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Awesome Food, Fashion, and Animals of Jaipur, India

Silver-coated desserts? Yes please, India.

Silver-coated desserts? Yes please, India.

Want dancingly bright colors on food and clothes, awe-inspiring mustaches, and CAMELS? Don’t miss the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India! It was a mega-highlight our teacher tour of India in December, and these photos demonstrate why.

An amazing mustache for a delicious food emporium in Jaipur.

An amazing mustache for a delicious food emporium in Jaipur.

In the first photo, how can you resist a moist emerald-green mystery dessert coated in silver foil and advertised with that irresistibly curly Indian script that looks like my hair on a windy day? Then the second photo: MUSTACHE. Epic mustache. There are many such facial hair specimens in Jaipur, and it makes an eye happy.

An alley in Jaipur selling stunningly colored clothing.

An alley in Jaipur selling stunningly colored clothing.

Then there are Jaipur’s luscious indoor and outdoor clothing markets. I bought all my sparkly Indian skirts in those stalls (after intense and passionate haggling) and my husband Colin purchased custom-made suits fit for a king for a fraction of the price. Below you can see the top-end fashion practice of hand-stamping patterns on cloth.

Workers hand-stamping patterns onto fancy decorative cloth.

Workers hand-stamping patterns onto fancy decorative cloth.

But enough of clothes… Let’s get to the animals! Though New Delhi has outlawed the famous Indian practice of cows wandering the city, Jaipur most certainly has not. In the span of ten minutes you can ogle goats, camels, elephants, cows, and pigs striding through the street, as comfortable as can be. “Tra la la!” sings this goat, below, as he frolics with the endless pigeons of Jaipur.

Goats and pigeons abound in public spaces in India.

Goats and pigeons abound in public spaces in India.

And who can forget CAMELS? Camels, sweet camels, make my Boston vision cavort with glee. There are more camel photos coming in subsequent articles, but here’s a sweet, small taste of Jaipur camel action until then:

Rajasthan is CAMEL COUNTRY!

Rajasthan is CAMEL COUNTRY!

Camels… Just hanging out with the cars in Jaipur, like, “What’s up? I’m a camel!” But meanwhile in the background (behind all the animals), India has more gorgeous buildings than it knows what to do with. Here’s one of my favorites in Jaipur: the Palace of Winds.

The beautiful Palace of Winds in Jaipur.

The beautiful Palace of Winds in Jaipur.

As in hectic Old Delhi, Jaipur has its share of mystifying and intriguing street food. I’d love help identifying the specimen below. Is it tomatoes with green beans with… dried grains? Clearly I need expert food identification intervention. Help!

Two friendly men and a bright, confusing street snack.

Two cosy friends and a bright, confusing street snack.

It must be noted that even the TRUCKS in India add to the rainbow zeal. Can you imagine a burly trucker in Texas rocking out the vehicular decoration, below?

India decorates its trucks nicely.

India decorates its trucks nicely.

To close out this Jaipur post, allow my pregnant self to bring it all back to food: Sparkly, shockingly-colored, sweet and sticky food. Does it make you hungry, baby? Well, if green and silver candy doesn’t do it for you, click on these photos from a chocolate tour in Boston to see the funny similarity between the strawberry-shaped confection in India and one across the world in Massachusetts!

Does this dessert look delicious to you, or shocking?

Indian desserts are fun.

So does Jaipur seem like your scene so far? If you’ve been there already, what did you think? Do share!

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sarah jacob

Tuesday 6th of August 2013

Nice post and collection of photos are really good Lillie....Jaipur is really beautiful city nice fun loving people made it more beautiful .

John Martin

Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

Awesome food and that guy with big mustache is just looking awesome..

Savi of Bruised Passports

Monday 1st of July 2013

Did you buy bandhini (tie and dye) scarves in Jaipaur? Aren't they gorgeous :-) That street food kiosk is selling green lentils (moong beans) with chopped tomatoes, onions, and a spicy masala - the resultant concoction is called Moth Chaat

Richard

Tuesday 25th of June 2013

India is huge on my to do list. So much culture, good food and friendly people. Jaipur looks so wonderful, love all your beautiful pictures

Abby

Monday 24th of June 2013

Gorgeous photos, Lillie. I'd love to go to India...

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