A Trip to Rajasthan (Jaipur)

I just got a reminder from Google Photos’ assistant that 1 year ago, I was in Jaipur this time. Some beautiful memories popped up in the form of pictures and I felt like sharing them here. It was a short but fun trip. I spent a weekend at my friend’s place. Here are some sites I explored during my short visit to the Pink City of India.

Patrika Gate

This is a big gate that looks like a palace, but it’s just a gate. This structure is made with pink sandstones on the outside and the surface of its inner walls are covered with many beautiful paintings and patterns. The artwork is breathtaking.

A visit to this gate won’t consume much of your time and it will provide a great backdrop for some amazing instagrammable photos.

Photo credit- Sonali Sinha

Even the ceilings and archways are painted with intricate colorful patterns. This is a must-visit place for art lovers.

Ceiling of Patrika Gate

Amer Fort

This is a beautiful palace that is located on top of a small hill outside the city of Jaipur. It is hardly 10 kms away from the main city and is definitely worth a visit when you are in Jaipur.

This palace is made up of pale yellow and pink sandstones, and possesses many attractions such as deewane-aam, seesh mahal, underground tunnels, etc. It is recognised as an important World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

If you are visiting in evening, you might be able to witness the amazing light and sound show (inside the fort) that describes the history of the palace.

Nahargarh Fort

Situated on the edge of Aravalli hills is another fort called Nahargarh fort. This is about 5kms away from the Amer fort. So, you can visit both forts on the same day. There are e-rickshaws available from Amer fort to Nahargarh fort. We decided to walk but it was a bit tiring. It looked like it was very close but the hill slope was steep. Make sure to reach the hilltop and get tickets before 5 pm. We were 10 minutes late and could not get the entry inside the fort. So we just enjoyed the view from outside. The scenery is beautiful and the city of Jaipur is clearly visible from this point.

Albert Hall Museum

This is the oldest museum of Rajasthan, and it has beautiful exhibits from different parts of the world.

It has a very rich collection of sculptures, paintings, artefacts, ancient royal jewellery, weapons, armour, coins, etc.

There is also an Egyptian Mummy in the basement area which attracts a lot of people.

Hawa Mahal

This is another beautiful palace built with pink and red sandstones. It was built for queens and other royal women to enjoy the view of everyday life on the streets.

Hawa Mahal means “The Palace of Wind” . It gets its name because of the numerous large windows which facilitates the flow of wind into the whole palace.

This extraordinary structure is situated at the heart of the Pink City amidst the hustle-bustle of the street markets. There are some local rooftop cafΓ©s in front of Hawa Mahal from where you can enjoy its beauty sipping a cup of coffee.

It is illuminated with beautiful lights in the evening.

Conclusion

Jaipur is a magnificent city with a rich cultural and architectural heritage. I wasn’t able to see everything due to the lack of time. If you are planning to visit Jaipur, here are some other places to explore- City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Rambagh Palace, Chokhi Dhani, Birla Mandir, etc.

This short trip was full of excitement and fun. I was in a different zone altogether.

Since Jaipur is a peaceful and clean city, I was thinking about settling there for a while (I even applied for a job). But certain things didn’t work out. Perhaps, Pink City was just meant to be a short jaunt that filled my bag of memories with sweet and beautiful moments.

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

Winnie the pooh
Photo credit- Sonali Sinha

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