How to Spend 2 Days in Jaipur
With two days in Jaipur, you’ll have the chance to see the most important palaces and forts in the city, with time left over to visit a few of Jaipur’s most important sacred spots. Here’s how to maximize your time.
Day 1: Iconic Jaipur
**Morning:**Spend your morning checking out Jaipur’s salmon-hued Pink City, home to many of the top historic attractions. Start with a visit to the honeycomb-shaped Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, followed by a trip to the City Palace, still a royal residence to this day.
**Afternoon:**Right next to the City Palace is the Jantar Mantar, an 18th-century astronomical observatory filled with gigantic instruments. From here, make your way to Amber, the former capital of the area, celebrated for its towering 16th-century fort. On your way, stop by the Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of a lake, for a fantastic photo op.
**Night:**Stick around Amber Fort for the evening sound-and-light show, a 50-minute spectacle that tells the tale of the fort's 6-plus centuries in existence. Once the show is over, head back to Jaipur for dinner before calling it a night.
Day 2: Temples and Tradition
**Morning:**Start your second day checking out Jaipur's holy sites. Begin with Moti Dungri, dedicated to the Hindu god Ganesha, known for his elephant head. Right next to this temple is the Birla Mandir, a gorgeous white-marble structure housing a wide range of images and deities along with some beautiful stained-glass windows.
**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, make your way to Galtaji, also known as the Monkey Temple due to the large presence of primates here. It’s situated inside a sandstone complex replete with multistoried water tanks and intricate Rajasthani architectural features. At the top of the complex stands the temple itself, which is dedicated to the sun god Surya.
**Night:**After freshening up, make your way out to Chokhi Dhani, a replica of a Rajasthani village featuring all sorts of regional crafts, music and dance performances, and carnival-like attractions, from palm readers to camel rides. End your Jaipur stay with dinner here, served buffet style and with a focus on Rajasthan’s rich culinary traditions.