India itself is colorful, but it also has four cities that are known for their colors. The colorful cities indispensable in the list of Best places to visit in India are Pink City Jaipur, White City Udaipur, Blue City Jodhpur and Golden City Jaisalmer, located in the Rajasthan region in the north west.
Rajasthan is one of the 28 states in India and also one of the most visited. As Rajasthan people are used to tourists, it is a region where you will feel more comfortable compared to other places in India. In addition, as a personal opinion, it is much cleaner than other regions. As a word, Rajasthan means “Land of Kings”.
Let’s start Best Places to Visit in India -Colorful Cities from the Pink City Jaipur by following the route I visit .
Pink City Jaipur
Pink City Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the Rajastan region. It is also one of the best places to visit in India. Those who do not have time to visit the entire Rajasthan region only visit Jaipur due to its proximity to Delhi.
Jaipur was founded in 1727 by King of Amer, Jai Singh II. Jaipur is one of the first architecturally planned cities in India. The establishment of the city, the construction of roads, palaces and buildings took 4 years. The city took pink color name in 1876, before the visit of the Prince of Wales, Edward, during the British colonial period. All the buildings in the city are painted pink to greet the king in a beautiful way. Today, this color is protected by laws, whinch means , it is forbidden to build buildings in another color in Jaipur. Also, Jaipur was included in the UNESCO World Protection list with the title of “pink city” in 2019.
There are many places to visit in Jaipur. We stayed in Jaipur for 3 days and traveled all over the place. Pink City Jaipur Attractions;
It is one of India’s oldest forts, 11 km from Jaipur. It was started to be made by Maharaja Man Sing in 1592. The dynasty continued its sovereignty in this castle until the 16th century.
One of its most striking places in Amber Fort is mirrored palace Sheesh Mahal. There is also an interesting story about Sheesh Mahal. King Man Singh had the Sheesh Mahal made for his wife, who wanted to sleep outside under the stars. Since he was not willing to let his wife sleep in open air, he had small mirrors installed on the ceiling of the palace to give a star image so that when the candle was lit inside, it would sparkle like stars.
Since the castle has a steep structure, it is possible to climb up on elephant back if you want.
Hawa Mahal is Jaipur’s most interesting building. The front side of the buildinfd is facing the busiest street of the city and covered with curtain windows.It was built by Pratap Sing in 1799 for the palace women to watch outside. Women used to watch the street and the market area without being seen outside.
Jal Mahal, meaning Water Palace, was built in the 18th century with the aim of a hunting lodge. This lake did not exist when it was built. Because of flood , the water level rose to till fourth floor of the palace. You can take a boat tour if you want, but the boat only drives around the palace, unfortunately there is no entrance.
Royal Gaitor is the quietest place among Jaipur attractions. It is home to the mausoleums of the ancient rulers of Jaipur. Indian and Islamic architecture is all together in here.
You should go to Nahargar Fort at the end of the day to watch the sunset. This is the best spot in Jaipur where you can watch the sunset. I am sure that the magnificent view of Jaipur will impress you rather than the fort which is built in 1734.
The greatest passion of the ruler Savay Cay Sign was astronomy. For this reason, he established 5 observatories, one of them is in Jaipur. Each structure is based on the movements in the sky or astronomical instruments.
Albert Hall Museum
I mentioned before the reason why Jaipur was painted pink, was the visit of Prince Albert of Wales. This building which built in 1876, also dedicated to Albert.
Jaipur Attractions video with English subtitles
White City Udaipur
Our next route after Jaipur was White City of Udaipur. It is also known as the most romantic place in India. I also confirm that Udaipur is definetlya a romantic city, especially at sunset 😊
It is the largest palace in the entire state of Rajasthan with a length of 224 meters and a height of 30 meters. Its construction started in 1559 during the time of King Udai Sing II, who founder of the city, but over time, each king added something from himself. It took about 400 years to complete. In the palace, which is the symbol of wealth and pomp, Kings used to distribute gold to the people on their birthdays at the entrance of the palace.
The entrance fee to the palace is 300 rupees and 100 rupees for students. I underline the importance of the student card here 😊 Also, there is a light show in the palace in the evenings. Its price is 500 rupees. We skipped it because it wasn’t very interesting to us.
Since the city is located around the Pichola lake, you can walk along the shore and take pictures of magnificent buildings. You can also go to places marked on Google maps to watch the sunset.
Boat tours are also available, but it was expensive for us as it was 500 rupees per hour. We decided to walk the city from the shore.
Taj Lake Palace
This magnificent palace in the middle of the lake was built in 1754 as a summer palace. The palace, which is currently a very luxurious hotel, was also used in James Bond’s 1983 film Octopussy. Unfortunately, you cannot enter the island unless you are a guest at the hotel.
White City Udaipur video with English subtitles
Blue City Jodhpur
Blue City Jodhpur is my favorite place in the Rajasthan area. Perhaps the reason is the peace of blue color.
Why is Jodphur painted blue? There are 2 rumors about this. The first and the one that seems more legendary to me; The Brahmins, the top class of the Hindu caste system, painted their houses blue to separate them from other classes of caste system. As time passed, this became a tradition. The second reason is that the color blue protects homes from flies and keeps them cool.
Jodhpur is actually a small city. One day is enough to travel, but my advice is to spend two days like we did. Because there are so many amazing things to take photos in the deep blue narrow streets that I’m sure you won’t be able to take yourself 😊 Jodhpur attractions;
Blue Old City
The blue part of Jodhpur is actually the part of the old settlement. If you are staying in the new part, you will have to walk 1-2 km to get to Blue Old City like us. But make sure it’ll be worth walking.
The view of the fort from the outside and the view of the city from the fort are also beautiful. As visited almost all the forts in Rahasthan, my favorite was definitely the Mehrangarh Fort. The construction of the fort was started in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the founder of the city. You pass through many gates to enter the fort. The last of these doors has a painful story. The handprints seen on the door belong to the wives of men who died in the war. According to the old tradition, the wives of men who died in the war were burned alive. The last thing they did before they were cremated was to leave their handprints on the door.
If you want to visit this beautiful fort, the entrance fee is 600 rupees and 400 rupees with a student card.
Tunwarji Ka Jhalra
This is a step well that you can see in most parts of India. The steps descending in geometric shapes are a very interesting place for taking pictures. This well was used to even an idle place where garbage was collected at the time, but later it was cleaned and filled with water again. Now there is even fish in it, even children come here to swim.
Blue City Johdpur video with English subtitles
Golden City Jaisalmer
Golden City Jaisalmer is in the desert region makes you feel as if you are in an Arab country, not in India.
Jaisalmer was a major trade center on the Silk Road route in the past. The trade and taxes paid by caravans passing through Central Asia and India enriched the city. As the trade routes changed with the opening of the Mumbai port, Jaisalmer lost its importance, so the Golden city was forgotten in the middle of the desert for many years. Recently, Jaisalmer has become a haunt who wonder about camping and camel safari in the desert. We travel around the city on the first day and take a camping tour in the desert with our camels on the second day. Jaisalmer attractions;
Jaisalmer Fort is the only fort in India that also has life inside. There are magnificent architecture houses, hotels, restaurants, shops inside the fort. You can walk around the fort and watch the sunset from here.
Camel Safari and Camping in the Thar Desert
The reason most people come to Jaisalmer is to go on a camel safari in the Thar desert and camp in the desert under the stars. A truly legendary experience. But I understood that riding a camel wasn’t as easy as it seemed 😊
You can find many agencies in the city for safari. There are options with or without accommodation. We chose the one with accommodation. The total price per person is 1900 rupees including going to the area by jeeps where the camels are waiting for us , two hours camel riding, dinner, stay in the desert, breakfast in the morning, two hours camel riding again and return with jeeps. However, we paid 1600 rupees by bargaining.
It is not possible to describe this wonderful experience in the Thar desert with words, best way is to watch my video above. Make sure that you will laugh a lot while watching 😊