Geocaching around ‘The Pink City’ – Jaipur, India

*Somewhere for the weekend* Jaipur the ‘Pink City’ of India…

Pink for happiness

 

In this week’s episode of ‘Somewhere for the weekend’ we’re taking a closer look at Jaipur, one of India’s most vibrant cities.

It was painted pink in 1876 to give the Prince of Wales and Victoria a hospitable welcome to the city. Painting buildings this colour became a tradition and it’s still carried on today. It is now law to maintain the pink colour which has awarded Jaipur it’s nickname of the ‘pink city’.

 

Jaipur has wide streets filled with plenty of wondrous hidden treasures. With unique artworks, hand printed fabrics, an Aladdin’s cave of gems and the infamous blue pottery all at your fingertips Jaipur is a bit of a Mecca for the shopaholic. Although if shopping isn’t your thing Jaipur still has plenty of unique experiences to offer the everyday traveller.

Unique experiences…

If shopping isn’t your bag then check out the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, it offers a short course in fabric printing for you to see how it’s all done and you can even ‘try your hand’ at creating your own piece of printed fabric.

If cooking sounds like a more tasty option then why not opt for one of Jaipur’s many cooking classes. Have a look at Lokesh Mathur’s website to get you in the mood for food, it’s a great way to learn some useful tips from a professional chef.

If you’re up for a real adventure then why not go and watch the elephant polo at Dera Amer they also offer jeep safari’s and elephant treks if the polo doesn’t take your fancy.

For the best views of Jaipur why not take a trip on the Sky Waltz Balloon Safari if you’ve never taken a hot air balloon ride I can really recommend it…just pray for a decent landing!

Must sees…

Jaipur is home to some out of this world architecture, there are three places that you have to make a trip to if you’re visiting. Firstly Hawa Mahal also referred to as the ‘Palace of the Winds’ built so that women of the royal house could watch the street festivities without being seen by the outside world. Quirky and pretty.

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India CC2000 by enjosmith

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India CC2000 enjosmith

Secondly the Nahargarh Fort located on the edge of the Aravalli Hills which will give you a great view over the pink city if you’ve decided not to have a go at the Sky Waltz Balloon Safari.

And lastly, Jantar Mantar which truly is out of this world, or at least everything that’s built here is to admire the things that are out of this world. If interplanetary investigating is something that you’re interested in then Jantar Mantar is the place you’ll find it. Home to one of the world’s largest sundials, the Samrat Yantra, as well as 13 other major geometric devices it’s one place in this world that you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry.

A few of Jaipur’s other highlights include; Jal MahalBirla MandirSisodia Rani GardenAmber FortJaigarh FortCity Palace and Albert Hall.

But now let’s go and check out Jaipur’s Geocaches to see what’s on offer…

The Geocaches…

Quartz in Monkey Temple – GE2 – GC1HKVH by golem team

Difficulty 1.5 – Terrain 2

Cache Type: Earthcache

Number of favourite points: 24 

The most favourited cache in Jaipur is this Earthcache at the monkey temple, also known as Galwar Bagh. In fact it was a photograph of this place which started me off to looking at Geocaches around Jaipur. India is crammed full of amazing pieces of architecture and this building really stands out as one of them. It’s easy to see why there’s been so many favourite points added here.

Monkey Temple CC2014 Travis Wise

Monkey Temple CC2014 Travis Wise

Tiger’s Treasure – GC1J6MY by MyKingdom4Coffee 

Difficulty 1 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 8 

In a great little hideaway with a pretty amazing backdrop to admire as you sign the cache, you really have to watch out for the muggles around here though.

Back in Time – GC40V5W by mykingdom4coffee 

Difficulty 2.5 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 5 

Located close to a very peaceful lake, perfect if you need to get some headspace away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Room With A View – GC41AKX by mykingdom4coffee 

Difficulty 3 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 5 

You’ll get a fantastic view of the Amber Fort from up at this one (it looks like it’s missing at present but hopefully it’ll be back up and running again soon).

Stairway to Heaven – GC40QEZ by mykingdom4coffee 

Difficulty 2 – Terrain 3

Cache Type: Traditional

Number of favourite points: 4 

If you’re lungs can handle a hike then get yourself up to this cache for an even more impressive view of the Amber Fort.

Jal Mahal (Water Palace) CC2007 Ray Tsang

Jal Mahal (Water Palace) CC2007 Ray Tsang

 Have you ever been to India, if so where did you go? Where would you place a Geocache in India? 

Until next time, happy caching!

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