Where should you head when you need some colours in your life? Or
Where should you head when you want to hear the stories of warrior princes and their accomplishment? Or
Above all, where do you want to be when your soul needs some delicious food to relish on?
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan is the answer to all of the above questions! This city will cater to the wishes of every kind of traveler.
So why is Jaipur the Pink City?
Jaipur is one of the ancient planned cities of India. Most parts of the old city especially around the City Palace are dominated by terracotta coloured buildings.
History dated back to 1876 states that the then ruler of Amer/Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh had ordered to paint all the building of Jaipur in Terracota-pink colour as a gesture of hospitality to welcome Prince Albert and Queen Victoria who were visiting India. The Albert Hall, a lavish concert hall which stands in the heart of the city today was also built to honour Prince Albert.
It was Lord Albert, who had mentioned Jaipur as the pink city for the first time on witnessing the terracotta coloured buildings all around the city.
Jaipur – the most ancient gated community of India ;)
Yes, you heard it right. That’s what I felt on the first sight of this city.
The old city of Jaipur is a planned symmetrically structured city. It is divided into 3 X 3 squares and the roads running through the city are all stretched in North-South and East-West directions. And the entire city is built such that it can be accessed by the 7 gates/Darwazas.
Incase you are more interested in knowing about these 7 gates, do check this out –
Insites from our Jaipur tour –
Jaipur is easily connected from most cities in India. We travelled here on a long weekend holiday clubbed with Ganesh Chaturthi.
Being the royal city that Jaipur is, Ganesh Chaturthi had made it even more brighter. When we reached Jaipur, the way from the airport to our hotel was crowded with dancing pedestrians carrying idols of Lord Ganesha to a temple. Anyways after crossing the road blocks because of this procession, we reached the hotel past midnight, completed the check-in formalities and dosed off soon in our hotel rooms.
Following day, we started with our city tour. Jaipur is mostly a warm city so the day was quiet bright and no surprises in the weather. After an English breakfast of Banana Honey Pancakes and Masala Tea at our Hotel we booked for a rental cab (using the Ola app) to take us around the city.
Our first day was dedicated to the Forts surrounding Jaipur, the Amer region of Jaipur i.e. atop the Aravalli mountain ranges.