6 August 2009
Jaipur, in Rajasthan, is a pretty awesome city. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh moved his kingdom’s capitol from Amber to it due to a serious scarcity of water. It’s a rigorously planned city (based on the Shilpa Shastra), with large boulevards and arcades lining the street. Based on these large boulevards and the arcades, Jaipur is in someways more similar to Paris or Bologna than it is other Indian cities. However, the bright pink-colored stone definitely helps place it in India. It was painted pink for the Prince of Wales visit in 1876.
Buildings like the Hawa Mahal, the Jai Mahal, and the Jantar Mantar, are all major landmarks in Jaipour, however, I wanted to capture a street since that’s the structure in which all these awesome landmarks reside in (well, the Jai Mahal is surrounded by water, but I digress). Again, I really should’ve colored this to really show you how pink it is, but the pictures should give you a good idea of Jaipur (and taken by a buddy of mine, who’s much better at photography than I am. I’ll stick to drawing.)