Jaipur's most prominent cultural centre, Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK), pays tribute to the local culture. Although the construction began in 1986, the centre was completed in 1991 and has been a huge success ever since. The premises also houses a wonderful library, a cosy cafe and a small accommodation facility. The Center displays the works of famous artists and plays host to high profile dramas. If you thought all that was impressive, there's more to delight you! JKK also displays traditional Rajasthani artifacts to keep the soul of Jaipur alive. This place should definitely feature in your itinerary.
Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing is one of its kind museum that showcases block painted textiles that reflects the Rajasthani art-form. The fabrics on display come with exquisite designs, patterns and prints that will appeal to every visitor alike. The art of hand-printing and block painting is explored fully by traditional Indian artists here. The museum remains closed from May to July 15th for maintenance purposes. So, the next time you visit Jaipur, make sure to drop by this unique restored haveli or palace that houses some rare and interesting pieces.
If at all there was a ‘Jewel in the crown’ contest, as far as Jaipur is concerned, the Albert Hall would run away with all the honors. This hall still manifests British influences in terms of architecture, which incidentally, is a rare occurrence in a city replete with Rajputana designs. Built-in the late nineteenth century to welcome the erstwhile Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, it was actually envisaged as a town hall but was converted into a museum by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II. Today, however, one can be audience to a mixed bag of exhibits that range from pottery, sculptures, musical instruments, weapons and scriptures. Look out for the Egyptian mummy that is on display on the ground floor. Not only the exhibitions but even the paintings adorning the walls of the entrance, the miniature fountain in the main veranda and the delicate marble work, speak of class and elegance that by far remains unmatched for its old-world elegance. With so much of history behind each carefully picked exhibit, it is best advised to get a guide to take you around, or perhaps opt for an audio guide that is available at the ticket counter in more than five different languages.
Whether you want to enjoy some internationally sourced wines and liquors paired with Continental and Thai cuisine, feel like partying away the evening or want to sing along with your favorite tunes, 100% Rock is the place to go to. The place doubles as a karaoke lounge and nightclub with exciting events like ladies nights and great discounts on their happy hours. They even have sound proof rooms for those who want to party in private.
Gyan Gallery was built to honor the late Shri Gyan Chand Dhaddha. All the priceless objects that one sees are collected by Gyan Chand Dhaddha himself. Items like Mughal rugs that showcase an entire hunting scene, gemstones, silver hukkas, paintings of 19th century and older and very rare inscriptions all can be found in this gallery. One can also get a glimpse of his personal belongings in this very gallery.
The Mansarovar Stadium is also known as the KL Saini ground or Jaipur District Cricket Association Ground. It is located in the Masarovar area of Jaipur. The doors to this ground were opened in 1990 and it is home to the Rajasthan cricket team. It can accommodate a crowd of 5000 people.
Nestled in the Hawa Mahal property, Hawa Mahal Museum is a must-visit for all history and art enthusiasts. This museum is popular for exhibiting ancient terracotta sculptures and other artifacts from around India. Besides the artworks, the museum is home to war and house-hold equipment from as early as second Century. These equipment have been used by the royalties and soldiers from that time. All in all, history enthusiasts are sure to enjoy their visit here.
Thakur Dushyant Singh and Thakurani Usha Singh, heirs to the Naila family, share a common and undying passion for art. These Fine Arts graduates from the prominent MS University of Baroda are well-established artists and channelize their ideas towards promoting art on a broader platform. Their efforts are reflected in the Naila Art Gallery situated in the mystic ambiance surrounding the Naila Bagh Palace. Showcased along with their own artworks, are masterpieces and frameworks by known artists and upcoming talents. The displayed collection features fine art, abstract and contemporary art. This gallery welcomes in-house guests as well as visitors. Needless to say, this is a veritable haven for art lovers!
The city of Jaipur is like a painting in itself. Set against the backdrop of a golden desert, the city is colored with the vibrancy of the festivals and fairs, and with the regalia of the glorious palaces. Jaipur is also known for its talented artists, both contemporary as well as traditional, whose works of art adorn the galleries in the city. Kanchan Art Gallery is one such place that holds the artworks of numerous painters that have beautifully captured emotions and grace on canvas. If you wish to get a paining made according to your specifications, the gallery will arrange that for you. Call to know more.
Fueling one of Jaipur's biggest entertainment options, movie watching, Laxmi Mandir Theater is a Bollywood buff's most favorite place to be. Screening new as well as old Hindi movies, this theater is equipped with a brilliant sound system, and makes movie-viewing an experience to remember. Head here with family or friends and have a gala time! Call for show timings and more.