25 October 2018, by E-van and Terry
Here we go, my favorite city in India – Jaipur.
This city is called the Pink City. It is more of a terracotta color but still pretty amazing to see so many buildings of the same color. We stayed at a hotel called Pearl Palace and we highly recommend this hotel… you won’t be disappointed!
They have their own rooftop restaurant there called the Peacock Rooftop Restaurant.
They serve such an array of foods and they are all soooo good! I wished I stayed in Jaipur longer so I can try more of their food!
One of our first stops was Amer Fort. We had two options, to go up the 3km by foot or by elephant. We chose the elephant but I regretted immediately as I saw how hard the elephants were working…apparently there was an option of a jeep to go up as well, which we were unaware. We would have picked the jeep instead.
Amer Fort is huge! There are intricate details of the work on the walls that you admire in appreciation to India. I even found a door for tiny humans like me! It leads you to the world of Narnia for Munchkins. HAHAHA!
Then we made our way to Anokhi Museum. Which is an 8 minute walk down from Amer Fort. On the way there we discovered the famous Steps Wall, a little temple of some sort, as well as a cute old lady dressed in her colourful saree!
Anokhi Museum is where they do Hand Printing and Block Printing. Since there are only a few tourists there, I manage to experience hand and block printing with the craftsmen! It is also the same print on Terry’s costume. FYI, Terry is a printmaker so he wanted to see how prints are done traditionally.
PAPER MAKING FACTORY
One of our visits is to a paper making factory. We see how paper is made from scratch, from the pulps to the sheets. The place smells like eggs and tofu! Some of my friends thought that I was at a tofu factory. Hahaha!
This is also one of the places Terry wanted to visit because he was a paper maker before, and the machines he used in Singapore is obviously more advanced, so this is quite the eye-opener for him.
Hawa Mahal is a palace for the royals to enjoy the street festivities. It is beautiful palace with meticulous artwork and craftsmanship. We got to watch a simple and very heartwarming puppet show by three men – the singer, the puppeteer and a musician!
Right outside Hawa Mahal, there is a little shop that sells Punjabi suits, bags, bangles and souvenirs. So we enter this little shop and little did we know we would make friends with the shop owner there. He is a terrific businessman and we talked for hours!
I went home with a punjabi suit that day and Terry asked him to direct us towards the best Chai tea. And yes, we found this old man. Google best chai tea in Jaipur and you will see this old man! He truly lives up to his name! It is by far the best chai tea I’ve ever had. It is so good we had to “tabao” a pack each to our hotel! What a find!
Before I end this entry, I would like to share a place you’ve got to visit. It serves one of the best Butter Chicken I’ve ever had and you’ve got to try this at least once in your life! It is none other than the Gulati Restaurant in New Delhi. I can still taste the flavours and smell the delicious smell (sadly only in my mind).
There are many more places we visited and restaurants we ate at. Give India a chance and try it for yourself one day, India is an experience like no other 🙂
Hope you enjoyed reading all about our trip to India! You can also head on to my Instagram @e.vanyeung where I have it in my highlights – India 2018.