The capital city of the Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is one of the glorious cities in India which is much-loved for its colourful streets, scrumptious cuisines, sparkling lakes and plenty of legendary forts and palaces – each having a unique story to tell. Whether you are a first-timer coming to this royal city or a frequent visitor, there is always much to see and explore in Jaipur.
There are a plethora of locations in Jaipur that not only make for a perfect backdrop for your vacation pictures but also give you countless reasons to spend priceless moments while experiencing the grandeur of an ancient city.
Culture Holidays lists 5 interesting things do in Jaipur that will entice you to book your next vacation to this amazing city sooner.
5. Capture the beauty of the Hawa Mahal
The Hawa Mahal is one of the top attractions in Jaipur and always manages to captivate the visitors with its sheer brilliance and old-world charm. Built-in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal is an architectural marvel comprising of 952 Jharokhas or small windows which were designed to allow the royal women to watch the events happening in the streets from the comfort of their homes. Constructed with red and pink sandstone, the structure shimmers in the evening and gives you a glimpse of the royal history of Rajasthan.
Useful travel tips: Hawa Mahal is open for tourists from 09:30 AM to 5:00 PM. The entry fees are Rs 50 for Indians and INR 200 for Foreigners. Visit the monument early in the morning to witness the rooms illuminated by the sunlight entering through the windows.
4. Hop to the busy bazaars
Jaipur is popular among shopaholics as the city is flanked by numerous local shops where you will find a spectacular collection of Rajasthani jewelry, clothes and handicrafts. Johri Bazar is popular among all the bazaars in Jaipur. Other options to please your shopping interests, you can check out Tripolia Bazar for fashion jewelry, Chandpole Bazar which is famous for marble sculptures, Nehru Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar for attractive footwear.
Useful travel tips: Pick souvenirs and gifts at these local shops at extremely economical prices. You can also negotiate with the vendors to grab the best deal and memorable shopping experience.
3. Experience the traditional Rajasthani cuisine
Indulge in the traditional Rajasthani cuisine at the exotic restaurants which are known for their wonderful ambiance and amazing hospitality. Savour the popular Dal Baati Churma, Ghewar, Tikkis, Chaats, Mawa Kachori, Mirchi Bada and much more. Jaipur has been popular for spices which is why the local cuisine focuses on satiating your taste buds.
Useful travel tips: Spice Court, Suvarna Mahal, Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar, Govindam Retreat and Anokhi Cafe are some of the places you can explore for good food. If you are looking for pizzas, cakes and non-vegetarian meal, there is no dearth of options for you in Jaipur.
2. Observe the serenity of the Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal, which literally means the Water Palace, is a picturesque fort built right in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Flanked by the Nahargarh hills, the palace clearly reflects the expertise of the Rajput Kings in artwork and structures. The fort comes to life in the evening when it is beautifully lit against the setting sun. The palace served as a summer resort for the royal family and does not fail to charm visitors with its aesthetic beauty.
Useful travel tips: The palace is open for visitors from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. There is no entry fee.
1. Behold the cultural display at Chokhi Dhani
Chokhi Dhani is an epitome of the Rajasthani Culture, and your visit to Jaipur would not be complete if you do not visit this stunning resort village. Spanning over 10 acres of land, Chokhi Dhani takes you on a cultural tour where you get to watch the traditional folk dances and puppet show performed by talented local artists, take rides on a camel – the state animal – bullocks and tongas, indulge in fine dining at the opulent restaurants, and undertake other such awe-inspiring activities.
Useful travel tips: The best way to reach Chokhi Dhani is by hiring taxis. If you want to avoid the scorching sun of this desert land, plan your visit during October and March. The entry fees range from INR 700 to INR 1100 for adults and from INR 400 to INR 700 for children.