A mere mention of the word Rajasthan conjures up images of kings and kingdoms, elaborate architecture, chivalry, bright colors, folklore and festivities. Jaipur, the Capital City has a story of its own. I stayed in Jaipur for just four days but these were the best four days of my month. Sigh. Such royalty, much wow.
Here are some of my joyous moments in this Pink city.
The Amer (pronounced as Amber) Fort and Palace is located on a rugged hill in Amer around 11 kilometres from Jaipur. The fortress-palace, was built in the 16th century by Raja Maan Singh I, one among the ‘Navaratnas’ of King Akbar’s court. Made of red sandstone and marble, the heritage structure speaks of the extravagant lifestyles and glory days of the Rajput rulers.
Hawa Mahal is charming. We went to see the Hawa Mahal but were quite disappointed to know that one cannot go inside. So we ended up shopping for souvenirs and long skirts and the famous rajasthani turbans. We also bought mojdis (traditional slippers).
City Palace was the most beautiful of them all. It had mesmerizing rooms which were very unique. The doors itself were so royal and alluring. I decided to click a picture in front of my favorite door.
The Jantar Mantar monument is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh. It didn’t hold much charm for us since we didn’t have anybody to explain to us how those various instruments worked. We ended up clicking a lot of selfies.
Rajasthan is famous for its puppet shows and its cuisine. So naturally we wanted to experience the best of both. We watched a puppet show that our Heritage resort had organized for us and watched another one when we went to Choki Dhaani. Choki Dhaani is the best place to experience tasty food, warm Rajasthani hospitality, and a brilliant fun fair which has brilliant stalls – right from exotic perfumes to palm reading to puppet shows to camel rides. It was fun plus we learnt so much about the Rajasthani tradition.
I wish to keep coming back to Jaipur for more. There’s so much yet to explore!
Curated by – Krishnaa Thorat ..And your very flesh shall be a great poem. A recovering dessert addict (just kidding), I write about things I care about. I can fluently talk in Bollywood dialogues and F.R.I.E.N.D.S quotes. Trying to elevate small talk to medium talk – help me, pretty please?