Jaipur Cultural Walking Tour, Jaipur (Self Guided)

The picturesque city of Jaipur, capital of the Rajasthan state, boasts a rich culture and heritage. Visitors can experience this culture through the city’s many great art galleries, museums and palaces in which they are set. Take our walking tour to see the most interesting cultural attractions in Jaipur.
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Jaipur Cultural Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Jaipur Cultural Walking Tour
Guide Location: India » Jaipur (See other walking tours in Jaipur)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: vickyc
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City Palace Museum

1) City Palace Museum (must see)

City Palace, Jaipur, which includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, is a palace complex in the capital of the Rajasthan state. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence. The palace complex, which is located northeast of the centre of the grid patterned Jaipur city, incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings.

The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. He planned and built the outer walls, and later additions were made by successive rulers right up to the 20th century. The credit for the urban layout of the city and its structures is attributed to two architects namely, Vidyadar Bhattacharya, the chief architect in the royal court and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, apart from the Sawai himself who was a keen architectural enthusiast. The architects achieved a fusion of the Shilpa Shastra of Indian architecture with Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:30 am - 5 pm

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Hawa Mahal Museum

2) Hawa Mahal Museum (must see)

Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds" or “Palace of the Breeze”) was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah" (face cover).

Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women' chambers, the chambers of the harem. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Albert Hall Museum

3) Albert Hall Museum (must see)

Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum of the state and functions as the State museum of Rajasthan. The building is situated in Ram Niwas Garden outside the city wall opposite New gate and is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The building was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and was opened as public museum in 1887. It is also called the Government Central Museum.

Maharaja Ram Singh initially wanted this building to be a town hall, but his successor, Madho Singh II, decided it should be a museum for the art of Jaipur and included as part of the new Ram Nivas Garden. The museum has a rich collection of artefacts like paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, colourful crystal works etc. It is named after King Edward VII (Albert Edward), during whose visit to the city as the Prince of Wales, its foundation stone was laid on February 6, 1876.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9am - 5pm / 7pm - 10pm.

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Gem Palace

4) Gem Palace

The Gem Palace is the perfect place to buy exceptional jewelry. Celebrities, such as Hollywood stars and princesses have shopped here. Founded in 1852, the palace also holds a number of interesting antique pieces with precious stones that are not for sale, but can be seen and admired.
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Samanvai Art Gallery

5) Samanvai Art Gallery

Established in 2003, the Samanvai Art Gallery is a modern facility that houses both traditional and contemporary art. Located in Ganpati Plaza, this large art museum has various exhibitions and workshops that attract art lovers from all over Jaipur. Its works include beautiful paintings by famous artists from all over India.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 3 pm - 6 pm

Walking Tours in Jaipur, India

Create Your Own Walk in Jaipur

Create Your Own Walk in Jaipur

Creating your own self-guided walk in Jaipur is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Jaipur Landmarks Walking Tour

Jaipur Landmarks Walking Tour

Jaipur is also known as the Pink City because of the many pink sandstone buildings around. These beautiful buildings help make Jaipur one of India’s most impressive places. There are plenty of other great landmarks around the city that you can see using our Landmarks Walking Tour.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.0 km
South Jaipur Walking Tour

South Jaipur Walking Tour

The city of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan state, is a town of fairy tale beauty full of amazing palaces, temples and parks. Many of these top sights are located in southern Jaipur, plus some fascinating museums where you can learn all about Indian culture and traditions. Take our South Jaipur tour to see the main attractions of the area.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Jaipur Daily Life Walking Tour

Jaipur Daily Life Walking Tour

The people of Jaipur are very friendly, as you’ll see when you walk on the city’s streets and notice their brightly-colored clothing and welcoming appearance. Take our Daily Life Tour to see how the people of Jaipur live their everyday lives.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
North Jaipur Walking Tour

North Jaipur Walking Tour

There is much to admire in the beautiful city of Jaipur, and the northern area is particularly picturesque. Set on a lake, it is a truly beautiful district with monuments and gardens that are a treat to the senses. The mountains to the north complete the area’s scenic landscape. Take our tour to see the best sights in Northern Jaipur.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 km
Shopping Walk in Jaipur

Shopping Walk in Jaipur

One of the best ways to experience the vibrant colors of Jaipur is to take a shopping trip around the city. Jaipur’s exotic markets are full of bright, exotic objects that highlight the culture and customs of the Rajastan region. You can find all kinds of great gifts to take home, like jewelry, pottery and handicrafts. If you want something special for your home, there are also lots of miniature...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Jaipur for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Jaipur has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Jaipur, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.