Bundled up in alpaca blankets and woollen socks this week during the height of Australia’s winter, I’ve found myself returning again and again to my Jaipur album. These images, of a trip that feels like only a dream to me now, have been the visual equivalent of standing by a crackling fire.
Jaipur became India’s Pink City in 1853, when the whole city was smothered in pink paint to welcome the Prince of Wales. Word has it the Maharaja wanted to give the impression that all the city’s buildings were made out of expensive red Mughal sandstone.
Over the top? Absolutely. But thank goodness for that. Because the warmth that radiates from this city and its people is quite unlike any other. I’m sure it’s got something to do with the fact that the residents are surrounded by pink all day, every day.
You’ll find the comforting colour everywhere in Jaipur – from the thick ramparts of Jaigarh Fort to the facades of the city’s architectural icons like Palace of the Winds; from the clay lassi cups, sweet treats and flowers sold by the roadside to the locals’ glittering saris and turbans.
If you’re also feeling the chill this week, hopefully these pics, and the little Jaipur playlist I’ve compiled, will help you warm up too. Enjoy lovers.