This is Part 2 in Lois' Misadventures in India series. If you haven't started the journey in Agra to see the Taj Mahal,click here.

We arrived in Jaipur late in the evening via sleeper train from Agra. We were too tired to argue with our driver and conceded to staying at the guesthouse he recommended. Apparently, in India, all rickshaw and taxi drivers has a brother/uncle/cousin who owned a guesthouse in the city.

And he is always more than happy to bring you there. For a hefty fee from guesthouse owner of course. A fee that you are obviously going to shoulder. We usually avoid these kinds of M.O. But this time, we were too weary to fight them off. It turned out alright and not too pricey. We woke up early the next morning to go for a city walk that Lonely Planet suggested.

Paint the Town Pink

Why is Jaipur called The Pink City, you ask? In 1853 the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur. The whole city was painted pink to welcome him. Today, avenues remain pretty in pink, which gives the city its distinctive look.

Hawa Mahal

Lassi Wallah

No city tour starts without breakfast. And we were in luck. Jaipur is also famous for its lassi wallahs. What exactly is a lassi wallah?  Lassi is made from kurd which is yogurt. It's India's answer to the yogurt shake, but usually thicker, richer, tastier and so healthy. And what about a wallah? A wallah is one who performs a specific task. A rickshaw wallah drives the rickshaw, a chai wallahs sells chai and a lassi wallah is pretty much your friendly yogurt seller.

 I've been warned about street food in India, but I never really listen. So I try everything I feel curious enough to try. And this sweet lassi and kachori were certainly prime street food!

Lassi

Kachori

We walked towards to Ajmeri Gate in the old city and decided to just go around with map in hand. Let me walk you through Jaipur's streets with these photos:

Streets of Jaipur
The Ajmeri gate with the bluest sky in the background.
Streets of Jaipur
A street vendor stringing together flowers to be used for morning offerings to the gods.
Streets of Jaipur
Colored powder in preparation for the Holi festival of colors.
Streets of Jaipur
Molding the marble into life on the streets of Jaipur.
Streets of Jaipur
Minaret from the rooftop of the Krishna temple.
Streets of Jaipur
These kids asked me 'Photo photo!' and when I did, they followed me for several blocks before they gave up.
Streets of Jaipur
A sweets seller who obviously wasn't having such a sweet day.
We saved the best for last. At the end of our city walk was a visit to the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds. A piece of Europe in itself. It felt like I was back in France with the lavish (and very pink) architecture.

Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal

Supposedly it was a palace, but I never really bothered with these guided tours that explained everything. I settled with the fact that it looked more like a pink sandstone facade than a palace. It ain't the Taj. But if you're in Jaipur, it's definitely worth a visit.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

The pink city is just one of the many colorful cities in color-obsessed India. There's the blue city of Jodhpur and golden city of Jaisalmer. These are also 2 stops I've made on this journey in India and something I'm looking forward to writing about. In the few weeks I've been here, I've learned that this country is as rich in culture as it is rich in colors.

What do you think about cities being identified by color? If Manila was defined by a single color, what color would that be?

Currently chillin' on the beaches of Goa,
Sole Sister Lois

This is Part 2 of Lois' Misadventures in India. Read about pushy priests from the peaceful hippie land of Pushkar and Lois' Indian name as christened by a salwar kamiz seller. That's coming up in Part 3.

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14 Responses so far.

  1. It sure looks magnificent in all its pinkness, It's hard to choose one color for Manila because it has many personalities for me, but if I have to choose one it would be red :)

  2. Marky says:

    Vibrant colors, classic architecture, locked eyes of strangers, sweet smell of new cuisine and the thought of being in a far away place beaming with an interesting culture...wow perfect....what a trip so far Lois :)

  3. chyng says:

    ooohh, gorgeousness in pink!
    well uhm Manila would be yellow. this country wont get enough of the Aquino clan ^_^

  4. Lois says:

    Yeah Claire Jaipur and it's temples and pink buildings are surely magnificent. I think red would be a great color for Manila... pero anong shade? hahahaha

  5. Lois says:

    You described it perfectly Marky. And this is just the 2nd city. Dami pa cities to go. It's hard pala to be on the road and blog at the same time.. I admire you guys all the more now!

  6. Lois says:

    Hey Chyng.. oo nga no. I'm sure if the Aquinos had their way, Manila will be known as the yellow city. Easy on the eyes :-)

  7. Lois says:

    Thanks Lil! I try my best :-)

  8. Looks great Lois!! Absolutely amazing!
    Whats the next destination?

  9. Grace says:

    Great photos Lois-the lassi looks so good! Jaipur is definitely on my list.

  10. Lois says:

    Thank you Thomas! I'm in Varkala India now. A bit delayed with the posts. But writing ablout Pushkar at the moment. I f you come to India, come to Pushkar. You will love that place!

  11. Lois says:

    Thanks Grace, you have to come visit Jaipur when you go to India.

  12. mauix says:

    hi sistahs.am plannin to go india early next year. what flight did you take goin there. are visas needed beforehand or you can have it upon arrival. can you share to us the details in gettin there.thanks so much!

  13. Lois says:

    Hi Mauix,excited for your India trip! I'm hoping to go back there next year. I took an Airasia flight to KL then to New Delhi. It wasn't too expensive. I got my visa here in the Philippines because the visa on arrival process was still new back in Feb 2011. I have some friends who tried the VOA and it was ok. No hassle. Please email us at solesisters.weare@gmail.com if you have further questions about India. We would love to help you out!

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