Jaipur, when you have only 3 hours to see everything!

Rajasthan, better known as the ‘Land of the Kings’, has so much to offer to every type of traveller. Made up of so many amazing cities like Udaipur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner and the list just goes on and on. Each of these cities is known to have its own culture & tradition shaped by the deep history that is associated with them. This is what makes this state so fascinating for both the Indian traveller as well as the foreign one.

On this note, I recently had the chance of visiting Rajasthan for a short familiarization trip organized by Indigo airlines & Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Whenever I travel to an Indian city, I check to see whether we have any Veena World tour managers around so that they can show me around if they don’t have to handle any groups about the same time. I was lucky to find that Veena World’s Nilesh Mhaske, Kaustubh Junnarkar & Kishore Walunj were free & in the same city. So the four of us met one Saturday morning and decided to check out the city as it had been a long long time that I had been to Jaipur & remembered absolutely nothing. Rajasthan & Jaipur for that matter are as famous for the history that is associated with these places as it is for its cuisine. So the day began with a super rich calorie heavy special Lassi at MI road followed by the indulgence into some Ghevar & Kachori at LMB on market road. With our culinary needs taken care of, we decided to make a quick trip to the City Palace of Jaipur, which was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. We only had a photo stop here after which we decided to check out the famous Amer Fort. Amer Fort is the one true symbol of the city of Jaipur & day in day out is thronged by tourists who are as intrigued by its history as well as its superb architecture. The fort is situated on a hill & you can either drive up there or hop onto an elephant to get to its entrance. From here on the local guide takes over & you will be amazed at what this fort has got to offer. For Bollywood enthusiasts, this is one of the forts used in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha Akbar.

Post our visit to Amer Fort, we still had some time on our hands & decided to visit Nahargarh & Jaigarh Forts. Situated a little away from the city, these two forts are on the same hill. You can actually drive through Jaigarh fort & see the largest cannon in the world & Nahargarh fort, although not as well kept, is famous for being used as a shooting location in the movie Rang De Basanti. If you have enough free time in Jaipur, these two places should also surely be visited. With these two forts, our quick orientation tour of Jaipur ended. We had three hours on a Saturday morning before the boys had to hop on the train back to Mumbai following another great travel season, and I will say that these were put to great use.

Every city in Rajasthan that you explore has a native yet interesting niche that makes it a tad different from every other city within the state. The museums, the forts and the cultural expose that you see makes you believe in a grand heritage that actually tells a lot of stories. So whether it’s a week long escapade or a short tour, a holiday in the beautiful state of Rajasthan would give you an unforgettable experience. Travel, Explore, Celebrate!

Neil Patil
(Director - Veena World)