NEW DELHI – JAIPUR – PUSHKAR
Celebrating our anniversary means to celebrate all the bonding, friendship, partnership etc. that we have shared in one year of marriage. As we grow in our relationship, we understand each other more. So, this blog is all about the different things that we did on our anniversary.
On 9th February 2020, the day of our anniversary, we were surrounded by our family members as they had planned anniversary party for us. The whole day was spent with our family and friends, which was a very overwhelming experience to us. At night there was a dinner party in a restaurant, so we started to dress up and got ready for it.
After 2-3 days , when all the family members returned to their places, we planned for a Road trip to celebrate our anniversary and spend some time with each other. So, the trip was not really planned. On Friday night, we just thought of going out to Jaipur. The two of us looked at each other and smiled for this craziness. We packed our stuff and began the trip in the early morning around 6 0′ clock . So, the first destination was JAIPUR ,the PINK city. Here ,I want to mention that JAIPUR is 268 KM from NEW DELHI by Car through National Highway 48. After we drove for 2 hrs, we had our breakfast in Haldiram’s Restaurant and then continued the journey. Here are the places that we visited at the first stop i.e. AMER FORT :
AMER FORT is a fort located in AMER, RAJASTHAN ,INDIA. It is located high on the Aravalli Ranges of hill. Constructed with red sandstone and marble. It consist of Diwan-e-aam ( Hall of Public Audience) , Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) , The Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) , Sukh Niwas ( Natural Air Condtioned Room). The Palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families. The Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century and it was completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century, by consistence efforts of three consequent kings following Raja Man Singh.
Another interesting story of Amer Fort was about Jodha Bai who was the daughter of Raja Bharmel of Amer. She was a Hindu Princess but married a Muslim King , Akbar (third Mughal Emperor), for some political reasons.Eventually, mutual respect and admiration leads to true love.
I recommend you to do opt for Elephant Ride at AMER FORT. It is definitely a ride worth taking. The elephant ride up the steep hill commences from the car parking lot and ends at the courtyard of the Amer Fort. It takes around 20-30 minutes. The trip starts at 8:30 am everyday and ends by 12:00 pm. The fare for an elephant ride for an Indian National would cost around INR 500 to INR 600 per person.
After this, we headed towards next stop i.e. NAHARGARH FORT. This Fort offers a spectacular view of the PINK CITY , JAIPUR.
Nahargarh Fort was constructed as a retreat palace on the summit of ridge above the city by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734.
Our first day ended like this and now we have to take rest, so we checked in a hotel named “Traditional Heritage Haveli”.(https://www.welcomheritagehotels.in/hotel-details/traditional-haveli-jaipur ). I love this hotel very much.The decor and furniture of rooms and lobbies was excellent. If you come to Jaipur, then you can surely book this hotel. You really feel heritage here.
Next morning ,we checked out from lovely hotel and Day 2 proceeded with our next visiting place i.e. ‘HAWA MAHAL’.
Hawa Mahal or Palace of Breeze built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of the Kachhawaha Rajput dynasty in 1799.The five storied structure was designed by Lal Chand Ustad. This beautiful structure made of pink and red sandstone that facilitated royal women to get an eyeful of the street festivals and busy city life while remaining out of the public view through Jharokhas or windows. The Palace comprises of 953 windows. This Palace is blend of Hindu Rajput Architecture and the Islamic Mughal Architecture.
VISITING TIME: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm everyday.
After exploring HAWA MAHAL and local market of Jaipur , we set off for PUSHKAR. It is a city in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. It is pilgrimage site for Hindus and Sikhs. Pushkar is located on the shore of Puskar lake which has 52 Ghats where pilgrims bathe. We took a stroll around the ghats of lake barefoot. This gave us immense peace and happiness. Now , Day 2 ended and we again checked in a hotel named ‘Serene Aravali Resort’ for a night stay. Resort is situated in very calm and beautiful natural surroundings but other than that I didn’t like it very much because of poor hospitality.
The town has hundreds of temple. The most important temple in Pushkar is the 14th century “JAGATPITA BRAHMA MANDIR”,dedicated to the god of creation.
Next morning, i.e, Day 3,we checked out from resort after breakfast and set off for return journey. In returning we also visited at AJMER SHARIF DARGAH which is very famous pilgrimage. We offered ‘Chaadar’ and prayers to the almighty god.After this we drove to Jaipur again and though it was a long tiring day, so we decided to stay for a night in Jaipur and our last day stay was beautifully ended in ‘The FERN AN ECOTEL HOTEL’.
Next morning, i.e, Day 4, we checked out from hotel and we went for some shopping in Jaipur city and also covered some places like JAL MAHAL, CITY PALACE etc. which got left on our first visit. We also had done some interesting things like we tried traditional dress of Rajasthan and it was very much fun.
Finally our Road trip was ended beautifully and we reached our final destination, New Delhi that is our sweet home. It was very adventurous and memorable trip with my amazing partner. We enjoyed very much on this trip and tried to explore Rajasthan’s Culture as much as we could. If you got inspired with my trip then you should also visit Rajasthan once for a lifetime experience.