Sunday, January 26, 2014

Reminiscences of Jaipur - a day in the life of a royal city.

It was a hot summer day in Jaipur, also known as the pink city of India. Visitors as well as locals were either hugging the shadows of the thick palace walls or had retreated into its cooler interiors. We had arrived after a four and a half hour drive from Delhi and our first stop was the historical fort of Amer.

 Jaipur was earlier the capital of the kingdom of Amer and is currently the capital of the state of Rajasthan in western India. Although a large city with a bustling economy, many ordinary citizens still depend upon tourism for their livelihood. A city of many forts and palaces, Jaipur is crowded, noisy and chaotic at the best of times but a photographer's paradise. Walking down the streets can seem intimidating at first but one feels quickly consumed in the hustle and bustle of this friendly city. 

The kings of Amer had encouraged arts and crafts in their time and even today many families of artisans are still keeping alive this heritage as family tradition and livelihood. These are the sights and sounds that remain on top of mind and typify this colorful capital of the desert state of Rajasthan.

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