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A peak into the pink city: Beautiful Jaipur


A peak into the pink city: Beautiful Jaipur

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Every time, I sit down to write an article on Rajasthan, I am extremely biased because my mind completely shuts down and my heart takes over. I can travel to Rajasthan in the summer and not complain but I will try and not mislead anybody through these beautiful pictures and my biased mindset. India and particularly Rajasthan has been a popular travel destination for many people, if you know exactly what you would be experiencing, you would come back with good memories. I still find it strange when I hear people complaining that India is crowded and dirty. India is incredibly beautiful but you better be prepared to see pollution, dirt and poverty.

The new age instagram pictures of Jaipur are breathtaking and I personally feel that it is a city which has a deep and beautiful historic soul for all those who are willing to see beyond the dust and pollution. Jaipur is a crowded metropolis which is extremely polluted and dusty but I want to focus on the beauty of this city, I want to tell you about the charming and historic architecture and the stunning opulence which is well preserved. Jaipur is the majestic home to erstwhile royals and it is filled with old-world charm surrounded by colourful markets and chaotic streets. Are you ready for a slice of Incredible India?

I travelled to Jaipur for the first time in my late twenties and completely fell in love with the city. I was amazed that one city has so many forts and palaces, the level of grandeur and the ability to glimpse into a bygone era really caught my attention. I love any city which has history, art, architecture. I enjoy spending my holidays in museums, forts and palaces where the walls have so many stories. The Walled City of Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, recently made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The historic walled city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, was founded in 1727AD under the patronage of Sawai Jai Singh II. It serves as the capital city of the culturally-rich state of Rajasthan. The city was chosen for its exemplary development in town planning and architecture. It takes you into a bygone era and the details of the architecture is astonishing. There is an interchange of ancient Hindu, Mughal and contemporary Western architecture and this amalgamation makes the walled city in Jaipur extremely unique.

There is one direct flight from Bangkok to Jaipur, it arrives in Jaipur late night. I checked into the hotel by midnight but I was up at 5am the next morning to catch the beautiful sunrise from Nahargarh Fort, I was not surprised to see it overcrowded at 5.30am. I personally don’t like overcrowded spaces, I found another place opposite Amer Fort which was much less crowded because the hike up requires a basic level of fitness. The views were stunning and I enjoyed my morning hike, it is the perfect place to go sit to read a book, relax and enjoy the view of the city. It was so windy, I completely forgot that it was July and enjoyed the quietness and the wind. It was such a beautiful secluded spot to meditate, Jaipur can be overwhelmingly crowded so finding such spaces in a crazy metropolis makes me really happy.

It was a perfect balance of fort architecture, nature and views of Amer Fort. I have never seen this in typical tour group agenda but I would strongly recommend starting the day early to experience the sunrise and the hike. As an added bonus, you can get family pictures clicked inside the fort architecture, I was as usual monkeying around and I had a photographer with me who clicked a few fun pictures. On the topic of monkeys, there are many monkeys in this area but they add to the experience. Fortunately for me, I have never been attacked by them but I am always wary of saying never. Most visitors and residents of Jaipur have learnt to coexist with the monkeys. The Pink City has way too many of them and they can be found just about everywhere. The monkeys, I learned from my friend, came in two types. The aggressive red bottomed common monkeys, and the graceful silver langurs which are more peaceful. Apparently, these two do not get along with each other and I was honestly petrified of being attacked by them but they don’t typically bother you unless you are carrying food.


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