Forget about text book travel if you really want to experience any place. God is in the details.
1. Drink Lassi @ Lassiwala, MI Road
Drink Lassi at Lassiwala, MI Road. If you have already been backpacking India, you know about the beautiful yet simple, and refreshing fresh drink called Lassi. Well, this is the original Lassi. The real thing. The drink wasn’t invented here, but this is definitely the best Lassi I’ve ever had!
2. Sunset walk at Central Park; live Indian Classical music
Take a walk at Central Park at sunset. Check out the musical fountain. Often, there are live music performances at this spot.
3 Cold Coffee, Jaipur Style!
Drink cold coffee at Statue Circle. The first (and most crowded) stall as you turn left toward Park Prime from Statue Circle. Nuff said!
4 Sunset & drinks at a ruined fortress
Spend an evening and have drinks at the Padao, Restaurant, up on hill at the Nahargarh Fort. Ever sat in a ruined, abandoned fortress and saw the sun go down on a marvellous city, echoing with history? Well, now’s your chance. The booze helps, of course.
5 Coffee at the Indian Coffee House, MI Road.
Have a breakfast coffee at the Indian Coffee House at MI Road. This place sits oblivious to the decades that have passed since it was built. Time worn cutlery and furniture, old time pricing and the slow feel of the morning lend magic to the Indian Coffee House.
6 Shopping in the Old City
Go shopping at Hawa Mahal. You may be risking your life doing so, if you are not a crowd person. But all the Rajasthani puppet dolls, Rajasthani bed-sheets, wall hangings, Jaipuri salwar kurtas you have heard about can be found here.
7 ride an elephant
Ride an elephant at Amer Fort. This is on the way to Nahar Garh Fort (mentioned above in point 4). Perhaps you could club these two visits. First ride the elephant at Amer, and then go up to Nahar Garh for sunset.
8 Finally, Capture the spirit of Jaipur through your camera
Spend the day with your camera, go for a stroll into the old (walled, pink city) if you dare. Just watch life happening, eat samosas/pakodas, and drink chai at a street side stall, and capture the day in your camera. Every sight is romance, thriving with culture and teeing with life.
Hope you find the magic in the candid side of travel in Jaipur, like I did.