As the iconic capital of the North Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaipur needs no further introductions. The “Pink City”, as it is fondly referred to, has been a tourist hotspot over many decades. Jaipur offers insightful glimpses into Rajasthan’s royal past, and also modern day Rajasthani culture.
Jaipur is home to several forts and palaces. Iconic landmarks such as the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the Nahargarh Fort make for stunning experiences. But these aren’t the places you would typically associate with an offbeat experience of the Rajasthani capital. While no Jaipur tour package is ever really complete without a trip to these places, the large number of daily visitors might put off people who on the lookout for a unique experience in the “Pink City”.
However, the following activities would definitely set you apart from the vast majority of the crowd, and give you an offbeat Jaipur tour package that you would cherish for the rest of your life!
A Trip to Rusirani Village
While Jaipur and most of Rajasthan’s other iconic cities are extremely colourful and vibrant, they are quite chaotic too, and that’s not what an offbeat adventurer really wants! If you like peace and quiet, and would like to witness life at a Rajasthani village, head to Rusirani Village.
Situated in Jaipur’s immediate outskirts, Rusirani Village has a scenic backdrop, and the life of the locals is quite simple. While modern Rajasthan has many western elements to it, thanks in large part to the ever-increasing number of foreign tourists, Rusirani Village has managed to keep the authentic Rajasthani culture intact. The village’s cultural programs are famed, and the locals are revered for their talents in handicrafts. Iconic landmarks in the village include the temples, which date back to ancient times.
Shop for Handicrafts and Textiles in Jaipur
If the handicrafts at Rusrani Village impress you, check out Jaipur’s markets for greater variety. The stellar work of Rajasthani artisans and craftsmen are truly spectacular to behold, and you would invariably want to take a few things back home with you.
Bapu Bazaar, Chandpol Bazaar, Johari Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar and Tripolia Bazaar are some of the prominent markets in the city. All of them have a large variety of handicrafts, jewellery and textiles that have been crafted to perfection by Rajasthan’s finest craftsmen. And the best thing is, you can bargain all you want. Provided you have the right bargaining skills, you could end up with a great bang for your buck, and get some amazing deals on quality authentic Rajasthani products!
Quench Your Summer Thirst with Some Lassi
No matter what the season, Jaipur always remains brimming with tourists. However, summers in the city are hardly ever pleasant. The soaring daytime temperatures can definitely make you sweat. But if it ever gets too hot to handle, cool off with a glass of the favourite local drink, lassi.
Lassi is a drink that is made from curd, and depending on how sweet or salty you like it, a combination of other spices. The result is one of the most refreshing drinks you are ever likely to taste. Have some ice added, and you are all set to experience a near-instant cooling effect. It is your most trustworthy ally to combat the unkind Jaipur summers, and they come for quite cheap too, with shops generally charging no more than Rs. 30 for a glass.
Take in the Views from Up High in a Hot-Air Balloon
What’s the most unconventional way to experience Jaipur’s most famous landmarks? Just hop into a hot-air balloon, and take to the skies. Hot-air balloons are all the rage in Jaipur these days, and with the stunning views of Jal Mahal, Amber Fort, and Nahargarh Fort on offer, it comes as no surprise! Keep your camera in close proximity, and capture the aerial views in all their glory. A balloon tour generally costs Rs. 7500 per person.
End Your Day with Dinner at the Chokhi Dhani Village Fair & Restaurant
Had a day full of offbeat activities? Why not end it with something offbeat too? Jaipur has no shortage of dining options. From luxury hotels to small roadside shops, authentic Rajasthani food is available at every step in the city. But it’s one thing to have authentic Rajasthani delicacies, and another thing to have them in a setting where Rajasthan’s rich history and culture resonate.
Chokhi Dhani Village Fair & Restaurant features a traditional Rajasthani setting. Full of artefacts, decorations and paintings, the restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy Rajasthani food at its finest! The restaurant is situated close to the city, but far from its chaos and commotion. A typical meal for two would cost you around Rs. 1000.
Head to the Rajasthani capital today! An offbeat experience awaits you with open arms!