Journeys: Jaipur, India
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A feast for your eyes, a heady brew for your palate, Jaipur is the jewel in India’s crown. We joined travel writer Sam Rider on a recent adventure to the Indian subcontinent to explore the "Pink City" in all its vibrant technicolour glory.
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
An 8-hour flight, 9-hour train and 20-minute tuk-tuk from Wingback HQ in London
Image from The Discoverer and their inspiring email travel series
For a taste of the vast, bewitching, intoxicating flavours India has to offer. Home to 1.3 billion people, India is simply too big to do justice to in one visit. But Jaipur is the perfect way to dip your toe in the water. Soak up the rich history of the Mughal empire exploring the magnificent Amber Fort; hunt a bargain in the bustling heart of the Old Town; or head to the rooftops for a bird’s eye view of Jaipur’s kaleidoscopic beauty.
When to visit?
Every 14 January the city’s skyline explodes into life to celebrate the Hindu festival Makar Sankranti and the coming of spring. A national holiday, everyone heads to their rooftops to fly kites, dance and unleash fireworks that light up the deep blue sky.
What to drink?
A sweet and fluffy lassi made from yogurt curd and ice – these taste far better than they sound. Hitch a hair-raising ride by bicycle rickshaw and head for the famous Lassiwala shop in the heart of the old town. An institution, they’ve been whipping up these Indian smoothies in ionic clay beakers since 1944. Price: Rs. 30-60 [£0.33-£0.66]. A steal!
Don’t miss the jaw dropping Jantar Mantar observatory. Completed in 1734, this collection of giant astronomical instruments forms the globe’s largest stone sundial. You can literally set your clock by it.
Check out our collaboration with Anoushka Irukandji and her henna-inspired designs for our limited run of Wingback cash wallets.
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