I had never really been to Jaipur, until recently!
I mean, I had visited Jaipur for like a day to attend some wedding some years back, but hadn’t really seen anything beyond the wedding venue!
So when the nice people at The Park, for Zone By The Park, invited me to come and explore Jaipur with them, I got really excited and a weekend getaway to Jaipur happened. If you follow me on social media, you’d know not just I was in Jaipur recently but I also took over Zone By The Park’s social media accounts and shared posts while exploring the city.
Barely a few months old in the city and just 30 minutes away from the airport, Zone By The Park is a new property that fits in well with the concept of weekend getaways, where people want to come explore the city, not spend a bomb on the hotel – still stay at a place which offers good rooms, good amenities, good service and is backed by a brand!
We landed in Jaipur on a Friday night and the hotel’s cab picked us up from the airport and on arriving. The check-in was swift. Here’s what our room looked like:
We were welcomed by a welcome drink and since it was pretty late by the time we had checked-in and everything else, plus the travel, we ordered food in the room itself. Needless to say we were super hungry and the food was really good! Special mention to ‘Shikhawati Chicken’, yummm!
After the dinner, we decided to hit the bed as next day was to start early!
Next morning, we got up pretty early, like 7ish and by 10 we were out, post sumptuous buffet breakfast. Since this was technically my first time exploring the city, like an excited child, I wanted to see as much as possible. The team at Zone By The Park helped us plan our day based on what kind of places I wanted to see and arranged not just the cab for us but also the tickets etc!
Now, I have been wanting to do this blog post earlier but I clicked like a zillion pictures throughout the trip and when you click that many pictures it’s a mammoth of a task to sort out just few for a blog post, phew!
Despite of my sincere efforts to keep it short, I still have quite a lot pictures (a mix of phone and camera pictures) in this post, please bear with me!
The trip was planned out such that we had our flight back on Sunday evening. Plus most places are shut on Sunday, so we only had Saturday to get done with as many tourist attractions as possible, and we did!
Here’s photo-story of what all we did on Day 1:
Spotted Hawa Mahal en route Amer Fort
But of course, a shameless selfie to start with!
The highlight of the day has to be our elephant ride in Amer Fort!
I was really excited, my first elephant ride ever!!
The view while going up..
Our elephant, Champakali, ain’t she a cutie?!
Amer Fort is pretty big!
Being a tourist!
The beautiful wall and roof art, all this is done with natural colours..
The garden area between the Summer Palace and Winter Palace in Amer Fort
Remember my Instagram Video? This is the same artist.
Right outside Amer Fort is Rajasthan Handicrafts buidling, where they demonstrated making of lot of handicraft items besides just the stores to shop inside. Photography was prohibited inside so I only could get this one picture from outside.
We had our lunch at a local restaurant, a popular one rather, Parampara. I ordered a Rajasthani Thali and it was delish!!
City view from Nahargarh Fort
The city of Jaipur from above..
A lot of sections and areas of these forts and palaces above are now museums where photography is prohibited. There are so many pictures that I wish I could put up but that will still not do justice, you must visit these heritage sites if you haven’t yet and I would insist that you get a guide too. Each stone has a story to tell and interesting one that too!
By the time we got done with City Palace, I was way too tired! So we decided to take a one hour break at the hotel for some coffee and to freshen up before heading to our next destination.
A cultural delight!
The Kulfi was the best thing there!
(White tee, Culottes, Floral Crop Top from Zara, Forever 21 flats, sunglasses & neckpiece, BCBGeneration Bag, House of Shikha Earrings (golden ones), Daniel Wellington Watch)
We didn’t have dinner at Choki Dhaani though because we sort of filled ourselves up with the street food there. Later at the hotel, I ordered some pizza for myself, and it was just the way I wanted it to be!
Now few pointers to keep in mind:
- Better to start early because all these tourist places in Jaipur get closed by 5-5.30 in the evening.
- Most places are closed on Sundays.
- Wear comfortable clothes and footwear as there is a lot of walking involved.
- Wear clothes that don’t get too much attention, you get all kind of crowd at such places, better be safe.
- Avoid carrying a very big bag as that adds weight to your shoulder but big enough to carry water bottle at least, it’s too hot and sunny there and there’s a lot of walking.
- Better to book a cab for entire day or if you have your own car, nothing better than that!
I’ll talk more about the hotel and what we did on Day 2 in my next post, plus I am also planning a small video, stay tuned for updates! Hope you guys enjoyed the post.