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gautam023 Nov 20th, 2018 12:07

Itinerary | Photography | Food
 
Hello people,

I am travelling to Jaipur from 01st to 4th December and am staying at near the station itself. I am reaching Jaipur early on the 1st and am leaving mid-day on 4th, leaving me with 01st, 2nd and 3rd to see around. My priorities are the usual places and photography [landscape & cityscapes in particular]. I have read through the trip reports here and have finalized the following schedule based on the shooting sunsets at particular locations. I plan to rent a bike for the first 2 days and a car for the 3rd.

Day 01 - 01st Dec
Galta ji temple
Jaigarh fort
Amer Fort [Amber palace] - Evening
Jal Mahal - on the way back from Amer late evening

The temple would be done pre-lunch on our way to Jaigarh fort. We would then have the Amer fort and the Meena Panna kund around 3-4. And the Jal Mahal on our way back with the sunset colours and blue hour.
Lunch at IslamiKallu and dinner at Anokhi Cafe

Day 02 - 02nd Dec
Hawa Mahal
Citi Palace
Nahargarh Fort

Possible sunrise shot of the Hawa Mahal [Or sunrise at Jal Mahal again, if the previous evening shots are not great]. Followed by the Citi Palace tour and then Gaitore cenotaphs. Nahargarh fort in the evening for sunset. Possibly include Jantar Mantar on this day depending when we start.
Lunch at Handi and dinner at Poppin' Cafe

Day 03 - 03rd Dec
Samode Palace
Birla Temple
Albert Hall - evening

Visit the Samode Palace in the morning and be back in town to check out the Birla Temple followed by Albert Hall and shooting it at sunset.

Day 04 - 04th Dec
Possible sunrise at any of the places above, in case I feel like it. Lunch at Zarpar on the way to the aiport.


My questions here,
  1. Is this a good enough itinerary. Am I missing something that would take away from the Jaipur experience here.
  2. Should I consider Chand Baori at Abhaneri instead of Samode.
  3. Any photographers here who can help me with reference locations and points to shoot from. I have done some basic research and would continue to work on exact spots on certain time of the day. Any help is highly appreciated.
  4. I also have a food/restaurant list for Jaipur and am trying to interlace this around with my schedule. Any lunch/dinner suggestions based on the itinerary are welcome. [Love non-veg and not a fan of Rajasthani veg much]


Food in Jaipur
  1. IslamiKallu - Nalli nihari & Khamiri roti
  2. Anokhi Cafe - Organic cafe, fresh salads and pizzettas | Coffee Cake with coffee cream filling and Khao Suey, carrot cake
  3. Lal Maas - Surya Villa, Peelwa Garden on Moti Dongri Road [6 hours notice]
  4. Zarpar - Kashmiri
  5. Rawat Mishtan Bhandar - Pyaaz Kachori
  6. Laxmi Misthan Bhandar - Ghewar and sweets
  7. Spice Court - Rajasthani Govind Gatte and Laal Maas | Jungli Maas, Lal Maas, Keema-Bati
  8. Taxi chick Inn, Sindhi camp - Changezi chicken
  9. Moti Mahal Dhaba on MI Road

Thank you for reading through.

vaibhav_arora Nov 20th, 2018 17:35

This is a very well researched itinerary if you want to take photos of buildings from the outside (as opposed to actually visiting the inside for what they house).
Personally I have no idea what I'm going to eat in the next meal so it's impossible for me to comment on the food aspect but it does look very thorough. You should be fine.

gautam023 Nov 20th, 2018 17:51

Quote:

Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora (Post 2108863)
This is a very well researched itinerary if you want to take photos of buildings from the outside (as opposed to actually visiting the inside for what they house).
Personally I have no idea what I'm going to eat in the next meal so it's impossible for me to comment on the food aspect but it does look very thorough. You should be fine.

Thanks Vaibhav. I'll be visiting those buildings from inside as well. Mainly the City Palace, Amber Palace and the forts. Hope that can fit in the time schedule given.

Should I consider Chand Baori at Abhaneri instead of Samode.

vaibhav_arora Nov 20th, 2018 18:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by gautam023 (Post 2108866)
Should I consider Chand Baori at Abhaneri instead of Samode.

There's no comparison - one is a step well and the other is a palace. Guess you'd just have to decide. :)

iamsomnath Nov 20th, 2018 18:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by gautam023 (Post 2108825)
Hello people,

I am travelling to Jaipur from 01st to 4th December and am staying at near the station itself. I am reaching Jaipur early on the 1st and am leaving mid-day on 4th, leaving me with 01st, 2nd and 3rd to see around. My priorities are the usual places and photography [landscape & cityscapes in particular]. I have read through the trip reports here and have finalized the following schedule based on the shooting sunsets at particular locations. I plan to rent a bike for the first 2 days and a car for the 3rd.

Day 01 - 01st Dec
Galta ji temple
Jaigarh fort
Amer Fort [Amber palace] - Evening
Jal Mahal - on the way back from Amer late evening

The temple would be done pre-lunch on our way to Jaigarh fort. We would then have the Amer fort and the Meena Panna kund around 3-4. And the Jal Mahal on our way back with the sunset colours and blue hour.
Lunch at IslamiKallu and dinner at Anokhi Cafe

Day 02 - 02nd Dec
Hawa Mahal
Citi Palace
Nahargarh Fort

Possible sunrise shot of the Hawa Mahal [Or sunrise at Jal Mahal again, if the previous evening shots are not great]. Followed by the Citi Palace tour and then Gaitore cenotaphs. Nahargarh fort in the evening for sunset. Possibly include Jantar Mantar on this day depending when we start.
Lunch at Handi and dinner at Poppin' Cafe

Day 03 - 03rd Dec
Samode Palace
Birla Temple
Albert Hall - evening

Visit the Samode Palace in the morning and be back in town to check out the Birla Temple followed by Albert Hall and shooting it at sunset.

Day 04 - 04th Dec
Possible sunrise at any of the places above, in case I feel like it. Lunch at Zarpar on the way to the aiport.


My questions here,
  1. Is this a good enough itinerary. Am I missing something that would take away from the Jaipur experience here.
  2. Should I consider Chand Baori at Abhaneri instead of Samode.
  3. Any photographers here who can help me with reference locations and points to shoot from. I have done some basic research and would continue to work on exact spots on certain time of the day. Any help is highly appreciated.
  4. I also have a food/restaurant list for Jaipur and am trying to interlace this around with my schedule. Any lunch/dinner suggestions based on the itinerary are welcome. [Love non-veg and not a fan of Rajasthani veg much]


Food in Jaipur
  1. IslamiKallu - Nalli nihari & Khamiri roti
  2. Anokhi Cafe - Organic cafe, fresh salads and pizzettas | Coffee Cake with coffee cream filling and Khao Suey, carrot cake
  3. Lal Maas - Surya Villa, Peelwa Garden on Moti Dongri Road [6 hours notice]
  4. Zarpar - Kashmiri
  5. Rawat Mishtan Bhandar - Pyaaz Kachori
  6. Laxmi Misthan Bhandar - Ghewar and sweets
  7. Spice Court - Rajasthani Govind Gatte and Laal Maas | Jungli Maas, Lal Maas, Keema-Bati
  8. Taxi chick Inn, Sindhi camp - Changezi chicken
  9. Moti Mahal Dhaba on MI Road

Thank you for reading through.

Gautam, I have strong objection to your itinerary. You have planned it to the point of unsurprisability , is there a word like that ?
What would you do if you meet a chick who wants to get laid , huh ?

vaibhav_arora Nov 20th, 2018 19:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamsomnath (Post 2108870)
What would you do if you meet a chick who wants to get laid , huh ?

Ahem, he's going with his wife, so any such development should call for a DJI Phantom 4 - does it relay live feed to a site like this? :rolleyes:

iamsomnath Nov 20th, 2018 19:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora (Post 2108878)
Ahem, he's going with his wife, so any such development should call for a DJI Phantom 4 - does it relay live feed to a site like this? :rolleyes:

Gautam , I'm turning off my GPS on phone, what that you are carrying on your shoulder ? A Tomahawk ? 😋😁

vaibhav_arora Nov 20th, 2018 20:02

This reminds me -

'What did the sniper say to the photographer?

I'm a headshot man myself' ;)

gautam023 Nov 21st, 2018 11:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamsomnath (Post 2108870)
Gautam, I have strong objection to your itinerary. You have planned it to the point of unsurprisability , is there a word like that ?
What would you do if you meet a chick who wants to get laid , huh ?

That is the reason for the detailed itinerary Somnath. Wife sticks to the itinerary in that case. Need to speak to her regarding such exigencies.

And I do have a history of bumping into people. Remember Tungnath Somnath ;)
We never met in Cal but who knew, of all places, on that trek to Deoriatal.



Quote:

Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora (Post 2108885)
This reminds me -

'What did the sniper say to the photographer?

I'm a headshot man myself' ;)

ROFL Vaibhav.

iamsomnath Nov 21st, 2018 12:30

LOL, I remember Tungnath. Let's plan something together.
Cheers

spud Nov 21st, 2018 17:36

Hi Gautam023

I wasn't keen on my shots of the Jal Mahal taken during the morning, You'll be shooting into the Sun. It looks much better in the late afternoon. I shot it from a side vantage point too, the rooftop of a nearby hotel, pretty pleased with the results.

Take a few shots of the Hawa Mahal from an elevated spot over the road, there's 1-2 cafes situated above ground level (probably called 'Wind View Cafe' or something).

Chulgiri offers nice views over Agra road, but my visit was spoilt somewhat by the misty morning.

The Sun temple at Galtaji was my favourite spot for taking shots of the evening Sun going down.

You could maybe try taking cityscape shots from your hotel if it has a rooftop restaurant, or if you do a bit of research, find a few other places with rooftop restaurants, maybe have lunch there - Golden Tulip, Blackout, Fortune Select Metropolitan, Ramada, Regenta & Hotel Grand Uniara being a few I've stayed in or eaten in & liked the views from each.

Places to eat? I'm no foodie really but if you are, perhaps do a street food tour with a guide, I did this a couple or years back....some things I enjoyed, other things I hated. The best meal I've had so far in Jaipur though, was at the Peacock restuarant - 'boneless Rogan Josh'...with loads of naan bread, divine.

I think your itinerary looks good, you even skipped doing all three forts in one day. I haven't been to Samode and I still haven't seen Abhaneri stepwell even after several trips to this city and having an interest in wells - it's on my to do list though when I visit in March.

Anyways, good luck with your trip :)

gautam023 Nov 22nd, 2018 13:44

Quote:

Originally Posted by spud (Post 2108981)
Hi Gautam023

I wasn't keen on my shots of the Jal Mahal taken during the morning, You'll be shooting into the Sun. It looks much better in the late afternoon. I shot it from a side vantage point too, the rooftop of a nearby hotel, pretty pleased with the results.

Take a few shots of the Hawa Mahal from an elevated spot over the road, there's 1-2 cafes situated above ground level (probably called 'Wind View Cafe' or something).

Chulgiri offers nice views over Agra road, but my visit was spoilt somewhat by the misty morning.

The Sun temple at Galtaji was my favourite spot for taking shots of the evening Sun going down.

You could maybe try taking cityscape shots from your hotel if it has a rooftop restaurant, or if you do a bit of research, find a few other places with rooftop restaurants, maybe have lunch there - Golden Tulip, Blackout, Fortune Select Metropolitan, Ramada, Regenta & Hotel Grand Uniara being a few I've stayed in or eaten in & liked the views from each.

Places to eat? I'm no foodie really but if you are, perhaps do a street food tour with a guide, I did this a couple or years back....some things I enjoyed, other things I hated. The best meal I've had so far in Jaipur though, was at the Peacock restuarant - 'boneless Rogan Josh'...with loads of naan bread, divine.

I think your itinerary looks good, you even skipped doing all three forts in one day. I haven't been to Samode and I still haven't seen Abhaneri stepwell even after several trips to this city and having an interest in wells - it's on my to do list though when I visit in March.

Anyways, good luck with your trip :)

Thanks a ton for the detailed reply. Much appreciated.

For the Jal Mahal shot, I was hoping for some colours pre-sunrise and capturing it from the Amer road (these co-ordinates to be precise 26.955273, 75.843015). Is it possible to go to this road as shown in the Google Maps (https://goo.gl/maps/cC1FDxgdMpt). This may give some nice colours during sunset, I think.

For HawaMahal, I was thinking of the cafes/sweet shops itself. Something for the blue hour, I think, with the pink against the blue background. Googled the location and WindView Cafe at sunset makes sense.

Thanks for the exact location of WindView and the Galta ji and Chulgiri suggestions.

Don't know how tall my hotel is - but I'll try and find out some place for a cityscape. May be juxtaposing the old against new or the likes.

Thanks again mate. This was really helpful.

gautam023 Nov 22nd, 2018 13:46

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamsomnath (Post 2108952)
LOL, I remember Tungnath. Let's plan something together.
Cheers

Yeah Somnath. A Photo trip to the hills always gets me drooling. Even seascapes for that matter.

vaibhav_arora Nov 22nd, 2018 14:15

Quote:

Originally Posted by gautam023 (Post 2109086)
Thanks a ton for the detailed reply. Much appreciated.

For the Jal Mahal shot, I was hoping for some colours pre-sunrise and capturing it from the Amer road (these co-ordinates to be precise 26.955273, 75.843015). Is it possible to go to this road as shown in the Google Maps (https://goo.gl/maps/cC1FDxgdMpt). This may give some nice colours during sunset, I think.

For HawaMahal, I was thinking of the cafes/sweet shops itself. Something for the blue hour, I think, with the pink against the blue background. Googled the location and WindView Cafe at sunset makes sense.

Thanks for the exact location of WindView and the Galta ji and Chulgiri suggestions.

Don't know how tall my hotel is - but I'll try and find out some place for a cityscape. May be juxtaposing the old against new or the likes.

Thanks again mate. This was really helpful.

You may go to that road but from the amer road side. Also, no one actually goes there but hey, you're a tourist!

Regd chulgiri , they frown upon tourists - there're boards to that effect.

spud Nov 22nd, 2018 15:15

@ Vaibhav. I had heard about tourists pestered by people at Chulgiri, but it never happened to us thankfully, at 0530 there was hardly a sole about and it was still dark.
My guide & driver had never been there before and were quite happy to take photos of each other while the sun did it's best to break through the haze. We didn't take any photos of the actual complex, but at some point my guide did notice a sign which he said said 'No photos'. oops.

@gautam023. That's a really nice view point on the Google link - I might have a look there myself :)
While you are at Jaigarh Fort, don't forget to visit the part where you can take an awesome shot of Amer Fort down below.... this view - https://www.flickr.com/photos/james8arthur/23228939325/ What I really really wanted to do was take a photo from that hill on the left (2 sets of stairs climbing to the top) but it freaked me out when I saw just how high everything was.


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