Pink Shehar

Environment / Culture / Education

Camp Code: FSL-WC-202 

Jaipur, the fascinating capital of the desert state of Rajasthan, is one of the best planned cities of its time and is part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ along with Delhi and Agra. The graceful architecture of the city all in the colour pink has earned Jaipur the title of the ‘Pink City’. It is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen. Today, tourists flock to the city attracted by its fine jewelry, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine.

The Camp:The purpose of the camp is to create awareness on environmental issues affecting this city, to create better learning facilities for the children in schools, provide community service to the slum dwellers and impoverished children. At Jaipur, FSL-India will partner with local NGOs, Local authorities and a School Management Committee.

Activities:

  • Mould young minds, teach basic English in schools with non-formal and creative learning methods like art, music, games
  • Help renovate a school (toilets, kitchen wall painting), create a kitchen garden, provide better facilities and nutirition for schoolchildren
  • Unleash your creativity with educational mural painting at a school
  • Exchange cultural experiences with the community, interact closely with a Rajasthani Indian family
  • Help educate children from the slums and the local community on health & hygiene, waste management
  • Protect the environment – plant trees along with the local community

Leisure Activities: A world heritage site, Jaipur is chock full of visual treats and Amer 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 airport – Jaipur/Delhi, nearest railway station – Jaipur
  • Bus services available from 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