The pink city, the first planned city of India, the capital of Rajasthan – Jaipur is all this and more. Get the first glimpse of the grandeur of the Rajao ka Sthan or the Land of the Kings in this beautiful city that is as charming as it is chaotic. The food and the forts are sure to enthrall you and make you want to get a taste of it again and again.
Begin your first day at Jaipur by visiting the beautiful Hawa Mahal, a unique honeycombed structure, which literally translates to the ‘Palace of Winds’. The architecture is designed in such a manner that allows for good circulation of air continually throughout the palace.
Next, visit the City Palace. An epitome of architectural beauty, experience the grandeur of the royal lifestyle of the yesteryear Jaipur at the place.
Once you have admired the city palace, visit Jantar Mantar. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this monument houses the world’s largest sundial, along with nineteen other astronomical instruments, dating back to the 17th century AD.
Once you have explored these monuments, take a curated walking tour to get a taste of the cuisines, crafts and bazaars (markets) of Jaipur. You also get a chance to meet the locals, shop around and experience the city first-hand.
You may end your day by visiting the spectacular Jal Mahal. Towards the evening, as the colours of the sky change in the backdrop, the elegance of Jal Mahal stands out. You cannot enter this architectural beauty, however, do not forget to click some magnificent pics.
Start your second day with a sumptuous breakfast. Post breakfast; prepare yourself to experience the royalty, the grandeur, and the enthralling stories and anecdotes from the rich history of Jaipur.
Your first stop for the day would be the Amer Fort, also referred to as Amber fort. This fort offers beautiful views and splendid architecture. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the finest forts in India and a must visit attraction for all to see.
Next, visit the Jaigarh Fort, which is in the vicinity of the Amer Fort. It is located on a hill that is literally named as “Hill of Eagles”. This marvel, that was built primarily to protect the Amer Fort, provides a great view of the Pink city.
Next on the list is the Nahargarh fort. In the evening, this fort looks beautiful against a splendid backdrop. This fort, along with the Amer Fort and Jaighar Fort, once formed a strong defence ring for the city of Jaipur.
After a leisurely breakfast, get set for another informative walking tour to learn more about Jaipur beyond its monuments and tourist spots. Meet the locals and know stories and anecdotes from its royal past. Visit the lesser-known temples and meet brass craftsmen who have learnt their skill from their forefathers.
In the evening, be prepared to visit Chokhi Dhani, a Rajasthani village themed resort. Spread across 18+ acres of land, Chokhi Dhani has been synonymous with Rajasthani culture since 1989. Over the years, the resort has evolved into a tasteful and authentic symbol of ethnic village life. Built on typical Rajasthani theme, embedded with its rich heritage and lifestyle, it’s a place where festivities never end. Tradition infused with illustrious Rajasthani hospitality makes Chokhi Dhani an obvious choice for locals as well as foreign travelers.
On the fourth day of your sojourn, visit the Bhangarh Fort, a popular name in India’s haunted destinations. The fort is closed for everyone after sunset and before sunrise. The aura of the fort is spooky and heavily laden with stories and legends that further create a mysterious air around it. Nevertheless, it surely is an interesting place to visit.
Next, move from the spine-chilling Bhangrah to the pacifying Birla Temple. The Birla Temple or the Lakshminarayan Temple is a magnificent monument. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Preserver, and his consort Goddess Lakshmi, the intricate carvings of this serene and tranquil temple will leave you spellbound.