It was an interesting sight in front of me, the streets were crowded, the shops were all bright and colorful inside, while the whole atmosphere was pink. The delicacies on the street shops were mouth watering. I could not resist myself to a treat of Pyaz ki Kachori and a kulhad of Lassi. Pyaz ki Kachori is a fried onion pastry while Lassi is a sweet dish made from curd and served in an earthen glass called as Kulhad. I moved on to look at the next shop where there were colorful household and decorative items on display. It took me almost two hours just to know my surroundings and breathe in the air of Jaipur. I also caught a glimpse of the famous Hawa Mahal from a distance. After which I came back to my hostel tired from all the walking and eating.
I had intended to meet some friends in evening. The two girls came right on time, like just two hours after we decided to meet at Bapu Bazaar. Bapu Bazaar is a marketplace almost adjacent to the old city, or it may be a part of it only. The marketplace was famous for its variety of traditional clothes, jewelry, and other decorative items. The two girls initially helped me buy some gifts for my mom, home and my girlfriend after which they went on a shopping spree and took me to every shop in the whole Bazaar to buy some traditional clothes for themselves. I usually do not like to shop, but honestly, this bazaar had an essence to it which I wanted to capture in dozens of photographs. From colorful windchimes to enormous earrings and traditional ghagra to mystical quilts, Bapu Bazaar had it all. I have to admit to the fact that my friends were excellent guides.
While we munched on some snacks, my friends took me to the sunset view of the Albert Hall Museum. Situated in the heart of the city, somehow this place seems to come in any route to the place that you may wish to go. The view was beautiful, a long street connected went up to the Museum with carved lamp posts on both sides of the road. It was peace to just sit there and relax. We sat on one side of the road, watched the sunset and the night to fall. They left in a short while and I took out my mobile phone to capture every possible thing there was to capture. I took a long stroll home, exploring new parts of the old city, talking to the shopkeepers, knowing about the city and munching all the way. I just couldn’t seem to get enough of all the snacks on display on streets.
The nights are a little cooler in Jaipur. I found out back at my hostel that my room had new travelers. We compared our notes about the city till midnight and quickly went to sleep as there was a lot on my list for tomorrow.