SOLO TRIP TO JAIPUR
Jaipur – My Four Day solo trip to Jaipur
This Blog – My Four Day solo trip to Jaipur consists of the places one would like to cover in the pink city, the places to eat, the bazaars, or market places to visit. Jaipur also called the Pink city, is a town in Rajasthan, India.
It is one of the most popular tourist attractions to visit. With the majestic and historical forts surrounding the city, to the colorful bazaars, and the buildings in rose colors, Jaipur has a different vibe. Once you visit this place, you find yourself getting immersed in the stories of the Maharajas and the palaces, the Rajasthani cuisine, and the colorful attires.
There are a lot of advantages of living in Delhi, one of which is one can easily visit the other two places of the golden triangle – Jaipur and Agra. Jaipur is at just 274 km from Delhi, which takes around 5 hours. I decided to take my car to Jaipur from Delhi, which I believe is the best mode of transportation as you get to enjoy the views and have an amazing road trip.
I left for Jaipur in the early morning at 6 AM and reached Jaipur around 11 AM. I stopped on my way to various places for refreshments. This is after all the best part of the road trip. The best time to visit Jaipur is between October and March.
My Four Day solo trip to Jaipur began. I reached Jaipur and checked in my hotel. I took some rest, had lunch, and my journey of exploration of this beautiful city began.
Day 1- Jal Mahal, Local markets and shopping; introduction to 4 days Jaipur solo trip
JAL MAHAL also called the Water Palace is located around the famous Kanak Vrindavan park. It is a palace situated in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. It is built in the Rajput style of architecture. The palace is a five-story building of which four floors are immersed in the water. It is built from red sandstone.
The palace is surrounded by hills, and it is a picturesque sight of the photographers and nature lovers. In earlier times, the members of the royal family came here for hunting ducks and it was a summer retreat for them.
Among the visitors, it has always been the topic of admiration and wonder, some call it haunted, some say that it is submerged due to a curse. But the secret of the palace is hidden in it and the history.
After I visited the Jal Mahal, I went to explore the markets and the famous streets of Jaipur. I love shopping and whenever I go to a place, the first thing I do is explore the streets and the markets, that is my way of connecting to the place and its people. Also, being a photographer, I use the things I buy in my shoots.
Jaipur being heaven for the shopaholics has a lot of markets-
- Johari Bazaar – For Jewelry
- Tripolia Bazaar – For Bangles
- Chandpole Bazaar – For Handicrafts
- Kishanpole Bazaar – For Textiles
- Nehru Bazaar – For Traditional Jootis
- Bapu Bazaar – For All Jaipuri Items
- MI road – For Pottery
- The Gem Palace – For Antique Charms
- Kripal Kumbh – For Blue Pottery
- Aravali Bazaar – For Home Decor Items
- Purohit Ji Ka Katla – For Wedding Items
I purchased some amazing jewelry, Rajasthani colorful dupattas, and jootis from the market. I had my dinner at LMB, Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar, the famous restaurant in Jaipur.
Day 2- Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort
AMBER FORT is one of the most visited forts in India. It was the capital of the Jaipur state and the residence of the Rajput rulers. Its architecture is a fusion of Rajput and Mughal style. The best time to visit is from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. To reach the entrance at the top, you can either walk uphill, ride on elephant back, or take your vehicle. The fort reopens again at 6:30 and is closed at 9:00 PM. Towards the bottom, Near the Maota Lake, the light and sound show is showcased.
The fort consists of four courtyards, palaces, and halls. To the right of the primary courtyard also called jalebi chowk is a temple. The timing to visit the temple is from 6 AM until noon, and then again from 4 PM till 8 pm.
I visited the fort around 10 AM and the next destination was Jaigarh fort. I had no idea that the two forts, Amber and Jaigarh are connected through a tunnel. This idea fascinated me and I decided to take that route to reach the Jaigarh fort. The tunnel is 1.5 km long, but it took me a lot of time to reach as the temperature was soaring to almost 45 degrees. When you visit in summer, make sure you carry the essentials such as a water bottle, umbrella or hat, and wear comfortable clothes.
JAIGARH FORT was built in 1726 to protect the Amber fort. The fort was built by Jai Singh II, hence the name Jaigarh Fort. The fort is believed to be similar in design to the Amber Fort. It is also called as Victory Fort, it houses the world’s largest canon known as The ” Jaivana “.
As soon as I reached the Jaigarh Fort, I started searching for a place to eat and found the Jaigarh Restaurant, which serves delicious food. I took a tour of the entire fort, the cannon foundry, and the museums took some amazing photographs and walked down the fort. I covered 15,000 steps that day. As it was already a very tiring day, I relaxed at my hotel and planned for the next day.
Day 3 – Hawa Mahal and Albert Hall Museum
HAWA MAHAL also called as Palace of the winds. It was my first visit to the Hawa Mahal, and I had no idea that a palace so grand exists inside. The palace allowed the royal ladies who at the time strictly observed “purdah”, to be able to watch any processions and activities on the street without being seen by the public.
Opening Time: 9:00am. – 4:30p.m.
ALBERT MUSEUM was built in 1876 as a concert hall. It was initially used as Town Hall. Later, the King of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II suggested using it as a museum for Industrial Arts. Later, the hall was used for displaying masterpieces of local artisans. There are 16 galleries inside the museum, which exhibits pottery, miniature paintings, metal arts, arms and armors, sculptures, etc.
Day 4 – City Palace and Nahargarh Fort;
Concluding 4 day jaipur solo trip
This was my last day in Jaipur, and I visited the City Palace in the morning, after having my breakfast.
The City Palace complex is spread over a large area. It has a sequence of gardens, buildings, and courtyards, temples, and museums to give it a grand view that reflects its historical importance and magnificent royal grace. The City Palace is open from 9 30 in the morning. The entire palace will take around one and a half to two hours to visit. They provide a composite ticket which gives you entry to the museum and the Jaigarh Fort.
It is a paradise for art and history lovers. There is also a section dedicated for the artisans of Jaipur My Four Day solo trip to Jaipur( My Four Day solo trip to Jaipur) where you can purchase souvenirs. They have traditional paintings made from organic colors and wooden replicas of the monuments. It is the perfect way to take a memory back home.
I took a bike to Nahargarh fort because I wanted to treat my eyes and soul with those amazing views of the Aravalli hills. It is located around 6 KM outside the city of Jaipur. Nahargarh fort is open from 10 00 AM in the morning to 5 30 PM in the evening. The entry fee for overseas tourists is INR 200 and students are INR 25.
Nahargarh is located along the Aravalli hills overlooking a beautiful lake. There are a food court and a restaurant at the top of the fort with an excellent view, Padao. The fort now also is home to the Jaipur wax museum and glass palace.
My Four Day solo trip to Jaipur came to an end. Jaipur is one of my favorite places, so I keep going back there again and again. I am waiting for another trip to Jaipur to cover the places which were left uncovered. I would also love to visit the already visited beautiful places with another perspective.
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