Jaipur: The Dusty Pink City
Jaipur city, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Is full of rich history, cultural heritage, and has a vibrant atmosphere. Also known as the “Pink City” due to its pink-coloured buildings. Yes, I said pink! Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. I was completely blown away by the pink everywhere.
The city was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who meticulously planned its layout. Ensuring, wide streets, grand palaces, and beautiful gardens. Without a doubt the architecture of Jaipur is a blend of Rajput and Mughal styles. Displaying intricate detailing, stunning frescoes, and ornate structures such as Hawa Mahal, City Palace, and Amer Fort. You need to wear comfortable shoes when travelling to Jaipur as you never stop walking, the detail is contagious. I wanted to photograph everything!
Jaipur is famous for its bustling bazaars. Its busy everywhere, it never sleeps. You can find a wide array of handicrafts, textiles, jewelry, and traditional Rajasthani items. Haggling is a must in India, it’s an art, fun and can be a serious standoff. It’s important to always be as polite. After all, everyone is trying to survive. The markets of Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, and Bapu Bazaar offer a vibrant shopping experience.
This Pink City is also renowned for its traditional cuisine. Lip smacking goodness, which include mouth-watering delicacies like dal baati churma, ghevar, and kachori. The city boasts many excellent restaurants and street food stalls serving authentic Rajasthani dishes. We took charcoal tablets throughout our stay. Therefore, we ate pretty much anywhere and thankfully we were not ill. Just make sure your hands are clean, carry wet wipes and sanitize!
Apart from its architectural and cultural wonders, Jaipur offers a range of activities for tourists. I really would suggest you explore the nearby countryside for a taste of rural life. The people are incredibly friendly and love tourists! I found this to be very special.