Ileke Travels: Jaipur
Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India. To be honest by this point in the trip I think my mom and I were getting pretty antsy to get back home. Our flight back to the U.S. was the same day that we spent exploring Jaipur and as I had mentioned earlier we underestimated how far apart different cities were. We had to head back to Delhi to catch our 1am flight and it was a 5 hour car ride away! We were also both pretty sick at this point with colds and still dealing with the jet lag. We still were able to enjoy our day and the city.
Our first stop was Hawa Mahal or the Wind Palace (Pictured above). We weren't able to enter. However the real sight to see is the high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals without being seen by anyone outside of the wall.
We then visited The Jantar Mantar monument which is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh in 1738 CE. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has the world's largest stone sundial.
Our next stop was Amer Fort. On the way there we passed by an actual snake charmer which was pretty cool to see and saw an elephant (my favorite animal)! While planning the trip we had thought of incorporating an elephant ride into our itinerary, since many tourist actually ride elephants up to Amer Fort. However when we learned more about some of the conditions the elephants are put under we decided against it.
After a long drive up into the hills of Amer, we arrived at Amer Fort. The Fort is another World Heritage site and covers an area of 1.5 square miles and overlooks lake Maota. Similar to Agra Fort, Amer has a palace, many courtyards, gardens and impressive views of the surrounding hills and lake. The walls of the elaborately decorated courtyards are covered in semi-precious stone, mirrors, and beautiful mosaics.
We left Jaipur after our visit to Amer Palace and went straight to the airport. Visiting India was an incredible experience for me. It's a country that I would encourage anyone interested in visiting to go. I enjoyed learning more about the country's diverse culture heritage and rich history, and meeting so many wonderful people there. The best part was sharing the experience with my mom. I really appreciate that she brought me along with her!
I hope you all have enjoyed this peek into my trip. You can follow along from the beginning with my India Overview, visit to Bangaluru & Mysuru, time in Kolkata Part I & II, visit to Delhi, and time spent in Agra Part I & II.