India is a melting pot of various cultures which exist simultaneously and each add their own color to form an intricate masterpiece. Whether it is the beautiful snow covered mountains of Kashmir or the burning golden sands of Rajasthan, each city has something different and exotic to offer. Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City’ is a beautiful place which exudes an old world charm through its ancient palaces and monuments. One of the most preferred tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Jaipur is breathtaking in its beauty. Along with all the usual tourist spots like the Sheesh Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal, you must visit local places to live a little slice of the city in all its glory. Below are four local places you ought to experience in Jaipur:
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing: The Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing has been established to preserve the ancient art of Rajasthani block printing. Spread across three floors of a renovated Haveli, you can acquaint yourself with the entire process of block printing. One of the most attractive features of a trip to the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing is the live demonstration of this technique. There is also a museum store which has a display of a number of show pieces, and hand printed fabrics. It also houses an organic café which serves some delectable food.
Dera Amer Elephant Polo: Close to the Amer Palace, the Elephant Polo is a magnificent camp set against a beautiful location. While you drink in the beauty of the lush landscapes, you can also indulge in some adventurous activities. A horse safari and elephant safari are the major attractions and you can avail of these both while enjoying a delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and high-tea for your highness!
Crash cooking: You can also enroll for a crash cooking course, while in Jaipur. Learn to make exotic dishes and put your culinary skills to the test. This crash cooking course is held in batches and it is a good idea to pre-book your slot to avoid disappointment. This is certainly an experience you wouldn’t want to miss!
Ladli Vocational Training Center: A shelter for underprivileged girls, the Ladli Vocational Training Center is a real peek into the lives of those who have very little to speak of. These girls are so filled with warmth that you will be taken aback at how lovely their little world is. While this isn’t what one may call a tourist attraction, it is most certainly a place to visit for its sheer vibe. You can contribute to the education and life essentials of these little girls by buying knick knacks and handicrafts from here.
To understand the true flavor of a place, you need to put yourself in the shoes of the locals. Be sure to see the real, human side of Jaipur after you have had your brush with Royalty. While choosing one of the hotels in Jaipur, select one that is close to the hustle bustle of city life so you don’t miss out on anything!