24 Hours In Indian Cities
Outlook Traveller|September 2021
If you only a few hours at your disposal, here is Team OT’s backpacking guide through various cities to make the best of it

Jaipur

Laid back yet vibrant, the pink city is a delight

BEST TIME TO VISIT IS NOV TO FEB

With touches of old-world grandeur in its forts and Havelis, secrets in its desert, different cultures, cuisines, and identities make Rajasthan anything but boring. And to get a glimpse of it all, head to the Pink City Jaipur. Get a calorie-loaded start to your day at Rawat ki Kachori and later, to burn those off, take a complete guided tour of the City Palace. Post the royal tour, fulfill your love for handicrafts and handlooms — vibrant prints in Bapu Bazaar, exquisite jewelry in Johari Bazaar, blue pottery, juttis, bags, mirror work products, and more, all at a walking distance from the Hawa Mahal. For a tranquil evening head to the Jal Mahal and spend some time under the twilight sky. And to end the night, head for a hearty meal in the form of a Rajasthani thali.

Did you know that four floors of the jal mahal are submerged in the water?

Jharkhand

Richly endowed with biodiversity, history and culture, the state is a delight

BEST TIME TO VISIT IS OCT TO MARCH

Called as the ‘land of forests’ Jharkhand’s abundant green cover attracts many visitors. With nearly one-third of its total area under forest cover the state is home to plenty of waterfalls, national parks, and lush green hills. Head to the Betla National Park, one of the earliest tiger reserves, and make your way through the criss-cross roads that provide a closer look into the wild habitat. Next up is the highest waterfall in the state — Hundru. Apart from the cascading waters, various rock formations here make for a spectacular sight. Moving on from this head to the Canary mountain in Hazaribagh. The three lakes on this mountain make for quite a mesmerising view.

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