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More than pink, Jaipur offers kaleidoscope of color

Scarves for sale in Jaipur, India

We weren’t sure what to expect from India’s “Pink City.” Jaipur, India, got its name from the distinctly colored buildings painted to resemble red sandstone. For good measure, the city later repainted the town in the same rose tone to impress the Prince of Wales during a visit in 1876.

For us, the color paled in comparison to the more vibrant city tucked past its larger tourist stops.

Taj Mahal Impresses With Scale, Detail

Taj Mahal at sunset

The Taj Mahal had been on my bucket list for years. Fog almost kept us from a sunrise pilgrimage to see this building at one of its best hours.

Our guide had told us the night before that we could “sleep in” the morning of our appointed sunrise visit because expected fog would make our early departure pointless.

Instead, we got an unexpected wake-up call around 4 that morning telling us our luck had changed. Get dressed and ready to head to the Taj, we were instructed.

Getting Lost and Found in Chaotic Old Delhi

Old Delhi

If you were to watch the traffic in Delhi, you’d think there would have to be accident within every mile. We didn’t witness one mishap in Delhi.

It’s as if the blaring horns create their own language, uniting the city in managed chaos.

Hello, India: 72 hours in Dehli

Walking in Old Delhi

It’s true what they say. India overwhelms all of the senses.

Its vivid colors, curious smells, piquant tastes, and shoulder-rubbing, action-packed streets come together to create India’s one-and-only feel.

There’s no confusing India for another country. The trip stands apart as our most exotic in the way it elicits so many emotions.