Jaipur, popularly known as the “Pink City”, and “Paris of India”, is the capital of Rajasthan state, India. Jaipur is worldwide famous for unique Architecture, Vastu, Astrology, Forts, Monuments, Palaces, Art and Craft, Culture and last but not least for unique Food. Heritage of year 1727 is still alive in Jaipur which is the main attraction of Jaipur tour. Main attractions of Jaipur tour are Amber fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Galta temple, Birla temple, Govind dev ji temple and Albert hall museum for sight seeing.
Jaipur was founded on 18th November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a Kachawaha Rajput, who ruled from 1699-1744. Initially his capital was Amber (now pronounced as Amer), lies at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II felt the need of shifting his capital city because of safety reasons as it was likely to be attacked by a Mughal King Bahadur Shah after the death of Aurangzeb. Jaipur is known as Heritage City because of its rich heritage culture, customs, traditions, fairs and festivals, civilization, and hundreds years old forts and monuments. The glorious architecture of Jaipur the Pink City is renowned across the world. Wonderful Forts and Monuments garland the entire city in a planned manner.
Jaipur is a fabulous city, a photographer’s paradise, and it literally takes your breath away. A city in a desert couldn’t have been more beautiful. And of course, if you’re doing the royal tour, it would be incomplete without travelling on the royal trains of Rajasthan, namely the Palace on Wheels, The Royal Orient Train, The Fairy Queen, The Heritage on Wheels and The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. In addition to this, it is best to always check the schedules of fairs and festivals of Jaipur at the time of planning your Jaipur tour so that you can witness colorful fairs and festivals of Jaipur.
Heritage Places to Visit in Jaipur
The elegance of this place makes it easy to believe that the Rajasthan royal family was once one of the most opulent in the country. A section of the palace has also been converted into a museum where you can see a display of royal clothing and weapons.
The name literally translates to ‘Palace of Winds’ and visiting this place proves why it is called so. Five stories with small windows and screens in rows allow the wind to roam freely in it. It was meant for the women of the royal household to watch the streets below.
The Jal Mahal
The Jal Mahal was built by Maharaja Madho Singh I to serve as a lodge for his duck hunting parties. The Mahal is a testament to the bond that was formed between the Rajput’s and Mughal Empire. The architecture of the palace has resemblance of both types of construction. The beauty of the palace was the enhanced by many generations of Maharajas. For example Maharaja Jai Singh II added to the beauty of the palace by creating gardens to make the Jal Mahal more picturesque. After generations of creativity we today have the magnificence of the “water palace”.
In 16th century, a fort was built by a trusted general of Akbar, Maan Singh. Later, Maan started to rule the area surrounding the fort which was called as the Amer state. The fort is now called as the Amer fort and the city is called as Jaipur. Amer fort or Amber fort is located a little away from the main city of Jaipur. It is an important tourist destination in this city.
Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory used to measure the distances and positions of celestial objects. India has a total of five such observatories the largest of which is in Jaipur. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur consists of 19 large instruments each serving a very specific purpose. The most significant among these is the Samrat Yantra which is the largest sundial in the country.
Cuisine of Jaipur
Rajasthani Cuisine is as rich as the Rajasthani culture. The Royal cuisine ranges from a wide variety of spicy food items, to a bunch of mouth-watering sweets. In fact, the ghee drenched food, can make anyone drool. Jaipur, Rajasthan’s most-visited city, is home to architectural and historical wonders like Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jal Mahal. Big on tourism and a much-visited shopping destination, it is a delight for food lovers too. From traditional Rajasthani food with jewels such as dal baati churma, laal mass, keema baati, ker sangri to delicious meals in the form of Rajasthani thalis, delectable desserts like ghewar and the always-irresistible kulfi, the food in Jaipur offers a multi-sensory, cultural experience. Jaipur rulers focused a lot on the quality and tradition of their kitchens too. Starting from the rituals of game meat serving to slow cooked meat, this cuisine is filled with richness. Since Jaipur is surrounded by ample amount of desert region, the cuisine focuses on beans and berries that are common in this area. For spices, they add dried and shredded mango, red chilies, coriander and fresh turmeric. Dried wild leaves that are found in the desert are used to create soothing curries.
Lip Smacking Rajasthani food in Jaipur
Dal Bathi Churma
The trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without having Dal-Bati-Churma. A fusion of three separate food, it is a complete supper in itself. It is most popular food of the pink city. Bati is a heated ball produced using flour which is then dipped in ghee and consumed with the dal. Churma is a flaky sweet dish created using flour that runs with the dish. No Rajasthani merry or wedding menu is finished without this famous food.
Ghevar is one of the sweet dish of Jaipur which is traditionally prepared with the Teej Festival. It is disc-shaped, and made from oil, flour and sugar syrup. It is also famous outside of Jaipur. There are many varieties of Ghevar, including plain, mawa and malai ghevar.
Gajak of Jaipur has its taste and flavors which you can’t find at whatever other place in India. Gajak is a dry sweet, made of sesame seeds or “til” as they are known in Hindi. It’s “til” cooked in sugar syrup and set in slight layers, that can be put away for a considerable length of time.
Ker Sangri is a dish which originated years back when drought struck Rajasthan.These vegetables are grow in the extremely hot conditions of Rajasthan and the famine struck families prepared this sabzi along with all the spices and the result was indeed worth it.
Street food in Jaipur
The city is known for one more thing and that is its delectable cuisines. Yes, we are talking about authentic Rajasthani dishes that are really high on the taste quotient. Dishes ranging from dal-baati-churma to laal maas, keema baati, ghewar, kulfi and a whole lot of other dishes that a treat for your taste buds. Rajasthani people sure know how to live in grandeur and their food is as mind blowing as their living style. When visiting this exquisite city people often get confused with such varied option of dishes. The local street food of this city is spicy, tangy, ghee-dripping and simply irresistible. Savoring the dishes here is not just about tasting the local cuisines- it is a cultural experience! So here is a list of famous street food which you must try if you are in Jaipur.
Golgappa at Chawla’s and Nand’s
The spicy wonder also known as puchka and paani-puri are something out of this world and everyone’s (well almost) favourite dish. Gol Gappas are the quintessential Indian street snack for a quintessential evening stroll, with every city claiming its own unique flavours and touches. When in Jaipur, eat the gol gappas at Nand’s and Chawla’s, both situated in Raja Park. Try the golgappas at both the stalls and decide for yourself which one’s actually the best!
Pyaaz Kachori at (Rawat Mishthan Bhandar)
If there were a flag of Jaipur cuisine, pyaaz ki Kachori would be the emblem in the middle. This essential deep fried delight is the epitome of combining simple ingredients for a perfect taste. Sindhi Camp’s Rawat Mistan Bhandar is one of the best food places in Jaipur that serves this signature snack.
Masala Chai at (Gulab Ji Chaiwala)
If you are a tea-lover this place should be a must and on top of your list. Situated opposite Ganpati Plaza this place is renowned for their masala chai and bun-muska. The hot chai high served with the bun-muska is sure to make every tea-lover sing praises for this place. You can also try the bun-samosa which a speciality of this place and is a craze among the locals.
Note: This place closes down at 6 pm so make sure to visit it earlier!
Kaathi Roll at (Al Bake)
If your late night sojourn has left you famished and you are looking for a quick yet satisfying bite, then the kathi chicken rolls and shawarma rolls at Al Bake – The Chicken Paradise situated on MI Road is the place to be. The paneer tikka here is a good choice for vegetarians.
Kulfi Falooda- A winning Combination
Archetypal street scenes are played daily on Bapu Bazaar, a confluence of traders, shoppers and wanderers. The area is a hotspot for famous street food in Jaipur, and the kulfi faluda available at Shop Number 28 is a traditional dessert that simply cannot be missed. Raja Park’s Pandit’s Kulfi which also has an old city outlet is where you will find some of the best kulfis in town, served on a leaf.
Shrikhand at (Falahaar)
Falahaar is a small food joint here that serves a regional special – shrikhand. This strained yoghurt dessert is not the only crowd favourite, do try the sabu dana khichdi at this landmark street food joint. The mango kalakand is another special here.
Chicken Tikka at (Sethi Barbeque)
The city is not as vegetarian as you would imagine and Raja Park’s Sethi Barbeque is a popular destination for those looking for a quick yet scrumptious grill that is worth every penny. You can also sit in your car and enjoy a chicken tikka, accompanied with tandoori roti.
Best Restaurants to Dine in Jaipur
Virasat, as the name suggests carries the tradition in the food that they serve. Imagine sitting on silver stools and being served like a king. Or for a better experience, where you wish to enjoy the traditional Rajasthani thali on gaddis on floor. Moreover, the musicians played Tabla and Santoor and the folk dance transports you to the older times. Of course, this place is expensive, but the quality of food and service compromises the extra dimes you spend for the meal.
This restaurant lives up to its name. The imperial ambience with regal chairs, gold enameled walls and magnificent tables takes you back in time. The elegant decor and romantic outdoors create a perfect ambience to watch the sun go down in style. Their menu comprises a mix of Mughlai, Rajasthani and North Indian delights. Food is served on silver plates with silver cutlery to reflect royalty. The Lal Maas really stood out. It was so tender that the meat was falling off at the bone. The Jungli Maas, Sula Biryani and Paneer Aftab certainly hit the spot.
Address: Level 2, Jaleb Chowk, Near Sheela Mata Temple, Amer Palace, Amer
If you’re shopping at Bapu Bazaar, Natraj is just a stone’s throw away on MI Road and is a good option for thalis. They offer a huge variety – from Chinese, Continental, South Indian to a range of mini thalis. It’s been there for around 40 years and besides their range of sweets, the dahi vadas, kachoris, chaat and samosas are extremely popular.
Aapno gaon portrays the true image of villages from Rajasthan. For this reason, this place is a perfect getaway for one day, to sit back, relax and enjoy the traditional food. The huge variety of food and other fun activities at a rock bottom price is the reason why this place is famous among people.
Location : Road 14, Bypass New Loha Mandi Road, Vishwakarma Industrial Area, Sikar Road.
This restaurant lives up to its name – it’s set in a lovely courtyard and offers the some of the spiciest dishes in Rajasthani cuisine. If you’ve tried laal maas and find it fiery yet delicious try junglee maas, a mutton dish cooked in just red chillies, garlic, onion and of course oodles of ghee. It’s a traditional tribal recipe from the Aravalli hills. The moment you take the first bite you realise that it’s not meant for the faint hearted.
Address: Achrol House, Jacob Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur
LAXMI MISTHAN BHANDAR
The place might be small, the ambience might be too busy, and loud but, the taste is guaranteed. You can taste numerous types of sweets and delicacies here. Top dishes to try are ghewar, milk cake and others. It is a vegetarian food restaurant, which also serves satvik food, food that is served in temples.
Address: 100, Johari Bazaar
This lively cafe is definitely a hotspot for the young lot. The interiors are edgy and the menu is very creative with a new-wave of fusion treats like Flowery Flirt Tea, Cheese Puchkas and Pesto Khakra Pizzas. Familiar ingredients are thrown together in surprising combinations. The Ishpecial Vada Pav with cheese and chutneys is a real steal.
Address: B4 E, 3rd Floor, Surana Jewellers, Opposite Central Park, Prithviraj Road, C Scheme.
Destinations for Street Food in Jaipur
MI Road – Masala Tea, Sweets, Lassi And Snacks
Fashion Street – Golgappas and Chaat Items
Raja Park – Chicken Tikka And Other Non-Veg Snacks
Sarogi Mansion – Srikhand
Bapu Bazaar – Kulfi, Faluda and Others
A city’s street food culture is a reflection of the people’s lives, daily routines and collective indulgences. Wandering along Rajasthan’s capital and venturing into the local and accessible cuisines that dot the city; you will get a feel of everyday life. The common man is alive and thriving in a city known for its royals and the famous food of Jaipur is a testimony to this. Go on a culinary adventure in the Pink City and do share you experience with me. With this list of the best food places in Jaipur, you can start off on your food trail and be completely awed by the hospitality of this grand city. Happy Munching!
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