The culture and festivals in Jaipur are truly worth mentioning to those interested in the city, not least because they make up such a huge part of the experience and are thus necessary points to cover for tourists who wish to enjoy their stay. The first thing to note regarding culture in Jaipur, perhaps, is that the city has a lot of it. This used to be the seat of rule for some of India’s greatest patrons of the arts, and this is yet reflected in the city today.
There are a great many craftsmen in the city as a result, and this translates to greater chances of your wallet taking a hit if you have a weakness for excellent handicrafts. From bandhani (Indian tie-dyed) cloth to carved ivory trinkets, there is certain to be something that shall catch your eye among the artisans’ wares. And even if you are more interested in livelier, performance-based expressions of art, you shall still find quite a lot of opportunities to indulge yourself here. Several folk art forms and at least one of the eight classical dances of India are specialties of Jaipur, and you can easily catch local performances should you wish it. The famed Raj Mandir Theatre is here as well, and is a great place for an introduction to local films. [Read more…]