My Weekend at Jaipur
Last Diwali, my parents decided to take us on a vacation to Rajasthan. We planned our holiday to spend Diwali in the pink city, Jaipur.
After visiting Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, we reached Jaipur on Friday evening. The whole city was aglow with diyas and candles. I could not wait to explore the city some more, the next morning. I was anxiously waiting to see the Hawa Mahal.
Early in the morning we set out to visit the City Palace. On the way, we stopped at the Hawa Mahal. Though the Hawa Mahal looks very beautiful in photographs I was very disappointed when I saw it. It stands on a very busy road in a dilapidated condition.
The City Palace is now the residence of the royal family and a part of it houses, a museum full of clothes and armoury belonging to the Rajputs and the Mughals.
In the evening we visited Jantar Mannar and the Jaipur Zoo. We then burst crackers and celebrated Diwali in our hotel.
On Sunday morning, my mother and I went to Baps, Bazaar, the main market of Jaipur. The market was full of small shops selling colorful bangles, mojris, and imitation jewellery. In the afternoon, we took an elephant ride up to the Amer fort. The glass ceiling in the Sheesh Mahal simply took my breath away.
When I returned back home, I felt the city of Jaipur had taken me to a different era and made me feel very proud of my country and its history.