This trip was very well planned. Thanks to Make my trip. They have amazing customization available in their packages which helped us to plan the trip according to our choice. It was a memorable trip for us (me and Sparsh).
The best part was the itinerary, we had the list of places to visit in our mail beforehand, this helped us to plan our time and travel accordingly. Considering COVID-19 we took all the precautionary measures so that we were safe and were not caught in the crowd. I have all the details mentioned below which you need to know before visiting Jaipur.
Where to Stay:
There are tons of hotels on Make my trip. Read the reviews and book accordingly. It totally depends on the budget. We stayed at ITC Rajputana, It was included in the package and we got a really good deal.
Where to Visit:
We reached Jaipur in the afternoon. Reached our hotel at 2 PM. We wanted to keep the day light as we were tired from traveling. Our first destination was “Panna Meena Ka Kund”. Built in the 16th Century to preserve Rainwater. It is also called Baori or stepwell. The idea behind the design was to save water from drying out. After this, we visited “Amer Fort” Situated 11 KMs from Jaipur. Built by Raja Man Singh followed by Sawai Jai Singh. Inspired by Mughal architecture, built from red sandstone and marble. It makes it so royal and extraordinary. It has Sheesh Mahal (The glass used here are Belgium Glasses) Deewan-e-Aam, Deewan-e-Khas, and Sukh Mandir.
The next day we were so fresh and ready to explore more of Jaipur. We visited Nahargarh fort built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1734. There are 9 similar apartments for 12 queens and the King. The rooms scream royalness.
After Nahargarh, We definitely had to visit Jaigarh Fort. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1726 to protect the Amer fort. It is quite famous for the world’s largest cannon – Jaivana. And the widespread water tank which has the capacity to store 6 million gallons of water. From all the forts you have a view of the Aravalli hills and Maota Lake.
Then, we visited the City Palace which has a museum, home to the royal family along with a restaurant. It was one of my favorite places to visit. They have restored all the outfits, weapons, Utensils, and other things possibly used in the olden days. I was in Aww to see the glimpse of the royal life.
We visited Hawa Mahal after the City Palace. Built-in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for the Zenana’s (Women) as at that time there used to be a Purdah system. So, the Women used to watch the outside activity through the windows. Built with Pink and Red Sandstone, Can you believe it has 953 small windows?
We had to Skip the Albert Hall (It is a must-visit place), the Jantar Mantar, and the Patrika gate as we had less time and we wanted some reason to come back here 🙂
What to Eat:
Laal Maas is really famous in Rajasthan, So if you are a non-vegetarian you must try it out.
Chawki Dhani, a must-visit place to have Rajasthani Thali. This place is a replica of Rajasthani village. You have tons of food items to eat. Games to play and a lot many other activities to do.
We used to avoid lunch, as we used to be quite full from our breakfast from the hotel. Our main focus was to have dinner.
Don’t forget to try Pyaaz ki kachori and Malai Ghewar. They are yumm.
Where and What to Shop:
There is a Bapu Bazar and local shops just opposite Hawa Mahal. You can buy Juttis, Skirts, Dupattas, Bangals, jewelry from there.
What to Wear in Jaipur:
Jaipur is a very traditional and beautiful place. If you wear something traditional like an ethnic dress, skirt, and top, some flowy outfit you will be able to take some amazing pictures. It is fun to dress up according to the cities we visit. In this way, we can experience their tradition and we can experiment with fashion as well. I (Riti) took all her Indian wear on this trip and Sparsh took all his casuals+Semi casuals for which we will have a separate blog post. Rajasthan was the best place to wear them, we have so many amazing pictures. To check that head to our Instagram – @passagebirds
I hope this blog was useful for you. Let me know if you have additional question in the comment section. You can check out my you-tube video to have the glimpse of the places, it will really make you excited to visit Jaipur.