Other areas to stay in Jaipur
Although the C Scheme area has less accommodation options available than Bani Park, it too is a viable choice because it is ideally placed within walking distance of the main sights, such as the City Palace and Hawa Hahal. Jaipur is famous for its palaces, and a good one to start your day at is the lavish City Palace, made up of a vast complex of courtyards and gardens that display Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The royal family still live next to the palace in the Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace). From there you can head to the adjacent and even more thrilling Hawa Hahal. The intricate façade of Hawa Hahal is made up of five floors of tiny windows overlooking the street. Rumour has it that it enabled the royal ladies to watch the activities in the street without being seen by the general public. Furthermore, the windows allow a welcoming breeze to enter, which kept the palace cool and earned it the nickname Palace of the Winds.
Once you have seen this amazing feat of architecture you can go and check out the UNESCO protected Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory, a complex set of geometric structures built in the 18th century at the end of the Mughal period, which measure time and forecast eclipses and track celestial activity. Alternatively, you could be tempted to drop into the fabulous Johari Bazaar, to stock up on glittering jewellery and bangles in gold and silver.
Swarming with people and action, the busy MI Road (full name Mirza Ismail Road) is the main road that cuts through the entire city, running from Sanganeri Gate to Government Hostel. Thanks to its positioning, you will have unbeatable connections to the rest of the city by means of local transport via several landmarks including the Sanganeri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Jarasthali Emporium and the Raj Mandir Cinema. The Raj Mandir movie theatre, a lavish building that looks like a big pink cream cake, is one of Jaipur’s most iconic sights and a great place to see a Hindi film.
It was said that the MI road was designed so that all other roads of the city would lead to this one, earning it the title “heart of Jaipur”. This very lively area has a number of good hotels to choose from that cover a variety of budgets and is also the city’s main go-to area for happening eateries, which sell both local and international cuisine. In addition it is one of the main shopping areas selling everything from clothes and textiles, to jewellery and ornamented handicrafts.
Convenient for the airport, Tonk Road is a residential area and quieter than the neighbourhoods located in the centre. It has many mid-range to luxury priced hotels and a good choice of restaurants and nightlife options. From here you can access the Birla Temple, originally known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple carved out of pure white marble. It is further from the city centre but in a good location for getting to and from the airport on arrival or departure. If you do want to travel to the city centre there are many local transport options available from here including rickshaws and taxis.