Jaipur is the third corner of India’s so-called Golden Triangle, complemented by New Delhi and Agra. Jaipur, nicknamed The Pink City, has around two million inhabitants. Jaipur is tempted with many fascinating attractions and for tourists it will be perceived as more authentic Indian than the more British-influenced New Delhi metropolis.
Jaipur for tourists Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajastan, was nicknamed The Pink City after Prince Albert’s visit in 1883, where the entire city was commanded painted in the color of hospitality, according to the Rajput culture. Still, the houses in the old town get a coat of pink paint in the new and neo.
Within Jaipur’s city walls we find the original old town, founded by King Jai Singh, around the year 1727. The city is built up with straight streets in carefully constructed quarters, and is easier to find in many other Indian cities, where the streets often extend as spokes in a wheel centered around a citadel.
Jaipur has become one of India’s most visited cities and very many of its inhabitants live by tourism. For that reason, the city is also a bit more expensive than the rest of India, but still extremely cheap by European scale. The intense attention you will get from unstoppable rickshaw drivers, sellers and beggars can undoubtedly seem stressful and annoying to many. A travel tip is to avoid eye contact. Then you will let go of the worst mess.
Most attractions are in the Old Town. Here you will find Jantar Mantar, Jai Singh’s astronomical observatory with huge sensory measuring devices which at first glance is more like play equipment in a nursery. Close by is the entrance to Jaipur’s main district, City Palace. Besides the kings’ residences, you will also find a museum with weapons, art and the clothes of the old mogul rulers.
Also, take with you the sunset over Jaipur from the top of the Tiger Fort (Nahargarh Fort) which overlies the city. From the outdoor restaurant at the far end of the mountain you have a fantastic panoramic view of the whole city.
As you walk around the streets of Jaipur you will feel the scents of exotic spices, garbage and exhaust. And you will surely encounter a number of free-range animals. India’s many sacred cows walk and graze everywhere while causing traffic jams. You will also encounter goats, monkeys, elephants, camels, chickens and dogs.
Jaipur offers accommodation in most price ranges, from a bed in a single guesthouse for a few tens, to a room with a bathroom and air conditioning in a good four-star hotel starting at around NOK 200. We can definitely recommend the (by Indian standard) very clean, green and organic hotel Diggi Palace just south of the old town.