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How To Reach Jaipur
Jaipur, the resplendent ‘Pink City’, is a testimony to India’s glorious architectural and cultural heritage. Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II, Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is now one of India’s foremost tourist destinations. A visit to this magnificent walled city, with its pink-hued forts and palaces, is like traveling back in time to the fascinating, romantic past of ancient Rajputana. Jaipur attracts multitudes of travellers from all over India and the world. Here we have compiled a list which will help answer the question of ‘How to reach Jaipur.’
The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) runs an excellent Volvo bus service from Jaipur to Delhi. The travel time is about 6 hours. Check out their website for bus timetables. Express bus services to several cities and towns within Rajasthan, like Kota and Bundi, are also available. RSRTC operates regular bus service to all the parts of Rajasthan and to New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat.
The Jaipur Airport, which is the only international airport in Rajasthan, is situated in the southern suburb of Sanganer, about 13 km from Jaipur. Well-serviced by domestic carriers, it has daily links to the four metros. It is also well-connected by air to other cities within Rajasthan like Udaipur and Jaisalmer; and to many other Indian cities like, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad etc. There are also direct international flights to destinations like Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat etc.
An extensive railway network connects Jaipur to all corners of the country. A number of daily trains connect Jaipur to the two other points of the Golden Triangle, namely Delhi and Agra. The most popular option from Delhi is the Shatabdi express which departs New Delhi station at 6:05 a.m. and reaches Jaipur at 10:30 a.m. There are also regular trains to other cities within Rajasthan like Udaipur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer; as well as to other major cities like Lucknow, Kolkata, Kanpur, Bangalore, Bhopal and Patna to name just a few. Most trains leave from the Jaipur Junction which is the main station.
From Delhi: To cover the 260 km distance from Delhi to Jaipur usually takes 4-5 hrs. NH8 connects Delhi to Jaipur via the industrial township of Gurgaon.
From Agra: The NH11 connects Jaipur to Agra via the bird sanctuary town of Bharatpur. It takes approximately 4 hours to cover the 255 km distance.
Getting Around In Jaipur
By RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) Bus: It is one of the best ways to enjoy the fascinating sights and sounds of Jaipur. Various tour plans are available, like the full-day tour, the half-day tour and the Pink City by night tour. For details on itineraries and reservations, check out the Rajasthan Tourism official website.
By Local Bus: Local buses ply within the city, stopping by the major attractions like City Palace, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal etc. The city buses are operated by Jaipur City Transport Services Ltd belonging to the RSRTC. For details of bus routes, check out their website.
By Autorickshaw and Cycle Rickshaw: Autorickshaws are, by far, the most popular option to get around the city. Prepaid autos are available at the Jaipur railway station and the Sindhi Camp bus stand. An easy, hassle-free way to enjoy local sightseeing is to hire an auto for the day. Cycle rickshaws are the cheapest, but also time-consuming.
By Taxi: Taxis make for a fast, comfortable and convenient way to get around in Jaipur. Both RTDC-run taxis as well as private taxis are available. Car rentals are also available for local sightseeing and day trips.