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Overview of Jaipur
Capital of Rajasthan, the Jaipur we know today dates back to the early 17th century. Amongst our picks of the best places to stay in Jaipur there is a wide choice. From the regally opulent Raj Palace to no frills modern hotels aimed at business travellers to smaller more authentic spots.
The very name Jaipur is synonymous with glamorous tales of Maharajas and their palaces, the Raj, hunting and polo. The Rambagh Palace went from a hunting lodge to a royal residence and today is a 5-star hotel,
The old city, in the north-east quarter, became The Pink City in 1897 when the Maharaja Jai Singh decided to paint it a welcoming pink for a visit by the then Prince of Wales. Still largely walled, there are four main gates and the bird’s eye view is of a neat grid laid out with wide streets and rectangular plots.
Closer to the ground Jaipur isn’t quite so tidy. The roads are frantic, noisy and congested with cars, rickshaws, lorries, buses, bikes and animals.
It has a population of nearly 4 million and there are 15,000 licensed auto-rickshaws. But still the city has great charm; it is a popular destination for tourists in the winter months and a great place to shop.
Transport in Jaipur
Taxis can be booked from hotels. For short rides hail an auto-rickshaw. Ask the price and expect to haggle though they aren’t expensive. If the driver plainly speaks no English, find one who does. The modern airport is close to the centre of town (to the south) and Jaipur is well connected by rail and bus services.
Havelis (the old townhouses of the nobility centred around courtyards) are often earmarked as the best places to stay in Jaipur because they are usually spacious and set in pretty gardens while being close to the centre of town.
- Samode Haveli boasts romantically decorated bedrooms and a courtyard with swimming pool and sun deck.
- Hotel Diggi Palace offers simple, elegant rooms and in January is a hub for much of the annual Jaipur Literary Festival.
- The Raj Palace was formerly the Maharajah's palace and is now a fabulous luxury hotel. It has been exquisitely restored with immense attention to detail, using the finest materials. Rooms and suites are bedecked with original furniture. The excellent restaurant houses a unique collection of china and the Swarkovski chandelier is the largest in India.
- Another former royal abode is the Rambagh Palace now a member of the Taj group of hotels. This was once home to Maharani Gayatri Devi, who was amongst other things a politican and style icon. You really feel like royalty here - garlands on arrival are standard. Beautifully decorated bedrooms are traditional in feel. For extra pampering there is an excellent spa.
Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Jaipur and start to plan your stay. Please feel free to call or email a friendly guru for advice Contact. Alternatively widen the net and check out all our recommendations in Rajasthan.
Best Hotels in Jaipur
Pearl Palace Heritage 10 rooms from $36Jaipur (Ajmer Road)
Featured in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Providing idiosyncratic rooms with decor from around Rajasthan. Each of their ten rooms are individually and intricately decorated - right down to the bathroom tiles. Dine and the popular Peacock restaurant (just 200m away). Excellent value.Great walks - Head out onto the streets of The Pink City with your personal guide.Sights nearby - You cannot visit Jaipur without seeing the Amber Fort.Full of characterQuirky - An experience!
The General’s Retreat 10 rooms from $43Jaipur (C Scheme)
A homely, comfortable guesthouse with a large garden in a smart suburb. Pretty rooms feature tiled floors, white washed walls and attractive fabrics. Lovely sit out terrace, breakfast room and dining room. An affordable gem.Sights nearby - From Jantar Manter to the Amber Fort there is plenty to see in Jaipur.Swimming Pool - Outdoor Pool shared at nearby HotelSecluded setting - For escaping.
Jaipur Homestay 4 rooms from $43Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Charming family home run by the ever welcoming Dilip and Tanuja. Feel a part of the family with cosy interiors and traditional Indian home cooking - meals can be enjoyed with the hosts. Rooms are homely and of a good size. There is a living room and sunny garden in which to relax.Sights nearby - The Pink City's sights and attractions are within easy reach.Local markets - Bapu Bazaar is a favourite amongst locals and tourists.
Bhola Bhawan B&B 4 rooms from $43Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Unassuming from the outside this retro-chic property is an absolute steal. Large, light, airy rooms, decorated with pop colours include bathrooms with power showers and complimentary toiletries. An excellent breakfast is included and other meals can be arrange. As can massages in room. A delight.Local exploring - Centrally located in C Scheme - one of the best areas in JaipurValue chic - Excellent value for such style and friendlinessLocal markets - Chandpol Bazaar is the place to go for the fabrics Jaipur is famous forSights nearby - The Pink City: Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and much more
Palm Court Homestay 3 rooms from $73Jaipur (Jagatpura)
A large, modern family home combining style with traditional interiors. The three bedrooms are immaculate, demonstrating owner Smitri's love of colour and textiles. Food is delicious and home cooked and vegetarian and 'free from' diets are catered for. Enjoy a cup of chai in the sunny garden.Sights nearby - The intricate architecture of the Hawa Mahal should not be missed - the heart of The Pink City.Local markets - Bapu Bazaar is a favourite for sarees and jewellery, sweets and perfumes.Cooking classes - Kitchen Craft offers lessons in traditional North Indian cuisine.
Hotel Clarks Amer 211 rooms from $76Jaipur
A big hotel with a warm heart and unrivalled business facilities. Bright spacious rooms with white washed walls and wooden floors. Excellent gym, reception rooms with jewel-bright furnishing, and spectacular Ta Blu roof top terrace bar.City Style - A sleek, modern hotel with a popular bar.Sights nearby - Amber Fort and the Jantar Mantar: to name but a couple.Local markets - Johari Bazaar is known for its jewellery.
Shahpura House 38 rooms from $77Jaipur (Rajasthan)
A little off Jaipur's main thoroughfare Shahpura House enjoys a peaceful spot, within easy reach of town. Everything here is rich and vibrant from the fabrics to the food. Rooms are individually decorated in bright colour palettes and astoral chandeliers. There is a spa and pool. Sheer opulence.Local markets - Jaipur is teeming with markets but Bapu Bazaar and Jaipur Textile Market are two of the best.Cooking classes - Cooking classes with the head chef are available on request.Sights nearby - The Amber Fort: a must see.Romantic - Good for couples.
Khas Bagh 18 rooms from $82Jaipur (Rajasthan)
This farm retreat tucked away amidst the Aravalli Hills provides a regal homestay. Eighteen large rooms include capacious beds, ornate fabrics and modern bathrooms. There is an inviting pool and plenty of activities from yoga to polo. Feel right at home in rural Rajasthan.Sights nearby - Amer & Jaigarh Forts are a must visit.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Hotel Diggi Palace 70 rooms from $84Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Delightful haveli hotel in large beautiful grounds. Simple, traditional and elegant rooms with cooling verandahs. A haven of tranquility in a quiet part of town. Rooms feature four poster beds and local artworks. Lots of quirky charm. In January it hosts the Jaipur Literary Festival.Sights nearby - The Water Palace, Amber Fort, City Palace are all must sees.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolFull of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Alsisar Hotel 45 rooms from $88Jaipur
A peaceful retreat in the heart of the city. Romantic rooms with antique furniture, intricately carved poster beds, and delicate medieval Rajasthani motifs on fabrics. Lovely swimming pool, shady courtyards and mosaic-work sitting room. Romance of another century.Sights nearby - Amber Fort, Water Palace, City Palace, Monkey Temple, Jantar Mantar: Jaipur keeps you busy.Local markets - Jaipur Textile Market is a treasure trove for fabrics and rugs.Swimming Pool - Outdoor PoolRomantic - Good for couples.
Lebua Lodge at Amer 40 rooms from $98Jaipur (Rajasthan)
This modern resort, made up of 40 luxury tents, provides a change from Rajasthan's bountiful haveli properties. Offering everything you could wish for there is a pool, tennis, spa, kids playground and much more. Bedrooms feature ceiling to floor glass doors and white, minimalist interiors.Great walks - Up the hill to the Monkey Temple - where over 5000 monkeys are meant to live.Sights nearby - The famous Amber Fort is within walking distance.Cooking classes - Check for timings.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Samode Bagh 44 rooms from $105Jaipur (Rajasthan)
This 300 year old resort, located just under 50km from Jaipur provides guests with a relaxing hideaway from the frenetic city. Luxurious tented rooms have ornate patterned ceilings and are filled with antiques. Fantastic local cuisine and beautiful gardens to stroll in. A romantic choice.Sights nearby - Amber Fort, City and Water Palace, the Monkey Temple, Jantar Mantar and much more are just a day trip away.Hideaway - Located out the way of frenetic Jaipur but still within a day trip of its sights.OpulentKids Club - Fully staffed.
Narain Niwas Palace 37 rooms from $116Jaipur
A comfortable heritage property in the pink city of Jaipur. Fantastic spa and pool in acres of garden, as well as specialty Thali dining. The fabulous Palladio serves excellent European dishes. One of the less expensive and less grand palaces in Rajasthan, but by no means less fantastical.Foodies - Boasting one of the best restaurants in town: Palladio.Local exploring - Enjoying a fantastically central location in Jaipur.Sights nearby - Jaipur has a bounty of sights: the Amber Fort, Water Palace, City Palace and much more.Local markets - Bapu Bazaar is a favourite amongst locals.
Royal Heritage Haveli 28 rooms from $119Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Built in the 18th century and 10km from Jaipur, this unique destination has fourteen gorgeous suites draped in lavish silks and velvets. Serene lawns and a peaceful swimming pool set in a quiet courtyard. The restaurant uses ingredients sourced from the hotel garden.Local markets - Explore the infamous Jaipur bazaarsSights nearby - City Palace, JaipurDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Full of character
28 Kothi 5 rooms from $122Jaipur (Civil Lines Road)
Jaipur's newest boutique offering provides stunning accommodation at an even more attractive price. Their attention to detail is key. Design touches such as ornate light installations and colour co-ordinated libraries are a perfectionists dream! Yoga classes and in room massages can be arranged.City Style - A tranquil oasis within easy reach of many of Jaipur's main sights.Local exploring - Perfectly located for exploring Jaipur's sights.Sights nearby - City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Monkey Palace to name but a few are within easy reach.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
47 Jobner Bagh 12 rooms from $129Jaipur (Rajasthan)
A local gem designers and artisans have been flocking to 47 Jobner Bagh for many moons. Its owners have an eye for style and there is a nod to the 1920s amidst its blend of Italian and Indian decor. More luxurious than your average homestay yet more intimate than a five star hotel. A serene stay.City Style - An utterly chic way to explore the Pink CitySights nearby - Hawa Hahal and The City Palace are both a must visitGreat walks - The ancient ramparts of the Amber FortDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.
Samode Haveli 39 rooms from $132Jaipur
A quaint spot in the middle of a lively city. A great choice for individuals or couples. Fantastic central courtyard swimming pool and sun deck is perfect for lounging or sipping on a cocktail. Romantically decorated bedrooms, soothing spa facilities and stunning dining room.Sights nearby - So much to see in Jaipur: the hotel will gladly organise your tour.Local markets - Jaipur Textile Market is the place for fabrics and rugs.Sailing - Head out on the Ramgarh Lake by boat.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolRecommended by - I Escape
The Farm 7 rooms from $138Jaipur (Rajasthan)
A chic oasis just a short drive, yet a world away from town. This owner managed property reflects their young spirit. Retro rooms are decorated with wonderfully kitsch, Indian curios. There is an organic vegetable garden and room price is full board. Plenty of activities make it great for families.Sights nearby - Jaipur with its many sights is just a forty minute drive. Perfect as you can visit for the day and return to this haven.Hideaway - Located a forty minute drive from Jaipur the farm is an oasis of calm.Cooking classes - Just ask the chef!Secluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet
Savista Retreat 14 rooms from $151Jaipur (Sanjharia, Rajasthan)
Chic hotel on the outskirts of Jaipur. Each of its fourteen rooms are uniquely decorated in whimsical style. Think billowing curtains, bohemian dhurries and ornate fabrics. Home-style North and South Indian dishes are served. Admirable green policies it is the ideal break for the eco-warrior.Eco break - Employing admirable green credentials this property is ahead of its peersTotal relaxation - A relaxing retreat on the outskirts of JaipurSights nearby - Take a drive into Jaipur and visit its many sightsSpa
The Tree of Life Resort 14 rooms from $162Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Set within seven acres of land amidst the Aravalli hills and just a 30 minute drive from Jaipur, Tree of Life provides daily yoga and meditation classes and a revitalising spa. The prefect way to explore from afar. Rooms are comfortable with private terraces and food is mainly organic. A haven.Sights nearby - Make a day trip into town to visit the Amber Fort and other sights.Great walks - Explore the local villages and farms.SpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
The Raj Palace 29 rooms from $241Jaipur (Nr Jal Mahal)
This luxurious Maharaja's Palace has beed exquisitely restored with the finest Italian marbles, Egyptian cottons, mahoganies, and Swarovski chandeliers. The 38 suites are divine, as are the equally majestic verandahs, gardens, and food in the wonderful restaurant.Sights nearby - The Amber Fort is Jaipur's main attraction. Go at sunset for the best views.Local markets - Bapu Bazaar is Jaipur's busiest and most popular market.Swimming Pool - Outdoor PoolSpaRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Samode Palace 43 rooms from $244Jaipur (Village Samode)
A traditional Rajput palace just outside Jaipur. Wonderfully romantic rooms and suites, all individually decorated, but each as magical as the next. Terraces, pools, tennis courts, camel safaris, fantastic Rajasthani and European food. Regal and luxurious.Romantic - Good for couples.Local markets - Jaipur's famous textile market is great for fabrics and rugs.Sights nearby - The Amber Fort is 50km away but well worth a visit.Swimming Pool - Outdoor rooftop infinity pool and courtyard pool.Recommended by - I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith
Dera Amer Elephant Camp 4 rooms from $317Jaipur (Kukas)
A truly unique property: "Glamping with Elephants"! Located a 30 minute drive from Jaipur this private desert camp features classic, colonial style tents and furnishings. Dine under the stars, by the campfire at night. Operational from October - April. Great for couples and families.Sights nearby - Jaipur and its many sights: City Palace, Amber Fort to name a few.Romantic - Good for couples.Secluded setting - For escaping.
Taj Rambagh Palace 79 rooms from $366Jaipur (Rambagh)
Royal treatment in the home of the former Maharaja of Jaipur. The interior decoration and surrounding grounds echo the magic of a bygone era - marble floors, beautiful colonnades, and acres of luscious gardens. A fabulous place to stay.Swimming Pool - Indoor and Outdoor PoolsSights nearby - The Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar are all must sees.Local markets - Bapu Bazaar is awash with sparkling sarees and jewellery.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection
SUJAN Rajmahal Palace 8 rooms from $408Jaipur (Rajasthan)
A rose tinted palace in The Pink City. Eight desirable rooms have stylish interiors courtesy of the acclaimed Adil Ahmed. Rooms are decorated in chic palettes of contrasting colours: turquoises with pinks, blue with white (so photogenic). Dining is an equal parts aesthetic and tasty affair.Sights nearby - Enjoy a private tou or the City Palace.Romantic - Good for couples.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Oberoi Rajvilas 68 rooms from $514Jaipur
A five star palace just outside Jaipur. Luxury rooms, suites, tents, and villas decorated with the utmost style - romantic, sophisticated, antique. Four poster beds, private pools, butler services. Fantastic food, state of the art spa, attentive staff. An utteraly spoiling experience.Romantic Break - Sumptuous rooms, grounds and interiors plus private candlelit dining and spa treatments.City Style - Without a doubt, one of the most luxurious hotels in Jaipur.Sights nearby - Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, The Monkey Temple, CIty Palace and not to forget the Amber Fort.Private Hot Tub