Re-exploration is not always a bad thing! Jaipur once again.


Far from the proverbial madding crowd—tourist traps in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajashtan state—the City Palace, Amber Palace and Jaigarh Forts, the touts and hassles that wait by the temple entrances, by the side streets of Hawa Mahal and the rows upon rows of ancient shops inside the Wall City—are the sprawling hidden gardens of Jaipur, serene and tranquil in their beauty.

Any wanderlust will find much solace in the well-maintained lawns, lush greenery and sheer quietude the gardens offer the weary tourist at the end of a long, scorching day.

It is a great comfort, too, that during each day of my tour, I am given a snack pack by my most gracious host, Kamini Mathur, a documentary filmmaker, that consists of fresh lychees or jamun—fruits in season at the time of my visit, matri and pakora, homemade biscuits that I dip in cream cheese, ladoo, sweets rolled…

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