Exploring Jaipur

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Exploring Jaipur

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.

Jal Mahal

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.

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Amer Fort

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.

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Nahargarh Fort

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!

Watching the sunset over Jaipur while fending off the mountain bandits 🌆

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Hawa Mahal

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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.

Read next: Exploring Udaipur 

Emily Holm

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10 Comments

  • Wendy Maes

    Exciting start of an exciting journey! Good luck.

    8th January 2017 at 6:21 pm
  • kallsypage

    There are some really impressive buildings and views in Jaipur that have me wanderlusting! I am so sorry about your misfortune of timing and the currency. I am glad, however, that you were able to make such a small amount last! Imagine if it had lasted even longer!

    8th January 2017 at 6:51 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      To be honest it made us save money at least! Silver lining i guess…

      8th January 2017 at 7:28 pm
  • Hang Around The World

    India is always been on our travel list and we can’t wait to visit this country! We have a friend who lives there. The photos you posted are so beautiful. We’d like to visit the Jal Mahal 🙂

    8th January 2017 at 7:06 pm
  • melissa

    I would like to see more of India. I only made it to Delhi and didn’t have time to see the Taj Mahal. I didn’t realise how far it was. I like the photos you can see the haze. How stressful regarding the money! Great write up

    8th January 2017 at 8:14 pm
  • Milena

    I haven’t heard about any of those places, thanks for sharing! There are so many wonderful sites to see in India – every time I read an article about that country, there is something new!

    9th January 2017 at 12:13 pm
    • Emily Holm
      Emily Holm

      Thats so true. India is so massive I think you could easily backpack there for a year and still not even see half of it!

      9th January 2017 at 11:35 pm
  • Prerna_Malhan

    Jaipur is one of my favorites cities in India and I don’t leave any chance of going there. I love Amer fort!

    10th January 2017 at 7:27 pm
  • 100cobbledroads

    Awww…that was really bad timing for you, being caught in the demonentisation mess while in India, without any backup plans. I hope the loveliness of Jaipur compensated in a small way.

    15th January 2017 at 2:41 pm
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