The Most Exciting Off the Beaten Track Jaipur Itinerary

Have you visited Amber Fort and the Royal Palace already? Or are you simply looking to visit somewhere without herds of tourists? If so, you’re in the right place! Check out this off the beaten track Jaipur itinerary. Find Jaipur’s hidden gems right here.

Street art in Jaipur, India

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Jaipur itinerary – Off the beaten track

Cafe facing the Hawa Mahal (Wind Temple)

Start this itinerary in the heart of Jaipur, at Hawa Mahal. Hawa Mahal is a pink palace in the centre of Jaipur. As Karl Pilkington once said, “you’re better off living in the hole looking at the palace, then living in the palace and looking at the hole.” The same can be said about Hawa Mahal. For this exact reason, we chose to not pay the 200 Rupees ($2.81) entrance fee to go inside.

Instead, we admired the beauty of this building from a nice rooftop cafe, whilst enjoying tea and biscuits. There are a few cafes to choose from. Of course, the price of tea is double the price that you would pay on the streets, but you do get the privilege of an amazing view. We ordered a pot of tea and 2 biscuits for 120 Rupees ($1.69).

Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, India
The view of Hawa Mahal from a coffee shop across the street

Jal Mahal

Jal Malah is a palace in the centre of Man Sagar Lake. To get to Jal Mahal you can take a local bus from the corner of Hawa Mahal (the Wind Palace). The bus heads towards Amber Fort, so you’re planning to go to Amber Fort, this is a great off the beaten track stop to make along the way. It’s a nice place to sit overlooking the lake, whilst feeding the fish and ducks. You can buy food from the sellers along the promenade. Jake enjoyed throwing pieces of stale bread left by other visitors, but the fish were having none of it because a man next to us was throwing whole slices of bread. Jal Mahal is FREE to visit!

Jal Mahal - Jaipur, India
Meeting locals at Jal Mahal

Royal Gaitor

From Jal Mahal, hop into a tuk-tuk to the Royal Gaitor, which lies at the foot of Nahargarh Fort.  We loved strolling around this little garden tucked away in a quiet area. Not even the tuk-tuk drivers understood where we were asking to go. We had to direct them ourselves using maps.me. We’re so glad we made the detour to this place as the architecture is simply stunning. It’s situated on very quiet grounds and we got some fantastic photos. The entrance is just 30 Rupees ($0.42).

Royal Gaitor - Jaipur, India
Incredible architecture at the Royal Gaitor

Birla Mandir

Finally, end this off the beaten track Jaipur itinerary at Birla Mandir; a pretty white temple situated a few kilometres south of the city centre. You only need 20 minutes to visit the temple because it’s rather small. However, it’s still a beautiful place to see the locals carry out their daily prayers. Afterwards, you can have a snack at the many food stalls outside of the temple grounds. Birla Mandir is FREE to visit.

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Continuing your trip in India? Make sure to check out these things to do in Jodhpur. Or, if you’re heading to Delhi these things to do for first-timers.

Birla Mandir - Jaipur, India
Meeting more locals at Birla Mandir

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Why we skipped the tourist attractions in Jaipur

Recently, we’ve had a shift in the way we travel. There once was a time when we HAD TO visit every top attraction on the list no matter the cost and effort to get there. From the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, to Chernobyl in Ukraine, we wanted to see it all! However, 18 countries later and 2 years away from home, we have come to realise that travel is much more than just the main recommended tourist attractions.

For now, at least, we enjoy just being away. Exploring freely with no plans, experiencing from being around locals, tucking into local cuisines, and wandering to whatever we stumble upon. Of course, we still like to visit some major tourist attractions, but we no longer have the urge and strong desire to tick each one off the list. That’s why we decided to skip the “Insta famous” Amber Fort and Royal Palace in favour of these incredible hidden gems.

Where to stay in Jaipur

Villa 243 – Villa 243 is a small boutique hotel situated outside of the hustle and bustle of Jaipur. It’s the perfect couples retreat! The villa boasts on-site masseuse, a rooftop pool and restaurant, taxi services, and sky television. The design and decor are modern and contemporary.

Villa 243 lobby - Jaipur, India
Lobby to Villa 243 in Jaipur

Villa 243 is run by Mr Abhi and his very helpful staff. They welcomed us with a marigold necklace and made sure our stay was comfortable. We had a little trouble with the WiFi, due to a recent storm, but the staff went out of their way to get us reconnected.

Welcome at Villa 243 - Jaipur, India
We were welcomed with traditional flowers and a drink

Villa 243 is located a 5-minute walk from Vivek Vihar Subway Station, which is well connected to Chandpole Station. The subway ride is just 20 minutes to Chandpole in the clean and air-conditioned carriages. There is also a mall nearby with plenty of places to eat.

Villa 243 bedroom - Jaipur, India
Spacious but cosy room at Villa 243

Backpacker Panda Stephels If you’re looking for a more central and lively location, check out Backpacker Panda. They have both dorm rooms and private rooms to choose from. The hostel is very clean and is decorated with colourful art. The staff are also very welcoming and accommodating. The manager even took Katie’s ripped pants and stitched them for her, free of charge.

Backpacker Panda in Jaipur is colourful
Backpacker Panda in Jaipur is colourful

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Essential resources for travelling in India

Travel Insurance – No matter where you’re travelling to, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re covered for any accidents or losses. We spent days and weeks searching for insurance, but most insurers would not allow us to take out a policy as we were already abroad. Our personal choice is Safteywing. You can opt for automatic monthly payments, just like a subscription. More importantly, it is available in 180 countries and can be purchased whilst already travelling. There is no cap on the duration of travel.

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Visa – Before you travel to any country, make sure to check if you need a visa. iVisa is a fantastic website that is super easy and quick to use. Just type in where you are from. and where you are going. to check if you need a visa. If you do, you can quickly make an application online.

AccommodationBooking.com is our go-to when looking to pre-book accommodation online. Booking.com tend to almost always have the best rates and have a FREE cancellation policy for most properties.

Overland transport – Our go-to website for overland transport is Bookaway. Bookaway offer multiple forms of transport, from buses, mini-vans, trains, and ferries. The routes on offer are extensive and certainly cover most of the backpacker trails. Bookaway works a little like Skyscanner but for overland transport. You will find plenty of transport options from a range of companies. All you simply need to do is book online and receive your ticket by email. The email will contain essential information, such as where the bus leaves from and departure and arrival times.

Tours & activities – If you want to book tours and activities online, make sure to check out Get Your Guide. Get Your Guide takes the stress out of booking activities abroad. You will also find a range of benefits, such as skip the line passes, lunch included in your tours, and so much more.

Travel tips ebook -Before you head off on your adventure, make sure to download our free ebook. It has a whopping 109 budget travel tips to help you make your hard-earned cash go further. Click here to download your FREE ebook.

Make cash on the road – If you’re on a long trip, you may want to start earning whilst on the road. One way to do this is to teach English online. One of our favourite companies for this is Palfish, as the schedule is super flexible. You can open and close slots, as and when you choose, meaning you don’t have to commit to the same days and hours each week. Just make sure you are TEFL certified to apply!

There you have it guys! We hope you enjoyed reading this off the beaten track Jaipur itinerary. It’s nice to get away from the crowds of tourists sometimes, in favour of exploring the hidden gems. Not only do you have the places to yourself, but there are also more opportunities to connect with the locals too.

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*We were hosted complimentary by Backpacker Panda and Villa 243. All opinions are our own, based on our experience.*

22 thoughts on “The Most Exciting Off the Beaten Track Jaipur Itinerary

  1. Katherine says:

    I’m a fan of your new philosophy on travel! I still go to see some touristy places, but only if I find them interesting. I’ve noticed in recent years that I’m moving away from a lot of museums. I would have to visit Hawa Mahal in Jaipur though, it looks like one of those jaw-dropping pieces of architecture!

    • Untold Wanderlust says:

      We are also moving away from museums unless it is on something we are interested in, like the dinosaur museum in Mongolia. Hawa Mahal is a beautiful building, just make sure to see it from one of the rooftop cafes for the best views 🙂

  2. Cat Uy says:

    great architecture and structure and looks like a nice place to visit in India. This is another place to discover apart from the famous Taj Majal. thanks for the information.

  3. Amy @ Family Globetrotters says:

    Absolutely stunning architecture and buildings! I would love to do India one day and Jaipur is of course high on the list of destinations. And I’m all for off the beaten track too although I do like to supplement that with the main attractions. Off the beaten track just gives a destination a whole different perspective:)

  4. Valentini says:

    I totally agree with the swift of travel style! Usually most of the tourist traps are the “must see”. Local cultural exchange I think should be the top priority for travellers! Thanks for this post, love the off the beaten path gems!

  5. David says:

    I’ve only visited Mumbai in India but there are so many places I’d love to see. I’ve read so much about Jaipur but not so much about the things you’ve covered. Royal Gaitor looks fantastic!

  6. Anna says:

    Wow all four of those places look amazing. The Wind palace especially looks spectacular but well done for finding lesser known places. I would defo pay more for tea and biscuits for those views. Also love your outfits, especially the skirts!

  7. Hannah Matthews says:

    Some beautiful places to visit here, you make it look so peaceful and beautiful! Not cutrently on my very long list of places to visit but after reading this it’s definately on the one to research, super helpful ideas thank you

  8. Jo says:

    Although I’ve always wanted to go to India, I haven’t ever heard of Jaipur, but it’s now been added to my list of must-visit areas when I finally get to India.

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