It was one of those chilly winter evenings in Delhi, when you wish you don't get the nature's call, cause that means you will need to wash your hands and then not be able to feel them for hours. Me and my friends (My friends and I, oh whatever!) were planning on ways to survive. The planning included "Let's make a bonfire" "let's get Old Monk, bro!" "Abbey Let's go to some warm place no" and then few calls were made, and we were set. The thing with such plans is that they are hardly ever executed. So they need to be followed up the next day. But luckily, the four-five of us were still on and we packed our bags and headed for ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi. Let me take a gap to tell you how I absolutely love this place. Buses plying on different routes, all halted in one place, so many people, so many stories, so much mystery. I have always wanted to sit on a random bus and see where it takes me (maybe i soon will).
Anyway, coming back to the point. We reached ISBT and got our tickets from the Rajasthan counter. The ticket to Jaipur from Delhi costs hardly a 200-250 bucks. This is those state transport buses with broken seats and torn covers, playing 'rangeelo something something' but I have always loved travelling like these. It has this essence that the 'AC Volvo' buses lack. We reached Jaipur early in the morning around 5 and took an auto to the nearest dharamshala. Dharamshalas in any city cost only 100 bucks for a night but they have their restrictions. We couldn't get a room in the dharamshala cause all of us did not have a valid Id (apparently college ids and pan cards are not valid). We walked around near the dharamshala and found this small hotel, bargained with the manager and got a room for 500 bucks (that's only 100 rupees a person). The room was a a basic one with one big bed (not enough for five people but we were used to sleeping in ways that lead to body-aches the next day, college life does that to you), a decent bathroon and a small balcony. The manager was really sweet and got us a tour cab for the next day at only 200 per person. The tour included The Albert hall museum, Hawa Mahal, Amer fort, Birla Mandir, Nahargarh fort, Jal Mahal, and the City Palace. So, pretty good, eh? You will find these affordable nice hotels near the railway station in abundance.
We freshened up, grabbed breakfast from the nearby small joints with amazing fresh cups of ginger chai. Our cab reached by 10 am but we had dozed off, but somehow managed to grab our bags and started the tour. Early morning temple visits is something our generation is not very used to, but the Birla temple is serene in the morning. The beautiful white marble, cold weather, lovely flowers bed create this enchanting aura. We were taken to the Albert hall museum next, It's huge! We spent around 3 hours there, gasping away at the gold laden thrones and crowns and the antique artifacts. Next, we stopped by near Hawa Mahal, had these kachoris and sabji which are available in every corner of Jaipur from the morning. We went on to the magnificent Amer fort, no other adjective could justify the beauty this fort holds in it's huge walls and mesmerizing architecture. We spent a lot of time wandering around. They also have an in-house little shop that sells jewellery and other pretty stuff. We managed to witness a snake charmer showing off his skills, a puppet show and a group of musicians singing the beautiful Rajasthani folk.
For lunch, we stopped by near Ajmeri Gate and ate in this tiny place called Dev Hotel, the meal of chicken and roti cost us hardly 100 rupees each, but was yummy! On our way back, we stopped by Jal Mahal, the driver stopped on a less crowded end, so we got down, sat on the side of the lake and enjoyed the view till sunset. We got back to our hotel at around 6 pm, freshened up and decided to walk around the nearby places. We reached the famous M.I Road, laden with shops selling beautiful jaipuri clothing and artifacts. But, we are always more attracted by food. At night, there are these shops selling chicken kebabs and tandooris and all other kinds of items. The tandoori sticks hanging outside each shop is the best marketing strategy ever. Anyway, we chose this place called 'Old Take Away'. I have had the best pudina chutney here, the best! The food cost us around 150 rupees each and I managed to finish an entire bowl of green chutney. We got back to out rooms with a cake that read 'Cheers Jaipur Trip' (God knows why!). The night ended with playing cards and laughing so loud that the manager had to come and let us know that there are other people in the hotel too.
We left for Delhi the next morning, after checking out, grabbing breakfast and strolling around a little. The return ticket cost only 200 rupees. There are private buses near the bus stand with better seats but costing only 200. Super cheap!
So one night in Jaipur, Visiting almost all places and costing entirely around 1200 bucks. Yes, it's possible. We were a group of five, but if you are solo or a couple, it will hardly cost around 500 bucks more. I have forgotten the names of many places, it's been around 3 years. But if you have any questions, you could leave a message. Happy Travelling, hope this helped. :)
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