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After seeing Craig's photo of Hawa Mahal, I looked in my archive and I found some nice pictures from Jaipur. So a short break from my Norway photos.

Jaipur has been popularized with the name of Pink City because of the color of the stone exclusively used for the construction of all the structures. Anyone who has witnessed the city can substantiate the fact that all the buildings of Jaipur are pink in color. The pink color has its own history. In 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India on a tour. Since pink denotes the color of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink in color to welcome the guests. The tradition has been sincerely followed by the residents who are now, by law, compelled to maintain the pink color.

I was not lucky with the weather in India. There was a monsoon all over and in Jaipur (and earlier also in Agra) it rained and there was mud mixed with cow' dung everywhere on the streets. Maybe when wet, the walls appeared rather orange than pink. But in rain or in sun, Jaipur is a fascinating city.

Big beta version

Have you seen the movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" ? The action takes place in Jaipur. I recommend it, for me it is fantastic movie. Seeing it, I asked myself how it is possible to visit India, with all the chaos. But I loved my journeys and I would like to go to India again.

Smaller version with the frame

After Claude critique, The whole scene

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