‘The Pink City’’ is what Jaipur is fondly known as and it the magnificent stucco buildings that line the streets of Jaipur defining the ideal reason as to why this city is nicknamed as such. What began in 1727 and completed in a span of 8 years, Jaipur is the first city to have enjoyed the benefits of laborious town planning reflecting an infrastructure that was laid out according to the principles of Shilpa Shastra, or the ancient Indian architecture.
Jaipur is divided into nine sections, locally defined as chokris, which reflects the nine divisions of the universe. Each sector was named after the caste community that lived and practiced their specific traits. Although these sectors reflect a uniform rows of shops fringed along the streets, the overall significance of its historic divisions is lost to the tourists, desperately trying to negotiate their way through the chaos of the streets.
Jaipur may not be an attractive Rajasthan city, which is why, besides visiting the City Palace, located in the heart of the city, concentrate the remaining days of your trip on sites that are farther from the city center. Trudge to Amber Fort, the first royal residence of the Maharajas of Kachchwaha, is just 11km north, or to the Samode Palace, an hour’s drive from Jaipur city or trek tothedurbar hall that will leave you exhausted.
To end the day, you can view the pink city at its rosiest best from the Nahargarh Fort, or the Tiger Fort from where the sunset view behind the Aravalli Hills is breathtaking to capture. As night falls, the city skyline turns into twinkling jewels for which it is famed for. Built to shield Amber, the view from this fort is a stunner. The fort is a great vantage point alone and hence worth an entire-day trip.