Jaipur, India

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City Guide: Jaipur, India

While vacationing in India, be sure to make a visit to Jaipur also known as India’s “Pink City”. Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. Important spots not to miss include the Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, and the many Bazaars (markets), which offer travelers an array of beautiful scenery, shopping, and activities.

Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds:
Its unique five-story exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict “purdah” (face cover). Pictures don’t give this building justice – it’s a definite must see while in Jaipur.

Hawa Mahal

Amer Fort: (pronounced Amber Fort) is a breathtaking place. The trees, mountains, buildings are almost too good to be true. If you visit Amer Fort early enough in the day (the weather tends to reach very high temperatures after about 11am), you may even have the chance to ride a camel or an elephant and if you are feeling dare devilish- you can do both! The cost is accessible; My twenty-minute camel ride set me back just 10 American dollars. The elephant ride was approximately 25 American dollars for a fifteen minute ride, but was totally worth it. While sitting high on the beautiful animal, you have the opportunity to take in all the amazing scenery!

India Elephant Ride

The Bazaar (Market): If you are anything like me, you love to shop but you don’t have an incredibly huge spending limit. Well, no worries! Visiting an Indian Bazaar can be very helpful for us thrifty shoppers. From sparkling jewelry, to handmade slippers, and colorful souvenirs, spending roughly $50 USD will be more than enough to buy everything. The bazaar is extremely busy, packed with people, animals and such. It is also very noisy; but you haven’t truly experienced Jaipur without stopping by a bazaar and haggling down prices for unique exquisite items!

-Deidre

 

3 Responses to Jaipur, India

  1. Tanya Harry says:

    Good article! Jaipur is definitely on my travel list. I bet the food was incredible…

    • Kandia Johnson says:

      I am intrigued by elephants! IMO they are the best way to explore small towns, cities, safari’s etc!. Oh and of course that spending limit is enough to get me there…Great article!

  2. Deidre Mathis says:

    The food was pretty good…and SPICY!

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