The next stop during our India trip was 2 days in Jaipur, often referred to as the “Pink City”. It is the capital of Rajasthan and one of the most visited cities. You will notice that lots of buildings have one and the same kind of pinkish color.
We spent a few nights in the Umaid Bhawan Hotel, another good deal we found on Groupon. The rooms were very nice and clean. Once again there was a roof terrace where you could enjoy your meal and live dancing shows at night.
What to Do in 2 Days in Jaipur
In Jaipur we visited the famous Amber fort. You have two options to get up. Either you walk or ride on the back of an elephant. Even though, we decided to walk, you don’t need to feel bad if you decide otherwise.
As you probably know, India has a bad reputation when it comes to the treatment of elephants. However, we had a great conversation with our driver. He explained us that each elephant is only allowed to go up and down the fort twice a day. After this, he needs to rest and gets sent home.
During our 2 days in Jaipur, we also visited Hawa Mahal, a beautiful architectural building right in the city center of Jaipur. It is also called the “Palace of Winds” because back in the days, Indian women looked outside to see whats happening in the streets, while being unseen themselves.
Insider Tipp: On the opposite side is a small cafe called “Wind View Cafe” from where you can enjoy the view of the Hawa Mahal, along with some snacks.
Pink Old Town
In order to reach the pink old town, which is surrounded by huge walls, you have to go through one of the 7 arched entrance gates. On the other side you will be confronted with a chaotic atmosphere as the pink old town is practically a huge bazaar.
You will also notice that the old town is divided into certain quarters. For example, you can find quarters where only household goods, food, clothes, etc. are sold, but never in the same place.
Jal Mahal (Water Palace)
The final attraction during our 2 days in Jaipur was the water palace Jal Mahal.
Similar to a fatamorgana, the Water Palace stands out in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Unfortunately, you can not visit this beautiful building. Nevertheless, it is always worth stopping by for a short walk and to take a photo.