A road trip from Gurgaon/Delhi to Jaipur aka a weekend getaway – sounds interesting..? YES.. 😛 definitely it was one of the best road trips ever!
Jaipur, often called “The Pink City”, got its name in 1853. It is known for its rich traditional and vibrant heritage. It is said that king Sawai painted all royal & official buildings in sandstone color to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales & Queen Victoria.
From Gurgaon to Jaipur is roughly around 4-5 hrs. drive. The highway is just ok-ish even after years of construction/renovation there are still lot of diversions so the car picks up speed only in patches. We spent approximately 2 days in the pink city. Unlike Gurgaon/Delhi Jaipur usually SHUTS DOWN by 10:00 pm. People here are very helpful. Most of the sightseeing places also gets closed around 5:00pm. In a way it’s a good thing as you get lot of time to roam around local markets and explore the bazaars.
Stay & Must visit places:
- Our stay at Ramada was very comfortable 😛
- Townhouse Restaurant, MI Road – Upper gallery seating overlooks MI Road and gives altogether a different view of the street
- Hawa Mahal – The high screen wall of Hawa Mahal was built so that the women of the royal family could look at the festivals on the streets. This was done in order to avoid the Royal women to be visible to commoners. The entire structure was designed to resemble the crown of Lord Krishna. One time visit to Hawa Mahal is good enough, there is nothing much to do.
- Jantar Mantar – I was thrilled by looking at the instruments/yantra which were designed years ago with so much precision. These instruments are still accurate, just imagine the science & math that went into designing them. A must visit place.
- City Palace – If you have time & energy you must go to this place as we took around 2-3hrs. to cover the entire palace. This museum boasts of traditional Rajasthani, Mughal architecture, woodwork, pottery, arms & armour & art gallery.
- Amber fort – The light & sound show has been set up in a very exotic location. We chose for an English one which helds at 9:00PM. The panoramic view of the fort in night is magical.
- Dinner at 1135 A.D. – Situated right inside Amber Fort, this restaurant serves an amazing food with a royal indulgence. Ambience is magical, perfect for chilly winter evening. Do not forget to try LAAL MAAS here.
- Nahargarh Fort – The way uphill & downhill is fun. I took my car. It’s the same spot where “Rang de Basanti” was shot. One can see the entire Jaipur city from those lil windows.