Jaipur just happened. I wanted to go somewhere because I did not want to waste my year-end holidays. I was thinking of some colder places to witness snow and snowfall. But then, no matter how much I wanted that, I am just too intimidated by the cold. So, I decided to skip it. Also, I wanted to reach somewhere in 6-7 hours from Delhi and the colder places were way too far than that.
Before I go ahead, let me share some travel tip for Jaipur
1. It is a perfect weekend getaway. You won’t need more than three days to cover this place.
2. The perfect time to visit is probably before the onset of Indian summers. When I went, that is January, even though I was wearing two layers in Delhi, Jaipur was hotter and required no sweater. But yes, carry a light jacket or sweater for the evenings.
3. This place is very, very reachable by train, roads or planes.
- I travelled from Delhi. It takes hardly five hours on roads. If driving, you can follow the following route. However, the route is not pleasurable for self-driving.
- I travelled by Volvo bus run by Rajasthan State Road Transport Cooperation (RSRTC). I was scared in the beginning but it turned out too well. In fact, this is pretty hassle-free. Book your tickets via the app. Take the bus from Bikaner House in Delhi or from IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon and just relax.
- I have heard a lot about the train from Delhi to Jaipur too. Had my trip was not an impromptu one, I would have travelled by train only.
- Plan your trip well in advance. Decide what all you have to see, where do you wish to stay, the lodging distance from the places you want to visit and the bus/train station, book everything in advance – these are the few tips when you decide to go during the peak season. There was so much crowd that I was so glad that my trip was planned well.
|I am sorry but I had to start this photo journey of Jaipur with a selfie. So much of self-love!|
The auto-driver was an audio Wikipedia. He started narrating the history of Jaipur while we travelled from the city towards the forts. On the way, we came across the Jal Mahal. I had already read a lot about it before going there. And yes, I was indeed mesmerized by the beauty. Jaipur, you really need to maintain and safeguard your heritage. No matter how beautiful but this place was a mess.
|Yes, it is absolutely beautiful.|
People, especially couples, think that they want a Taj Mahal made. But I want a Jal Mahal being made. In the heart of the city yet so far. You can’t reach out to people and vice versa. Exactly how a wall built around the heart world but you can at least enjoy the beauty that lies outside your wall.
Built inside the Man Singh Lake, when you see the Aravalis giving this area an outline, you are definitely transported to a different world. A true beauty.
|So much of calmness.|
The next destination was the Nahargarh Fort. I was so glad I did not take my car because I couldn’t have driven up till there. I had no idea about that tricky path. The drive uphill(and downhill) is fun. The view is fun. The jungles around are fun. Damn, this fort definitely served the purpose! This fort became much popular after the shooting of the movie Rand De Basanti.
|When you can’t convey what you want to the photographer. Anyhow, this is the best I could get.|
The seven palaces of the seven queens looked pretty okay. It is then that I realized that Mughal architecture is more royal and humongous than ours. I don’t want to compare Delhi and Agra with Jaipur at all!
|One of the seven palaces.|
According to the legends, Nahar Singh’s spirit, the then king who died, wouldn’t let the construction of this fort (then known as Sudarshangarh) complete. So, to pacify the spirit a temple was built at the top and thus the fort derived its present name.
And the place of pretty and the photographs were coming out to be really amazing and I was totally in love with my pink sweater, that wise I am sharing some of my self-love too. Thanks for bearing with me.
|Yes, I am tired of all the walking with my heavy bag. But backpackers swag. However, I was a backpacker only during the day time because after the journey I decided to go luxurious!|
The view from the top of this fort is good. It looks directly above the Pink City of Jaipur.
|If only my camera could capture the real beauty.|
Then the auto-driver proceeded towards Jaigarh fort. Please plan your route according to the location of these forts. Nahargarh and Jaigarh are on the same path while Amber Fort is in the opposite direction.
The main attraction of Jaigarh Fort is the world’s largest cannon on wheels. This canon is called Jaivan and it is massive. Like MASSIVE.
By the time this was finished, I was famished. I had my lunch at a restaurant situated in the fort itself. They claimed that it was started by a person who carried the bloodline of the cooks from the royal kitchen. I have no idea if that was true but the food was good.
The next in the list was Amber Fort. All right, if you are always in awe of forts, this one is definitely going to catch your attention and love. Jaipur, if only you could maintain this a li’l bit more. This fort overlooks the Maota Lake, where I actually caught some fishermen fishing.
|The fort looks huge. And it is huge!|
The view from the top is dreamy and beautiful. Although the pictures on the internet are full of greenery but it is all barren. I want to believe its seasonal!
|I just loved this place and the view.|
Once you reach the top, the palaces, the gardens and everything else are just mesmerizing. However, please don’t go during a busy weekend as I did. You will not be able to enjoy the beauty thoroughly.
After having a good view of the city from above, I headed to the Ramakrishna Mission. Because I have been initiated and I decided it somewhere in my head that I will go to the Mission of every place that I go, if possible. And largely because my mother made it sure that I do visit it by reminding me every hour before my journey started.
|RK Ashram, Jaipur.|
I love the missions. They are the most peaceful places on this earth. After spending some good minutes there, I started towards my hotel for the 2nd January night.
The night was spent sitting on the rooftop alongside the pool, enjoying the light winter breeze, gazing at the stars and praying for a new beginning with the new year.
After a hearty breakfast and hearty might be an understatement because it was too good and too yummy, I headed back to the Sindhi Camp Bus Station for my Volvo Bus. The bus was pre-booked.
The journey back home was more pleasant because it was a kind of trip I wanted to be. Just perfect 🙂