Amidst the hustle & bustle of the capital city of Rajasthan – Jaipur, there lies tucked away the cultural legacy, inherent & distinguishable throughout the pink walls of the city. One can get lost into the by-lanes of this commercial metropolis & fail to note the grandeur & ensnaring history entwining the arts, the humanities & the society. The buzzing streets of the city clearly demarcate old & new Jaipur. The magnificence of this historical city is discernible though it’s palaces & forts, which propound solitude & leisure amidst the chaos.
City Palace, located at the heart of old Jaipur; houses gardens, courtyards and buildings & speaks volumes of Indian architectural fusion with Mughal & European styles. Jantar Mantar consists of a collection of astronomical instruments, built by Sawai Jai Singh. The masterpieces are captivating & offer an interesting theory of astronomical observations of the olden era. Hawa Mahal, the most hypnotizing architectural landmark, was built for the royal ladies, for observing the city without being noticed.
On our way to Amber Fort, we stopped by to wallow in the serenity & comeliness of Jal Mahal, which is situated in the midst of Man Sagar. Visit to Jal Mahal is currently restricted. Many prefer riding to Amber Fort on an elephant, we preferred other-wise. The hill-top view is alluring & is also a major tourist attraction. Lastly, we visited Birla Mandir, resplendent marble temple, all glorious & ornate in its vision.
There are numerous markets for shopaholics. Be it apparel, jewellery, accessories, etc. women won’t have any reasons to complain. I would recommend buying Jhootis & bags from Rani Market. Jaipur is known for block prints & Bandesh (Bandhani) suits. Post shopping, we stopped by at a vendor stall right outside Rani Market for a round of lip-smacking ‘Gol-Gappa’, which was extremely delectable.
Traditional Rajasthani food is available at most of the restaurants & is richly cooked. Jaipur is famous for its sweets, rich in pure ghee. ‘Ghevar’ is one of the traditional sweet which is a must try. We brought loads of sweets from LMB (Laxmi Mishthan Bhandaar) for our relatives back home.
Months of Oct – Jan are most favorable for visiting Jaipur. Temperature dips & the cold bites but one can complement it by enjoying a glassful of ‘Hot Milk with Malai’ on the roadside.
On the whole the experience of visiting Jaipur, one of the most exuberant & lively city, evokes fulfillment & contentment.