One of the first things a foreigner notices when landing in India is the burst of colors that makes the country a photographer’s paradise. This is the picture of a shop in Jaipur India displaying colorful local handicraft, a typical scene of the state of Rajasthan.
Here the local handicraft in Jaipur India, includes anything from jewelry made with precious stones set in gold and silver ornaments, colorful textiles, gorgeous pashminas, cushion covers, bags and clothes, fine and sophisticated marble artwork, carpets, pottery, wooden furniture and even paintings, all forms of art that are deeply embedded in the state’s history and traditions, making for a great part of their cultural heritage as much as the palaces and buildings do, all redolent of their royal past.
Known also as the city of the Maharajas, Jaipur, alongside the whole Rajasthan state, boasts a great craft industry that employs many local workers who contribute in preserving and promoting their heritage.
For as beautiful and certainly enticing as they are, among the places to visit in Jaipur are not only the jewelry shops but also buildings of the likes of the Amber Fort, where they usually invite people to the hideous practice of riding elephants during the tour around the fort and the palace, the City Palace, the residence of the former royal family that still owns the place, and impressive and fascinating Hawa Mahal, emblazoning the quintessence of Rajput architectural style and worth a visit during the day and definitely a stop after closure to see it lit up for the night.
If you are visiting the Rajasthan you won’t be missing a stop in the Pink City, and admiring what now are Jaipur tourist places will also mean digging into the city’s history and not-so-remote past. Do visit Jodhpur as well if you can. Its around 300 kilometer far from Jaipur but its worth visiting.