India is a popular tourist destination for travelers near and far. It is a great sample of the east and everything it offers. There are plenty of large cities that make the entire country a great destination. One of the amazing destinations of the country is the golden triangle. The cities that make up the triangle are Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. On the western side of the Golden Triangle, Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan.
Jaipur is known as the Pink City because of its beautiful pink architecture. It was the first planned city in all of India, which can create a sense of order in a country full of chaos. This city was built in a grid that makes it easier to navigate than other Indian cities, which helped with trade and commerce. The gird helped center the town around the religious structures and the commerce side of the ancient city.
This historic city is full of ancient forts and royal palaces. You can climb to these forts for a stunning and unique view of the city. If you aren't in a place to make it all the way to the top forts, you can catch a ride on an elephant. This is an incredible way to take in the city and have an incredible experience. One of the most incredible forts, the Kumbhalgarh Fort, is just a short way outside the city. This fort is known for having the second longest wall, known as the Great Wall of India. It is one of the least visited forts in the entire region, but one that holds some of the most stunning views. This wall has protected the city due to its steep and narrow passageways. Many tight corners and sharp turns make it difficult for enemy horses to access the seven stations. This a great way to travel back in time in India.
Along the forts, there is a palace that is the gem of the city Hawa Mahal. Hawa Mahal maintains the beautiful pink exterior of the city but has stunning windows and balconies. The exterior appears to be a honeycomb structure and is a sight in and of itself. As for the interior, there are several different variations of marble that adorn the interior walls. This palace was the favorite of Maharaja Jai Singh. He loved the elegance and built-in interior of the Mahal. There is an incredible cooling effect in the chambers, provided by the breeze passing through the small windows of the façade, which is imperative during hot, muggy Indian summers. This cooling effect was increased by the fountains provided at the center of each of the chambers. As you move toward the exterior, you will encounter the eastern courtyard, where there is an archaeological museum that you can explore.
Art & Shopping
In addition to the historical significance, there is a huge art and cultural influence in Jaipur. There are amazing examples of art in luxury hotels. There are also several art galleries in the city to enjoy more than the beautiful pink architecture. In addition to the beautiful art, there are incredible places for unique jewelry, clothing, and even sculptures. It is a can't miss opportunity for any shopping traveler.
We have traveled to the western side of the Golden Triangle. Are you ready to learn more about the other destinations? Let's work together to plan the best trip possible for you to discover India's great and deep history. Schedule a consultation with me to discuss all of the options that lay ahead for you in the beautiful country of India.