Raja Rani ki kahaniyan, Rajasthan !
I have always dreamed about palaces, kings and queens, their love and wars! Growing up I watched Lamhe with more excitement than most movies, and the life of Jodha in Jodha Akbar gave me a whole new set of goals. Pushkar, Ajmer & Jaipur has been on my list for a while now!
Although I have been there with family years ago, this time was trip fully planned by me. so Yay! hyper exciting! Well, I can tell you excruciating detail the process, hows and wheres and whats, how about we skip to highlights?
- Plan a blessed visit to Ajmer, although slightly overwhelming the crowd was as I made it on a Friday, it was none the less as blessed as they said it’d be.
- Pushkar is a short and sweet experience that shouldn’t be missed considering you are so close to it! When the famous Pushkar Mela is not going on, this town is a beautiful spot to spend quality time alone, the Bramha Sarovar and the temple with mythological stories and the beautiful waters was a sight for sore eyes.
- Pushkar – Must Eat: Authentic Dal Bhati Choorma & Gatte ki sabzi cooked on woodfire, cost about a 100 INR for a complete meal and tasted delightful!
- Try the Gulkand & Rose Petal Lassi.
- The dhabhas play most popular Bollywood songs in Rajasthani!
- If you can, do check out the Westin at Pushkar. Nothing like anything before.
My day two was in the magnificent city of Jaipur, apart from a couple of quick shoots that were planned, I had a long list of things to see and more importantly EAT!
Here are the top few things to eat in Jaipur:
1. Shreenath Lassiwala – Amazing Malai Lassi
2. Rawat Kachori – You cannot leave Jaipur without a few hot Kachoris from here, pack some for home too!
3. Tapri Cafe – sheesha and decent food
4. Blackout – Late night sheesha and loud music, slightly dim lit this place but nice if you miss your city vibes!
5. Zolocrust: For the world’s best chocolate croissant & even pizzas n dessert- UNMISSABLE!
6. Padao Cafe in Nahargarh: This is an open air canteen type don’t expect great food but the view is to die for, While I was there I literally saw a rainy cloud slowly traveling into the city. I will not forget this view for a long long time.
7. Pearl Heritage Hotel (Peacock Restaurant)- Absolutely amazing food, from the Thai curries to the Indian kebabs the food was delightful!
8. Bar Palladio: If there was just one dining experience you had to do in Jaipur, it has to be Bar Palladio. The interiors will leave you in awe, the Italian food is so authentic that you won’t be able to stop falling in love, very fine dine, extremely royal!
Things to see:
- Hawa Mahal – Obviously, but do go inside, it’s very underrated. Some people might even advise you not do, but you absolutely must!!
- Nahargarh palace was just ruins, quite like the Monsoon Palace in Udaipur, avoidable if you are crunched for time.
- City Palace nice only if you get a guide to tell you stories and details of the kings and their generations, get an inside story of their wars, clothes, weapons even the politics between the ruling brothers was quite a filmy story.
- Amer Fort – This one is beautiful-don’t miss it. This is where Jodha Akbar, Lamhe, Veer and so so many other movies came to life. You must experience this one.
- Also, there is a small kaali maata mandir inside which is so different than any other mandir I have seen, do visit.
- Jal Mahal: Step out to feed the pigeons, get a dreamy picture with Jal Mahal in the backdrop, this one I only saw from outside.
Things to Buy/Shop:
Tie Dye Dupattas, Mojris, Old leather shops had some great options in jackets and bags, I couldn’t manage too much time to shop, but these are the staples!
Special Mention to Zostel at Jaipur, I have never experienced a more fun stay option ever. Check them out to know exactly what I’m talking about!
Leaving you with some pictures too 🙂
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