Resplendent in the hues of Pink…… the incredible city of Jaipur!
It is an enthralling, prolific ‘pink’ city and capital of Rajasthan state. The city was painted in pink to welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria in 1876 since the colour is the mark of hospitality. As a result, Jaipur started to be known as the Pink City. Undoubtedly it also exemplifies the sustainable and spatial manifestation of social fabric through architecture. This city is a perfect quintessence of spirit of a place and its contribution to customise education that withdraws its essence from the school of architecture. Deep-rooted lessons can be fetched from this beautiful place.
History- Ruled by the Rajput dynasty. A paradigm shift was brought in by the visionary founder of Jaipur- ‘Sawai Jai Singh.’ He was a keen patron of astronomy which is reflected from his city planning architecture. He often uses the number’9’ in his Astro-forecasting. The numeral ‘9’ signifies nine planets. There were even ‘9’ rectangular sectors which were built in the main bazaar area.
Places of Attraction- The pink city has marvellous attractions like Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh fort and Albert Hall which are the must-visited places for the visitors. Let us discuss a few of the notable attractions of the city.
City Palace- This beautiful palace came into existence with the establishment of the city of Jaipur. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the palace was the administrative and ceremonial seat of Jaipur Maharaja. Beautiful courtyards, gardens and buildings in the palace complex are worth exploring.
Hawa Mahal- The legendary ‘Place of Winds’ – Hawa Mahal was constructed with Pink sandstones having 953 windows and it resembles the shape of a ‘honeycomb’ of a bee’s nest.
Jantar Mantar or the Royal Observatory- Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, this royal observatory was used to measure the positions and distances of celestial objects. It houses 19 large instruments. Samrat Yantra is the largest sundial in the country.
Albert Hall-Albert Hall is one of the oldest museums in Rajasthan. It is an amazing example of Indo-Saracenic architecture and offer glimpses into the colonial legacy of the British Era.
Amber- The famous Amber Fort was constructed in the 16th century by Maan Singh, the trusted general of Emperor Akbar. The fort is known for its architectural splendour manifested in Sukh Mandir, the Hall of Public Audience, Sheesh Mahal and Kesar Kyari. Tourists love the elephant ride that takes them to the Amber Fort enjoying the mesmerising views spread around.
Tourists who are curious to know more about the rich history of this magnificent city can catch the Light Show that takes place every evening. It is a 50-minutes show in Hindi and English languages.
Shopping- The city is also known for its shopping extravaganza. The local markets like Bapu Bazaar, Chauda Raasta, Johri Bazaar, Choti Chaupar and Badi Chaupar has a lot to offer to the shopaholics. Right from lovely souvenirs to silver jewellery, colourful skirts, shirts, bandhni sarees, block printing apparels from Bagru and Sanganer, dupattas, jutis, precious and semi-precious stones and a lot more are available at the local market shops. Jaipur is also famous for its blue pottery products.
Activities-If you wish to explore the city at a leisurely place, enjoy rickshaw, cycle ride or heritage walks in the city. It is the best way to know more about the city and the life of the people residing here.
Rickshaw Ride- The rickshaw ride in Jaipur is the most inexpensive and convenient way to explore and travel around the magnificent Jaipur City. This simple mode of transportation can expertly weave and dodge through the heavy old city traffic of Jaipur, making short journeys quicker than any other way of transportation.
Cycle Ride- Another way to discover the lovely marvels of this amazing city is by being a part of a guided cycle tour. The ride allows you to visit the local markets, enjoy local cuisines, meet artists and craftsmen and know more about their art and check out lesser known attractions of the city.
Elephant Ride to Amber- When planning to visit the awe-inspiring and majestic Amber Fort, do not miss the chance to ride an elephant to reach the main entrance to the fort. The animals are all decked up in traditional painted patterns and transport eager visitors to the fort crossing the steep slope.
Block Printing- When visiting Jaipur, grab the chance to check out the amazing block printing art which is a perfect treat for an art aficionado. Plan a trip to Bagru and see the artists creating beautiful motifs on the cloth using handmade blocks dipped in natural colours.
Jewellery Shopping- Jaipur is nothing less than a treat for die-hard shoppers. The place is known for beautiful precious and semi-precious stones, meena jewellery, kundan jewellery, jadau jewellery and more. The best places to look for exquisite jewellery is M.I. Road, Johri Bazaar, Maniharon ka Raasta, Gopal Ji ka Rasta, and Haldion ko Rasta.
Dera Amer- Visitors who love spending time amidst untouched natural beauty will surely like visiting Dera Amer, a sanctuary for domestic and wild animals. Sprawled in a vast expanse of 180 acres, the place is perfect for those who need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The major attraction of this place is bathing with elephants. To enjoy this activity, it is important to reach the camp early in the morning and give Rangmala and Laxmi a wake-up call. Hosing down these lovely beasts is a very exciting experience.
Enjoy dining at Dera Amer, amidst a natural backdrop that gives you mesmerising views of the nature.
Cuisines- The trip to magnificent Jaipur is incomplete if local cuisines like Dal Baati Choorma, Laal Maas, Mohan Maas, Mawa Kachori, Mirchi Bada, Ker Sangria, Gatte Ki Sabzi, kadhi, Choorma Laddoos, Moong daal ka halwa, aam ki laungi, kheech, and more ‘must-eat’ regional dishes.
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