We spent a couple of days wandering around the Pink City of Jaipur on foot, and when we needed a ride our tuk tuk driver Raj took us to where we needed to go.
The Amber and Nahargarh Forts are incredibly impressive, but very different from each other. Amber Fort is a grand, beautiful, impeccably maintained example of what life must have been like in India several centuries ago. The Nahargarh Fort is much smaller, but offers extraordinary views across the city and is a great place to relax at the end of the day with a drink and a bite to eat while watching the sun go down.
Conversely a walk around the markets and bazaars of the Pink City is chaotic and full of noise. Trying to push Jack along the clogged footpaths, which are in a major state of disrepair, is a full on physical workout! There’s a vast range of products to buy for any taste, all at remarkably cheap prices. But remember, bargain hard because the prices start at highly inflated levels (for India) and there are plenty of other shops selling exactly the same products should the shopkeeper not be willing to sell at a price you’re comfortable with.
Jaipur is good place to visit, and has a few very impressive sites such as the forts mentioned above. The old city with it’s distinct colour is a fascinating place to watch locals go about their business. But be prepared to be asked to go into every shop you walk past, and every tuk tuk driver to ask if you need a lift somewhere. At times we just wanted to put a sign around our necks saying ‘no thanks’ so we didn’t have to say it 100 times per day (not an exaggeration).
Click on the link below to watch a video of our stay in Jaipur…