In Jaipur: Jaipur is a shopaholic’s dream (or possibly, nightmare). There are multiple bazaars that feature traditional Rajasthani garments and crafts – and plenty of opportunity for one to be swindled with low quality goods. However, it’s worth a stroll if you can handle constant badgering and salesmen gruffly greeting you by asking “What do you want?” Regardless, there’s beauty to be found in the sights.
The area just north of Jaipur is called the Pink City. I would have loved to admire the architecture in this area more, but sidestepping the ground trash and throngs of people, carts, cows, goats, camels and dogs make it quite difficult.
One sight I found to especially impressive was the Central Museum Jaipur, also known as Albert Hall. If you’re planning a visit here, be sure and buy a Combined Ticket, valid for Central Museum, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and Nahargarh Fort. I saw these tickets on sale at Amber Fort for Rs 300, and it’s valid for two days. (Just as a point of reference, admission to Amber Fort is Rs 200 alone.)
I thoroughly enjoyed my dining in Jaipur. I opted for an alternative traditional Indian cuisine and went to Anhoki Cafe, a “mostly organic” café situated at the KK Square Mall. Try the falafel pita!! That—and the lime ginger soda—were so outstanding that I had the same meal two days in a row. I also took Lonely Planet’s tip to visit Lassiwala on MI Road. It took me a moment, but I found the “real” Lassiwala: the shop that reads both “Since 1944” and “312” on the exterior. It amazes me that three imposter shops popped up literally next door to the original—and one even says “Since 1944.” If that happened in the States, there would be a lawsuit for sure!
Jaipur is a wonderful city choice for first time travelers to India. Read more about my experience in Rajasthan.