Abhilasha Rayamajhi recounts her travels to Delhi and Jaipur
If not now, then when?” A friend of mine always questioned me whenever I was reluctant to travel. I love to travel, meet new people and visit new places but there are so many things that keep me occupied in my little world that I am unable to just go for it. However, the trip to India with friends was something I could not afford to miss.
I was quite excited to reach Delhi because I would meet my cousin brother who lived there. On the first day in Delhi with my cousin and friends I enjoyed some shopping in the city. The capital offers a good deal on branded clothes in malls and is also famed for its colossal marketplaces. I was impressed with the metro that took us to our destinations in no time. Delhi was beautiful with the greenery alongside bustling roads and skyscra ers.
I was also eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of the exotic monuments. We reached the ancient Qutb Minar complex, located at Mehrauli area of Delhi. The five storey tall complex and the historical monuments and surroundings are rich in history and culture.
Later in the evening we visited Akshardham Temple. I really enjoyed the water show that included animatronics and children telling stories from the life of Swaminarayan. It was magical to witness the colourful lights and the musical fountains. We were not allowed to take our mobiles or any other personal belongings along and I was grateful for it because we now could behold the beauty in front of our eyes without being tempted to check on our phones.
Jaipur, our next destination, was enthralling and captivating. The capital city of Rajasthan is majestic and is also known as the Pink City. The star attraction of the city was Amber Fort which encompassed historic palaces and Maotha Lake. We enjoyed walking through spacious halls of the royal palace. Beautifully carved intricate designs, well maintained gardens and the serene environment around the fort makes it a visit worth remembering.
We also toured around the City Palace in Jaipur. The grandeur of this place cannot be described in words and the company of close of friends is always appreciated. Taking pictures and creating memories is something that we relished. The detailed artworks on the walls of the palaces and the magnificent paintings are something to behold.
Jaipur has its own charm and I enjoyed our time there. The multi windowed palaces, the vibrant vibes, hospitable people and majestic forts are wonderful attractions. It is always great to visit a new place and know about its culture and history. I would love to visit Jaipur again because it has left me truly mesmerised.
The journey of life is meant to be travelled with joy in your heart. Travelling gives a new perspective and broadens the horizon of life. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for your next trip. If not now, then when?
A version of this article appears in print on July 14, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.