Jaipur: The Pink city is an architectural hotspot

Photo of Jaipur: The Pink city is an architectural hotspot by Deep Shikha
Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Deep Shikha

The month of valentines and love, I was wondering last year to travel somewhere as pure as love. While checking out the google feed, I loved Jaipur at first glance and quickly booked the stay and transport for two days. Travelled overnight, welcomed by the Pink aroma. I shuffled to the city excitedly and marked my to-do list. One thing that my pen designed in my diary was that the ‘Pink City’ Jaipur is an elegant representation of the regal grandiose that has always distinguished the state of Rajasthan. With giant luxuriant palaces, mounting forts and holy temples, Jaipur have gracefully retained its royal roots and proudly displays them for travelers to see and experience.

First thing I did was to unpack my stuff and adorn the comfortables and reach the most popular destination, Hawa Mahal. The only restriction to the destination was my cozy room, the comfy architecture and placement that were stopping me to move any further. But the travelers never let these things come in between. So here the Jaipur trip begins. I booked a cab to the Hawa Mahal which was 10 km away from my stay.

Though I had seen the pictures of Hawa Mahal on Internet I was amazed to see it in real. Jaipur’s most iconic monument with the red and pink sandstone colors of Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is definitely astonishing. An amazing Mughal architecture, the pyramidal design of Hawa Mahal stands five-stories from the ground.

Photo of Jaipur: The Pink city is an architectural hotspot by Deep Shikha

As you walk through the corridors of the fort, feel fresh breeze creasing your hair and touching your skin. Live the name of the fort by feeling the waves of winds all through in and out.

Close to Hawa Mahal is City Palace Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the City Palace portrays typical Rajput style architecture complete with layers of chambers and corridors. The most exciting part was that in a portion of the palace remains the habitation of the royal family of Jaipur till today, travelers can visit another palace group including Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas and Maharani Palace. The City Palace also has a museum with an exceptional compilation of artifacts and a temple.

Photo of Jaipur: The Pink city is an architectural hotspot by Deep Shikha

The next I moved was Nahargarh Fort which is set on the edge of the Aravali hills. Established as the summer palace for the royal family, the main palace within the fort is recognized as Madhavendra Bhawan. Additionally, there are nine other double storied living spaces within the fort. Clearly depicting the Indo-European architectural style, royal frescos, and marble carvings can still be seen on the interior walls. Connected to Jaigarh Fort, the landscapes of Jaipur city are stunning from the heights of Nahargarh Fort.

It feels that you have not traveled much yet by reading this, but literally walking throughout the forts and palaces was as same as walking some km continuously but with an amazing view.

And I was too hungry at this moment, so I found out a nearby restaurant to eat- Nahargarh Palace restaurant.

Wanted to try something of Jaipur itself so I ordered Daal Baati A popular dish of Rajasthan, it was served with hard wheat rolls and ghee. Soon as I checked more restaurants I realized that most local eateries in Jaipur have it on their menu.

Jal Mahal:

Photo of Jaipur: The Pink city is an architectural hotspot by Deep Shikha

The beautiful Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is located in the heart of Man-Sagar Lake in Jaipur. The presence of the astonishing architecture in the immense lake gives an absolutely pleasing experience to the travelers. Fonding a deep calm to the mind as opposed to the turmoil of the city life.

Amber Fort

Photo of Jaipur: The Pink city is an architectural hotspot by Deep Shikha

For the night I was packed for Amber fort which lightens up the city magnificently with its amazing architecture and beautiful charm. I got to know about this light and sound show that has amber as the backdrop and is a must attend to know more about the heritage and history.

In the morning I need to go back to where I came from, so I thought to check something hippie before leaving. I forgot the name of the cafe but at the Nahargarh fort above over the hills, there is a very sexy cafe to have some drinks and enjoy the view along with.

It was an amazing experience in Jaipur and also safe for solo travelers.

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