9 Reasons why you should travel Jaipur

Written by Jainendra Ojha

Spending time in the numinous. A stardust lost in the his own translation. A wanderor seeking for unknown.  A sunset chaser and waiting for the dawn. 

December 18, 2020

If you are a traveller who loves to roam different places and experience unknown things, then Jaipur is your destination. I had planned to visit Jaipur a long time ago but due to some reasons, this plan was not fulfilled. Have you ever visited Jaipur? If not, why not? After all this city is known as the Pink City of India. Today, I am going to tell you why you should visit Jaipur. Since,this was my first trip to Jaipur and I was planning to stay for four days in the Pink city of India with my friend. My flight landed at the airport of Jaipur at 5:30 in the evening. So after checking out the cab from the airport, I took a rest for a while. Next day after an early breakfast I checked out from the hotel and had my lunch at a Dhaba nearby. After that I had an amazing drive through the streets of Jaipur, it was amazing to see that houses are painted in a pink hue. I was lost in the hustle-bustle of Jaipur. The chaos of Rajasthani lifestyle had just begun to engulf me.

Jaipur is well known for its tradition and culture. This city has a lot to offer to those who come here with a mind willing to see. Be it a traveller around the world or someone who lives in India, Jaipur has something to offer to all of them. You think about Jaipur and the first thing that comes to mind is the color pink. The official campaign color of the city suits it so well. The city of Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort will leave you spellbound. It’s a celebration of craftsmanship – from the miniature paintings at the Ajit Singh Ji Ki Haveli in Bagru to the best leather-work on display at Tiwari Gordhan Zir Gate near Sindhi Camp.

The old city of Jaipur is a vast living museum. You stroll the narrow alleyways, poking into courtyards and shops, admiring the architecture and the markets. It’s a great place to indulge yourself with an exotic massage or a day at the spa, then explore ancient palaces, magnificent forts, and elaborately carved monuments.

Here is the list of some tourist attractions that you should visit if you do plan to visit Jaipur.

City Palace

Built by the great Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727, the City Palace is a magnificent blend of expansive courtyards, stunning architecture and exquisite marble & lattice work. This royal residence was built by combining elements from Rajputi, Mughal and European styles of architecture to portray a feel of royalty that Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar was so addictively drawn to. The palace also follows the ancient Indian structural science ‘Vastu Shastra’ which advocates the use of land, water and space inside the property for peaceful and harmonious living. The magnificence of the city palace and the opulence it gives to the visitor who visits it, fascinates the imagination while at the same time it is really difficult to explain its grandeur.

Hawa Mahal

High on my  wish list of unforgettable destinations in India! Hawa Mahal in Jaipur is a stunning palace of breeze which was built by Kachhwaha Rajput ruler Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh Tall in 1799. A blend of Indo-Islamic Architecture, Hawa Mahal is a stunner and an architectural marvel.it is known for having windows in its upper storey that allows cooling breeze inside. It has nine stories and a built-up area of 535 square feet.This beautiful palace is said to be the most loved palaces by any of the royal rulers in Jaipur. It is best known for its screen wall that leads out onto a terrace where the queen and her select ladies would observe street life, while remaining in privacy behind this intricately carved screen.

 

Jal Mahal

The Royal floating palace is a magnificent structure in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. It was built between 1726 and 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The palace is commonly referred to as the “Water Palace” due to the construction’s proximity to the lake and its use as a summer retreat for royal family members. It would give an illusion of a boat floating in a wild endless blue ocean. The structure nested a wide variety of birds. 

 

Amber Palace

When approaching Amer, one is immediately struck with the beauty of its location; situated on a cliff, it is complemented by the purity of blue sky and lush green countryside. Amer fort is situated in the Aravalli ranges. It is a building with double-storied ramparts and overlooks Maotha Lake. It is widely recognized as a World Heritage Site, as part of Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The palace complex is situated at the heart of Amer, with a series of gardens, courts, halls, audience chambers and living apartments. The architectural style represents the best of both Hindu and Muslim traditions. At one point in time, this fort was referred to as ‘Amer Kalinath’ while Jaigarh Fort was known as ‘Amer Kshetra’.

It was built in red sandstone over period 25 years and has several palaces within the fort complex including the Palace of Winds that contains mirror work on wood windows; balconies overlooking the courtyard.And as the sunset engulfed the fort, the night was then brightened by the light and musical show. 

After so much travelling, We were a bit tired and exhausted. And went to Pali’s Pure Veg Dhaba as it was near my hotel where I stayed. After arriving here and experiencing the cuisine here, I was under the impression that it would be similar everywhere. Oh!! What a wrong perception I had! The food and hospitality both were awesome. It offers a simple wooden-seated table with a view of the city. And onion kulcha was enticing enough to satiate my appetite.Next morning, I woke up refreshed and ready to have a great day. I ate just the right amount of food that my body needed. I did a little physical exercise and left to start my day with Albert hall Museum 

Albert hall museum.

Before entering the museum, I spent an hour outside to capture the museum from a different perspective.I was taken aback to know that there is no authentic information available to understand why it was designed in the first place and why it was built.

But when I entered inside, I found that there was no need to know why it was being built. It is an excellent example of exploiting knowledge and culture scattered all over this part of the country to preserve, protect and make it known to others and ourselves, without any doubt the best way to document it in the form of this museum.  While Rajasthan may be famous for its forts and palaces, there is more to it than just that. The Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur is the oldest museum of the state and functions as the state museum of Rajasthan.

Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan 

A trip to Jaipur is never complete without a visit to these spectacularly captivating cenotaph. The magnificence of Rajasthan is not just confined to its magnificent palaces or the colourful Havelis. Amid the western slopes of the Aravalli Range, in the capital city, stands a series of colossal temples and tombs on the Gatore Ki Chhatriyan. These structures of marble provide a stark contrast to the bustling life of modern-day Jaipur. You will find the place away from the hustle and bustle of the city noise. I spent some 4 hours here. Though I was done with my photographs, I was still here to imbibe the beautiful reflection of the marble. The radiance of the serenity and purity. I was in the dynamic event of awe with the structure. 

Chokhi Dhani

 Now, the sun lingered over the horizon and it was the call to end another day in Jaipur with exotic traditional cuisine and beautiful days, so  I asked my friend about some famous places to visit. His reply was just one name “Chokhi Dhani” and further added that we will never get bored with the site because there are various things to do., Chokhi Dhani is a fusion of Rajasthani Village culture and sophisticated living.  After a hectic day visiting the forts, palaces and temples in Jaipur, we were at our wit’s end. We couldn’t think of anywhere else to travel but “Chokhi Dhani”. The last day in the city of Jaipur. Chokhi Dhani is a well-known tourist attraction in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. This theme park was created about 10 years ago and has become hugely popular for the array of cultural activities it provides. Here, tourists can take part in cultural activities such as dance performances or handicraft workshops. The resort also offers authentic Rajasthani food that many people praise for its taste.

A visit to Chokhi Dhani will be more than you expect. It is a famous name for its luxury and class tourism in Rajasthan. You can have an elephant ride, which will cost you Rupee 50, Camel ride, cost you rupee 20 and many more. If you see yourself as an epicure, then you will find the taste of Pesta rabri to satiate the hunger of your soul. After the night at the chokhi dhani, we went to our hotel and slept. We went to sleep around 2 am and since I had my bus to catch the next morning and still a few places to visit. I somehow woke up at 5 am for the Nahargarh trek. 

Nahargarh Fort

I was so excited to see the sunrise from atop the fort that I got up at 5 in the morning. Half-asleep and half, what the heck is wrong with me, kind of foggy mind, I reached the top of the hill and it was still dark and gloomy..Though you can not access the fort at this time because the fort opens at 10 am but still you will have no issue adjusting to the darkness and you could see that there were no clouds. There is an indescribable calm over Jaipur’s horizon. It is warm like a kiss and alluring like a lover. The smile of the city is infectious, its splendour breathtaking, its vivacity enlivening.  And, the breathtaking sight was well worth the effort of being awake at 5 am.Now, the sun lingered over the horizon. We took the cab to descend the hill and reach the Prakriti Gate as soon as possible because I had my bus at 10 am.  So, it took me 50 minutes to reach the  Patrika Gate.

Patrika Gate

The walls, ceilings and archways are painted in intricate detail and vibrant pastels. I had never imagined ending my trip to Jaipur like this.  With its colourful buildings, chaotic streets and signature monument, the place was worth your time, money and everything you could afford to be there. I was overwhelmed taking in the whole spectacle before me. It was so bright and loud and colourful that it felt as if my eyes were playing tricks on me. 

And then I had to leave this place with a heavy heart to take my bus to Delhi. I wanted to take a couple of days more to imbibe the city but “If you  really love her then let her go.” A stay that is worth visiting in Rajasthan, India are the tours to palaces. You will get overwhelmed by the luxury and amenities offered at these palaces. I feel that Jaipur has been cheated. There is so much more to explore in the Pink City that I hope my photos go a long way towards encouraging people to get out and see the city. It isn’t merely a matter of visiting the major sites or taking in the impressive forts, but learning about how this city came to be what it is today. I think that fact–that a major city like Jaipur is not more well-known or visited—is something one may encounter consistently throughout India. 

 

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