Rajasthan is my childhood dream. I always have a fascination for the Rajput Kings in my school days. Who doesn't ?. I used to fantasize fighting on a horse back when I was a kid....
In spite of my having visited New Delhi a couple of times earlier I could not bring myself up to visiting Jaipur. Finally, I made it a point to visit Jaipur during a three week long official trip to Delhi. I visited Jaipur on my return journey from Delhi.
Jaipur is a small city with a number of tourist attractions enough palaces and forts to see for more than a week.Google will spew thousands of pages.
I had only a couple of days and fought hard to choose and see as many places as possible. But could cover only 50%, I guess.
Pink City- True to its name,Jaipur wears Pink all over it. These are a few interesting street shots of the Pink City.
Don't miss some close-up shots of a snake and snake charmer in the following slideshow..!
This is the interesting highway hotel we had a nice cup of Hot tea..! This is about 70km ahead of Jaipur on the Delhi Jaipur -Highway
Yes...It is me with the Rajasthani Turban inside the dining hall with my friends Deepak and Preeti..
Both of them looked great with the turban..Flip thru the slideshow for their pictures with the turban.. Deepak really has posed great.. I got envious and camouflaged him inside the slideshow..(lol!)..!
Don't miss Preei the Rajasthani Village Girl... inside the slideshow..! Rajasthani Costumes are available for rent inside. There is an instant photographer service also..(not poloroid..! You get a professional print..)
This is very interesting place. A man made Ethinic Rajasthani Village, with all activities in a typical Rajasthani village are mimicked live. We went at about 9pm there and spent a couple of hours. But there is enough to spend a full evening. Cost for food is included in the entry fee that starts at Rs 300/-.There are other classes of food joints for which the cost is more where the crowd is less. I bought the default ticket to enjoy the crowded ambiance.
They have set up live shows of dances,Rope walking, Snake charming ... and the like. There are village shops, temple with priest who does pooja...and many more...! There is also an astrologer sitting under a tree who reads your palm,.. (It is a different matter altogether that his reading of my past was quite contrary to the truth..! My wife tells me ,predictions done during night are not effective..!)
It is a Ministry of Tourism enterprise. Visit their website - http://www.chokhidhani.com/village/index.html for more details. I didn't believe it is a Govt. of India enterprise. They sure have done a fantastic job.
Less said of this novel place is better ...See for yourself.the photos of this great place...!
Being night shots ,Quality of some shots are less than perfect. But, for sure will bring you the environment of the place..!
Just to forget the grief of not being able to enter Hawa Mahal ..We did some shopping just in front of Hawa Mahal...! I bought a couple of beautiful Sarees, Rajasthan Wall hangings and Bags.. My wife liked them all..The usual complaint that I paid more was not there this time...We had Preeti to do the bargaining..She is a very good bargainer..She would finish a bargaining session and start another immediately...!
City Palace is near Jantar Mantar..We did not enter the city palace but took a few snaps from outside..!
The palace Complex -
Commander Meeting Hall