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Kanika Nevatia Sep 19 2014

How to explore Jaipur on a budget?

Pritha Manchanda Sep 19 2014
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Planning a weekend getaway and hoping to explore Jaipur on a budget? This list is guaranteed to help you with your holiday plans. The “Pink City” is a beautiful place that overwhelms you with its history, life, culture and food. Here’s how you can do it.

For History Buffs and Art Aficionados

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal in Jaipur or “Palace of Winds” is one of the most unique historic structures in the country. Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, this five-storey red sandstone palace has 950 beautiful windows. This was built essentially as a screen wall behind which women of the royal household could see the happenings on the streets without being observed.

Entry fee: INR 10 for Indians; INR 30 for non Indians

Hawa Mahal (by W3p706)

Chand Baori

Located in Abhaneri, Chand Baori is one of the most spectacular stepwells in India. Built in the 9th century, this stunning four-sided masterpiece is 100 m deep and has 3,500 narrow steps. This beautiful baori is a favourite with photographers.

Entry fee: No entry fee

Chand Baori (by Tunnu)

Albert Hall Museum

Also known as the Government Central Museum, Albert Hall Museum is where you can get a taste of Jaipur’s history. It has an amazing collection of art, sculpture, pottery, arms and armour making it an art and history buff’s paradise. The museum building itself, which comprises numerous towers, courtyards and archways, is a beautiful piece of architecture and truly worth a visit.

Entry fee: INR 20 for Indian visitors; INR 150 for non Indians

Albert Hall Museum (by vsvinaykumar)

Chokhi Dhani Village

Spread over an area of 10 acres, Chokhi Dhani Village is a landscaped area dotted with platforms and machaanswhere different folk artists perform. Every evening, a village fair is hosted showcasing the vibrant colours of Rajasthani culture. While here, you can simply walk around the museum, enjoy several folk performances and puppet shows or get yourself clicked in traditional Rajasthani attire at the photo studio located within the premises. The entrance fee also includes a very traditional sit down Rajasthani meal.

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

Chokhi Dhani Village (from the official Facebook page)

For Shopaholics

Tripolia Bazaar

Jaipur's 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. Things that you must pick up here are lac bangles, earrings and chokers, bracelets and “durris” (carpets) that are woven with beautiful human figure motifs and floral designs. Shopping at this bazaar is not very expensive and you can also use your bargaining skills to practise here.

Choker (by InExtremiss)

Chandpol Bazaar

Chandpol Bazaar in Jaipur 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.

Marble showpieces (from the official website of ixigo)

For Foodies

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. You only need to pay around INR 100 for a hearty meal here. There are many relatively cheap eating out options in the city making it very easy to explore Jaipur on a budget.

Dal Baati Churma (by Ivan Lian)

Mirchi Vadas

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.

Mirchi Vadas (by Piggy58)

Pyaaz ki Kachori

Available in almost all the local shops, 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.

Kachori (by Devika_smile)

Other Attractions

Elephant Safari

One of its kind, Elefantastic theme park is the only place where you’ll be welcomed by a baby elephant. This 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

Elefantastic (from the official website)

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, specialty 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.

Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing (from the official webiste)

This is how you can save some big bucks if you want to explore Jaipur on a budget. Don’t forget to check out hotels in Jaipur to find comfortable budget accommodations in the city.
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