Savista Retreat

Village Sanjharia, P.O. Thikaria, Off Ajmer Road, Jaipur, 302026, India
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Travel Tips for Jaipur

Holi - Festival of colours :)

by Durfun

Very festive & lively celebrations. Eveyone is very happy, painted/tainted & wet!!!

It's not dangerous, just colourful ;)

Wear plain white 'sudhras' & 'lenghaas'. So, people can see you've been 'tangoed', and ease up on you.

Take precautions like barrier cream, as some folks use strong colours!

And be careful with your hair!!!

Don't forget to pay a visit to...

by sandravdp

Don't forget to pay a visit to the other palaces. The Waterpalace -surrounded by water- is very nice, but also the monkey or sunpalace is very special. In this palace live hundreds of monkeys. You can read and see more about this in my TRAVELLOGUE!

Tasty food, but an off night for service

by pchamlis about The Spice Court

The Spice Court Restaurant is centrally located in Jaipur, and was recommended to me by a local host representative in the city. The Spice Court advertises itself as a multi-cuisine restaurant, and they also have cultural entertainment in the evening.

The hours of operation are 12.30 - 14.30 for lunch, open for snacks between 15.00 and 18.30. Dinner service is from 19.00 - 22.45.

Let me say this.... we enjoyed the food, the spicing and preparation was excellent. BUT.... we must have picked a bad night to visit. I think they were hosting a large gathering for a tour group, and they'd obviously put all of their efforts into a magnificent five-courser for the guests. Looking back, if I'd realized the situation, I might have just asked them to price me "participation" in the large dinner. The problem was that we were ordering off the menu, and they only "had" about half of the items listed. (Probably because they'd spent so much time putting the big dinner party together) The service for us was kind of an afterthought - they just couldn't seem to decide who was going to be our waiter. It took an inordinate amount of time for our orders to find their way to our table.

The Spice Court has both indoor and outdoor dining space. On our lucky night, it appeared that the only option was to be outdoors - the dining room was pretty much abandoned. Again, we just picked the wrong night. Sigh. Thankfully, it was not too hot outside, although I probably would have chosen indoors if it were available.

At the end of the meal, the manager seemed to understand that we'd been somewhat ignored for the evening, and they gave us a nice round of dessert "on the house". So in closing, let me say this.... the Spice Court has excellent food. Try to find a night that they're really serving dinner and are not tied up with a large group.

As for the cultural entertainment, it's a bit touristy. The big question in all of our minds as it progressed was exactly how many jars can that lady carry on her head at once? The answer appeared to be something like five.

Amber Fort, Jaipur

by Beefy_SAFC

The Amber Fort on top of the hill, built in 1600, was the powerbase of the pro-Mogul Kuchwaha Rajputs. This Rajput - Mogul alliance ensured a peaceful existence for the Amber Fort with few battles. Things were peaceful enough to ensure that the Amber Fort's main cannon, the largest in Asia and able to file a cannonball 35 km, never got used in anger.

The palace (lower building - second photo) is a complex of halls and audience areas with a big splash of Mogul and a huge dollop of Hindu (flowers, elephants and other animals included in the architecture show it isn't Muslim - Islam theoretically does not allow the depiction on living things in architecture). The oldest part, the Palace of Man Singh I, consists of a pillared platform which acted as a meeting place for the Maharajas concubines, shrouded from man's eyes by curtains. I herd it mentioned that the design of the area was such that the Maharaja could keep an eye on the girls, basically stopping them plotting with or against each other and scratching each other's eyes out. The Maharaja had more girls to do battle with than the Mogul Emperor - even more nagging!!!

For the first time since Tibet, I found myself wondering if the sight of the fort and palace together came lose to matching the sight of the Potala Palace in 1998. I still have to give the edge to the Potala Palace, but it has taken until now to find something at least comparable in scale to it (though as I said on the Agra page, I prefer the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and the Golden Temple in Amritsar due to the life about the two places).

Amber Fort Palace

by yumiyun

Situated atop a hill 7 miles from city of Jaipur, the palace is protected from all sides. Built in 11th century, it served as capital of Kachhawahas until 1727 when Jai Singh moved the capital to the new city of Jaipur.

The palace can be reached by riding elephant through narrow winding pathway to the top of the hill.

Inside palace are richly decorated with mirror work, colored glass, carved marble, murals, mosaics, and stained glass windows. This is probably one of the most beautiful palace ever created.


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Address: Village Sanjharia, P.O. Thikaria, Off Ajmer Road, Jaipur, 302026, India