Jaipur makes for the Golden Triangle of the country apart from Delhi and Agra and this place is just about jewellery and handicrafts and kachoris. The capital city of Rajasthan will not fail to surprise you when it comes to giving travellers an experience of a lifetime. Also known as the “Pink City” the city is always buzzing with a vibrant exuberance.
Jaipur sees many spellbinding festivals, ornamented elephant décor and busy bazaars that give the city it’s much talked about character. Jaipur happened to be the first planned city of India and the colour pink chosen as it symbolizes “hospitality’ as the Queen and Prince of England were visiting. The city offers much more to do that basking in the royal glory of the forts and visit a to the Man Sagar Lake. Here’s a list of the lesser known experiences that one should indulge in while here.
Rajasthan has always been known for its mysterious and extraordinary places. Being a dry state this place sees many stepwells that were built over a thousand years ago and one of them being Abhaneri (originally named as Abha Nagri that means City of Brightness), built by King Raja Chand of Gurjar Kingdom in 9th century. Chand Baori – is considered the deepest and largest stepwell in India. The baoli sees 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry, which descend 20m to the bottom of the well. The steps are constructed in a magical maze form and light and shade very playfully make it look much captivating.
There are stairs on the three sides while the fourth side sees a pavilion with carved jharokhas, galleries supported on pillars and along with beautiful sculptures. The baoli is dedicated to Harshat Mata (goddess of joy and happiness).
How about taking a sneak peek into some of the lost art craft while you are in the city? So here’s Anokhi Museum that’s housed in a restored haveli that houses the dying art forms from old traditions to contemporary designs. One can watch craftsman doing some intricate wooden printing blocks and you can have own sari or T-shirt get printed here also. A Pandora’s Box for craft and block print lovers, this place is the cultural endeavor of Anokhi clothing brand. Holding a UNESCO certification, from time to time the museum also organizes educational programs and workshops that focus around various ancient crafts.
Address- Anokhi Haveli, Near Badrinath Temple, Kheri Gate, Amber, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302028.
If the biggest mammal on land enchants you, Elefantastic, the ethical elephant sanctuary in near Jaipur should be your stop when here. This farm gives the guests a great opportunity to interact with these gentle giant in a much ethical way and one can also feed and wash them and later decorate them with nontoxic chalks. The “mahout,” or keeper is always there for company. The sanctuary is spread over a huge plot of land and the elephants live in their own individual houses. This is one of the most enjoyable travel experience that one can enjoy during their stay in the city
Address- 113 & 114, 1st Floor, Kishore Niwas, Tripolia Bazaar, Opposite Sargasuli, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002.
Handmade paper always has its own charm and going by the same Salim Bhai who head’s the Salim’s Paper group of enterprises started in a very humble way the handmade papermaking in a small shed. The paper here is made from fabric scraps and often decorated with petals or leaves. The factory produces around 40,000 sheets a day and it’s a delight to see the actual production process. The final product – beautiful sheets are worth admiring.
Salim’s Paper happens to be the largest handmade paper factory in India. Here one can see craftsmen have exhibited their talent and then you know why this has made big.
Address- Gramudyog, Sangenar, Jaipur