These Places To Visit In Jaipur Are Recommended By Our Vision-Impaired Writer
This Pink City is gateway to India’s most flamboyant state – Rajasthan. From opulent palaces, ancient forts and vibrant markets, the architectural gems of Jaipur draw tourists from across the globe. This capital city is a great mix of the old and new, and we have listed down the top places to visit in Jaipur for vision-impaired. Here’s Sagar Baheti, our vision-impaired guest writer, sharing his experience of touring Jaipur;
Living life for the moment has been my attitude in the last few years and so, I never miss out on an opportunity to do something different, especially when it comes to travelling. This time it was my cousins wedding in Jaipur and I decided to extend my trip by 3 days to explore the city and nearby places. I had no problem planning this trip as I had many people accompanying me. All I did was plan to get there a day in advance with my brother Rohit and stayed back 2 days after the wedding with some cousins.
Rajasthan is the desert state of India and probably the most visited state by tourists. It’s rich heritage and culture has always fascinated me and even though I’ve been to this part of India before, I’ve not really explored the state like a tourist. There are so many places to visit in Rajasthan that I decided to break it down.
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We landed around noon and made our way straight to one of the most popular eating joints in the city- the Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar (LMB). We feasted on some delicious Rajasthani food, and the hospitality, which is an integral part of the Rajasthani culture ensured we were stuffed! I had Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort on my list of tourist places to visit in Jaipur;
1. Hawa Mahal
True to its name, Hawa Mahal stands in the centre of the old city and for anyone inclined architecturally, it is a delight to witness this iconic structure in all its grandeur. The windows with their fine latticed work are a spectacular display from the royal houses back in the day. Also, it speaks volumes of the skilled stone workers we have in India. And of course, I had my brother explain the finer details to me, which I could not notice given my low vision. So, I suggest opting for Enable Travel that offers trained guides, sign-language interpreters and empathetic care-takers for the disabled to make the most of their trips. If you’re holidaying with Enable Travel, they ensure utmost comfort and good knowledge about the place you’re visiting. And as Hawa Mahal always tops the places to visit in Jaipur, ensure you’ve included it to your Jaipur itinerary.
2. Jantar Mantar
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the oldest astronomy laboratory in the country. Anyone with an inclination for science and technology will really enjoy this place, owing to a great example from the 18th century. The Samrat Yantra sundial tells a lot about how people back then calculated time, making it an observatory among the most popular tourist places in Jaipur. You can either rent audio guide or book through Enable Travel that caters to vision-and speech-impaired and wheelchair users.
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3. Amer Fort
Famous for its endearing mirror work, Amer is one the most visited forts in Jaipur. The fort is about 10kms from the city and it takes only about 40 minutes to get there. We wanted to explore the fort by ourselves, so we opted for the audio guides. I must say that the audio guide does transport you back in time at many of the check points in the fort. We were in awe of the lifestyle the royals lead in the 16th-17th century and witnessing the grandeur from the days of yore explains why Amer Fort is one among the popular Jaipur points of interest. Expecting to spend only a couple of hours at the fort, we turned out to be there much longer. The lights started coming on and the fort looked stunning; Amer Fort definitely is one of the places to visit in Jaipur at night. We were ready for the lights and sound show, which was about to start in a few minutes. The show gave a brief history of the fort and the royals. Amer Fort truly is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur and I strongly recommend it.
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It was mid-January and began to get chilly as the sun went down. We got a few pictures of the fort with the evening lights and we headed back to the city. The next two days was wedding time – a Rajasthani wedding with elaborate customs and costumes. I also for the very first time witnessed the Rajasthani custom of “manohaar”, where they force the guests to eat sweets and specialties, as a gesture of hospitality.
4. Chand Bawri Stepwell
On the day after the wedding, my cousin and I had planned to visit the Chand Bawri step well. This is about 100kms from Jaipur and takes 2 hours to reach by car. We started early after a good breakfast at the popular Rawat Misthan bhandar. The kachoris are most popular at this place. My cousin, who’s an architect, told me a little about these step wells on our way there.
When we finally arrived, I was awestruck. It has to be one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. Chand Bawri literally means Moon Well and was built between the 8th and 9th century to counter the water shortage problem of the area. It is like a maze of never ending steps (more than 3500 of them) and goes quite deep. I might have taken more than 50 pictures and still wasn’t content. The architectural symmetry is unbelievable and my cousin described to me the play of light and shadow that the steps made. We sat there and chatted for a while before heading back and I was still in awe of what I had seen.
5. Birla Temple
Later that evening we went to the Birla temple, a beautiful structure made in all-white marble from Rajasthan. It was followed by dinner at Chokhi Dhani, which again is an experience by itself of local food, hospitality and the vibe of the Rajasthani villages. Chokhi Dhani is one of the top places to eat in Jaipur that offers folk music and dance performances to keep you entertained while you dig into the authentic Rajasthani meal.
The last day was for an appointment we had made with this motorbike modification company called Rajputana Customs. They are probably the best known motorbike modification company in India and we got to see some of the amazing work they do. We saw great bike designs and some work-in-progress at their workshop. We had a flight back at 4pm and we did not even realise how time went by. Well, I guess it’s always like that with bikes for the boys!
There are some other tourist attractions and places to visit in Jaipur, like the Jal Mahal, City Palace, Jaigarh Fort and a lot more. Maybe, that has to wait until my next visit to Rajasthan. The Pink City certainly boasts of a princely charm and an everlasting impression to make on its visitors. Rajasthan’s fabled forts, pretty palaces, luxurious lifestyles and warm hospitable locals create an enigma for travellers from across the world.
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