Life in Jaipur
the majestic and colourful city of forts and palaces has an
affluent heritage. Exuberance is the only word to describe
the life in this magnificent land of fairs, festivals, lively
bazaars, folk dances, camel races, and lots more. The city
is like an oasis amidst stony hills and arid areas. The broad
avenues, spacious lush gardens with their romantic charm are
features unique to Jaipur.
Jaipur is imbued in history and culture. The
great warriors of all time - 'Rajputs' or 'Rajaputras'-
who prefer death to dishonour are from this brave land, though
now they are lost behind the mists of myths and legends.
and fairs are an integral part in the day-to-day life of the
people in Jaipur. The various communities in Jaipur like Rajputs,
Meenas, Bhils, Jats, Bishonis, Marwaris and Jains
have their own customs and festivals. Combination of all these
traditions and cultures give an unique flavour to the vibrant
life in the city. Some of the major festivals in Jaipur
are Pushkar - the camel festival, Ganguar -
the spring festival, Teej - the monsoon festival and
Dussehra - the autumn festival.
The Bazars are famous for exquisite Meenakari
jewellery made with laquer, gold and precious stones,
intricate hand blocked printed cloths, paintings, leather
works, hand made pottery, metal ware and so on. The important
markets in Jaipur are Johari Bazar, Moti Doon
(Pearl Hill), Chandi ki Taksal (Silver Mint), and Manak
Chowk (Ruby Square).
Polo, the exciting royal game of racing
horses and gallant riders is one of the major sports in Rajasthan.
Another kind of unique polo - played from the elephant's back
is the speciality here.
streets in Jaipur are crammed with camel carts, men in huge
red and blue turbans and women in bright pinks, yellows, oranges
and reds with nose rings and junk jewellery. One can also
see the sophisticated cars and camel carts flowing in concurrence
all the way through. The harmony of life in between all this
diversified culture makes this royal city unique.
Believe me, visit this city of treasures, it's an experience
of a lifetime.
By :Smitha Paulson