The capital and largest city of Rajasthan, it also is the cultural capital of arguably, the most vibrant state of India. You need a day to cover the Pink City, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jantar Mantar, which are really nearby but owing to the crowded part of city they’re in, will take immense time. Also, its the perfect destination to do some quintessential Rajasthani shopping.
Next day, we moved over to Amer and visited Nahargarh and Jaigarh forts on the way! Amer still maintains an old world charm and away from the bustling metropolis of Jaipur, keeps the Rajput flavor intact.
Jaipur takeaways being: the famous cuisine of Rajasthan, an evening in Chokhi Dhani (an ethnic Rajasthani themed resort), the Albert Hall museum, local bazaars and really hospitable people!
Art performers on a Jaipur street!
Moving over to Jodhpur, that night.
Trekking to the Mehrangarh fort amidst the Blue City of Jodhpur was an ‘azure’d treat, we absolutely savored! The fort museum is interesting and people wanting to discover the history of the city would love it. Watch out for the occasional performers on the street… The aura they create is immensely powerful with the setting! The culinary offerings of the city, for what the city is known best for, exceeded the expectations.
Did I mention the Umaid Bhavan Palace yet? No? Well I saved the best for the last! It leaves a lasting impression of the city before we move over to the sands of Jaisalmer.
The Big Gun of Rajasthan, exactly as Jodhpur is!
Heading over straight to Sam, some 50 km West of the city to experience the much-acclaimed sand dunes of Rajasthan. Midway lies the desolate ruins of the destroyed city, Kuldhara. This is the best place to do out’sand’ing outdoor activities like paragliding, jeep safari, camel ride or any other sand thing you may come up with. We spent the night in a tent by the bonfire under the stars, enjoying traditional folk music and dance.
Next day, we lived the unique golden city and visited the living fort of Jaisalmer, archived havelis and enjoyed boating in the Gadisar Lake. Jaisalmer is quintessentially the best of Rajasthan and this day shall truly remain etched in “golden” letters in my travel journal!
Drenched with adventure, awestruck with beauty and brimming with curiosity for the next course of this big sumptuous meal, we left for the final place in our itinerary, Pushkar.
Pushkar is a fabulous little town located close to Ajmer. Although primarily known for its large annual camel fair and a famous temple of Lord Brahma (believed to be the only one in the world), I believe Pushkar is a sure-shot place to be discovered by anyone wanting to get a real unadulterated taste of Rajasthan and a chance to interact with crazy locals, beasts, food and what not!
No perfect Rajasthan trip is complete without Pushkar *full stop*.
Come round here in the best weather to make sure you make the most of the experience! Get ready to be amazed!!
Give it a try...
Well, befriending a camel ofcourse. On your next Rajasthani trip!