Some people would find this a long story but one must read it as to how we made our four day trip to the titled as Pink City Jaipur a fun filled, crazy yet a very very lazy vacation.
It was March 23rd 2016 when after fully enjoying the festival of colours “Holi” and completely tired me and my brother were going to bed at 3 in the noon. Just before mr brother was about to sleep I told my brother that we have still 5 days until our next sessional exam so lets plan some trip. As he knows that i always talk about going on a trip he casually said “we’ll think once we wake up. Just take a sleep now.” Thinking about weather he will go or not i went too sleep. To the curiosity i woke up at 5 in the eve and awaken my brother ( for which i had to make tea the best way to wake him up). Luckily, he woke up and agreed for the trip. Now, the question was Where and When to leave and transport.
As i was a lot excited somehow make him and the family agree to leave the same day in an hour i.e around 6:30 PM the place was yet to be decided.While on the way to bus stand (kashmere gate, Delhi) we agreed to reach the bus stop and take a bus going to anywhere in Himachal or Rajasthan. On reaching we found that the ticket counter for Rajasthan was closed and shifted to other bus stand which was about an hour from here.Also the person at the Himachal counter was not present and no one was there to answer were he is.
So meanwhile waiting for him to come we searched for some hotels in Manali and Jaipur and found manali to be expensive because of huge tourist going there so we finalised Jaipur as our destination and left for the other bus stand ( Bikaner House). When the rickshaw driver dropped us we were a bit frightened because it was quite spooky and we could not see any buses on the so called bus stand ( There was a government building named bikaner house which did not turned out to be the bus stand). After a little exploration we entered a street and luckily found the stand. Took the tickets for the last bus that is at 12:00 AM so as to reach Jaipur by around 6 in the morning. Waited 2 hrs. to board the bus and reached at 4:00 AM whcih we were avoiding.
Day 1 in the Pink City Jaipur
So finally we reached. First we looked some hotels near the Sindhi Bus stand where we were dropped which were shown by a local dealer roaming there but didn’t find what we were looking for. So booked a hotel on makemytrip , called a cab, went to the location as per google map and adding to our adventure we entered a dark street full of low class houses and there was no hotel. So to save our money on cab we asked him to leave on the main street.
After walking we found what we were looking for but no rooms were available. We walked for another 20 mins saving ourself from a herd of street dogs and finally at 5:30 AM we found what we had earlier booked online ( Maziz prime). It was a nice decent one and we paid 1000 bucks for that with complementary breakfast. Slept, woke, breakfast after freshen up and checked out of the hotel. Visited Hawa Mahal, city palace. Had lunch at nearby Dhaba.Visited the planetarium. By the eve we looked for a new hotel and booked online. Reached hotel at 6:00 PM. After a little rest went down for dinner at Thali Wala restaurant which was unlimited for 150 bucks and tasty too. After little exploring the market we went back to the rooms for rest to face the next days adventure.
After heavy complimentary breakfast we left for the a visit to the Ice world and it was a nice experience in -6॰ celsius. We were done by the noon after shopping and had a burger to spend less and with nothing to do we went to the airport which was 1 km from there. Just for fun we asked at the counter for cheapest flight from Jaipur. Their response was lucrative GOAAAA but price was not at 8000 bucks. So we quietly left and came out of the airport. Booked a hotel close to the previously booked which we decided the previous night( OM Tower ) at 1400 bucks . Checked in and after a mean while had dinner in the hotels revolving restaurant. The food though was costly ( 400 bucks for a dal ) but not savory.
We had no intentions of returning back with still 3 days of holiday left. So after a nice breakfast we checked in to another hotel . It turned out to be the best part of our journey. Had a luxurious stay at hotel Royal Orchid (4 star property) that too just for 1200 bucks. Enjoyed the dominos pizza late in the noon for lunch as the restaurant was too costly. Satiated so much by the lunch that had to skip the dinner. Spent the eve on the rooftop pool with amazing views.
Woke up. Looked for a new hotel nearby. Went for breakfast as time was running and then headed to the pool. Checked out and headed to other hotel ( The Theme ) for merely 700 bucks executive room With breakfast. Spent the day in the room having spectacular view of the airport. One can even treat their shopaholic-ness for which Jaipur is much famous for. Here’s your shopping guide to the streets waiting for shoppers like you. Party in the eve. Checked out at night to return back as next day was the exam else would have stayed more as we still had money left. Took a bus at 11 PM after dinner at the same Thali Wala we previously had.
Overall it was a nice experience exploring all new city without any prior plans that to luxuriously in a low budget. I know we didn’t explored much and kept it a very leisure vacation but unlike us you can have a great time exploring its heritage monuments, forts and also relish some folk music as you sit for a Rajasthani Feast. For a complete guide to what all can you do in Jaipur, check out this article on Top 10 Places to visit in Jaipur.
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