From Agra, we drove to Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. I have read about the many tour guide scams at this place so I was kind of iffy when our driver picked a random man off the streets to be our guide.
However.. this was clearly a case of “don’t judge the book by its cover.” Our guide turned out to be extremely intelligent and apparently teaches French at the local university.
From Fatehpur Sikri, we continued onto Jaipur, where we also stayed at Trident.
Our room over looked the lake and could see Jal Mahal (Lake Palace) in the distance… The entire front yard of the hotel was set up for the MANDATORY Christmas Eve buffet dinner. I did not like the mandatory dinner and it was 80 USD and the quality was sub par…… For that price I would assume they would be seafood but nooooooo….. It’s just regular western food and Indian food….
The only interesting thing was they had grilled steak! The one and only time I saw beef in India.
freshly made roti and naan….
I tried this interesting milk and herbs.. It was very rich but also very sweet….
The next day, we had a day touring Jaipur… elephant ride up to Amber fort…
Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace)….. This building looks extremely out of place because it’s located on a busy main street with normal looking buildings around it…
Jaipur is also called the “pink city” as their buildings are pinkish in colour….
We had a very late lunch at another restaurant catered to tours and again the naan and butter were delicious!
For dinner, we had a lovely home-cooked meal at the house of Sabu, the tour company’s owner. It was a very traditional meal.. .we even sat on the floor to eat! His wife prepared vegetable curry, briyani and naan… delicious, but a bit spicy!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
Trident Hotel Jaipur
Amber Fort Road, Opposite Jal Mahal, Gujarghati, Parasrampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
Phone:+91 141 267 0101