When Jaipur felt like a hill station!

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and often referred to as the Pink city. It is a part of the Golden Triangle tour (for those who were not aware, you must plan a trip to India ASAP) that travelers traveling to India often undertake. My gang planned an impromptu one-day road trip to Jaipur and came across some amazing sights that I can’t wait to share with all of you.

Distance between Jaipur and Delhi: 280 Km (5.5 hours)
Distance between Jaipur and Agra: 240 Km (4.5 hours)

Glimpses from a hill station err from Jaipur
Glimpses from a hill station err from Jaipur

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History of Jaipur

Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727, Jaipur is touted as the first planned city of India. (Sawai means a quarter more than the contemporaries) Various elements of Vastu Shastra have also been incorporated in the design of the city to make it comfortable for its citizens. The amount of effort put in is visible through the stunning architecture, temples as well as awe-inspiring astronomical observatories.

Why is Jaipur called the Pink city

In 1876, the Prince of Wales Albert Edward, visited the city. To welcome the Prince in all grandeur, the city of Jaipur was painted with Terracotta pink. Later on, this color gave Jaipur its unique identity.

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What we saw:

Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh is a majestic fort in Jaipur. It is located 15 km from the city centre amidst the arid, rocky and thorn-scrub covered hills. Sawai Jai Singh II built it in the early 18th century. It also houses the world famous cannon, Jaivana. Sawai Jai Singh II built Jaivana in 1720. Jaivana has a range of 22 miles and uses 100 kilograms for one fire!

Jaivana-the world famous cannon in Jaipur
Jaivana-the world famous cannon in Jaipur

Jaigarh Fort is also called the Victory Fort of Rajasthan. Its walls extend 3 km in length. In the past, Jaigarh Fort served as the hub of weaponry manufacture for the Rajputs. In the Lakshmivilas Palace, there are remnants of the ancient Mughal garden. It also houses a small theatre where Kings would be entertained. The Fort has 3 massive underground tanks which could hold more than 60 lakh gallons of water for the citizens in the citadel. These underground tanks were well-organized systems of Rainwater harvesting.

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Jaigarh Fort- At its majestic best!
Jaigarh Fort- At its majestic best!
Albert Hall

The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid when the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward visited Jaipur in 1876 (the same time when the city was painted terracotta pink). The Albert Hall, replete with Indo Saracenic architecture, was completed in 1887. In 1880, Albert Hall became a museum of Industrial arts to display products made by local craftsmen. Gradually, it has become a center of knowledge of the history of civilizations, traditional Indian handicrafts.

View of the Albert Hall in Jaipur; Credits: Wikimedia
View of the Albert Hall in Jaipur; Credits: Wikimedia

“It is now a rebuke to all other museums in India from Calcutta downwards”
– Rudyard Kipling exclaimed on seeing the Albert Hall

Amer Fort

Situated 11 km from Jaipur, Amber (pronounced as Amer) fort was a small structure that the Rajputs won from the Meena tribes. Later, Kachawaha kings transformed it into a safe bastion from attacking enemies. Seven centuries old and backed by a legendary past, its construction began in 1592 (Akbar was the Mughal ruler at that time). Entirely made of red sandstone and white marble, Amer Fort is a beautiful combination of Hindu and Mughal style of architecture. The Amer Fort is visible from the Jaigarh fort. The sound and light show at Amer Fort is spell binding! Don’t miss it!

Amer Fort in Jaipur, BnBNation
Amer Fort in Jaipur; Credits: Wikimedia.

Where we stayed:

There is a distinct excitment that i felt when i stayed in the lap of India’s glorious city of Jaipur (albeit a few hours). The BnB was just apt for recalling the exciting moments of the last 24 hours.

Cosy BnB in Jaipur- perfect place to introspect and absorb the rich culture of Jaipur
Cosy BnB in Jaipur- perfect place to introspect and absorb the rich culture of Jaipur

We started for Delhi at night. Night driving was no less adventure and we reached home early morning next day.

 

44 thoughts on “When Jaipur felt like a hill station!”

  1. India looks amazing! I love the scenery and how everything is covered in mist! We haven’t been to India yet, but as you said: maybe we need to book a trip there ASAP! I definitely would want to visit the cool fort you mention. It’s almost unbelievable that this cannon has a 22 mile range! Incredible and I need to see this! 🙂

    1. I am glad you liked the post and it urged you to travel to India! Jaigarh fort is absolutely stunning and no words can describe the grandeur of the fort. However, there are other forts in India that are good and I think if you are intrigued by forts and palaces, you should plan a trip to India soon!

  2. I’ve not been to India yet but your post brings me this excitement that I’d get if I visited.
    Jaipur seems like an exciting place to visit. I like your Airbnb room 😊

  3. I often forget how large India is, and how it has so much to offer! My friend recently took a trip to Jaipur and the photos, like yours, were incredible. I have a feeling I might be paying this beautiful place a visit soon. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Photos are extremely wonderful, I love your discovery, I confirm its really a majestic place but I’ll surely check it out by myself. I’m in love with India can’t wait to visit it

  5. Interesting read. India is not a country I have experienced to date but it’s always been in the back of my mind as a place I’d love to see! Thanks for the tips for Jaipur!

  6. This place looks so majestic! thanks for capturing it so well and inspiring me to go for a visit. great post and awesome work, keep it up and great share 😀

  7. I have been wanting to travel to India but have not been sure where to go. Thank you for sharing your experience, it gave me an idea of one city to go to, and maybe a place to stay. Your photos are beautiful!

  8. Sometimes I feel these Delhites are lucky, they can visit Jaipur whenever they wish. And it is full of worthy places and stuffs to see. I was there only for a day 🙁 even one week wouldn’t suffice for this beautiful city.

  9. I’m sure that the best way to explore India is by road, you can meet so many cultures along the way each one with their own story and habbits! I wish I have enough time to travel it around! It is such a big nation! p.s. Jaipur is in my list!

  10. I loved seeing the pink city shrouded in mist. I have always loved my visit to Jaipur and you refreshed my memories. In the short time, you obviously could not go shopping ? That is another favorite of mine, exploring the colorful markets !

    1. We were a group of boys out on an impromptu trip. So we were not too keen on shopping though my 5 year old niece kept asking me what i had brought for her so i bought her chocolates from the nearby market and pretended as if I had forgotten gifting her earlier! (Shhhh keep it to yourself! )

    1. Hi I am glad India intrigues you! You have to pay a visit in order to acknowledge the beautiful sights. My recommendation to you would be depending upon your duration of visit and the places you wish to visit. For instance, we had arranged a trip of Delhi to Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Varanasi for a couple of British first time tourists for a duration of 10 days. However one group of tourists had gone to Ladakh and Andaman islands as they wanted adventure activities for a month long tour. So it totally depends on what time of year you are planning and for how many days. I can help sort you out on this one! Let’s continue conversing on my email: ambuj@bnbnation.com

  11. I can imagine how beautiful it would be if jaipur felt like a hill station. i am all the more excited seeing this post since I am planning to head there this december. I hope I will be able to feel some cold this time.

  12. Fabulous hare onn Jaipur, cannot wait to visit again for longer next time. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos and information.

  13. There is a certain charm about Jaipur that makes me want to return here and explore these gems again. I loved Amer Fort, Jaigarh and the Albert hall last time. Adding to these are the other attractions. I know i could not have enough of these and maybe that is one key reason for me wanting to get back. Your post reminded me of these reasons 🙂

  14. Though I have visited Jaigarh several times, I never knew there was a theater inside!
    I once cycled my way from my house in Jaipur to all the way up to Jaigarh and let me tell you this- my thighs just froze the next day. The climb up is really steep.

    1. That is a great idea! In fact you should plan a trip to India in such a way that you stay with an Indian family in Delhi and head to Jaipur to stay with another Indian family and then see the Taj Mahal in Agra. You’ll become a part of 3 Indian families and India will be your 2nd home! Thanks for reading the post

  15. So this is why it’s called Pink City. Nice to know. Did they retain the pink color in some parts of the city? Because I think it would be interesting. I heard so much about Jaipur from Indian bloggers. Seems to me it’s one of the must-visit places in your country.

    1. Hi Marjorie,
      Pink color of the city is visible in Hawa Mahal which has not been mentioned in my blog. FYI Hawa mahal consists of 356 windows that let princess watch the streets of the city. By the way, Jaipur is a hot tourist destination due to its proximity from Delhi.

  16. Not only Jaipur, every place in Rajasthan after September to March have a pleasent weather and is the best time to explore Rajasthan.

  17. What a beautiful place it is. I love how the fog shrouded the whole place making it heavenly and surreal. India has a lot of amazing place to see and its structure and ruins are beautifully designed. The story behind is also fascinating and I would love to visit these soon.

  18. I always wanted to visit Jaipur and other places in Rajasthan but I used to think it has a hot and humid climate all the time. I’m surprised to see the fog in Jaipur ..Did you visit during the monsoons? Also great to know why it’s called the Pink City. I hope to visit someday and see those forts.

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