Hope I’m not being too early to post another travel story on my blog. Haha 😀 It’s a bit contrary to my procrastinating self. Well! I needed to conclude my Jaipur travel blog. So here I’m up again with part 3rd of the travel story from Jaipur.
Before I start with yet another tale from the royal forts of Jaipur, I wanted to talk about something personal today. About an instinct called ‘wanderlust’! Don’t know actually whether it’s an instinct or feeling or a trait, whatever it is, my life right now is purely being dominated by this thing. How many of you feel the same way as I feel for traveling?
There hardly passes a day when I don’t wake with a crave to catch the first train going somewhere unknown. There hardly passes a day when I don’t feel like eloping to the Himalayas and live in some remote village in the mountains. I know, it may sound crazy to the maximum of you but how do you love the idea of living a part of this life like homeless people, like nomads, connecting more to nature rather than to gadgets? Wild and free? Sounds weird, imaginary and impractical. But I feel this way, honestly, traveling to some unexplored places and not updating them on social media. I feel like Living without all the luxuries, living without wi-fi. 😛
But, on a reality ground, I wake up every morning and check my ‘to do list’ for the week. Which I know, is still going to remain unticked by end of the week. Still a load of work to be completed. A graduation degree still left to be finished and still I need to find some work which earns me a living. Pretty much clear, huh? But I become totally clueless of what to do with my instincts which constantly push me in a direction opposite of this normal, sorted life.
For someone like me (who still don’t earn a single penny from whatever she does, and is completely dependent on her parents for everything) it takes courage to choose between dreamy and real, between impulsive and logical things. Yes! It takes. But what’s life without blending your instincts, courage and dreams together to live a life you imagined for. What’s life without failing in the attempts of shaping your dreams into reality? And what’s life if we don’t rise up and fight back until we have it. Isn’t it?
All I wanted to say is, howsoever hard or impractical it may look like but I’m not going to give up on my dreams and neither should you. Things don’t always turn up the way we want it. But they turn up when we keep trying hard. And that’s the only drill. So, we must keep going and be high in our spirit for whatever we want from this life. 😊
Well, it’s all going too heavy for today, so deep thing apart I need to conclude up my travel blog from Jaipur. So here is the story from day 4, which was exclusively a trail of beautiful palaces and forts.
DAY 4 – CITY PALACE & AMER FORT
City palace stands distinct among the oldest and most beautifully built forts of Jaipur. This Palace, built by King Jai Singh II around 300 years ago, is actually a complex of numerous forts. Also, the only Palace in which Royal family (descendant of Sawai Raja Jai Singh II) of Jaipur still resides. We embarked upon the place where Hawa Mahal is located and took a walk to the main gate of City Palace. I loved the site of a local market inside the main gate. We completed entrance formalities at yet another gate to go inside and explore the beautiful palace.
Presently, the City Palace looks like an array of beautiful gates, forts, courtyards, museum and gardens. The beautiful Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal and Peacock Gate inside the palace are the most photographed structures. We visited the museum, where one can find the souvenirs of the majestic history of the Palace. We roamed in premises of the fort for about 2-3 hours, took a walk across Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, watched a puppet show and tried to capture this beautiful place with our lenses.
Next head to spot was Amer fort (Amber Fort & Palace). Located on the bank of Maota lake in Amer town, Amer Fort is around 11 km away from the Jaipur city. If I had totally fallen in love with something during this trip, it was the gigantic structure built by Raja Man Singh in around 1592 AD. Again, this palace is a complex of a number of forts built inside its huge premises. Every corner of this palace seems like singing the ballad of its royal history. It happens that some of the places you visit leave you so spellbound, it becomes hard to put their beauty in words.
It’s until you don’t experience a place yourself or live a part of its age, you can’t really figure out what it feels like being at a place like this. We hired a guide who took us to every corner of the fort and told us about the history and significance of its other great structures. It was a ‘beyond beautiful’ experience. As the sky has turned dark and it was time to go we came out of the fort and headed to the place where our cab was parked. We approached the main road to return home which was a bit downhill from the fort. The popular light show of the Amer Fort was about to begin so we waited beside the road.
The colorful lights from the fort were being reflected in Maota Lake and seemed like carving out a sheer structure of its royal history. Standing before this timeless beauty I felt like I have traveled through space and time and lived a part of its life, which is now a history!
Until next time!