Jaipur ‘The Pink City’ Travel Photos

Jaipur ‘The Pink City’ Travel Photos

Jaipur 'the Pink City' in Rajasthan, India
Jaipur ‘the Pink City’ in Rajasthan, India

When I first stepped off the train in Jaipur I felt a jolt a adrenaline rush through my veins.  I had taken the train from Delhi with much anticipation.  As I gathered my backpack and jumped on rickshaw, little did I know at the time what kind of adventures would be in store for me as I first broke ground exploring the province of Rajasthan.

I had for years been anticipating a chance to tour around Rajasthan and I was finally manifesting my dream into reality.  Jaipur also known as the ‘The Pink City’ certainly didn’t disappoint and it even exceeded my initial high expectations.  Being the largest city & capital of Rajasthan it has a lot to offer those who are lucky enough to visit.  Because of its impressive Forts, monuments and floating Palace it’s often been referred to as the Paris of India.

One of the most fascinating aspects of Jaipur is that it was India’s first planned city when it was formed by Sawai Jai Singh.   Jaipur, known by many as the Pink City, has distinctly coloured buildings that were designed to resemble the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities.  When the Prince of Wales visited back in 1876 a fresh coating was plastered over the buildings to mark the occasion.

For those backpacking in India, Jaipur is a destination I recommend highly.  It’s a fascinating city, but even more importantly, it serves as ideal launching pad to explore the rest of Rajasthan.  The following photo essay offer a small sample from my journey back in 2010:

Photo Essay:

A monkey leaps along the outside of this fort wall. I was sure glad I brought my telephoto lens along with me.

A monkey leaps along the outside of this fort wall.  I was sure glad I brought my telephoto lens along with me.

Some Indian men perform an animated song to the delight of those watching.

Some Indian men perform an animated song to the delight of those watching.

A snake charmer performs a mesmerizing song just outside of the Fort.

A snake charmer performs a mesmerizing song just outside of the Fort.

This imposing tree stood tall in this Fort that I visited.

This imposing tree stood tall in this Fort that I visited during my stay in the Pink City.

This is a shot of the Floating Palace (aka Jal Mahal or Water Palace) - Jaipur, India

This is a shot of the Floating Palace (aka Jal Mahal or Water Palace) – Jaipur, India

A man sits outside on the ledge with has basket of crispy flat-bread - Jaipur, India

A man sits outside on the ledge with has basket of crispy flat-bread – Jaipur, India

An Indian man with a distinct face and headdress posers at the Fort - Jaipur, India.

An Indian man with a distinct face and headdress posers at the Fort – Jaipur, India.

An India lady strolls down the street in her colourful and distinct red sari.

An India lady strolls down the street in her colourful and distinct red sari.

An overhead perspective shot at night of The Pink City - Jaipur, India.

An overhead perspective shot at night of Jaipur as it shines brightly.

An Indian man demonstrates how he makes elephant dye imprints - Jaipur, India.

An Indian man demonstrates how he makes elephant dye imprints – Jaipur, India.

A group of Indian boys are delighted to see me and pose for a group shot.

A group of Indian boys are delighted to see me and pose for a group shot.

A candid discussion between these two Indian men on the streets of Jaipur, India.

A candid discussion between these two Indian men on the streets of Jaipur, India.

Some various forms of pottery and trinkets on display at the market.

Some various forms of pottery and trinkets on display at the market.

Two Indian boys pose with their goat on the bustling streets of Jaipur, India.

Two Indian boys pose with their goat on the bustling streets of Jaipur, India.

Three wise men sit down to share a conversation.

Three wise men sit down to share a conversation.

A man hauls and enormous load of tires on the back of his rickshaw.

A man hauls and enormous load of tires on the back of his rickshaw.

 

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  5. says: Lori

    I must say this is an impressive photo essay. I only discovered it today, but I am glad I did. It is a part of the world I didn’t see (yet) live, only through others eyes and photos.

  6. While I was in Jaipur, I was surprised that there are a lot of Langur roaming around the city. Pink City of Japiur along with Blue City of Jodhpur are definitely must visit when in Rajhastan. Nice set of photos you have here Sam. 🙂

  7. says: Tess

    I found your post through another blog. Great photos! I am taking a tour of Rajastan in March but unfortunately, it does not visit Jaipur. 🙁 Would you suggest going there on our own? How long did the train from Delhi take?

  8. says: Andrew

    India always seems to be totally overwhelming. Even your pictures do not change that impression, but they are neat. I definitely like the Water Palace and the picture of the pots. The beauty of ordinary things is cool.

  9. says: BlogDaz

    I feel like I’m repeating myself every time I comment on your blog Sam, but every time I visit the effect is the same, you always manage to grace your posts with amazing photos and well written informative text, to be honest I want to visit every place you write about.

  10. says: Priyank

    Hey Samuel! Nice photo essay! I’ve never been to Rajasthan (okay once when I was 3) but its mystical image has always attracted me. I love the gypsy music and desert stories in particular. 🙂

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  21. says: Addison S

    Love the photo of the three wise men – Jaipur is such an amazing city. Have you been to see a Bollywood movie at Raj Mandir cinema – bizarrely, it was one of the best movie experieneces I had when travelling in India.

  22. Some of those portraits are worth blowing up into posters! And sell them 😉 Gorgeous, my faves are the man with the red turban and the couple — almost looks like you sneaked into a Bollywood set 😉

    – Maria Alexandra

  23. says: Juliann

    Wow. You really transported me there with these photos. They’re gorgeous! They almost don’t seem real. I especially like the one of the monkey racing across the building and the snake charmer working his magic. Truly beautiful pictures.

    1. says: Samuel

      Thank you Juliann,

      I was really lucky with the time with regards to the shot of the monkey. I couldn’t believe the way they were scaling those walls with such a steep vertical drop below.

    1. says: Samuel

      Thank you!

      I also love Jodhpur as well. Jaipur and Jodhpur share a lot similarities in my opinion. Some of the most fun cities I’ve ever tried to negotiate on foot.

  24. says: Kerri

    Incredible photos, really gives the place a personality. I love all of them but the photo of two boys with their goat raised an extra wide grin! 🙂

  25. says: Maria

    The text is great, that alone paints such a great picture of your experience and what it’s like there but the photos you chose for this one, icing on the cake. Kudos!