The Pink City, Carpets and Palaces: Snapshots of Jaipur India

Jaipur India

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 ๐Ÿ˜• but the Lalit Jaipur Hotel was very nice indeed โœจ

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

Bangles at the Amber Fort

Street life, Jaipur

Lots of street sellers along the waterfront, by the Jal Mahal

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Chamber of mirrors at Amber Fort, beautifully mirrored ceilings and walls – it’s hard to convey in a photograph, you really need to stand and surround yourself with it, seeing all the twinkling reflections in the sunlightย  ๐Ÿ”†

Elephants at Amber Fort Palace, they carry thousands of tourists up and down the fort every day

Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake

You’re never far from a seller….

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!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

Fancy a game of chess? This board was literally like a huge wide dining table, for sale in this crafts showroom – they had some beautiful things in there….move over Ikea, step aside TK Maxx! (I’ll take that back – I do love TK Maxx) ๐Ÿ˜Š

Ornate doors for sale – probably hand crafted

More from The Pink City

The iconic Hawa Mahal, built by a king for his queens to look out into the streets. I was surprised that this was on a ridiculously busy main road – not what you think when you see pictures of it. You stand on the pavement, in front of two way traffic to get a photo – it was pretty chaotic – everyone trying to get a selfie without ten other people photo-bombing it ๐Ÿ˜†

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!

Crouching and squatting like this all day, nimble fingered and very patient workers – this particular factory confirmed that they supply rugs to John Lewis in the UK amongst others


Block printing onto fabrics with natural dyes…the displays behind this worker are examples of what they can do – beautiful!!

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!!

A spot of lunch time entertainment

Jantar Mantar

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.

Apparently, some of the instruments are still used today to help predict the seasons, including monsoons and possible famine.

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.

69 thoughts on “The Pink City, Carpets and Palaces: Snapshots of Jaipur India

    1. Cherryl

      Hi Usfman, sorry to hear you were ‘blasted’, there are polite ways of making a point, it’s easy to be hostile when hiding behind a screen. SMH ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

      They say bloggers need to have a thick skin (probably true) and there are many who thrive on any excuse to criticise and argue online, no matter what you do or say (as per in life generally tbh).

      However the topic of animal cruelty is defiantly something that I wondered about – as mentioned in my post, the tour company I went with did not include a ‘popular’ elephant ride (we took a jeep ride up to the fort and palace instead) due to ‘concerns’ about the welfare of the elephants.

      I know there are very strong opinions on this and there are many who will want to vent against a picture of a working animal.

      I don’t believe bloggers should hide what they saw for fear of what others might say – that ‘was’ your experience after all and isn’t that what you wanted to chronicle and share Others can learn from it.

      Everyone’s going to have an opinion and not everyone will agree.

      Do you know much about how well the elephants in Jaipur are cared for/their welfare?

      One of the things I admired and respected about India was its apparent harmony with animals, the way animals and humans seem to have a connection that we don’t really seem to see in western societies. I am sensitive to these differences as well as the potential for cruelty.

      It’s a deeply debated topic – how some animals are deemed to be abused simply because they are in human captivity, whilst others are farmed and bred, killed for food or designer leather shoes/bags/belts/wallets/jackets etc or ploughing fields – the list goes on, but those things don’t seem attract the same anger because they are more widely seen seen as the norm (rightly or wrongly) by the majority.

      Keeping a beautiful bird in a cage or exotic fish in a tank in your front room…..the ‘pet’ industry in general….???

      I picked up that India has a long history of living with and using the help of elephants in every day life, which is perhaps an alien concept to some of us who live a very different reality/’norm’ – it’s easy to judge/criticise differences – but if the animals are being abused/poorly cared for then raising awareness of this is helpful, and should help deter people from riding them and apply pressure to improve the quality of life for those animals.

      Some bloggers have shown and described negative examples of animal cruelty in their blogs from their travels, and this helps raise awareness.

      There are certain animal encounters that I have chosen not to partake in – e.g like dolphin shows (on holiday) for similar reasons, after learning more about how their health and behaviour is negatively affected by the confined conditions they’re forced to live in – but I don’t really know much about the current welfare of the elephants in Jaipur, I’d certainly be interested in hearing more….

      Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š

  1. Dawn Renee

    There is so much beauty there. I love awesome old doors, so I really liked those photos. I would need to visit a palace & listen to their unique music after experiencing that traffic – that looks hectic & I heard how loud it was. I hope the elephants like the interactions & are treated very well. In Costa Rica I refused to ride the horses on the beach because they did not seem happy, were a little too skinny & I saw signs of old, healed wounds. I’m glad you had this neat experience!

      1. D.S. Chauhan

        Why I had special praise for your Jaipur post is because I belong to Jaipur and that if I had to write on Jaipur , I could not have written better than you have. I again congratulate you for the great post.All the best for your future ventures! Last Sept when I visited Netherlands for 50days I wanted to visit Britain but could not get Visa.May be I will be able to make it in future after the Coronavirus crisis is resolved globally.

  2. boyversusworld

    The Jantar Mantar looks quite interesting. I see from the pricing sheet they have the composite ticket. Do you think that it’s worth it to get the composite ticket or just stick with seeing Jantar Mantar and hit the road? My friend’s family history is in India and she kind of wants to take a pilgrimage-type trip to find her roots, so I’ll be going with her whenever this coronavirus business calms down. Thanks for the tips. Great vibrant photos as usual!

    1. Cherryl

      Wow!!! A family pilgrimage – what a wonderful experience that will be, with deeper meaning than just tourist curiosity ๐Ÿ’ซ โœจ

      My visit was part of a wider tour itinerary, so we didn’t really think about it, but from what I’ve gathered it sounds like it might be better value for money to get the composite ticket…but I would say – make sure you plan meticulously around visiting each of the sites so you get the full value…I think you only get two days to use it ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’ll look forward to going back to India through your blogs โœˆ๏ธ(if you decide to blog any of it) – and this ‘down time’ we’re having is perhaps allowing for more time to research and plan your trip – I hope you are coping well where you are ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿค—…we’re sitting tight in the UK ๐Ÿ™ƒ

    1. Cherryl

      Thanks for sharing this – I think you’ve highlighted something very important.

      Being my first time in India I was overwhelmed with the excitement and visual appeal of it all. India is a deeply spiritual country – so the spiritual elements are very much there to be tapped into….and that connection between the people and animals had quite a spiritual feeling to it – for me…an admirable harmony ๐Ÿ˜Š

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