Rajasthan, the city that boasts of its lavish palaces on one side while being home to the desert on the other, has a number of cities that carry their own significance. Jaipur, being the oldest city is also referred to as the ‘pink city’ since the locals have painted the walls of their houses in pink colour. This shows how the people here believe to live in unison and are extremely friendly as well. Having its own charm, Jaipur has a number of unique places that you can visit apart from the palaces to add to the fun.
#1 Nahargarh Fort Cycling Expedition
Cycle through narrow lanes: The mornings in the city of Jaipur are pleasant, which makes it perfect timing for you to go on a cycling expedition. Start your day early in the morning by cycling through the narrow lanes, which will take you to your ultimate destination- the Nahargarh Fort.
You will get a chance to explore the beauty of this fort with its intricate patterns that will lure you to spend some more time here. However, you shouldn’t miss the fact that this quirky trail on the winding roads will also get you to be a witness to the beautiful Man Sagar Lake. As you reach the top of the palace, you get amazing eyesight of the pink town in-display beneath.
#2 Visit the Amer Fort
A sneak peeks into the lives of the royals: The most cliched thing to do when in Rajasthan is to visit the plethora of palaces and forts. One such is the Amer Fort in Jaipur, the architecture of which is a fusion of Indian and Mughal styles.
The beauty of the fort was at such a high peak that even the invaders could not afford to tear it down during times of conflict. Whist being in the fort you can pamper yourself with some royal treatment by taking an elephant ride up the narrow lanes of the fort. The day can be brought to an end by watching the wonderful light and sound show that will leave you marvelled. Rs.25 is the entry fee.
#3 Village jeep safari
Punakha is the Punakha Dzong’s administrative centre which is the second largest and the second oldest dzong in Bhutan. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, after which, Thimphu was made the capital city. Punakha is located between the two rivers, Mo Chu and Pho. You can see a noticeable colour difference between the river’s waters. While you are on your Bhutan trip, you must spend a few days on Punakha and do these 5 awesome things in Punakha.
Rajasthan is more than the deserts and palaces. The pink city is home to numerous villages where the locals are friendly. If you really want to soak in the vibe of Rajasthan, go on a jeep safari that will take you to one of the villages, which will give you an opportunity to learn about the local culture, their occupation, language as well as let you have a taste of the local cuisine.
The village roads are really narrow, which gives an amazing fortuity to the kids there to play gully cricket. Thus, you can enjoy the game with them rather than scrolling through your mobile phone or simply taking pictures. For this jeep safari, you can contact the hotel you are staying in or else you can get it arranged from your tour guide
#4 Hot air balloon ride – Best things to do in Jaipur
A bird’s eye view of the city: Ticking off a bucket list experience, you can opt for a hot air balloon ride in Jaipur. Sky Waltz is India’s first fully licensed and approved Hot Air Balloon Company that operates under International Safety standards with highly experienced international pilots.
With a capacity of about 20-24 people on board, you can have fun with the crowd while capturing the best scenic view of the pink city from the height. The classic landscape captured in your frame will make for a perfect picture to go up in your Instagram handle. The fee of this ride ranges from Rs.7500- Rs.12,000 per person and you will also get a certificate of experience for the same.
#5 The Birla Temple
Where religion fuses with beauty: At the foot of the Moti Dongari Hill, lies a beautiful structure of the Birla Temple. Crafted by the Birla group of industries, this temple is curated entirely by white marbles that glow at night and has three domes that represent different approaches to religion. Completed in 1988, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi.
The glass windows of this temple are painted in a way to tell various stories and legends from the Hindu scriptures. While the interiors of this temple represent Lords Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi, the exteriors have been carved with crucial figures from the beliefs including that of Socrates, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus Christ and Confucius. A lush green garden offers a chance to sit amidst the peace and silence while observing the beauty of the temple.
#6 Water valley trek
Explore the wilderness on your feet: The Aravali ranges have exquisite water bodies, waiting to be explored. Jaipur has Jal Mahal and Man Sagar lakes in their lap that offer adventure activities like water valley trek. This trek offers you a much-needed adventure in the pink city that will help you get a ton of memories back. The trek begins from Jal Mahal where you have to assemble.
A walk through the dense forest will take you to the backside of the lake. From here, you will be ascending through the hills while crossing the beautiful trails where you will also come across a variety of birds.
Enjoy the aerial view of the Man Sagar lake, which has a glorified Jal Mahal. Enthral yourself with the beauty of the Aravali ranges and do not forget to take your camera with you. Also, load your backpack with snacks and other protective gears that will take you through a smooth trek.
#7 Flying fox at Neemrana
Pave your way through a zip line: Thinking about adding thrill to your Rajasthan trip? If yes then visit Neemrana, which is the best destination for an experience of a lifetime. The flying fox activity held at Neemrana will give you the thrill as you fly high up while being enclosed in a safety harness.
This is an exciting five zip wire experience where you begin with a short walk with a quick briefing session. Once you are prepped up, you will soon be flying through five steel links up to 400m long. This entire activity takes about 45 minutes and will cost around Rs.1650 per person.
#8 Elephant Polo at Dera Amer
Play like the royals: Heard about water polo and the game of polo itself? You must have for sure. But have you ever heard about elephant polo? If not, here is your chance to witness one, where the majestic creatures engage in a game of polo with their masters. The game of the royals, polo originated right here in Jaipur and is played on elephants. Close to Amer Fort is Dera Amer, where a luxurious camp side awaits you for an enthralling experience. Run by a local family, this campsite is a fusion of leisure and activities.
While the original rules of the game remain the same, the pitch is two-thirds of a traditional Polo pitch to compensate for the speed of the pachyderms. Apart from this, you can enjoy the majestic elephants by taking them on a stroll and also feed them a bunch of yellow bananas. This retreat can be perfectly put to an end with a lavish dinner alongside the campfire.
#9 Visit Chokhi Dhani
Enjoy a heavy scrumptious Rajasthani meal: This spectacular resort will give you a complete taste of Rajasthan in one go. The old hospitality of the Rajputs can be felt and experienced in all its glory right here, amidst the rustic settings that feel like an old-world charm.
Apart from engaging in the lip-smacking cuisine, you can live the culture of Rajasthan by being a part of various activities such as dancing to the tunes folklore, watching a puppet show, getting bangles freshly made in front of your eyes, wearing colourful turbans and biting through the delicious dal baati churma and watching magic shows. A camel ride is a perfect way to end your day at Chokhi Dhani
#10 Attend vintage car rally
A glimpse of the royals’ wheels: The Vintage Car Rally is held in the month of February every year where the spirit of royalty is at an all-time high in Jaipur. During this month, the ‘Rajputana Sports Car Club’ hosts a vintage and classic car rally in affiliation with the department of tourism. Displaying more than 100 vintage cars, all of them meet at a point and are taken for a cruise along the dusty roads.
The most spectacular cars date back to the era of the Maharajas who reigned over the pink city as long back as 1923. This is a must thing to do if you are visiting Jaipur during February as you will never get to see a display of vintage beauties like this one. Apart from taking a stroll in the wonderful historic palaces and going on a desert safari, these above-mentioned things are a must-do when in the pink city.
#11 Shop at the markets
Get back a taste of Jaipur from the bazaars: How can you not buy the famous bandhani outfits when in Rajasthan? Rajasthan is known for some amazing embroidery works such as gota work and bandhani, which you will get at the best buy in the markets. There are various hustling and bustling bazaars in the city of Jaipur that you can shop from, each having its own speciality.
If you wish to purchase brass ornaments, visit the Tripolia Bazaar, for traditional jewellery visit the Johari Bazaar, Kishanpol Bazaar is known for its textiles and wooden furniture. If you want everything in one place then visit the Sireh Deori Bazaar, which is the answer to all your needs.
12. Visit the City Palace
View of all Jaipur at this one famous palace: The heart of the city, the City Palace can be easily identified by the pink and red sandstone of which it is made, the hallmark of Jaipur. This royal complex consists of gardens, temples and buildings, constructed as per the ‘Vastu’. A mix of Rajput, Mughal and European architecture, there are two main palaces in this complex- The Mubarak Mahal and the Chandra Mahal. As the descendants of the royal family reside in the Chandra Mahal, a part of it has been kept open for public viewing.
The Mubarak Mahal hosts a collection of royal artefacts. The Anand Mahal Sileh Khana has a collection of the best weapons in the country. You will also see the largest silver vessels in the world at this complex, which were once carried by the Maharaja to London for bathing purpose when he visited the Queen. The ticket for the museum and Mubarak Mahal will cost Rs.130 each.
13. Visit the Jantar Mantar
A UNESCO Heritage Site: Crafted in the 18the century, Jantar Mantar is an observatory that comprises of ‘Surya yantras’ or instruments that work on the principles of sun and shadow to tell the precise time at every moment of the day.
This monument features the world’s largest sundial and is capable of measuring time without flaws, predict eclipses and even track the location of major stars as the earth orbits around them and the sun.
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