We flew from Mumbai and landed at Jaipur. We were damn hungry by the time we checked in at our hostel and started exploring the city. We ate the famous moong/pyaaz ki kachori from local shop. Late afternoon, we went to Chokhi Dhani where we enjoyed delicious Rajasthani food and great hospitality.
Get a taste of the vibrant Rajasthani culture at Chokhi Dhani, a restaurant set up like a typical village with lot of traditional dance performances and other fun activities.
Do visit the market area where they make and sell beautiful handcrafted products ranging from clothes, puppets, decorations, jewellery and many more things.
Learning to sing and play some folk songs.
After all the activities and shopping, the traditional marwari food including daal baati churma, varieties of roti (bread) and loads of makkhan (butter) will taste even better.
We started to discover why Rajasthan is truly majestic. We visited 4 forts: the city palace, jal mahel and amer fort and the hawa mahel. Although she was mesmerized by the beauty of the forts and the city, she truly enjoyed exploring the bazaars (markets) and the small but pretty spots by the tum-tum (auto rickshaw) after such an eventful day, we took the night bus to Udaipur
The city palace of Jaipur. Having a combination of Mughal and Rajput architecture, is the house of current Maharaja Padmanabh Singh
Beautiful architecture combined with huge gardens and open spaces makes the city palace really magnificent.
Can you guess how many floors does this palace actually have? 2 may be 3? No, the Jal Mahal has 7 floors, 2 above and 5 below the water. Even she was surprised when she came to know this.
On our way to next destination, we came across these statues, depicting a procession of the king with elephants and horses. The procession included some of the best folk dancers and artists.
The most elegant fort of all the forts was the Amer fort. The panoramic view from the top of the fort is just breathtaking. The intricate carvings and wallpapers made from natural colors will definitely take your heart away.
If the beauty of the fort in the day was not enough, we were awestruck by the magnificent lights and sounds show which shows the building up, evolution of the fort over the years.
Last stop before we latched onto more scrumptious Rajasthani food. The Hawa Mahal never runs out of wind! The wind is so soothing, we would have fallen asleep there, but unfortunately we were kicked out when the fort was closed.
We reached Udaipur at 5am and it was blissful to watch the sunrise in the city of lakes. We started our day by visiting the Jagdish temple. It is said that your trip is never complete unless you make new friends at new places. For us, the fun of Udaipur was enhanced when we met 3 french people, just outside the Jagdish temple and explored the city with us. We went to the city palace, lake pichola, saheliyon ki bari and witnessed fabulous traditional folk dance at bagore ki haveli. One of the best things to do is have dinner at one of the famous rooftop restaurants near the lake.
Said to be carved out of a single stone, praying at Jagdish temple will give you calmness and peace. The carvings are so intricate and minutely detailed, that it may take you hours to see them all.
Udaipur looks charming even through holes in the walls of the city palace.
The room of mirrors in the city palace is a unique, colourful room and features in no other palaces around India. You could get lost in the endless reflections if you are in the middle of the room.
A beautiful garden with lots of fountains, marble Elephants, the Saheliyon ki Bari translated as 'garden of maids', was the place of retreat for the royal women. The Lotus pond add to the beauty of the gardens.
We kicked off the best evening of our trip at bagore ki haveli by witnessing the traditional folk dances of Rajasthan, namely Chari dance, Tehra Taal dance, Gorbandh dance, Ghumar, followed by puppet show. "What a balance" she exclaimed.
Next destination of our trip was Jodhpur. The main attractions were the Umaid bhawan palace, the grand Mehrangarh fort and enjoying local delicacies and sweets.
The huge Umaid bhawan palace, part of which is still home of the king of Jodhpur and the other part is a 5 star hotel. The ancient cars museums located at the entrance of the fort is a proof of royalty enjoyed by the kings.
The lofty mehrangarh fort is not only one of the largest fort but also one of the oldest fort in India. My friend ended up comparing my height to the height of the walls of the fort.
Take a chance to stand in the anghan and look around… even the air of this place dances to the beats of rajasthani music between those grand arches.
Have you ever seen how the fort looked in old times? Well it’s the same…barely anything has changed… the traditions of Rajasthan are passed on not changed. The architecture will catch your eye even when there is no colour.
Head to the top of forts to steal a splendid view of this blue city. Well, there aren’t any archers standing up there now, so why now watch a sunset instead?
When traveling with a woman, shopping is a must. We wandered around the narrow market streets to buy the folk dress Ghagra Choli and the beautifully woven Jootiyan (shoes).
Having visited the Pink city (Jaipur), the city of lakes (Udaipur), the Blue city (Jodhpur), she really felt the air of royalty in Rajasthan. Her eyes bloomed with all the colours and intricate designs. At the same time, She was jealous of me for having grown up in such a majestic environment. Finally before leaving she said "You should get married soon as she definitely wants come back to Rajasthan and experience a Marwari wedding"