Jaipur ‘The Pink City’ Travel Photos
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:
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.
A snake charmer performs a mesmerizing song just outside of the Fort.
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
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 India lady strolls down the street in her colourful and distinct red sari.
An overhead perspective shot at night of Jaipur as it shines brightly.
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 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.
Two Indian boys pose with their goat on the bustling streets of Jaipur, India.
Three wise men sit down to share a conversation.
A man hauls and enormous load of tires on the back of his rickshaw.
Great pics! Really Awesome. The Most Attractive snake charmer performs i also visit the floating palace.
Thanks! It sure is cool watching the snake charmer do his thing!
Hello Samuel Jeffery why not. thanks for reply.
I thought the guy with the elephant imprints was smashing shoes… LoL… nice photos 🙂
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.
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. 🙂
Thanks Bino, I agree with you about Jodhpur as well. Those were my two favourite cities in Rajhasthan for roaming around.
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?
I really love that photo of the monkey. Did you get a chance to visit the floating palace or is it closed to tourists?
I cannot wait for my trip to Jaipur in March!
That’s fantastic! I should be a wonderful adventure 🙂
Great pics! I went there years and years ago and agree, it really is beautiful. Would be curious to go back and see if/how the city’s changed.
That would be fascinating for you to find out!
Wow really cool place and Jaipur is indeed a charming city, palaces and forts are absolutely gorgeous. and you have taken wonderful photography 🙂
Thanks Amresh, it most certainly is a charming city. I can’t wait to go back soon! 🙂
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.
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.
Thanks so much for saying that 🙂 Probably the ultimate compliment a blogger could receive.
Oh my god what is that song on the promo video??? I know it from somewhere!
LOL, that song is definitely familiar but I can’t remember the name either! Some 80’s song.
Just saw your reply and I went back and shazammed the song on my phone. It’s Walk of Life – Sultan of Strings. lol
Nice photos, I enjoyed Jaipur, but my favourite city in Rajasthan is Jodhpur, have you been? The fort there is amazing.
I sure have been there! I loved climbing up to the Fort and looking down upon the blue buildings.
Beautiful shots! I love the one with the goat photobombing the two boys!! 🙂
Thanks, definitely one of my favs as well 🙂
Really enjoyed these photos! Stu and I are in Jaipur now and are looking forward to exploring tomorrow. Anywhere we shouldn’t miss? Thanks!
Wowzers. Some brillz pics. I especially love the pic of the boys and the goat, and of the man with the flatbreads.
I’ve only been to Kerala, but there were goats everywhere there too!
Thanks David, I’ve never been to Kerala. Hoping to head there next year 🙂
That monkey shot is golden! So you’ll go back to India again one day? Me too… 🙂
Absolutely, hopefully as soon as next year!
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. 🙂
Thanks Priyank, I was fortunate enough to experience both the gypsy music and desert stories. I hope you’ll get a chance to visit soon.
Great photos! Love the photo with the goat 🙂
Thanks Jarmo, it’s pretty hilarious 🙂
Incredible photos again Sam! Though I’m gutted to have missed Jaipur on my last visit.
Thanks Amer! Hope you’ll get a chance to go on the next trip 🙂
Really lovely photography here, Samuel. Well done telling a story with your camera.
Thanks Michael! One of my favorite spots in India. I’m hoping to return there next year.
Great photos! They really tell a story!
Damn Sam – these are some gorgeous shots!
Thanks Josh! Such a gorgeous place to visit. Would love to see you film there.
Wow Samuel your photos are getting better!!
Thank you Katie,
I totally appreciate the compliment 🙂
That monkey photo is awesome!
Thanks Stephanie, I got luck on that one 🙂
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.
I didn’t get a chance to do that unfortunately. I will definitely be doing that on my next journey there.
Great photos Sam! Really interested in the floating palace now and my fav has to be the goat photobomb!
hahaha…thanks, animal photo bombs are the best 🙂
Great photos of Jaipur. Loose monkeys are common there. The man selling crispy flat bread is good one. Makes me laugh because he’s selling papadums.
Thanks Shalu! The papadums really blends in well with the colors of the scene 🙂
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
Thanks Maria! I was lucky to get some of those shots. I wish people dressed more colourful like that in most parts of the world.
Beautiful photos as usual!
Thanks Jade 🙂
I adored Jaipur too, even though it’s where I got my very first food poisoning 🙂
Oooh no Angela! I got sick shortly after leaving Jaipur 🙁
The Water Palace is like small Venice:-)
It’s almost surreal!
You seem to have covered the Pink City well in photos. Love the Floating Palace photo. Beautiful place.
Thank you! The floating palace is incredible. I love the one in Udaipur as well.
Such beautiful shots of one of my favorite cities!!!!
Thanks Andi! It’s definitely one of my favorites as well 🙂
Love the pictures that you’ve posted. You’ve really captured the essence of Jaipur. What kind of camera do you use? Is it a digital SLR? I have a small (and cheap!) point and shoot that served me well in Jaipur (http://www.sidewalksafari.com/search/label/Jaipur) but judging from your snaps, you really can do so much more with a nicer camera.
At the time I used a Sony Alpha A500 and an 18-250 & 50 mm lens. I’ve since updated a bit 🙂 A dSLR is certainly nice to have but it is bulky.
Ahhhh!!! I’m headed there in December and am now doubly excited!!!
That’s cool Lillie! Looking forward to your posts 🙂 I’m planning to be back in India next fall.
They say an image worth thousands words, but …WOW! Your photos left me speechless. I’m feeling like packing and going there right now. Great job!
Wow! Thank you 🙂 That’s the ultimate compliment to any photographer. I hope you do go soon and have a great adventure.
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.
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.
I’ve been fascinated with Jaipur since I first heard about it (only a year ago!). Beautiful photos. The one with the two kids and goat is so cute 😉
Thanks Michael, it’s not a city I knew about either until I did more research before coming to Rajasthan.
A monkey shot is so classic for Jaipur. Great set of pics!
Rajasthan is one of the most colorful states of India. I am in love with Jodhpur (Blue City).
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.
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! 🙂
That’s one of my favorites photos from my Jaipur collection. The goat sure knows how to pose 😛
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!
Thanks Maria 🙂 It’s a place I recommend to others and somewhere I’m dying to revisit.
I go to Jaipur at least once a year as Rajasthan is my hometown 🙂
Its beautiful as you rightly said 🙂
Wow! You’re lucky to be from such a fascinating part of the world. I can’t wait to go back myself!
Spectacular shots – love the colours, and the yellow in particular!
Thanks mate! I’d love to see how you’d capture the city 🙂
We are definitely going there!
That’s awesome! Let me know when you do 🙂
Can not help wonder about the fate of the goat. Maybe it is just my warped mind. Did you also see the snake being charmed?
That’s a good question Natalie. I honestly don’t know. I did get to see the snake being charmed. It was my first time to ever witness that.
The man with the red turban looks so regal! I love the mustache and ruby earrings. Think you could work that look in India? 😉
For sure! We’ll get me looking all regal & classy for my next time in India 😛
Ah yes! Jaipur is indeed a charming city. And the palaces and forts are absolutely gorgeous. I had been there a couple of years back and may ride back again early next year.
Great photos there Samuel!
Thanks Venkat! I hope you get a chance to go back again soon. It’s probably my favorite area I’ve had a chance to visit in India.
I just love gawking at these photos Samuel 🙂 India literally inspires me and I wanna go there, in the nearest future 🙂
Thank you! I sure hope you can go soon. Rajasthan is one of the jewels of India in my mind.