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Improve your golf swing  

Rambaugh Golf Club is an exclusive club but you can hire equipment and play along the links for a day by making prior arrangements. Shamsher Singh

Shop at the bazaars  

Semi-precious and precious stones at jewellery store, Jaipur, January 9, 2006 Jaipur is one of the biggest markets for precious and semi-precious stones. There are a lot of showrooms on MI Road and Chowda Raasta where the traditional goldsmiths carve intricate designs, blending stones on gold and silver jewellery. Sanganeri prints, curtains, bedsheets and various furnishings can be bought at Bapu Bazaar and Chowra Raasta. Jaipur quilts, made of silk, linen and cotton, are very popular and can be bought in the bazaars. Shamsher Singh

Go dancing  

B2B in the basement of the Country Inn and Suites has a decent-sized dance floor and is popular with youngsters over the weekend. Players also head there during the IPL. It is located near the Jaipur railway station. Shamsher Singh

Listen to folk music  

Musicians at the Ajmer dargah, August 30, 2006 Rajasthan is famous for its folk and traditional music. On most evenings in summer, there is live music in Central Park, which has colourful fountains, and is a good place to walk and jog. Shamsher Singh

Ajmer  

Apart from visiting Jaipur's famous forts and taking a trip to the Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary, you could also head to Ajmer to visit the Khwaja Moinudddin Chisti dargah, believed by Muslims to be second only to Mecca in its holiness. Legend has it that Mughal emperor Akbar once walked barefoot to the dargah to pray, after which he was blessed with a son. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in India, and only two hours from Jaipur. Many cricketers and Bollywood stars seek blessings at Ajmer. Shamsher Singh

Hawa Mahal  

A woman walks past the Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, November 14, 2011 Hawa Mahal is an incredible piece of architecture too and is one of Jaipur's iconic monuments. Made of pink sandstone, this five-storey structure is in the heart of Jaipur's main bazaar area. Its main attractions are the 953 jharokkhas (windows), which stack up like a pyramid, and were built to allow the women of the royal family to take a peek at the streets below without being seen. The windows are designed to let the breeze be distributed uniformly throughout the structure. Shamsher Singh

Jantar Mantar  

Jaipur owes a lot to its founder, Raja Jai Singh II. He had varied interests but was especially passionate about science and astronomy. Jantar Mantar has an amazing collection of astronomical instruments, including a sun dial, that were used for weather forecasts back in the 18th century. Shamsher Singh

Getaways  

You could take day trips or overnight ones outside Jaipur to villages in Shekhawati, Pushkar, near Ajmer, Kota-Bundi, or the rural palaces - Tordi Garh, Sawarda, Samode, Chomu, Kanota, Pachewargarh - in the vicinity of Jaipur.

Sights to see  

The Amber Fort, Jaipur, January 8, 2008 Take an elephant ride to Amber Fort, or walk through the old part of Amer, visiting the Meera temple and intriguing abandoned streets. Also, take a tour of the Jantar Mantar, with an astrologer as your guide. An early morning visit to the Galtaji temple will be a memorable experience.

Explore the bazaars  

Shelves of traditional saris and clothes, Jaipur, October 17, 2010 Walk in the bazaars of Jaipur. Stroll through Moorti lane, the bangle street, Katla bazaar, the jewellers' market and the Hawa Mahal shopping area.

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