City Guide: Jaipur
One thing is for sure – we have been to many countries and cities all around the world on different continents. But when it comes to India, I guess this is the land where we had the craziest experiences and got a totally different perspective. Jaipur is probably the city which has most on offer when it comes to sightseeing. Jaipur is simply exciting and our city review of Jaipur tells you why!
Jaipur is rapidly growing when it comes to agriculture as well as when it comes to the textile industry. Due to that, it is kind of a rich city nowadays. Utterly special about India in general are the so-called rickshaws to get from A to B. Many of the drivers are going to propose to drive you to a very small, yet high-quality textile handcraft store which you can recognize as scam.
Taking a ride with a rickshaw
If there is one thing certain, then it is that taking a ride with a rickshaw in the chaos of traffic in Jaipur is hell of an experience!
However, one should be adept at negotiating as this is common sense in India and one will get a much better price!
Seeing Pink City Jaipur
Jaipur is the Pink City. The whole old town has a red paint and for that, Jaipur is most famous. The reason for the color was a visit by Prince of Wales to show hospitality, and red/pink is the traditional color for that. When driving or walking through, we were truly impressed by the unique cityscape – especially as the traffic is that crazy and absolutely surreal!
Oh, not that I forget to mention that one: everyone, literally EVERYONE uses horns a lot in India. Could be an own style of music. It is never calm there. Really, never.
Taking photos of Birla Auditorium Jaipur
Basically, Birla Auditorium is “just” a big conference hall in Jaipur.
However, it is very nice architecture and thus definitely worth stopping by!
Amber Fort Jaipur
Amber Fort Jaipur definitely is one of the top attractions in Jaipur! Even though the entrance fee is approximately double the amount for foreign visitors than for Indians, the impressive fort is well worth everyone’s time and – to some degree – money.
We will release a special about our visit of Amber Fort with all pictures and more information and background knowledge. So for that reason, I only mention Amber Fort here now.
Stopping at Birla Mandir Jaipur
Also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, Birla Mandir Jaipur is a very beautiful temple in Jaipur.
Even though the temple looks historic, it actually just dates back to 1988 and was built commissioned by the very rich Birma family.
Getting an impression of Jal Mahal Jaipur
Jal Mahal is Hindi for Water Palace and the name is easily explained when considering the palace being in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.
Truly looking impressive, just stop by there for a few minutes when you are on your way to Amber Palace! But as this is a famous touristic spot, be prepared for a lot of inhabitants wanting to sell something to you!
Jantar Mantar Jaipur
Jantar Mantar Jaipur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments.
It is very nice to see these thoroughly impressive works, even though I was not able to comprehend how that could be used to gain information about the stars, but well.
Special things about Jaipur
Jaipur is a world for itself. Not only rickshaws and cars, but also camels and Marwari (Indian horse breed) as well as cows, dogs and elephants are part of Jaipur’s traffic!
Due to the fact that it is pretty hot in Jaipur, it is a good thing to get the possibility to buy water on every corner and, of course, street food. No, we did not have any problems with street food.
The only matter getting it is communication as we were surprised how badly English is being spoken in general in India considering the fact of English being an official language.
Also very unique and interesting to see is the kind of markets or merchandising we observed on the streets!