Rajasthan is the Indian state of intense colored saris, of turbaned men, camels, forts, havelis, and desert. But it is also the state of the large and dusty cities that have nevertheless become known outside of India because of the color of their houses and palaces. All of them have great importance in the history of this area of the country.
And without a doubt, they are found in most of the routes of the travelers who direct their steps to this arid land where the gypsies dance for the curious and the camels walk by cities and roads. Some more monumental. Other more chaotic. No doubt approaching each of the colorful cities of Rajasthan is a wise move on a trip through India.
Here are the few colorful cities of Rajasthan:
- Jaipur, the Pink City
This bustling city is the capital of the state of Rajasthan and encloses within its walls a labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, historic buildings, and elegant palaces. Jaipur really became known as “the pink city” when it was dyed that color to celebrate the visit in 1876 of the Prince of Wales (who would later become King Edward Vll).
The walled city is located in the northeast of Jaipur and in it you can visit the Palace of the Winds , the astronomical observatory, the City Palace or the bazaars full of life in which to discover how those bracelets that ring in the dolls of all Indian women or haggling to take home some special fabric that they sell in so many stores in the old city through the Palace on Wheels India.
- Udaipur, the city of lakes
This city whose palaces are reflected in the waters of Lake Pichola may be the most romantic in Rajasthan. The ivory buildings border the lake, and in its center is the Lake Palace, a fairy-tale construction converted into a luxury hotel.
The best thing the visitor can do after touring the magnificent City Palace and the museums it houses is getting lost in the quieter streets of the old town where you will discover that few places in Rajasthan can surpass it in beauty. Those who travel the city should not forget to visit their havelis and temples, all near the lake.
- Jaisalmer, the Golden City
Surrounded by the Thar desert this city evokes in its streets and havelis the magic of the exotic trade routes that passed through it to unite East and West. On a hill of the city is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan.
With its battlements, temples, magnificent houses and palace. Everything is built with the same golden limestone that endows the city with that tone so similar to that of the desert sand that serves as a backdrop. Getting lost in the streets of the fort that I have quoted will give unique moments to the traveler, as well as walking towards the city that extends at his feet in which one after another they are discovering those beautiful homes built by the merchants.
- Jodhpur, the Blue City
The enormous fort of Mehrangarh of Jodhpur dominates from the heights that Cubist mass of buildings of intense blue color that gives the city its nickname. Its narrow streets are chaotic. Noisy rickshaws circulate through them.
However, forgetting about the monuments of the city and going through the labyrinth of its streets surrounded by blue houses are one of the best experiences you can experience in the colorful cities of Rajasthan.
Some say that these houses were painted blue to identify the home of the Brahmins. Others bet that it is to keep mosquitoes at a distance. Be that as it may, it is worth walking among these houses. Although with an eye, which then you have to remember the way traveled to return to the hotel.
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