J for Jaipur – the Pink City – the most beautiful city in India.
Jaipur is in Rajasthan.
I visited there a couple of years ago with my nephews – I was the grown up and was to take care of them – all went well.
Rajasthan is in the desert and the cuisine is influenced by the dry land – lack of too many vegetables.
While I stay away from tourist traps – the following wasn’t too bad. We had a limited amount of time and it turned out to be a good idea.
There is a place called Choki Dhani and it is set up like a village. Pay a preset amount to get in and then walk around enjoying the carnival like setting. There are magicians, fortune telling parrots, dance performances and stalls selling handicrafts.
After strolling about, when you get hungry – you walk into a huge dining room. All the seating is on the floor and you get ready for a buffet that comes to you.
They set down huge dried leaf plates in front of you. Then, these extremely agile guys come around putting food on your plate from great heights.
There are about 3 vegetables, rice, lentils and sweets.
Rajasthan is known for its generous hospitality and that includes that you are served copious amounts of food even when you’re done.
After filling our bellies we went back to our rooms in a haveli (old palace- that has been restored and turned into a bed and breakfast).
If you ever have the opportunity to go to Jaipur- you must. It is beautiful and vibrant; the people are warm and the food is probably unlike anything you’ve ever had.