Rajasthan’s capital is a flamboyant historical masterpiece. The streets of the Pink City are full of life and traffic. Rickshaws, elephants, motorbikes, camels and honking cars pass us by. In the middle of all the chaos, we visit Jaipur’s pearls showing the city’s majestic past.
Early morning we start of with the Hawa Mahal translated as the Palace of the Wind. It is the perfect time to visit since in the afternoon you have backlight of the bright sun, which makes it impossible to take a good snap. The palace is a façade of 953 windows and balconies spread over five floors. It’s called the Palace of Wind because of the height and the slender architecture the wind blows right through the building. This gave the Maharadja harem wives some desperate wanted cool air during hot summer days.
In the heart of Jaipur you’ll find the colorful City Palace. My favorite Jaipur ‘attraction’. The sophisticated complex is a mix of Rajasthani and Mogul architecture. It is full of courtyards, flowering gardens, elegant buildings and the most gorgeous facades I have ever seen. A dreamy peacock door, a bright green Ganesha door and dreamy patterned other beauties.
In the hill country surrounding Jaipur, you’ll find the fairy-tale majesty of Amber Fort. While many tourists are carried up in the morning by elephants, we walk up on the backside. As impressive as it looks, when the painted elephants enter the fort through the huge gateway, I can only feel pity for the animals. We wander through the endless courtyards and over the beautiful terraces, we marvel at the city views and completely indulge in the stylish Indian architecture.
As neat, clean and tied as Jaipur’s main tourist attractions are, the contrast couldn’t be bigger once you step into normal city life again. We walk through the labyrinth of chaotic, dusty and smelly streets, we visit small temples full of baba’s with large turbans, monkey’s and chanting women in colourful saris sitting next to each other. It’s a magical sight. For most people Jaipur is their first encounter with Rajasthan’s wonders. But we travelled in opposite direction and leave the magical state here. It was a royal, eclectic and wondrous adventure one can only experience in India.
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