Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan located in a semi-desert area in western India. It is one of the most touristic cities and forms part of The Golden Triangle along with Delhi and Agra.
It was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh, the ruler of Amber, and was India’s first planned city. The city today has a population that counts more than 3.1 million.
Jaipur is vast and chaotic.Basically at the time we visited it was in the middle of the summer so the temperature was around 47 degrees which made it difficult to go around the city since we needed at least 2 litres of water every half an hour!
Still we managed to take a glimpse of the city’s hustle and bustle. On the streets we saw people passing by wearing colorful turbans, snake charmers showing their magic , happy elephants and of course couldn’t resist the numerous bazaars and markets that Jaipur is famous for .You can find everything there but still you have to bargain in the traditional Indian style in order to get a non-tourist price. We bought some kurtas (traditional men’s shirts ) ,salwar and a set of handmade dolls which were really cute.
Not very far from the city centre one can explore some of the very beautiful Forts and Palaces that are situated in the outskirts of Jaipur. The most famous is Amber fort which is situated on a hill.
Blending both Hindu and Rajput elements,the fort with its large ramparts in the color of sand, series of gates and cobbled paths, overlooks the Maota Lake at its forefront.The view is magnificent when you look at it from the main entrance but more beautiful when you manage to climb all the stairs all the way up to the fort. Here again people are trying to get you into buying all sorts of things from hats to ice-creams. We didn’t have the chance to taste our ice cream though since we were victims of a well thought out theft!!
Here is how it goes…The innocent tourist (aka Elpis) buys the ice cream from the store outside of the gate and then as he slowly enters the gate to find a shadow in this scortching heat, here comes the cunning monkey!!!It has already seen him and starts moving quickly towards us so the terrified tourist (still ELpis) is running around with the icecream in his hand….finally he throws it away fighting for his life and the monkey celebrates the victory by licking the ice cream in front of our owneyes!!hahah so a bit of advice for you..If you want to have an ice cream better eat it outside or hide it in your bags or something!!haha
|The Thief :P|
The next sight worth visiting or at least stopping by to see from far away is the Jal Mahal which means “Water Palace”. It is literally a palace in the middle of a scenic lake that tourists can visit by boat.
|Me and Elpis in front of the Water Palace|
Jaipur is another typical city of India’s urban structure and life that is worth visiting and also a stepping stone for travelers heading to the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
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