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Exploring the Pink City

Time to Visit: During Winters
My mom has always said: “To have the most pleasant experience, travel to the hotter places during summer and to the cooler places during winters!

Both train and bus are good options to travel from Delhi. There are AC buses every hour from Bikaner House, New Delhi (nearest Metro station: Khan Market).

To Explore:

- Choki Dhani: A famous tourist place with cultural dance and music for entertainment, and traditional Veg & Non-Veg food too. Entry is charged per person.
- City Palace: This is where the royal family still resides.
- World Trade Centre Mall: The huge mall with its traditional interiors gives it a mesmerizing look.

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- Jal Mahal (Water Palace)[/i[i]]: The palace is situated in the middle of water. The best view is in the early morning and night.
- Hawa Mahal (Air Palace): a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside.

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- Amber Fort (pronounced as Amer): for the historic magnificence and the Light & Sound show narrating the tale.

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- Jai Garh Fort: The fun is in the walk to get to it, like a mini-trek; and the view from up-there is breath-taking. Feel nostalgic with the look-around of huge spaces used as kitchen, giant utensils, open space for royal kids to play and the kings and queens to sit and chat, the Palkis etc.

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- Nahar Garh Fort: Enshrines the royal vanity with the giant cannons at the premises. The Rang De Basanti spot is few steps ahead. But the spot had lost its aura when we visited, until we walked few steps above to see the entire city.

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- Raj Mandir: No, not a temple! It’s a traditionally designed movie theatre that gives the feel of royalty. It would be a Bonus if you get to see a traditional movie. We watched Bajirao Mastani!
- Babu Bazar: Best for cheap-and-best shopping: Jaipuri bandej ki saree, stoned and other kind of colorful bangles, saree etc. I got a beautiful off-white saree with blue border, big folk-dance prints above the border – for only Rs. 500/-.

Suggested lodging:
- Zostel
- Braj Haweli: They have hotels at both Old Jaipur City and New Jaipur City. Wonderfully designed rooms : all at very reasonable rates, extremely welcoming hospitatlity, and if you would be lucky, you can even get a peaceful aura at their roof-seating (under renovation, when I last stayed).
Take my reference and get best rates and hospitality.

Budget Tour Tips:

• Days required: Two to Three
• Travel as much as possible in public transport, and if in group, then Jugnoo Autos or Cabs (Ola or Uber), or ask for lifts as I did most of the times.
• If you are a student, carry Student ID card. It will save a lot of money for the student discounts at many of the forts.
Indian Coffee House: It’s a good idea to have breakfasts here: delicious, hygienic food at surprising rates.
• All the forts and palaces can be covered in one day itself; and perhaps cover Old City in one day and the New City in the other.
• Both Jal Mahal & Hawa Mahal would not take long – the former is a view from the side of the lake, and the latter is just a 15 mins walk inside.
• After these two, start with Ajmer Fort in the morning, followed by the walk (or private vehicle) towards Jai Garh & Nahar Garh Fort – both are at a height above Ajmer Fort. To visit Nahargarh Fort, take a share auto from the Jai Garh Fort exit only. Try to cover Nahargarh Fort by 5pm. It would also allow to come back to watch the Light & Sound show at Ajmer Fort.

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• Don’t shop much from the Mall unless something is exceptionally great with less chances of getting the same at the hometown. From Babu Bazaar too, buy only exclusive things and/or at exclusively cheap rates.
Choki Dhani & City Palace are too commercialized and I felt as if have lost their traditional essence, yet a visit would be fine. However, there are many other places that provide more authentic Rajasthani Thali at comparatively cheap rates, like Neelam Dhaba.

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Hope this post helps few, don't forget to share your experience.

Posted by travellingswati 04:08 Archived in India Tagged jaipur pink_city budget_travels Comments (0)

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