I have been to planning to indulge myself in Ladakh tourism, but restricting myself due to deadline-infused commitments! So for Today I’ll tell you about one destination I love to visit – Rajasthan with Jaipur being one of my favourite cities. I have lived in Jaipur for a short span of 3 months for an official assignment and I am still not over with the charm of Pink City. I revisited Jaipur recently for our anniversary and be it the busy shopping streets, well-maintained palaces or forts or the yummy street food, I enjoy every bit of my stay in Jaipur.
Most of our weekend getaways are done instantly and Jaipur trip again was done in minutes. Delhi Jaipur train tickets and hotel booking was done in the next few minutes. We opted to stay in Fortune Select Metropolitan Hotel and we totally enjoyed the hospitality. Fortune Select is one of the best stay options in Jaipur, a complete value for money hotel. Like the humble people of Jaipur, the hotel staff and the service they provided is one of the best we experienced. Our breakfast was complimentary with the stay and we were really impressed with the options available in the buffet. Everything served was fresh and tasty. The food served was really good but we wanted to try some authentic Rajasthani food so preferred authentic Rajasthani joints.
Jaipur is a beautiful city and it’s a must visit the city if you love exploring the historical monuments, also Jaipur is a shopping heaven girls; be it jewelry, traditional clothing or shoes you have a number of shopping options in Jaipur.
Johari Bazaar: If you are a fan of silver jewelry, gemstones, and semi-precious stones Johari Bazaar is the place for you. Be careful about the quality of stones and gems you purchase. If you know how to identify the authentic ones, then this is the place you should be.
Nehru Bazaar: In Nehru Bazaar you’ll find a number of textiles in-line with a variety fabrics in vibrant colors. I just love walking through these shops The traditional Rajasthani jhootis made of camel leather is the most famous item here. Make sure you buy only after heavy bargaining.
Bapu Bazaar: Bapu Bazaar is another famous bazaar for street shopping. You can purchase clothing, jhootis and show pieces from Bapu Bazar. Again make sure you bargain before any purchase.
Apart from these, there are a number of markets in Jaipur which are equally good like Tibbati market, Tripolia Market, the famous MI Road and much more.
While in Jaipur you can’t just spend your whole time just shopping. There are a number of beautiful spots which you can’t miss. Some of them are-
Amer Fort: Amer Fort, built in the 16th century, is one of the most prestigious forts in Rajasthan. Across the fort, you’ll find the artistic talent of our ancient artists with delicate artwork across the walls and floor. There is a lot to walk and explore in Amer fort. There are also options for elephant ride across the fort. Amer Fort is 11Km from Jaipur.
HawaMahal: Hawa Mahal represents the Pink city and it’s a landmark of Jaipur. HawaMahal is built with a number of small windows so that the women of Royal family can enjoy the street site without the outsiders noticing them. HawaMahal represents the ancient architectural excellence of our county which we notice in a number historical monuments.
City Palace: City Palace is one of the well-maintained palaces. The Marvellous architecture of the City palace depicts Mughal, Rajputana as well as European style. Some parts of city palace are now transformed into art museums which display armors, costumes vehicles etc used by the royal family in the past and the royal family still lives there in the part not accessible to tourists.
JantarMantar: JantarMantar is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1734.It features the world’s largest stone sundial and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a must visit for the students who visit Jaipur.
Apart from these, there are a number of marvelous forts like Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Amber Fort etc.
Also, there is Chokhi Dhani where you can experience authentic Rajasthani food and the culture in every sense. This is a hotel with a Rajasthani village kind of set up with Rajasthani folk dance, camel ride& yummy Rajasthani thali. This reminds us a Rajasthan Village which we see in movies. Chokhi Dhani is approx 24 Kms from Jaipur.
There are also a number of temples to visit as well for those who love to do so. We love to visit Jaipur again and we absolutely love how the Pink city treats us. Jaipur is a perfect Weekend Getaway from Delhi and nearby places.
Well, our secret for roaming around in Jaipur, Once you are in the city try to cover the maximum distance on foot trying the yummy dal kachoris and other street food. Also for those who love non-veg food should try out Old Takeaway hotel, MI Road. We loved their Kababs, they serve cheap and best non-veg food.