An Insight :Jaipur, also known as the Pink city, is the capital of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jaipur is surrounded by hills and dotted with forts. The whole city was painted pink by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, late Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876. Even today, every home within the old city is obliged by law to maintain this facade.Houses with pink latticed windows line the streets, and look almost magical at sunset. An extremely well planned city, Jaipur was designed by an engineer and scholar Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, in accordance with ancient Hindu treatise on architecture, the Shilpa Shasta (Vastu).
|Lets Explore The Pink City of Jaipur
Sightseeing in Jaipur :
Jantar Mantar (Observatory) - Now a World Heritage monument, the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur was built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1734. The Jantar Mantar observatory houses fourteen major geometric devices used for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars' location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides.
|Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds) -- the renowned
landmark of Jaipur. As against the popular belief, it is not really a
palace. It is a sandstone screen veiling the ladies of the court who
could watch the proceedings on the road below without being noticed.
The City Palace of Jaipur - The City Palace is an architectural marvel that presents a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. The City Palace has projecting balconies, arches and the entrances. The palace covers one-seventh of the area in Jaipur. The City Palace also has a museum with an exclusive collection of Rajasthani costumes, miniature paintings, carpets and royal paraphernalia.
|Amber Fort - Built high on a hill, about 10
kms from the city, the Amber Fort is one of the most important tourist
attractions of Jaipur. Built by Raja Man Singh, the Amber Fort combines
the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.
Fairs-Festivals in Jaipur :
Gangaur festival -held in honor of goddess Parvati is celebrated a few days after Holi, in March on a grand scale. Primarily a women festival, married women pray for the long life of their husbands and unmarried girls pray for getting a good husband.
Teej- is a major festival in Jaipur celebrated during the months of July/August and dedicated to goddess Parvati. The festival celebrates the onset of the monsoon
Shopping in Jaipur
The Pink City is famous for its royal forts, palaces and is the right place for those who love to shop! It is a shopper's paradise. It is a home of traditional and elegant handicrafts and is especially known for the exquisite gold jewelery, precious stones, blue pottery, carving on wood, stone, block print, tie & dye textiles and miniature painting ,lovely handmade and embroidered clothes which includes dresses, dress materials etc. It is the place where the shoppers can actually see the traditional skilled artisans.
|Where is Jaipur ?
By Air - Jaipur is well connected by air to Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and to the other tourist destinations of Rajasthan i.e. Jodhpur and Udaipur.
By Rail - Jaipur is connected by superfast trains to Delhi and Mumbai and to the other tourist destinations of Rajasthan i.e. Jodhpur and Udaipur.
By Road - Jaipur is well connected by road to Delhi (260 kms), Agra (250 kms), Jodhpur (330 kms), Udaipur (400 kms), Bikaner (330 kms), Pushkar (145 kms) and serves as the gateway for tourists travelling through Rajasthan.