Jaipur is one of the few cities in India offering many places to explore and things to do. It is not uncommon for people to revisit Jaipur. For first-time travelers, places to visit in Jaipur are quite sorted with Amer Fort, Jaipur City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, to name a few. Travelers who are revisiting Jaipur after a decade or more don’t mind revisiting all these places. However, for frequent travelers, the pink city offers so much more.
Offbeat & Unique Things To Do In Jaipur
Here is a Jaipur travel guide with offbeat & unique things to do. This is a 2 day Jaipur itinerary. The below places or activities can be undertaken as per suitability.
Jawahar Kala Kendra
Jawahar Kala Kendra remains a well-recognized hub for art, craft & theatre in Jaipur. It is popularly called JKK. It was designed by the famous architect Charles Corea. He was inspired by the 9 square layout concept of the walled city of Jaipur. It is a unique building constructed with red sandstone.
JKK is always buzzing with the creative souls of the city. If you are an art, craft, photography, or theatre lover, you must visit JKK. Events like art exhibitions or photography exhibitions or workshops are hosted regularly. Check with the JKK website for updated information.
One of the unique spaces in JKK is Shilpgram. It recreates the Indian village set-up and is an exhibition site. Read an in-depth guide on Jawahar Kala Kendra |The Artists’ Station
Jhalana Leopard Safari
It surprises how Jhalana Leopard Safari has become enormously popular in less than 5 years. It is rated as a leading place to sight leopards in India. While Jhalana has always been home to numerous leopards, it was closed to the public a few years ago. The area is accessible only by booking a safari tour. Jhalana is located not far from the heart of the city; very close to Jaipur airport. It is safer to book the tour in advance as the tickets get sold out very fast. Even though leopards are the top attractions in the Jhalana forest, there are many more things to witness. There are a variety of birds like Rufous Treepie, peacock, or swallows. One of the most notable trees in the Jhalana forest is the Anogeissus Pendula tree. Read Hunting Lodge in Jhalana
Heritage Walking Tour In Jaipur
Heritage walking tour in Jaipur offers a whole new possibility of gaining a more thorough look at the history & culture of the city. While forts and palaces feature high on the list of travelers, many are choosing to replace a few of these with walking tours. Walking tours are extremely popular in Europe, and lately, the interest in this part of the world is also rising at a rapid pace. Since it is a personal experience, it is crucial to select the walk leader carefully. Before you enroll for any tour, make sure you have a brief interaction with the walk leader rather than the front-end person. Good communication skills and knowledge of the walk leader are important. The walking tours in Jaipur take place in the UNESCO World Heritage site area- the walled city. There is so much to see and experience in the walled city.
Read more about the Heritage walking tours in Jaipur
Gaitore has been gaining prominence due to Instagrammers. It has still not become popular among most tourists. Gaitore contains magnificent tombs of the erstwhile rulers of Jaipur. Some of the structures built in white marble are incredibly beautiful. A few dates back to more than 275 years.
Gaitore attracts many solo female travelers. It is however considered a secret place since it is tucked away from popular tourist attractions. Read an in-depth guide on Royal Gaitore
Despite being in the heart of the city, Central Park in Jaipur is not well-known among travelers. It is a vast green space in the C-Scheme area encompassing a polo and a golf club. Central Park is situated north of Rambagh, an iconic hotel in Jaipur.
If you love jogging or running, this is the best place to be. Central Park remains an excellent place to unwind in an open green space after a hectic exploration in the pink city. Grab a coffee from Curious Life Coffee Roaster located close by before you head to the park. Read an in-depth Central Park Guide
Nahargarh Zoological Park
Nahargarh Zoological Park took shape a couple of years ago as the plan to shift the old Jaipur zoo to the present-day location. The old zoo in Ramniwas Garden near Albert Hall did not have enough space to accommodate new species. There is a big focus on spacious, large enclosures; something lacking in the old layout of the zoo. The new zoo is situated in Amer Kukas. If you are visiting Jaipur with kids, they will definitely enjoy a visit to Nahargarh Zoological. Read Nahargarh Zoological Park Travel Guide
Sanganer Hand Block Printing
Until a few years ago, Sanganer represented a small village or settlement situated around 20 km from the heart of Jaipur city. At present, it is part of Jaipur city, located close to the airport.
Sanganer has been a significant center for block-cutting and printing units; some estimates suggest there are more than 5000-6000 block printers or more than 200-300 units. Vibrant floral and geometric patterns imprinted on the white & off-white cotton fabric is a distinct Sanganer style block printing. It is fascinating to witness this process and buy this fabric, furnishing, and clothes in Sanganer.
Kishan Bagh Sand Dunes
Kishan Bagh is an interesting eco-restoration project spearheaded by Pradip Krishen in association with the Jaipur Development Authority. It is one of its kind of place in Jaipur.
The only other similar project is Rao Jodha Desert Park in Jodhpur. The ticket cost includes charges for naturalists. There are so many fascinating aspects of nature unknown to us revealed in this guided tour. A great place for nature lovers and inquisitive minds. Here is an in-depth guide for Kishan Bagh Sand Dune
Hot Air Balloon ride
Hot air balloon rides in Jaipur are operational for a couple of years. Operated by Sky Waltz company, these rides operate in the vicinity of the city. These are popular among international travelers. However, due to the steep prices, it is yet to become popular among Indian travelers. It is one of the few adventure activities in Jaipur. Read Hot air balloon ride in Jaipur
Visit Quaint Places
There are many less explored and quaint places. I have written about a few in my blog. Places like Naila village are great for explorers who love the small-town experience. It is merely 18-20 km from Jaipur. Read Naila village tucked in time
Similarly, the Taj Ramgarh Lodge in Jamwa Ramgarh is an outstanding weekend getaway in Jaipur. The serene rustic landscape in this boutique property is highly recommended during the monsoon and winter seasons.
Volunteering With NGOs
Not so popular among Indian travelers until now, the concept has found a home in the minds of slow travelers. There are many NGOs in Jaipur requiring volunteers. I have written about one such in one of my posts on the blog – The resilient childhood
Watch A Sunrise In Jaipur
Witnessing a sunrise is one of the most spiritual experiences. There are many places to experience a sunrise in Jaipur. Read Local’s guide to the best sunrise places in Jaipur
This is not an exhaustive list; there can be many more places to visit and things to do in Jaipur. If you are a first-time visitor to the pink city, check out How to explore the best of Jaipur in 2 days, an in-depth Jaipur travel guide. If you don’t have two days to explore the pink city, check out Jaipur in one day.