Feel The Pink - JAIPUR!

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In the vibrant country of India, one oasis of culture and heritage stands out for travelers around the world. Nicknamed the “pink city”, Jaipur is an explosion of colors and tradition. Between the regal palaces and crowded bazaars, discover the beautiful details of Jaipur’s ancient architecture. Around every corner the city’s past bleeds through the modern noise, showcasing the best of India in one enchanting city. Jaipur’s nickname “Pink City” comes from the terracotta color that adorns every building in the historic center. In 1876, Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh was determined to impress visiting British monarch Prince Albert, so he ordered the city painted the color of “hospitality.”

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Map of Jaipur: N 26.91° / E 75.78°

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When to go: October - March.

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Avoid Jaipur in the summer. The city becomes overwhelmingly hot and it’s no fun trying to explore all the wonders while you’re drenched in sweat. Instead, opt for the cooler months, and be sure to keep in mind Jaipur's many incredible festivals, like the International Kite Festival or the Jaipur Literature Festival. If you do travel in the winter, pack layers, as temperatures can drop dramatically at night.

Here is the list of things, one must visit.

1. Forts

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Amber (Amer) Fort, Jaigarh Fort, and Naharghar Fort. Adventurers should also take a day trip to Bhangarh fort, one of the most haunted places in India.

2. Palaces

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Hawa Mahal (the pink Palace of Winds) and the City Palace, where descendants of the royal family reside today. Not to miss the floating palace of Jal Mahal.

3. Wells.

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Chand Baori and Panna Meena ka Kund. Prepare to be amazed by these intricately-designed step wells.

4. Temples.

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Birla Mandir and Galtaji Temple. Make sure to say hello to the Galtaji monkeys!

Shopping:

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From delicate, handmade jewelry to brightly dyed fabric with gorgeous embroidery, the bazaars of Jaipur are full of colorful treasures. Grab some gol gappe to nibble on while you explore one of Jaipur’s many shopping centers. Our personal favorite is Phool Mandi, the flower market, with its overflowing bags of bright flower petals. Arrive early in the morning to see the local farmers hard at work.

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If you think reading a clock face is tricky, then wait until you see Jantar Mantar. This historic observatory has a collection of structures that create the largest stone sundial in the world. Though you can't climb the towers anymore, they can still tell time far more accurately than your Apple watch.

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In Jaipur, it’s the little things that matter. From the mosaic ceilings, to the colorful frescoes, to the intricate designs, this city is a feast for the eyes. The best tip we can offer is to carry your camera with you everywhere, and be on the lookout for these gorgeous little details that bring the city to life.

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What to eat?

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If you like spice, and lots of it, you’ve found the right city. Located in the heart of the desert, Rajasthani cuisine includes plenty of spicy and delicious dishes. From Dal Baati Churma to Laal Maas and Kachori, we could go on for days about the food in Jaipur. Make sure to try Lassi, a popular drink made from yogurt and spices, at the famous Lassiwala.

Where to stay?

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There are plenty of places to stay in Jaipur for budgets of all size, but our favorite has to be the Tree House Resort. Feel like a bird for the night by staying in one of the “nests” perched in a keekar tree. Return to nature in style.

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