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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,

Old Jaipur

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.

Modern Jaipur

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.

Best Places to stay in Jaipur


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.

Converted Palaces

  • 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.

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  • Pearl Palace

    Jaipur (Ajmer Road)

    Budget hotel in the heart of Jaipur with bundles of charm and a popular rooftop restaurant. It's 23 rooms are packed with character and there is a pleasant lounge and well stocked library. Peacock Restaurant serves delicious Rajasthani dishes and is always thriving. Staff are happy to help.

    23 rooms from $13
    Sights nearby  -  The Amber Fort is an absolute must visit.
    Full of character
    Quirky  -  An experience!
  • Pearl Palace Heritage

    Jaipur (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.

    10 rooms from $37
    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 character
    Quirky  -  An experience!
  • The General’s Retreat

    Jaipur (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.

    10 rooms from $39
    Sights nearby  -  From Jantar Manter to the Amber Fort there is plenty to see in Jaipur.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool shared at nearby Hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • Jaipur Homestay

    Jaipur (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.

    4 rooms from $35
    Sights nearby  -  The Pink City's sights and attractions are within easy reach.
    Local markets  -  Bapu Bazaar is a favourite amongst locals and tourists.
  • Palm Court Homestay

    Jaipur (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.

    3 rooms from $77
    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


    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.

    211 rooms from $80
    Sights nearby  -  Amber Fort and the Jantar Mantar: to name but a couple.
    Local markets  -  Johari Bazaar is known for its jewellery.
  • Shahpura House

    Jaipur (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.

    38 rooms from $81
    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

    Jaipur (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.

    18 rooms from $86
    Sights nearby  -  Amer & Jaigarh Forts are a must visit.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Hotel Diggi Palace

    Jaipur (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. In January it hosts the Jaipur Literary Festival.

    70 rooms from $89
    Sights nearby  -  The Water Palace, Amber Fort, City Palace are all must sees.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Alsisar Hotel


    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.

    45 rooms from $92
    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 Pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Lebua Lodge at Amer

    Jaipur (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.

    40 rooms from $98
    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

    Jaipur (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.

    44 rooms from $110
    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.
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
  • Narain Niwas Palace


    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.

    37 rooms from $122
    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

    Jaipur (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.

    28 rooms from $125
    Local markets  -  Explore the infamous Jaipur bazaars
    Sights nearby  -  City Palace, Jaipur
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
  • 28 Kothi

    Jaipur (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.

    5 rooms from $128
    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.
  • The Farm

    Jaipur (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.

    7 rooms from $145
    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
  • The Tree of Life Resort

    Jaipur (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.

    14 rooms from $170
    Sights nearby  -  Make a day trip into town to visit the Amber Fort and other sights.
    Great walks  -  Explore the local villages and farms.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Samode Haveli


    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.

    39 rooms from $190
    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 Pool
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • The Raj Palace

    Jaipur (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.

    29 rooms from $253
    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 Pool
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Samode Palace

    Jaipur (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.

    43 rooms from $256
    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

    Jaipur (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.

    4 rooms from $333
    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

    Jaipur (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.

    79 rooms from $384
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and Outdoor Pools
    Sights 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

    Jaipur (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.

    8 rooms from $428
    Sights nearby  -  Enjoy a private tou or the City Palace.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Oberoi Rajvilas


    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.

    68 rooms from $540
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Sights nearby  -  Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, The Monkey Temple, CIty Palace and not to forget the Amber Fort.
    Private Hot Tub
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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