Culture, Cuisines and Colours of Jaipur

With lots of questions and a curious image of the pink city in my mind, I drove to Jaipur last weekend. I must admit that the roads are exactly opposite of what I’d experienced at the Delhi-Agra expressway. We drove for a little over 6 hours with a couple of breaks and were there right in the heart of the town.

They say that Jaipur is to Rajasthan what Mumbai is to India. It’s the commercial hub of the state, generating business and giving jobs to people from various regions. You would find the Chandiwalas, the Motilals, the Hazoorilals running their small yet highly profitable trade in the picturesque capital.

I think the city has two characters to it – The contemporary version of Jaipur resembles Delhi and can be seen at Secretariat and surrounding areas. The other side of Jaipur is dressed in Pink and that’s what drives us to the city as it gives a real insight into the diverse Rajasthani culture.

I was completely soaked in the aura of the magnificent forts, the reflections of the Rajasthani culture in the vibrant Chokhi Dhani village and the delicious trio of daal baati churma. The visit was a memorable one with a peaceful stay at the budget Hotel Shikha, located opposite the Deer Park. Inviting decor, helpful staff members, close proximity to the main areas of city and delightful views make it a place to stay when you are in Jaipur.

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The 100% Rock Bar at Hotel Shikha is tucked away into a world of its own. Chug a beer while listening to the echoes of Coldplay in your ears.

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What really impressed me was the Cute & quaint decor! At the same time music was loud and obnoxious to keep you up in the evening.

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The dim lighting makes 100% Rock at Hotel Shikha a great destination to sit out on one of those tiring evenings.

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The hotel lobby and the passage to the room gave me a sense of comfort and security. The window was overlooking the main-road with a glimpse of the Cafe Coffee Day located in the hotel premises.

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Bookaholics can just sit back, sip hot tea and catch up on some reading on the comfy chair in the room.

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Decor items like these give a vibrant character to the hotel.

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They say that a trip to Rajashtan is never complete without a visit to Chokhi Dhani.

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The Champi Malishwala is there to ooze all your worries in 20 bucks

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On our way to Amber Fort, we stopped over the Jal Mahal which is situated in the middle of a lake. The Jal Mahal looks surreal although you can only view it from a distance.

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These cute dolls are a reflection of Rajasthani society.

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We were greeted by a peacock on our way to the Jaigarh/Amber Fort.

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To adapt to the changing times, this young drummer was singing the latest Bollywood number ‘Party all night’ with a touch of Rajasthani flavour to it.

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A man clicks a picture at the Ganesh Pol Entrance which is a private entry point for the quarters of the Maharaja.

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A man sitting outside the Amber Fort plays Sarangi (a short-necked string instrument).

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A group of Rajasthani women dance to the traditional folks songs at Chokhi Dhani.

The Saree wala sporting  the colourful turban. They say that turbans (pagris) also indicate a wearer's social class, caste, region and the occasion it being worn for.

The Saree wala sporting the colourful turban. They say that turbans (pagris) also indicate a wearer’s social class, caste, region and the occasion it being worn for.

The pigeons take a final flight for the evening in the city.

The birds take a final flight for the evening at the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur.

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