It’s been over a fortnight since we returned from our recent trip to Rajasthan. I can’t help but keep calling to mind the beauty and richness of the Royal State. There isn’t a place much like Rajasthan if you are planning a kid friendly or a family friendly vacation.
The colour and splendour of this city is unmatched. The royal palaces, sand dunes, marble temples, majestic forts, calm lakes, desi markets, shahi cuisine, camels and elephants galore are only a few reasons that make this place worth a visit.
Soon after the festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi ended, my husband and I decided we wanted to go for a vacation. We zeroed down to Rajasthan within minutes. The succeeding hour, we had our itinerary sorted and made the booking that night itself. We were to fly the very next day. As they say, impromptu travel plans turn out to be the most memorable ones.
Read on to find out what we did on a seven days and six nights trip to Rajasthan with a three year old:
On Day one we left our home to take a 1.30 pm flight from Mumbai International Airport.
We arrived at Jaipur International Airport around 4.30 pm
As soon as we stepped out of the plane, I could feel I was breathing the air of Rajasthan. As we drove through the pink city, the three of us were gazing at the beauty of The Pink City. The wide roads, the greens, the hath gaadis and the ancient structures were a delight to watch for a Mumbaikar like me. We took the ride in the cab to our Hotel. From the next day onwards we had hired a self-driven Zoom Car. This Car would stay with us for all six days, and we’d have to return it at their center in the city of Udaipur, where we’d be at the end of our trip.
The capital city of Rajasthan is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. I highly recommend visiting the place during winters to make your travel a little more comfortable.
We spent three days in Jaipur and here are places we covered :
1) Amer Fort And Palace
Amer fort is located amidst the scenic and rocky Aravalli Hills. It’s foundation stone was laid by Raja Man Singh and was completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh. I know this, because we hired a tourist guide as we entered. He walked us through the place as he narrated the history of it.
The large formidable walls on the outside to protect its residents from an enemy attack and the grandeur on the inside add to the magnificence of the palace. You are going to need at least a couple of hours to walk through the entire place.
Don’t forget to carry water, umbrella (to protect yourself from the harsh sun), and a camera.
The city Of Jaipur has two other forts – Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort, that are popular for their unique history and spectaculastructure. But since we had three days in Jaipur, we visited only the Amer Fort and Palace.
2) City Palace
Located in the heart of Jaipur, City Palace is a majestic amalgamation of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The palace and the museums surrounding it allow us to take a peek into the royal lives.
3) Hawah Mahal
We only drove through this beautiful structure on the outside. It’s unique architecture was breathtaking beautiful. The place has hundreds of small windows called jharokas. It is made in such a way that cool breeze enters the palace through the windows all round the year. Hence the name Hawah Mahal.
4) Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal is one of the glorious palaces in the city Of Jaipur. It is located in middle of Man Sagar Lake. We only managed to drive through the Mahal at night. The lighting enhanced it’s architectural beautiful even further at night.
5) Chokhi Dani
Chokhi Dani is an ethnic village resort in Jaipur. It re creates the traditions, celebrations and the earthiness of Jaipur under one roof. Honestly, I found the place slightly over rated. It was extremely crowded with barely any lights. It does allow you to experience the ethnicities of Rajasthan, but I found it commercialised.
6) Jaipuri Bazaar
Since the entry to palaces and forts would shut down by 5 pm, we explored the bazaars of Jaipur on all three evenings we spent in the city.
Johri Bazaar is known for precious gems, exquisite jewellery and traditional sarees.
Bapu bazaar exhibits some of the coolest leather goods, shoes, Mojris, clothes and a lot more.
The city of Jaipur welcomes it’s tourists with an open heart and has a lot of offer. We left the city with a bag full of clothes and a truck load of memories for life.
We knew it just when we decided to go to Rajasthan, that we had to offer prayers at Ajmer Sharif Dargah. Ajmer Sharif is a Sufi shrine of Moinuddin Chisti, a Sufi saint; it has the grave of the revered saint which has been preserved for a long time. It was a divine experience to watch hundreds of people bow with undying faith and love for the almighty.
Our plan was to stay back at Ajmer that night and drive to Udaipur the next day. But since we were left the shrine around 5 pm and the drive to Udaipur was about six hours, we decided to continue driving the same day.
Stat tuned for the next post about what we did in the majestic city of Udiapyr