Jaipur India, one of the most popular tourists stops, Jaipur is the biggest city in the state of Rajasthan (land of the kings), famous for its love of pink, proud elephants and pretty palaces.
Jaipur also happens to be home to one of the most expensive hotel suits in the world, and many palace style hotels, not that I got to sample any of these 😕 but the Lalit Jaipur Hotel was very nice indeed ✨
Popular Jaipur activities include a visit to The City Palace, visits to carpet and textile outlets, a wander around an observatory and practicing your haggling skills in the countless shopping bazaars.
Out and About Jaipur
Jewellery and Crafts
We did couple of craft visits.
These places were quite an Aladdin’s cave of curious ornaments and accessories for the home.
There were some beautifully framed mirrors, and artistic wall displays not to mention some of the most stunning decorative marble tables and table tops I’ve ever seen.
Some of these tables were huge, stunning – they were quite pricey too, but probably a lot cheaper than you’d pay back home for the same quality (we were not allowed to take pictures in the marble factory).
Some of these tables glowed in the dark when a light was placed beneath them, showing off their beautiful patterns and gemstones – I’d never seen anything like this before – very dreamy, and sure to score you some ‘Come Dine With Me’ points!! 😉
If you’re kitting out a new home and you want unique charismatic items – India might be a good place to add to your shopping destinations list.
I used to work with someone who said they went to India and had lots of furniture shipped back to the UK because it was such good value/quality – you’d probably pay the earth for the same things back home because of it’s novelty factor.
More from The Pink City
Carpets and Textiles, Jewellery and Crafts
During this visit we got to see how block prints are made on textiles, and the different stages of rug/carpet making, before a few personal shopping opportunities, with shipping thrown in…..I had a feeling that was coming!
The arts and crafts aspect of India appeals to me a lot – the artistry and vibrancy embedded throughout and within Indian culture is ever enticing….its feels to me like an expression of joy, Indian joy!!
I’ll be honest, I’ve never really paid much attention to astronomy or horoscopes, so when I heard we were stopping off at an Indian observatory I didn’t know quite what to expect, it was pretty eye opening, and a a very busy Jaipur India tourist attraction.
Jantar Mantar was built in the seventeenth century – the instruments and giant sundials were/are used to help with the timing of certain rituals – in line with planetary and ‘earth axis’ related alignments (way over my head type-stuff).
There were even a set of fixtures dedicated to each of the zodiac signs, which were very popular.
Back on the road again
Jaipur was a great last stop – before heading back to Delhi for the flight home the next day.
My mind bursting and buzzing with all the colours, designs, sights and sounds I’d absorbed, as we made our last leg of the tour.