The BEST places to visit in Jaipur for kids

  • March 20, 2019

Are you travelling India and looking for the BEST places to visit in Jaipur for kids?

Let imaginations run wild as you explore flamboyant doorways, hidden corridors and opulent courtyards of a bygone era. Set amongst compact homes and bustling streets, where motorbikes weave around plodding camels and impatient rickshaws brush past colourful saris, the many forts and palaces provide a sanctuary of calm.

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Jaipur, affectionately known as ‘The Pink City’ due to the colour of the buildings in the old town, makes up part of India’s popular ‘Golden Triangle’. This is the capital of Rajasthan and it’s more than likely that you will combine your visit to Jaipur with Delhi and Agra (to see The Taj Mahal). Indeed, we visited both as part of Our Northern India Itinerary with young kids.

If this is your first visit to India with kids, ensure you read Twelve Tips for travelling India with young kids. Plan for early starts and late afternoons to beat the heat (especially if travelling outside of the winter months) and ensure you are stocked up on snacks and water (it can be difficult to get hold of once inside the forts and palaces).

Here are our top 5 things to do in Jaipur with kids under the age of 5:

1. City Palace

Visit the City Palace, in the heart of the Pink City, as soon as it opens at 9:30am to avoid the tour groups. Marvel at the intricate pink architecture whilst the kids run around enjoying the open courtyards, gardens and hidden doorways. Within the grounds there is also a museum, art gallery, souvenir stalls and displays of royal clothing and historical weaponry. You may even catch a traditional puppet show, accompanied with live drumming and singing (the puppet with a detachable head had our boys in fits of giggles!)

[Open 9:30am to 5pm every day. Standard tickets for foreigners are Rs500 per adult, Rs300 per child aged 5-12 and FREE for children under 5]

2. Jantar Mantar Observatory

Jaipur with kids

Across the road from City Palace is Jantar Mantar Observatory. More than just a collection of bizarre artwork, each structure is a specific and highly accurate instrument to measure astronomy, including the world’s largest sundial. Admittedly much of the explanations of instruments went over our boys’ heads, although they received a good lesson in shadows and loved exploring all the weird and wonderful shapes.

If visiting after City Palace, you will be approaching midday and it can feel brutally hot. There is no shade, so perhaps bring an umbrella and ensure you have enough water.

If the kids haven’t crashed yet, walk around the corner (or jump in an auto as it’s a bit of loop around to get there) to Hawa Mahal, which is probably Jaipur’s most recognised buildings, with it’s pink-honeycombed facade. There’s not much to see inside, but kids will love peeping through the little windows to the view below.

Jaipur with kids

[Jantar Mantar is open Daily 9:30am to 5pm. Foreigner ticket is Rs200 per adult, children under 12 are free. Hawa Mahal is open daily from 9am to 4:30pm and prices are the same.]

3. Amber Fort and Palace

Jaipur with kids

A 20 minute auto ride away, Amber Fort is best visited at 8am opening; again to beat the crowds and heat. For little legs, it’s a bit of an uphill walk to the entrance, so you may have to resort to shoulder-carrys if, like us, you don’t use a sling. Once inside, the kids will love exploring the maze of narrow staircases and corridors, which sometimes lead to an impressive elaborate courtyard, and other times a dead end.

There is a light show presenting the history of Jaipur and the Fort every night at 7:30pm.

[Open 8am to 6pm every day. Foreigner entrance ticket is Rs500 per adult, children under 12 are free. Evening light show in English is Rs200 per adult. ]

4. Nahargarh Fort

Jaipur with kids

This majestic fort stands proud on the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the compact flat rooftops of Jaipur below. Time your visit for sunset; the view from the Palace rooftop is spectacular. The doors to the Palace close at 5:30pm, ensure you are there in good time to explore and climb to the rooftop. When the officious guards start whistling at you to get down, make a speedy beeline for Sunset Point to watch the sun sink below the hazy horizon.

There’s an open air food court for dinner and a couple of restaurants within the grounds, so it’s worthwhile hanging around for dinner. You will also find a new wax museum; this isn’t included in your entry ticket and we didn’t go in.

Ensure you’ve arranged for your auto driver to wait for you; we didn’t see any autos hanging around on leaving. Nahargarh Fort is about a 40 minute auto ride from the centre of Jaipur (it’s an 8km circuitous trip).

[Open 9am to 5:30pm every day. Foreigner ticket is Rs200 and children under 12 are free]

5. Chokhi Dhani

Jaipur with kids

We unfortunately didn’t make it here on our visit, so turned to Georgina and family from Up 4 a Mission who visited on their recent travels. Georgina writes:

Chokhi Dhani is a mock traditional Rajasthani village, 15 km south of Jaipur. The entrance fee includes entertainment and dinner, a thali (which we chose), or a more expensive a la carte option. The gardens are lit by twinkling lanterns, and the floor is covered with sand; it feels a world away from the chaos of Jaipur. The various entertainers invite you to sit down and watch their craft, and encourage you to join in. The restaurant staff invite you in to sit down on cushions for dinner. They serve dish after delicious dish, there is so much of it, and there are plenty of non spicy options for the kids.

The entertainment was great; from traditional tribal dancers, to a puppet show, a magician, wrestlers, fire dancing, and more, plus horse carriage and camel rides, and an elephant. There is also a good children’s playground, split into different sections, all linked by caves.

Chokhi Dhani was one of our highlights of Jaipur, we would definitely recommend it, with or without kids.

[An Uber from Jaipur centre costs Rs 300, journey takes 30 mins. On the way back rickshaw drivers tried to charge Rs 800, so book an Uber if you can. Entry price is Rs700-1,100 per adult (depending on dinner choice) and around Rs400-500 per child over 3.]

Getting there and around 

Jaipur is accessible by air, train, car or bus. We flew into Jaipur direct from Bangalore (it’s a 30 minute drive from Jaipur International Airport to the city centre) and then took the train on to Agra (check out Our Northern India Itinerary with young kids).

Train is always our preferred method of transport and there are numerous trains per day between Jaipur and Agra (3 hours 45 minutes on the Superfast Express), and Jaipur and Delhi (approx. 5.5 hours). You may also wish to head West from Jaipur to explore Udaipur (8-9 hours).  Check the IRCTC website for up-to-date train times and ensure you book trains as far in advance as possible.

Jaipur with kids

Auto is the easiest way to get around Jaipur. They are not metered, so ensure you have the correct price in mind before you flag one down. A good way to check prices (or even book autos) is using the Ola app. Alternatively, Uber is available.

Where we stayed

Jai Niwas – Just a 5 minute auto ride to City Palace. We had a lovely large family room with a double bed and two singles, plus double doors which opened out onto a secure garden. Staff were extremely accommodating. There were a few things broken in our room on arrival (kettle, fridge, aircon) and everything was seen to immediately. There’s a small restaurant onsite serving the standard Western and Indian dishes. If you ask, you can have dinner delivered to your room (which we always find easier with the boys). Do note, however, that there is serious maintenance work taking place with an entire two floors being added above the current building structure. This is likely to continue through to mid-2018.

If you’re looking for some luxury, perhaps try out the Pearl Palace Heritage.

To read more about travelling India with young kids, head to our India page.

Where would we be without our trusted Lonely Planet.

For more ideas on what to do with kids in Jaipur, check out this great post by travel2next also has some great suggestions here.

You may also like to read:
Our Northern India itinerary with young kids
Visiting the Taj Mahal with young kids
Twelve Tips for Travelling India with kids

Blog Comments

Jaipur is an amazing city. Too bad you didn’t go to Chokhi Dhani. I think I went there. THere’s a lot of cool things to see besides dinner.

Yes – very pleased that Up 4 A Mission could help me out with the post with their fab review of Chokhi Dhani.

Thanks for this latest post. I don’t think India is on our 2 year plan but I will never get sick of reading all about your adventures – tucking the information away for the future!!!

Thank you so much! I hope you do make it to India some day ?


California Globetrotter

Ooh so much to see! I haven’t made it to India yet but I certainly want to and even more now to see that beautiful sunset! Pinned #CityTripping

The sunsets in India are spellbinding. Visit once if only to see them 🙂

I find your posts about travelling with little ones in India really interesting. It is not somewhere I would have thought of taking my toddler, but your posts show that anything is possible! #citytripping

Indeed it is! Not without it’s challenges mind, but we’ve fallen for this crazy, chaotic, colourful country 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Some day I hope to visit India, and your posts are always so inspiring. Thanks for this guide. #citytripping

Aw, thank you so much. I really do hope you make it here some day 🙂

Such a colourful place! You’ve captured it wonderfully with your photographs. Great tips on best times to visit too. Love the sunset from Nahargarh Fort. Thanks for linking #citytripping

Thank you! Nahargarh Fort was a definite highlight for me.

O wow!! Jaipur sure looked so beautiful with your camera lens. I had been to Jaipur twice and there are so many nice places to visit. It’s great for shopping as well. Most of the clothing and jewelry industry is in Jaipur. I love to shop there. #citytripping 🙂 I have been blogging for three weeks now and I just wrote a post on Mt. RIGI day trip from Zurich. let me know your feedback!! thanks

Aw, thank you. It’s a very photogenic place! Yes – we loved the shopping there pre-kids. Just not as feasible once little ones are in tow 😉 Good luck on your blogging journey, will pop over for a read.

Jaipur is top of my India list. Your photos make me want to go even more

I would certainly put it to the top of the list for anyone looking to visit India.

My parents took me when I was 8 and I loved it so much. We went to all these places and I just remember the food being amazing. You’ve brought back a lot of memories for me 🙂

Oh wonderful to hear! Reckon you’ll be back any time soon?

I just love your posts am images, India was somewhere I never ever wanter to visit until I started reading your blog, you make it all look to beautiful x

Aw, thank you so much for your kind words Sarah. Really means a lot 🙂

These photos are beautiful, it is convincing me to take my almost-three year old to India! #wanderlustkids

Love reading about your adventures in India. We visited Jaipur pre-kids and loved it. It really is a beautiful city #MondayEscapes

Thanks Nicky! It really is very beautiful!


Lisa (Travel Loving Family)

Oh wow Jenny you visited some stunningly beautiful places. Especially love the Hawa Mahal and City Palace. Thanks for linking and sharing your tips with #MondayEscapes

Thanks Lisa! Jaipur is perhaps the most beautiful city we’ve been to so far in India.

I visited Rajasthan with my hubby back in 2012, and I’d love to get back there with my 2 year old. So much to see and do. I love the pic of your LO sitting like an old pro on the train! 🙂 #mondayescapes

I hope you make it back here! Our boys love the trains.

Wow. Your pictures are great! It looks so beautiful.

Thank you so much. Amongst all the hustle and bustle are some beautiful spots in Jaipur.

Brilliant tips. I’d love to see Hawa Mahal but the sound of the food at Chokhi Dhani would push that to the top of my bucket list! Thanks for joining go with #MondayEscapes

We’re gutted we missed out on Chokhi Dhani – just a reason to return ?

Wow, I’d never considered India as a place to visit with young children, but you’ve changed my mind! It looks amazing and your tips are fab. Thanks for linking up to #wanderlustkids last month

Yay! Good to hear that another mum is converted ?

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