Jaipur which is also popularly known as The Pink City is the capital and largest city of the Indian State of Rajasthan. During the British rule in India, Jaipur was the capital of the Princely State of Jaipur. Founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the Ruler of Amber.
Jaipur is the first planned city of India, located in the desert lands of Rajasthan. The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city. The city of Jaipur, painted in pink, grasp the appreciation of every visitor.
Before I go any further I would like to let you know that among our program on the second day in Jaipur on 14th June is to book a train ticket to Agra, we never bought a ticket to Agra in advance, so in order for us not to get stranded in jaipur we have to make our ticket reservation on the next day of our arrival, which is on the 14th June, we arrive here on Sunday, so the Reservation Train Ticket Office is closed. The Railway Reservation Office is located just outside of the Railway station, very close actually, just outside the gate and to your right from the Jaipur Railway Station.
Thanks to the Lonely Planet guide book, which make it a breeze booking our ticket. We follow the guide from Lonely Planet book that suggest us to join the queue for “Freedom Fighters and Foreign Tourist” counter 769 and we get our ticket from there. It is hard to get a train ticket for local people to travel the same day, because usually people book ticket weeks or month in advance but luckily there is always a tourist quota if you are lucky and travel during off peak season like what we are doing right now, the hottest season.
Luckily we did get or train tickets and it will depart on the same day at 5:30P.M so we still have a plenty of times to explore Jaipur City. We did try to book a ticket from Agra to New Delhi here as well but unfortunately most of the train ticket to New Delhi from Agra is on waiting list, so we decided to get the ticket from Agra.
After getting our ticket, we walk back to our hotel and get out as soon as possible and find an Auto Rickshaw to explore the city. Since we don’t have much time, we decided to head straight to Amber Fort which is located 11 KM from Jaipur City Center. Our original plan was to visit City Palace in the centre of Old City but due to time constrain we skip the City Palace just like we skip the Blue City in Jodhpur because as a photographer we know that at least we need a day or two to really explore this city or area so we have to skip this place and maybe we will come back later on the next visit.
So we head straight to Amber Fort and spent most of our times there. We pass many gates on our way to Amber Fort and like the picture on top is among the last few gate that we pass through before we reach Amber Fort, we can see a lot of elephants and camel along the way, it looks like it was their normal mode of transportation here, in fact Jaipur have their very own Elephant Festival that was held annually here in the heart of Jaipur. Now we have more reason to come back to Jaipur, the Elephant Festival which usually held in March took place on the day before Holi.
The Elephant Festival is a unique event held annually in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Groomed to perfection, glittering in gold, row upon row of elephants catwalk before an enthralled audience. The elephants move gracefully in procession, run races, play the regal game of polo, and finally participate in the spring festival of Holi. It is festival time for the elephants.
We’ll be back for sure…
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