Jaipur – Weekend Getaway from New Delhi
Jaipur is only 4.5 hours drive from New Delhi and a short trip on a weekend will take you to completely different culture, food, forts and palaces. Jaipur has many luxury hotels and some really cool budget hotels.
This March end I visited Jaipur again! It was my fourth trip. It was an easy drive and weather was not too hot. Me, my husband and my son are foodies so travelling always includes local food for us and it is one of the most important thing “to do” in our itineraries.
In my blog post i will take you through the things we ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner during our two days in Jaipur.
Breakfast in Jaipur
I would suggest indulging in delicious local food items from one of the many mishtan bhandars in Jaipur which are open all day. We had freshly made Pyaz ki kachori, Dal ki Kachori, Mirchi Pakoda, Samosa, Jalebi ,Malpua and Makhani Lassi for breakfast at Rawat Mishtan Bhandar. You can try Laxmi Misthan Bhandar, jodhpur mishtan bhandar as well. For back home you can get fresh ghevar and rajasthani namkeens.
Around Hawa Mahal/ Pink City
You can also grab quick bite in the Pink City near hawa mahal before starting your day. On our second morning, before visiting the Hawa Mahal and City Palace we found a 100 year old shop selling fresh bread pakoras, aloo pakora, dal pakora and kachori with delicious chutney. They were weighing and selling the pakoras and it was crowded with locals. We went to Jagannath Pakore Wale Shop No 162 near Hawa Mahal. When we walked ahead we saw many local shops selling pakoras. We were full and headed to the palace and Rajasthan Shilp gram udhyog for shopping.
Lunch in Jaipur
Both the days we wanted to have Rajasthani non vegetarian food for lunch! In Delhi we have lots of option for everything but very few places for authentic state cuisine. Jaipur is the place to get delicious Lal Maas.
Spice Court, Civil Lines, Jaipur
We went all the way from Amer Fort to Spice Court just to have great Junglee Maas for lunch. Junglee Maas is a mutton dish made in traditional way in ghee, whole red chillies, garlic and onion. The dish was too spicy but we polished it off even my son loved it! Spice Court has a vast menu and space. They even have outdoor sitting in the evenings.
Niros, MI Road, Jaipur
It was my fourth time at Niros! Niros is there since 1949, approved by Department of Tourism, serves Indian and Chinese food. I was introduced to Rajashthani mutton dish lal maas at Niros on my first visit to Jaipur. I went back to have that with my son this time. We also ordered their Bhuna Gosht (Mutton) which we found really good too. Both the mutton dishes were spicy but can be altered as per your tastes. They went well with Tandoori roti, garlic naan and steamed rice with onions on the side. Lal maas has curry made with red chillies and yogurt whereas Bhuna Gosht had spicy brown gravy made with onions and tomatoes. Niros has comfortable and classy interiors. It takes you to a different era all together.
Dinner in Jaipur
Rooftop Cafes in Jaipur for Dinner
Jaipur has really cool rooftop cafes like Colorbar, The Terrace grill, Handi, Tapri, Jaipur Adda, Hop on etc. Few of them also have live Rajashthani music in the evenings.
Peacock Rooftop Restaurant, Jaipur
We visited Peacock Rooftop Restaurant for dinner. We sat on the top level which has beautiful mud huts / private cabins with tables and few in the open. The place was full so recommend to reserve your table before visiting. They serve almost everything as they have lots of foreign visitors too.
We ordered Mutton Galouti Kebab and Lal Maas with breads. Both the dishes are made with goat meat. Lal Maas is a must have here. The dish is made with red chillies.
Palaces and Hotels in Jaipur
Beautiful palaces and havelis in Jaipur are turned into hotels which provide amazing dinner experience. We visited Narain Niwas Hotel which houses the most beautiful bar in town called Bar Palladio and incredibly popular Shikaar Bagh.
Shikaar Bagh, Narain Niwas Hotel, Jaipur
Bar Palladio does not allow kids so we chose Shikaar Bagh. It has beautiful ambience, hip crowd, lovely music, huge lawn, two level seating- indoor as well as outdoor and we sat in a chariot placed in the lawn. They serve continental, italian, indian and rajasthani food. We ordered bucket of beer with keema bruschetta and chicken quesadilla. Both the dishes had four huge pieces and were delicious. Loved the vibes of the place!
Experience rural Rajasthan at Chokhi Dhani or Pride Amber Villas
In my previous two visits i visited Chokhi Dhani but this time went to Pride Amber Villas which is opposite to chokhi dhani with same activities better food and less crowd. Other than the traditional rajasthani dances, magic show, pottery, bow and arrow, palmistry, camel ride etc the traditional rajasthani vegetarian food served here is a great experience.
In the compound while roaming you will have a barley buttermilk drink which is healthy and refreshing. You will get to eat Bajre ki Roti with lasun ki chutney, gur and butter made in old fashioned way on a coal chulha. Drink Tea in kulhad/ earthen pot with pakora. Have delicious golgappas rajasthani style before having your lavish dinner.
The dinner is served in beautiful plate and bowls made with dried leaves. It has many items which includes Dal Baati Churma, Kadi, aloo pyaz ki sabji, paneer, chaach, papad, sangri ki sabji, bajre ki khichdi with ghee shakkar, missi roti, bajre ki roti and jalebi.
For a complete Rajashthan feel and meal one should visit the place at least once. It opens from 5 pm till 11 pm.
On the way Delhi to Jaipur
On our way we stopped at Hotel Highway King both the sides, while going at Shahpura and while coming back at Behror. Subway, Keventers and Baskin Robbins Icecream are also there in the complex. We had tea and ice-cream while going and while coming back had delicious Tandoori Parathas.