The 12 hours train ride from Jaisalmer to Jaipur on a sleeper train was not bad at all. It departed Jaisalmer at 5PM and arrived Jaipur at 5AM. I slept most of the time. I made a reservation at Vinayak Guesthouse which is about 600 meters from the train station. It should be 40 rupees by rickshaw but I chose and managed to walk (at 5AM). There were small coffee shops that were already open so I just asked the people there and I found my guesthouse easily. Although, what I did was probably not a good idea for a woman alone!
The gate was not locked so I just went in and rang the door bell. I waited couple minutes and a man who was probably half asleep opened the door and showed me my room. I got to check in at 5AM so that was nice!
I got a single bed, shared bathroom.
I got to sleep for couple hours then I decided to go to the famous Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace). A rickshaw cost me 70 rupees for one way. The entrance fee to the palace is 50 rupees for foreigners. I found it peaceful inside. This place would have been more peaceful and comfortable for me if there were not a lot of Indian tourists constantly staring at me. 😉
I went back to my guesthouse and met 3 German guys. We decided to see Amer Fort and monkey temple. We hired a rickshaw for 600 rupees for the 4 of us.
I like Amer Fort because there are no people living inside unlike in Jaisalmer Fort and it’s cleaner! Jaisalmer’s Fort has nicer architechture than Amer Fort though (in my opinion).
After we visited Amer Fort, the view right across was inviting us. These seem to be never ending stairs made us want to go on top to see a better view of Amer Fort.
We did! The steps were big so it was more exhausting for a woman like me with short legs! I almost did not want to continue but the guys kept encouraging me to go on so it helped. We made it to the top and here’s what I got. It was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! The sore legs the next day was definitely worth it! 🙂
We then went to the monkey temple. We got on top and there was this lady who welcomed us, put something on our forehead, tied a thread on our hand and asked for 100 rupees donation afterwards. Oh boy why this did not surprise me at all! I just knew it was coming. One german gave a hundred then she said it should be 100 rupees donation for each! I was like, “no way!” I told her donation should bevoluntarily and no amount required. She then said, “okay, 50 rupees”. I said no and asked the guys to leave the place. As we were leaving she was asking for coins from our country instead. What the fudge! That ruined it so we just went back to the guesthouse. Later on, I find out we did not really get to see the monkey temple. Instead of going up to that stupid temple on top where donation is made to be compulsary, we should have went straight. I did not find this out until I met Maria the next day. I met her in Jaisalmer during holi festival. She is from Spain who works in Jaipur. Oh well, we just missed the monkey temple but no big deal to me because it was the guys who wanted to see it anyway.
So I spent my second day in Jaipur with Maria. She took me to central park and Jawahal Kala Kendra (multi arts centre). The central park was nice but mostly Indian men were there. I did like Jawahal Kala Kendra though. It was a quiet place and they have a nice cafe inside. The food was very cheap and good for the price. We then went to Maria’s flat which is near University of Rajasthan where she works. I just love this part of Jaipur!
I found out that Maria uses Himalaya products and told her I use and like Himalaya products as well so she took me to a Himalaya store near silver square mall. I shopped for hair conditioner, toothpaste, lip balm, face moisturizer, body lotion, body soap, facial wash and facial scrub. All these for 585 rupees or about $10. That was extremely cheap so I am very happy. 🙂
My first day in Jaipur was fun and tiring. The second/last day was sure fun and relaxing. Gracias Maria! 😉