7 Best Ways To Explore Jaipur By Walking Tours 0

9th Jan 20
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Harshal, Indian Travel Blogger
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So you have roamed around the streets of New Delhi? You have admired the Taj Mahal in Agra to your heart’s content? So what’s next? Your next stop should be the iconic Pink City of Jaipur. Even though you are on your first trip to India, this is the right place to start from. Marvelous glimpses and royal in origin, a visit to Jaipur would be perfect for you to complete the spectacular golden triangle tourist circuit. But with a city full of regal landmarks, forts, palaces, and whatnot, it gets really difficult to decide what exactly to begin with. Therefore we have compiled this wholesome list to show you 9 best ways to explore Jaipur by walking tours. Whether it is the breathtaking Hawa Mahal or the scrumptious street delicacies like Pyaaz Kachori (Fried onion dumpling), there is only one failproof way to experience all of this. Take a guided walking tour of this walled city which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If it is your first trip to India and you don’t know where to go, especially while being in Jaipur, just follow this list and you will do great.

Here is a list of top 7 best ways to explore Jaipur by walking tours:

1. Heritage of Jaipur Walking Tour

Heritage Jaipur Haveli Jaipur Walking Tour

  • To explore the dynamics of the Pink city, you have to first understand why it is called the pink city in the first place. You have to know its history, culture origin and all the aspects that flaunt its magnificent culture. And the best way to do that explore its heritage by taking day tours such as a heritage walking tour.

  • Built by Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh-II, Jaipur was first painted pink to warmly welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria in 1876. Get to know the first planned and walled city of India on this tour as you witness the finest aspects of Rajput architecture and how they came to be.

  • Delve into the realms of arts and craft as you can see first hand the old artisans in action supported by the royal family. Go frenzy and explore the old heritage markets of Jaipur and collect souvenirs ranging from dress materials, bangles, jewelry, traditional costumes and much more. Historic buildings like Havelis, ancient temples and Mahajan trader shops await to mesmerize you with their beauty and indigenousness carried through generations.

Location - Heritage walks in Jaipur start near the Tripolia Bazaar in the vicinities of Chhoti Chaupar.

Accessibility - The heritage places of Jaipur are accessible via Jaipur Railway Station and the Chandpole Metro Station.

Catch - While walking through these places you may very well collect fine souvenirs to take back home. These colorful sights are highly photogenic in nature and so it is recommendable to carry a camera and click as many pictures to capture your memories. This is that part of your trip to India that will change your life and bring you face to face with the vibrant culture of Jaipur.

Duration expectation - 3 Hours

Cost - You can take some free tours also but guided walking tours will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents and local guides you choose. Cost also differs between group tours and private tours.

What to expect - Explore different kinds of markets like – spice market, flower market, vegetable, and fruit market. Witness traditional bazaars, artisans, traders and architecture.

2. Food Exploration Walking Tour in Jaipur

Dal baati Churma Jaipur food Jaipur Walking Tour

  • Would it be possible to complete your tour of Jaipur without getting a taste of its exotic gastronomy? Not really. Explore the city of Jaipur that is full of countless options to satisfy both your tastebuds and your tummy without putting much burden on your wallet.

  • Fall in love with the lip-smacking richness of Pyaz Kachori or savor the crusty delight of Dal Bathi Churma. Got a sweet tooth? Looking for something extra sugary? Head to any street and you would come across the iconic Mawa Kachori which makes an incredible blend of Mawa and nuts.

  • The caramelized broken wheat sweet dish named Lapsi is all you would need along with some Ghevar to go on an all flavorful riot. Too much sweet? Hop along to try some Mirchi Vadas which are fiery enough get your tastebuds popping. From Rajasthani Kadi to Gatte Ki Sabzi, the options to grab a bite in Jaipur are endless.

  • Location - Street food is available across all the areas of Jaipur. Masala Chowk, Bapu Bazaar, Ganapati Plaza, Ram Niwas Chowk, MI Road are some of the prominent places to relish these mouthwatering dishes.

  • Accessibility - You can reach these areas through railway, or by hiring a cab. After reaching these places you can either walk or explore via rickshaw ride.

  • Catch - It is important to note that even though these are street food places the conditions of hygiene and clean surroundings are a must. It is advisable to avoid too much street food to prevent dysentery.

  • Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

  • Cost - You can take some free tours also but guided walking tours will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents and local guides you choose. Cost also differs between group tours and private tours.

  • What to expect - Apart from the ones mentioned above, a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes such as Aam Ki Launji, Chokhani Kheer, Kalakand, Lal Mass, Gajak and much more grace the food palette of Jaipur gastronomy.

3. Shopping in Jaipur Walking Tour

Shopping in Jaipur Market Jaipur Walking Tour

  • Returning from the Pink City empty-handed would be a disaster! And to avoid such a thing to happen to you all you have to do is go rouge and shop. Jaipur is home to a large number of marketplaces that offer Handicrafts, Jewelry, Leather goods and much more. Start at Johari Bazaar and satiate your love for gems. Johari Bazaar offers you ornaments made of gold, silver, gems and mesmerizing embellishments made of Kundan are alluring enough to make your day.

  • Looking for traditional Rajasthani lehengas? Head to Bapu Bazaar and choose from vibrant options. Make sure you are ready to haggle and get the best bargain. For indigenous handicrafts ranging from footwear to textiles, Nehru Bazaar is the best place to at. Other markets such as the Tripolia Bazaar, Gaurav Chowk, Tibbati Market, Badi Chaupar are capable enough to suffice with your shopping fantasies. If you are planning a trip to India on a budget, this the right way to explore and shop with spending less.

Location - You can reach these areas through Jaipur railway junction, or by hiring a cab. After reaching these places you can walk to explore further. A local guide may help

Accessibility - The bazaars can be reached by the help of rail or by hiring a cab. To shop through the narrow lanes it is important to explore the bazaars by walking.

Catch - All international cards are accepted at these marketplaces. Never give up on negotiating as you may get a good deal for yourself. Your questions like what to wear to India will be answered here.

Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

Cost - You can take some free tours also but guided walking tours will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents and local guides you choose. Cost also differs between group tours and private tours.

What to expect - Check out various materials such as garments, sweets, electronics, leather goods, and much more in these bazaars.

4. Landmarks of Jaipur Walking Tour

Hawa Mahal Palace of Winds Jaipur Walking Tour

  • The one thing that makes a city always stands out is its landmarks. And you surely wouldn’t want to miss the ornate architectural marvels that grace the landscape of the Pink City. How about starting this landmarks of Jaipur walking tour with the iconic Palace of Winds known as the Hawa Mahal. This structure which resembles a crown stands valiantly to date with a beautiful facade that will blow you off your feet. Continue the monumental retreat with the sights of the elegant Amber Palace, the City Palace, and the Ram Bagh Palace all of which were the former residences of the Maharajas of Jaipur.

  • Explore a rich collection of artifacts such as paintings, sculptures and much more at the Albert Hall Museum. Bring out your inner astronomer and discover how people studied planetary bodies in earlier times by visiting the spectacular monument of Jantar Mantar which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue the same but with modern visuals and breathtaking technology at the Birla Planetarium. Cap all of this with the remaining yet magnificent monuments such as the Ram Niwas Garden, Chandpole Gate, Birla Mandir, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, and Jal Mahal.

Location - These monuments are located near the Jaipur railway junction. After reaching these places you can walk to explore further.

Accessibility - All these landmarks and monuments are accessible by Jaipur Railway Station as well as the Metro lines. You can also hire a cab or walk to the monument if you are nearby.

Catch - Discover Indo-Saracenic and Rajputana architecture while exploring these landmarks. Don’t forget to click pictures since these are highly eye-catching structures that would look good in your photo album.

Duration - 3-4 Hours

Cost - You can take some free tours also but guided walking tours will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents and local guides you choose. Cost also differs between group tours and private tours.

What to expect - Explore the Rajput palaces, forts, and monuments that depict the vast history, rich culture and vivid legends that are intriguing enough to keep you on your toes. The list includes Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), City Palace, Jal Mahal and much more.

5. Night Walking Tour in Jaipur

Jaipur Walking Tour at Night

  • The beauty of a city alleviates when it lits up after sunset. Its landscape resembles the horde of countless fireflies itched upon a dark canvas. The same goes for the city of Jaipur. The magnificence of its landscape increases threefold during the night and that’s when you get to explore its streets. You could start off with enjoying the famous sound and light show at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. Feel the pleasant breeze of the night and explore the sites of Rambagh Golf Club, Rajasthan High Court, Pant Krishi Bhawan, Secretariat Jaipur, Birla Planetarium and the Income Tax building.

  • Walk past the Ambedkar Circle and come across the aesthetic fountain made out of recycled material. Savor the taste of coffee or a local chai and proceed to the vicinity of the Statue circle which hosts the brilliant sculpture of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. How about getting to climax with a Bollywood flick? Visit Raj Mandir Cinema, a spectacularly lit remnant standing since the 80s. Its glimpses are more than enough to end your night on a happy note.

Location - You can reach these areas through Jaipur railway junction, or by hiring a cab. After reaching these places you can walk to explore further.

Accessibility - All these landmarks and monuments are accessible by Jaipur Railway Station as well as the Metro lines. You can also hire a cab or walk to the monument if you are nearby.

Catch - The nightlife of Jaipur is surreal and spectacular. Make sure you carry a camera to click the mesmerizing sights in the night.

Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

Cost - You can take some free tours also but guided walking tours will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents and local guides you choose. Cost also differs between group tours and private tours.

What to expect - Experience the lit-up landmarks and prominent places around Jaipur that stand out especially during the night.

6. Spiritual Walking Tour in Jaipur

Birla Temple Jaipur Walking Tour

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  • So are you planning to head to Varanasi for a spiritual retreat? Or maybe go to Rishikesh to learn the art of meditation? You may but why look further when you could find the same while roaming the streets of Jaipur? All you have to do is take a Spiritual Walking Tour of Jaipur.

  • These guided walking tours take you through every graceful nook and corner of Jaipur that gives off devotional vibes. Start with the divine and aesthetic Birla temple also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple. A significant house of worship, the Birla temple incorporates deities from Hinduism, Buddhism as well as Jainism.

  • Proceed further and explore the city to discover the Ramachandra Temple which is believed to be the only temple dedicated to Hindu Lord Rama dating back to the 17th Century. You would clearly fall in love with its finely carved architecture. Get rid of your stress and rejuvenate your body by visiting a local meditation center. You will have fun learning the elaborate techniques of meditation and clear your mind of all woes.

  • Move along to the Govind Dev Ji Temple which is situated in the City Palace complex, is also known as one of the most sacred temples in Jaipur. You could also visit the Radha Damodar Temple, the Mohan Temple, Brij Nidhi Temple, and Anand Krishna Biharji Temple to complete your Spiritual tour in Jaipur. It doesn’t matter whether you are on your trip to India from USA or UK, you can enjoy spiritual bliss right at these places.

Location - The Birla Temple is located in Tilak Nagar whereas the Ramchandra Temple stands near the Chandpole Bazaar. You can reach these areas through Jaipur railway junction, or by hiring a cab. After reaching these places you can walk to explore further.

Accessibility - All these spiritual sites are accessible by Jaipur Railway Station as well as the Metro lines. You can also hire a cab or walk to the monument if you are nearby.

Catch - Lose yourself in the realms of spiritual bliss and divine musings. Meditate and clear your mind. Also, get the opportunity to appreciate the Nagora-style and Indo-Saracenic temple architecture of these spectacular structures. This spiritual Jaipur walking tour would give you all the peace you need on your bustling day trips of the pink city.

Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

Cost - You can take some free tours also but guided walking tours will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents and local guides you choose. Cost also differs between group tours and private tours.

What to expect - A complete spiritual retreat full of awe-inspiring sites and religiously monumental places.

7. Arts of Jaipur Walking Tour

Handicrafts Local Fabric Weaver Jaipur Walking Tour

  • Indigenous and local artistry is one of the best things to discover as a tourist especially while you explore the city of Jaipur. Local artisans and craftsmen, for generations, have established large businesses that are still thriving upon their relentless passion and flawless skill. While taking this Artistic Jaipur walking tour, you get the first-hand experience of the process of handicrafts making ranging from jewelry to gem cutting and carpet weaving.

  • Stop at the Badi Chaupar and stumble across the art of Gotta Patti embroidery and Bandhej printing patterns on sarees, lehengas and other fabrics. This magnificent detailing and weaving is breathtaking and therefore makes it worth every glimpse. You could sit and enjoy this work in process as well as know more about this traditional art by having a word with the local artisans. Move on further and discover more such manufacturing processes while on your way to the Zohari Bazaar. Witness the jewelry craftsmen in action as they carefully cut and polish precious stones, gold, silver and lot more in a graceful manner.

Location - Start at the Badi Chaupar, which is located near the iconic facade of Hawa Mahal. It is also known as Manak Chowk. All the other bazaars and marketplaces are situated near the Badi Chaupar and its vicinity.

Accessibility - The bazaars can be reached by the help of rail and metro lines or by hiring a cab. To shop through the narrow lanes it is important to explore the bazaars by walking.

Catch - Make sure you take note of all the lengthy process of artistry in case you wish to write about it. Carry a camera to capture these mesmerizing works in progress and add them to your list of memories.

Duration expectation - 3-4 hours

Cost - You can take some free tours also but guided walking tours will range from USD 50 to USD 150, depends on the day slot, and type of agents and local guides you choose. Cost also differs between group tours and private tours.

What to expect - Get ready to walk for a longer period as the exploration of these artworks involves hopping from one workshop to another.

There you have it! Whether you are taking a trip to India on a budget and stumbled across Jaipur or you were just looking for some extravagant experience, these Jaipur walking tours are here to cater to all your fancies.

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