Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan state, this is known as the pink city because it was built in pink stucco, and also the pink color is considered a lucky color in the state of Rajasthan. This city was not always pink, it was painted this color in 1883 to welcome The Prince of Wales who was visiting. Since that, the pink color combined with ornaments of white has been preserved, giving the city a characteristic and a base for tourism.
Its founder was the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1728; who was passionate about astronomy, one of the most famous places in the city it is an astronomical observatory that he ordered to build and bears his name. In addition the city is built symmetrically and is divided into nine quadrants which are said to symbolize the nine parts of the universe.
Jaipur is a touristic place, due to reasons such as being the main city of the state of Rajasthan, the charm generated by being the pink city and its beautiful places like Amber Fort, the Palace of Winds, Jal Mahal (palace in the middle of a lake), among others. Being visited by a large number of people, locally there are attractions fairly recognized as the tour in elephant to Amber Fort, also on the outskirts of different places, there are people who economically exploit these animals, in my case I told in one of my articles (SACRED, COLORFUL AND ABUSED ELEPHANTS) why, I refrained to pay for riding them. If you want is also possible to visit the stables of the animals, and see how they feed them, under what conditions they live, etc. There is possible to hire a rickshaw driver that will offer something similar to tourist packages, which are very cheap (normal value of transport, plus voluntary tip) in which they will offer to take you to different places like temples, textile mills, stables, among others.
The main place to be visited in this city is undoubtedly, the Amber Fort with its overflowing beauty. Inside there you can visit the citadel with their palaces and beautiful views from which you can see the walls that still surround the city, which were built as protection in times of war. Inside the fort you should walk a lot, but as I mentioned is always the option of going on an elephant.
Something very special that you can find inside the fort are the cobra charmers, it is said to be a common practice in India, but in my case this was the only place I was able to see it. I was always curious about how they do it, I had never before seen this live, then for me was extraordinary. I was allowed to approach and play the Punji (the name given to the instrument that is used to enchant). Although it is said that it is common for these people to cut the fangs of the snakes, remove the poison glands or in extreme cases sew their mouth with the intent to avoid bites. I must say that at least I got nervous, this Animal really scares especially when the charmer stops playing the Punji. The cobra starts to make a sound which I would describe as when someone accidentally steps on a cat, and it starts attacking. With this, everyone forgets that has no teeth or poison and could not kill you.
Overall Jaipur as the Pink City, has its own beauty and charm with its beautiful palaces and fort, but I think it is not one of the best places in Rajasthan. I think the most beautiful that can offer a place and the essence of it, is in its people, its tradition and culture. In Jaipur, the whole peculiarity of this region tends to fade and begins to generate a lifestyle focus on the tourism, which also increases because is the state capital, and most people wishing to visit Rajasthan arrive there.
Palace of winds
Versión en Español: CIUDADES DE COLORES 3 DE 3, JAIPUR LA CIUDAD ROSA