How to do Jaipur Right; A perfect weekend getaway from the Capital

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Jaipur, the pink city, lies in the dry state where maharajas built palaces with unparalleled architectural brilliance, Rajasthan. The city is 280 km from the capital, 5 hrs away which would be brought down significantly due to the e-way making it a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi even if you have one weekly off.

Day 1

Cover the forts before the rush of the tourists set in. Jaipur has three forts which reminiscences the golden era that the city experienced.

The fort was built by one of the most trusted generals of Akbar, Maan Singh. The fort is located 11 km from Jaipur city. The tour takes you to the Hall of Public Audience, Sukh Mandir, Sheesh Mahal and Kesar Kyaari.

In case you are interested in watching a light show, the timings are 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm for Hindi and English respectively for the 50 min spectacle. The other attraction is the elephant ride which you could take anytime between 7:30 in the morning till 12:30 in the afternoon.

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Photo of Amer Fort, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon

Fort Timings : 8 am to 5:30 pm

Entrance fee and other charges

Foreigner : ₹550

Foreign Students : ₹100

Indians : ₹25

Indian Students : ₹10

Light Show in English : ₹200

Light Show in Hindi : ₹100

Elephant Ride : ₹1100

Jaigarh Fort is at walking distance from Amer Fort, located at the promontory called "Cheel Ka Teela" of Aravalli Range overlooking Amber Fort and Maota Lake. The world's biggest cannon wheels, the Jaivana Cannon, whose manufacturing took place within the fort, still sits inside the fort.

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Photo of Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon

Fort Timings : 9 am to 4:30 pm

Entrance fee:

Indians: ₹35

Foreigners: ₹85

The fort was constructed as a place of retreat, it served as a place of shelter for the Europeans of the region during Indian mutiny of 1857.

Until 1944, the fort served as the solar time read for the Jaipur State Government.

Some scenes of Bollywood movies Rang de basanti and Shuddh Desi Romance are shot here.

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Photo of Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon

Fort Timings: 10 am to 7 pm

Entrance fee:

₹200: Foreign Tourists

₹50: Indians

If you are tired from your adventures and looking for a good traditional meal, Chokhi Dhani is the place to be. The place along with the meal takes you to a ride of Rajasthan; world class traditional art coupled with everlasting dance forms could be seen.

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Photo of Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon

Entrance Fee:

₹700: Adult

₹400: Child

Day 2

Start Day 2 by visiting places which are spots that travellers would go rather than tourists.

The main attraction of the place is "Gau-Mukh" from where a small stream of water gushes out; Mystery- Source unknown. Majestically, the water source has never run dry

Photo of Galta Ji, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Galta Ji, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Galta Ji, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Galta Ji, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Galta Ji, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon

All the gardens around the place are private property now except this one.

There is an entrance fee though-

₹ 10: Indian students

₹ 50: Other Indian Citizens

₹ 25: Foreign students

₹ 200: Other Foreign Citizens

The garden is well maintained unlike the usual gardens.

Photo of Sisodia Rani ka Bagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Sisodia Rani ka Bagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Sisodia Rani ka Bagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Sisodia Rani ka Bagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon

Jal Mahal is situated in the middle of the lake, reminding you of another beauty of similar style- Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai.

Photo of Jal Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Jal Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Jal Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Jal Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon

The best lassi in town is served at lassiwala, quench your thirst with lassi in locally built pottery glasses.

Photo of Lassiwaala, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Lassiwaala, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon

You don't really realize what the hype is all about lying at your place looking at 2D screens; then you take a nice casual drive through sanganeri gate, through the market nothing special and then all of a sudden there it is, in the middle of nowhere and in that moment, that little moment, you realize what the hype is all about.

Photo of Hawa Mahal, Hawa Mahal Road, Badi Choupad, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Hawa Mahal, Hawa Mahal Road, Badi Choupad, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Hawa Mahal, Hawa Mahal Road, Badi Choupad, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon

Timings : 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Entrance Fee:

₹200: Foreign Tourists

₹50: Indians

At Albert Hall's entrance you are welcomed by a sea of pigeons, similar to what you see at the gateway of India, no more similarities could be seen though, Albert Hall is a museum, the oldest one in Rajasthan. The museum represents architecture, it is a model of brilliance used by craftsmen in the olden days for inspiration and improvement in their work.

Photo of Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon
Photo of Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aarush Tandon

Timings : 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Entry Fee :

Indians : ₹5

Foreigners : ₹30

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