A month of stress, illness and discomfort finally flew by. I am welcoming April almost after a week. The only amazing thing I could cherish in March was my weekend escape to Jaipur.
Road trips are far exciting and adventurous. You get to explore everything from the grass root level. So March was one month we chose for a road trip after a gap of good 1.5 years. This stretch of 260 kms (Delhi to Jaipur) was covered in about 5 hours which included quite a few stops as we were on a relaxed trip rather than a hush-hush one. No boundations regarding the time, we left Delhi at 7am and thankfully crossed Gurugram before the peak traffic hours which could have got us stuck for the next 2 hours.
Jaipur or the ‘Pink City’ and capital of Rajasthan needs no introduction. This flamboyant city is a melting pot of cultures, heritage and magnificent architecture. With the Royal families ruling this city, this place is truly the land of Palaces, Forts & Kings and is renowned for the opulent & extravagant palaces, the royal courtyards and the beautiful gardens
We chose to stay on the ‘Tonk road’ at Radisson Blu which was located on the main road connecting the city highway and many prevalent tourist spots. A minimum 2-3 days should be spared to explore Jaipur !
MY EXPERIENCE :
DAY 1 :
1. CHOKHI DHANI : A luxurious heritage resort located on the outskirts of the city, on Tonk road itself is sculpted on a typical ‘Rajasthani village culture.’ Showcasing and thereby creating a traditional ambience, this place is a must visit. To avail this opportunity, we reached the place by 5:30pm ; Bought the tickets (which are reasonably priced) and entered in. Our entry ticket included a traditional Rajasthani meal per person. There are numerous tickets also varying in the price based on the choice of dining experience you opt for. Offering an array of traditional entertainment : dance performances, singing, camel rides, elephant rides, acrobats and many fun loving games, this place shouldn’t be missed out ! One may even opt for staying at this resort, where you get an ultimate experience of the village culture. However, we chose only to be there for an entire evening rather than a stopover. General timings for Chokhi Dhani is 5:00pm till 11:00pm.
The sumptous rajasthani thali at Chokhi Dhani !
DAY 2 :
1.HAWA MAHAL : Constructed with red & pink sandstones is a must visit when in Jaipur. This royal mahal is located in Old Jaipur. The palace has carved domes with 953 jharokhas or over hanging balconies through which wind can pass and is thus known as the “Hawa Mahal”
In a cafe located right opposite to the Hawa Mahal !
- THE CITY PALACE :
DAY 3 :
1. JAL MAHAL :Also known as the ‘Water Palace’ and situated right amidst the Man Sagar lake, this Palace is another feast to the eye, that too specifically in the evenings when it’s lit up. One can only see this palace from a distant spot. We got to visit this place during the daytime rather than the evening !
2.AMER FORT : A fort which is famous for it’s royal family and many bollywood movies shot here makes this one a prominent spot to stopover. It took 4 generations of Raja Sawai Jai Singh to complete the construction of this magnificent framework. Try not to miss out on the famous light and sound show that occurs every evening here in different languages. Time slots vary. However the best time to avail this opportunity is to go for the 7:30 pm show (in hindi) during summers and 6:30 pm show (English) during the winters.
Rajasthani food needs no preface. Apart from the famous Rajasthani Thali’s at Chokhi Dhani one can even find great food at one of the highly rated and famous rooftop restaurants of all times :
1. THE PEACOCK ROOFTOP RESTAURANT !
Not only serving a typical Rajasthani meal, but also spreading their reach from Contemporary , Mughlai, Thai, Chinese to Indian cuisine; all is a treat here.Though one needs to be there on time or you may have to wait for 1/2 hour to 45 mins. Be there on time and find yourself some parking in advance if you’re in your own vehicle, as this one is located in a residential area !
Stacked up with foreign tourists, you may not find many Indians tourists or locals out here. A beautifully lit up rooftop restaurant, giving you a laid back feel , filled with backpackers and melodious live music. What else can one ask for ?
We tried on a number of dishes here and were amazed with the services as well ! this place totally revived a village cultured feel I got in Ubud, Bali ! A must visit when in Jaipur !
2. RAWAT KI KACHORI !
The ultra famous Kachoris are a feast when in Rajasthan. Rawat serving one of the best kachoris in jaipur along with many such famous snacks like ‘Mirchi Wada’ , is a must visit. After all its a holiday. One may diggin to such guilty pleasures 😉 Also try out the almond milk !
What are your favourite spots near Delhi for a weekend getaway ? And how would you guys prefer to spend it ? Lemme know in the comments section 🙂
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