“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.”
– Walt Disney
With its perfect blend of old world charm and new world vibrancy, Jaipur, the Pink City, offers a one of its kind experience. While magnificent forts and palaces are there to tell you stories of the bygone era; urban neighbourhoods and bustling shopping areas are there to remind you that you are still living in the 21st century. So, when there are two different worlds to explore at a same time, why not check out some exciting things to do in Jaipur? Only, if you are curious!
1. Experience Lively Rajasthani Culture at Chokhi Dhani
Source: Lonely Planet
Located 20 km south of Jaipur, Chokhi Dhani is an ethnic village resort, popular for showcasing rich Rajasthani culture and rural lifestyle. Spread over an area up to 10 acres, it boasts of beautifully-designed huts, vibrant ambience, a variety of fun activities and dining options. Get entertained with puppet shows, magic shows, Rajasthani folk dance & music performances, acrobatics, fortune teller parrots, camel rides, bullock cart rides, elephant rides and boating. Feed your hunger with mouth-watering Rajasthani cuisines by dining at any one of the four available restaurants.
2. Go Street Shopping at Sireh Deori Bazaar
A perfect place for window shopping, Sireh Deori Bazaar is located right opposite to the famous Hawa Mahal. While camel leather products are its speciality, other popular items that shopaholics love to buy here include leather shoes, puppets, colourful textiles, knick-knacks, beautiful Jaipur quilts, eye-catching wall-hangings and mojaris. It remains open all seven days of the week.
3. Visit Jaipur Wax Museum
Get ready to be awestruck by mesmerising wax statues of your favourite celebrities! Because Jaipur’s own mini Madame Tussauds wax museum is here! Developed by Entertainment 7 Ventures Pvt Ltd., Jaipur Wax Museum is located inside the famous Nahargarh fort and is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. It is home to over 30 wax statues of famous personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan, Bhagat Singh, Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore, Michael Jackson, Sawai Jai Singh II, Maharani Gayatri Devi, Jackie Chan, Kalpana Chawla etc. Other attractions include a display of the 10-foot-long Gati Gamini (Bullet), a well-stocked souvenir shop and a kid section where kids can meet their favourite superheroes and toon characters.
4. Taste some yummy Street Food
A real treat for your taste buds, Rajasthani local street food is spicy, tangy, ghee-dripping and obviously yummy! You must taste pyaaz Kachori at Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, Kathi Roll at Al Bake (popularly known as “Chicken Paradise”), Pav Bhaji at Pandit’s stall near the Birla Mandir, Chicken Tikka at Sethi Bar-Be-Que and Sabudana Dahi Vada at Falahaar, a small food joint located in Saraogi Mansion.
5. Watch a movie at Raj Mandir Cinema
Source: Rajasthan Direct
Located on the Bhagwan Das Road, near M.I. Road, Raj Mandir Cinema is extremely popular with both locals and tourists. You must be thinking what’s so special about watching a movie here? Well, the answer is the fact that Raj Mandir Cinema is one of the largest movie theatres of Asia, with a seating capacity of about 1300 people at a time and its exterior looks like a huge pink cream cake! Advance bookings from one hour to one week can be made at windows 9 and 10.