It was my first time in India and it was a non-stop adventure. I had already ventured through New Delhi and Agra and our last city was Jaipur. We drove about 6 hours, which I stayed awake for the majority of the time. I already had this strong feeling that Jaipur would be my favourite city of India. I watched women dressed in bright colourful garbs strolling the streets and Elephants and Camels freely strolling along as well.
We didn’t arrive to city till nightfall and our first stop was a request I had given my driver, to get Henna. So that is what we did, for a fair price, my father and I got our Henna designs done and slept for the rest of the night, because the next day we had a full day of adventures.
Our first day in Jaipur was rich with adventures, people and culture. The culture in Jaipur is so vibrant and kind. I was told it was known for the Jewellery and Textile district, and being a fashion designer from Los Angeles, this is what got my attention. We explored the Amber Fort Jaipur for hours, with it’s beautiful architecture, history and stories. It was a busy place for vendors, but also a busy place for tourists around the world.
Tour guides were talking over each other to showcase who had the best way of telling a story and it was all too magical. We entered the temple and I was given a Red Tilak on my forehead for good luck. There was something magical about this city, how the people felt the urge to communicate kind words to strangers, or profess their energies and vibes unto others. As the day enveloped, we drove through the city exploring more and more. This city had depth, history, colour, even the buildings and streets were painted in colours.
The Royal Palace left me awe struck with it’s Oriental inspired Architecture and the courtyard of different doors for each season had me appreciating the craftsmanship of these artists. I began to lose track of time and space because we did everything in Jaipur, from shopping, to elephants rides, to seeing the popular tourists sites. We did it all. And more was to come.
As we finished up at the palace we went to the Jaipur Observatory – Jantar Mantar. This was more special to me because I follow astrology very closely and wanted to see it from an ancient architectural stand point. It all fascinated me, the geometry of it, the mathematics, the planets, time and space; it all was overwhelmingly exciting for me. I sat under my astrological sign, Libra and just sat there watching the people around me.
The tourists, the locals and the sun started to come out. I then got my palm read, where I was told I would achieve my career goals in two years and that a man was madly in love with me back home. I had never gotten my palm read, but if I were to ever do it, it would be in India. I was overly stimulated and began to shut down towards the end of the day. I did it all in one day and I was as happy as a clam.
The 3rd day was our last and we were back in New Delhi later that day but we decided to explore the textiles of Jaipur on the third day. This was heaven for me, a paradise. A slew of textiles and clothing so beautifully made with beading, shells, and embroidery. Every piece was a masterpiece for me and I wanted it all. It was all-beautiful, from the stamping technique, to the different silhouettes of Sarees. Jaipur was a wonderland for me, but we had to part ways eventually and off I went back to New Delhi.
New Delhi has the hustle of the city, Agra has the Taj Mahal and Jaipur has the culture and people. It’s a colourful city and my eyes appreciated the rich aesthetic and energy of this place. When you come to India, you’re transported to an array of cultures, it’s not one-dimensional, there is so much more to it. The architecture, the history, the people, the different religions, it’s all there are more. I plan to come back to India, and I plan to stay for longer and explore more. India has a lot to offer and my heart still yearns for more of that.