• Nandika Sahani

WORKCATION AT PINK CITY

Updated: Sep 29, 2021


ALBERT HALL MUSEUM, JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN
ALBERT HALL MUSEUM (IMAGE CREDIT: KALYANI CHITRE ON UNSPLASH)


Day 1 of work from home – I’m gonna kill it. Day 2 of work from home – I don’t know what I’m doing here. So it is time to pack your bags and take a workcation. In these times, we all have become dependent on technology and digital media, so why not become a digital nomad and take a vacation where there is work, there is also a vacation!

Jaipur - The Pink City and the capital of the royal state Rajasthan happens to be one of the most preferred spots for a workcation. Being a metropolitan, the city is well-equipped with all the facilities and an environment for working. A common workcation package ranges from 7 days to 30 days. Throughout this, you try to maintain a work-life balance. Where you aim to work better and give sufficient time to yourself, your colleagues, and your family. The advantage of taking a workcation is that it helps you overcome virtual fatigue and stress. It also rejuvenates your soul and pumps you with motivation and enthusiasm


Jaipur happens to be a very colorful and very pink city. The city is blessed with beautiful

architecture, culture, and tradition, which gives you more of a reason to explore this exquisite

spot. You can probably work during the weekdays from your resort and explore the city during

the weekends or can spend half a day working and half a day exploring the joyous city.


Read more about the travel experience at Jaipur in the blog written by Rachel!!


WHERE TO STAY IN JAIPUR?

Where to stay is often the biggest question for people who wish to stay for longer periods, such as when on a workcation. Jaipur is a popular destination for tourists and over the years has developed several options from which one can choose from, that too without burning a hole in a tourist's pocket!


HOMESTAYS

Jaipur has a number of homestays, which offer comfortable rooms, free Wi-Fi connections, included breakfast, and a lot more. The prices of these could be as low as 800 rupees per day. These places happen to be tourist-friendly, with about 1000+ options to choose from, they become a favored destination by many.


GUESTHOUSES

Jaipur has a number of budget-friendly guest houses, including the one built by the government. These guesthouses offer Wi-Fi facilities and comfortable rooms for guests. The prices may start from about 1000 rupees and above per day.


HOTELS AND RESORTS

Jaipur is home to the most luxurious hotels and resorts, with beautiful infrastructure and

world-class facilities. These hotels are comfortable with many indoor activities for tourists such

as swimming pools, activity zones, and much more, making them the first choice for many

tourists. Many such hotels are available at affordable rates, starting from around 2000 rupees

per day, which includes a number of facilities along with a lot more safety.


Read more about Jaipur in the blog written by Sandeepa and Chethan



TAKING HISTORY LESSONS DURING A WORKCATION?

Jaipur, being a heritage city is also home to folktales and stories of kings and queens, wars and victories. So get ready with your cameras and walking shoes (not to forget a mask and a

sanitizer) cause this is going to be a bumpy ride!!!!!!!


THE HAWA MAHAL
HAWA MAHAL
HAWA MAHAL (IMAGE CREDIT:- GIULIANO GABELLA ON UNSPLASH)

The Palace Of Breeze was built by Rajput ruler Maharana Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799, as an

extension to the royal palace. Since, during these times there was a very strict Purdah system,

which did not allow royal ladies to be seen by strange men, this structure was built to allow them a view of the street and the royal procession. The five-floored palace is built in the shape of Lord Krishna's crown. The palace has 953 small casements each with a small lattice worked pink window, balconies, and arched roofs. These allow the cold breeze to blow through the palace to keep it cool and airy during summers. The top 3 floors are single room thick and are named Vichitra Mandir, Prakash Mandir and Hawa Mandir. The autumn celebrations take place in the Sharad Mandir on the first floor and the Ratan Mandir is adorned with beautiful glasswork.



THE AMBER FORT
AMBER FORT, JAIPUR
AMBER FORT (IMAGE CREDIT:- MERIC DAGLI ON UNSPLASH)

The Amber or the Amer Fort was built in the 16th century by Raja Mann Singh and was

completed by the time Sawai Jai Singh took the reign. The fort was built on a hill that offers an

amazing view of Maotha Lake. The main attractions of this fort were the Diwan-E-Aam,

Diwan-E-Khaas, Suhag Mandir, Sukh Mandir, Shila Devi Temple, Bhool bhulaiya, and Zanana

Dyodi (women's apartments). The fort exhibits Rajput as well as Mughal architecture. The

Amber fort was also home to Maharani Jodha Bai, who was the wife of Mughal emperor Akbar and was the eldest daughter of Maharaja Bharmal Singh.



CITY PALACE

The city palace, which was built between 1729-1732, in Jaipur depicts the rich history and

culture. Sawai Jai Singh II started work on this palace. Jaipur was made the capital, as there

were water problems in Amber. The Bengali architect Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya was called to

construct the entire place based on Vastu Shastra. There are 3 huge gateways to enter the City

Palace namely Tripoli, Virendra Pol, and Udaipol. The essential attractions of the palace are

The Chandra Mahal, The Mukut Mahal, The Maharani's Palace, The Mubarak Mahal, and the

city palace museum.



JAL MAHAL
JAL MAHAL, JAIPUR
JAL MAHAL (IMAGE CREDIT:- ADITYA SIVA ON UNSPLASH)

As a result of a famine in the year 1596 AD, the ruler of Ajmer was motivated to construct a dam to cure the shortage of water and provide relief to farmers. This was initially built with earth and quartzite on the eastern side of Amer Hills. This dam was later renovated in the 17th century and the major renovation occurred during the rule of Maharana Jai Singh II of Amer. Earlier this lake was a depression where water used to accumulate, Jal Mahal was built in 1799, the palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This lake was named Man Sagar Lake, which presents a perfect example of Rajput architecture, it is built with red sandstone. This is a five-floored palace, whose first four floors are located underwater. This 200-year-old palace looks wonderful from Nahargarh Fort.



THE NAHARGARH FORT

The Nahargarh Fort is one of the most picturesque locations of the Pink City, it is located amidst the Aravali range. Along with Amber and Jaigarh Nahargarh was once a part of a defense ring of the city. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1734, as a retreat for the royals. However, the palace stands high even though it has lost some of its glory. It was believed that this fort was once haunted by a spirit of a deceased prince Nahar Singh Bhomia, as a result, a temple was built to appease the spirit. The palace also has a beautiful museum as well as Sheesh Mahal. The sunset from the palace is a sight that no one should miss.


Jaipur, the Pink city, the capital city and the city which has culture and traditions running through its veins is one of the most suitable and attractive locations for a workcation, where you can work, relax and explore, that too without going to a library or reading through a history book! All you need is a camera and some good walking shoes and not reading glasses and a rocking chair!

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