Jaipur has plethora of options to keep me mesmerized. As there are lots of places I would divide my article into two parts for you to experience each place with its pictures more elaborately. I visited here around April, though I would suggest travelers to avoid the summer as it gets pretty hot out here. I have taken the challenge because one of my friend who is a local has agreed to travel with me. So, I booked my train from Delhi(a double Decker train- you should try this) and it is right on time taking hardly 4 hours and costing me around 700 INR. I planned to start my travel from next day.
The first in Rajasthan have always fascinated me because of its grandeur and quaint architecture. So, I decided to go for Amer fort and Jaigarh fort to start the proceedings. It is around 1 hour journey from the main city by public transport buses (no need to book in advance as there are many available frequently). Once I reached there it felt like I got transformed to a different era of large gardens, stone structures and beautiful lakes – it all seemed so royal. There is a car facility that can drop you to the gates of the fort but I decided to walk (steep slope though). You will notice elephants on the way. Once I reach the top I found the lake below to be surrounded by beautiful colored gardens (locals told that they were jaffran – costly spices grown seperately). I admire the rocky terrains beautifully carved for the tourists. I noticed huge screened windows on every structure with a small opening in the center.
Strolling to every nooks and corners, there are four minarets on each corner – you can move to that place which will give you ecstatic views of the surrounding area. I noticed a pond beside the fort which according to legends are used by the women for bathing and men used to peep from that place ( the kings are naughty as well).