5 offbeat places in Jaipur, unlike the touristy ones

Temples adjacent to Galtaji shrine

2021 brought us new hopes to travel. Post the vaccination drive in NCR, the husband planned an impromptu trip to Jaipur. Visiting the well known forts and palaces was definitely not in the plan but the unusual ones. In case you are tired of visiting the touristy attractions, here are 5 offbeat places in Jaipur.

Galta ji Temple

Galtaji Temple in Jaipur
Galtaji temple shrine

Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the god of monkeys, Galtaji lies hidden in the Aravalli range, 10km away from Jaipur. The journey you take through the forest and curvy roads to reach the ancient temple is breathtaking.

Galtaji temple is known to have a natural water spring (kund) in which pilgrims take holy bath. Unfortunately, post the pandemic outbreak, the main shrine and kund have been shut. There are two more ancient temples in the same premises, dedicated to Lord Ram and his various avatars.

Temples adjacent to Galtaji shrine
Temples adjacent to Galtaji shrine

Useful travel tips:

-Leave your mobile phones and hand bags in your car lest you should risk them to be snatched away by millions of monkeys in the premises.

-The management makes you register your name and contact details on galtaji.org before you enter the temple.

Entry fee- None. Parking fee is Rs 30 and Rs 100 for camera/mobile phones.

Timing– Sunrise to sunset

Time to spend– 30-40 mins

Sisodiya Rani Ka Bagh

Sisodiya Rani ka Bagh Jaipur
Sisodiya Rani ka Bagh exteriors

On the way to Galtaji temple, on your right side lies the beautiful Sisodiya Rani ka Bagh. Velvety green stretch of nature is reason good enough to visit this lovely garden.

Sisodiya Rani Ka Bagh
Multi layered garden

Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728 for his queen who hailed from Udaipur and wanted a separate palace to other queens in Amber. The place has a two tier level overlooking a large garden full of flowering plants, manicured lawn and fountains in several tiers. The large terrace with balconies covered with chhatris offer a marvellous view of the garden while you soaking in the cool breeze. Less footfall gives the garden a calming ambience and among the most amazing offbeat places in Jaipur.

Basking in soft morning light

Useful travel tips:

-Use of tripod is strictly prohibited inside Sisodiya Rani ka Bagh. For commercial photography or video shoots, one needs to obtain prior permission.

-Best time to visit is morning or evening when the weather is pleasant.

Entry fee- Rs 50

Timing– 8 am to 5 pm

Time to spend– 30-45 mins

The offbeat Chulgiri Jain Temple

On the outskirts of Jaipur within the Aravali range, the iconic Jain temple is a shrine for the Digambar Jain God. Though the uphill road to Chulgiri Temple is motorable, its difficult to hike on. The journey through the hilly roads is absolutely worth it as the moment you reach, the calming vibes fill your soul with tranquility.

Picture credit: Tripadvisor

Believed to be originated in 1953, several statues of the Jain gods were constructed at different points in time. April 1966 saw the construction of 7 feet tall idol of Bhagwan Parshvnath along with smaller statues of Mahaveer Swami and Bhagwan Neminath. The all-white marble temple has extremely peaceful ambience.

The canteen serves hygienic and delicious food at economical price. We had full lunch at Rs 60 each!

Useful travel tips:

-No photography allowed in and around the temple. Visitors have to deposit their mobiles phones, bags, camera in a locker.

-Women if not wearing a saree, must cover their heads. Revealing clothes are considered indecent and you may not be allowed to enter the temple.

Entry fee– None

Timing– Sunrise to 8 pm

Time to spend- 1 to 2 hours

Panna Meena ka Kund

Panna Meena ka Kund
Panna Meena ka Kund

Merely a kilometer away from the revered Amer fort lies a symmetrical step well. Panna Meena ka kund derived its name from the king of Meena dynasty. The criss cross steps of the wall surround the 200 feet deep well which is full of water throughout the year. The architecture of the well makes it worth visiting and taking memorable pictures against its beautiful backdrop.

Panna Meena Stepwell
Posing against the kund’s criss cross steps

The narrow lanes through the village that take you to the kund are under constructed. The kund premises serves as a community center for villagers around to hold small gatherings or celebrations.

Useful travel tips:

-Visitors are not allowed to go into the kund.

-Photography is allowed only till the first few steps. Commercial photography/shoot costs Rs 5000 which required permission from the authority.

Entry fee- None. Park your vehicle for free nearby.

Timing– 7 am to 6 pm

Time to spend– 30 mins

Gaitore ki Chhatriyan

Gaitore cenotaphs

Gaitore ki Chhatriyan tops the list of offbeat places in Jaipur. The cluster of cenotaphs is the royal crematorium grounds for the Kachhwaha community, the rulers of those times. Located at the foothills of Nahargarh fort, the premises houses palaces without doors and ornate pillars. Covered by chhatris, each structure has intricate carvings from the ceilings to the base.

The most royal and beautiful cenotaph is of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Made of white marble, it has intrinsic carvings of gods, musical performance and the royal lifestyle of that era.

Read about our trip to another gorgeous cenotaph Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri in Alwar here.

Entry fee: Rs 40 for Indian adults and Rs 20 for Indian students, Rs 100 for International tourists and Rs 50 for children.

Timing– 9:30 am to 5 pm

Time to spend– 45 mins to 1 hour

If you discover more such offbeat places in Jaipur, do let us know in comments.

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