Colors of Rajasthan Tourism
Rajasthan Tourism may be one of the most arid regions of the Indian Subcontinent but there is no dearth of color in this land. The hues of the architecture, the people and their clothing lend th...
Rajasthan Tourism may be one of the most arid regions of the Indian Subcontinent but there is no dearth of color in this land. The hues of the architecture, the people and their clothing lend the desert much needed tonal relief. The cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur too are well known for the pink and blue shades they impart to the cities landscapes.
The capital city of Jaipur is well-connected to major Indian cities by air and rail. The city was painted pink, the color of hospitality, almost 300 years ago by its founder Raja Sawai Jai Singh. To this day, laws prohibit buildings within the walls of the city from being re-painted in any other color. The government is currently trying to bring in laws that require buildings in the entire state to be painted pink.
A good place to start your trip would be Albert Hall, a museum that will introduce you to the history of Rajasthan, the Rajput way of life and to crafts made in the state including batik and tie and dye fabrics. The City Palace is a great example of royal architecture. The palace's chamber for women extends into the well-recognized Hawa Mahal, a facade made of pink and red sandstone that was originally built to allow royal women view life outside the palace.
Sunset can be spent at the majestic Amber Fort built of red sand stone and white marble. To make the most of your evening in Jaipur try driving across to Chowki Dhani, a re-created village where performers keep you entertained with folk music, dance and puppet shows. The village also hosts a grand dinner feast, which you might want to try if you like spicy North Indian food.
Jodhpur is home to Mehrangarh, one of the largest forts in India. The fort rises 400 feet above the rest of the city, upon a hilltop. The fortress is over 500 years old and has beautifully adorned walls, galleries and courtyards. Lean over from the balconies of Mehrangarh and you have before you a brilliant and unobstructed view of the blue city. Little blue painted houses were originally a way to tell if the occupant was a Brahmin.
The Umaid Bhavan is a modern 20th century palace with 347 rooms and is part residence to the royalty, part museum and part hotel. Jodhpur is also a great place to shop for the local striped chiffon cloth known as the lahariya and for cotton tie and dye clothes. Don't be afraid to haggle over roadside wares and even inside shops where they do not explicitly state that prices are fixed.
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