Jai ho! Thus far, we have directed our attention primarily on the world’s most romantic European towns as potential places to propose. It’s now time to grab your passport (and visa) and head halfway around the world to the mystical and breathtaking land of India. We shall visit Jaipur, “The Pink City,” and investigate all of the heart-stoppingly gorgeous locales, from forts to palaces to garden spectaculars, sure to have your very own Princess Jasmine swooning with amorous delight.
To truly understand why this was deemed ‘The Pink City,’ you need to check out the epic view of the cityscape from Nahargarh Fort. Perched high on the Aravalli Hills, there is no other place that lets you fully drink in the luscious pink hues that permeate Jaipur’s sprawling edifices. The reason why this place is dripping in this light fuchsia color is because in 1853 every building in the city was painted this way to welcome the ruling British Prince of Wales who was stopping in for a visit (guess he was very secure in his masculinity and had quite the penchant for pink?) Striped and expansive, Nahargarh Fort is colloquially known as “Tiger Fort,” as ‘Nahargarh’ translates to “house of tigers.” So bring your wildcat of a woman to the roof terrace and gaze out over the vast and pulchritudinous terrain. You will feel like real royalty as you ask her to reign over this awe-inspiring and ancient kingdom with you forever.
This 16th century reconstructed palace hosted the esteemed Amber family for several generations, hence the eponymous title. It is quite the feast for the eyes, inside and out. After traversing through the beautifully intimidating threshold, you may find yourself in any number of rooms rooms completely covered in minuscule mirrors. Take a moment to view the artfully fractured images of yourselves. Next, weave through the ornately designed hallways until you find a massive room thoroughly ensconced in inlaid jewels. This is the spot. Even if the ring you are proposing with has a rather diminutive stone, it will be bolstered by the seemingly never-ending waterfall of brilliant gems surrounding the two of you.
If your special someone has an affinity for large (yet gentle) quadrupeds, you may just want to take advantage of the elephant rides provided at the base of the hill leading up to the Amber Fort. These majestic, and coincidentally, adorable creatures are painted in a wonderful array of bold colors, and their broad backs may just offer up the idea location for a big-question-popping. Imagine her delight as you share a post-‘Yes!’ kiss atop a naturally elegant elephant, as it leads you on an actual and simultaneously metaphorical journey upwards (not to mention the sheer selfie-potential this moment has).
*Just as a side note, for those who are justifiably concerned with the welfare of the elephants, these amazing animals are so relatively large that the weight of a pair of humans on them is virtually unfelt. Also, they love when you give them treats.
Is your future betrothed an aquaphile of sorts? You may hit the proposal jackpot with the Jal Mahal (“Water Palace”), which appears to defy the laws of physics as it hovers over the surface of the magnificent Man Sagar Lake. This palace was constructed at the onset of the 19th century, but was made to resemble another lake palace, in Udaipur – so it’s got a lot of history imbued into the architecture. You currently can not gain entry into the palace, as it is being converted into a luxury hotel, but that is just as well; the most amazing views to be had are when the palace is just in the distance, so you and your sweetie can take in the entire lake vista. The sun reflecting on the lake’s surface does magical things, so it’s in your hands if you want it to be a sunrise or sunset themed proposal.
If there is one thing Jaipur-ians know how to do, it’s put on a spectacular light show. Meaning, some of the building exteriors are so extravagantly lit up at night that they feel almost other-worldly in their splendor. The perfect example of this is Vidhan Sabha. Structured in the typically wondrous fashion of Rajasthan architecture, this opulent legislative complex is aesthetically satisfying inside and out. However, it’s the lustrous nighttime lighting and ambiance of the facade that really wows. Bring your soon-to-be yours here for a remarkable proposal, bathed in pink, amber and lavender luminescence.
Further fueling the pink-ness of this city is the gigantic and extravagant Hawa Mahal palace. This incredible experiment in architectural magnificence is commonly known as the “Palace of the Winds,” as it was erected to allow the females of the royal family to secretly watch the goings-on of everyday life below. It was also built to resemble Krishna’s crown, giving the lovely rose structure a pious tinge to it. Either venture inside with your dear and do the proposal deed as you watch the hoi polloi mingling from afar, or simply from down below, as the two of your bask in all the palace’s coral glory.
Much like the park of the same name nestled in the middle of Manhattan, this garden laden enclosure provides a peaceful and serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the main metropolitan area. The lush gardens feature numerous Jaipur-specific flower breeds that are as rare as they are delicately formed. There is also a variety of sculptures and artfully designed structures to get lost amongst, as you find the perfect grass carpeted nook to rest upon with your beloved. Again, pick the time of day that showcases your snookie and their surroundings in the most flattering light, and then ask away. You’ll never feel closer to nature, and each other (…especially if an inquisitive and mischievous monkey pops over to say ‘hi’ and inadvertently scares your lover, causing them to clutch you even tighter).
If you want to take things to the extreme in terms of an ecological haven, then Smirti Van is the environmentally lush way to go. Ensconced in naturally occurring wonder, the rolling hills of this vegetation rich forrest provide many cozy locales to snuggle up in with your sweetie. There are tons of different tree and plant species therein, as well as flocks of exotic birds dancing about in the sky. There’s even an open air theater that is accessible to the theatrically inclined public. Overall, this could be a great place to escape to after visiting all the iconic forts and palaces of the otherwise populated and arid city. Wind your way down a path amongst the sounds and smells of the rich atmospheric greenery and then pause…drop to one knee…and let the magic of Jaipur do the rest.