Jaipur, the pink city, is the capital and largest city of Rajasthan. In a city with ancient history as vibrant as its architecture, we thoroughly enjoyed learning about the charming stories of the royals that had lived here for many years. The old city was all painted pink (my Phi Mu sisters would love it here) to help welcome the Prince of Wales and to also help reflect the sunlight and keep buildings cool in the sweltering summers. The people wear traditional embroidered Rajasthani clothes, colored turbans, and we saw a lot of manly mustaches. It really is a colorful city.
Jaipur is known around the world for its handicrafts, gems, and other coveted items. Here, I was able to buy a unique ring embedded with stones, harem pants, traditional Rajasthani paintings, and all-natural jasmine perfume. There are so many lamps, tapestries, scarves, art, – it can all be pretty overwhelming choosing between so many beautiful things. I hope when I get my first house, I’ll be able to come back here to help pick out things to furnish it.
At one point, we were walking through a crowded walkway lining the little stores. We were sidestepping people and kids and trying to keep up with each other. All of a sudden, the crowd parts in front of me so instinctively I step over to the right and see a COW pummeling through. Before I could warn Priya that Jesus the Cow was parting the sea of people in front of us, the cow (with the horns on top of its head) rammed into Priya. Thank GOD she’s got an itty bitty waist and she just fit in between the cow’s horns…
Only in India does shopping turn into a dangerous sport.
Hawa Mahal- “Palace of the Winds”
This is one of my favorite stops. Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory built in 1724. I expected to see telescopes and such, but when we got there, all we saw were large oddly shaped things- the instruments. The instruments built nearly 300 years are large so that they can accurately measure the sun’s shadow as the days pass and throughout the different equinoxes of the year.