compass has been born, we have travelled profusely. We went to Jaipur, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Mahabalipuram, Coorg, Wayanad, Paris, Rome, Florence, […]

  2. It’s always a great feeling to visit Jaipur again and again. It really has some charm that attracts people worldwide. You almost covered most famous things in jaipur, but there are some hidden gems like Panna Meena ki Baori is a must visit place. Hope you will cover it in next visit. Thanks

    • You are right. We intend to cover it in the next visit, along with other places that we couldn’t. Also there are so many destinations at short distances around Jaipur. We intend to cover them as well

  3. I stayed 3 weeks in Jaipur and really loved the city. It’s beautiful and at the same time save for female travellers. I especially enjoyed the Monkey Temple and Amber Fort. I believe it’s impossible to see everything in Jaipur, so whoever wants to go there, just settle for your favorites and spent some quality time there (see Neha’s quality tip 6). Especially because of the heat, sightseeing in Jaipur can be pretty exhausting. For a Westener (or Indian) meal, head to the Peacock Rooftop Restaurant, it’s a bit pricier, but in a really pretty setting and super delicious.

    • Thanks for the tips Keza. I agree there is so much to see and do in Jaipur that any amount of time will fall sort. To combat the heat – my tip would be to visit indoor places like museums, palaces etc. And then visit the forts, lakes and gardens towards the evening. Chokhi Dhani is a wonderful nighttime experience

  4. Saving this as I do intend to end up in Jaipur sometime this year. 🙂

    • Great to know that. Hope you will have a wonderful time. If you need local insights, do try talking to a local cuisine. The link is included in the post

  5. This looks so beautiful! Definitely bookmarking for when I visit India. I love the detailed breakdown of your itinerary – super helpful and clear.

  6. Nadine Smith

    I’ve heard many things about Jaipur. Seems like such a majestic and colorful place! Great travel tips and itinerary. I’m sure this is helpful to anyone planning a trip to Jaipur!

  7. Love the way you’ve described the city. Jaipur is a charming city. It is my favourite place in the history, the guides there really bring the place alive with the history & science. And all the places you have mentioned are incredible.

  8. I love the itinerary! I think it is organized enough to enjoy each site without having to rush or strain oneself! Would love to visit this place sometime! By the way, I love that your posts are always detailed. Very helpful to others who are creating itineraries as well!

    • Thanks Erica, I am putting in the posts the kind of information I would like to find myself when planning a trip, with the hope that it helps others

  9. Jaipur, though I had not been to India yet, it’s gonna be one of the most useful itinerary i will ever refer to, Thanks for sharing!

  10. Jaipur looks incredible!! It’s one of our top destinations we would love to visit and it’s great how you broke down your time there. Will definitely be using this when it’s our turn! Thanks for sharing! Even with the few pictures posted You captured the majestic beauty of the city!

  11. Your itinerary looks a little bit stressful for my taste, I would add a couple of days more 🙂 which month was that?

    • We visited in September Elisa. yes, we have packed the days with activities in our itinerary because this one is supposed to make the best use of 3 days available. If you have more days at hand, you can spread it over and go for a more relaxed, slower travel

  12. Im so stunned with how you make very detailed travel guide, though you noted you weren’t able to follow it, I think this will help a lot of travelers in exploring Jaipur. Thankyou for this!

    • Thanks Gelyka. We almost followed it but a few things here and there were dropped out because we had a little one with us, so we couldn’t start very early in the morning and couldn’t travel too late in the evening. I am happy that you feel others can benefit from it 🙂

  13. Wow that looks like the Great Wall of China! Will include this on my bucketlist. 🙂

  14. What a great guide! I would love to get to Nahargarh Fort – the view there looks absolutely spectacular. Adding Jaipur to my India bucket list now! Certainly lots to choose from in this itinerary which is great!

    • Thanks Juliette. Definitely there is lots to do and see in Jaipur. Provision your time accordingly when you do come here

  15. gobeyondbounds

    We did a two day trip to Jaipur but still missed most of these. Jaipur is rich with history and monuments, we would definitely revisit the state and follow your footsteps this time 🙂 Amer Fort is undeniably one of the most gorgeous forts we have ever been 🙂

    • 2 days are definitely less for Jaipur. Actually, you can thoroughly cover Jaipur (and other places nearby) if you have 15 days in hand.

  16. Very good practical itinerary! Though I may tend to spend more time in the forts and during my tour I ended up reaching Nahargarh Fort well beyond its closing time.
    It was a disappointment that day.

    • Same happened to us. We went to Jaigarh at the end and the fort doors were being closed while we were still visiting. 🙂

  17. Hi Neha. Thats a perfect itinerary you have made. With so many places to visit in Jaipur, 3 days feels short but with proper planning it can surely be done. Sad that you couldn’t cover Anokhi museum. We visited it during our recent trip to Jaipur and fell in love with the garments and the printing blocks at display. The carving and block printing demonstrations was the best and my son enjoyed it the most. We also made a stop at the beautiful Panna Meena ka Kund and Krishna temple located close to the Anokhi museum.

    • Wow Sindhu..those are the places that I very much wanted to visit. We are going to plan a second trip to Jaipur soon. Since, we wanted to cover many nearby places through day tours but we couldn’t due to lack of time

  18. Jaipur looks incredible! And you are giving some great advice! I love that the first day is taken a bit lighter and that you give recommendations on where to eat as well. I also appreciate that you have added the times behind the places so we would know how long it takes. I will be sharing this with my friends!

    • Thanks a lot Kreete. It’s comments like yours that truly make my day..feeling glad that the post is proving informative enough for others

  19. Having been born in Bombay, I’ve only visited India again twice in the past 26 years since I moved away. Jaipur has been on my bucket list (along with Agra and Delhi) but unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to make it there yet. I absolutely love this list you’ve put together (because I’m a total bullet-list/number person so I appreciate how to-the-point it is!) and I’ll be pinning it for when I’m able to visit someday!

    • Thanks Shemylah. Glad that you find it useful. I also personally look for similar itineraries when I have to go out somewhere. So, totally agree with you

  20. wellcaffeinatedtraveller

    Wow, Jaipur looks like a fascinating city. I appreciate all the detailed information about how long to allow for each place. And your photos are beautiful!

    • Thank you so much. There is so much to do and see here that I felt allocating time to each place becomes important.

  21. Hey, thanks for the itinerary. Í’m actually planning a small long weekend getaway to Jaipur with the kids soon and this will come in handy as it covers almost all of what is there to see. I was in Jaipur on work a little while back for a day and stayed at Rajputana which was a wonderful property and ate at LMB which I wrote about on the blog and highly recommend if someone wants to try local food… in addition to Choki Dhani which you mentioned. Thanks

    • Great! I wish you a happy journey and your kids will enjoy the place for sure..have a wonderful time 🙂

  22. Wow! So many great ideas – I didn’t realize there are so much to explore. By the way, you’ve captured excellent photos.

  23. Hello, Thanks for sharing such a fantastic blog.I really appreciate your blog to share information about Jaipur …Visiting in Jaipur is amazing experience. Jaipur is a place with a glorious past and a very rich historic background. People come from far off places just to get the taste of its beautiful monuments and their architecture.

    • You are right Sunita. And thanks a lot. I am really happy that you liked the blog and the post. I loved visiting Rajasthan. And now I am as much loving covering it through my post and presenting it on my platter (read: my blog) to the rest of the world

  24. Wow, love that you wrote durations and stops as a way to find your footing on your first trip. That is really helpful!

    • Thanks dear. Thats exactly what I always search for in other blogs when planning a trip. So, thought it will help people plan their trips on the same lines as mine

  25. Great guide for an incredible place. I would love to visit India one day and now Jaipur sounds an amazing destination, thanks to you.

  26. Nadine Smith

    Wow! That view of Nahargarh Fort is so amazing! I haven’t been to India but if I have the opportunity to go, this post will be handy to me. 🙂

    Nadine Smith | ScenesFromNadine.com

    • Thanks Nadine. Do plan a trip to India. There are so many amazing places to see here and so much to do.

  27. This is EXACTLY the kind of thing I look for when planning a trip. I want to know where to go, how long it will take and how many days realistically I need there. Jaipur looks beautiful and sounds so interesting. Makes me want to visit!

    • Thanks Melissa. Even I look for similar info. That is why I composed it here for people like us to benefit from it.

  28. What a beautiful city! I appreciate your breakdown of the potential itineraries each day. That’ll be very handy if/when I travel there! Great post and tips. 🙂

  29. ilive4travel

    It looks like a beautiful place to visit. India is on my list, will need to add this to my places to see. Might need more than 3 days though 🙂

  30. This itinerary seems quite perfect to be honest. This is definitely one of my dreamdestinations and those photos are truly breathtaking. I mean, look at those views from the fort!!

  31. Whoa! Gorgeous spot and really cool post… I like that you dont just give recommendations but you basically come up with a day by day itinerary. That’s really handy! I might have to do that in the future. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks Christie. When I start searching what to see in a particular place, I get a list of places at dozens of sites. But then I have to tediously figure out which lie close together and can be clubbed together in a single day itinerary. Thats why I have decided where ever I visit next, I will give a day by itinerary to help others

  32. Hawa Mahal is one of my all time favourite monuments..the building is a feast to the eyes. Are there any local markets that you recommend for shopping? Also, can one visit the Taj Ram Bagh only for a meal… or is is that restaurants are open to resident guests only?
    Thanks for the itinerary…planning Jaipur in Jan..this will surely help!

    • I am happy you found it useful. You can visit Taj Rambagh for just meals. And yes, the local markets, most famous being Bapu Bazar and Nehru Bazar are quiet near to hawa mahal and city palace, almost walkable. But you should know to choose the authentic products and deal the right price. More convenient would be Rajasthali which is a government emporium. Right quality and fixed price. It’s at the junction of MI Road in Jaipur. I am soon going to write a post on my shopping experience there 🙂

  33. Thanks for your info. I ‘ve never been there before. It seems a great place and I will go there soon 🙂

  34. beautiful photos, Your itinerary is packed quite nicely and I like that you put in order which places to go first in Jaipur for lunch options. The days look pretty packed and would most definitely need a rest from the three days 🙂 How long is the distance between each place? there is a lot to see and seems like you can do a lot in three days. I usually prefer to do just a couple of things and take time to relax in between and enjoy the culture, thanks for sharing this great itinerary!

    • We have tried to couple the places that are close together in one day. Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigarh forts are within a radius of around 10km. While Jantar mantar, hawa mahal are at 5 mins walkable distance. City palace is just in front of Jantar Mantar. Chokhi Dhani is a little out of town on another side, but then it is to be visited at one end of the day 🙂

  35. Wow! This is a really planned itinerary, it covers everything! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Awesome itinerary, I only spent 1 day in Jaipur & it wasn’t enough! I think 3 days is perfect, time for you to visit most of the major sights as well as time for relaxation. Amber Fort was a highlight of my whole India trip, it’s so vast & the history is fascinating. I also loved the Ancient Observatory, the guides there really bring the science to life. Now I’m looking forward to my next trip to visit all the things I missed out on the first time!

    • All the very best for your next trip. Amber fort really needs lots of time to visit. I will soon write about the observatory Jantar Mantar. I was very fascinated by the wisdom of the ancient when I visited there 🙂

  37. I didn’t know Jaipur is this beautiful. And it’s nice that you’ve shared an itinerary and put in some tips so us who may want to go there now have an idea on how to explore it. Is there an entrance fee to these sites by the way?

    • Thanks Marge! There is an entrance fee to the sites. At city palace or hawa mahal one can buy a discounted ticket that covers multiple sites. We had taken one that covered the city palace, jaigarh fort and nahargarh fort together. If one is not sure whether they are going to visit all the places, then individual tickets will be better

  38. Jaipur looks lovely! This itinerary looks very complete yet easy to accomplish. It’s always interesting to see how others plan a short trip to a new place. I know I always have problems fitting things in without some decent planning!

    • Thanks Susan. This is one of the challenges I face when visiting a new place. Everyone seems to be talking about what all to see but there are very little itineraries that define clearly how to arrange those places in the order of visit, group the closer places together, cover one region at a time. That is what compelled me to write this post.

  39. Oh yeah, I only know the problem of too much itinerary / too few time too well haha. You seem to have made quite the best out of your trip though! Such a thorough put together that would be easy to adapt and get inspired from – nice! 🙂

  40. Nice itinerary. Planning a trip to Jaipur in 2017 after the Thailand trip. Your post was really helpful.

  41. nomadicfoot

    I have been to Jaipur so many times as a tour manager with my groups it’s such a beautiful city. You have made a perfect itinerary for this amazing city.

  42. My all -time Jaipur favorite is the Amer Fort. The views from Nahargarh are fabulous. I guess monsoon is a great time to go because its all so green!

    • You are so right. In monsoons, the hills are charmingly green. Although it didnt rain when we were there, I guess when rain washes the forts, they must become extra romantic

  43. Its a great post and covered almost everything. I had a 5 day trip to Jaipur but my main concentrations were on experiencing different stays daily.

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