06 Jan The Cities of color – Rajasthan
Travel in the land of kings in Rajasthan: the dream state of the Indian subcontinent is full of romanticism, with its cities of a thousand colors: the blue Jodhpur, Jaipur the pink or the golden city of Jaisalamer and let yourself be captivated by their stories chronicling the rich history of this region of India.
Jaipur: The pink City
Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is called the pink city because of the colors of ocher and pink buildings. Jaipur City palace , contains many ancient buildings. Roam on the streets of the old walled city to discover these wonders! Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of Winds” is the most famous building of Jaipur and one of the wonders of the Rajput architecture. It allowed women of the royal harem of the time to see outside without being seen.
Still inhabited by the family of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II who had built it. City Palace includes several palaces, the main ones: the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, the palace of the Maharani Shri Govind Dev and temple. Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory holds the largest sundial in the world.
Jodhpur: The blue city
The blue city, also known as the “sun city”, is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Stroll through the shopping streets of Jodhpur, near the Clock Tower, looking for souvenir in Sardar Bazaar. You will find many stalls selling spices and tea in the region or garments of all kinds and of all colors: saris, turbans, pashminas etc.
Jodhpur owes its nickname to the old houses of the members of the caste of Brahmins, painted blue, which form the old town. To enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, an imposing citadel surrounded by gigantic walls. Inside the fort, you will have the opportunity to visit many palaces located there: the Palace of Pearls “Moti Mahal”, Palace of the Flowers “Phool Mahal” or the Palace of Mirrors “Sheesh Mahal”. You will also encounter langurs or black face, these sacred monkeys living near a temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman.
Jaisalmer: The city of Gold
Welcome to Jaisalmer, thar desert door of the ocher houses . Feel free to roam around in the streets of this city straight out of a tale from the Arabian Nights: the best way to soak up the culture of the region and meet the locals. Many wonders await you in Jaisalmer, one of the cities of the former Road caravans linking India to Asia.
Take a desert camel safari. Spend the night under the stars and stop in the desert villages to meet the villagers. Discover the Raj Mahal, former residence of a Maharaja, seven storeys high . Visit the Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Quila, one of the oldest forts of Rajasthan overlooking the desert. Stop at Gadi Sagar Lake, located south of the ramparts of the citadel to enjoy the quiet surroundings between temples and shrines built over the water.
State of northwest India, Rajasthan consists of small kingdoms built by former Maharajas. Whether with family, friends or for your honeymoon, discover the “land of kings” in the heart of a very traditional India, filled with royal palaces, temples and colorful cities.