“They’re lucky, they’re cute.” We often say this to our kids especially when they make a mess. One moment they are driving you crazy and a moment later you find yourself being all mushy with them. But spending just a little time with these little creatures can make us forget all our worries. Right? If just snuggling with your kids can make you feel this way, think about all the fun you can have together while traveling. Sounds fun? For those sweet little moments, we have put together top things to do in Jaipur with kids.
Known as the Pink City due to the color of the city’s buildings, Jaipur is a tourist favored destination in India. With Rajasthan’s famous slogan ‘Padharo Mhare Desh’, Jaipur welcomes all with open arms and treats its guests with warm hospitality.
So, take your kids along to this royal city, and let their imaginations run wild as they explore the fancy doorways, lavish courtyards, and hidden corridors of the bygone era.
Here are the top things to do in Jaipur with kids for a memorable vacation.
- Witness the grandeur at City Palace
- Observe Astronomical Instruments At Jantar Mantar
- Peep Through ‘Jharokhas’ At Hawa Mahal
- Ride An Elephant To Amer Fort
- Watch A Puppet Show At Chokhi Dhani
- See The Best View of Jaipur From Nahargarh Fort
- Explore Offbeat Jaipur Via Village Jeep Safari
- Enjoy The Burst of Cultural Escapade At Albert Hall Museum
1. Witness The Grandeur At City Palace
#Trivia – Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh, a 21-year old Indian polo player and a member of the former ruling family of Jaipur, is currently the owner/king of City Palace Jaipur.
Located in the heart of Old City, City Palace is one of the most notable monuments of Jaipur. It is not just any attraction, but it defines beauty and power. The grand gold doors and intricate carvings on the walls are going to strike your kids for sure. Then there are several buildings within the City Palace, including Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal, which are worth seeing. Among the various historical places in Jaipur, City Palace was made by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who became the king of Amber just at the age of 11. City Palace has a fusion of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles, however, buildings like Mubarak Mahal also display Islamic and European architectural influences. When exiting, there is a souvenir shop in City Palace for buying paintings, garments, books, etc.
Why should kids visit City Palace?
The sound and light show Jaipur is a great way to keep kids fascinated. Tell them about the rich history of City Palace, which will enrich their minds. They can also ride an old horse carriage called Buggi just like a king/queen.
City Palace Jaipur timings: 9.30 am – 5 pm (day time), 7 pm – 10 pm (night time)
Duration: 2 hours
City Palace Jaipur entry fees:
Museum and exterior: Indians – INR 200/ adult, Children (5-12 years) – INR 100
Indians – INR 500/ adult, Children (5-12 years) – INR 250
Foreigners – INR 1000/ adult, Children (5-12 years) – INR 500
For a composite ticket:
Indians – INR 300/ adult, Children (5-12 years) – INR 200
Foreigners – INR 700/ adult, Children (5-12 years) – INR 400
For Royal Grandeur (Chandra Mahal tour):
Indians – INR 1500/ adult, Children (5-12 years) – INR 1000
Foreigners – INR 2000/ adult, Children (5-12 years) – INR 1500
For Royal Splendor (special ticket):
Indians – INR 3000/ adult, Children (5-12 years) – INR 1500
Foreigners – INR 3500/ adult, Children (5-12 years) – INR 2000
2. Observe Astronomical Instruments At Jantar Mantar
#Trivia – Out of all 5 observatories constructed in various parts of India, Jantar Mantar Jaipur is the largest of them all.
In the Sanskrit language, Jantra means ‘instrument’ and Mantra means ‘calculate’, which translates to ‘calculating instrument’. Situated just opposite City Palace is Jantar Mantar. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a place that speaks for itself. It is a renowned open-air astronomical observatory in Jaipur with 19 large instruments, which have very specific purposes. Among these, Samrat Yantra is considered to be the largest sundial in India. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jantar Mantar is one of the most popular attractions of Jaipur and attracts a lot of Indian and foreign tourists. It has also lured many scientific minds from across the globe. Visiting here on your trip to Jaipur is surely one of the best things to do in Jaipur.
Why should kids visit Jantar Mantar?
Looking at the celestial objects with the help of instruments in Jantar Mantar with the naked eye is probably the best thing to do in Jaipur with kids. Along with this, this place can educate them as well as you with the fascinations of space and time. Jantar Mantar sound and light show, which speaks the tales of yore and the history of Pink City can make your family trip to Jaipur a memorable one.
Jantar Mantar Jaipur timings: 9 am – 5 pm
Jantar Mantar Jaipur entry fees: Indians – INR 50/ person, Foreigners – INR 200/ person
Sound and Light Show timings:
October to February – 6:30 pm onwards
March to April – 7 pm onwards
May to September – 7:30 pm onwards
3. Peep Through ‘Jharokhas’ At Hawa Mahal
#Trivia – Hawa Mahal does not have a direct entrance at the front. Tourists can enter from the Imperial Door present in the City Palace.
One of the most instagrammable places in Jaipur, Hawa Mahal is unlike any other place in Rajasthan. Carved by hand, stone by stone, kids will definitely have a great time at this architectural marvel. Also called the ‘Palace of Winds’, this historical monument in Jaipur has 953 intricately designed windows called ‘jharokhas’ in local language from where Rajput women used to observe all the events and royal processions. Built by Sawai Pratap Singh, Kacchwaha Rajput ruler and grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai in the shape of a crown, Hawa Mahal has become one of the most visited places in Jaipur.
Why should kids visit Hawa Mahal?
Honestly, there are not many things to do in Hawa Mahal for kids, but peeping through the windows is going to keep them entertained. Tell them about the architecture and answer their curious questions. Also, do not forget to click some photos to strengthen your Instagram game.
Hawa Mahal timings: 9 am – 5 pm
Hawa Mahal entry fees: Indians – INR 50/ person, Foreigners – INR 200/ person
4. Ride An Elephant To Amer Fort
#Trivia – A 2 km long tunnel connects Amer Fort to Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) in the Aravalli Range, which was used to evacuate Queens at the time of the attack of the war.
Amer or Amber Fort is one of the major tourist attractions of Jaipur. It is the perfect example to peek into Jaipur’s history, which is not restricted just to the acts of valor by kings or soldiers but also extends to the patronage of architecture. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 under the title of ‘Hill forts of Rajasthan’. A day tour in Jaipur with family can be ideally spent at Amer fort riding the elephants starting from the bottom of the hill and leading right up to the fort. You can also choose to walk, but that is just not so enjoyable for kids, right? Although the day time here is wonderful, the gleam of Amer Fort at night is beyond comparison.
Why should kids visit Amer Fort?
You kids will thoroughly enjoy an Elephant ride at Amer Fort. Also, the Amber Fort light and sound show will take them back to several centuries and tell the local folklore, tales, myths, and the glorious past of the fort. The show displays the stories of Rajput kings and the sagas of the war they fought.
Amer Fort timings: 8 am – 5.30 pm
Amer Fort entry fees: Indians – INR 25/ person, Foreigners – INR 550/ person
Light Show in English – INR 200/ person
Light Show in Hindi – INR 100/ person
Elephant Ride – INR 1100/ couple
5. Watch A Puppet Show At Chokhi Dhani
#Trivia – The resort was started in 1989 and is spread across 10 acres of land, with unique architecture that reflects the grandeur of the Rajasthani tradition.
Chokhi Dhani meaning ‘special village’ is one of the most popular places to visit in Jaipur. A mock Rajasthani village, this is an open-air restaurant in Jaipur that offers the authentic (not literally) experience of Rajasthani culture, Rajasthani food, Rajasthani entertainment, and whatnot! And taking your little munchkins to this place just to relax and have a great time sounds just right! Not just this, this Chokhi Dhani Resort in Jaipur has Royal Cottages, Luxurious Suites, and Conference Halls for business meetings, Rajasthani theme multi-cuisine restaurants, outdoor barbecue, bar, disco-cum- club, spa, banquet lawns, and swimming pool.
Why should kids visit Chokhi Dhani?
From dancers and acrobats to snake charmers and puppet shows, from camel rides and adventure parks to magic shows and snack stalls, there are so many activities at Chokhi Dhani for kids to enjoy!
Chokhi Dhani Jaipur timings: 5 pm – 11 pm
Chokhi Dhani Jaipur entry fees: Adults – INR 750 – 1200/ person, Children – INR 450 – 800/ child.
6. See The Best View of Jaipur From Nahargarh Fort
#Trivia – Nahargarh Fort provided shelter to Europeans of the region along with the wives of many British Residents to protect them during the Sepoy Mutiny or Revolt of 1857.
An opulent structure of the bygone era, Nahargarh Fort Jaipur is perched on the Aravallis and offers some spectacular views of the Pink City. Built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1734, Nahargarh Fort once served as the defense ring along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Plan a trip to Jaipur with family and witness this magnificent fort. Apart from its architectural beauty, there is a famous Nahargarh Fort haunted story, which says that it was first named Sudarshangarh but after the spirit of king Nahar Singh Bhomia, it was changed to Nahargarh. Also, a temple was built inside to appease the spirit. You may or may not choose to believe this story, but there is no denying that witnessing a sunset from the fort terrace is one of the must things to do in Jaipur.
Why should kids visit Nahargarh Fort?
Kids are going to get stunned after looking at the city view from this fort. It is the perfect sunset point in Jaipur where you can have a bonding moment with your kids. In addition, the grandeur of Nahargarh Fort will leave a mark on your kid’s minds.
Nahargarh Fort timings: 10 am – 5.30 pm
Nahargarh Fort entry fees: Indians – INR 50/ person, Foreigners – INR 200/ person
7. Explore Offbeat Jaipur Via Village Jeep Safari
#Trivia – There is no better way to know the true culture of Rajasthan than safari tours in Jaipur.
Taking a Jeep Safari in Jaipur is a must-do activity on your vacation to Rajasthan. This is a great activity to refresh your mind and get close to nature and the people of Jaipur. Many avid travelers think that it is the best way to get an adventurous tour through the offbeat places of Rajasthan. If you and your family are adventure lovers, then give the village safari in Jaipur a shot. It is one of the unique things to do in Rajasthan. Rustic Paths safari tours will take you real close to the villages of Pink City, where you can interact with the locals, stay at a campsite with comfortable accommodation, savor authentic Rajasthani food, and enjoy other activities like bonfire, star gazing barbeque, and much more. You can also opt for a night safari in Jaipur, which is an offbeat experience in itself.
Why should kids take Village Jeep Safaris?
It is a great learning experience for kids as they get to know how locals of Jaipur live, what their food is like, and their places of stay. The activities offered during the jeep safari tour will keep them engaged throughout the day/night.
Village Safari Tours Jaipur timings: You can either take the morning slot from 8 am to 11 am or the evening slot from 5 pm to 7 pm. Check the timings at the time of booking.
Village Safari Tours Jaipur charges: Charges depend on the type of activities you pick, the accommodation, food, etc.
8. Enjoy The Burst of Cultural Escapade At Albert Hall Museum
#Trivia – In 2011, an X-ray of the Mummy was conducted at the Egyptian museum with the bones still seen intact!
The pride of Jaipur, Albert Hall Museum is the perfect attraction to get an aphrodisiac feel of the Rajasthani culture and heritage. It has stunning architecture and beautiful designs along with a great collection of artifacts that attracts a lot of Indian and international tourists. Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob was Albert Hall Museum architect who designed it in the Indo-Saracenic style. You cannot miss one of the famous tourist places of Jaipur, which provided a space for the local artistry and craftsmen to improve their craft. There are 16 galleries on its premises, which offers activities to enjoy in Jaipur with kids. Also, do not miss out on Albert Hall Museum at night as it is lit up with colorful lights and brings out the true beauty of this place.
Why should kids visit Albert Hall Museum?
Egyptian Mummy in an Indian Museum is a rare sight. Enclosed in a glass case and preserved for many centuries at this museum, kids will love to take a glimpse of what a mummy looks like. Apart from this, the famous blue pottery of Jaipur can also be seen here. Kids can enjoy a live puppet show put up every day for the tourists.
Albert Hall Museum timings: 9 am – 5 pm
Night timings: 7 pm – 10 pm
Albert Hall Museum entry fee: Indians – INR 40/ person, Foreigners – INR 300/ person
Night entry fees: INR 100/ person
(Free entry at the museum on 18th April (World Heritage Day), 30th March (Rajasthan Day), 27th September (World Tourism Day), and 18th May (World Museum Day)