Jaipur has always been close to my heart. I have seen it advancing through the years and have spent most of my childhood time running in the streets of the pink city. I can safely say I know this place good enough to become a tourist guide if I were to take a detour from my current career, but thankfully I have no such thing on my mind as of now. It is one of the most beautiful cities in India with a legacy and heritage that has been excellently persevered over the years even when the world around has evolved to much greater heights. Talking of which I recently got a chance to revisit the city in the new Hyundai Verna, and it again turned out to be one of the best trips I’ve had to the Jaipur city.
June is not really the time of the year when most of the tourists prefer to visit Jaipur or Rajasthan as it might turn to be even hotter here than most of the other parts of the country. But at the same time if you have a car this comfortable as the new Hyundai Verna with air-cooled front seats, and cabin so plush not many would resist. Its automatic climate control takes no time when it comes to chilling the inside space no matter how high the outside temperature is. It is offered with Apple CarPlay-ready infotainment system that makes sure to keep the occupants entertained even on highway hours. Jaipur is merely at 4-hour drive from Delhi, and in the new Verna, the journey felt like nothing more than my average cross over commute in NCR.
The Delhi-Jaipur highway has always been under construction from ever since I remember, but thankfully this time it felt it is almost in its final completion stages. The impeccable ride quality of the car, along with the super impressive steering geometry only boosted confidence on the fast highway speeds. The car’s suspension has been tuned to a mildly stiff setup, complementing sporty handling, and comfort at the same time. Even the irritating highway joints were nearly inaudible inside the well-cocooned cabin of the car which is far luxurious space to be in when compared to many other cars sharing the segment space.
It comes powered with a 1.6L petrol unit, churning out close to 121 bhp of maximum power at 6400 rpm and 151 Nm of peak torque comes at 4850 rpm. This engine is a fairly refined block which hardly produces any murmur even when it’s revved up to the red line. Also, its 6-speed automatic gearbox is a pretty smooth unit shifting gears up and down in no time. And thanks to the same dealing with Jaipur traffic was surely a breezy affair.
The pink city can get real busy real quick, traffic starting from as soon as 8 AM lasting almost 12 hours, keeping roads fully jam-packed. Some of the old roads near ‘Choti Chopad and Badi Chopad’, and the ones nearing Hawa Mahal have never been renovated as per the increasing traffic and hence no matter what time you decide to go there you will always find yourself stuck in a jam. While talking about some of the best places, early morning is the best time to enjoy views of the Jal Mahal with sunlight piercing through mountain peaks and dancing on the valley water, reflecting an extraordinary view. While the same road will lead you to the Amer fort for which 'majestic' is an understatement, as it has an immensely royal history and is located on the top of the valley, guarding it from above. It needs at least a full day if you are in an all exploration mood. And is again one of the must-visit places in Jaipur.
Two days in Jaipur and you will barely scratch the surface, come with at least a full week plan, a hat, some sun lotion, and an appetite for the best food in the country, and trust me you will go back with an experience that will stay with you for a long long time.