Fondly nicknamed as the ‘Pick City’, Jaipur continues to attract locals and foreigners alike, due to its charming beauty of the era bygone. From architectural marvels which serve as a reminder of the resplendent royal heritage to the newly emerging modern city, the city offers a unique blend of the traditional and the modern.
It has rightly been said, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Listed below are the 5 things, which you should definitely do, when in Jaipur:
- When you’re in Jaipur, make it a point to gorge on some delicious Rajasthani cuisine. There are a plethora of options available for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Dal baati choorma is a staple of this region. Quite heavy on the stomach, this dish is laden with a lot of ghee, but nevertheless, is a gastronomical delight. Try the pyazkachori at any of the local sweet shops. They’re mouth-watering. Gattekisabzi, made of besan is another must try here. Also try the Dai Shorba – a yoghurt-based soup. If you enjoy spicy food, then the besanbharwanmirch which is stuffed green chillies that are deep-fried and cooked in gravy is a must for you. For the non-vegetarians, the khudkhargosh, meat cooked with local spices and herbs in a pit is considered to be a heavenly dish.
- Shop till you drop. That should be your motto when you’re exploring Jaipur local markets. You’ll find the best stuff, as you go exploring the galis of Bapu Bazar, Johri Bazar and Surajpol Bazar. Some of the must buy, typically Rajasthani objects include lac jewellery, specifically bangles in different colours. Rajasthan is famous for its colourful fabrics. Indulge in buying lehariyadupattas and sarees, bandhej suits. The most important tip, don’t forget to bargain!
- If you want to get a true taste of the local colours, instead of staying in a hotel, opt for accommodation at ChokhiDhani resort. There are 33 royal cottages and 8 luxury haveli suites to choose from. All the rooms are inspired by Rajasthan’s royal legacy with modern amenities. Have a drink at the ChandiMahal Bar, enjoy an Ayurvedia spa session, soak in the local music in the evening. Enjoy royally in ChokhiDhani.
- Get lost and relive your childhood fantasies at the Amer Palace. Situated around half an hour’s drive from the city center, Amer Palace is set on a hill top overlooking Maota Lake. Take a lurching elephant ride, to access the entrance of the palace. With breathtaking gardens, halls decorated with elaborate mirror work, Amer Palace has its mysteries to unravel. Stay till the evening and enjoy the sound and light show, which brings alive the fort’s impressive history.
There is no dearth of must visit destinations in Jaipur. The ones mentioned above have been compiled to merely serve as a starting point for the travellers. From there onwards, you can explore and carve your own travel trajectory!