Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Otherwise known as the pink city, Jaipur is home to impressive forts and markets.
We had just travelled from Delhi and Agra, so were pretty tired of crowded streets and hagglers, but were excited to explore the city nonetheless.
We started off with a sunrise visit to the Jal Mahal which is a beautiful palace in the middle of a lake. The sun rose just behind the palace so we were able to get some pretty amazing pictures! The only downside to this location is how dirty the surroundings are. Locals come here to feed the ducks and fish and leave all their bread wrappers laying around. Someone came to pick up some of the rubbish and put it in a small bonfire, but it just made it smell worse! It’s a beautiful sight especially at sunset but it’s not somewhere you will want to hang around for ages.
Just a 30 min tuk tuk ride out of the centre lays this impressive building. Situated on the top of a hill it’s easy to see why it was built for a watchful eye for the royals over Jaupir. (Elephant rides are available but we would strongly suggest that you don’t). Entrance is 500RPS unless you have a student card which then makes it 100RPS. My student card is no long valid but no one has denied it as of yet… They never seem to check so definitely bring one if you still have it! Guides are available to tell you the proper history of the place, and to help you figure your way around the confusing corridors.
For a birds eye view of Jaipur, this is your place. A tuk tuk can drop you at the village in which the entrance leads from. Its then a long(ish) walk up a very windy road, where you will most probably be accompanied by some goats along the way. Locals selling pineapple and fruit will meet you at the top, along the road that will lead you to the famous wall of the fort. To get these pictures we climbed through a broken gate (although being told by locals it was dangerous). It was actually fine, and we were met at the top by a group of Jaipur’s bandits (small children), trying to get in the pictures!
Built in 1799, this spectacular building is really hard to miss. The architecture is well recognised throughout the world. It gained its name because of the high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Located in the J.D.A market, and slap bang in the middle of the road, it will make you want to ask your tuk tuk driver to pull over to admire. Its pretty hard to take a picture of it, but I tried my best!
Shopping in Jaipur
This is probably one of the craziest places I have ever been when it comes to market etiquette (or lack of). If you so much as look in their direction, they are already practically dragging you into their shop, let alone point at something you like. I’m not one to be overwhelmed easily but it was pretty mad. I ended up not even wanting to buy anything as it was just too much hassle. No new trousers for me!
Our bad luck
So halfway through our short stop in Jaipur, the Prime Minister of India decided to make 80% of the countries currency ‘void’. Meaning we only had 800RPS left which people would actually accept. In true India style, banks were all closed until 3 days later, convenient, so we had to make that money last! We finally managed to get into a bank in Udaipur, and even then after that money went the ATM queues were so long! This caused chaos over the whole country but for tourists it was 10x worse! We couldn’t have timed our trip to India any worse…
Jaipur is an interesting visit, and you can definitely do all the things there are to see within 2 days.