We have never been to Jaipur before. Therefore, we visited Jaipur last week. Don’t worry. I am not going to shove 50 photos in your face. I know you all have been either to Jaipur before or have seen those photos umpteen number of times.
I want to share a few tidbits.
Some of you may remember I wrote on June 23, 2012 about our train journey from
to . I titled it “Best Train Ride (in New Delhi )”. We wanted to experience the same again. Therefore, we booked Chennai-Jaipur-Chennai
by AC First Class. VERY BIG MISTAKE. India
The AC First class can accommodate 10 passengers. 4 berths in Cabin A, 4 in Cabin B, and 2 in Cabin C (Coupe). There were a total of 7 passengers only. We were in Cabin A (2 people), Cabin B had 3 people, and Cabin C had 2 people. There are 2 lavatories for these 10 people only. But only 7 passengers. 2 Hours into the journey, both bathrooms became so dirty and the whole compartment was full of bad smell that we felt like vomiting. We asked the attendant to clean them and he took his own time. I think people go out of the way to dirty the bathrooms. How much wreck a few people can havoc in 2 bathrooms in the train in just 2 hours!
We were so disappointed with the train journey, we cancelled the return train tickets and flew back to Chennai. Lesson learnt: Don’t go by trains in
is a Shatabdi Express and the travel time is less than 6 hours. India
This is interesting. We were going in a taxi in Jaipur. It was a long beautiful road. Both sides were lined with lots of trees. The center divider had lots of plants and flowers. The ride was very smooth and no bumps. We were impressed. We asked the driver (in our broken Hindi) the name of the street. He said it is jalan road. We did not get what he said. We asked again. He said it is called jalan. We asked him to spell. He did not know how to spell and also got a little bit irritated. Therefore, we did not pursue further. We were looking out and at an intersection we got the name of the street. It is J.L.N. Marg. Ahhh. Now we know. We still think it stands for Jawaharlal Nehru. Just curious. Jawaharlal is one word and not two words (Jawahar Lal). Therefore, it should be J.N. Marg and not J.L.N. Marg – assuming it is named after Jawaharlal Nehru. What do you think?
We enjoyed so many places in Jaipur. One of the unforgettable experience is the Rajasthani food at Chokhi Dhani. One of the best dining experience. Chokhi Dhani is an ethnic village resort in Jaipur. (I am about to publish this post. Someone just told me there is a Chokhi Dhani in Chennai also. Will try that one also soon.)
One small suggestion for those who are planning to go to Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur. Please engage the taxi/auto for round trip. We did not know what time we will be back. We thought we will hire a taxi from Chokhi Dhani for our return journey to the hotel. ANOTHER MISTAKE. We were ready to go back at 10:30 pm. Hundreds of taxis and autos. But all of them were waiting for passengers already booked the round trip. We walked a long distance and came to the main road where there were some lights. We just stood there for 20 minutes thinking some empty taxi/auto will stop and pick us. Finally one auto stopped. There were already a middle-aged couple in that auto. The driver asked where we are going? We told the name of the hotel. He said he would drop us there and named his price. We agreed. I asked the male passenger if it is ok with them. He said fine. My wife sat in the back with that couple. I sat in the front with the auto driver. In fact, I actually enjoyed the ride. My wife was the one worried to death throughout the ride that I may fall off the auto.
One more thing we noticed in Rajasthan (or in the whole northern part of
) that young people give lot
of respect and care to elders. We rarely
see that in Chennai. India