It was early spring in India, when I decided to head over to Jaipur, which is the largest city of Rajasthan and the capital city as well.
Previously I’ve been to Jaipur but never got a chance to explore the city during spring. Some people say that ‘ spring is the queen of all season ‘ and I totally agree with them. It is the prettiest season according to me. I feel like nature renews herself during this time and brings lot of colours to the sorroundings. The weather also becomes very comfortable, neither too hot nor too cold, which is great for travellers like me,who is planning to visit a city with and humid weather like Jaipur.
I landed there at midnight when the city was asleep. So, I checked into the hotel,got freshen up and slept for that night.
Next morning when I woke up it was around 7am, so I decided to take a walk around the hotel’s area. Actually it was more of a resort, so beautifully designed, portraying the concept of a Rajasthani village. The fresh cool breeze, the colourful blooms, the velvety green lawn and the soft golden sunshine was making my morning even better.
The feeling of being in one of the most colourful City, filled my heart with so much joy and happiness that I can’t explain. And that too in the most colourful season of the year.
After a delicious breakfast, I headed over for some local siteseeing. There are a huge number of visiting places in Jaipur. Since I was there for two days only so I decided to cover the major spots like Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Albert hall museum,Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Amer Fort and Sisodia Rani Garden.
Now, Jaipur is a very culturally enriched traditional kind of a city. The city is named after the founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh-II. The pink city Jaipur offers a numbers of historical monuments which are amazing at architecture and such a visual treat to the tourists. From magnificent Rajput and Mughal pattern of architecture to very intricate work on the walls and interiors of the forts and palaces offers a lot to understand about that era.
Among all of the popular visiting points,if I talk about Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort, these two are little far from the city and situated on a hill top. Both the forts offer better view of the entire Jaipur city from the top. Also one can enjoy watching sunset from there. Now coming to the architectural design both are nearly similar in construction and they are kind a mix of Mughal and Rajput architecture Whereas the Amer Fort/Amber Fort is proudly preserving the essence of Rajputana.
One thing I noticed in Jaipur that a wide variety of full blooded Bougainvillea trees are spreaded accross the city. May be the climate is appropriate for Bougainvillea to grow such beautifully. Red, yellow, purple, white, orange,pink and what not. The city was looking like an artist’s canvas with lot of colours in it.
The most popular visiting spots are Hawa Mahal, City Palace,Jantar Mantar and Jal Mahal; they are located in the old Jaipur area which is actually called the pink city. Each and every buildings in this area are pink coloured and of same design. Here the main road is spreaded in both the sides into many parallel streets, which are symmetrical. At some point of time I was feeling like I am wandering at a same street again and again.
In one of these parallel streets the famous Baapu Bazaar is situated. There are lot of shops which sell mainly Indian traditional things like Jaipur’s famous Baandhni and Block printed sarees and dress materials,stoles, junk jewelleries, leather items. One can shop souvenirs from this place. Artifacts made of marble, blue pottery work and wooden figurings can enhance the beauty as home decor.Several kundan jewellery shops are there.These are the jewelleries made of precious and semi precious gemstones which is Jaipur’s one of the most excellent craftsmanship.This is the place which goes entirely with the spirit of Rajasthan. Here one can communicate with local people so well to understand their culture better. This area also offers a wide variety of indian food and sweets which can definitely satisfy your tastebuds.One thing to mention here, I liked the pure Rajasthani food “Daal-Baati-Churma” with the flavour of pure ghee in it.
By the time I finished the city tour it was afternoon,so I decided to have some good local food and strolling around the lanes of the market. The clear blue sky, the setting sun, the all pink atmosphere of old Jaipur looked like the perfect match for the spring season.
Overall I liked the place very much. It has it’s own charm. The glorified history of the royal era will feast your mind if you are a history lover. Thus recommending everyone to visit Jaipur once.
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