It looks more terracotta than pink to me.
Those were my first thoughts when I arrived in Jaipur, India’s so-called pink city, and looked at the oldest part which is contained within walls. Now, I’m a girl, I like pink and I’d been hearing for so long about this magical pink city that I had sort of envisioned it to be all sugar pink and beautiful. Everyone who tells you Jaipur is pink needs to get their eyes tested, it’s definitely not pink, but it definitely IS beautiful.
Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan in the north of India, turned out to be one of my favourite places I visited during my time in the chaotic country that is India. (Even though they lied about the colour.)
Whilst in Jaipur we visited the fascinating Jantar Mantar – a collection of architectural astronomical instruments from the 18th century. This extensive site contains instruments which could tell the exact time to the second! I always marvel at how wonderfully clever people were hundreds of years ago without all the modern technology we have today. Very impressive.
I loved visiting Jaipur’s City Palace, which was constructed in the early 18th century and is peaceful, opulent and intricately decorated.
The City Palace was built at the beginning of the 18th century and is a decorated in the terracotta colour that so much of the old city of Jaipur is. It was home to many different Maharajas during the time when Jaipur was the capital where the royal family ruled from.
My favourite building in Jaipur was without a doubt the Hawa Mahal, the so-called Palace of the Winds. Would you believe this stunning building is actually little more than an elaborate facade?
The structure contains 953 small windows called jharokhas which are all decorated with beautiful and intricate latticework. This was to allow the royal ladies to sit behind the windows and see what was happening on the street below whilst still observing the strict purdah – face covering.
The latticework on the windows also helps to create a wind effect (hence the name!) and allowed the royal ladies to keep cool whilst observing everyday life below them.
The Hawa Mahal connects to the City Palace and thus to the Zenana or women’s chambers which was actually a harem where the maharaja kept his women. 953 windows and who knows how many women!
Jaipur is a charming city with so many things to do and see and these are just a few of them. I highly recommend visiting Jaipur if you are in the north of India, just don’t believe anyone who says it’s pink!