Next day morning I do my breakfast in hotal then I get taxi and went The next morning we got a tour guide from the hotel itself. Though the hotel also organizes trips to Bikaner and inner Rajasthan but we decided to visit nearby places and palaces. After breakfast at the hotel our tour guide first of all took us to Amber Fort and showed us the entire fort with detailed explanation. Amer or Amber fort is a very popular tourist attraction and located 11 km from Jaipur. It was built by Raja Man Singh I. I liked the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) in the fort. It was designed in a way that it artificially creates a cool climate with wind blowing over the cascades of water. The temple of Sila Devi inside the fort close to its Ganesh Gate has an interesting tale behind it. Our tour guide told us that head of Sila Devi is now not straight as she got angry because no longer human males are sacrificed in the palace which earlier used to be the ritual. We enjoyed the fort thoroughly.
Our next stoppage was Anokhi, a place with high quality block print textiles. After spending three hours in the huge fort this was very relaxing and I felt as if I was back to my normal life. You can also buy traditional jewellery and even learn the art of block printing or their more detailed workshops on the same. I bought bed sheets and quilted bed covers from there and to my surprise the color of these is still the same. So it is worth buying from there.
After having our lunch at road side restaurant we visited City Palace, Jaipur. Its major part is now ‘Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum’. The height and width of the king can be assumed from his dress that is displayed in the museum – it is so big. He was the 10th King of Jaipur. The entire palace is very delicately carved. Also the King used to drink water brought only from holy Ganga and to get water from there huge silver vessels were used. These silver vessels are displayed there and recorded in the Guinness Book of World record for being the largest silver vessels in the world. The palace also has a dancing area where professional dancers used to perform for king.
By the time we finished the visit to City Palace we were so tired to visit any other museum. Therefore we checked Hawa Mahal just from outside as it is right on the main road. We went back to hotel at about 7 pm.
Next day we were on our own and we decided to take a round of the nearby markets. M.I. road market is just like any other city market but once you are out of city gate and close to Hawa Mahal there is a colourful Johri Bazaar. Chiefly it is a market for Rajasthani jewellery but in true sense it defines Rajasthan and its culture. Gold, silver and studded jewellery shops are there since time immemorial. You can also buy Jaipuri quilts, bed sheets, bandani dupatas, sari which make the market even more special for women who love to shop. Though the market and shops are not new but constructed in a planned way and far better than what is being constructed today. This red coloured market has all the shops of same size and to enter the shop you have to take two steps down. We asked for the reason and shopkeepers explain that it is a way to welcome buyers. The market is really crowded, so be mentally prepare for this.
Weather was fine at that time but getting hotter day by day so it is better to plan your trip to Jaipur in winter as summer heat is really draining with temperature so high that you won’t be able to enjoy at all. But we immensely enjoyed our trip to Jaipur and highway from Delhi to Jaipur. For sure I want to visit Jaipur again to enjoy its spell-bounding attractions and the places that I had missed.