Jaipur, India is a bustling, noisy, chaotic, aromatic, deliciously enthralling city. There are so many wonderful sights to take in and so many activities available where you can get the full experience of this wonderful city with all 5 of your senses.
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Jaipur Shopping, Palaces, and Restaurants
One of these “must see” places. Johari is a Hindi word meaning “jeweler”.
Johari Bazaar is one of the most well-known bazaars in Jaipur. It is bursting at the seams with glittering and colorful jewelry.
The Bazaar is home to hundreds of vendors; some trading in silver and gold items, others precious gemstones and also semi-precious gemstones.
You will be overwhelmed by the huge abundance of jewelry. You should still make sure you purchase your pieces from a reputable vendor. Unfortunately, there are many who would try to trick you by selling fake jewels.
Jaipur is often referred to as the Emerald City as it is well-known for the manufacture of Emeralds.
Johari Bazaar is also a treasure chest of beautifully crafted saris many of which have used the method of tie and dye giving them a mixture of color.
A beautiful sandstone palace straight out of a fairy-tale story. The palace was built many years ago and is five stories high. It was built so that ladies of the royal household could watch life in the city without being seen themselves. The palace now boasts a small museum which houses paintings and relics so that those who visit can experience the royal past.
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Gulab Mahal, which is situated in the Taj Jai Mahal Palace, is the best restaurant in Jaipur. The menu they offer is real Rajput traditional luxury meals. The decor transports you back to the days of the Rajput, as you will be sitting in a many-arched restaurant with chandeliers glittering over your head. You cannot visit Jaipur without experiencing the cuisine at Gulab Mahal. This is one of the few places in the city that has a large selection of Rajasthani dishes. You have not truly experienced Jaipur until you have tantalized your taste buds the Rajput way.
Jaipur Forts and Festivals
The Amber Fort is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan in history. Amber Fort was once the capital of the state before this title was bestowed on Jaipur. The architecture of the fort boasts both Hindu and Muslim architecture. Although from the outside the building shows it age, on the inside it is magnificent. The fort houses the Shila Devi temple. The gate that leads to the private palaces of the kings, Ganesh Pol, is also housed in the fort.
Visit the home of the world’s largest cannon on wheels, the Jaivana, This is found at the Jaigarh Fort. This fort was the center of artillery production for the Rajputs.
You could be able to witness festivals like you have never witnessed before, depending on the time of year you visit Jaipur. You will be able to experience the absolutely breathtaking Holi Festival if you are lucky enough to visit this authentic city in March. It is the festival where you will experience India at it’s happiest — music, dancing and a rainbow of colorful powders. The Festival of Colors or Holi Festival is celebrated to mark the beginning of Spring and it coincides with and the full moon of Phagun (12th) month on the Hindi calendar. The entire city celebrates. No corner is left without an array of color, so there is no possibility of missing out if you are in Jaipur at the right time.
Tours or On Your Own? Both Work in Jaipur
Private guided tours
Arranged tours of the city are designed for both small groups and large groups of people. The tours are planned according to the interests of the group in the tour. The friendly, trained tour guide will help you experience the wonders of the Pink City. Your tour guide will know just the places to take you bargaining at the local bazaars, to learn to barter like a local. The guides are experts when it comes to experiencing Rajasthani cuisine at the local restaurants and witnessing breathtaking sunsets from the top of Amber Fort.
DIY (Do It Yourself)
Another way to experience life in Jaipur from a local’s perspective is to hop on a bus and tour the city. You can climb on and off at whatever sights, sounds or smells interested you. The Locals know Jaipur better than anyone and they will be more than happy to point out the “must see” places.
Jaipur, India is an absolute wonder, full of sounds, colors, tastes, and landmarks. It is a feast for your senses. Makes you feel like jumping on an airplane right now!
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