Cheap flights to Jaipur will land at the Jaipur International Airport, a little under 10 kilometres from outside the city. The airport primarily serves domestic destinations, and many travellers will find it necessary to look instead for cheap airfares to Delhi approximately 264 kilometres away. Comfortable trains and buses run from Delhi to Jaipur throughout the day. It is also common for travellers arriving in Delhi to rent a car or hire a chauffeured taxi service; the highway between Delhi and Jaipur is excellent, and the trip takes less than four hours.
Auto rickshaws, tiny three-wheeled motor vehicles, are the best way to cover short distances or familiar routes inside the city of Jaipur. They are fast and cheap, but be aware they sometimes make an effort to persuade you to buy gems or other products from their associates. Taxicabs are the most practical way to travel longer distances in the city, or to go to unfamiliar addresses, since the drivers tend to be more reliable than the auto-rickshaw drivers.
After arriving on Jaipur flights, cheap ticket travellers are often eager to visit some of the famous local sights and the Rajasthan Tourism Developmental Corporation has a very good, inexpensive bus service which offers guided tours to these destinations.
Jaipur is one of India's most important tourist destinations, and it won a Travellers' Choice Award for 2012. Nicknamed "The Pink City", this metropolis of over three million people offers numerous gardens, monuments and markets to visit. Once visitors have rested up from their cheap flights to Jaipur, the city palace is usually the first destination for sightseeing. Occupying nearly one-seventh of the city's land area, the palace complex encompasses numerous halls, museums and gardens. Other palaces to see include the impressive Jal Mahal palace, built on a lake that seasonally fills with fragrant water hyacinths.
There are several historic forts in and around the Jaipur area. Amber Fort, built in the 1600s, is reachable from the city by way of a hike or better yet, an elephant ride. Important temples are located in the city as well. Govind Devji Temple and Jainiwas Gardens are part of the city palace complex. At the eastern edge of Jaipur are the Monkey Temple and the Sun Temple, where visitors can hand-feed tame monkeys.
Rajasthan is sometimes called the jewel capital of the world, and shoppers in this region can find great bargains on semi-precious stones. Travellers also take Jaipur flights for the opportunity to buy "rajais", which are velvet cotton quilts made in rich tones. Other local specialties include leather goods and many types of art prints, textiles, carvings, pottery and sculpture. Shopping in one of Jaipur's open bazaars will be a rich sensory experience.
Dining in Jaipur centres on vegetarian fare, although some restaurants feature North Indian tandoori chicken. Locally baked sweets and crisp samosas are sold throughout the city. As in many Indian cities, nightlife is not a major part of the local culture; good hotels, however, do have bars and lounges where travellers can linger.