I had done trips to Jaipur earlier as well, and so, when the cousins got together and planned a 2-day trip to the pink city, I wasn’t as excited at the prospect. It took them an entire day to convince me to tag along. I’m never the one to back down on travel plans but Jaipur, being only a 4-5 hrs Delhi to Jaipur trip, makes it one of the most frequently visited travel destinations. Anyway, I reluctantly gave in but wasn’t showing much enthusiasm since I was dreading the bus ride. It was only when I learned that it was going to be a Delhi to Jaipur trip by road that I cheered up.
With everything arranged, bags packed and cab hired, we finally left on the Delhi to Jaipur trip on a nice Saturday morning. Only later would I realize that this would turn out to be one of the most memorable trips of my life.
Itinerary: New Delhi→Jaipur via NH-8
Distance covered: 275 kms
Places Visited: Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Chokhi Dhani, Jaigarh fort, Jal mahal, Hawa Mahal, Bapu bazaar, Birla temple
No of days: 2
Day 1: New Delhi→Jaipur
After an early breakfast, we boarded our cab for Delhi to Jaipur trip from New Delhi and headed out towards Jaipur along NH-.8. We planned to reach Jaipur by 1:00 pm so that we could roam around the city in the evening. We had made prior bookings at Hotel highway King. We reached the hotel in about 4.30 hours and rested for a bit. Our rooms were quite comfortable. We had lunch at the hotel itself and headed out for sightseeing around 2:00 pm. We planned to visit the Birla temple and then go to Chowki Dhani in the evening.
And so we left for the Birla Temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, the Birla temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur. It is completely built in pure white marble.
photo credit: P.Sachin.Nayak via photopin cc
The best part about this temple is that apart from idols of Gods and Goddesses, pictures/figures of several religious saints, philosophers and historical achievers, like Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, etc. are also included in the temple. The place was quite serene and beautiful. We spent a few hours there and then left for Chowki Dhani.
Every time I come to Jaipur, I make it a point to include this place in my itinerary. If you ask me, this is the best place to go to if you want to see the actual culture of Rajasthan laid out in front of you. I was beginning to enjoy the trip by now. The time at Chokhi Dhani passed beautifully as I danced around with my cousins and later had the delicious Rajasthani cuisine served in traditional Rajasthani style.
The whole place was lit up by lamps and the colours of this place are enough to leave you spellbound. None us wanted to leave that place but had to, since we were quite tired and wanted to make the most of the next day.
We returned to the hotel at 9:00 pm and headed straight to our beds.
Day 2: Exploring Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Jal mahal, Hawa mahal, Jaigarh fort and the Bapu bazaar
We got up early the next day, had breakfast at our hotel and by 9:00 am we were out in our cab to explore the magnificent palaces that the pink city has to offer. First, we headed to the Jantar Mantar observatory. This age old observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking the location of various stars, ascertaining the declination of planets, and determining celestial altitudes.
There are guides available who can take you around the place and make you understand the whole functioning. Even though this wasn’t the first I was visiting this place, it did not fail to awe me all over again.
Our next stop was the Hawa Mahal or the Palace on winds. This beautiful palace is named so because, originally, it was constructed so that the royal women could observe the festivities going on in the streets below, in an airy compound, without being exposed to anyone from outside.
The Hawa Mahal provides a mesmerizing glimpse into the lifestyle that the kings and the queens led. We spent an hour going around in the palace and taking photographs.
After that, we headed to the Jaigarh Fort. This fort, also known as the Hill of Eagles is located a little further away from the city. Home to Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1726, when it was built, the palace houses the largest cannon in the world referred to as the Jaivana. It is located on top of a hill in the Aravalli range and offers a splendid view. It also overlooks the Amer Fort, to which we next headed after spending some time at the Jaigarh Palace.
We drove right to the gates of the fort and strolled inside. Built from pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble, the Amer fort is divided into a number of courtyards. It is magnificent in its splendor and a sight to behold. We spent about an hour and a half exploring the various Fort sections and clicking gorgeous photographs.
Before leaving, we had coffee at the Café coffee day near the exit gate and then boarded our cab to hit the road towards the Jal Mahal and then to Bapu Bazar. The Jal Mahal is located right in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. It is a very serene experience and lifts you far away from the chaos of the city horns and blares. Soon after, we left for Bapu bazaar.
Famous for its crafts’ shops, this bazaar is one of the main markets in Jaipur. It has almost everything available for you to buy. We got a couple of Rajasthani handloom dresses and little pieces of jewelry for folks back home.
It was now time for our drive back to Delhi. With heavy hearts, we bid the city of palaces goodbye and at 5:00 pm by our watch, started our journey back to Delhi. The Delhi to Jaipur trip had been extreme fun.
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