Jaipur – Day 5

Amber Fort

Day 5 in India began with a tuk tuk ride over to the stunning Amber Fort, which lies 11km to the northeast of Jaipur.

Construction of the Fort began in 1592 by the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army, Maharaja Man Singh, and was financed by war booty.

This absolutely stunning fort, built from yellow and pink sandstone and white marble, is split into four sections, each of which has its own courtyard. It’s reflections in the waters below add to it’s magical feel. I have to admit, I half expected magic carpets and oil lamps to make an appearance on the walk up to the Fort, but sadly, this was not to be.

Amber Fort

One possible way of reaching the fort, is by elephant, however, animal welfare groups have criticised those who keep elephants at Amber Fort due to reports of animal cruelty. Intrepid also chose not to travel by elephant, and instead, we made the 10 minute journey from the road up to the fort, by foot.

It was still an incredible experience to see these amazing animals up close (and outside of a zoo, the only other time I have seen elephants in the flesh)!

Elephants making their way to the Fort
View from Amber Fort
Watching the elephants make their way to the Fort

Hawa Mahal

After a good couple of hours at Amber Fort, it was time to return to Jaipur, where we had our first bit of free time.

After a busy few days of sightseeing, a group of us found a nice little rooftop cafe across the road from the Hawa Mahal, to stop and relax with a cold beer or two for a couple of hours. Technically speaking the cafe we were in didn’t serve alcohol, so our cold cans of beer were delivered to us in incredibly tall mugs in order to hide the contents!

The Hawa Mahal itself is one of Jaipur’s most iconic buildings. Constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, it allowed the ladies of the royal household to watch life go by, without being seen. They could see out, but nobody could see in.

The cafe overlooking the Hawa Mahal was a fantastic little spot to watch the locals flying their kites from the rooftops, as well as to watch the beautiful sunset on our final day in Rajasthan’s capital.

Hawa Mahal
The sun setting on Jaipur on our last day in the Pink City
The Hawa Mahal looks even more striking as it begins to light up as evening closes in
Artwork in the cafe we occupied across the road from Hawa Mahal

Night time tour of Jaipur

After a lovely meal in a rooftop restaurant back towards the entrance to the Old City, it was time to get back into our Tuk Tuk’s to take a short ride around the Pink City at night before we would return to our hotel in preparation for our drive to Pushkar the following day.

Hawa Mahal by night
Iswari Minar Swarga Sal
The Albert Hall Museum

Jaipur was an absolute delight. It’s definitely somewhere I would go back to should I get the opportunity to return to India again one day. It really does feel quite magical. The colours, smells (despite the intoxicating chilli’s), and the general feel of the city, made it feel beautifully vibrant and alive. It’s safe to say, it has left an imprint on my heart 💕

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  1. Cherryl says:

    Oh wow, the night time tour looks beautiful!!!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, it really was stunning! It was quite a short tour (some of our group had been up since 4am for the Jaipur balloon ride!) but completely worth it just to see the town hall! Your blog looks great by the way! I hope you enjoyed India too 😀

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      1. Cherryl says:

        You trip sounds really good – I didn’t even know about hot air balloon rides in Jaipur – I bet those views were priceless and worth the ridiculous alarm call lol – I really enjoyed my India trip a lot – it was tiring doing a tour, but the pros outweighed the cons. I’m slow at getting the blogs out lol, but thanks for looking 🤗

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      2. Yeah I would agree with you about tour’s in India being tiring! Had you done a tour anywhere else before? I had mostly travelled solo over the last few years, and this was my first tour. It was definitely worth doing, but would feel comfortable travelling solo if I went back. I look forward to reading more of your blogs 😀

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      3. Cherryl says:

        …..I’ve done a few tours before – Cuba, and a couple of UK tours – but not solo…..For me, being solo in India absolutely had to be a tour – gently does it lol 😆 they spoil you and take away the stress of planning and organising everything yourself – and I wanted to feel ‘looked after’…..but I can imagine you get more confident going it alone once you start to get used to a place….sounds like you’re at that point – hats off 🤗 Just read you’re ‘Hello India’ post….hopefully all those lovely memories will keep you going until your next escape 🔆

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      4. Oh wow! I imagine Cuba was pretty amazing! Travelling with a tour group definitely makes you feel more looked after! I still love travelling solo though and want to try and push myself out of my comfort zone a bit more over the next few years, as so far I’ve been on fairly ‘safe’ solo trips all within Europe and to countries I can get by with not needing to know much of the local language! Here’s to more exciting adventures 😀

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      5. Cherryl says:

        Your attitude is very inspiring, I admire anyone who constantly stretches and challenges themselves like this…yes I was also fascinated with Cuba 🇨🇺 it’s another quirky one, most of the time you’ll feel like you’re in a time warp, but the nostalgic beauty of the old buildings mixed with salsa, beaches vintage cars is very unique – I’m sure you’d enjoy it. Here, here to more exciting adventures (once I manage to save up again) 🥂🤗🛫

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  2. Pam says:

    Just beautiful ♥️

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