Places off the Tourist Trail in Jaipur

Jaipur, one of the three angles of the famous Golden triangle tour India, is known as the City of Palaces and the City of Royals. Certainly, the gorgeous palaces built centuries back, still stand as the pride of India and the Rajputs. The architecture patterns, the majestic interior décor, royal furniture and belongings of the royals make Jaipiur a must visit spot in India. But Jaipur tourism is not all limited to gorgeous palaces and monuments.

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Image Credit: Wikipedia

One can make a trip to the glamorous capital of Rajasthan in an off-beat way. There are some places to visit in Jaipur that are seldom included in normal Jaipur packages. These places might not be as glamorous as the palaces but these are spots where you can get to know the real Jaipur. Chokhi Dhani is one such spot where Jaipur introduces visitors to its rural traditions, culture and music.

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Image Credit: chokhidhani.com

One can get a glimpse of village life in Jaipur here and experience traditional singing and dancing by the local people. Puppet show, acrobatic performances and short fortune telling sessions with astrologers are attractions of Chokhi Dhani. Situated right in the center of Jaipur, Zohari Bazar is another very exciting off-beat spot in Jaipiur, especially for the gastronomists.  Small eateries on both sides of the road offer varieties of mouthwatering snacks like chaat, pakories, and fried, salted and spiced items.

There are also few shops from where one can buy traditional clothes and jewelries.  Just 20 kilomters away from Jaipur is the Galta Monkey Temple, where friendly monkeys take the onus of amusing and entertaining visitors. For people having a curiosity towards art and craft, the Anokhi Musuem of hand printing is really a unique place to visit in Jaipur.

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Image Credit; rajasthali.gov.in

The museum is based on a 400-year old haveli where exquisite specimens of traditional Rajasthani block printing and hand printing works are on display. Sanganer in Lakshmi Colony is another exciting spot since it houses the blue pottery factory. The blue pottery is an icon of Rajasthani handicraft and the factory offers a grand scope to witness the manufacturing of items.

Sights to see in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, is captivating, lavish, regal and historic. Its many facades can be best captured when you personally visit the city. Jaipur has been instrumental in projecting India’s lush history on its canvas. Though there are a number of attractions which will regale and inspire you, here are some major places to visit in Jaipur:

i.    Hawa Mahal: Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) may have lost some of its appeal today, but it still remains the postcard monument for Jaipur. This 18th century structure is a colossal palace with hundreds of windows at every inch of it. Entering into its premise will be like walking into history!

ii.    City Palace: City Palace is a more notable structure which is sprawled across a huge area and gives every tourist a vivid glimpse into the history & culture of medieval India. While the palace in itself is laced with interesting sections including the Peacock Gate and Chandra Mahal, the architecture will also woo you, and the travel guide’s information will keep you engaged throughout.

iii.    Amber Fort and Palace: This mighty gargantuan structure sits atop a hill like a king surveying its insignificant minnows. Though, you can reach this fort through vehicles as well, it will be best to enjoy an elephant ride for that added thrill. Once you enter the fort & palace, you will be literally stunned by its vastness and its royal grandeur. Describing its ambience through mere words is just not possible!

Amongst other popular tourist places in Jaipur, the prominent ones are Galta Monkey Temple, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall Museum and Jantar Mantar.