India : Jaipur i.e. the pink city, i.e. our dream

India : Jaipur i.e. the pink city, i.e. our dream

August 08, 2016

     Stepping off the plane in Jaipur, we were relieved to feel the dry hot heat of the surrounding desert. It came as a pleasant surprise after the humid heat of Kolkata. Driving into the ancient city, we were giddy with excitement to explore this ancient and beautiful city. Our hostel, funnily named Zostel, was located in the centre of the Pink City, just around the corner from the famous Hawa Mahal.

     After briefly exploring the local markets, We had a delicious Lebanese platter at a small restaurant and art gallery Art Café before catching up on some much needed rest. After a lovely afternoon siesta, we sleepily went in search a restaurant.

     With the help of the trusty Zomato App we found a rooftop restaurant called Handi. After walking past a line a cooks, and climbing a couple of flights of stairs we arrived at a lovely rooftop restaurant. We dined on Tandorri platters, roti, and jeera rice, all with a beautiful view of Jaipur. Sipping on massive Kingfisher beers, we took in the opulent vibrancy of the city. We enjoyed the rest of our night, hanging out on the rooftop of Zostel. Taking in the ancient fort lit up in the distance, and the ongoing fireworks that could be seen in every direction *swoon*

     The next morning we ventured in a tuk tuk to the Amer Fort with a new American friend we had made in the hostel. Isn’t this one of the best parts of travelling? The amazing and kind people you meet along the way?  We were feeling adventurous, so we decided to climb the incredibly steep ancient stairs to the top of the wall.

     The scary and steep ascent was totally worth it for the amazing view of  Jaipur. After taking it all in, and a quick break to lay on the stone ground and regain our balance we slowly made our way back down, jealous of the local and fearless teens that bounced past us right along the walls edge. 

     Tired from the climb, we hopped in an uber and rode through the hills to our next destination. The winding path took us past the Water Palace, through the twisting roads above Jaipur, and up to the Nahargarh Fort. After a quick lunch at the fort, we wandered through the palace, in awe of the intricate hand painted walls and the monkeys that made it their home.

After watching the beautiful sunset across from the Hawa Mahal, we returned to our hostel, and spent our final night in Jaipur, dining with a group of travellers from around the world and eating our favourite dishes – tandoori chicken and seekh kabeb, Mmmm. Although our trip to Jaipur was short, we loved the city, a must see when travelling to India. We cant wait to return to the pink city.



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