The epitome of royalty, rich food, colours and warm hospitality, the ‘Pink City of India’, Jaipur, is an important gateway to Rajasthan. While there are many famous places to visit in Jaipur like Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, etc., Jaipur’s real beauty and thrill lie in the unique experiences the city has to offer. Surprisingly, there are several offbeat things to do in Jaipur that give a truly new meaning to the city’s vibrancy.
5 Best Offbeat Things to Do in Jaipur
- Try Your Hand at Pottery at the Clay Botik
- Catch A Glimpse of the Untamed Beasts at Jhalana Safari Park
- Bicycle Ride around Jaipur
- Fly High in a Hot Air Balloon
1. Try Your Hand at Pottery at the Clay Botik
If you have admired potters for their art and immersive work with clay, here is your chance to get your hands dirty, and try moulding a few pieces. There are a number of workshops conducted at this place as well. This will help you explore your creative side from a new perspective altogether. You will be the owner, whose work with clay and ceramics will be etched in your memory for a long time. You can either book a session, or go for an entire week of training, a rich experience which can be enjoyed by the entire family.
The shortest session lasts for 1.5 hours, and teaches you the basics of pottery. You can also choose from a 2-day or a 7-day workshop for Wheel Pottery, and a 2-day or 4-day workshop for Hand Pottery.
Location: 29, Panchsheel Enclave, Near Hotel Clark’s Amer, J L N Marg, Jaipur – 302018
Cost: Rs. 2,000 per night
Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM
2. Catch A Glimpse of the Untamed Beasts at Jhalana Safari Park
Jhalana Safari Park is situated in the heart of Jaipur and houses more than 20 leopards, the majestic beasts. The twin lakes named Chandlai and Barkheda, are the perfect spots to catch stunning water-bird species. The best time to visit Jhalana Safari Park is between November and March. During this period, bird activity is also at its peak. The perfect time to take your cameras out and capture the majestic Flamingoes, Egrets and Blue Bulls. Spread across 17.2 square kilometres, this place is a must visit if you are in or around Jaipur.
Location: 29 Central Road, Malviya Nagar Industrial Area, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur – 302017
Cost: Rs. 2,200 per person
Timings: 6:45 AM to 9:15 AM, 3:45 PM to 6:15 PM
3. Bicycle Ride Around Jaipur
If you are an adventure as well as a fitness freak, this particular activity will sound very alluring. You can plan a 3-hour trip on a bicycle on the streets of Jaipur to get a closer look at the Rajasthani tradition and culture. Touring any city on a cycle is definitely a memorable experience.
The best part is that you can stop at will and try the best of local food joints serving lip-smacking dishes, while exploring the narrow lanes and alleys. Cycling around the ‘Pink City’, discovering the untold stories of the city, is as thrilling as it sounds.
Location: E – 52 Amrapali Marg, E – 52, Amrapali Marg Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur 302012
Cost: Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 2,500 depending upon location
Timings: 10:30 AM – 5 PM
4. Fly High in a Hot Air Balloon
Flying in a hot air balloon is itself an exhilarating experience. Add the view of flying above forts and Jal Mahal and you’ll have the time of your life. These hot air balloons take off at dawn after the passengers are briefed. You will be one of the few who experience a bird’s eye view of the city, something you’ll cherish for life.
The pristine beauty of Jaipur will take your breath away as you slowly drift over this charming city. The trip ends with delicious snacks and beverages. You do need ample time for a hot air balloon ride, and we highly recommend the unique experience.
Location: Amer Road, Close to the Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Cost: Approximately Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 12,000
Timings: 6 AM to 9 AM | 4 PM to 7 PM
There are several places in Jaipur that offer an adrenaline pumping paragliding experience. You can take training sessions before the actual flight or go tandem paragliding in Jaipur, a safer bet. Some adventure operators also record the stunning flight on a camera and give certificates, to be cherished as memories once you’re back home. These will last a lifetime. One of the best adventure things to do in Jaipur, paragliding is an ideal activity for a group of friends or for any daredevil couple!
Cost: Approximately between Rs. 2,500 – Rs 3,500
These are some of the most exciting and adventurous experiences that you can have in Jaipur. The authentic traditional Rajasthani experience, blended with the exciting offbeat things to do in Jaipur makes up for memories of a lifetime. So make your lodging arrangements by booking a hotel, and set on a sojourn you will never forget.
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