Getting around Jaipur on land is not difficult, especially given how developed the Pink City’s internal transportation systems are. Of buses, for instance, there are several hundred in operation, going about the city on their regular routes. There are also taxis, rickshaws, and the car rental agencies, although this last is not very popular and may not be very cost-effective. Let us take each method on its merits: one of the best ways of getting around Jaipur is to take the bus. Buses in the city typically use the city’s famous landmarks or sights as their route markers, and this makes it very easy for travellers to find a bus route that they can use for their sojourn. The entirety of Jaipur is actually serviced by the buses too, which means you need not worry about having difficulty getting to one part of the city. Fairly recently, there have been major leaps in the transport infrastructure favouring bus lines and services as well, due to the government being concerned about the increase in road traffic.
Another method of going about the city is to take a cab. Cabs in Jaipur are quite possibly the best options for travellers seeking comfort in their journey, short of hiring a chauffeur for the trip. Jaipur cabs are often decked out in yellow and black livery, but not always. The only problem you might run into with cabs is that it can be hard to find one off the street: the best way to get a taxi in the city is to call one of the cab agencies or have your hotel call for one on your behalf. Once it arrives, be certain that you settle on the price ahead of time or get a promise from the driver to employ the meter for the fare.
Another minor qualm some might have about taking the cab is that it can cost quite a bit more than other modes of transport here. The difference is especially stark when you compare its costs to those of the rickshaws, which are easily the cheapest options. There are two types of rickshaws here, and the more expensive one still costs only half what a cab would for most destinations. However, these do come with a few more perils.
The older rickshaws—the ones operated without a motor—are still found in Jaipur but are growing increasingly rare. These days, what you typically find on the city roads will be the ones referred to as autos. These auto-rickshaws typically seat about three passengers, but there are some bigger ones that can seat more. If you plan to use autos for getting around Jaipur, be warned that there are a good number of drivers who shall try to charge more than is proper and who try to herd tourists into expensive establishments where they (the drivers) get a commission if the tourists purchase something. To prevent the former, ask your hotel’s proprietor or a local policeman for guidance on the going rate for your fare; to prevent the latter, be firm in where you want to go and refuse all detours the driver suggests.