Jaipur is an exciting little drowsy town. I know that is a contradictory statement in itself, but that’s what Jaipur is. While the rest of Jaipur may sleep, some parts of it remain active and kicking. In the four years I have been here, I have never been able to get the surprise element out of it. New eateries and discotheques are always opening up and as a result I meet up with loads of interesting people of my age. This is because Jaipurites are of two types, those who are out going, and those who are not.
The best part about Jaipur is its people. Fun-loving and very helpful, I have never been in need to this town, not even when I first came here. This is because once you interact with some people they go out of their way to help you. In fact, I have found that some of the best times I have had here are when I have interacted and mingled with strangers.
An excellent place and an excellent example of what I am speaking about is a place called Nahargarh Fort. It is situated on top of the Aravalli hills, a half an hour drive from the town. It is great to visit during the winter season and even more enjoyable during the rainy season. Once I went there along with my girlfriend and we met a great bunch of people there who were enjoying a few beers. An intelligent bunch of people, amazing weather and a beautiful place overlooking a breathtaking view of the city provided me with one of the best times I have ever had.
Another place on the outskirts of Jaipur is the haunted town of Bhangarh. It is one of the most haunted places in Asia, and while I personally found it hard to believe initially, I was forced to reconsider it once I visited the place. Entry is legally prohibited in this town between sunset and sunrise by the state government (Yes, it is that haunted!) because of the ghosts that haunt this place. So, for the same reason, I and a bunch of friends headed towards the place in the evening. By car, Bhangarh is a one and a half hour drive and we reached there right after sunset. As we entered the town, eerie sounds and an unnatural wind greeted us. I am not a believer in the paranormal, but even I agreed with my friends that we should probably leave and enter the place only after sunset. We slept in the car a few kilometers outside the town, and entered it at dawn, when we were greeted by the chants of temple music and the chirping of birds. Frankly, it was a wonderful experience and one I wouldn’t mind repeating.
The history of Jaipur is definitely exciting, but the Jaipur I am accustomed to parties a lot. Yes, I visit haunted places and breathtaking Forts, but mostly I visit places where I can have a good food, and a good time with my girl. The city is literally littered with places that serve lip-smacking, spicy food and you just keep on asking for more. I can go out to eat on any budget, and yet I can never say that a certain budget provides for a better experience. The kachoris of “kachori wali ki gali”, the lassi of Lassiwala and the Iced Tea of Bannaji are at par with the delicious gourmet of Rambagh Palace and the amazing coffee at the Sheraton.
Jaipur is a lovely place with a lovely history and it is very hard to decide where I would like to go. Simply put, I need to have 8 days in the week to explore this city to my heart’s content.