Impromptu Trip to Pink City

Written by Mr. Sarvesh Joshi & voice over by Ms. Achla Mahendroo

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In this fast-paced world where everything is planned, impromptu trips are a must-have to break the monotony of life. On such a trip which I have been part of lately was a trip to Jaipur.

So, some days before the nationwide lockdown was announced, I was talking to my friend Shivesh on a Friday about a famous web series “TVF Tripling” about how the characters of the series had unplanned trips in their childhood. All of a sudden, I decided on an idea that I would write 3 places of my choice on the chits and so will Shivesh. Any one of us will pick a chit and that place would be our weekend getaway. We did the activity and the place came out to be Jaipur. We packed our bags and instantly did our booking online.

We set out for Jaipur the next morning at 5:30 from the IFFCO Chowk bus stand, Gurgaon. It was a 5-hour journey. After reaching Jaipur we went to the hotel-Man Singh. The interiors of the hotel looked no lesser than a palace. 

We had decided on the places which we will visit on our bus journey. After freshening up, we went on a city tour. We started our tour from Amber Palace. It was approximately 15 kilometers from our hotel. After reaching there we booked a travel guide who explained the rich cultural heritage of Amer Palace. I was intrigued by the grandeur and historical significance of this palace. It was fascinating to see that despite having slightly hot and humid temperatures outside the palace, some places had slightly lower temperatures, despite not having fans. It was nothing less than an architectural marvel for us. After spending 2 hours, we headed to our next location which was Birla Laxmi Narayan temple which was approximately 40 minutes from Amer fort. As we’re travelling I could  observe the pinkish aura of Jaipur.

Image desc: Amer Palace 

Birla Laxmi Narayan Temple, despite not being a famous historical event associated with it, has a different kinda charm to it. It is made of white marble. It has idols of Goddess Lakshmi, Ganesh on the inside and Jesus Christ, Gautam Buddha, Socrates on the outside. 

We had lunch in a local restaurant with delicious Rajasthani cuisine which included Daal Bati Churma, Gatte ki sabzi, Wadi, Bajre ki Roti. We went to our hotel to get some rest. We visited Chokhi-Dhani restaurant in the evening. It was about an hour’s journey from our hotel. While we saw the sunset and the pink city from a different perspective, this time with beautiful lightning.

One thing worth mentioning is that the transport in Jaipur is quite affordable and people here are extremely welcoming.

The Chokhi-Dhani restaurant had a “fair-like vibe” attached to it. There are so many events happening in the restaurant that I  feel like staying here forever. We took our passes and then went inside. We were greeted by the helpers in the Rajasthani language. We had unlimited thali and couldn’t help talking about it after dinner. Some places inside the restaurant looked like palaces which the owners had created to give visitors a sneak-peak into Rajasthan’s history. We went back to our hotel, later that night. 

Image Desc: Choki Dhani

The next morning, after completing complimentary breakfast at the hotel. We visited Hawa Mahal which was around 30 minutes from our hotel. People talk about ventilation,cross-ventilation but Hawa-Mahal’s architecture is such that it is naturally ventilate and the design is as unique as it gets.

                              Image Desc: Hawa Mahal

We visited the famous markets, namely -Bapu bazaar and Johri bazaar to buy some Rajasthani home decor things. We had a Rajasthani thali post that and went back to our hotel.

In the evening, we visited Jal -Mahal, which is situated in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Thereafter we went back to our hotel and then our respective places in Gurgaon.

The next day, as we were talking about Monday blues,I could sense the vibe that this Monday is lighter as we had spent our weekend properly, courtesy of an impromptu trip.

The author is a literary enthusiast and works as a data analytics professional in a leading Ecommerce firm

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