Jaipur in Pictures

I find Jaipur delightful. It is firmly established on the tourism map and yet it remains as charming as ever. I have never been a fan of major tourist places but Jaipur by far is an exception. I like the colors, the food, the monuments and the shopping! So, here are some pictures from a recent trip to Jaipur.

Satkar Dhaba on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway

Satkar Dhaba, Delhi Jaipur Highway
Satkar Dhaba, Delhi Jaipur Highway

Our first stop on this road trip was Satkar Dhaba for breakfast on the Delhi Jaipur Highway. He made some real good parathas and chai. It was a good start to the trip.

The City Palace, Jaipur

The City Palace Jaipur
The City Palace Jaipur

By now I have visited Jaipur many times. I have been to the City Palace before. I had the notion that I have developed a little bit as a photographer over the years. And yet all my pictures of the city palace from all the trips look exactly the same. I tried very hard to spot some improvement but failed to see any most of the time, the picture above is the only exception! So much so for becoming a better photographer!

Colorful Bangles

Colorful Bangles
Colorful Bangles

The bangles were being sold from a road side stall near City Palace. I had two excellent girls with me who could bargain well and all three of us bought the same design! My original title for this picture was ‘Bangles for Sale’ and then I told myself firmly to stop using my Management/Economics training on my travel blog. There is a place and time for everything and this is not the time or place for it.

Firki

Firki at Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur
Firki at Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur

I was thinking a thousand thoughts looking at this picture, but then this also settles it, I am taking Chhavi to Jaipur, and sooner rather than later. She is going to love this.

 The Amber Fort

Amber Fort, Jaipur
Amber Fort, Jaipur

I am sure many of us have an iconic image of Jaipur in their mind. For me it is the Amber Fort. I have visited it so many times and yet every time I go, I admire it again! This trip was no different. I wonder when will I get bored with it?

A Narrow Lane

A Rickshaw in a Narrow Lane, Jaipur
A Rickshaw in a Narrow Lane, Jaipur

While getting out of the Amber Fort we had to take a detour through the narrow lanes of the city. It was chaotic as usual. And yet there was this solitary rickshaw parked which I saw from my moving car! The serenity you see is a perfect illusion as there were 15 cars in the lane on the other side, merrily honking at each-other.

The Chaiwala

The Chaiwala, Amber Fort, jaipur
The Chaiwala, Amber Fort, Jaipur

He was selling tea at the gate of the Amber Fort. I am a big fan of tea. I took a cup while going in and I took another when coming out. My guide remarked, “he is a good friend, why did you pay him?” Now why would I not pay him I asked him back, to which we all laughed.

The Puppet Show

The Puppet Show, City Palace, Jaipur
The Puppet Show, City Palace, Jaipur

Whenever I have visited the City Palace I have seen a puppet show in its courtyards. This time was the same. I wonder how do they allocate the space to the artists? The courtyard of the City Palace is a prime location, and I am sure not just anyone can walk in and start performing. Next time, I am going to ask this to my guide.

The Young Musician

A Musician Playing Ravanhattha
A Musician Playing Ravanhattha

The instrument he is playing is called Ravanhattha. As the name suggests the myth is linked to Ravana from the Ramayan. Dig it up if you have not heard it till now!

The Snake Charmers

The Snake Charmers, Amber Fort, Jaipur
The Snake Charmers, Amber Fort, Jaipur

The last picture I post is once again from Amber Fort. I have a picture where I am sitting with the men but away from the snake. A young lady from our group actually went ahead and touched the snake!

I was looking at the post and I was wondering why do I wrote in such a fragmented manner! But then I experience a lot of my travels in a fragmented, hurried way! There are no neat beginnings, hardly any time for soul searching and I almost collapse with fatigue by the time I reach home. To save leaves, I go back to work the next day as well.

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40 thoughts on “Jaipur in Pictures”

  1. β€˜Bangles for Sale’, Management/Economics training – What is that?
    Anyway, I like firki if tied with cycle handle. Wooo Hooo..

  2. Jaipur has a fantastic places to visit like Hawa mahal , ram bagh , amber fort etc. Nice series of pics you produced.

  3. Great pictures Mridula…love the ‘Firki’ one… πŸ™‚

  4. Do you possibly have doubts about your photography skills! I liked so many of the photos you put up! Jaipur looks stunning from your eyes!

    • Yes Chaitali when it comes to my capabilities I am a very doubtful person! πŸ˜€

  5. All the pics are memorable, the one taken at the entrance, the firki, the narrow lane of jaipur, but the puppets steal the show for me!

  6. Beautiful photographs! Entire Jaipur in pictures! If someone skips reading what you have shared in between the pictures, he/she is just watching a singer singing having the audio in mute! You are one of the best travel writer Mridula, the ‘fragments’ are the gems!

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