Visiting colourful Jaipur
Jaipur is the capital of the Rajasthan region in the north of India. Rajasthan is thought to be one of the most colourful and vibrant of India’s states. Jaipur itself is known as the Pink City thanks to the pink stone used in the construction of many of the most prominent buildings in the city. Known for its charming monuments, vibrant markets and manicured gardens, Jaipur is a city that you’ll easily fall in love with.
Stroll around the Pink City
The Old Town of Jaipur is the main reason the city gets the nickname the Pink City as this is where the majority of the pink hued buildings are. Walk the bustling streets, admire the architecture and take in the mass of sights and sounds.
Within the Pink City be sure to visit the City Palace complex. Constructed in 1732, the complex includes a vast array of manicured gardens, courtyards and striking buildings, including the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal and the imposing and richly decorated entrance arch to the palace.
Visit the Hawa Mahal
The Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, is the most famous building in Jaipur, so no visit would be complete without seeing it. This palace was built in 1799 and has a unique exterior with 953 small windows. This was designed to allow royal ladies to view the street below without being seen. It is called the Palace of the Winds because the windows provide ventilation when the wind rushes through them.
Sample the Rajasthani cuisine
Rajasthani food is some of the very best in India and in Jaipur you’ll find an incredible selection of the best foods from the region. Thalis – meals on a platter – have been an important part of the dining experience in Rajasthan for thousands of years, and continue to be today. Don’t leave Jaipur without sampling bati churma – a traditional baked flour ball that is covered in ghee and eaten with dal.
Marvel at the Amber Fort
Just over ten miles from Jaipur is the magnificent and grand Amber Fort, which dates back to 1592. Within the fort there is a royal palace, many different picturesque courtyards, opulent maharaja’s apartments and stunning architecture at every turn. The red sandstone and marble stone construction within the fort reflects a wonderful blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture and is truly spectacular.
Get cosmic at the Jantar Mantar Observatory
Jantar Mantar Observatory is something rather special. It is ranked amongst the oldest and largest observatories in the world. Within the observatory are nineteen different architectural astronomical instruments that date back to 1734. Amongst these is the world’s largest stone sundial, an interesting UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stay somewhere grand
Jaipur is filled with gorgeous former royal buildings that have now been turned into luxury hotels for discerning guests. Rambagh Palace and Samode Palace were both formerly residences of maharajas and are now exquisite five-star hotels.
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