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Jaipur – the Pink City of India

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My parents and I in front of the majestic Amber fort

Rajasthan is full of outstanding and breathtaking landscapes and cities, full of delicious cuisine and amazing traditions and full of art. Not without a reason it was also named this way as Rajasthan means “Land of Kings” as this state of India is also full of forts and palaces of all kinds. It is even full of different colors and the great examples are the colorful cities of Jodhpur (Blue City), Udaipur (White City), Jaisalmer (Golden City) and we have one more that is called the Pink City – Jaipur. The Pink City of India is also the capital of Rajasthan and the most populated city in this state. Visiting North India you should not skip this place as it is diversified and it will definitely affect your senses.

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My parents posing in front of the great palace of Jaipur

The city based on Vedic principles

Maybe the history is not as old as many other Indian cities but the city has definitely a lot to offer. It was founded on 18th November 1726 by Maharaja Jai Singh II whose plan was to shift growing population of Amer (just 11 km from Jaipur) to a new city. But he didn’t do it without a proper plan – Jai Singh II consulted building of the city with architects and his goal was to use the principles presented in Vastu Shastra (ancient Vedic text which focuses on architecture) and Shilpa Shastra (another Vedic text which talks about art and designing). Thanks to his commitment, Jaipur became the first well-planned city in modern India. After 4 years of constructing roads, palaces, offices and homes, Jaipur was ready to be inhabited. Palaces in Jaipur together with some state buildings were located in two blocks (with the City Palace in the center of the city), seven blocks were allocated for the public. This nine-grid pattern is taken from ancient Vedic texts and is believed to bring luck.

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The breathtaking view of the city from the forts is a must see

How to reach Jaipur?

The options are similar to the one that I presented in the post about Udaipur . For those, who care about time the best option is, of course, taking the flight. Apart from plenty domestic flights to the main Indian cities (like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru Kolkata, Chennai and of course Udaipur), you can also catch some international flight if you are on the way back home (Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Singapore which can also be a great option for transfer and from there you can choose a direct flight home). If you want to see both Udaipur and Jaipur the fastest way to travel between these cities is simply a plane. Those, who prefer admiring landscape, I recommend taking the car or a bus (tourist or local – depending on your budget and preferences). Jaipur is nicely connected with Udaipur, Delhi and Mumbai.  Jaipur is also connected with the main cities of India by rail, so this is also a great option for you to travel and have the chance to observe more. Remember that Indian railway offers you different classes – from the cheapest which can cost you barely 135INR to around 1000 INR. Now it is totally up to you , which option you choose. But please, bear in mind that different money means different quality. I faced many opinions of international tourists who are on a budget trip and they buy the cheapest possible ticket and later they talk around that Indian railways are in a terrible condition. What they fail to understand that Indians are actually providing services to all kinds of people – from the richest to the middle class and also the poorest, that is why they all can travel but depending on their budget they choose appropriate class. So, all tourists, even though you choose the cheapest class, remember that India has much more to offer and if you pay more, you get better facilities. But don’t judge on the basis of just one class you have chosen. India also has very luxurious maharaja kind of trains which I will be talking about in the future, otherwise also known as ”palace on wheels”.

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A great example of the harmony between animals and humans

Hotels in Jaipur

It is something that you definitely don’t have to worry about. This city is full of tourists as it is also a part of the Golden Triangle which is famous especially among these tourists who don’t spend too much time on traveling. Apart from Jaipur, it includes Delhi and Agra and there are special tour packages which offer the Golden Triangle trips. But coming back to the main point, Jaipur hotels offer you a huge range of prices from budget hotels to 5-star luxurious hotels like for example Shiv Villas in Kookas (a little bit outside the city) with amazing interiors and outstanding staff. Otherwise, you can easily book some cheap hotels in around 1500INR.

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An outstanding hotel on the suburbs of Jaipur! And the inside looks even more stunning!

You can be sure that in Jaipur you will not die hungry 🙂 Go for delicious and iconic Rajasthani thali! This is definitely a must-try. To find out what thali is check this post . Apart from this, Jaipur is famous for excellent pyaaz ki kachori which is simply a snack made of onions and different spices and then fried in dough. Yummy! If you have a chance, try also Ghevar – a sweet made of different types of flour and soaked in special sugar syrup.

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Rajasthani thali is mouthwatering and is an absolute must in Jaipur

Forts around Jaipur

And it is finally time for sightseeing. And trust me – there are plenty of places to visit in Jaipur! Let’s first focus on three outstanding forts around Jaipur. Amber (or Amer) fort is located 11km from Jaipur and it astonishes every person who comes nearby. Its grandeur is so remarkable that with a clear conscience, I can admit that I have never seen anything so grand and majestic. Made of red sandstone and marble, it offers you a typical Rajasthani style art. This massive fort overlooks Maota Lake on which you can observe a stunning Kesar Kyari (Saffron Garden). What surprised me there is that most of the corridors were a bit narrow and with really tall walls – all of them looked the same. All this was done to mislead the enemy just in case he managed to enter the inside. There is no way not to get lost there 😉 But, don’t worry – you will not face this situation these days 🙂

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The beautiful waters in front of the powerful Amer fort can mesmerize you

In Amber fort you can take elephant taxi to reach the Sun Gate. Another great experience for you! Save some time for walking around Amber Fort – there are few courtyards, garden and chambers. But definitely, it is worth a visit. Another great fort is Jaigarh Fort – somehow it is said to be a complex together with Amber fort because of underground passages (build to let the royal family shift to another fort in case it is required) that connect both of them. Jaigarh was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1726 to protect the main Amber Palace. Once you go there, you will be able to experience an outstanding view of Aravalli hills and Amber fort (as Jaigarh is situated higher than Amber). Those who are interested in armory can find there a real masterpiece – Jaivana Canon, which during the time it was produced, was the biggest canon on wheels in the whole world (which by the way was never used in any battle but only test-fired)!

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The largest canon shows its power

Apart from this, one can visit the museum, walk around the majestic palace complex and get stunned with the assembly hall of warriors known as “Shubhat Niwas”. And now a special mysterious story for you. Do you know why Jaigarh fort was until some time not open to the public? It is said that under a water tank, a huge treasure was buried and a thorough search was carried out in the 1970s. Some claim that there was no treasure found and others believe that whatever was found, was taken away by the current PM of India – Indira Gandhi. And now the last port, which is also located on the Aravalli Hills – Naharghar Fort. And this time some haunting story – it is believed that the construction of the fort was disturbed due to the presence of the dead prince – Rathore Nahar Singh. In order to continue building the fort, the king decided to build a small temple and name the whole complex after the prince. The amazing interiors will stun you and the mesmerizing view will impress almost everyone.

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The majestic palace of the royal family with the beautiful hills in the background

City Palace

Now, let’s go back to the main part of the city – Pink City. The main attraction is City Palace (a big palace complex) which outside part was built in the 1700s by the current Maharaja Jai Singh II. Other parts were added later. By the way, you can buy a special ticket which lets you also enter Amber and Jaigarh forts 🙂 City Palace consists of many important parts which definitely has to be discovered. It has palaces, stunning gates, courtyards, gardens, museum and there is still a part where the royal family lives. For example, some parts of “Chandra Mahal” (Moon Palace) have been turned into a museum showing the royal heritage and outstanding handcrafted products while the rest remains a private palace of the royal family. Another palace – “Mubarak Mahal” (Welcome Palace) was a place where the Maharaja used to host all the dignitaries. On one of the courtyards in a special pink-stone gallery for private audiences (Diwan-i-Khas) you can find two huge silver vessels which are 1.6m high and they are said to be the largest silver objects in the whole world! 14 000 silver coins were melted to produce vessels. One of them has a volume of more than 4000 liters. On the other hand, you can also find a hall for public audiences (Diwan-i-Am) where there are small tiny copies of some of the ancient Vedic texts.

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The old town of Jaipur looks absolutely stunning.

Jantar Mantar – the Observatory

Sightseeing in Jaipur can not be completed without seeing Jantar Mantar (if we translate it, it is something like “Instrument for calculation”), which is the largest observatory in India. The Observatory was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II who was known for his love to ancient science. The instruments were used for observation of constellation and stars in the sky. What is surprising, even though you are in the middle of the city, you can get there a special feeling of calmness surrounded by all these astronomical instruments. Even today’s scientists are stunned by the accuracy of all the instruments.

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The amazing Jantar Mantar in Jaipur – this is definitely a must-see!

Hawa Mahal – a must-see in Jaipur

Close to the City Palace complex, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is located. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for royal women to observe through special latticework windows special events and parades. The building consists of five floors and 953 small windows! If you can’t get inside due to lack of time, seeing it from outside is a must-do in Jaipur!

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Hawa Mahal, built for the ladies of Jaipur

Hand-made products paradise

While exploring Jaipur, try to see the Man Sagar Lake with Jal Mahal (palace) in the middle. Jaipur is famous for its art, gems and many hand-made products which you can easily encounter walking the streets. As Rajasthan is a desert state, it is very easy to see a camel, so if you want, try to ride a camel! Unforgettable experience!

Jaipur can be seen in one day if you are in a hurry, but if you have time, try to spend at least two nights in the capital of Rajasthan. Tourism in Jaipur is constantly growing and becoming more tourists friendly. Stunning Pink City will take you to a totally different world and snake charmers will take to the world of some sort of fairy tale. Rajasthani art, cuisine and tradition is something that one should experience at least once in a lifetime.

About Karolina Goswami

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading the stuff that you will not easily find on the mainstream media. I am a girl from Poland who is living in India. I am a seeker and I share my thoughts through this medium with the world citizens. For more details, check 'about me' section in the top menu bar. To contact me, write to me on indiaindetails@gmail.com or simply write on the comment section below every post.

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45 comments

  1. Much & much happy to read & enjoy. #KarolinaGoswamimyfriend Say hi to your Mom & dad from Indiandoctor. #MerryChristmasMom #MerryChristmasDad #MerryChristmasAnuragGoswami #MerryChristmasKarolinaGoswami.

  2. Karolina ! You are doing a fantastic job . You have s positive views about nature . When we see your video it bring us close to the beauty of nature . Thanks to you and your family . Happy Christmas and new year .

    • Arjun,
      thank you for your nice words and your wishes!
      India is an amazing country and I feel blessed to have a chance to live here 🙂
      All the best for you and your family!
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  3. impressive ….wow great

  4. As usual Karolina fantastic job.. well done…. Apart from Camel Ride and Elephant Ride.. as i am against animal cruelty. Jaipur is Beautiful

  5. Nandu das vaishnav

    Ohhhh shit,I lost my opportunity by not meeting with you when you came to jaipur,rajasthan.my native place is rajasthan.but leaving in banglore for post graduation (MBA).We have our own business restaurant in jaipur.hope I won’t lost my opportunity of meeting you in next time.your all informations about India making me speechless.

    • My humble thanks for your kind words!
      Jaipur is an amazing city and I enjoy visiting it every time I am there 🙂

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  6. Dear Sister Karolina you are as beautiful as your word.
    I was eagerly waiting for your thanks writing.

  7. Hi Karolina,

    I just came across your blogs and videos on India, it just made me more Prouder being born in a land of Rich Cultural heritage. There was a time when India flourished in all fields like Science, Arts, Education , Medicine, Astrology and much more. Even today the 1000 years old temples stand strong portraying the capabilities and skills of Indians. Now as India Started rebuilding itself its time that India will soon return to its glory.
    Thanks a lot for your work, and hoping for much more videos and blogs about India.

    Vannakam!
    Best Regards,
    Gokul Prakash

    • Namaste Gokul!

      Please accept my humble thanks for your kind words and your appreciation.
      India is growing really fast and definitely, it is reclaiming its ancient glory!

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  8. i just want to thanks ….to show world what is india and culture…big hug nd love from chandigarh the city beautiful

    • Thank you for your comment 🙂
      I’ve never had the chance to visit Chandigarh, I just passed it a few time, but in the future, I will definitely explore this city!
      Wish you all the best!
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  9. Hi Karolina,
    This is Hemanth from hyderabad, i had read and seen your articles, videos. The most good thing i have liked is your positive blogging about india. I hope you should blog more about “INDIA” not only for the other region people but also for those people who feel ashamed to say their nationality in the other regions.

    thank you very much for blogging about “INDIA”

    I surely admit that you will have a great life time with your family in india. And come to visit our hyderabad once,
    we surely want to make you a taste of “Hyderabad Biriyani”.

    -“BYE”-

    • Namaste Hemanth,

      Many thanks for your kind words and sharing your suggestion!

      I heard a lot about Hyderabad Biriyani 🙂 And definitely one day I will visit this city and try this tasty food!

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

      • Hi kerolina
        I love your blogs.I really appreciate your positive views about our country. We can learn so many things from you. Thank you so much.

  10. Good job. Take care and do visit more place in India, it will be a never ending journey… All the best:-)

    • Of course, in the future there will be more travel related posts!
      Stay tuned 🙂

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  11. Rajasthan :The land of Royalty And loyalty with valiant Kings.

  12. Virasat Restaurant

    Hello, Thanks for sharing such a fantastic blog.I really appreciate your blog to share information about Jaipur …Visiting in Jaipur is amazing experience. Jaipur is a place with a glorious past and a very rich historic background. People come from far off places just to get the taste of its beautiful monuments and their architecture.

  13. HEERA NAND THAKUR

    Wow… !!
    What u are doing is more than amazing!! I (as an Indian) could not have ever imagined that someone like you would come to India and would do Indians a favour by sharing the truth behind real India with the whole world. Keep it please up!
    Feeling indebted!!
    Thankyou so much!
    Luv from University Of Delhi!!

    • Many thanks!
      However, I am no one special, I am just a humble student of ancient knowledge from India and I will keep studying it!

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  14. Wow!
    This is the first reaction after watching your videos from youtube.
    In this busy working days, we almost forgot our ancient times and glory. Sometimes we forgot our humanity too. We are not careful to our precious culture but following blindly others.

    But, your great initiative towards revealing India is brilliant and it’s encouraging us too. We are waiting more and more from your study of “India in details”.

    God bless you and Happy New Year 🙂

    • Karolina Goswami

      Please accept my humble thanks for your kind words!
      Together with my husband, we want to show the real India to the world 🙂

      Wish you and your family all the best and Happy New Year 2017!

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  15. Karolina your mind is so much understanding and you are doing fantastic work. I am proud of you.i have no words to say you………. i also want to connect with you and work with you. Say hi to uncle aunty.

  16. Sakthivel Manickam

    Sister Karolina, though I never been to Jaipur, after reading your blog, felt as if I travelled to Jaipur invisibly. Excellent narration. Somehow, I feel very connected to your blogs;may be you are so natural in writing. Keep up the good work. Big hugs from Toronto, Canada.

    Brother Sakthi

    • Namaste Sakthi!

      Many thanks for your kind words!

      I am just trying my best to show every place the way I see it and you should definitely visit Jaipur one day if you have a chance! You will be mesmerized!

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  17. Namaskar Karolina… !

    I have watched all your videos and read all your blogs. I am quite impressed with your work. Waiting eagerly for your next videos. Please do someday visit mesmerizing 8 Sister states.. (Northeasrern states of India). May God bless you..! Keep up the good work.

    Thank you!!

    • Namaste Pronoydeep!

      Many thanks from the bottom of my heart for your kind words!

      Of course, I will definitely visit Northeast India as I have heard a lot about this part of the country especially from my husband who have visitied this region many times and he loved it 🙂

      May God bless the entire mankind!

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  18. Hi, karolina…
    I am Jai, I just explore youtube today then I got your video, that why western media is so biassed about India.
    I watch your whole video and then share it to FB
    I have been always proud of my country, and the facts you give in your video are great and for that am very thankful to you to make me more proud.
    Presently I live in Delhi but I am from ALLAHABAD a city which is the cultural hub of Hindus where the holiest river THE GANGA and Yamuna meet and that is known as SANGAM.
    It’s a great city for you in India to visit.
    And again a very big thanks to you for making us feel proud of our country.

    • Hi Jai!

      Thank you for your appreciation and sharing your suggestion!

      Together with my husband who is from India we want to correct the image of this country among the globe citizens as there are a lot of misconceptions about India around the world.

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  19. Hai Karolina
    I am thinking you would have been a Hindu living here last birth !! Seriously ! I am sure you believe in Karma too .Past Samskaras brought you back . . Logically thats how a Polish girl gets that much involved and knows intricate details about traditions and customs than most native Indians . You are more native than many of us. Keep up the good work
    Love
    Prasad

  20. Dear Karolina,

    I am regular reader of your blogs, I really admire all the information which you have mention, even being an Indian I was unaware about some facts.
    the recent demonetization issue which you have discussed was quite interesting and honest effort.

    • Karolina Goswami

      Many thanks for your appreciation.
      Stay tuned as many more interesting topics will be covered in the future.

  21. Dear Ms. Goswami:

    I enjoyed reading your blogs that made me proud of India. Though I moved to the west a little more than three decades ago, your blogs inform people like me about what has changed over the years. Your insightful commentary about the changes is welcoming news that I wish to share with my grand children and hope that will encourage them to visit India soon.

  22. Hi, Karolina Goswami JI. I an Ankit Kumar from Jaipur you wrote really great and informative things about Jaipur.
    I just want to thank you from bottom of my heart for the positive work you are doing.

  23. Rabindranath Chakravorty

    Dear Karolina, you are admirably presenting the positive traditions and heritage of India to the World! It shows your love and appreciation for India. I am very much thankful to you for this great spirit that you have demonstrated for showing the greatness of India in positive light. May you be Blessed! Rabindranath Chakravorty, Bangalore.

  24. nand kishore bhatt

    Hi, karolina
    i am nand kishore from uttarakhand, India. i see http://www.indiandetails.com and read the article the jaipur-the pink city of india. i impressed the way you described india and indian culture . i would like to know about you and your india connection.
    with regard
    nand kishore

  25. Karolina you are doing great job….. I appreciate this very much… You shown that details which are almost unknown to rest of world specially to new generation …. I request to u to put the details about most ancient literature of india like vedas, puranas , mahabharat, ramayana etc… It will be great proud for us … Thanks..

  26. We will store your thoughts in our hearts being an indian… Expected your best…..

  27. Shounak Sinha Ray

    I am Shounak Sinha Ray, from West Bengal.
    Your blog is a remembrance to us all that there is definitely much more in India than what we modern Indians conceive. Your hardwork has made us proud of our culture, origin and nationality. There was a time when I was ashamed of my country for its crime, corruption and dirty politics. Thanks to people like you who have strived to open our eyes to its ancient wonders. It’s easy to spot the bad, but it’s difficult to find the good. Best wishes to your parents and hope you continue to enlighten our minds.
    SEE YOU IN INDIA !!!

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