Sawai Madhopur station, 8.30am, pitstop for some hot onion and chilli pakodas and tea. Train finally reached Jaipur station at 11.45am, being delayed by almost an hour.
The first stop in Jaipur was to Rawat Mishthan Bandhar, the infamous place for Kachoris. The onion kachori was filled with spicy masala with onion, and mawa kachori was sweet with sinful portions of ghee. They were super filling, and both were yummy. If I had to choose a winner, the spicy kachoris would be the winner for a filling bfast, and those sweet ones could be shared as a dessert after a filling lunch or dinner.
After that I caught a rick to Jaipur Zostel, a really colorful and fun hostel, which has an awesome common room, got settled into my dorm. After freshening up I decided to explore the Pink city, and visit few nearby places.
Setting the GPS, I started walking towards the City Palace, but somehow ended up staring at the front gates of Jantar Mantar. I was anyway planning to visit it later, so I took tickets, walked into the park and yeah, it was kind of fun, the astrological structures were awesome though I didn't understand much about them anyway, guess astrology is not my cup of tea, unless it involves Prof. Trelawney or Firenze in the context. But it's an awesome place for those who wanna take countless selfies with complex looking architecture 😅
Next stop was to City Palace, where I preferred to take a audio tour, because I didn't want to end up being ignorant about the historical significance of the place and I didn't wanna listen to all the blabbering the guides were shouting at their foreign customers. City palace was an interesting place completely worth the hour I spent exploring it.
I took an eRickshaw back to hostel, and there I met Yasmin from Malaysia who was in the same dormitory as mine. In the evening, we decided to go to Chokhi Dhani along with her friend, Karina. Chokhi Dhani has an authentic rajasthani village setup, plus it gives you a feel that you are visiting a desert fair. We ended up watching puppet shows, dance performances and finally us performing the impossible feat of finishing a royal rajasthani thali, a feast fit for kings, and waiter kept on showering us with unlimited kulfi and jalebi, even after profusely refusing them. But they were really yummy, so no hard feelings 😅