Jaipur also known as Pink city is the capital and largest city in the State of Rajasthan,India. It is a popular tourist destination with rich culture and history.
Me, my husband along with My brother and brother in-law started our journey from Bangalore and took airways to Jaipur, the journey time was 2hr 30min.
It was breakfast time, and you if ever visit Jaipur don’t forget the ever so famous onion Kachori and samosa along with chai(tea). After breakfast we headed towards City palace, There’s an entry fee here. You can take a entry ticket here which is valid for few other places like jantar mantar, hawa mahal, Amber fort, Albert Hall museum along with the palace.
We took audio guide and walked through, by which we got to know a lot more history about Jaipur, and the palace. This palace has been a shooting destination for lot of Bollywood movies. After almost spending half day here, we headed towards Jantar Mantar which is a UNESCO world heritage site and features the world’s largest sundial.
After these places, we visited Hawa mahal which means ‘Palace of winds’ or ‘Palace of the breeze’. It is really stunning and history says, it was built so that women could watch all the street festivities without being seen from outsiders.
For lunch, we visited the LMB hotel which was close by to Hawa Mahal. The restaurant was neat and clean, the food was descent enough, altogether the meal was a good one. The restaurant is situated in Johari Bazar which is a shopping area, which means obviously i ended up doing some street shopping.
Story time: One auto driver convinced us to take his one hour package where he would show us some market, chand mahal, one temple and i don’t even remember the other place he suggested for Rs.100 for which we fell prey. All of us were quite excited to see some different place that was not being mentioned in any website. The auto driver just dropped us at the corner of the road and told us that every place he mentioned was in this particular area. Rest is understood.
When in Jaipur don’t forget to try the gol gappas or Paani puri(However you like to call it), they are really tasty. We just walked through the streets, did some street shopping and then headed back to our hotel.
After breakfast we visited the Amber fort which is located high on hill. You can walk up the hill or take elephant rides, though i love elephants i preferred walking. The palace is really mesmerizing with few shops and cafes as you walk within. The souvenir shops are little over priced so if you aren’t comfortable with it, don’t feel bad as most of the things can be found in Johari bazar and around.
We had lunch near the palace and on the way back to the city stopped by Jal mahal, a palace located on the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. With no entry to the palace we could just capture photos. After Jal mahal, we headed to Albert Hall museum which held the artistic history of the state.
The star of our evening was ‘Chokhi dhani’, its a restaurant with a Rajasthani village touch. Its open from 5PM but we arrived around 8PM only to realize being here early is always better as there’s a lot going on everywhere and you can have a fun filled evening. The dinner was a full Rajasthani thali(plate). This was a perfect way to say goodbye to Jaipur.