A Solo Travel to Pink City | Jaipur

This post is all about my visit to the different beautiful places in Jaipur.

If you are exploring a new place to visit with your family and loved ones, then your list should definitely include Jaipur.

Jaipur, also known as Pink city, is the capital of North Indian state named Rajasthan. Being founded and named after the Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer, Jaipur is a part of India’s Golden Triangle tourist circuit.

I went to Jaipur on my vacations. It is one of the favorite places for tourists and vacationers due to its rich culture, heritage, and monuments. Among so many captivating places in Jaipur, I visited some, and I am sharing my experiences with you all underneath:

Front View of Amer Fort



Front view of Amer Fort

Amer Fort

Amer Fort or Amber Fort is located in rugged hills, away from the main city. The first impression of the fort for me was the strange royal feeling. ‘Amber’ Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

I was astonished to see that immense fort and the beautiful architectural designs of it from outside. For entrance, I had two options, either I could enter by simply walking or I could enter by riding on an elephant. I chose the second one.

Amer Fort was mainly built by Raja Man Singh, and later undergone improvements by Jai Singh I and Sawai Jai Singh II. Red sandstone work and glowing white marbles were the centers of attention. There was beautiful Maota Lake view from the top.

The fort was divided into four sections each having a courtyard. It consisted of Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public audience), Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of private audience), the Sukh Niwas and Sheesh Mahal whose walls are made with mirrors and precious stones, left us open-jawed.

I felt curious to know more about Rajput Maharajas’ life as I wish to live their life, which can’t be possible now. After spending some hours and witnessing a city glimpse from there, we left that place. In the evening, you can also see the light and sound show at the fort.

  posing with the Camel after the ride near Jal Mahal
Me posing with the Camel after the ride near Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal or Water Palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, somewhere between the city and the Aravalli hills, was a very peaceful place. It looked more splendid with the combination of the deep blue color of water mixed with the soothing yellow color of the palace.

In total it has five storeys, out of which four storeys are in the water and only one exposed above the water level. We were not allowed to go inside the lake but could enjoy the stunning view from the shores. No doubt, visiting Rajasthan is incomplete without having a camel ride.

So, I did that alongside the lake and enjoyed the bumpy ride a lot. At last, we went for long walks in the pathways accompanied with mild air in the evening and ate some street food over there.

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is a great monument built by Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh II. Featuring world’s largest stone Sundail, Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jantar Mantar in layman term means ‘An Instrument that does the Calculation’.

I reached there during mid-day. It was not possible for us to gain in-depth knowledge of the observatory, so I took a guide. He told me that it consists of nineteen instruments like Vrihat Samrat Yantra, Rama Yantra, Jai Prakash Yantra and many more. These instruments were used earlier for measuring time, eclipses prediction, tracking locations of major stars, and other celestial movements.

Side view of Hawa Mahal
Side view of Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

Located in the middle of the main street of the old Pink city, Hawa Mahal is a significant monument of Jaipur. It is constructed with red and pink sandstones and is famous for its marked architecture. ‘Palace of the winds’ contained countless small windows (also called jharokhas) and screens to provide ventilation. Though I am not able to recall the exact number of windows right now that I tried to count.

The reason it was mainly built was for providing Royal women the view of the city without having been noticed by other people. I  went for some shopping in the nearby market area after capturing some pictures with the Mahal.

In Jaipur, if you want to do extensive shopping, then you can hit Johari Bazar, Tripolia Bazar, Chandpole Bazar, or Kishanpole Bazar. They all can give you an amazing shopping experience.

Birla Temple

As we all know there are several Birla temples located all around the country, Jaipur also has one. Here it is also known as Laxmi-Narayan Temple. It is located at the base of Moti Dungari Hill. The temple is built on an elevated ground. I was astounded with the white beauty of the temple as it was built completely with marble. Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan) and Goddess Laxmi (the Goddess of wealth and good fortune).

There were positive vibes all around the temple. The walls were depicting the old stories and events associated with Hinduism and other religions. There were alluring sculptures based on mythological themes near the temple premises. Overall I felt fascinating and pleasant.

Albert Hall picture captured in Mobile
Trying some photography skills at Albert Hall

Central Museum

Central Museum or Albert Hall Museum (named after Prince Albert) is among the old museums situated in the city. That adorable and unique piece of architecture was located in the center of Ram Niwas Garden.

The museum has a large range of collection of the King’s portraits and costumes, arms and weapons, wooden crafts, ivory objects, metal sculptures, and much other art and craft work. At night, The place appeared more vibrant and enchanting with many colorful lights.

City view from back of Nahargarh fort
City view from back of Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, was built in 1734 by Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh II, primarily as a strong defense for Jaipur city. Later on, changed it to Nahargarh, which means ‘abode of tigers’. Fort is situated on the top of Aravalli Hills, which gives a picturesque view of the entire city.

The fort is popular spot among the locals for the sunrise and sunset views. We went to visit the back side of the fort in the afternoon and stayed there till the evening, in order to observe the beautiful view of the sunset from the top. The city consisted of so many widespread tiny buildings, stuck together which were looking like small boxes, and was surrounded with the hills all around it.

World Trade Park

World Trade Park (WTP) is one of the largest shopping malls in India by size, it has its own uniqueness. It was inaugurated in 2012 with construction cost worth 350 crores. It is royal blue in color with a very charming structure.

Ambience and the interiors will give you a wow feeling. WTP is divided into many sections. Some of them are namely Dubai Bazaar, Fantasy Street, Roman Street, Pyramid Street, Mexican Street and so on. WTP has many branded outlets with a multicuisine food court and a movie theatre.

At last, all I can say is that it was a wonderful experience to visit Jaipur as it added so much to my memories which will last forever.


5 Reasons why you should Travel?

In this post, I am going to give you the five reasons why you should travel.

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We all often use the word a Traveler or a Tourist interchangeably, but do you know there is a difference between a Traveler and a Tourist? There are so many differences to it but here, I am just giving you the basic difference.

A tourist is someone who goes to a place and wants to see all the good sights or attractions. However, A traveler is someone who not only see the sights but also interested in experiencing a culture and tries to blend in with the local people.

However, the purpose of your trip plays a very vital role here.

Don’t be a Tourist and call yourself a Traveler ~ Shubham Jain

Before we move further, let me first tell you that this post is the part of our travel series – ‘All About Smooth Travel’

Check out our all the posts in the series here:

  1. 7 Tips for Traveling | So that you can Enjoy your Vacation More
  2. ——— You are here ———
  3. 9 Apps you should have while Traveling
  4. 6 Problems that Foreign Tourists face in India
  5. 5 Points to Consider while First-time Traveling in India

Now, I am going to give you the 5 reasons why you should Travel :

It Forces you to step out of your Comfort Zone

Believe it or not, we all love predictability. In other words, we all prefer to do those things that we already know how to do it with the people we know. It is the reason why many people don’t go to a new place, just revisit the same place they are comfortable with again and again.

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world ~ Gustave Flaubert

Traveling to a new place is something that forces you to go towards the unknown. You are going to a place where you don’t know how to speak the native language, generally, you have to live in a place where you don’t know the people. All of this pushes you to move out of your Comfort Zone and get rid of being a frog in a pond.

It helps you to build a Network 

During travel, you meet new people of different cultures, ideologies, beliefs, and perspectives. If you talk to them, they will tell you their stories about their lives and how they ended up being here today. Some of them may become your friends, your drinking pals, coffee date partners or even a love partner.

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the people they ignore at home ~ Dagobert D. Runes

With every connection which is, temporary or permanent, you share a bond that can last for a really long time.

It is a higher Form of Education

In school and college mostly teachers give us theoretical knowledge, which is only one aspect of Education, but in real life, that’s not enough. Traveling is a teacher which :

a) Forces us to learn new things, languages, history, cultures, social skills,

b) helps us to learn so many practical things about geography, politics, sociology,

c) helps us to experience new food,

d) Gives us detail insights of the place that we can never get otherwise, and

e) makes you more empathetic by putting you in the other people situations.

Travel teaches toleration ~ Benjamin Disraeli 

Its gonna help you realize that how much you don’t know

You may know the famous one-liner of Ygritte from Game of Thrones, ‘You know nothing, Jon Snow’. This can happen to you also if you travel to a new place.

The World is a book and those who do not travel only read one page ~ St Augustine 

The best part is, the more you travel the more you realize that the different part of the World has achieved mastery on different things, you will come to know that people do have different colors, religions, status, but they do have the same emotions, desires, and goals as you. It is crucial as there is always a room to discover and learn from others.

Traveling challenges you to realize your true potential, what person you really are and what you are capable of, which ultimately improves your self-confidence and helps you to become an independent person.

Freedom to travel is a proof that you have Joined the ‘New Rich’

The concept of New Rich – is provided by Tom Ferriss, the author of the best selling book, ‘Four Hour Work Week’. I strongly suggest you should read this book at least once.

Too many people measure how successful they are byhow much money they make or the people that they associate with, In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are ~ Sir Richard Branson

Nowadays a person who has both financial and spiritual freedom is a Rich Person. Successful people do focus on one kind of currency, which are, memories, and traveling is something that can help you with that.


5 Unforgettable Moments in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)

Through this post, I am sharing my 5 unforgettable moments in Kanyakumari.

There are some trips in your life that give you unforgettable moments in your lifetime. Visiting Kanyakumari (also known as Cape Comorin) was that trip for me. I went on a long journey, with my family, way back from Bangalore to Kanyakumari via journey legs at Mysore, Kodaikanal, and Madurai.

These are the moments that will always make me visit this beautiful place again:

The Sound and Color of Water

For a person who lives in Delhi, a place which is far miles away from the oceans, staying near to the water is something that we all like.

Triveni (or TriSea) Sangam, whatever you may call it, at Kanyakumari, is the unique place which witnesses the Sangam of two seas and a bay – namely, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. Only with this, you can imagine the amount of water floating around this place – not available for drinking of course.

Generally, on beaches, we see the water having a single color but, due to this mixing, the water that I saw had three different shades of color. Yes, you read it right, three different shades of color.

Though it’s not my first time meeting the Arabian Sea at the beaches as I have already visited beaches, like Marina and Elliot Beach in Chennai, Juhu and Aksa beach in Mumbai. There the water stays calm and in water, you can go quite further, but, here the waves even on the normal days are so rough. Here, it is advisable for you to stay cautious if you are going surfing or for in-depth water. Due to more and high waves the sound that I hear, cannot be expressed in words.

Also Read: A Day Trip in Agra | Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

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Shubham Jain standing on a Beach with Klaus written on sand

Just my Family on the Whole Beach

I went to Sothavilai Beach (also known as Chotavilai Beach), with my family on a Sunday in the evening. If you ever went to the beaches, then you may know that they are usually less crowdy during the Morning. On a Sunday evening, I was expecting at least some people on that beach. But, I was surprised to see that a single person apart from our family was not on the whole beach.

This type of thing happened first time with me, maybe that was the reason I was excited. You may know that having crowd can sometimes ruin your photos, view, or even fun. For that moment, I thought that I am on a foreign land where usually we don’t see that much crowd. I suggest that you should also go to this beach during your trip to Kanyakumari.

“At a Beach, You can remove Sand from your Legs but not the Feel from your Heart” ~ Shubham Jain

Sun Rise and Sun Set Point

Kanyakumari is the only place in the country, where we can enjoy the natural phenomena of Sun Rise and Sun Set happening in the Sea. During the Sun Rise or Sun Set, at the beginning or at the end respectively, due to the Sun rays the water in the sea leading to a nice and soothing experience. There were so many tourists or visitors out there to enjoy the view with their friends and family.

In the evening, at the Sunset point, we sat on the rocks for around 2 hours or so to enjoy the cool breeze of the sea. One of the local told me sometimes you can see the Sun Set and the Moon Rise at the same time.

Also Read: Kanatal | A Hidden Gem of Uttarakhand 

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Showcasing Beach View with Rocks

Om Chanting at Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Being built in the honor of Swami Vivekananda, Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a famous tourist monument in Kanyakumari. Here, I went to a place called Dhyana Mandapam, where one can sit and do meditation. Before entering the place, you have to put your phone on silent mode.

There were so many people inside the place chanting Om. Though I regularly do meditation, here chanting Om with all, was a kind of different experience for me. Overall, it was a very mind relaxing experience, filled with goodness and serenity.

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View from the Vattakottai Fort

View from the Vattakottai Fort

A lot many people don’t know about this fort. Vattakottai Fort (also known as Circular Fort) is a seaside fort showcasing the amazing view of the sea, beach, mountain, greenery, and series of windmills. I went there and spent an hour to appreciate the view and the breeze of the sea.

Though there is nothing much to explore inside the fort itself and also it is a very small fort, the view of Kanyakumari from here can make the difference. In short, I can say that the View from here is better than the Fort.


Kanatal | A Hidden Gem of Uttarakhand

This post is all about telling you why you should go to Kanatal.

If you are a traveler and love to explore new places with your friends, Kanatal should be on your watch list. Being an unexplored place, Kanatal is a perfect weekend gateway for those who are looking for peace and adventure at the same time.

Kanatal is like a bliss for those who want to take a break from the hustle of the city. Located at an altitude of 2,590 meters (nearly 8,500 feet), Kanatal is a small village in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is on the Chamba – Mussoorie road, and also connected to Delhi (Capital of India) via road. If you love adventure, there are many options available in and near Kanatal.

You can do trekking for 5-6 km in the Kodai Jungle. Being a habitat of wildlife orchids, blessed with amazing views of surrounding hills and valley, this place is like a paradise for photographers and wildlife lovers. Jeep safari is also available to visit the jungle.  

Also Read: A Day Trip in Agra | Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Also Read: 5 Unforgettable Moments in Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)  

You can also plan camping with your friends, it is something that we all want to do. Bonfire, barbecue, games, and star gazing are some of the highlights of the night camping and doing all this with your friends, makes it more special and memorable.

 Thanks to the amazing scenic valleys, valley crossing is one of the most breathtaking things to do in Kanatal. One has to cross an 80 ft deep valley by using ropes, trust me on this, it can really give you a heart attack. 

If you want to try something different, you can do bridge crossing, believe me, it’s not at all easy as it seems. Your back is going to attach with the harness which to further going to link with the rope, it’s not a big deal unless someone else is also crossing the bridge ahead of you which may lead to dis-balancing. 

 Last, but not least, is rock climbing and rappelling. The natural hilly cliff and good rocky outcrops of the Kanatal are perfect for the rock climbing and rappelling.  

If you are planning for an adventure-filled trip with your friends or want to have a corporate outing, then trying out these activities at Kanatal will be a great stress buster.