The Pink City got it’s name due to the colour of the stone that is extensively used for construction in Jaipur. The colour pink also represents hospitality. In 1876, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink in order to welcome Queen Victoria and Prince of Wales as their guests. Since then, the residents have maintained the tradition till date.
It’s only a matter of few more days and the ideal time to visit Jaipur will be long gone. Winter months are known to have the most tourist visits to Rajasthan. Starting November till February, the temperature ranges between 20°C to 25°C in mornings and drops till 5°C at nights. It is always a better idea to pre-book your hotel during these months due to the high occupancy rates and low availability of rooms.
By road, Jaipur is almost 270 Kms away from New Delhi, i.e, it would approximately be a 4 hour long drive. In order to save on travel time, one should start early morning to beat the traffic and gain more time to explore the city once you’re there! If you’re opting for a flight, it will take approximately an hour to reach. Whereas, the rail distance is roughly 288 Kms which will be covered in 5 hours.
If you’re off for a weekend getaway or do not have much time to explore, here is your agenda which would let you soak in the most of Jaipur in 2 days!
1. Breakfast at Rawat Mishthan Bhandar –
Rawat Mishthan Bhandar located in Sindhi Camp, opens at 6:00 AM making it easier for travellers to experience authentic Rajasthani desserts and street food on the go. They are known for their finger-licking Pyaaz Kachoris and their authentic desserts such as Phirni and Ghewar.
As a side note, please make sure you completely forget about your calorie count once you’ve entered Rajasthan – The food is as rich as their heritage! I decided to go all out and ate Pyaaz Kachoris, Jalebi, Dhokla with cold Badam Milk!
After your hearty breakfast, you are all set to leave for Nahargarh Fort!
2. Sightseeing at Nahargarh Fort –
About 600 ft. above the city, Nahargarh Fort proudly stands on one of the oldest hills of the Aravalli Range. Nahargarh roughly translates to “Abode of the Tigers” and hence served as the mighty barrier which defended Amer from enemy attacks.
On the way to Nahargarh Fort, make sure you go via Amer Road so that you can visit Jal Mahal on the way! Jal Mahal or Water Palace is situated in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Built in the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture, Jal Mahal palace is considered an architectural wonder!
The hilltop fort offers a miraculous view of the city as well as the surrounding vistas and gives insights into the lives of the Rajasthan royals. The king, Maharaja Ram Singh, had 9 wives and each one of them had separate two-story apartments.
I spent my afternoon exploring the regal hallways and chambers and admired the intricate carving work within the fort. The royal residence possesses Indo-European architectural designs and a pristine composition.
3. Evening at Chokhi Dhani Village Fair –
Chokhi Dhani is a concept capturing the true spirit of Rajasthani culture. It is a landscaped area which aims to preserve and encourage the rustic village lifestyle. There is a fair every evening with live entertainment, folk dances and music performances, rides, village style games – magic and puppet shows, horse/camel rides, craft bazaars, fortune tellers, etc.
Live Entertainment –
The village decor includes huts made out of wood, mud, and dried leaves with Bani Thani art paintings on the walls.
The Royal Rajasthani Feast –
Start with warm sweetened milk which is served with malai.
Next, Bajre Ki Roti with Garlic Chutney and Jaggery. The Roti (Bread) is made on a traditional Chulha which gives it a luscious smoked flavour.
For the main dining experience, you are seated in the dining hall where the authentic Rajasthani platter is served, course by course. Rajasthan is known for it’s hospitality and they make sure you feel like a king living in the lap of luxury!
The platter includes – Dal (Lentils), Bati (Wheat Bread) and Churma (Sweetened Cereal), Kadhi, Curries, Bajre Ki Khichdi, Missi Roti with Butter and side dishes as beans and chutneys. Lastly, sweet dish – Halwa with dry fruits. The food is cooked in lots of Ghee making it very rich and yummy!
Finally, you could end your trip by visiting local handicraft bazaars such as the Johari Bazaar where you could shop for textiles, semi-precious jewellery and Rajasthani sweets and street food.
Rajasthan with it’s appreciable heritage, distinctive culture and stunning landscapes will inspire you and connect you with their roots – the land of luxury is truly humble once explored correctly!
Post By: Sakshi Deswal / Appy Bistro