Weekend in Jaipur
I first visited Jaipur on honeymoon five years ago, and it hit me straightaway. 'Hit' feels the only word appropriate: from its heady scents to its dawn-to-dusk harmonies of trains, tuk tuks and peacock calls, this is a city that rushes at you, in the most energising, stimulating way. I was addicted from that first moment, and Jaipur remains the most inspiring, exciting city I know. So much so that, five months ago, our family moved here - a serendipitous happenstance of job moves and a house renovation - ready to embrace the city in all its colorful, noisy glory.
It's been three years since my last visit, but the city is flourishing. This is apparent in the entrepreneurial spirit of the new generation, while Jaipur's long-established, iconic businesses and crafts are benefiting from a resurgence in domestic, and international, tourism. H.H. Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh ‘Pacho’ Singh is just 24 and brilliantly in tune with the tastes of the modern traveller. Part of the City Palace, where he and his family reside, is available on AirBnB with proceeds from each booking going to his mother's non-profit, The Princess Diya Kumari Foundation. Meanwhile the local government is making strides in prioritising green space and cleaner air.
The Pink City, the Paris of India, romantic clichés abound over this city. After five months of living here, for me, they are true. These are my Jaipur tips, a round-up of favorites that no visitor should miss...
Rosanna's guide to the Pink City of India - from sights to shops.
A poolside breakfast at Deeppura Garh hotel, styled with block printed green table linens.
Scenting a festive dining table with Jo Malone London.
Highlights from the festive entertaining masterclasses in Belgravia, London.
A pop-up on Elizabeth Street in Belgravia with two masterclasses in aid of non-profit Vimukti Sanstha in Jaipur.