The first planned city in India, built in a grid pattern with broad avenues in the 18th century by #Maharajah Jai Singh II, after whom the city is named, #Jaipur has bazaars devoted to specific specialties.
For precious and semi-precious gems and jewelry, Johari Bazaar;
for silver or tribal jewelry, Chameliwala Market; for textiles, clothing and bangles of glass and lacquer, Bapu #Bazaar.
Watching a demonstration of hand-blocked prints at Ganesham Textiles, I see a craftsman use molds in many different shapes, wood for #cotton, metal for #silk or #wool, and dyes made from indigo, sugarcane, henna, turmeric and so on.
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I'm staying at the first #palace #hoteI in #India, Rambagh Palace, near Jaipur's old town and also a Taj property.
It was once the home of Maharajah Sawai Man Singh II and his third wife, the glamorous, luminous-eyed last Queen of Jaipur - once ranked as one of the 10 most beautiful women in the world - Gayatri Devi, who died in her 90's in 2009.
Originally built in 1835, and used as a #royal #hunting lodge and guest house, it was converted to a palace in 1925 after an expansion, and then a palace hotel in 1957.