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We took a 4-day trip to Jaipur, a city in the Northern part of India called Rajasthan. I really like Rajasthan for its historic palaces, extraordinary forts, and excellent shopping. And we even took a picturesque elephant ride! It’s different than anywhere else I’ve traveled, and that’s why I liked it so much!
This series of posts will cover the logistics of getting to Jaipur, the hotel we stayed in, the activities we did, and restaurants we visited.
Jet Set to Jaipur Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Planning and Introduction
- Part 2 – Getting to Jaipur, India
- Part 3 – ITC Rajputana Hotel Overview
- Part 4 – ITC Rajputana Hotel Room
- Part 5 – Activities in Jaipur – Amber Fort and Elephant Ride
- Part 6 – Activities in Jaipur – City Palace and Jaigarh Fort
- Part 7 – Shopping in Jaipur and the Hunt for Lacquer Jewelry
- Part 8 – Eating in Jaipur
- Part 9 – Conclusion & Blog Giveaway
Flight to Jaipur
United Airlines and Lufthansa to Mumbai
We used United Airlines miles to fly from Austin to Chicago on United Airlines, then from Chicago to Mumbai (via Frankfurt) on Lufthansa.
We paid 60,000 United Airlines miles each for our seats in Business Class (these flights now cost 80,000 United Airlines miles). But you can fly coach for just 42,500 United Airlines miles 1-way.
My stepdad had never traveled overseas, so we wanted to make the trip extra special!
Read our post for a full review of Lufthansa’s Business Class!
We stopped in Mumbai for 2 weeks, and then flew round-trip to Jaipur and back. If you are considering stopping in Mumbai or Delhi, you can read about our travels there in December 2013!
IndiGo to Jaipur
We took an IndiGo flight to Jaipur. IndiGo is a low-cost, regional Indian airline (it’s actually the largest airline in India in terms of number of passengers flown!). They also have a few international destinations like Bangkok and Dubai.
Last-minute flights are fairly cheap (unlike the US). So we paid cash (there’s no way to use miles). Flights cost ~$173 per person round-trip in coach for a last minute flight booked ~2 days in advance. If booked ~3 months in advance, the cost goes down to about ~$90 per person round-trip in coach.
It took 1 hour to drive from south Mumbai to the airport at 9:00 am for our 11:20 am flight. Checking-in was a breeze.
There were many restaurants to choose from at the airport in Mumbai.
Daraius and I picked up Subway sandwiches for our lunch.
They had a selection of local and traditional favorites. It’s too bad you can’t get chicken tikka or tandoori subs back in the US!
The non-stop flight from Mumbai to Jaipur was just 1 hour and 25 minutes.
My mom and Mark purchased some sandwiches, nuts, and drinks on the flight. The snack selection was somewhat different from US airlines!
We made our way off the flight…
. . .and were happy to have reached Jaipur!
We received our luggage within minutes of standing at the carousel, and then made our way to find our reserved car.
Daraius reserved the car through the hotel. Cars with private drivers cost ~$60 to ~$100 per day. It is more convenient to get your own car than rely on taxis.
Having a cell phone is helpful to be able to call the driver. You can use a SIM card to make and receive phone calls. Also, having WhatsApp is helpful if you have Wi-Fi, but not everyone uses WhatsApp, so it’s best to have a backup method of communication such a SIM card if communication is very important to you.
We decided that instead of going to the hotel (as we had originally planned), we would go see the sights and return to the hotel later in the day. That’s because we arrived so early (~1:00 pm), and we were closer to the sights than to our hotel. We were anxious to make the most of our day!
So, we made our way to the City Palace, which dates back to the 1700s. Check back soon for our post about our visit!
We spent 60,000 United Airlines miles per person plus ~$67 to fly from Austin to Mumbai (via Chicago and Frankfurt) in Business Class on United Airlines and Lufthansa. (These flights now cost 80,000 United Airlines miles per person.)
It was my stepdad’s 1st trip overseas so we wanted to make it memorable!
And we paid ~$173 per person round-trip in coach for our IndiGo flight to historic and picturesque Northern India. The flight time was less than 2 hours, which made for a great side trip from Mumbai!