A Road Trip From Delhi To Jaipur
A road trip from Delhi to Jaipur- sounds exciting? Yes, it was definitely one of the best road trips. We spent 2 nights and 2 days in the beautiful pink city. Unlike Delhi, Jaipur sleeps at 10:00 pm. Most of the sightseeing places get closed at 5:00 pm so that you can spend the rest of the time roaming around local markets and admiring this scenic beauty.
Jaipur is around 266 km from Delhi. The Delhi –Jaipur highway is not well maintained, the roads are either under construction or puddled. During the entire journey the roads were constantly occupied by transport trucks. Unlike Delhi, Rajasthan does not have specific truck timings. Due to these speed jammers it took us additional 1.5 hours to reach Jaipur city, a total of 6.5 hours. After reaching Jaipur, we booked a hotel on the Delhi bypass road. Fortunately, that was the best hotel location as all the sightseeing places were equally approachable. City palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Albert hall museum are located nearby inside the city and amber fort, jai ghar fort, naarghar fort and Jal mahal are inline at the outskirts of the city.
Most of these places have ticket windows that cost between INR 25 to INR 100 per person. I would suggest you to go for a composite ticket that will cost around INR 75 per person and is valid to cover 5-6 places in 2-3 days. We got to know about composite ticket on our last day – when we had already spent INR 200 per person on individual tickets .
Here is a quick brief on the sights!
Must visit places:
1) City Palace – Timings 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. From ages this palace is the seat of the Maharajas’ of Jaipur. A part of the palace is also the private residence of current Maharaja of Jaipur, who is just 15 years old. You need around 1.5-2 hours to visit this palace.
2) Albert Hall Museum – Timings 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Closed on last Tuesday of month). This is one of the oldest museums of the state. It has a rich collection of royal paintings, costumes, carpets, metal sculptures, etc.
3) Hawa Mahal – Timings 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Hawa Mahal is also called the palace of winds. It is a 5-storey building built in the form of a crown.
4) Amber (Amer) Fort – Timings 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is situated at the outskirts of Jaipur– about 10-11 km from main city. Built by Maharaja Man Singh, Amber fort is the main tourist attraction. The architecture and years- old technology used to build this fort is unbelievable. If you really like to know the high-end technologies of that era then I would suggest hiring a guide. Guides have in-depth awareness so they can make your visit more fruitful.
5) Amber Fort Sound and light show – This show was best part of my Jaipur trip. Had I not gone to this show the trip would have been incomplete. The shows are run in the evening- Timings 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (English show), 8:00 – 9:00 pm (Hindi show). The open air ambience, flawless programming and the script of this show make you feel as if you are re-living the history. The ticket charges are INR 100 per person for Hindi show and INR 200 per person for English show.
6) Jai Ghar Fort – Timings 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Amber fort, Jai Ghar fort and Naarghar fort are located in line at the outskirts of the city. You can cover these forts in 4-5 hours. Jai Ghar fort has the world’s largest cannon on wheels.
If you are short of time then you can skip the following places. Otherwise, go and enjoy these sights.
1) Jantar Mantar – Its timings are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This is one of the 5 astronomical observatories constructed by Sawai Jai Singh. The other observatories are at different locations in India, including Delhi and Jaipur. Amongst the 5 observatories, Jaipur one is the largest one. If you have interest in astrophysics and mathematics then you must visit this place.
2) Birla Mandir- Timings 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We could not get much time to visit Birla Mandir but it comes under main Jaipur attractions.
3) Jal Mahal- Situated in the midst of Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal is not open for tourists. However, you can enjoy the scenic beauty from outside in broad day light. The palace looks more beautiful in moonlight.
Places worth skipping
Choki Dhani- Choki Dhani is located in a very congested area at the outskirts of Jaipur city. It is allegedly said to be built 15 -16 years ago. Two types of entry tickets are available –INR 500 & INR 700. The only difference in ticket categories is the type of Rajasthani food. INR 500 ticket covers regular Rajasthani food and INR 700 ticket covers royal Rajasthani food.
This place was supposed to depict Rajasthan’s rich cultural heritage but these days it’s busy in making money. Irrespective of the ticket type, the quality of Rajasthani food served at choki dhani is below average; no system is being followed to maintain the dining area. People literally push each other to get inside the dining hall. I have heard a lot about this place but I was highly disappointed after visiting it, would never ever visit this place again.
Well, I have had a lot of good memories from this trip. Before visiting Jaipur I was little sceptical as I did not have any interest in forts and museums. But after visiting these places I fell in love with them. These forts are not just forts made up of stones, infact they depict the whole royal dynasties. I find this city worth visiting.
I hope this information will help you plan your trip well. Here are a few glimpses from the trip. 🙂
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