Exploring The Majestic Jaipur

I had decided long back to log all my travels on my blog, but then again, I never really end up going on half as many trips as I plan. But there are times when I do – suddenly, completely out of the blue and that’s when I get a chance to bug you all with what I did there!

And this time, it was the Majestic Jaipur.

Heading out of my house in Delhi on the 14th of this month, I was all prepared for the ‘heat’ I would have to face in Jaipur. It was only to realise on reaching there, that it was much cooler than usual – let’s take a minute to blame the environmental damages we have all done over the years for the unusual weather.

Although exploring the city started the next day (March 15th, 2017), here’s everything you need to know!

Where did we stay?

I like staying comfortably, but I also like saving up as much as I can on the accommodation. Simply because I think when you’re out the entire day exploring the city, you just need a good place to sleep and get refreshed for the next day!

After a heck lot of researching on travel sites, I settled for OYO and found a great place there – Flute Boutique Hotel.

It wasn’t just cost effective, but I also bagged a package that offered complimentary breakfast on all days. It took me 30 minutes to reach the hotel from the airport and the railway station isn’t far either – pretty much sorts the case of time management during travel!

There are of course other options that you could choose from on their site.


What did we do?

None of us are early risers, but we made sure we were getting up on time for the yummy breakfast and heading out to check off all the forts that Google suggested we should be visiting.

Day 1

Wanting to make the most out of our days in Jaipur, we started with the Amer Fort – simply because there are a number of forts in and around the area that we could cover on the same day.

1. Amer Fort and Palace 

Known for its artistic Hindu styled elements, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake in Amer – which was the main source of water for the Amer Palace. Constructed using red sandstone and marble, it truly is a majestic site to see. (Read more here)

2. Sheesh Mahal 

A part of the Amer Fort and Palace, Sheesh Mahal will actually leave you stunned. The walls of the structure are covered with thousands of tiny mirrors – and if you thought they formed no design, you’ll be astonished to see them. The mirror work is all over the walls and the ceiling, so make sure you do look up! (Read more here

3. Jaigarh Fort

Looking over the Amer Fort and Maota lake, the Jaigarh Fort is built on the Hill of Eagles of the Aravalli Range. The fort was created to protect the Amer Fort and palace. The fort has a canon named Jaivana that can be captured as you explore its area. Since we decided to walk up to it, I can say one thing – the hike is considerable but the view will make up for it! (Read more here

4. Jal Mahal

Located in the centre of the Man Sagar Lake of Jaipur, the Jal Mahal is truly a beautiful sight that will leave you wanting to reach it. Although the palace is not reachable (unless you have a special booking for the restaurant there), you can enjoy its view from around the lake! If it’s a good day, you can enjoy a stroll around the area enjoying the snacks being offered by local vendors there. (Read more here

jal mahal jaipur


Day 2 

1. City Palace

City Palace is the one place you’d love to spend time at. It includes the Chandra Mahal where the royal family stays when in Jaipur and the Mubarak Mahal, and a few other buildings. There is an amazing restaurant as well in the palace complex, where you could grab a great meal! (Read more here

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2. Baradari Restaurant

An are in the palace complex that is restored into a cafe by the royal family of Jaipur, the Baradari Restaurant truly defines luxe.


Day 3

1. Hawa Mahal

Constructed in red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace. It extends to what the royals call the zenana – women’s chambers. Also known as the Palace of the Breeze, it is essentially a high screen wall built for women of the household to view the street festivals without stepping out. (Read more here

2. Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments that were built by the Rajput King, Sawai Jai Singh. It features the world’s largest stone sundial and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Read more here

3. Nahargarh Fort

Overlooking the pink city, the Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills. Constructed to serve as the defence ring, the fort was never under attack but has seen many historical events. Later, the fort served as a retreat for the royals. You’ll need to set aside a day for this one, as it is a little far away from all the other forts and palaces, and takes a while to reach. (Read more here

4. Jaipur Wax Museum

Okay, this one was a surprise element at the Nahargarh Fort. A wax museum for the purpose of educating students and people, in general, about the royal families and famous icons in various industries has been established right as you enter the fort. While they don’t let you take pictures, you could pay for getting them clicked by their professionals. (Read more here

5. Gatore Ki Chhatriyan

Surrounded by the hills, the Gatore is usually not on a tourist itinerary. Thanks to a local cabbie we had hired for the fort, we got to visit this place. It is a complex of temples and tombs that serves as the royal crematorium for the majestic rulers of Rajasthan. Each of the structures established here don beautiful Rajasthani carvings and are worth being visited at least once!  (Read more here


Day 4 

1. Tapri

Listed as one of the best places to grab a cup of tea, Tapri is a tea cafe in Jaipur that definitely needs to be on itinerary. The ginger chai here is as good as home made and if you’re a foodie, you’ll enjoy the snacks available on their menu. Thank God for a friend in Jaipur, else we wouldn’t have visited this place!

tapri jaipur

2. Choki Dhani

A gorgeous resort on the Tonk Road, Jaipur, Choki Dhani is definitely a must visit if you want to explore the Rajasthani culture at ease. Yes, the resort has a dedicated area where every day thousands of people come in to experience the culture, shop artefacts, crafts and enjoy the local meals – all without haggling on the streets. I would suggest you go here after dark, the lights around everything they have created only enhance the experience. (Read more here


Day 5

1. Raj Mandir

A meringue shaped auditorium that was opened back in 1976, Raj Mandir Cinema is a popular movie theatre in Jaipur. In fact, it has also been ranked as one of the top movie theatres that offers a truly unique and luxe ‘experience’ to the people. While the auditorium shows only one movie at a time, if you have a day extra, do fit it in. This one was a recommendation from my parents so we just had to be here! (Read more here

raj mandir

2. Sambar Lake

India’s largest inland salt lake, shaped like a bowl, is actually located 96 km south west from the city of Jaipur. Seeing how gorgeous it looks despite running dry currently, we decided to drive down to it. It took us about 2 hours only to reach the place and experience HEAVY RAINFALL. Everything went pitch dark and the rain showed no signs of stopping. So unfortunately, we had to turn around and head back – but if you can, then definitely visit the lake before sunset! (Read more here

Here’s a gorgeous picture of the place by Beautiful Jaipur, that will remain on my bucket list for sure:

Sambhar-lake-3

Tip: We hired a car using Zoomcar. It made the drive a lot more comfortable!


Day 6 

1. World Trade Park

Although we didn’t get to check out the World Trade Park from the inside due to lack of time, I did manage to capture a bit of it for you. If you’re interested in shopping a bit from Jaipur, you could hit this place definitely! (Read more here

Although we had initially planned out this day to visit a few more places, certain events forced us to change our plans and fly back home. (Yes, Delhi often has a few protests around elections and it turns really messy!) 

But all in all, Jaipur is one gorgeous place with a really rich history and you should definitely be putting it on your bucket list – if it isn’t already!

🙂

Planning a trip there and got any questions, feel free to drop comments and I’ll try to answer them as well as possible.

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