Our first experience of Indian rail travel, as we moved on from New Delhi to Jaipur, the next city on our itinerary.

We ended our first few days in Delhi yesterday at Humayun’s Tomb. Up early this morning for the 6am Ajmer Shatabdi Express from New Delhi to Jaipur. Over five hours on an air conditioned train, with tickets which include cold drinks, water, tea and biscuits, free newspaper, and an airline-style meal. We travelled ‘CC’, or ‘Chair Class’, which turns out to be very much like our own Intercity trains. Jaipur station was incredibly busy once the express arrived, but we managed to grab a local taxi to transfer the few miles to our hotel.

Rooftop Restaurant, Umaid Bhawan, Jaipur
Rooftop Restaurant, Umaid Bhawan, Jaipur

Spending the rest of today relaxing at the Umaid Bhawan Heritage Haveli. A beautifully ornate haveli (or mansion) hotel, in a quiet suburban location yet well situated for touring the local area. Rooms are excellent, and all with an individual decor.

Pool, Umaid Bhawan, Jaipur
Pool, Umaid Bhawan, Jaipur

Best feature in our opinion though – the rooftop restaurant. Fantastic service and atmosphere, well-priced, and the best Indian food and entertainment in all of our fortnight’s holiday around India’s golden triangle!

Rooftop Restaurant, Umaid Bhawan, Jaipur
Rooftop Restaurant, Umaid Bhawan, Jaipur

Cash handling: Turns out that the restaurant has to be paid in cash, rather than charged to the room (and a card). Still, we’re feeling quite flush at the moment so I don’t think it’s any cause for concern. Meals are cheap, at around £20 for a main course and drinks for the two of us.

Tomorrow, a full day tour of all Jaipur’s highlights!

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