India – Jaipur

jaipur-wind-palaceJaipur is known as the pink city – because in 1876 the city was painted pink to honour the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), in 1876. Why? Simply because pink is a welcoming colour; and many of the buildings remain this way today.jaipur-baby-monkey Jaipur-fabric Jaipur-rubies-in-the-roughjaipur-limes Jaipur-flowers

In Jaipur we visited the most gorgeous lotus inspired cinema to watch a Bollywood film, indulged in more than our daily quota of lassis; and visited a gem shop. I am no longer one for indulging in shopping, even at the best of times, so I sat outside with our auto drivers, where they all teased me  for having an old fashioned Lonely Planet.


It was one of my favourite places we visited – really modern, colourful and friendly… As evidenced by the fact on the way back from dinner somewhere, I was allowed to drive an auto rickshaw! What trust, and a life goal accomplished. Meanwhile Shell was freaking out in the backseat.

From Jaipur we also took a trip to the Amber Fort (pronounced with a silent b) which was quite thrilling to me for obvious reasons. jaipur-amber-VIEWjaipur-amber-fortjaipur-amber-palace

Elephants lumbering up the steps, sweltering heat, gorgeous gardens laid out like a elaborate rug design, and famed for a hall of mirrors… It was fabulous. Here’s a video of a song called Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya – a scene from the classic film, Mughal-E-Azam – filmed at the Amber Fort in the sixties: