Each spring, the streets of India are awash with colour as Hindus celebrate the festival of Holi. But several Indian cities remain colourful the year round, including Jaipur. How Rajasthan’s capital became known as the Pink City is the stuff of legend. In 1876, the Maharaja was keen to impress Prince Albert who was on a tour of India. Going beyond painting the town red, he literally painted it pink – the colour of hospitality. As you’ll see during your Jaipur visit, it’s been a tradition ever since.
Jodhpur is another of Rajasthan’s jewels – though more sapphire than quartz. Its Old Town is a jumble of box buildings, most painted Shiva-blue. Theories abound as to why the colour became a favourite here, but the characteristic shade earned Jodhpur the nickname of the Blue City.
Many more Indian cities boast colourful epithets. There’s Udaipur, the White City, with its resplendent marble buildings; Nagpur, the Orange City, where oranges blossom during monsoon showers; Jaisalmer, the Golden City, whose buildings of sandstone sit amidst desert dunes, and more besides.
If you’re keen to explore Jaipur and Udaipur, we suggest taking a look at our Classic Northern India suggested itinerary.