Jaipur is a majestic city in the state of Rajasthan, INDIA. Prior to the Indian independence of 1947 Jaipur had a strong attachment with their rulers and even today when democracy is flourishing in the nation, people of Jaipur & Rajasthan have deep respect to their culture, historical monuments and we feel very proud of our royal palaces which are turned into luxury hotels & resorts. (Note- 2 of them comes in the list of top 50 hotels in the world, as per Forbes magazine).
So in post our friend CB Singh from Rajputana Cabs which is a popular taxi firm in Jaipur has prepared a nice step by step post which will assist all traveler friends to spot, sleep & snack in Jaipur.
What to explore in Jaipur?
Well the first thing which will catch your eyes will be the Pink city in Jaipur or the older part of the town. Pink city is a 10-12 Km area which is colored totally “Pink”. Well thanks to the royal family of Jaipur who ordered to completely paint the city in pink just to welcome the King of Wales in 18th century. In this part one can explore City Palace (the royal residence if Jaipur Family), Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) & Jantar Mantar (an astrological park created by a King Man Singh to calculate the planets distance).
Apart from the Pink city monuments one must move towards the amazing forts in the Amer road region. Here Jaipur offers Jaigarh & Narahgarh fort (War forts), Jal Mahal (Water Palace- a beautiful palace situated inside a deep lake) and my favourite Amer Fort. Amer fort is the number 1 spot to see in Jaipur & this massive fort has the capacity to keep more than 100,000 soldiers. There are many beautiful gardens and on its 2nd floor it has the “Sheesh Mahal”. It’s a small part of the fort which is totally made up of mirror and precious gem stones.
Finally in my list of places to see in Jaipur I will include Chokhi Dhani. Chokhi Dhani is a new concept in Jaipur tourism and in the last year it has become a state level success as they have opened more branches in the neighboring cities of Jodhpur & Jaisalmer. Chokhi Dhani is a village based theme resort which offers evening programs related to Rajasthan culture, dance & food. So in my opinion if you want to know about Rajasthani culture ASAP, than Chokhi Dhani is a nice option.
A good advise will be to rent or hire a car in Jaipur city to explore all the attractions which we have mentioned above and if you are traveling in group then you can rent or hire a ac bus in Jaipur city which again isn’t expensive.
Where to sleep in Jaipur?
Now as I mentioned above that many royal palaces in Jaipur turned in luxury & hotels but actually there is a story behind it. In the pre-independence era when the rule of democracy was introduced in the state and because of that all the monarchs had lost their imperial powers. Now with their current financial resource they wouldn’t had lasted more than 10 years as they were still the owners of some of the most beautiful palaces which are simple huge. So to maintain these palaces many monarchs (as Rajasthan have like 1000’s) converted their palaces into museums but some smart ones opted for Luxury hotels & resorts.
So in Jaipur we have 3 amazing resort hotels which are Aram Bagh (250 year old), Raj Palace (400 year old) and Samode palace (300 year old). Aram Bagh was one of the main residences of Jaipur royalty and today it’s the most reputed resort as every foreign ambassador who visits Jaipur loves to stay here.
Raj Palace was one the royal residence & court of Maharaja of Amer and now it’s one of the most beautiful resorts where getting accommodation is like winning a lottery. And finally Samode Palace which was the residence of the Prime Minister of Jaipur and its location is simple astonishing. It’s situated in the middle of Aravalli hills and is just 45 Kms from the main city.
Well apart from the high end option Jaipur offer many pocket friendly hotels. Like the region of Sindhi camp, Amer road, Bani park offers some low & medium budget hotels which will cost like 20 to 100$. So accommodation in the city isn’t expensive.
What to eat in Jaipur?
Snack. Well I used this term in the title instead of eat as I wanted all “S” over there. Now Jaipur food is the spiciest food in the nation. So an advice from a Jaipur expert (like me) will be “Always carry a water bottle in the city as more than 95% of street food & even in 7 star resorts is spicy”. Some of the famous dishes of Jaipur are:
Laal Maans- A non-vegetarian dish made with lamb meat.
Dal Baati Churma- Also known as the national dish of Rajasthan, it’s a vegetarian dish containing Dal (cereals), Baati (roasted bowls made of wheat flour) and Churma ( a sweat mixture made of clarified butter, sugar & gram flour)
Well apart from spicy food we have some amazing sweets like “Ghewar” a traditional dish which is prepared only in festivals, “”Malpua” which is very similar to pancakes but our pancake is totally covered with sweet hot sugar syrup. So you can also enjoy the remaining 5% dishes of Rajasthan which isn’t spicy.
Well that’s all what we can tell you about Jaipur but I believe that the best way to experience the all above points is to experience them with your own hands. So just book a flight to Jaipur, preferably in winter (November to March) and explore the city with your friends & family. If you want any information on Jaipur than I have mentioned some references in the bottom of the post or you can also comment them. I will love to revert on them. Till then, happy travelling.