This was my 4th visit to Jaipur, if my numbering skills haven’t gone on the hibernation mode. And trust me, the visit has gone better every time. This time, I experienced this royal city from August 7 to 9 of 2015, as a solo traveler. There are various advantages of travelling alone:
The third one is the most crucial and a solo traveler would understand it. Being on a work cum travel visit, I did not get all the time to explore the city. However, as I have been here before, I did not have to see it in detail. The spare time gave me this opportunity to explore the city:
Having seen the Light and Sound show at various places in the past, I was quite excited for this one at the Jaipur Palace. After a lot of Google search, I came to know that it happens at 7 p.m. and hence I arrived there. On time ofcourse. It was surprising that such a high profile show was not indexed well on the internet. Anyways, as I reached there, I came to know that I was the first (and the only) visitor for this show. While they were planning to cancel it off, I told them of my blogging interest and my passion to travel and write. Somehow they bought my pitch. For me alone, they started the show and it felt no less than Shahrukh Khan, just that I did not have the K-K-K-Kiran with me. Anyways, the show had the voice of Sri Amitabh Bachchan and it revolved around the history of the Royal Family. The story was portrayed wonderfully and the narration added interest to the show.
Overall – Not an ‘exciting’ one. However, the direction, narration and filming is excellent. Go for it if there is nothing to do in the evening. Or if you are interested to know the family history of the Royal Family.
There are plenty of observatories all over the world, but the Jantar Mantar is considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built. Combining religion, science and art, the Jantar Mantar is the name given to a series of five, magnificent structures built in Jaipur, New Delhi, Ujjan, Varanasi and Mathura. Jaipur was the seat of Maharaja Jai Singh II during the 1720’s and this is when this magnificent structure was built here. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be the largest of the five observatories and also houses the world’s largest sundial.
Overall – You should visit it.
After checking out of the OYO Rooms hotel, I had a refreshing drive to the Amer Fort, a Rajput-style fortress situated atop a hill overlooking Maota Lake. Climb up the hill in a unique and exciting way – on top of an elephant outfitted with an ornamental covering and saddle!
The formidable palatial complex was built with red sandstone and marble and is divided into four main sections, which you will tour with your guide. You will find it hard to peel your eyes off of the ornate decorations consisting of mirror works, paintings, carvings and murals.
Overall – Yeh Jaipur ki shaan hai boss!
I had heard a lot of this. Majorly good and hyped up stuff. Well, I say hyped up because there is nothing extra-ordinary about this mall. For Jaipur, yes it is a big thing. But if you have been to the metros of our country, you would have seen such malls.
Overall – The interiors are good and food variety is plenty. If you have nothing to do, this is a better time pass than the hotel room.
I know that not visiting this place in the past three visits was quite lame of me. But when you come in a group, you have to adjust to what the people say. Being solo this time, I had the leisure of seeing this historical place from inside. The theatre boasts of having premiered a lot of Hindi movies. From inside, the look is splendid. It makes one fall for the beauty it has. At various walls in the theatre, there are testimonials displayed of celebrities, who, ofcourse, praise the Rajmandir cinema. Though being a single-screen cinema in a not-so-superb locality, it has a very high to house-full occupancy which is seen by the rude attitude and stubborn looks of their staff. Getting a soft and gentle reply from the staff there means you are a celebrity. The cinema hall is quite huge and the seats are quite comfortable. There are three sections – upper stall, balcony and the premium tickets, with respect to seating and pricing. I bought the premium ticket of Rs. 350 and it was in the middle section of the balcony. The walk to the balcony was also quite Bollywood-ish. I had watched “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” movie. As I had seen it earlier, it was not so much of fun. The curtains in front of the movie screen go up as the movie begins and fall down as the movie ends, which is also quite attractive. Moreover, the lightning in the cinema hall is fun to watch.
Overall – If you have spare time in Jaipur, you can visit it. However, if you have come here on a tight schedule, you can give it a miss. You do not actually miss anything by missing this.
The picture says all about the beauty of this place.
There are quite a lot of places I could not go. Time is something I cannot beat. May be next time.
Credits – http://www.jaipurdekho.in/jantarmantar.pdf and http://www.viator.com/tours/New-Delhi/2-Day-Private-Tour-of-Jaipur-from-Delhi-City-Palace-Hawa-Mahal-Amber-Fort-and-Elephant-Ride/d804-5588GETS4PD