We arrived in Jaipur at around 5am and headed straight to our hotel, freshened up and planned for the day. Since it was early in the morning we really wanted to catch the daily commute at the pink city area and the sunrise at the Hawa Mahal.
We took a quick auto rickshaw (or a tuk-tuk) ride to the walled city, around 6:30am , clad in winter wear of pullovers and jeans, mufflers wrapped around our necks. We found a spot for the photo at a local rooftop cafe just opposite to the Hawa Mahal, cold morning breeze and hot cup of coffee with lovely classical instrumental music made us feel fresh.
(The Main purpose of constructing the Hawa Mahal was for woman from royal family so they can view market and observe street festivals while unseen from the outside)
After photographing the Beautiful Hawa Mahal, we wandered around the bazaars and explored the streets, where the smell of samosas and kachauris being fried wafted into our nostrils. We saw a few people outside the market sitting around a small fire they had lit to keep themselves warm. Newspaper vendors with loads of paper on their motorcycles make their rounds. We had stumbled upon a perfect spot for street photography! We passed a tea stall that had opened for business and stopped to have a glass of ginger tea before traveling back to the Hotel.
We rented a scooter for the rest of the day. Next stop was the Jawahar Circle, around 25kms from the city of Jaipur but worth a visit to witness this beautiful place, Have a glance below.
For lunch, we went to Pink City Restaurant which served good Thali and you can see the cooking clearly as they have an open kitchen, then a long ride to the Nahargarh Fort to photograph the sunset as it has the best view of the City. If you have a bike, there is a shorter route that will connect straight to Nahargarh. I’d highly suggest this since you’ll find the best views of the Jaipur City and the Aravalli Hills, while you take a ride up. We touched down in about 20-25mins.
A set of stairs lead to the main door of Nahargarh Fort. We entered through the main gate, marvelling it’s robustness. Thereafter, we arrived in a courtyard surrounded by rooms on all sides. From this courtyard, several doors lead to entrance in different sections of the fort. The rooms are decorated with the characteristic intrinsic paintings, similar to other forts and palaces of Rajasthan. The windows and doors of this fort are decorated with coloured class, in multiple colour. This goes hand in hand with the paintings on the roofs and doors of the fort.
Since the light was dipping quickly we rushed to the top of the fort to get the view of the sunset. It was simply stunning. Nature has so many beautiful things to show us as long as we have an open eye for it. It dimmed down and we rode back to our hotel. We had a delicious dinner and called it a night.
The next day in Jaipur we started early to avoid the sightseeing crowds at Amber Fort. You have an option to ride to the fort atop an elephant. We chose to ride up, enjoying the views of the Aravalli Hills. The fort is not at a high altitude so the journey to the top took only a few minutes. The Amber fort is at a distance of 11km from Jaipur and is well connected by local public transport. The interior palace spaces contain glorious gardens, lavish furnishings and fabulous architecture. There is a beautiful entrance gate known as Ganesh gate named after Lord Ganesh. This gate is entrance to the private palace of Maharaja. We also visited the popular step-well that was a 5min ride from the Amber Fort.
Our next stop was City Palace. A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City. The best part was the beautiful carvings and stone work on the walls of this palace. So gorgeous! If you’re visiting Jaipur, this place is a must visit.
We dropped by a local restaurant for lunch and rested for a couple of hours at our hotel.
For sunset we explored a new location. The previous day we noticed a tiny patch of desert from the Nahargarh Fort and thought to check it out. It was around 40 mins from our hotel but we had a great experience. There were children flying kites and playing cricket. As soon as they saw us with the camera a bunch of 20 followed us to the top, (it wasn’t an easy hike). They were so excited to be a part of the picture. Some of them showed us their gymnastic skills and we filmed all of that! Overall we had a great time sharing experiences with each other while witnessing the sunset by the city.
We bid goodbye’s and headed straight to our hotel.
Before leaving Jaipur, we wanted to take a quick stroll in the market for shopping souvenirs. Jaipuri quilts and bed sheets, shawls, footwear handicrafts, paintings — there are a plethora of options to choose from. Spent a few hours there.
We had a bus to catch at around 1 am to Bikaner.
Have you been to Jaipur? How was your experience, do share it in comments below. Thank you for stopping by and have a nice day!
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