I wanted to share this story since long but I started blogging 4 months back and this visit was in December’17. Then it struck me these travel memories are so beautiful that they are worth sharing. So let me take you through my Jaipur travel diary.
It was 13th Dec morning and I remember waiting for our train to Jaipur at Delhi station. Even when I was bundled up in layers of warm wear, the blast of wind passing by was almost freezing my little nose. It was relieving once I boarded the train and at Jaipur the weather was cold yet enjoyable. Hired an Ola cab to reach our abode Mansingh Towers for next one day. I freshened up, had my lunch and set out on city exploration.
The very first destination was City Palace built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh which speaks about the history associated. It has beautiful courtyard, gardens, buildings and impressive museum collection for tourists to move around and see. Once I finished touring the Royal Palace I walked a few steps and there was Jantar Mantar my next destination. The astronomical observatory has 19 astronomical instruments and the science behind left me amazed then I walked through the shortest pathway nearby to reach Hawa Mahal in 10 mins. Climbed up the stairs for a top view of the busy streets in Pink City through the honey comb structured jharokahs. It is aptly said as the palace of breeze with 953 windows. Feeling the chilled breeze pass through my hair and watch the sunset was an amusement to soul. I did little shopping from the shops lined up in the street below Hawa Mahal and then returned to the streets near my hotel, boarded an electric rickshaw to Raj Mandir Cinema just to have a look of most talked about theatre. By then it was almost dinner time. I had the best of rotis, dal tadka and a glass of hot milk loaded with malai from a small dhaba on the roadside and went back to the hotel feeling good about the whole day happenings.
The day 2 was filled with lot of travelling and exploration of forts. Today’s sawari was auto rickshaw which is the most convenient mode of transport for tourists in Jaipur city and trust me the drivers are the best guides you can find here. Remember Ola will not help you reach near the forts and only auto rickshaws can. I reached Nahargarh fort which stands on edge of majestic Aravalli hills and once upon a time formed strong defense ring along with Jaigarh fort and Amer fort. Another attraction here is Jaipur Wax Museum. I was left mesmerized by its impregnable fortification, detailed carvings and splendid halls. The breathtaking view of the city will definitely get me back here some other day. There is extended wall which connects Jaigarh fort and then to Amer Fort. Provided I had time would have walked through this path for making the journey adventurous. To kill my hunger munched some XL sized crispy papad sold by vendors outside the fort and then boarded my sawari to my next destination, Jaigarh fort. The scintillating view of Amer fort and Maota lake from the cliff was imprinted in my mind forever. The fort preserves war weapons, shields, canon balls, armory and the Jaivana one of the largest canons ever made. After detailed exploration I started descending the hills and taking the route to Amer Fort. There were people taking elephant ride from car parking to main gate of the fort but I preferred to walk and found pleasure in watching them. The majestic and stunning of all the forts in architecture and fortification, Amer Fort left me spell bound. The Sheesh Mahal /Mirror palace is the most beautiful of all the state rooms with thousands of mirrors. It was almost 5.30 pm and I missed visiting the step well near by. I was on my way back home and this was the right time to stop by Jal Mahal. This is the most serene sight amongst the chaos of Jaipur, the water palace stood beautifully in middle of Man Sagar Lake. I bought little souvenirs and raja rani putla from the market laid up by the lake. I could not have left Jaipur without an up-close experience of rajasthani village culture. The last destination was Choki Dhani. The vibrant spirit of locals, Bullock carts, folk dances, animal rides, free henna art and many more fun things kept me involved. A sumpsous Rajasthani thali to end the day with and a peaceful sleep at the most exotic hotel Mansingh Towers, I could not have asked for more before I left Jaipur.
The next day early morning took my train to Delhi and flight back to Chennai. You would agree how painful it is when your travel ends but the beautiful memories always stay.
This is the end to Jaipur dairies. So many stories coming soon. Until then like, comment and share this post.