Thursday, 31 January 2013

Jaipur Has Something for Everyone!

Jaipur is prominently placed on India’s tourism map and is a popular stop for both domestic and international tourists. After all Jaipur Tourism has much to offer, monuments on a grand scale, food that is particular to the region and shopping that entices even the non-shoppers.

Among the monuments my personal favorites are Amber Fort and Nahargarh Fort. I find Amber delightful for its variety; it has features for protection against war as well as elaborate gardens and glass palaces. I adore Nahargarh for its view of the city. If you ever go to Nahargarh get out of the fort and follow the signs towards a canteen and see the sun set over the panorama of the city. There are other many beautiful monuments like Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and many other places. I just picked up two of my favorites. Both Jal Mahal and Hawa Mahal are also a photographer’s delight.

Inside Hawa Mahal

Navigating in and around Jaipur city is easy as most of the cell phones nowadays have maps and finding out a decent Jaipur map should not be a problem. There are online map options as well. Better still when in India ask around and people will tell you the way. However, commonsense is to be used when interacting with strangers.

The typical Rajasthani food you could find at Jaipur is Daal Bati Churma and it has to be tried once at least. You could also try Kadhi, papad ki saabzi or baajre ki roti when in Rajasthan.

The Rajasthani colors are really bright. I am not a big fan of bright colors but somehow in Rajasthan they do not look loud. There is something about the landscape that makes the colors blend rather than stand out. Wearing them in your own country or state should be done at your own risk. Handicrafts and gems are also unique to the region. Overall, even though very mainstream, Jaipur retains some of its old world charm.

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