Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is an epitome of the rich and colourful cultural heritage of the royal state. What makes Jaipur more popular is its world class infrastructure which exists in harmony with the quintessentially Rajasthan art and heritage. Today, there are a number of heritage hotels in Jaipur, prime among which is the The LaLiT Jaipur, where tourists can experience the royal legacy of the state. Due to its proximity to Delhi, Jaipur has become a favourite getaway of Delhiites looking to enjoy a quick break from the daily grind.
From beautiful traditional handicrafts to appetising delicacies, there are numerous attractions in Jaipur that lure tourists to this destination again and again. But every visit to this destination should not be just about visiting the palaces and buying souvenirs. After all, Jaipur has so many other things to indulge in. To enjoy the spirit of Jaipur in a truly Rajasthani style, we have listed below for you five offbeat things to do in the city. So the next time you’re in the Pink City, set aside your usual routine and make sure you enjoy your stay there like a local and savour all the pleasures of life.
Spend time near Jal Mahal
About 5 km from the city centre, the Jal Mahal is a lovely palace sitting in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. It looks even more beautiful in the evenings when the palace is lit up and its image is reflected on the lake’s water. Enjoy delectable street food, take pictures of the sight, take a stroll or simply hang around the place to unwind, relax and forget about work deadlines.
Try local modes of transport to get around
How about ditching the cab and trying local transport to move in and around the city for a bit of adventure? Every prominent market or hang-out in Jaipur is serviced by manually-operated rickshaws. These tri-wheeled cycles are great for travelling within short distances inside the city limits as you get to enjoy the local sights and smells. Besides the breezy cycle rickshaws, buses and auto rickshaws running on fuel are other conventional modes of public transport. You can round off your day out by dining at one of the top restaurants in Jaipur.
Visit nearby villages
If you like experiencing new cultures in their raw and pure form, you must make a visit to the villages in the outskirts of Jaipur. Most of the handcrafted items available in Jaipur are sourced from these villages. You will get to experience an abundance of the rich cultural life of rural India and the marvels of Rajasthani craftsmanship here. Tourists may also enjoy camel rides at a nominal fee.
Ride through the tunnel connecting Jaipur to Agra
The Ghat ki Guni tunnel connects Jaipur to Agra. The remarkable ‘havelis’ on both sides make the driving experience through the tunnel beautiful. Remember to drive slow and enjoy the sights as the way is accident prone.