It was a one day trip planned by three of us in the month of October. We decided to go by Ajmer Shatabdi from Delhi Cantt station at 6.35 in the morning.
Mere mention of this trip brings a smile on my face when I recall the DDLJ scene. One of my friends would have been left on the station had she not been pulled by the other friend of mine. Typical bollywood movie scene. (Just to let you know, they both are married now :). Don’t know how much that situation helped them but it was real fun :D). So, the train halts at Delhi Cantt station only for 2 minutes. We stood on the platform as per the coach order that was being displayed on the screens on the platform. However, when the train arrived, the coaches were in the complete opposite order. Therefore, the person who was supposed to board the first coach had to run all the way towards the last coach. We started running as we were among those people and we definitely did not want to miss the train. We tried to reach our coach but the train started moving and we entered whichever coach was in front of us. A lot of people did that. The train stops at Gurgaon Station for 2 minutes. We decided we would get down at Gurgaon and move to our coach. People were panicking and hitting each other. After a little struggle, we somehow managed to enter the right coach. But, wait where’s our Simran? She was left on the platform running towards the train. Now, “Raj” of our group pulled her before she missed the train 🙂 Thus, the whole confusion, chaos and the bollywood situation.
We were laughing like anything and talking about the whole scene when people told us to be quiet and sleep. It was a little too early in the morning and all excited and full of energy, we didn’t realize that we were disturbing the other people. We then smiled at each other and quietly enjoyed the view.The train reached Jaipur station at 10.40am.
We decided to hire a cab for full day so that we can cover the maximum places in one day. However, the cabbie told us that we would not be able to cover all the points of interest in one day as it would need some time to visit all of them. We decided to skip a few places as we had to board our train in the evening and come back to Delhi.
We started our trip by visiting the Birla Mandir first. Birla Mandir, also referred to as the Laxmi Narayan Temple is located on an elevated ground at the base of Moti Dungari hill in Rajasthan.
Jaipur Development Authority
Head-office of Jaipur Development Authority can also be seen opposite Birla Mandir.
Albert Hall Museum
We then headed towards the Albert Hall Museum,the oldest museum of Rajasthan. The museum has a rich collection of paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, and works in crystal.
Our next destination was Hawa Mahal. This palace is located to the south of Jaipur city, at the main road intersection called the Badi Chaupad (big four square). Hawa Mahal is constructed of red and pink sandstone. Its unique five-storey exterior is similar to a honeycomb with 953 small windows called jharokhas. The view from the top of Hawa Mahal was beautiful. We could see Janar Mantar also.
Since, we could not cover Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts, we decided to visit Amer Fort.
On our way to Amer Fort, we stopped to see Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. When the lake is full, only the top floor is visible. Rest four floors of the palace remain underwater. Jal Mahal is not accessible to visitors.
Soon, we reached Amer Fort. We had enough time to visit the big fort before boarding our train. Amer Fort, also known as Amber Fort is the main tourist attraction in Jaipur. This Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. It has large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths. Maota Lake is the main source of water for the Amer Palace.
We still had some time left with us. So, we decided to go to a nearby Handicraft Emporium to buy some beautiful souvenirs.
We boarded Ajmer Shatabadi at 5.50pm and reached Delhi Cantt station at 10pm. We were quite happy with our one day trip as we could visit most of the major attractions of Jaipur. However, we would like to visit Jaipur again to appreciate what we have already visited and to visit something new as well.