Pink Shehar

Theme: Heritage / Awareness / Culture / Education

Camp Code: FSL-WHV-206

In 1876, when Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur, Maharaja Ram Singh painted the entire city pink to welcome his royal guests. Pink is the colour of hospitality and for centuries, the walled city of Jaipur has been host to thousands of tourists from all over the world. It was built according to a grid plan, with Vedic architectural interpretation. Its urban planning is a blend of ancient Hindu, modern Mughal and Western styles. Jaipur has recently been declared the 38th world heritage site of India. Its tempting cuisine, beautiful carpets, jewellery, textiles, folk dances, and intricate architecture are what make it a must-visit city.

The Camp: The purpose of the camp is to create awareness on world heritage sites and monuments in the community. FSL-India works closely with UNESCO, Archeological Survey of India and the local authorities to protect and conserve India’s glorious cultural heritage. We also aim to supplement the education of local schoolchildren with non-formal teaching methods, and painting of educational murals.

Activities:

  • Get relevant first-hand information on Indian architectural history and culture, have meaningful interactions with ASI (Archaelogical Society of India) officials
  • Pitch in to clean up scrub up around heritage sites and preserve their beauty
  • Help create awareness on heritage and the importance of monuments in the local community
  • Mould young minds, teach basic English in schools with non-formal and creative learning methods like art, music, games
  • Unleash your creativity with mural painting at a school and public areas to create awareness on India’s heritage
  • Conduct a drawing competition for schoolchildren on the awareness of their country’s heritage
  • Help renovate a school, provide better facilities for schoolchildren
  • Exchange cultural experiences with the community, interact closely with a Rajasthani Indian family

Leisure Activities: A world heritage site, Jaipur is chock full of visual treats and Amber Fort or Palace, the erstwhile official residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families, is only one of them. It was built of red sandstone and marble over a period of 2 centuries. A must-see here is Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), built with tiny pieces of mirrors, to create the illusion of stars for royal ladies who were not permitted to sleep in the open.

Jantar Mantar is a world heritage site in itself, featuring the world’s largest stone sundial and 19 other architectural astronomical instruments built by Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. City Palace, the home of the Jaipur royal family houses a museum where priceless artifacts and royal cenotaphs are on display. Hawa Mahal, (Palace of Winds) is the tallest building in the world without a foundation. Its intricate, honeycomb architecture with 953 windows allows the breeze to flow through it and keep it cool. Jaipur is home to the most fabulous collection of jewellery, you can even buy precious/semi-precious stones here. Textiles, clothes, carpets, mojris (footwear) – all reminiscent of the city’s illustrious heritage, make for great gifts to friends and family. Haathi Gaon (Elephant Village) is where over a 100 elephants are housed along with 7th generation keepers. Here, you can feed, bathe, ride the elephants and take as many photographs as you like.

Location: Jaipur is located 268 km south of Delhi  

Transport:

  • Nearest international airports – Jaipur & Delhi
  • Nearest railway station- Jaipur
  • Bus services available from New Delhi and other cities in North India
  • The exact meeting point will be mentioned in the info sheet

Accommodation: At a rented guest house or hostel, with shared rooms