Best area to stay in Jaipur

Where is the best place to stay in Jaipur?

Dilapidated yet grandiose, Jaipur belongs to the golden triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Also known as the Pink City, because of the hue reflecting off the red sandstone walls of the old city, it is usually the jumping off point to the other majestic cities of Rajasthan, one of India’s most enthralling regions. Jaipur is a marvel of ancient palaces and forts, iridescent markets and chaotic streets accompanied by the usual tangled overhead wiring of electricity and local traffic belching fumes while lurching down the streets. There are a multitude of jaw-dropping sights to behold, including the magnificent Amber Fort and Palace dominating the Maota Lake, which captures the very essence of Rajasthan, the City Palace and the truly captivating Hawa Mahal.


Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and therefore it is advisable to choose an area to stay that is close to the key sights. Bani Park is the best area to stay in Jaipur, due to its proximity to the sights and also because it has the best collection of accommodation options, ranging from budget to high-end, as well as some heritage mansion guest-houses known as havelis, which hark back to an age-old time gone by.

Hotel   Price per night
FabHotel The Royal CM Plaza Bani Park
P- 109, Bhaskar Marg
25€ - 28$
Umaid Mahal - Heritage Style Hotel
C-20 B-2 Behari marg off Jaisingh Highway Bani Park
51€ - 57$
Hotel Meghniwas
C/9B Jai Singh Highway
56€ - 63$
81€ - 91$
Hotel   Price per night
Umaid Bhawan - Heritage Style Hotel
D1-2A Behari Marg Via Bank Road Bani Park
56€ - 63$


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Bani Park, the best area to stay in Jaipur

For all its many wonders and attractions, Jaipur is a far-reaching metropolis and can be a confusing and arduous place to travel around if you don’t know where you are going. Therefore, in order to have the best access to the Old City sights, plus have a good selection of hotels and restaurants to choose from, the best area to stay is Bani Park.


There are numerous hotels that cover all budgets as well as an assortment of restored havelis. Havelis are traditional Indian mansions set around a courtyard and offer a charming place to stay while experiencing a real slice of Indian culture. From the Bani Park area inexpensive local transport abounds, including the infamous rickshaw drivers who work around the neighbourhood nineteen to the dozen. There are several good restaurants in and around Bani Park so you don’t have to go far to taste genuinely good local food. In particular don’t miss the tantalising Ghewar, an extremely sweet yet moreish Rajasthani delicacy soaked in syrup, or for something savoury try the dal bati churma, a baked ball which is eaten with dal.

Other areas to stay in Jaipur

C Scheme

Although the C Scheme area has less accommodation options available than Bani Park, it too is a great place to stay because it is ideally situated 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.


MI Road

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, and is one of the best places to stay. Thanks to its positioning, This area offers 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 the area the title “heart of Jaipur”. This very lively neighbourhood 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.


Tonk Road

Convenient for the airport, Tonk Road is a residential area and quieter than the neighbourhoods located in the centre. It is a good place to stay if you are looking for mid-range to luxury priced hotels and also has 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. This area 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.