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The humongous forts, regal cuisines, unrivaled architecture and, royal heritage is what comes across our mind when we think of backpacking Rajasthan. It has always been on top of my list of places to visit in India, and when finally the opportunity arrived I didn’t hesitate to grab it!
The opportunity to visit Jaipur came as an invitation to attend a wedding. Later, I set out to explore other Rajasthan cities too. I will begin with my solo travel to Jaipur, the city which is painted in a pink hue. Jaipur is different, culturally and architecturally. The capital city is very famous among tourists that come from all over the world making it a tourist
If you roam around the old city, like a true backpacker to Jaipur, you will notice pink colored buildings all around. Why Jaipur is named Pink City? Apparently, in 1876 the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria was on an India voyage and to awe them Maharaja Ram Singh, then ruler of Jaipur painted the whole city pink, to welcome the guests. S
Day 1 : City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal
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As I entered there was a humongous courtyard in front of me that has the Diwan-i-Khas. The Mubarak Mahal is a museum within the complex that is dedicated to royal textiles where all the costumes of Maharaja and Maharani are kept.
While Chandra Mahal is a seven-storey palace where you can visit the Ranga-Mandir, Pitam-Niwas, Chabi-Niwas, Shri-Niwas, and Mukut-Mandir.
A short stroll away from City Palace lies Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the best places to visit in Jaipur. It is one of the five observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. It is a wonder for astrologers and architects that attracts visitors all over the world who remain bewildered by the level of scientific knowledge our ancestors possessed.
The observatory consists of nineteen instruments. Apart from telling the accurate time it also allows observation of planetary positions, predicting eclipses, locating major stars and much more.
After exploring City Mahal and Jantar Mantar, I stopped by the local market for some shopping. Bapu Bazaar is famous for its handicrafts and traditional art. Explore the streets around and get indulged in some lip-smacking food. Don’t forget to try the lassi and kachori. Yum! I surely was loving backpacking Jaipur.
Next up, Hawa Mahal constructed out of red and pink sandstone, showcase exemplary artistic excellence. It has a
It is better to view the monument from the front. There are plenty of cafes right across the street, from where you can admire it that looks even more beautiful after sunset.
Day 2 : Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal
I was out on a venture to visit the forts on my second day of the 3 days Jaipur trip. The best part is all the three forts lie in the same path for which you just need to start early in the morning.
I booked an auto (Ola and Uber are available in Jaipur) and headed towards the Amer fort. The fort is situated atop a hill and among the six forts in Rajasthan that is UNESCO world heritage site. There are two ways to reach the fort, the first one is to take an elephant ride and later is to walk up to the top. I chose to explore the fort on foot.
There are several courtyards in the palace which reflect the intricate architecture of the Rajputs and Mughals style. It usually takes around 3-4 hours to explore the entire palace. Moreover, there is a sound and light show every evening. They tell you the story of Rajputs and explain and the interesting narration takes you through the memory lane of Amer Fort, describing its traditions and the grand lifestyle of the royal family.
Standing on the edge of Aravali Hills, it is the smallest of the three forts and built for defense purposes but interestingly it never came under attack during the course of its history.
Near the entrance, there is a Sheesh Mahal that was built later to attract tourist but it is not worth the money if you have already visited the one in Amer. As I moved ahead I saw a huge step-well which is used for conserving the rainwater. If you have seen the Bollywood movie Rang De Basanti you will recognize the place instantly.
Next is the Madhavendra Bhawan, which is the most spectacular part of the fort. It has 12 identical suites, for each of the 12 queens of Sawai Madho Singh.
I climbed up on the rooftop from the stairs in these suites to witness the panoramic view of the Jaipur city. It was a visual treat to view the city when the lights are on, but I was in a hurry to move ahead.
Located between Nahargarh and Amer is the Jaigarh fort which was built with the purpose of protecting Amer Fort. It houses a huge collection of weapons for war and served as a storehouse of all the war amours, cannons, arms and
The main attraction of the fort is Jaivana, which is the largest cannon on wheels in the world. As per history, it was fired only once as a test-fire which is believed to create a pond 40km ahead. I couldn’t manage to reach this fort on time and had to skip directly to Jal Mahal.
While returning to the city standing right in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake is the most intriguing palace. Other than stopping for some pictures of Jal Mahal, there are stalls for local snack and souvenirs.
Day 3 : Albert Hall Museum, Birla Temple
My last day solo traveling in Jaipur was pretty hectic as I had to attend the wedding for which I came to Jaipur at the first place! So, taking out sometime in between I went to see the Albert Hall Museum, famed for its exquisite Indo- Saracenic architecture. It is the oldest museum in the state and the main attraction is the 2300 years old Egyptian mummy. The best thing to do here is to have pictures with the beautiful facade.
Apart from these forts and monuments, Jaipur has some famous temples also. If you are looking for some feeling of peace and calmness, then I would highly recommend visiting Birla Mandir. The magnificent temple which is made up of white marble looks more alluring at night with hills at its backdrop.
The cultural experience in Jaipur was different and incredible. While taking up lots of memories from the city, I headed towards my next destination in Rajasthan.
I loved my backpacking trip to Jaipur, and I challenge you to go for it too! And if you need any help to plan your Jaipur trip – including a Jaipur itinerary, I will be happy to help.
In the end, what do you think of my Jaipur Travel Blog? I am hoping it was fun as well as helpful. As always let me know in the comments.