Located in the exciting and magical state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is none other than the perfect place to experience Indian energy in its most spectacular form. The streets of this capital city are endlessly adorned with streams of color and kept alive by the extravagant chaos involving a show of camels, buses full of people, bazaars, and merchants, and the most beautiful cultural heritage sites in the entire country to top of all off. Visiting Jaipur with kids is one of the most enchanting and recommendable things there are to do on your family trip to India – that’s for sure.
With so many places to go and things to see in this incredible city, we’ve done our best to build the complete guide to visiting Jaipur with kids. We’ll be talking about the best times of the year to visit, the best areas in Jaipur to stay in, how to get around, the best attractions, and a list of things you simply cannot miss on eating while you’re there.
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When to visit Jaipur
Winter (December, January, February)
Winter is definitely the best time to visit Jaipur with kids. For the three months winter lasts for, the weather is perfectly dry and sunny. There’s barely any rainfall, so it turns out to be the destination to escape the cold winter temperatures at home. On the other hand, consider that it is the time where most tourists visit the city, so be prepared to face higher prices for accommodation. If you’re planning to visit Jaipur in the winter, make sure to plan your hotel or accommodation ahead of time to ensure you have a place to stay. The most popular hotels in Jaipur are usually in high demand during this time.
Spring (March, April, May) and Summer (June, July, August)
Unlike other places in India, Jaipur only has three seasons. Spring and summer merge together in what seems to be a huge block of summer. Summer in Jaipur is extremely hot and humid, with temperatures getting as high as 45°C (113°F). Especially when traveling with children, planning full days of activities, tours or sightseeing is not only challenging but incredibly difficult to get through. Children and parents are highly likely to get terribly irritable, overheated, and into a bad mood. We suggest it’s best to stay away from summer in Jaipur.
Fall (September, October, November)
Fall isn’t the greatest time to be in Jaipur with kids either. Although the heat tends to lower, fall in Jaipur means monsoon season. You can expect rainfall that feels endless and incredibly dense humidity…which also means mosquitoes. Because of the rain, roads are easily flooded and muddy as well, making walking around the old town a rather unpleasant experience.
Overall, our advice would be to stick to traveling in Jaipur in winter, and you’ll be perfectly fine.
Best Areas to stay
Bani Park is definitely the best area to stay in Jaipur with kids. It’s the best located area to conveniently reach the most iconic sights of the Old City and other important attractions to see. Since it’s a popular area for tourists to stay in, you can be sure to always find an incredible restaurant to eat at.
A type of accommodation iconic to India is Havelis. They are beautiful traditional mansions built in an Indian-style architecture. Typically, they have incredible courtyards in the back, giving you the opportunity to experience a glimpse of rich Indian culture. To be honest, staying in Bani Park is 100% worth it just for the Havelis! Tuk-tuk drivers are constantly driving around this area, so you won’t have to worry about finding transport at pretty much any time of the day.
Found in the middle of the action and bustle of the city, MI Road is also a great option for an area to stay for families in Jaipur. Otherwise known as “the heart of Jaipur”, MI Road is a large road that cuts along the whole city. It passes by some of the best landmarks and places to see in Jaipur, so it’s an extremely recommendable place to stay for families.
The Sanganeri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Jarasthali Emporium and the Raj Mandir Cinema are some of the landmarks running along the road. Of course, there are many options for hotels for all kinds of budgets and tastes. Better yet, you can be certain that the wide variety of markets, street food stalls, and delicious restaurants in this area will always manage to keep a smile on your kids’ faces.
Amber Fort Road
Located right at the food of Jaipur’s most loved and cherished building, Amber Fort road is another perfect place to stay in Jaipur with kids. With Amber Fort roaring on top of the majestic golden hills and the majestic Jal Mahal sitting on the peaceful lake at the bottom, there really isn’t any other road in Jaipur as beautiful to stay in than the Amber Fort Road. In between these two beautiful landmarks, the road takes you through other incredible sites like Pariyon ka Bagh, a wonderful temple with gardens.
Hidden away in smaller streets along the road, there are many Havelis, hotels and guest homes that would be happy to accommodate your family. It’s an enchanting and majestic place to take in Jaipur; you may not find anything quite like this elsewhere!
How To Get Around Jaipur
Day Car Hire
Our favorite way to move around Jaipur with the family is by hiring our car and driver. You can skip the whole having to wait and negotiate rates with different people as you’ll set a fixed price for the whole day from the beginning. It’s very satisfying and comfortable to know you’ll always have a way to move around no matter what time of the day it is. For us, our driver charged us around $50 per day, which we thought was a fair price. It made our time discovering Jaipur a lot more pleasurable and dynamic! We suggest that you look at TripAdvisor for a private driver and car options. That’s where we found ours!
Cycle and Motor Rickshaw
When visiting Jaipur with kids, the best way to see the city is definitely by tuk-tuk. It’s up to you if you want to ride a motor or cycle rickshaw, but either option is a great choice. It’s easy and will get you wherever you need to go quickly. The main attractions in Jaipur tend to be quite close to each other, so the bumpy ride won’t last for long. Kids are also very fond of riding tuk-tuks, it’s quite an adventure in itself!
For Uber lovers, you’ll happy to know that this handy car service app is also available in Jaipur. It’s similar to hiring a car for the day, but you’ll just keep changing cars every time you want to go somewhere new. However, this also means that you’ll probably end up paying less than if you hire a car for the day. If having to get on the app several times throughout the day isn’t a problem, hiring an Uber service is a very good option.
Things to do in Jaipur with kids
The Amber Fort is, of course, the first place that should be on your list of things to do with kids in Jaipur. It overlooks the city from the top of a majestic hill, colored in pink and golden colors. The Amber Fort used to be the residence of Rajput rulers, so it makes sense that its designs and architecture are the ultimate forms of Hindu and Islamic luxury.
Since it’s about 11 km away from the city, we recommend that you either hire your own car, an uber or a taxi. A tuk-tuk will normally cost around Rs.500, and taxis around Rs.850, which is what we recommend doing. The latter options are much faster, and the prices are very affordable once you convert them into your own currency. To get to the top of the hill, we suggest that you walk, or take a jeep. It’s quite a hike, but the way up is great.
During the day, the fort is absolutely stunning. There are four courtyards, gardens and palaces made from marble, pink sandstone, and tiles. But what really keeps the kids amazed, is the hall of mirrors in the Sheesh Mahal. It was originally built in honor of the ruler’s wife. She loved the night starry sky, and wanted nothing more than to sleep below it. When candles were lit at night, the room glowed as if it contained the entire universe inside of it. As the sun goes down, there is an amazing light and sound show that beautifully illuminates the exterior part of the fort.
Address: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
Hours: Mon-Sun 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Cost: Domestic visitors Rs.100. International visitors Rs.500.
Hawa Mahal – Palace of Wind
Another of Jaipur’s most iconic landmarks is the Palace of Wind. Back in the day, this palace was used for royal women of Jaipur to watch all the activities and bustle on the streets, without being seen by the public. However, this palace gets his name from the way the 953 small windows work together to let a cool breeze through the palace.
The best time to visit the Palace of Wind is when they first open in the morning. As the sun starts to rise, the light that shines through the windows bathes the palace in a spectacular golden shine. This building is very unique, and you can be sure that kids will love it. It won’t take too long to look around it either – so it’s the perfect thing to fit into your schedule if you’re planning to do several things in one day.
Website: Hawa Mahal
Address: Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Domestic visitors Rs. 50. International visitors Rs. 200.
City Palace Jaipur
Another of the “Pink City’s” must-see landmarks is the City Palace. What once was the residence of the king, the City Palace is the ultimate representation of luxury and elegance. Children are especially attracted to the ample spaces, hidden doorways, and courtyards to run around and play in. For an extra cost, your kids will absolutely love to have their pictures taken with turbans, swords and traditional clothing.
Outside of the palace, there are a couple of cafés close by. Every now and then there are groups of traditional musicians and dancers that perform for free, giving the overall atmosphere of one of the most beautiful palaces of the country an old and enchanting feel.
It will take you from 2 to 3 hours to walk around the entire palace, so we suggest that you definitely stop for a coffee by the end of your visit. If you and your kids are interested in discovering the history of the City Palace, it may be a good idea to purchase a separate ticket for the museum on the ground floor. Keep in mind that the museum is open on two different schedules: daytime and nighttime. Families tend to visit during the day, but if you’re up for a night visit, you’ll be able to see the palace being lit by an amazing luxurious light.
Website: City Palace
Address: Tripolia Bazar Near Jantar Mantar, Jaipur 3023002 India
Hours: Mon - Sun 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost: Domestic Adults Rs.200 Children Rs. 100
International Adults Rs.700 Children Rs. 400
Johri Bazaar in Jaipur
If you’re looking to experience the ultimate example of high-energy, vibrant India, Johri Bazaar is definitely the place. It’s the perfect market to buy souvenirs for the entire family, offering a plethora of choices. From handmade jewelry to textiles, to traditional Indian costumes, it will keep you busy for hours.
There are local restaurants and hotels surrounding the market, which we recommend dining in. They serve the most delicious and authentic Indian meals, ready to swoop you off your feed. Shopping at the bazaar and eating out in places where the locals go is a great way to show the true core of Jaipur with kids.
Address: Gangori Bazar, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302007, India
Jal Mahal – The Water Palace
Otherwise known as the Water Palace, the Jal Mahal is a must. Resting in the middle of the peaceful waters of the Sagar Lake, the palace is amazing to look at from the shore.
Today, the palace is unfortunately closed for tourists. Up until about three years ago, there were gondolas that would take you up close to it, but they’ve stopped. But in all honesty, admiring the palace from a distance is beautiful enough. There are small market stalls by the shore of the lake where you can find crafts and other souvenirs.
It used to be a sort of holiday home or entertainment center for Maharaja Madho Singh I. For a couple of years, the palace has been under construction and renovation on its way to transforming into a restaurant. We think one of the reasons why the building is closed off to tourists besides renovation is because it was quite unsafe to walk around due to the damage accumulated through the years. However, it’s still an incredible landmark not only of Jaipur but in India that’s certainly making the trip for. There truly aren’t many architectural beauties like this in the world!
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
Whether you’ve been in India for a short or long time, you’ve probably noticed the array of beautiful hand-printed textiles there are for art, and clothes by now. Ever wondered how they actually made? The Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing is the perfect place to find out.
The building in itself is a beautifully restored haveli, that is now dedicated to honor and preserve the beautiful art of hand-printed Indian prints and textiles. The museum has different halls and galleries where you can see a diverse range of techniques, natural and chemical processes.
Of course, the highlight of the museum is definitely the last part – the demonstration gallery. Visitors will have the opportunity to not only interact with the artisans but to make their own craft. The museum often organizes workshops made especially for children which we’re sure are going to be a great success. It’s a beautiful, hands-on way for kids to experience Indian culture, which only leads to good memories. In general, we consider this museum to be a wonderful place that celebrates Indian talent and craft. The museum supports ongoing research about these kinds of artistry, which we consider a great way to keep the culture alive and well.
Website: Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
Address: Anokhi Haveli Kheri Gate, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302028, India
Hours: Tue - Sun 10:30 AM-5:00 PM
Cost: Adults Rs.80.Children Rs. 25
Although the Old City of Jaipur is known for being “old”, it doesn’t quite capture the magnitude and grandeur that this luxurious city was once like. Luckily, families today can still catch a glimpse of the intense life and vibrant spirit of Rajasthan by coming to visit Chokhi Dhani. The concept of Chokhi Dhani is simple and beautiful. The idea is to reconstruct a typical Rajasthani village by bringing to life and preserving ancient customs, art, paintings, music, decorations, and food and showing it to visitors. They also strive to produce the same excitement and enthusiasm that once dominated the old city!
You and your family will be welcomed by hosts with open arms, and swept away by the incredible performances and meals they have prepared. The cooks, artists, and entertainers come from the very top training centers and work experiences – many of them having previously worked in India’s most luxurious hotels and restaurants.
Inside the complex, there is a lot more than you expect. Kids are going to love the activities and games there are to play in the “fun zone”. For example, you can try to find your way around a maze, lose yourself in the Jungle Sair with traditional musicians, or play around the waterfall. Parents are likely to be particularly fond of the traditional Indian head massage parlor.
The price of your ticket includes entertainment and food, so you won’t have to worry about taking anything else out of your wallet once you step inside. Overall, it’s one of our personal favorites, and a definite must when thinking about things to do in Jaipur with kids.
Website: Chokhi Dhani
Address: 12 Miles Tonk Road, Via Vatika Jaipur, Rajasthan
Hours: Mon - Sun 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Cost: Ticket prices depend on the meal plan you choose
Adults: Rs. 750-1200
Children: Rs. 450-800
One of the most majestic forts you have to see while you’re in Jaipur with kids is the Nahargarh Fort. Located in the Aravalli mountains of Jaipur, this magnificent fort used to defend the city, but now just overlooks it with an imposing presence.
Besides being a perfect place to discover with the kids, children are usually most impressed by the stories that happened within these walls. For example, there are rumors of it being haunted by a former prince, who managed to scare builders off continuing the construction process. But after having a palace made especially dedicated to him, he never appeared again. The 12 identical bedrooms for the 12 different wives of the king are also packed with good stories. The rooms were connected by secret tunnels that would keep each wife from ever knowing who the king was visiting during the night. There are endless more interesting stories and secrets to find out about this fort.
Try to plan your visit to the fort just so you finish it by sunset. Watching the sun go down on the city is an incredible view that the whole family will enjoy. There’s also an onsite restaurant you can have dinner in while admiring the scenery around you. What better way to create a memory!
Address: Nahargarh Road, Jaipur 302002 India
Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Cost: Domestic Adults Rs. 50, Children Rs. 5. International Adults Rs. 200, Children Rs. 25
Albert Hall Museum
If you’re in-between places on where to take your children to learn more about Jaipur’s culture, the Albert Hall Museum is definitely one you should consider first. By far, it’s the museum with the widest collection of artifacts; 16 galleries are full of them! There is an incredible variety of Indian pottery, statues, sketches, ceramics, toys, and even an Egyptian mummy.
Don’t worry, this museum isn’t boring and tiring for children. But we do recommend that you don’t spend more than two hours inside. We like this place in particular for the ways it tells the story of Jaipur through pieces of art and creativity.
Address: Museum Rd Ram Niwas Garden, Jaipur 302004 India
Hours: Mon - Sun 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cost: Domestic visitor Rs. 40. International visitor Rs. 300
Sambhar Lake is one of the most underestimated, yet best things to do in Jaipur with kids. Although it may not sound very exciting in text, there is nothing quite like seeing a salt lake in person. On your way to the site, the view is amazing. You’ll find there to be a lot of green and rocky natural sceneries. But once you get there, you’ll be amazed by how the lake looks like it goes on forever; glazed over by shimmering salt flakes that look like diamonds.
Even though kids enjoy the view, keep them busy by pointing out all the different birds that visit the lake. Gorgeous birds like flamingos, storks, and pelicans make regular appearances on the site; making the lake look even more wonderful.
For more adventurous families with older kids, you might want to look into renting a jeep and camping nearby. There are several campsites where you’re allowed to set up tents, but we recommend that you only do this with a larger group of people. Make sure you visit the lake between October and March. Temperatures in the summer are too hot and it can be hard to find some shade. Also, make sure to hire a taxi for your trip. It’s about an hour and a half trip, and with kids, it’s better to prioritize comfort and safety.
For the best shopping experience in Jaipur with kids, you better head to Bapu Bazar. In this lively, colorful market you can find absolutely everything to remind you of this incredible city. There are clothes decorated with beautiful traditional Indian prints, bags, toys, sarees, bangles, and even bed sheets. Kids truly enjoy looking around in any market, but we can assure you that this one will keep them hypnotized. Although most tourists manage to bargain successfully, we wouldn’t recommend it unless the price sounds like it’s definitely exaggerated. But usually, products are priced according to the amount of work, effort and time it takes to make them.
Address: Bapu Bazaar Road, Jaipur 302001 India
Hours: Mon - Sun 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Abhaneri Step Well (Chand Baori) in Dausa District
The Abhaneri Step Well is iconic to the surroundings of Jaipur. As the name indicates, it’s a 13-story deep well composed of 35,000 steps that actually serves as an air conditioning system for the summer. Since the 9th century, the well has managed to keep its intricate geometric shapes intact.
It’s located in Abhaneri, a small village just 2 hours away from the center of Jaipur. We would say that the best way to get there is to book a taxi. Otherwise, there are many organized tours with guides that you can book since it’s such a popular and iconic place to visit. Although it’s a bit of a ride away, it really is one of the most impressive and powerful pieces of history – particularly because of the precise use of mathematics and geometry. We recommend walking and looking around the city after you visit the stepwell as well. The entrance is free!
Website: Abhaneri Step Well
What To Eat in Jaipur
Dahi Papdi Chaat
One of the most delicious snacks you can try in Jaipur with kids is Dahi Papdi Chaat. They are fried or baked flour crackers filled with potatoes, sweet chutney, coriander, tomatoes, and onions. It’s loved by kids because it’s tasty, easy to eat, and the ingredients inside are familiar to them.
When traveling around India, you’ll probably see the word “tandoori” a lot – which translates to “grilled or barbequed”. Tandoori chicken and vegetables are also seasoned using incredible spices that give them that incredible flavor recognizable anywhere. Don’t worry, tandoori dishes aren’t spicy, so there won’t be any crying children! Just happy kids feeling full and satisfied.
One of the great things about tandoori dishes is that you can find them pretty much anywhere in Jaipur. We’re convinced that your kid will love it, so it’s great to know they’ll have something for them no matter where you go.
Paneer is a type of fresh cheese iconic to Indian cuisine. And who doesn’t love cheese? For fussy eaters, grilled paneer is the perfect snack or meal to have. You can accompany it with a salad, rice, curry or pretty much anything you can think of. Grilled Paneer is not only ideal for kids who are a bit suspicious of food, but for babies as well.
Fried snacks are liked by everybody, right? Pakoras are small pieces of fried paneer, fish, or prawns in a chickpea-based batter. For children who don’t eat a lot, pakoras are a great option since they’re normally served to complement larger dishes. In case you order a meal for yourself, you can share your pakoras with your little one! Two birds killed in one stone!
Dhal is not only a kid-pleaser, but it’s an Indian dish that has been able to conquer hearts all over the world. In simple terms, dhal is a curry made out of red lentils. Using traditional Indian spices and secret recipes, this dish is bound to be one of your kid’s favorites during your family trip to Jaipur. We can pretty much guarantee it.
Thank you for reading the ultimate guide for visiting Jaipur with kids! It’s an incredible city that’s one of a kind, and your kids will definitely thank you for bringing them here. Please leave us your thoughts, comments, recommendations and other tips you might have about taking on adventures in this wonderful city as a family. Jaipur is certainly a place that we have made incredible memories in, and hope you do as well.