Culture of Jaipur
From the time of its inception, the city of Jaipur has maintained its cultural heritage. Starting from the era of founder architect Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh till date the city has maintained its own cultural flavor. The culture of this city is an excellent amalgamation of convention and cosmopolitanism. The whole city is like its famous heritage monument –“Statue Circle” where past is blended with present: while visitors can enjoy the royal statue of Maharaja Jai Singh, they can sip a good blend of cappuccino while enjoying the majestic ambiance around.
Hawa Mahal is perhaps the only monument tourists relate the most
In one word, culture of Jaipur displays its association with a royal legacy; the forts, the monuments, the palatial buildings, even the royal necropolis speaks of the heritage and glorious history of the city. Before the city was converted into its metropolitan status the pink city was simply known for its colorful history and exclusive architecture, which was based on a mixture of Mughal and Rajasthani style. The monuments, palaces, shahi baghs, and forts are the display of that lifestyle and culture, which till date is the flavor of Jaipur and its tourism.
Pink City Jaipur
The pink color of the city is one of the integral characters of the city which speaks of its inherent culture. In British India, the default the color of hospitality was pink. On arrival of Prince Edward VII in Jaipur on the year 1876, in order to welcome him with royal reception, the city was colored pink; and till date the vibe of hospitality with a royal elegance is maintained as the culture of Jaipur, and that makes this capital city of Rajasthan so special in Indian tourism because it maintains the culture of “Athithi Devo Vabha”.
Jaipur as seen from the wall of the Nahargarh Fort
The City Ambiance
Local Fair and Festivals of JaipurThe culture of Jaipur is also visible in celebration of local fairs and festivals. Most of the festivals are community festivals and displays the colorful spirit of the city as well as of the entire state. These festivals are known for their local colors however they are excellent display of culture and life style of Rajasthan. In Rajasthan the prime religion is Hindu and therefore Hindu rites and rituals are celebrated here with most piousness. Teej, Gangaur are the festival where married and unmarried women pray for the welfare of their family and husbands and put the decoration of mehendi on their palms.
Since it royal era Jaipur people paid their attention is keeping pets be it is a cow, or a camel, or a donkey. Kings and zamindars used to keep elephants. In order to celebrate this pet culture of Jaipur, till date different fair are arranged. Out of them elephant fair, camel fair, donkey fair deserve special mention, and these fairs display the folk culture of the pink city.
Decorated elephants at the elephant festival
Religion plays a significant role in maintaining a religious culture in Jaipur. Being a Hindu religious state plenty of Hindu festivals are celebrated here with utmost piousness and devotion. Sitala Mata Fair, Makar Sankranti Fair, Baneswar Fair, Sitala Mata Festival, Mewar Festival, Nagaur Festival, and Desert Festival are wonderful display of cultural heritage of Jaipur.
Jaipur Literature FestivalNot only about history and royal legacy, education and patronage to modern literature is one of the integral cultural characters of Jaipur. The popularity of Jaipur Literature Festival speaks of the educational and cultural sensitivity the city of Jaipur for its progeny. In 2008, 25000 people attended the festival and had famous participants on board like Ian McEwan, Manil Suri, Donna Tartt, Patrick French, Mohsin Hamid and Tarun Tejpal. In 2010, almost 30,000 people and 175 esteemed speakers attended the program and in 2011 there were participation from 226 writers and a massive band of Jaipur residents for making the event a people’s event and a gala success. Click here to know more
Dance and musicIn general people of Jaipur are fond of their folk culture comprising of dance and singing. While Rajasthani folk lore is the traditional song of Jaipur, different dances are seen like Ghumor, Chari, where the dancers show their dancing performance with a lit diya or a pot on their head. Traditional instruments of this area are Sarangi, Ektara, Jhalar and Surbahar. However in classical dance area Jaipur has a special place for developing Kathak style of dancing which is an eminent example of Jaipur’s classical culture.
Art and Handicrafts
Unless we discuss about handicrafts and cottage industry besides performing art of a place, it is never complete without incorporating these areas of creativity in discussion. Carved silver jewellery, ivory engraved sculptures, kundan and meenakari jewellery, wood craft and leather goods are all handmade and are known for their exquisite beauty. Apart from these, blue pottery, silver jewelry making, traditional cloth products like zardosi, Zari, and bandhni, Bagru block print, and miniature paining are the special artistic creation of Jaipur and its immediate neighborhood that speaks of its creative culture.
A saree shop in Jaipur
Cuisine of Jaipur
The traditional cuisine of Jaipur speaks of its culinary culture. However, it is known all over the country for its spicy taste and excellent colorful look. Dishes like Missi Roti, Dal Bati Churma, and sweets like Ghevar, Gajak, Feeni, Chauguni ke laddu, Moong Thal are some of the exclusive culinary delicacies form this pink city kitchen.
Lifestyle in Jaipur
With a wonderful juxtaposition of ancient royal heritage and ultra-modern life style Jaipur displays a cool presentation of urban lifestyle. As the old forts and havelis are used as premier hotels, similarly this old royal city has wrapped itself with new attire of modernity but its roots are still maintained in its legacy and tradition. Jaipur has radically transformed from what it looked 10 years back. The development flow is still on. It is ranked as the 5th amongst major cities on India; Jaipur is emerging at fastest pace as an urbanized metro city of Modern India.
The average lifestyle in Jaipur here has improved to global standard. The employment affluence has created wonderful opportunities for talent professionals to carve out the best work niche for themselves. Other key factors supporting such a dynamic life style in Jaipur is also due to excellent progress in all other prime domains of lifestyle. Be it fashion, best lifestyle shopping malls, events, or scope of education and celebrations, the options are endless here without compromising its quality.
The pink city of India bustles with its landscape greenery, ultra wide and maintained roads, added international airport, systematic railways, excellent cultural ambiance : in one word life style of Jaipur is indeed enjoyable unlimited.