The best of both worlds – a saying that is quite true for Jaipur. It is an amalgamation of history, architecture, modern art and culture. No matter how many times you visit the place, each time it offers a new vibrancy and charm. From the delicious food, to the scenic spots, to binge shopping; there is a lot to do in Jaipur.
If you are in the city to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival, you don’t want to miss out on our top 10 things to do in Jaipur.
1) Hot air balloon ride above the Amber Fort
Enjoy a hot air balloon ride above the Amber Fort in what can only be termed as an absolute scenic delight. Ride above the fort’s structure and see the grandeur and a plethora of colours beneath. These rides are quite popular amongst foreigners and start two hours before sunrise and two hours before sunset. The hot air balloon can accommodate up to 8 persons at one time.
2) Cycling at Nahargarh Fort
Cycling expeditions have become quite common between tourists. Start your day by renting a cycle from any local shop and end it after reaching the beautiful Nahargarh Fort. The trail can be a little quirky but due to the winding roads but the view of Jaipur city and Mansagar Lake on its way is a worthy experience.
3) Spend the evening at Padao, Nahargarh
Enjoy the panoramic views of Jaipur as you sip your tea/coffee while watching the sun go down at the Padao roof top restaurant in Nahargarh Fort.
4) Safari at Jhalana Leopard Conservation Reserve
While Ranthambore is the more popular park in Rajasthan, Jhalana Leopard Conservation Reserve has gained popularity on its own to spot the elusive big cat. It is spread over an area of 20 square kilometers flagged by Jaipur city on all sides. With a good and healthy number of leopards here, it just might happen that you get to see them as early as within 5 minutes of entering here.
5) Sunset magic at Jal Mahal
Admire the architectural brilliance that combines the Mughal and Rajput architecture at the Jal Mahal. This fort is like an untouched beauty located in the middle of the Mansagar Lake. It was used as a summer retreat by the royal family and to host duck-hunting parties.
6) Elephant ride at Amber Fort
Rajasthan is famous for camel rides and elephant rides. The elephants are adorned with colourful jewelry and clothing to attract the tourists. Regular rides are held at Amber fort. Enjoy exploring the fort from within, on an elephant back!
7) Shopping Expedition
Jaipur hosts some of the best markets for shopping in India. Buy precious gemstones at Johari Bazaar, pick up lac jewelry at Tripolia Bazaar, shop for marble sculptures at Chandpol Bazaar and get some amazing deals on wooden souvenirs and colorful handicrafts at Mirza Ismail Road. You can also get a great deal on jootis or mojaris and other leather products at Bapu Bazaar.
8) Traditional Rajasthani Cuisine at Chokhi Dhani
Chokhi Dhani is an ideal place to get an entire Rajasthani village feel. Right from the warm welcome, to folk dances to the delicious spread of food, it offers everything.
9) Jaipur Food Trail
Jaipur is famous for its traditional street food. Savour the yummy aloo tikki chat along with imarti, jalebi and rabri, don’t forget to try the suji ki pani puri along with some ghewar. Dal-batti churma of course cannot be missed. End your meal with a big glass of lassi.
10) Visit Isar Lat or Swargasuli
Isar Lat or the heaven piercing monument was built by Sawai Ishwari Singh in the year 1749, to memorialise his triumph in the war against Mewar and Maratha armies combined. The Qutub Minar and the Kirti Stambha of Chittorgarh served as inspiring examples for Ishwari Singh when he wanted to construct the Isar Lat.Isar Lat is located at the meeting point of Tripolia Bazaar and Gangori Bazaar near the Chhoti Chaupar Chowk and Tripolia Gate. The minaret is seven storied and once you reach the top of this tower you will get a wonderful opportunity to get a glimpse of the whole city.
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Can you think of any more such slightly unusual things to see and do in Jaipur? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the same!