Palaces, Forts and so much more in Jaipur…….
leaving Agra we wanted to the earliest start possible not just to miss the traffic but mostly the incredible heat that drains your energy so quickly……
As usuall the traffic was full on, even at 5am! and going down a few wrong streets (thankfully no one worries if you do an illegal upturns or ride into oncoming traffic- lol)
We had high hopes that the 239 km wouldn’t take the whole day!
The roads were’t too bad thankfully, so we made good time about four plus hours with a few water breaks thrown in…
While coming in to the Rajasthan area you quickly notice that the scenery changes to dry dusty fields everywhere and hills with no green foilage just a few half dead looking trees.
We quickly located our gusest house ‘Sugan Niwas Palace’…Sugan Niwas is a colonial place built in the early nineteen forties by Late Thakur Bhagirath Singhji of Khatipura. His son Thakur Arun Singh, the present owner converted it into a Heritage Boutique Hotel…its a beautiful place to stay…we’ll return here.
A guard opened up the huge white gates for us and were greeted with lots of smile and handshakes…this place has a great feel to it.
We were shown to our room, holy crap this is awesome we had an entrance room with the usuall lounge chairs and coffee table.
Going through a door we were amazed at the size of the bedroom tastfully decorated in old style Rajaisthan India, at the other end of the room was a huge TV a couple of lounge chairs and coffee table topped with fresh flowers, yet there was still more a massive bathroom, this place is fantastic, plus a huge pool, but on closer inspection of the pool you couldn’t help notice how murcky the water was…..
I asked the owner about it as we were hoping to have a swim…. a few days before there was a huge sand storm, the perils if living in a desert……
In the afternoon we went to the City Palace, with only two nights here we needed to cram in a lot.
The City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and is a major landmark in Jaipur. This stunning palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign, this Palace has outstanding art and architecture and is well worth a visit if you are ever in town.
No photos allowed in side….
It was so hot everybody was having a snooze…
We also went to the Jantar Mantar astronomical site which consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The site is one of five built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, from 1724 onwards, as he was given by Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah the task of revising the calendar and astronomical tables!
As it was super hot we decided to stay in our ‘amazing’ room and have dinner, pannier curry, vegetable curry and nan bread…boy that was one meal didn’t disappoint.
Up early the next day we arranged an auto rickshaw for the day, riding through through the beautiful pink city was surreal, cant beleive we are really here, so much planning has gone into our trip and india was high on our list and so far India hasn’t disappointed.
First on our busy list was the ‘Water palace’…Jal Mahal…The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber! it was beautiful another must see!
Next was Jaigarh Fort, which sits high on the hill over looking the city, we had to go through tbe old city, just about all the building are pink (salmon pink) the streets weren’t too busy so we made it to the fort in good time.
The fort is enormous we walked for ages along the fortification we came across one of the largest wheeled cannons in the world…The barrel is 6.147 m long and weighs 50 tons, it was never used in battle, the Maharaja Jai Singh reportedly test-fired it once in 1720. The cannon ball is said to have landed at Chaksu about 40 km away and the impact formed a pond at the spot!
looking out over the edge of the fort walls you could be forgiven the think that you were on the great wall of china the stone fortification wall went on for miles.
Next was the Amber (Amer) Palace Fort of Rajasthan is stunning, all-built in white marble and red sandstone.
This place is stunning, amazing, beautiful …….
wow i can only imagine what it would have looked like all those years ago…
oh for A time machine…
One of the of the vast out door pillar rooms had mirrored tiles everywhere which were beautifully decorated wuth flowers on the walls, ceilings and pillars.
with our day full and us tiring fast we head back to the guest house….
After another delicious meal from the guest house we reluctantly pack a few things as we have to leave in the morning for Dehli..
Up early the next morning we skipped breakfast in order to get an extra early start….
On the way out of town we came across these amazing elephants…
We will return to Jaipiur one day, there is still so much to see in this amazing place……