Planning a weekend getaway but not keen on spending too much on your vacation? Well, don’t worry as Jaipur is one place which can easily be explored on a budget. Our list is guaranteed to help you with your holiday plans.
For Art Aficionados and History Buffs
Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds” is one of the most unique historic structures in the country. The five-storey palace, built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, has 950 beautiful windows and symbolizes Jaipur.
Entry fee: INR 10 for Indians; INR 30 for non Indians
Located in Abhaneri area of the city, Chand Baori is one of the most spectacular step wells in the country. Built in the 9th century, this stunning 4-sided masterpiece is 100 m deep and has 3,500 narrow steps. This beautiful baori is a favourite with photographers. Don’t forget to click some pictures when you are here!
Entry fee: No entry fee
Albert Hall Museum
Albert Hall Museum, also known as the Government Central Museum, is where you can get a taste of Jaipur’s rich history and culture. It has an amazing collection of art, sculpture, pottery, arms and armour making it an art and history buff’s paradise.
Entry fee: INR 20 for Indian visitors; INR 150 for non Indians
Chokhi Dhani Village
We all know about this beautiful place en route to Jaipur from Delhi! Spread over an area of 10 acres, Chokhi Dhani Village is a landscaped area dotted with platforms and machaans where different folk artists perform. Every evening, a village fair is hosted showcasing the vibrant colours of Rajasthani culture. The place has a lot to offer to the travellers.
Entry fee: Traditional Rajasthani dining–INR 500 for adults, INR 300 for children; AC Royal Rajasthani dining–INR 700 for adults, INR 450 for children
A shopper’s paradise in every sense, the Pink City has a lot on its platter for people who love to shop. The Tripolia Bazaar is famous for trinkets, rugs, carpets, brassware and utensils. Maniharon ka Rasta is the main highlight of this bazaar and very famous for “lac” bangles.
Chandpol Bazaar is one of the famous flea markets in Jaipur from where you can pick up beautiful and intricate marble showpieces as souvenirs. You can even buy jewellery, colourful fabrics and other knick knacks here at very reasonable rates.
Dal Baati Churma
Dal Baati Churma is a complete meal in itself. While the dal or lentil curry, is served with baati, a roundel of stuffed flour that is baked over charcoal, churma is made with flour, jaggery or sugar and a generous helping of ghee. The dhabas near Sindhi Camp serve up delicious dal baati churma at very down to earth rates.
The name itself sounds tempting, isn’t it? Mirchi vadas are quite a hit among foodies in Jaipur. Prepared by dunking chillies in besan (chickpea flower) and then deep frying them, mirchi vadas make for an amazing delicacy. The mirchi vadas at Sodhani Sweets are very famous.
Pyaaz ki Kachori
Another favourite with locals and tourists alike, pyaaz ki kachori is a must try when in Jaipur. Filled with pyaaz or onions and spices, the kachori makes for a great evening snack. You can stop at Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar to savour some of these.
One of its kind theme park, Elefantastic is the only place where you’ll be welcomed by a baby elephant, sounds interesting, isn’t it? The theme park aims promoting understanding of elephants and protecting them. While here, you can indulge in several activities such as playing with elephants, painting them or taking them for a swim. A visit to Jaipur is incomplete without an elephant safari at this theme park.
Entry fee: INR 80 per person
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
Situated in a restored haveli, Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing takes you through an in-house tour of block printing. The museum showcases a variety of textiles, manufacturing techniques, speciality and quality of the fabric and the printing process. Interestingly, at this museum, you can try your hands at block printing and create your very own designs. Moreover, you can even take your creations back home as souvenirs.
So if you have a quick trip in mind and want to explore Jaipur on a budget, keep this list handy. Don’t forget to check out hotels in Jaipur to find comfortable budget accommodations in the city.
How to reach: Jaipur is well-connected via train, bus or flight. If you are planning to travel via trains, do check the train schedule so that you can plan well in advance.