Rajmandir Cinema Hall – A Let-Down for Jaipur Tourists

Photo of Rajmandir Cinema Hall – A Let-Down for Jaipur Tourists by Samarth Arora

“Rajmandir is a must visit, Sir! It is the best thing in Jaipur.”

“Go see Rajmandir. You will forget everything.”

“The best cinema hall in all of Earth – Rajmandir is unlike any other!”

These are a few of the many rave reviews I was given by most tourist guides in Jaipur, online and offline. That's why leaving it out of my bucket list was never an option.

I stayed at a hotel with my family that was a 10-minute drive from this apparently life-changing experience. As I plan to book tickets, only the late night show was available.

Mistake #1:

I decided to go for the night show since all others were full.

Major Plus: Dirt cheap ticket prices

Starting from Rs 100, these ticket rates are the cheapest I’ve bought in decades! I am from Delhi and am used to paying more than double for entertainment. So this was fantastic.

Mistake #2:

I took an auto to Rajmandir. A distance of 3 km that took hardly 7-8 minutes should have cost me 50 but I ended up paying 80 bucks, as none of the auto-walas are willing to go by the meter. I found out later that the auto-walas in Jaipur are a tight community and there is no haggling with them, much like the Delhi auto-walas. I didn't complain much though, thanks to my cheap ticket.

First Impression:

The cinema boasts of seating 1100 articles at once and I had expected the structure to look much more dominating, if not the size of a football field. But it was quite modest in size.

Second Impression:

Since this place has been spoken of so highly by every cab driver, auto wala, online reviewer and pan-wala, I expected there to be tight security.

Far from it, there's only one male guard at the front entrance, no female staff, and all he did was guide us inside the lobby. He did not even raise his hands to fake a security check. Dude, at least try.

The Lobby:

It looked grand. The ceiling resembled that of a palace. The lighting was dim and easy on the eyes. The sitting area was made to look like a lounge, though the seating was not as lavish. The food was cheap and delicious. Most of the crowd was made up by tourists and foreign travelers.

Inside The Auditorium:

The walls of the screen hall have a generic, ok-ish floral design. Sitting area spreads out wide for an easy walk between lanes. The main screen has classy drapes. Seats are not the best, yet comfortable – nothing to complain about.

Inside the hall was a huge turn off, though. But what followed is terrible – hooting and whistling!

Was there something in the air or did the IQ in the hall just drop to a negative?

Cheap tickets attract a certain crowd and I should have known that. They were loud and shouting slurs and my female companions were visibly uncomfortable. We worried if a riot could break out at the end of the show, since we could smell liquor heavily.

Our seats were close to the exit doors. As soon as the movie got over, we rushed out without looking back. Luckily, there were autos walas right outside (Should I be happy about this? But I was).

Bonus F*ck-Up!

When the auto walas know you need help, they help you by charging you twice as much. I paid Rs 150 for the same 10-minute ride.

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Those who don't know, can't appreciate. Raj Mandir is the best, cheap tickets dont makes it cheap. RIOTS...LOL seems a baby just learnt to crawl Over!!
Thu 03 07 19, 20:33 · Reply · Report
grow up man. Raj Mandir has been an icon since ages. so better shup up and learn how to respect heritage. also you should have opted for morning show... Dont be a miser. M sure you might be spending atleast 200bucks for a show in PVR or Inox etc. Or I should assume that in your home town also you go for the cheapest mall and that too for cheapest show. And regarding auto charging you high at night, I want to remind you that even an auto, uber or ola will charge you much more at night in your other cities as well.. So stop crying like a kid. learn to spend while traveling.
Wed 03 06 19, 10:03 · Reply (1) · Report
Thanks for your wise words. But had you read the article properly, you would have understood that night show was not out of option but due to lack of availability. Next up, cheaper rates do not mean lack of basic amenities like security. If you are a grown up as your comment implies, then accept the loopholes and make it a point to get the word to the authorities. And this isn't crying. As a travel writer, it is my responsibility to make people aware of how a potential tourist place has been completely ignored by the state and then people accept everyone to write only good things about it. There were other families who were equally uncomfortable during the show. So, this isn't just me. Just because you are proud of something from your state, does not mean it cannot have flaws. In your own words, 'Grow up.' :) P.S.: UBER in Jaipur clearly shows No Cabs after 11pm.
Wed 03 06 19, 11:08 · Report
Local ppl making noise could be uncomfortable... But you were uncomfortable without making notice as your whole gang was drunk as you said.. At least you didn't have to face a trauma there
Mon 03 04 19, 02:06 · Reply (1) · Report
Dude, did u even read the article?? My friends & I were not drunk. We could smell it inside the hall.
Mon 03 04 19, 03:25 · Report
I totally agree. Jaipur is not a city meant for tourists. Had very bad experiences last week. Was staying at Le Merridien which was a lil away from the city. Tried booking uber and ola. The driver call up asking where you wanna go and cancel rides. The hotel for an 10 km ride charges 2250 for a car. For a drop to the airport early morning it cost 4500 for a 30 km drive.
Sun 03 03 19, 23:11 · Reply (2) · Report
traveled across various metro cities, same scenario. BTW LeMeridian cab service rates are closer to it, so not a big deal for cab drivers
Thu 03 07 19, 20:36 · Report
Thanks for sharing your views... Shit happens. I totally understand
Mon 03 04 19, 03:26 · Report