We visited Jaipur – The Pink City of India.

After a trip to Kashmir last year, when I was planning an India tour, I thought let’s go somewhere new. All the traveling companions agreed on Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, because hearing the story from those who had visited Jaipur before had really created a different fascination about Jaipur. And now that I have visited Jaipur, it seems that I have rarely heard as much as I have heard so far. What a wonderful place to visit Jaipur and so many things to visit that those who have never been can never imagine. So I can say with my hand on my chest that if you don’t see the Taj Mahal, just like the India tour is a sixteen day trip, the tour of India is incomplete without visiting Pink City-Jaipur once !!!

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, the tour of our group of 4 people was a total of 10 days including Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur, Agra out of which 3 days were allotted for Jaipur. I am only talking about Jaipur here. Arriving in Kolkata from Dhaka on 13 January, I flew to Delhi on a morning flight from 2 days to 15 January. The pre-booked car picked us up from Indira Gandhi Airport at 11 am. We drove to India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi Jame Mosque, Lal Kella etc. and left for Jaipur at around 5 pm. I checked in at Hotel Vaishnavi in ​​Jaipur, which was booked through Booking.com at 11 pm. The hotel is located 2.6 km from the city center. On the way to the hotel we ate at the Highway Restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Places of interest in Jaipur City: Pink City, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall Museum. The places of interest outside the city are Jalmahal and the three famous forts which are Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Amer or Amber Fort. The most famous of these is Mango Fort. Besides, without going to Jaipur and visiting Ajmer Sharif, the tour will remain incomplete. On the first day we visited Albert Hall Museum, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Hawa Mahal; On the 2nd day we went to Ajmer Sharif and on the 3rd day we went to City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jalmahal and Amer Fort. And since Pink City is within the city, I have crossed Pink City every day. Let’s describe some of the places-

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Pink City is a place within a few square kilometers of the city where houses, offices, courts, shops are all pink or pink. If you don’t see it with your own eyes, you can’t believe how beautiful the place is.
 The big attraction of the Albert Hall Museum is that there is a mummy gifted from Egypt, there are also various traditional monuments of Rajasthan. And there are countless pigeons playing outside the museum which is hard to believe if you don’t see it with your own eyes.
Entry fee: Indian-50 rupees, non-Indian-200 rupees.
• City Palace is the palace of the present Maharaja of Jaipur. The palace is located across a large area with a court hall, museum of weapons and some other historical monuments. Entry fee: Indian-200 rupees, non-Indian-500 rupees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hawa Mahal is a 7/8 storey high mahal made with innumerable windows. It was made so that the Rajput women could see the outside through this window as they were not allowed to go outside. The construction style of Hawa Mahal is remarkable.
Entry fee: Indian-50 rupees, non-Indian-200 rupees.
• Jantar-Mantar is a remarkable eighteenth-century installation of planetary-star locations, complex mathematical problem solving, and various instruments suitable for space exploration.
Entry fee: Indian-50 rupees, non-Indian-200 rupees.
• Jalmahal is a palace or palace located in a huge lake just outside the city, where the Maharajas used to spend their holidays. In front of Jalmahal, traditional costumes of Rajasthan are available for rent.
 There is nothing new to say about Ajmer Sharif. It is located 140 km from Jaipur. It takes about 7/8 hours to come and go. A variety of traditional sweets and souvenirs are available outside the Dargah Sharif.
• Jaigarh Fort is located 12-14 km from the city. There is an opportunity to ride a camel in this fort. Here is the largest cannon in the Indian subcontinent. The fort is much destroyed.
Entry fee: Indian-60 rupees, non-Indian-300 rupees.
Nahargarh Fort is located 5/6 km away from Jaigarh Fort. You have to take a car along a steep hill road to get here. It was the holiday palace of the Maharaja. Here is the famous Sheeshmahal where dance halls used to sit. The fort has a huge reservoir where many other Hindi movies have been shot, including “Rang De Basanti”. At the end of Nahargarh Fort, there is an extraordinary sunset point which cannot be described as beautiful. This fort has a very good view of Jaipur city.
Entry fee: Indian-50 rupees, non-Indian-200 rupees.
 The most famous and vast fort in Jaipur is Mango or Amber Fort. To reach this huge fort located on the top of a steep hill, you have to walk up a steep slope to a height of about 300 meters. It is breathtaking to think about how such a huge fort was built on the top of the hill at that time. It will not be possible to see this fort completely even if you turn around for 2 days. Inside there are separate palaces of Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheeshmahal, beautiful gardens, fountains, Maharaja Mansingh and other kings and maharajas made entirely of white stone. In addition, the entire fort is surrounded by huge defensive walls. The huge fort looks like a maze, trying to get lost again and again. Good thing, the whole fort can be ridden on the back of an elephant, but the cost will be 2000 rupees. As soon as I saw this castle, I became a little confused that

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is this a more impressive installation than the Taj Mahal I have seen !!!
Entry fee: Indian-100 rupees, non-Indian-500 rupees.

Shopping: The most famous market in Jaipur for shopping is Bapu Bazaar where almost everything from clothes is available at very low prices. And camel leather bags, purses and the famous “Rajai (thin kantha)” of Jaipur can be found in the market opposite Hawa Mahal. But one thing to keep in mind, there is a lot of bargain to buy things like in Bangladesh, otherwise there is a possibility of cheating. Say half the price you want.

Cost: The cost of the flight from Dhaka to Kolkata and from Kolkata to Delhi was 19,000 rupees each. However, if you travel by road from Dhaka to Kolkata and from Kolkata to Jaipur by train, you will have to spend Rs. If you want you can go to Jaipur by train or plane via Delhi. Hotel double bed rooms are available in Jaipur for Rs 500-6000 but it is better to book in advance. The hotel I stayed at had 2 double bed rooms for 4 nights at Rs 5465. Before leaving, I made a booking at Booking.com. The hotel had all the facilities including free wifi, geyser but the room was non-AC. All the food is available in Jaipur, but their kebab is great, I didn’t like the biryani very much, it smells like it. At 400-500 rupees, one person will have 3 very good meals. Taxi available in Jaipur. If you rent a taxi for the whole day in the city, it will cost 1000-1500 rupees per person. However, if you go to Ajmer Sharif, the fare will be 3000-4500 rupees.

Another very important thing is that if you know a little bit of Hindi, but you can buy tickets at the Indian rate, otherwise you will have to go bankrupt to pay the entry fee. Being able to speak a little Hindi like working will be of great benefit. One of us said in very good Hindi that we did not have to buy non-Indian entry tickets anywhere. Good thing, of course, buy a mobile SIM from Kolkata because there you can buy a SIM without a passport copy or photo, the cost is also low. If you buy a SIM from Delhi or Jaipur, you will need a passport and a photo, the price will be 600-700 rupees and the SIM will not be active immediately.

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