If you’re eager to reach the royal city of Jaipur in no time, consider booking a flight. Yes, air travel is the most convenient and efficient way of getting to the capital of Rajasthan. In terms of both time and utility, one would most likely opt for this course of action. However, your decision will vary depending on the state and city you’re departing from, not to mention your budgetary restrictions.
Jaipur Airport or Jaipur International Airport is the primary airport serving the city. Situated in the suburb of Sanganer, just 13 km from Jaipur city centre, JAI Airport is considered to be one of the best airports in India. According to Airports Council International, for the year 2015-16, the transport hub was deemed as the best in the world in the category of 2-5 million passengers. The aerodrome connects the city to all its major Indian counterparts as well as that of foreign places. Equipped with all the essentials, including Wi-Fi facilities, luxurious lounges, souvenir/gift shops, food and dining options, lockers, showers and entertainment, one will have access to everything and more. Upon arrival, individuals may select from bus services, rail services, taxi services, car rentals and autorickshaws to reach their desired destination.
The airport offers daily domestic flights to cities such as Udaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Indore. Individuals may select from carriers such as, Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir and IndiGo. It also has the luxury of chartering international flights, through which it connects directly to destinations such as Sharjah, Muscat and Dubai. Furthermore, if one is traveling from Singapore and Bangkok, there are flights available via Delhi.
There’s perhaps no better option than train travel, especially if time is on your side and a cost-effective transportation medium is required. Jaipur is connected to almost all parts of the country via the competent and reliable Indian railway system.
Several trains connect the princely capital to cities such as Ajmer, Barmer, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Haridwar, Indore, Gwalior, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Roorkee, and Kanpur. To add to this, long distance trains ply to and from cities such as Patna, Ranchi, Lucknow, Vadodara, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mysore, Mangalore, Goa, Kochi, and Kozhikode (lists are not exhaustive). Individuals can select from the following trains – Jaipur Express, Pune-Jaipur Express, Shatabdi Express and Adi SJ Rajdhani Express. Furthermore, there are 3 railway junctions to avail of – Jaipur, Gandhinagar and Durgapara.
If you’re looking for a dose of history and royalty, within the confines of a plush and opulent carrier, Palace on Wheels is simply breath taking. This luxurious train departs from Delhi and stops at all the renowned destinations of Rajasthan - Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Udaipur etc.
For those who prefer hitting the road, know that Jaipur is blessed with an intricate network of roadways, including National Highway 8, 11 and 12 – to name just a few. Embarking on a road trip via the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway can be extremely exhilarating and fun, especially due to the pit stops on the way. Yes, one has the freedom and flexibility to stop at quirky and authentic dhabas and enjoy delicious meals. A rugged, hair-in-the wind kind of experience is recommended for those who can brave long journeys, in this case 5 hours and 21 minutes.
For those who prefer not to self-drive or hire a car, the bus is always there to save the day. Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation implements a safe and reliable bus service between Delhi and Jaipur. Individuals may select from AC and Non-AC Volvo buses that depart every half hour from both sides. In addition to this, there are express buses that connect various cities and towns in the state. What’s more, this popular city is also accessible from Mumbai, via Ajmer. Furthermore, the destinations of Ahmedabad, Agra and Vadodara are also routed.
By Auto Rickshaw
Like most places in India, the 3-wheeled auto rikshaw can be found all over the city of Jaipur. For short distances, they’re a great mode of transportation. However, be wary of pushy drivers. You may need to negotiate the price getting on, or else select fixed-rate prepaid auto rikshaws instead. Expect an average price of Rs. 100. You can even opt for a lean cycle rikshaw, that costs an average price of Rs. 50.
You may opt for a local or private taxi, depending upon your specific needs. Unmetered taxis will require prior negotiation of the fare. This is ideal for medium length distances. For local sightseeing and touring of the city, an air-conditioned Metro Cab is your best bet as you’ll be able to travel in comfort. You can hire them for 1 or 2 days, with the price starting from Rs. 999.
Bus travel is easy and affordable but may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation offers a convenient and accessible bus service that connects across all the localities of Jaipur seamlessly. There are 3 main bus stands that can be availed of, which include Vaishali Nagar, Vidyadhar Nagar and Sanganer.
Jaipur Metro is India’s sixth metro rail system which runs along the stations of Mansarovar, New Aatish Market, Vivek Vihar, Shayam Nagar, Ram Nagar, Civil Line, Railway Station, Sindhi Camp and Chandpole. Individuals can avail of this modern transportation medium, spending anywhere between Rs. 6 (1-2 stations) and Rs.17 (6-8 stations). There is also a one-day tour card for Rs. 50.
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