Jaipur, the city of Maharajas or the Pink City as some call it has everything to offer – from history, cuisine, and culture to scenic views, wildlife and more! You can experience it all even if you are on a budget. We have some easy tips for a budget backpacking trip to Jaipur so you don’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket:
Book a hostel in Jaipur
Jaipur is quite popular amongst backpackers and you can find a great hostel or a dormitory. The prices are affordable starting at 2-3$ for the basic amenities, you can go even higher for added facilities such as premium beds, television access, private rooms, etc. If you plan to cover many beautiful spots around the city, try booking in neighbourhoods such as Bani Park or MI Road.
Ask the locals
The notion of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, which means that a guest is akin to God is imbibed in the culture and customs of people in Jaipur. People are friendly and can guide you about the most reasonable ways to reach your destination or the best spots to secure affordable authentic Indian food especially the Rajasthani dishes.
Walk and explore
While this might be something you have heard a million times, it stands true in the Pink City of Jaipur. Each corner has a story to tell and each winding street takes you to the rich Rajputana history. Even though most of the city is now developed, the touch of commercialisation has not been able to affect the customs and traditions of the people. You can experience and observe the way people uphold their heritage if you explore the older areas on foot and hey, it will also save you money. And in case you get tired of your walking excursions, ride a tuk-tuk, a convenient and cheaper way to travel around the city.
Pro tip: Always bargain hard and consult a local or your hotel/hostel about the current tariff!
Try the local food
India and Indians are known for their love for food. The local food has a multitude of dishes so that you can have your pick. Trying local dishes and preparations takes you to the roots of the community and you won’t believe how reasonable it is, a good Rajasthani thali can cost around INR 200 to 500 which is approximately 3 to 7 USD and maybe even less. Don’t miss the kachori and mirchi vada!
No trip is ever complete without some retail therapy. Be it exquisite traditional clothes, shoes or souvenirs. When backpacking Jaipur, make sure to visit the local markets such as Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar, etc. Don’t forget to bargain. In fact, once you master the art of haggling, you can secure great deals on food, jewellery and clothes.
These tips for budget backpacking Jaipur can help you enjoy your time without breaking the bank. Go explore! Take away memories, stories and a whole new experience!