Jaipur , is probably the best city I’ve visited during my 15 days stay in India. Although described by the lonely planet as “diesel soaked streets “, I actually found Jaipur more safe and in order, as compared to other cities i’ve visited. Maybe its because I found a nice accommodation tucked in a less crowdy part of city, which is also not too far from the center (which I will discuss on my next post). In addition, I find the public buses of Jaipur easy to navigate from one heritage site to another. Jaipur has no metro subway station by the way.
Jaipur is the Capital of Rajasthan, a desert state at the west side of India, bordering Pakistan . Lahore Pakistan can in fact be reached from Rajasthan by Bus. Being a Desert State, the landscape is undeniably different as the hue of the city turns sunny, sandy and yellow pinkish.
Once being the center of Mughal Rule by the Royal Bloods during the 17th and 18th century, Jaipur itself is rich in old and iconic Indian Architecture and well preserved Heritage Sites .
This city should not be missed when visiting India. Spend at least 2 nights. Jaipur is around 4-5 hours train ride from Agra.
Here are some of the best preserved sites worthy of Visit .
The City Palace Complex
Hawah Mahal , The Palace of the Wind, dedicated to the women of the King . The palaces architecture is designed to have a lot of air passages , latticed walls and funnels to cool the palace interiors, as such , the name, Palace of the Winds.
This place is around 15 minutes walk from the city palace complex.
Jantar Mantar Observatory , and the Market just outside the city palace complex
Bus Ride from Hawah Mahal to Amber Fort , which is at the next town, about 20-30 minutes away.
Ive visited all those forts with the composite ticket I bought for 650 INR , which i find very practical to see all those Heritage sites in a Day .
Other Noteworthy Architecture I passed by while roaming the streets of Hathroi Fort, where I stayed.