Insider's Guide: Jaipur

Known as the Pink City for its distinct pink sandstone buildings, Jaipur is a place unlike any other, bursting with history, tradition and culture. Home to Indian royal families for centuries, the capital of Rajasthan is famed for its incredible architecture, ancient forts and palaces, rich handicraft traditions and more. Spend your time in the exhilarating city exploring ancient monuments, visiting local design stores and learning about its unique cultural history.

 

SHOP

Good Earth

This cult brand is adored by locals and visitors alike for its old-world, elegant vision of India, executed through rich textiles, artisanal beauty products, sustainable clothing, beautifully crafted tableware and more.

https://www.goodearth.in/

SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace, Sardar Patel Marg, Jaipur; +91-1414086542


 

IDLI

Founded by French designer Thierry Journo, this color-drenched store is full of eclectic items—from men and women’s fashion to home décor to accessories—that interpret Indian crafts with a Parisian spin.

http://idlidesign.com/

Kanota Bagh, Narain Singh Road (Hotel Narain Niwas Palace), Jaipur

 

Gem Palace

A visit to Jaipur is incomplete without stopping by this family-owned jewelry house, established in 1852, known for its ornate pieces crafted out of precious stones and inspired by India’s royal traditions. Aside from the flagship store, there are three other locations in Jaipur.

http://www.gempalace.com/

Shop No. 348, MI Road, Jaipur (flagship)

Andraab

For authentic hand-embroidered and handwoven silk and cashmere shawls, look no further than this boutique.

http://andraab.com/

The Kanota, Narain Niwas Palace, Jaipur; +91-1412570110

 

Hot Pink

This is the by far the chicest boutique in the city. It has a great selection of clothes and accessories in a rainbow of colors.

Narain Niwas Palace, Kanota Bagh, Narain Singh Road, Jaipur +91 141 510 8932

Neerja

This is the place to buy blue pottery, they have a vast array of products and support many local artisans.

399A Shri Gopal Nagar, Gopal Pura Bye Pass, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302018, India +91 9829052646

Rasa

Their easy breezy clothing line is a dream and their home collection is uber- chic! 

Scheme S-55, Ashok Marg, C-Scheme, Behind Raj Mandir Cinema, Adjacent to Cafe Kala Pani, Jaipur +91 141 403 8584

Teatro Dhora

Part concept store and part hangout, they offer a nice selection of locally designed clothing and natural beauty products.

9 Yashwant Place, Ajmer Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan, +91 141-402-7979

Amrapali

Famed for its impeccably crafted heritage jewelry, this iconic brand also has an international presence at stores like Harrod’s in London and Dover Street Market in New York.

http://amrapalijewels.com/

Panch Batti, M.I. Road, Near Raj Mandir Cinema, Jaipur; +91-1415118215 and 132, Hotel Rambagh Palace, Jaipur; +91-1415103156


 

Anokhi

A brand that’s known for its celebration of Indian craftsmanship, this store is a must-visit for hand-blockprinted textiles and clothing. There’s also a café onsite for a quick coffee break.

http://www.anokhi.com/

2nd Floor KK Square, C-11 Prithviraj Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur; +91-1414007244

Image courtesy Tripzuki

 

 

Taluka Tent

This is actually more of a showroom than a shop but this is the place to buy and ship any type of authentic Indian tent back home.

27 The Rambagh Palace Bhavani Singh Road, Jaipur +91 9829222050

 

Johari Bazaar

Find fabulous knick-knacks, bangles, fabrics, jewelry, sandals and more! Practice the art of haggling before you go. The vendors can be pretty aggressive so bargain hard!

Narain NIwas Palace, Narayan Singh Road, Kanotha Bagh

 

EAT

Bar Palladio

Open only for dinner, this bar and restaurant is a must-visit as much for its decadent interiors as for its delicious Italian food.

http://www.bar-palladio.com/home

 

Caffe Palladio

Bar Palladio’s sister restaurant is open all day and its peaceful sunlit courtyard is the perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon meal.

http://www.bar-palladio.com/caffe

 

Suvarna Mahal

Make sure to have an elaborate meal at this ornate dining room in Rambagh Palace, a sprawling luxury hotel.

https://taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj-rambagh-palace-jaipur/restaurants/

Rambagh Palace, Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur; +91-1412385700


 

The Kitchen at Jaipur Modern

This restaurant, housed within a boutique store celebrating Indian crafts, offers fresh juices, salads and dishes featuring organic and locally sourced produce.

http://www.jaipurmodern.com/cafe

51, Sardar Patel Road, Dhuleshwar Garden, Hathroi, Jaipur; +91-1414113000

 

Chokhi Dhani

If you’re on the lookout for an authentic Rajasthani meal, head to this village-themed resort for folk music, dance and a carnival-like experience.

http://www.chokhidhani.com/

 

DO

Amer Fort

Located about six miles from Jaipur, this palace complex is must-visit for its elaborate architecture, ornate detailing and historic significance.

Amer Fort, Devisinghpura, Amer

 Image courtesy Lonely Planet

 

Hawa Mahal

One of Jaipur’s most famous landmarks, this historic building known as ‘Palace of the Winds’ is constructed entirely out of red and pink sandstone, and once served as a viewing gallery for women of the royal family.

Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur

 

Anokhi Museum of Handprinting

Housed in a restored haveli, or mansion, this little museum shines a spotlight on the art of blockprinting, one of Rajasthan’s most prized handicraft traditions.

http://www.anokhi.com/museum/home.html

Chanwar Palkiwalon ki Haveli, Kheri Gate, Amer; +91-1412530226

 Image courtesy Kyoorius

 

STAY

Samode Palace

Walking into this 475-year-old palace-turned-hotel is like stepping back in time. See what it’s like to live like a royal in this boutique property showcasing traditional Mughal architecture and design.

http://www.samode.com/samodepalace/

 

The Farm

For a truly unique experience, stay at this eclectic seven-room property, conceived by artists, on the outskirts of Jaipur.

http://thefarmjaipur.com/index.html

 

47 Jobner Bagh

This luxury guesthouse set amid a lush and tranquil garden offers beautiful views of the Aravalli mountain range.

http://jobnerbagh.com/

 

Oberoi Rajvilas

Built around an 18th century Shiva temple, this luxury resort is set within a 32-acre property. Make sure to have a meal over live folk music at the hotel’s al fresco restaurant. https://www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-jaipur-rajvilas-resort/


 

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