THE PINK CITY OF JAIPUR: IN PICTURES

From the moment I arrived in Jaipur I knew it was the beginning of a passionate romance with the Northern part of India. The Rajasthani region as a whole oozes character, charisma and charm. The streets are colourful and chaotic. The first day I took a tour and saw more animals freely roaming the streets than are housed in London Zoo. There were elephants and camels and goats and chickens and dogs and cats and cows and pigs!

The streets were crawling with life – sugar cane vendors on one corner, a makeshift barber shop on the next. There’s never end flow of blasting horns and touting street vendors, but somewhere amongst the hustle and bustle the splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world.

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The City Wall of Jaipur encircles the old Jaipur city

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Street vendors sell sugar cane juice
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Residents collect cow pat throughout the summer to use as insulation for their houses in the cooler months
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Gaitore, one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur, is a royal cremation ground for the Kachhwaha Rajput kings and the members of the royal family. The word ‘Gaitore’ is believed to be a mispronounced form of the Hindi phrase, ‘Gaye ka Thor’ which means ‘resting place of the departed souls’
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Though Jal Mahal (The Water Palace) only appears to be a single story, there are actually a further four submerged levels
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Beautiful ellie
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Fabric is hand dyed before being hand printed
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The incredible view over the whole of the city from the Monkey Temple (Galtaji)
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Ami & a heavily engraved door at the City Palace
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A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City
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There are palace buildings from different eras, some dating from the early 20th century. Despite the gradual development, the whole is a striking blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.
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The outer wall was build by Jai Singh, but within it the palace has been enlarged and adapted over the centuries
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Camels replace trucks for carrying loads
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Our tuk tuk driver
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Locals chilling out at Amber Fort
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Ami getting fangirled
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They love a blondie!
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It was about 40 degrees in May – hydration is key
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The Palace entrance
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Mmmmm thali, yum

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