“Padharo sa Mhare Desh” – Welcome to my Land (in Rajasthani)
If you want to experience Rajasthani culture at its best, look no further than the capital city itself, that is Jaipur. Whether you are a cultural enthusiast or a history buff, the vibrant city has everything and more than what you’re looking for. This travel guide talks about all the unique places to visit if you’re a traveling enthusiast and like to explore the tiny gems of a city.
Traveling to Jaipur
If one is in the capital city of Delhi, one can take an air-conditioned bus straight to the city of Jaipur. This bus would leave you right in the heart of the city. After getting off from the bus stop Sindhi Camp, which is the biggest bus stand, one can head straight to their hotel.
Craving some mouth-watering delicacies?
Head straight to Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, famous for its Onion Kachori, which is hygienic and freshly made at all times. You could also try the traditionally made Ghewar, a disc-shaped sweet made from flour. After these luscious delicacies, head straight to MI Road, to the Lassiwala, for a thick, blended curd drink, flavoured heavily with cardamom.
Another popular eatery amongst locals is the Laxmi Misthan Bhandar, famous for their thalis that can be quite a heavy meal. Wash it down with some piping hot coffee at Indian Coffee House. This place has an old-world charm, with the waiters dressed in traditional attire. You are sure to have a memorable experience in this place and will be served with a smile.
Want to watch a Movie?
Raj Mandir, a cinema hall which was built in 1976, is a popular symbol of Jaipur. It is situated at Bhagwan Das Road, near MI Road. You could catch the latest movie in this cinema hall, at all times.
The historic Amber Fort
Before you enter Jaipur, your local tour guide will point out a beautiful fort appears on your right. From afar, you can see curved structures in sandstone. This fort is on the outskirts of the city, and one needs at least half a day to visit Amber Fort. Since this fort is on a hilltop, you will either need to walk uphill, by jeep, golf cart or go on an elephant back. The beautiful light and sound show bring the fort to life, and it happens every day in the evenings. The rocky walls of the fort give a great backdrop for the light effects. It is a major tourist attraction, during winters and summers, taking place at 6.30 pm from October to February, 7.00 pm from March to April and 7.30 pm from May to September. After visiting the fort, you can have dinner at the decent restaurants near it.
In the mood for shopping?
Amber fort also houses a number of vendors selling accessories, like earrings and bracelets in all shapes and sizes, which are reasonably priced and go well with Indian as well as Western outfits.
Shop for Bandhini chunni, traditional wear at Gulab Chand Prints, at Mall 21, which is a shopper’s delight. They have all kinds of Rajasthani traditional wear, from suits to anarkalis and saris, in all colours and prints that you would think of. They have reasonable rates and the helpful staff will be able to help you out with choosing the clothes for you and your companions.
If you are looking to buy Jewellery, head straight to Johari Bazaar for resplendent ornaments. There are multiple showrooms that are decades old, one being Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, who are famous for their gold and diamond jewellery.
Jaipur also has a great collection of leather and cloth bags that are embroidered with traditional elements. You can find these at the shops in Badi Chaupar. Ask your guide In Jaipur(https://www.tourhq.com/india/jaipur-guides) to take you to this hidden gem.
If you are an accessories person, take a stroll around in Bapu Bazar for all kinds of silver and artificial jewellery. However, if bed linen is what you’re looking for, then head straight to Jaipurwala, which has the greatest variety of prints that you can possibly find.
The Jaipur Metro is the latest addition to this culturally rich city. It has made the connectivity better, though nothing beats hopping onto the extra-large autos that roam about the city. Jaipur metro connects the outskirts of this city, in Mansarovar to the Badi Chaupar or the Manak Chowk, which is the public square. This is the hub of artisans, jewelers, and craftsmen. If you want to explore the outskirts of the city, namely the KL Saini Ground which is the home of the Rajasthani cricket team.
Being in the middle of the desert, it is a good idea to hop on the back of a camel and enjoy a camel ride. Don’t forget to get clicked, as this would be an experience to remember. The camel rides in Jaipur are very famous, your tourist guide in Jaipur(https://www.tourhq.com/india/jaipur-guides?url=companies) will help you to find the best spot to ride a camel. They are a good way to explore this Pink city of Jaipur.
Choki Dhani offers luxury with the tantalising mix of culture; its main attractions is the performances that take place in the evenings and the traditional Rajasthani food, which includes Dal Bati Churma, a delicacy that Rajasthan is famous for. This is the place to be if you want to witness true Rajasthani décor and Bani Thani paintings. It is not too far to reach, just a few kilometres off from the national highway.
I hope you will find these places interesting and will want to come back to this culturally rich city.