Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are called the Golden Triangle of India and we can truly confirm this nickname. Jaipur is situated 3 hours (by car) to the West of Agra. Most tourists take the train when coming from Agra or a taxi. When deciding to stay a few days in Jaipur (what we recommend), book a hotel near MI Road. This street is very centrally located between the dazzling city of Jaipur and the old Pink City where all tourists make a visit.
Try to visit the Pink City early in the morning. The sun will be less bright and the light will definitely look better on your photos. Start your day with a breakfast across the street of the Hawa Mahal. Go up to one of the rooftops and order a sandwich and/or coffee. you’ll get the stunning view for free! This building is the most notorious of Jaipur. If you really want to take that ‘unique’ photo. Go to the Tattoo Coffee Bar and climb over the wall of the terrace to the roof of the house next to it. The cafe owner will forbid you this, but if you give him 100 rupees (1,5 EUR) he’ll become your best friend.
Next on the tour is the Jaipur City Palace and Jantar Mantar. As we found online that the City Palace is quite expensive for what you get, we decided to skip this one. Regret is on your own risk! The Jantar Mantar on the other hand, wasn’t that special either. It’s a royal observatory build in the 18th century.
The best place to have lunch around the Pink City is Hotel Sweet Dream. This hotel has a rooftop and will guide you away from all loud traffic noises in the crowed streets of Jaipur. Ask the friendly staff to their best Indian dishes. they’ll definitely help you out. Take a refreshing coconut to accompany your lunch. The best way to get there from the city palace is through the jam-packed bazaar streets. Go from Tripolia Bazaar to Chandpol Bazaar. Turn left to Khajane Walon ka Rasta. Afterwards turn left again to Indra Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar. You’ll find many jewelry and clothing shops until you reach Hotel Sweet Dream. Another option for great tasty and safe Indian food is LMB Restaurant (and Hotel).
If you’re spending 2 days in Jaipur, you’ll have time to visit the Amber Fort, Jal Mahal (water palace) and Panna Meena Ka Kind (the step-well). The Amber fort is quite expensive to visit but it’s worth it. The view from the fort is stunning. From there, you can easily walk to the step-well. This architectural piece is super impressive. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to enter it, nor walk on the stairs. We tried it and needed to delete all the photos afterwards. The only way to take a shot walking on the stairs is paying 80 EUR at the Amber Fort Touristic Office. When driving back to Jaipur, you’ll pass the Jal Mahal. This water palace is being restored, so sadly enough you’re not able to visit it.
Now, off to Pushkar!