Jaipur roundup + Bhangarh Fort and Abaneri Step-well. MUST VISIT

#1 Jan 7th, 2014, 09:50
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Jaipur's a new city with a lot of history. Sadly, Every place is crowded with people and those horns and the "busy"ness just doesn't allow you to sink in.

So I'd been there for a couple of days. Sharing my experience/suggestions.

Avoid those sight-seeing buses. You really don't need them. Trust me. You could do the "default tourist places" in 2 days.

Go to Albert Hall first. You'd love the paintings all over the place. Very non-Indian mostly, but beautiful. Then comes The Birla Mandir is just another fancy temple made my rich people. REALLY WHITE! Avoid if you can. Move on to the Old City and check out Jantar Mantar; a place that I loved. Leave the premises and check out Hawa Mahal from the outside as there's nothing much "in".

Catch a bus from around the place to Amer Fort. It is another good sight though flooded with people. Avoid the Jeep and walk it up and then walk it down in case you want to check out the boundary walls around the place walking up gazzillion stairs. Nothing fancy, just a good view. On your way back to the Old City/Hotel you will get to see Jal Mahal. It is a palace in the middle of a lake. You can't get in.

So that's pretty much day 1. Day two is for a good walk/trek/hardwork.

Start of with the Nargarh Fort. No buses go there. From the nearby point, it is around 2/5km walk. (to "start" zones, one especially for walking/bikes and the other is open to cars etc). Nargarh is a fort a collection of around 8 identical houses built in those days. The houses aren't that fancy but that view is to die for! Check out Jaigarh fort on the way back.

(Read if non-vegetarian) Now, it is more likely lunch time. Catch a share auto to Ramgarh Mode and then to Eidgah (Rs 10 + 10). Insane food for dirt cheap prices (Go to Imran Hotel if you like Beef). After which catch another share auto (Rs 5) to the Galta Gate. Walk up the hill to check out the Sun Temple; again, amazing view. There are monkeys at the start but they don't bother you at all. After the Sun Temple, walk down the hill (not back to where you got in) and you'll reach Galta. A very peaceful and secluded place for monks etc. Nothing much to see but very peaceful. The worst part is to get back to the Galta gate as you have to walk up and down the same hill again.

Catch a bus from right across the road to get back to the Old City. (Non vegetarians only) Go to Chandpole and you will see a huge market flooded with people, shops and restaurants. I personally suggest "Bismillah" who serves some amazing meat. In the evenings you would see a line of people sitting outside this restaurant. The hotel serves them all dinner for free; more like charity. And yes, they are good people too. Get back to your rooms and rest your legs. Day 2 ends.

Day 3's my favorite! This is meant for Bhangarh and Abaneri. They are around 80km away though but trust me, totally worth it.

Wake up quite early and go to the Sndhi Camp bus stand. Catch a bus to Dausa (Half hour). Board another bus to Bhangarh (Around 1 hour). It is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Often called as "Bhoothon ka Bhangarh" (Ghosts' Bhangarh), this place is weirdly listed as the most haunted place in Asia which is weird only because that fort doesn't scare anyone! Instead, you fall in love! No tourists, no people, nobody; just you and the fort. The final bus stop is where you get down after which it is a 3km walk to the fort. Take your own sweet time all over the place.

Come back to the stop and get a bus back to Dausa and board another one to Abaneri (Around 1 hour). Once you reach the bus stop, either walk the 6kms or catch a share-auto for the first 3 and then walk the rest or hire an auto for it all. This 20m deep step-well WILL blow your mind. Get back by around 4 or 5pm and you'll be right in time for dinner in Jaipur.

So yup

PS. I did go to Shekawati to check out the Alsisar Mahal as well but then wasn't quite pleased as though 17th century, there's been a lot of renovation making it look quite new.
#2 Apr 24th, 2014, 16:28
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Hi Jeffy,

It's a "Jaipur round-up by bus for vegetarians' TR

Well, nice crispy report ... missing colours only
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I was going to give jaipur a miss until I saw your alternative guide now only if you had pics this post would be A++++.
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