A historical yet charismatic city that provides a range of unique and fascinating activities and attractions for its tourists from around the world, Jaipur is a treat for World Tourism. For travel enthusiasts, there are a lot many places to visit in this Pink City like palaces, forts, and temples which can leave anybody spellbound. The city gives a plethora of places to visit which probably takes around a minimum of 4-5 days time to explore the city perfectly. Now the question is how and where to start from?
Well, to answer this question, we from City On Pedals take this initiative to guide our guests through the early morning start of the trip in the Royal city of Rajasthan. Starting from refreshing morning tea to rejuvenating glass of Lassi, all in our options for spending an early morning in Jaipur.
“Where there’s a tea, there’s hope.” The quote itself says that to start a perfect day in this city of Palaces, one has to take a kick-start with a refreshing cup of tea. For the same, we would prefer you to have the real flavor of this morning tonic at Sahu Tea Stall, one of the oldest tea seller in the city. Situated under the Peepal tree, this place is always crowded with young and old, couples and friends groups. Some people visit here to meet their friends every morning, while some just come here to sip a hot cup of addictive tea every day. Included in our tour to the old city, the place is loved by our guests too.
Here the tea is made in a peculiar way on the slow flames of burning coal and served in Kulhad – the mud pots. Its unique taste with just the right blend of sweetness and hints of cardamom flavor attracts people from all walks of life. Accompanied by Kachori, fann, and mathri – (both are the salty accompaniments for tea in Jaipur), the tea of this stall is a craze among the Jaipurite.
Open from 5 am to 10 pm at night, this could be your first stop for an early morning trip to the city.
After a ravishing early morning, Chai Time now is the time to explore the real beauty of the place amidst the sunrise, away from the hum-drum of buyers and sellers. A tour to the Heritage city, that too on pedals, from among the narrow bylanes of the old city would be an excellent idea to keep your environment as well as health safe and sound. So give your legs a spree to exercise, hire a bicycle if you don’t have one and enjoy the streets on an early morning ride through its twisty-swirly roads.
Also called the Government Central Museum, it is the oldest museum of the state of Rajasthan. Named after King Alber Edward VII, the foundation stone of the museum was laid during his visit as Prince of Wales, to the city. Preserving a rich collection of artifacts including paintings, jewelry, carpets, stone, and work in crystals, the place has a collection of coins from different periods of Indian history like Guptas, Mughals, and British period to name a few. However, the main attraction of this museum is the Egyptian mummy. During mornings as the gates are closed for the visitors so the place is free from vehicles and only, you will find the riders peddling their way on the cycles. The place is also a happy gathering place in the morning especially for those who love to feed pigeons. Being a perfect place for the tourists, it is also an integral part of our Morning Tour.
Hiking? That too in the desert? Well Yes, You might have trekked the mountains a lot many times, but trekking down in a desert will be real fun. If you are looking in for doing some fun activities being in Jaipur, you can enjoy trekking up a castle rather than a lush green mountain and Nahargarh Fort being the one. This has basically one of the most popular trekking trails but for mid-level trekkers only. The view of sunrise and sunset is a sight to behold and that is the major reason that the place is much loved and visited by travelers.
Located immediately above the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles), the fort derives its name from Ambikeshwar Temple. Famous for both its Hindu and Muslim architecture, the fort has many pavilions and halls of great interest and other popular attractions. Surrounded by gates from all four sides, the famous attraction here is the ‘Magic Flower’, a fresco carved out of marble. A UNESCO Heritage site also consists of the exquisite royal palace, bastions, huge courtyards, multiple gates, and cobbled pathways. The fort is accessible for the tourists from 8 am in the morning till 6 pm in the evening. Also one of the places chosen for hiking during mornings, the fort has a wall just opposite to it on a hill from where the activity can be done witnessing and clicking the marvelous view of the place.
Situated in the center of Jaipur city, Govind Dev Ji temple is a Krishna Temple and is a place for Hindu worshippers from around the world. Located in the heart of the city, Jaleb Chownk, the temple is open for the visitors from 4:30 am. Resembles like a palace, the temple is built of sandstone and marble with timely renovations as and when required. One can marvel at the carvings done in the temple as well as on the loving image of Krishna Ji. As per popular legend, the holy image in Govind Devji temple looks exactly like Lord Krishna from his incarnation days. Another perfect way to start your day is to visit the temple for early morning rituals and admire the artistry behind its artisans.
Situated in the heart of Jaipur city close to the International Airport, this Safari park is home to 15-16 leopards. Apart from being the home to leopards, you can spot smaller fauna, such as deer, blue bulls, wild boars and a wide range of resident as well as migratory birds. The duration of each safari is 2.30 hours and only limited numbers of vehicles are allowed on each of the two safari routes open for visitors. For the people who are close to the wildlife, they should visit here for sure.
Flower decoration is at its zenith these days and it is believed that the art of arranging flowers artistically comes from the land of Jaipur. So people from artistic fervor can visit this market in Choti Chaupar and witness this art themselves, which would be a sight to behold how these fresh and exotic flowers are arranged by twisting and turning to various shapes that are used as a decor for offices, homes and various corporate and religious events. The best in the business being the Kaluram Flower Decorator.
Who said Lassi is only famous in Punjab? When in Jaipur, have the delicious Lassi with Jaipuri flavor. After taking 2-3 destinations during the morning, it is advisable to taste Lassi from our famous lassi waala from MI Road, which is also a part of our morning food walk. A treat of thick curd with a creamy texture with a layer of cream at the top is just ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ deliciously.
Want some time in the peace, away from the hum-drum of city life?
The best place for such aspirants is right here in the form of an emerald maze that connects you to the lush green environs and makes you feel in paradise. Find your way through climbing, jumping, squatting or go through the walking lanes, the forest has plenty of flora and fauna at your disposal.
Well, we have listed the top ten places to visit for people belonging to different spheres of interest. But you can explore more on your trip to the city during our Jaipur Heritage Tour.