Eat, experience, and indulge in the greatest gems Jaipur has on offer as we talk to Tarang Arora, Creative Director at heritage jewellery label Amrapali, on what the Pink City has to offer. Here’s your ultimate guide to Jaipur.
As a second-generation jeweller and scion to Jaipur-based heritage jewellery brand Amrapali, Tarang Arora has always called the city home. Even as the brand has reached global acclaim – from Hollywood red carpets to a section at Harrods, Tarang Arora and his family have kept themselves rooted in the city that adds sparkle to their line. Founded by his father, Rajiv Arora and uncle, Rajesh Ajmera, the brand is known for creating jewellery with authentic Indian ethos using age-old techniques and practices. While Tarang Arora studied gemology and jewellery design from the London branch of Gemological Institute of America, it is the rich culture of Jaipur that has always had his heart.
This is a classic modern bar that is aesthetically pleasing and inspiring at the same time. The setup has an Indian-Italian look where you can also see Mughal art. This place just shows a seamless blend of two cities and cultures which is just beautiful to experience. Also, they have great food, so it just sets the right vibe in.
This restaurant is located inside the Amber Fort, this place is a royal treat. What I really admire about this place is how beautifully they have managed to restore the heritage of the fort and provide you with a sheer royal experience.
They serve the best lassi that gives you a refreshing feeling, considering the weather of this city. They are only open from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm to maintain the quality as the curd goes sour by the evening. It is something that everyone should definitely try. In fact we serve their Lassi at our boutique too, so you can shop jewellery at Amrapali and have a lassi.
A heritage set-up overlooking the front lawns of Rambagh Palace. It’s an all-day dining restaurant, but I personally feel that it’s perfect for breakfast.
Tapri is a tea house in Jaipur. It’s a warm, cosy place on a rooftop with an amazing view. An elevated tea room café where you can sit, chill, and eat. The place has its own vibe where you can see workshops happening at one end and young students chilling at the other and old couples probably enjoying their cutting chai at the next table. This place has this incredible vibe with different energies around.
Trek / Cycle up to Nahargarh fort
Nahargarh fort stands on the edge of Aravalli Hills overlooking the city. Trek/cycle up to Nahargarh fort for a panoramic countryside view. It’s a great fort and was formed as a defence ring for the city along with Amer fort and Jaigarh fort. Go for sunrise or sunset in winters — it’s magical.
Attend the Kite festival in Jaipur in January
Kite Festival aka Makar Sankranti is also one of my favourite festivals. The festival provides a kaleidoscopic view of the vibrant art, culture, and heritage of Rajasthan. The energy during this festival is quite strong, and it fills you in with excitement and wonder.
Jhalana Leopard Safari
It is situated in the heart of Jaipur and is home to 30-35 leopards. It is recognised as a non-profit wildlife park dedicated to conservation, education, and animals in wide-open spaces and has about 500 animals. It gives you a great experience of the flora and fauna nestled in the hills of Aravalli.
Amrapali Museum is a celebration of Indian Jewellery and craftsmanship, showcasing the finest of Indian aesthetics, creativity, workmanship and artistry, preserving Indian heritage at India’s first Museum for jewellery and jewelled objects.
They are a sustainable brand, preserving natural dye traditions. They use natural indigo dying and sustainable craft practices for their clothes. The main philosophy behind the brand is to preserve India’s rich craft tradition, and by doing so, they support rural artisan communities. Their store is located in the heart of Jaipur, in C-scheme and is a great place to shop for tableware
A menswear label celebrating and promoting the legacy of Indian craftsmanship, ancient textile techniques with some really cool designs. The label aims to bring local craft techniques to menswear while using sustainable practices.
Founded by brothers, Mubashir and Muzakir, Andraab has traditional Indian Kashmiri scarves that are made with the rarest and finest cashmere using old weaving techniques. Each piece is based on traditional 15th-century Persian weaving techniques and is absolutely exquisite.