We reached Jaipur on 02 December at 11 AM. we checked into our huge retiring room on the isolated first floor of railway stations. we had a bad lunch in an old shabby restaurant, hotel Kanji.
our first visit was Alber hall museum which is located on the Ram Nivas garden, one of the beautiful locations of Jaipur. the roads are wide and clean. it was opened in 1887 and has a huge collection of galleries. Metal Art, Arms & Armour, Miniature Paintings, Marble Art, Ivory, Musical Instruments, Furniture & Wooden Art were a few. Our visit was a short and quick as we reached there by the ending time. apart from the exhibits, the views, and the symmetrical interiors were beautiful.
after spending an hour at the museum we then went to the Birla mandir. Located on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, opposite to JDA this massive marble temple was one of the 18 Birla mandirs constructed by the Birla Family. one can enjoy a beautiful evening spent here. though photography is prohibited in the temple, one can carry camera bag into the temple.
as our lunch is not satisfactory, we now feel hungry. read on some blog that one can get a tasty pav bhaji opposite to Birla mandir we searched around the temple and can not find one. Now we checked on Zomato for a good hotel for dinner and found a hotel named Thali & More in C-Scheme area. this is was one of the best hotels I ever visited. Ambiance, Staff behavior, Cleanliness, taste, cost and what not everything. we ordered a plate of Russian Salad and Pav Bhaji.
with a heavy stomach, we came back room for rest. our plan for tomorrow is Hawa mahal and City palace.
Day 2 – City Palace and Hawa Mahal
we stepped out early in the morning and took a metro to Chandpole area. after seeing metros in Delhi, Banglore, Mumbai and recently in Chennai, Jaipur seems to be no different. completed in 5 years time completely owned by Government of Rajasthan and the rolling stock is made by BEML at Bangalore factory. Chandpole Darvaja is one of the seven gates of City wall of Jaipur. it is now the biggest market area beautifully painted in pink.
there were many eateries on the streets where you can eat tasty jangri. through the markets, we reached Jantar Mantar.
Built-in 1734 CE by Sawai Jai Singh, this monument is a UNESCO world heritage site. it is mainly built from local stone, marble, bricks and Mortar. the monument underwent many restorations in British times and is declared as a national monument in 1948. the most recent restoration took place in 2006. As of date, Jantar Mantar consists 19 instruments for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking the location of major starts, ascertaining and declinations of planets. there were a number of guides available at the entrance or you may also opt for an Audio guide for self-help. there was also a souvenir shop in the complex where you can but a Jantar Mantar guide which lists all the instruments with a brief description.
City Palace of Jaipur
the seat of the maharaja of Jaipur, the city palace is now a museum but the greatest part is still a royal residence. it was built by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729-1732. in 1727 the capital is shifted from Amber to Jaipur due to increase in population and water shortage.
at the ticket counter, a lot of guides approach for help, but we opted for an audio guide and entered the palace. it was huge and grand complex and most prominent structures are Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani Palace, and Palace Museum. among all these, I found the four gates in the courtyard of Pritam Niwas Chowk as the most beautiful structure I ever visited. the photographs of these gates turned to be outstanding.
the 1.6 meters silver vessels each of 4000 liters were displayed in Diwan-I-Aam. these were named as Gangajelies. they were specially made Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II to carry the water of the Ganges to drink on his trip to England in 1901 as he was finicky about committing religious sin by consuming the English water.
after visiting palace, we walked through the busy streets called as Hawa Mahal Market passing through numerous shops which sell dresses, carpets, shoes and many house decoration items which were in typical Rajasthani style. we just viewed Hawa mahal from outside as were already exhausted and then sat for lunch at the same Thali & More Restaurent. Leaving Amber fort behind for our next visit we left Jaipur.
Leaving Jaipur we completed our first leg of our trip. 6 days 4 destinations 1495 km in Rajasthan. we now packed our bags to Devbhumi.