5 Best Offbeat Places to Visit in Jaipur

Jaipur or the ‘Pink City, is a land of great historical significance. Home to palaces and mahals, Jaipur resonates in intelligent architecture, desert landscapes, cultural handicrafts and some stunning natural beauty. Besides, its grandeur is visible in the hotels in Jaipur, in its resorts and wedding destinations. All of this makes Jaipur an attractive and busy tourist destination. However, in spite of its popularity there are many offbeat places in and around Jaipur that are comparatively less crowded and unexplored. 

Here is taking a look at the top 5 off beat places in Jaipur.

Chandlai Lake

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At a distance of 30 km from the city is 140 year old inland water body called Chandlai Lake. The tranquil lake is home to a number of migratory birds and shelters over 10000 different bird species throughout the year. Most hotels in Jaipur can arrange for transport to this wonderfully blissful lake that calms the nerves with its peaceful and serene atmosphere. As for the company, there are enough birds to keep you busy unlike other popular destinations within the city that are crowded by tourists. A perfect day spent for honeymooners, loners or nature lovers, Chandlai Lake is for those looking for some time spent fruitfully in the lap of nature. 

Galta Temple

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A religious site, the Galta Temple also abounds in natural ethereal beauty. The temple is known for its seven natural springs or tanks that are called ‘kunds’. Pilgrims come from across the state to take a dip in its holy waters. The temple itself resembles a palatial complex constructed in pink sandstone and surrounded by hills all around. Built in the honor of Saint Galav the temple was built in the 18th century by Diwan Rao Kriparam. During sunset hordes of monkeys come to take a dip in the kunds and hence it is best to leave your hotels in Jaipur early in the morning to explore the temple and the surrounding area. 

Abhaneri

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Home to the largest and deepest step-well in India the Chand Baori, the quaint town of Abhaneri is still far from the most happening and crowded tourist attractions of Jaipur. A drive of about two hours from Jaipur city, the Chand Baori consists of 3500 steps over 13 stories. It is almost 100 feet into the ground and in spite of the heat the bottom of the step well is well aired with temperatures ranging between 5-6 degrees. The oldest parts of the well date back to the 8th century, whereas, the newer upper stories were built during the Mughal era.

Royal hotels in Jaipur

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There are a number of hotels in Jaipur that are heritage palaces converted to luxury resorts. Samode Palace with its intricate glass works and carvings and Mughal gardens is beautiful. The hotel organizes horse and camel rides that take one through the surrounding handicraft and desert villages. Neemrana Fort atop a hill is a sprawling heritage destination, whereas, the Dundlod Fort Heritage Hotel is steeped in rich history and intricate architecture. For those looking to spend a royal vacation in authentic luxury and top class amenities surrounded by the opulence of kings, a visit to any of the heritage hotels in Jaipur is worth an experience.

Jawahar Kala Kendra

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For those interested in the arts the Jawahar Kala Kendra is a perfect destination. The center was designed by Charles Correa based on Jaipur city’s plan with 9 squares and the central square left open. The blocks spread across the campus are home to museums, library, amphitheater and various arts and crafts displays. There is always usually something related to the arts or theatre that is being presented or performed here. The museums hold treasures of Rajasthan’s cultures and artistry. 

Jaipur’s has a strong tourism circuit and its easy accessibility also makes it a favorite amongst travellers. Hotels in Jaipur are a plenty and range from affordable to luxury, catering to a wide range of the tourist audience. Similarly, its attractions too are varied giving the tourist plenty of options to choose and pick from. Watch elephant polo match at Dera Amer, indulge in daring adventure activities at Neemrana, catch a movie at the iconic Rajmandir Cinema or visit the tranquility of Ramgarh Lake. Enjoy a puppet show at any regular restaurant or visit Bagru famous block printing and dyeing works. The possibilities to explore the less explored in Jaipur is limitless.