India (7): Jaipur

Jaipur is the market of India. The main streets in the city form a huge bazaar: shops after shops, making your life easy to buy anything you think of. As a tourist it has a couple of spots within the city border, but the main reason to come here is the Fort Amber (what else) a few kilometres away.

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I have observed a phenomenon in many parts of the world, and Jaipur was not an exception: similar businesses tend to concentrate in closer areas. You can find a street where you can only buy fabrics, another one full of shoes, some others full of kitchen accessories… There must be a good reason for all this, but theoretically, as my friend Luis says when promoting his website: you do not want to have your direct competitor so easily reachable by your customer, do you?

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While wandering around the streets behind the bazaars we stumbled with the Maharaja’s Palace, which had a big poster announcing the 18th birthday of the Maharaja. Some research on the topic showed us that although the Maharajas in India have no more political power, they still have influence, respect, and especially wealth. Near this palace, we found the Hawa Mahal, a beautiful building with significantly colourful windows, facing a main street in Jaipur. The purpose of this building was no other than allowing the women from the Court enjoy the life and processions in the city without being seen. Things change for good.

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The actual main attraction in Jaipur is the Fort Amber, probably the most remarkable fort in India, not only for its location, but also for the decorations inside. You can reach the fort entrance either by walking, or riding an elephant (although there are a lot of voices against the treat that have these animals), or even by some jeeps… We went for a walk and was not that tough.

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Jaipur is not a must in India, but a needed and welcome stop in such a long trip. This happened in several places (we had plenty of time to rest), and hotels with nice rooftops are always a safe bet to recover energy before our next and last destination in India…

Comment ( 1 )

  1. Jane Craggs7/Apr/2017 11 //

    Hi Nacho, I'm afraid I must disagree - For me Jaipuris "a must" and it is one of the places to which I shall return. After Shimla it was by far my favourite on our trip. The observatory was amazing and the museums in the palaces very interesting and I found the people much more easy to deal with than in, say Agra where the street peddlers were too demanding. I think you will find in most towns and cities in the world the same sort of businesses are all found together, hence the street and "quarter" names. In the beginning it was to keep the smells and noised together but it is really useful for the customer to be able to compare with the same things nearby than having to look at alternatives across town.

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