Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1

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1st Jan 2016
Photo of by Shashank Sinha

Location: Jaipur

Distance from Delhi: 282 KM

On 1st Jan, 2016, I took a road-trip to Jaipur.

Rajasthan's tourism flourishes in the winter months. Mostly the Delhi crowd flocks to this state which is pretty active culture wise.

We reached Jaipur about 11:30 AM after a 5 hour drive from Delhi.

Day 1

Hotel Golden Manor

We made the booking via MMT. The rooms were made available to us instantly and were tidy. No complaints from the management.

2 rooms for 5 Adults cost us: Rs 3,111/- (1 Night)

Room Category: Club Room

Photo of Collectorate Circle Park, Sawai Jai Singh Highway, Bani Park, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Collectorate Circle Park, Sawai Jai Singh Highway, Bani Park, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shashank Sinha

After having lunch, we headed straight away to the city's major attractions first.

The city is really Pink! Pale pink although. Wait, pale orange rather? :P I don't know, you decide.

Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shashank Sinha

Jantar Mantar:

Entry Cost: Rs 50 for Indians & Rs 200 for Foreign Tourists

Duration of Opening: 9 AM to 6 PM

The Jantar Mantar monument in Jaipur, Rajasthan is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, and completed in 1734.

Photo of Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shashank Sinha

Located near City Palace and Hawa Mahal of Jaipur, the monument features masonry, stone and brass instruments that were built using astronomy and instrument design principles of ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts.

Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha

The instruments allow the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye.

Jantar Mantar features the world's largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha

In the distance you can see the pride of Jaipur, the Amer Fort.

Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha

Restoration work being done to keep the historical monument in pristine form.

Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha

The observatory is an example of the Ptolemaic positional astronomy which was shared by many civilizations.

Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha

In totality 45 minutes to 1 hour is enough to roam about Jantar Mantar. However, this time can stretch if you hire a guide, since he'd do a better job explaining what each instrument is & how it functions.

Hawa Mahal:

Entry Cost: Rs 50 for Indians & Rs 200 for Foreign Tourists

Duration of Opening: 9 AM to 4:30 PM

Hawa Mahal ("Palace of winds" or "Palace of the Breeze") is named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside.

So much for privacy back in those days :P

Photo of Hawa Mahal, Hawa Mahal Road, Badi Choupad, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Shashank Sinha

Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.

Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha

Perhaps a music event was organized here, but we couldn't wait till dusk as we had planned shopping in the city as well.

Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Jaipur, Ajmer & Pushkar - A Short Getaway to the Pink City - Part 1 by Shashank Sinha

After covering the 2 main viewpoints of Jaipur, we went local street shopping in the market area. There's a great opportunity for bargaining on every product you lay your eyes on so use your speaking skills well.

I bought camel leather juti's from here. Although I regretted my decision later as the same were being sold at a much less price in Pushkar!!

That is why you should read the 2nd part of this journey. Meet me there.