Visiting Jaipur Soon? Here's A Local's Guide To 14 Offbeat Places In The City
Central Park, Prithviraj Road
“Go for a long run”, recommends Singer/songwriter Prateek Kuhad. The largest park in Jaipur located in the heart of the city boasts of a beautiful 5km jogging and walking tracks, lush greens, the country’s first day and night flag, and a wide variety of native bird visitors throughout the year.
Islami Kallu Hotel, Ramganj Bazaar
The Walled City
“It is a labyrinth of historic landmarks, you’ll find those bustling lanes filled with shops selling traditional arts and crafts and much more”, exclaims Ritu Singh, Co-founder Wolf. The pink city of Jaipur refers to the old walled city that was built in the year 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. Coloured in dusty pink, it is a place of royal heritage, culture and architecture. Bustling markets, along with old family havelis, palaces and forts come together to make the walled city. Some important structures within the walled city are Jantar Mantar and City Palace.
Surajmal Rampratap Khilonewale
“This is an ancient shop run by an equally old man. He sells all kinds of painted objects made from bamboo and chilli wood”, says Aavriti Jain, Co-founder Dhora describing her favourite toy shop in the old city. There’s an eclectic collection of objects in this fascinating market. Walk around and explore other stores too.
1135 AD, Amer Road
Chandi ki Taksal
“Don’t miss being at Hawa Mahal early in the morning. While you’re in the vicinity, drop by at Chandi Ki Taksal – the local flower market. It’s right around the corner, where the locals will be your guide”, recommends Sanyukta Singh, Founder of Tokree. A bustling vibrant market, the smells and sounds are just as powerful as the sights around you in this space.
Rambagh Palace Hotel
Purohitji Ka Katla, Tripolia Bazaar
“Spend sweaty afternoons discovering treasures in Katla – a must-do for an intense experience”, recommends Geetanjali Kasliwal, Founder Anantaya. Tripolia Bazaar is a popular wholesale market with wedding shoppers and has suffocatingly tiny entry points. This market has shops selling everything from currency strung garlands to beautiful wedding outfits and even party supplies and fabrics.
Rambagh Polo Ground
“Watch a Polo Match in the city”, recommends Ruchi Jain, Designer – Crazy Heart. Jaipur is considered to be a perfect destination for polo and the polo tradition in the city dates back to the 16th century when Raja Man Singh Ji, King of Amber, developed a keen interest in Chaugan. Visit the Rambagh Polo Ground to catch polo tournaments that may be on, if not, ask for practice sessions and exhibition match timings for the day (Psst, Amber Fort has an Elephant version too).
Sanganer, 16kms South of Jaipur
“Visit Sanganer for a huge variety of paper and fabrics”, recommends Timmie Kumar, Founder of charitable animal welfare organisation – Help in Suffering. In the 16th Century, Raja Man Singh brought Kagzis or papermakers from central Asia to Sanganer, an ancient town that existed long before Jaipur. After many years, The Kagzis and their precious art to use three types of raw material (cotton rags, silk and banana trunk fibre) to produce paper has survived. Cotton-based paper is the most popular and newer paper manufacturers and modern techniques too have become common in the city now.
Saffron by Nidhi Tholia
“The colours and patterns she uses are symbolic of all things Jaipur”, says Akanksha Arora, CEO of Amrapali Jewels describing Nidhi Tholia’s garments. Moved from its old location behind the iconic Tholia Jewellers, Saffron is now tucked in a C-Scheme by lane. This store is perfect if you’re shopping for your wedding and are looking for more than just the same run-of-the-mill pieces everyone has.
“The Keema Baatis here are to die for”, sighs Vijay Singh, Founder Rajputana Customs.