It's not hard to understand why Jaipur is called the pink city when one sees the city walls! Built in 1727 when the city was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the walls encircling most of the old city are around six metres high and are pierced by seven gates. This photos shows the Ajmeri Gate to the north of the city, which is the entry for Kishanpole Bazaar. The three arches are finely decorated with floral motifs, with mythological figures above the central door.
Part of the Old City of Jaipur is surrounded by a pink wall with seven gates. Ajmeri Gate (on the photo) is one of the largest ones. It is decorated with floral motifs and has towers and three openings. The wall was built by Maharaja Jai Singh when Jaipur was founded in 1727. It is 3m thick and 6m high.
The old city of Jaipur continues to preserve the original 18th century walls built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. These walls are pierced by seven fortress-like gates, through which the major thoroughfares run. They are mostly decorated with Indian-style floral motifs and contain an image of a deity above the main archway. Attached are photos of the following gates: Ajmeri Gate, New Gate, Zorawar Singh Gate and Sanganeri Gate.
Walk around in the old city’s streets and bazaars. It is most probably the best way of exploring Jaipur. There are still beautifully restored gates in the city walls.
The city has a very nice atmosphere with beautiful architecture.
The best way of enjoying Jaipur is simply wondering around within the city wall area, the street is crowded with people, cars, bikes, goats and dogs... A lots of colour, but pink is really the one stands out with the old buildings, quite romantic....
Once inside the walls and apart from The Hawa Mahal,spend some time wandering around the streets (Tripolia Bazaar,Johari Bazaar and the side allies and roads).It is here you will find the real life.The main streets are packed with cars,bikes,buses,carts,dogs,goats,cows...all life,but apart from this you will see amazing colours in the fruit and veg.,flowers,cloths,shoes and products on sale both on the streets and under the ornate arcades (that keep you out of the sun).
The streets are split into areas that specialise in specific things,for example you may find yourself in an area devoted to kitchenware are stone carving...amazing!!..its what you come to India to see.
Jaipur is a large city of around 2million people,however the main points of interest are in and around the walled city.You will enter by one of the 7 gates,the main one being the Tripolia Gate,which was used by the royal entourage.Crowds would line the gate sides and watch the maharaja and his family with their elephants and horses pass through on the way to the palace.Today it still only used by the royal family.
There are seven entrances of city walls in Jaipur. All of they are pink like the walls with two towers and three gates. It's interesting passing any of them while going in and out the pink city.
evry single building is red or pink in the city
it's not a coincidence that it's called THE PINK CITY