A celebration of colours, Jaipur is a beautiful mélange of deep-rooted traditions, splendid heritage and vibrant culture. Known as the ‘city of palaces’, Jaipur is not only a museum of mesmerizing forts and citadels, which are architectural marvels in themselves, but also a reminiscent of India’s rich history. This has culminated in an interesting plethora of points of interest in Jaipur. So, pack your bags and be prepared to forge a treasure-trove of memories that you will cherish for a long time to come.
Explore the monuments
One of the best things to do in Jaipur is to explore its numerous palaces. One famous palace is the Amer Fort, which is a fusion of the fine elements of Indian and Mughal architectural styles. One of the major attractions of this fort is the Light and Sound show, which takes place every day when the twilight sets in. Another equally popular tourist attraction is the Nahargarh Fort which sits on the edge of Aravalli Hills. Trekking all the way till the top of the fort is something that all the adventure lovers will definitely enjoy. You can also drop by at the City Palace, which is nestled in the heart of the city. Fashioned out of pink and red sandstone, this is a quintessential blend of architectural styles associated with Rajputs, Mughals and Europeans.
Go for camel safaris, elephant rides & hot air balloon ride
Once you are done checking out the regal monuments of the city, you could bring out the adventurer in you. Rajasthan, the land of desert, is almost as famous for its palaces as it is for its camel rides and elephant safaris. While you can embark on an elephant ride at Amer Fort, camel rides are available at numerous points of interest in Jaipur. Another exciting thing to do is to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from a hot air balloon. Not only is this an exhilarating experience, this is also a great opportunity to chill with your family and friends.
Go shopping in its buzzing bazaars
This one’s for all the shopaholics! Be it colourful bandhini saris or elegant leheria dupattas or ethnic Jaipuri mojaries or jhumkas – there are quite a few gems that Jaipur has in store for you. Besides these interesting things, you can also pick up quite a few souvenirs for your folks such as Mughal paintings, blue pottery, wooden ‘kathputlis’ and metallic artifacts. These things are available at an array of local markets such as Bapu Bazaar, Johri Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar and Chaura Rasta.
Delve into delectable local favourites
Another thing to do in Jaipur is to indulge in the lip smacking delicacies of Rajasthan. Satisfy your craving for fiery gatta curry – huge balls of gram flour that are mixed with gravy of piquant spices, onions, tomatoes and yoghurt. Another dish with oodles of flavor is laal maas – a mutton dish that is tenderly cooked with lots of chillies, shallots, garlic and clarified butter. These rich flavours of the rustic sands of Rajasthan can be enjoyed at Hotel Royal Orchid Jaipur’s fine dining outlet ‘Limelight’.