Have you seen the 2007 movie called The Bucket List? If you have then you will know how fulfilling and extraordinary it feels to be striking things off of it. Travelling and bucket lists are obviously inherently connected. The most fun kind of bucket lists are always the ones that list travel experiences! Because let’s face it – who would be excited about a bucket list full of chores anyway?
And speaking about travel, the vibrant and richly historic city of Jaipur is one of the best places to be having exciting experiences. Each corner of the city is filled with things to do. All you need to do is pack a backpack, grab a bottle of water and whistle at a nearby tuk-tuk! Once you are out the door, we can guarantee you won’t be coming back to your room without crossing at least half a dozen things off your Jaipur bucket list. But we get it!! Not everyone comes from home prepared with a categorized list of things to do. So keeping in mind the many adorable and forgetful travellers, here are 20 things that you can cross off your bucket list while in Jaipur.
1. Fort Tour
Jaipur is the home to some of the most extraordinarily built palaces and havelis. The amalgam of old world design and the essence of the royal generations long lost make visiting forts in Jaipur a very historically exciting thing to do. Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort are also recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. There is also the majestic Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh fort and Jaigarh fort, each unique and special in their own way. So not only will you be crossing off UNESCO certified sites, but you would also be privy to some of the most intricately created royal residencies of the world.
2. Cycling Tour of Nahargarh
For all you travellers who are bored of walking around huge forts – Nahargarh Fort offers cycling tours of the entire complex. Feel the fresh Jaipur breeze on your face as you course through giant archways, serene fort compounds and long pathways. You could also pay Aamir Khan a homage and strike a pose in the Nahargarh fort stepwell, featured in the celebrated Bollywood movie Rang De Basanti.
3. Chokhi Dhani
If you want to experience a glimpse of Jaipur in all its forms and colours then Chokhi Dhani is the place to be. It gives visitors a peek into the cultural and rural background of Rajasthan and intertwines several different unique experiences into a single rustic location. There are acrobats and street performers doing stunts and musical pieces, elephant and camel rides being offered, a restaurant serving traditional Rajasthani thalis, souvenir shops selling traditional arts and crafts, many mini-game stalls and food counters of lassi, rabri, kulfi, chaat etc.
4. Local Museums
This will be a pleasure for all the history buffs reading this! Museums are treasure troves of a city that can reveal a lot about its past. The City Palace museum is placed in Mubarak Mahal and holds a rich archive of silks, textiles, prints and jewellery worn by the royal figures residing in the palace. The Albert Hall Museum is another such gem which displays a variety of items ranging from metal works, sculptures, paintings, crystal ornaments, old coins, artifacts etc. The most exciting thing is still probably the Egyptian mummy on display.
5. Bhangarh Fort
Built in the 17th century, the Bhangarh Fort is steeped in eerie mysteries and paranormal stories. Legend says that the village of Bhangarh was cursed by a crooked wizard and has been invaded by restless spirits ever since. Well, we cannot guarantee whether you will see ghosts or not but we can definitely say that watching the sunrise from the top of the royal Bhangarh palace is going to be something stupendously memorable.
6. Chand Baori
Located an hour or so from Jaipur, this ancient stepwell is one of the most visually appealing structures around Jaipur. Built between 800 CE – 900 CE, it consists of over 3500 steps. This makes it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India and hence, one unmissable place to go to when in Jaipur. Innumerable Instagram pictures to follow!
7. Tasting Camel Milk
The Rajasthan Cooperative Dairy Federation has a very unique dairy initiative in the state. In all the Saras Milk Parlours, packaged camel milk is available on sale. Known to cure diseases like autism, cancer and diabetes; camel’s milk is extremely popular in the region. After all, when in Rome be a Roman.
Located around 150 kilometres from the city of Jaipur, Pushkar is the one place that is totally worth a days trip. It is the home to several beautifully constructed temples, a stunning lake and multitudes of themed charming cafes serving lip smacking food from a plethora of global tastes. And if you are in town during the early winter months – you could do yourself a bonus and see the Pushkar Camel fair. This fair is the biggest cattle fair in India and definitely deserves to be struck off every traveller’s list.
9. Hot Air Balloon Ride
This particular experience in a bit on the pocket heavy side, but truly a one of a kind affair. Gliding slowly over the majestic forts, quaint Rajasthani villages and rocky Aravalli ranges will definitely make for a vlog worthy day. Maybe you could even catch a few locals looking up to you in the big blue!
10. Patrika Gate
Jaipur aaye aur Patrika Gate na gaye?
Probably the most splendidly colourful and creatively designed structure in Jaipur, the Patrika Gate is the 9th gateway of the Pink city. One visit to this monument can ensure that your Instagram post needs are taken care of at least for a week or two. The mind-blowing pattern work and intricacy of this gate cannot be described in mere words – it is truly a visual only experience!
11. Blue Pottery Factory
It is such a basic thing to stroll into any shop and buy a bunch of blue pottery. Why not do the offbeat thing and actually visit a few of the factories that painstakingly produces these goods? The nearby village of Sanganer has quite a few such factories where you get a behind the scenes look at how the artifacts are actually given life by the skilled craftsmen. Heres a small tidbit to excite you – believe it or not, blue pottery is made with stone quartz and NOT clay!
12. Traditional Puppet Show
Jaipur is famous for its Kathputli naach (Puppet dance). Skilled puppeteers manoeuvre colourful handmade puppets of past kings, queens, princesses and animals. Through song and (puppet) dance, they tell stories of Jaipur’s rich and troubled past. These puppeteers can be found performing in many local restaurants and even on the streets of the bustling city.
13. Light and Sound Show at Amer Fort
Rajasthan Tourism Board hosts a spectacular son-et-lumière at the Amber Fort on most evenings. The show consists of brilliant laser presentations that highlight the local legends, folklore and celebrates the traditional musical maestros of the state. Timings for the show can be checked on the Rajasthan Tourism website.
14. Rajmandir Movie Night
Quite well known for its distinctive meringue like shape and breathtaking interiors, the Rajmandir movie theatre is also the oldest movie theatre in Jaipur. Needless to say, watching one masala flick in this age-old but technologically updated structure is a bucket list must!
15. Food Walk
What is Jaipur without its cuisine? The pink city offers to its visitors an awe-inspiring array of savoury and sweet dishes. From world famous street stalls to exquisite restaurants built inside actual steam engines – Jaipur can never disappoint in terms of delicacies. Some of the most unmissable treats are dal bati churma, laal maas, lassi, mirchi pakore, pyaaz parantha and the sweet ghevar.
16. Elefantastic Farm
Located around 15km away from the main city of Jaipur, the Elefantastic elephant farm is a must visit for all animal lovers. If you are sick and tired of elephants being used for rides at the touristy places; then a visit to this elephant farm will surely raise your spirits. Founded with the motto of elephant and human interaction, the farm ensures that the animals are treated with the utmost respect and care. The initiative even employs people from low-income marginalized families to take care of the elephants and run daily affairs. You can meet the elephants, feed them treats and even bathe them with your own hands. Delicious vegetarians meals are also available upon request. Now isn’t that a bucket list worthy experience?
17. Ziplining at Neemrana
The zip lining experience in the Neemrana fort is something a bit out of the box and a good choice for all you thrill junkies. Flying Fox offers 5 different zip lines in the Neemrana fort which cover the total distance of a whopping 1250 meters of zip flight. What can be better than zipping across a 15th-century fort and absorbing in the gorgeous views of the giant Aravallis? Maybe even grab a bite at the preciously decorated Neemrana restaurant afterwards!
18. Bagru Block Printing Workshop
This is another offbeat and quite eccentric experience that the city of Jaipur has to offer. This art workshop is handled by a man named Vijendra Chippa, who is the 6th generation offspring of a family of expert textile dyers and printers. He takes around groups of participants to the village of Bagru. He teaches participants all the basics of traditional Rajasthani Bagru block print – from choosing colours to measuring textiles to actually hand blocking a piece of dyed fabric! You can learn a lot in a day!
19. Galtaji Monkey Temple
A humungous temple complex built into an Aravalli mountain pass, the Galtaji temple is thronged by visitors all from all over the globe. You would think it is because of the beautiful architecture and the divinity surrounding the entire temple! But in fact, it is the hordes of monkeys that attract most to this place. Hand on our heart, the temple complex is filled with Rhesus Macaques monkeys of all shapes, sizes and genders. Happily going on about their own day, these monkeys can be seen playing with the pandit’s kids and taking peanuts and gram treats out of visitor’s hands with agile swiftness.
20. Stay at The Hosteller Jaipur
Since the list of things to see, taste, experience and feel in Jaipur is quite extensive – it would do you well to venture into the world of hostels. Not only will it be easy on the pocket, but you will also get to meet travellers like you from around the world. The hostel has a scintillating Morrocan styled terrace cafe to take care all your hunger pangs and comfortable dormitories (and private rooms) to ensure you and all your friends can sleep the night away after hectic days of travel. Our aesthetically curated itineraries for fort walks, food walks, pink city walks, Bhangarh trips, Pushkar trips etc. are also bound to make your Jaipur getaway much easier and extremely fun. Click here to check out our beautiful Jaipur hostel and tempt yourself to book a stay with us today!