On the first day of May, I met two friends at one of the most prominent landmarks of Jaipur: the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds. From there we first walked to the bustling Govind Dev Ji Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Then we continued through the Jai Niwas Garden, the Janta Bazaar (Vegetable Market), and the little alleys surrounding the City Palace, to finally reach the Iswari Minar Swarga Sal. Although I had visited the city centre several times, I had noticed this so-called Heaven-piercing Minaret only while attending the festival of Gangaur some weeks before! Now I was eager to climb the tower and enjoy the fantastic views across Jaipur. Eventually, we continued our walk north – passing the Tal Katora (a big water tank) and the Pondrik Udyan (a public garden) – to the Royal Gaitor, the cenotaphs of the Maharajas of Jaipur.
Following a well-deserved lunch break, we took an autorickshaw to Amber Fort, certainly Jaipur’s most impressive sight.
After an extensive stroll through the palace, we finally returned home to escape the merciless sun and recover with the help of a cold beer! While the coming week brought work in the office, the next weekend saw me travelling outside Jaipur – on the search for tigers in Ranthambore National Park!