Getting from Delhi to Jaipur
Delhi is one of the oldest cities in the world. Part of it, New Delhi, is India’s capital. The climate of the city is infamously bad , with scorching hot temperatures from April to October , monsoons from July to September and near-freezing temperatures in December and January. Delhi is the main gateway into the country and where most international travelers land.
Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan . It was India’s first planned city and today is one of the major tourist attractions in the country. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle, which also comprises Delhi and Agra. It is home to important sights such as the City Palace, Birla Temple, several massive Rajpur forts and serves as a gateway into the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
The cheap options for traveling between Delhi and Jaipur are: the trains and the buses. The travel times are quite similar, but some trains are faster than buses. Look for express trains or , if you choose the bus, for those with AC.
Flights from Delhi (airport code: DEL) to Jaipur
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) serves Delhi and is the main gateway into India. It is the country’s largest aviation hub and also an airline hub for: Air India, Air India Regional, Blue Dart Aviation, GoAir, IndiGo, Jagson Airlines, JetLite, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet. It handles both domestic and international traffic.
Jaipur International Airport (JAI) is located about 13 km from Jaipur and is the only international airport in Rajasthan. It isn’t hub for any airline and handles mostly domestic flights.
Flights between Delhi and Jaipur are operated by: Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and Spice Jet. The flight time is about an hour. Regardless of when you fly in 2012, expect to pay from Rs 2652 / US$50 one way on Jet Airways and slightly more on Jet Lite or Kingfisher Airlines. Return flights start at Rs 4986 / US$94 on Jet Airways.
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Trains from Delhi to Jaipur
India Railway offers 23 trains between Delhi and Jaipur . Out of those, 10 trains operate on a daily basis. The travel time is between 4h 50 min and 6h 10 min and depends on the type of train and stops along the way. Most of the trains depart early in the morning. The general fare on an express train starts at Rs 74 one way. But keep in mind that fares depend on the train and hour of departure.
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Buses from Delhi to Jaipur
There are 16 buses per day between Delhi and Jaipur . Most of them depart Delhi in the evening (from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) but daytime buses are also available. The travel time is about 6 hours. Fares star at Rs 220 one way in a sleeper without AC.
On the way back, catch one of the two night buses from Jaipur. They depart at 11:15 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. The fare is Rs 150 one way (sleeper, no AC) or Rs 650 one way (sleeper, AC).
You can check the schedules, fares and book tickets on this website (which lists all operators).
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Driving from Delhi to Jaipur
Another option is to rent a car in Delhi and drive the 265 km to Jaipur on NH 8. The travel time is about 4 hours.