We had high hopes for the Pink City. If a place can paint every building pink in the name of hospitality, surely it must be full of friendly, accommodating, lovely people! Unfortunately this wasn’t to be our experience of Jaipur. I won’t write a full report of our time here; as I worry it may just be bitter ramblings. So I will give you these tips instead!
- Don’t be disappointed when you find the Pink city ain’t really so pink.
- Stay close to the sites you want to see. Do a bit of research and if you can walk to your destinations you will completely avoid the rickshaw driver ‘gangs’! Win! If this isn’t possible- Know your price and stick to it! We found the rickshaw drivers in particular here to be brutal. It was really difficult to haggle as they hung out in groups, if you tried to go to the next driver- low and behold, they were friends and would say the same price without budging. Be prepared to walk away from the group to find a fair price. Also be prepared to be stalked by the original group, we had a guy block our nice rickshaw driver in, trying to persuade us to go with him. Our hotel was only 2kms from the old city, and we ended up paying 60 rupees for the trip, but most rickshaws were demanding 200!!
- Visit the Monkey Temple- Galta Ji temple. It is on the outskirts of Jaipur (we paid our rickshaw driver 350 for the day, he took us to breakfast, waited for us there, then drove us to the temple and waited there for us as-well. He was with us from 9am to 1pm). This place is AWESOME!
- If you find a fair rickshaw driver, get his phone number or pre arrange for them to pick you up. This will save you going through the above every time!
- Visit Sunil at Vaishnavi Hotel (not super close to the sites, it’s 2km from the old city, but its only 400 per night for a double). He was the saving grace of our Jaipur stay, so friendly and welcoming. The hotel has a rooftop restaurant and I was obsessed with the clear mushroom soup. Obsessed.
- Don’t ride the elephants at Amber Fort! The cruelty they go through to be broken in for human joy rides is heartbreaking. Please don’t support this anywhere you travel.
- Don’t eat the Rajasthani Thali at LMB restaurant. Not only is it exorbitant in price, but it wasn’t all that tasty either. The prices have skyrocketed since their review in the LP.
- Do pay to go into the Amber City Palace. 500 rupees is pretty steep, when there is a fair bit to see and photograph around the fort without going inside. We did have a great time exploring all the winding passageways, staircases and balconies. Be sure to watch your head- some doorways are quite low, mum nearly nocked herself out! Do go see the Hawa Mahal. It really is beautiful! We didn’t go inside (200 rupees), it was enough for us to see it from the outside.
- Be prepared for the hefty 2,500 entrance fee for the Jaipur city palace. WOAHHHHH. We definitely didn’t pay for this- there are plenty of other palaces to see. Check out the photos and make up your own mind if this is worth it for you 🙂
Jaipur has a lot going for it on paper. Unfortunately we just couldn’t get past the negative feelings we had after the behaviour of some of the locals. Check out this guide to Jaipur for an in depth look at the Pink City. See- we’d never leave you hanging!
Have you been to Jaipur? Was it love or hate at first site? Tell us in the comments below!