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Rajasthan

23-Dec-08 to 02-Jan-09


[Introduction] [When to go] [Jaipur] [Hotel Diggi Palace, Jaipur] [Bikaner] [Hotel Bhairon Niwas, Bikaner]
[Nawalgarh] [Shekhawati Guest House, Nawalgarh]


Jaipur


Map of Jaipur

Map of Jaipur


Driving from Delhi to Jaipur is comfortable with an excellent, mostly straight road. The only things you need to look out for is (1) not to fall asleep, as beyong pushing the acccelerator you really need to do nothing more and it can get boring and (2) watch your speedometer as juding speed on a straight road is deceptive. You have to struggle to keep the speed below your mental upper limit, which for our Bolero was 120kmph!

Jaipur is a beautiful place to see, the center of attraction is the Pink City, which is an enclosed area within a wall with many gates. All the roads in the Pink City are in a parallel grid fashion. The Main attractions viz the Hawa Mahal, City Palace and the Jantar Mantar are within the area. Opposite Hawa Mahal are touristy shops. The shopping areas for locals are the Jahuari Bazaar and other streets in the city.

Another good area for shopping is Rajasthali Emporium in MI road. It is a huge 3 storey complex with handicrafts from all parts of the state.

The biggest let down for us was Choki Dhani. It probably has been over-sold and with an enterance fees of Rs 450/- per head definitely not worth it. Its earlier rates of Rs 250/- per head seem more appropriate. It is a kind of a village set up, with artists performing on various stages. Unfortunately you will probably find high spirited tourists outnumbering the artists dancing on the stages. The entry tickets get you free dinner, which is fairly standard and not worth more than Rs 150/- anywhere else. If you must visit it do it during the evenings.

The three forts, Amber, Jaigarh and Nahargarh are worth a visit with the Jal Mahal on the way.

Jaipur View from Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort View, Jaipur
Delhi - Jaipur Highway
Road from Delhi to Jaipur
Amber Fort
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Choki Dhani
Choki Dhani, Jaipur
[Introduction] [When to go] [Jaipur] [Hotel Diggi Palace, Jaipur] [Bikaner] [Hotel Bhairon Niwas, Bikaner]
[Nawalgarh] [Shekhawati Guest House, Nawalgarh]