Jaipur, the vibrant
capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the ' Pink City ' because of
the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lake bed
in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by
forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a
place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. Jaipur has massive
forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and marvellous gardens.
All through, Jaipur has retained its strong Rajputana flavour tempered
by several influences - the mughal being the most prominent. The
region's strong cultural heritage is distinctly evident even today. The
city is a visitor's delight. From the intricate, delicate looking Hawa
Mahal to the graphic forms of the Jantar Mantar - an open air
observatory of outsized astronomical instruments, the Badi Chaupar lined
with shopsand business establishments on both sides to the majestic
fort-palace at Amber; from the colorful fountains of life to the sublime
Birla Temple; from the architectural delight of the City Palace to the
serene Jal Mahal. The principal shopping centre in the old city is
Johari Bazaar, The jewellers' market. Unlike most other shopping centres
in narrow alleys in India and elsewhere in Asia, this one is broad and
open. There are three main interconnecting roads in the new part of town
- Mirza Ismail road (MI road), Station road and Sansar Chandra Marg.
High on the rugged hills outside of town sits ancient forts, including
Amer (often called the Amber Fort), where the Jaipur royal house held
court for seven centuries. Visitors ridding painted elephants can ascend
to the fort to see magnificent gateways, courtyards, pavalions, and a
gliterring chamber of inlaid mirrors.
A pride of peacocks adorn an ornate doorway in Jaipur's City Palace.
Palace retainers stand at attention as in the past when Jaipur Court was
headquartered here. The palace is now a fine museum. It houses a
remarkable collection of textiles, paintings, manuscripts, and
extraordinary weapons. On display there are two huge urns of silver,
said to be the largest silver vessels in the world.
Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza, the imposing gateway of the City Palace guarded
by stone elephants, is monumental.
SISODIA RANI KA BAGH
Has beautiful gardens, fountains, pools & some magnificent pieces of
ALBERT HALL MUSEUM
It exhibits include a natural history collection, models of yogis
adopting various positions, tribal ware, dioramas depicting Rajasthani
dances and sections on decorative arts, costumes, drawings and musical
Jaipur's most famous landmark is the Palace of the Winds or Hawa Mahal,
a fantasia of 1953 ornate of windows set in a rose-colored five storey
facade. The palace , tier upon tier of curved arch surmounting fairy
casements with "jali", lattice work screens. From here the ladies of the
court could look out at festive processions without jeopardizing their
A picturesque palace admist the Man Sagar Lake. It is Jaipur's lake
palace surrounded with water. It is built for royal duck shooting
The architectural astronomical instruments of 18th century Rajasthani
king named Jai Singh contained in an amazing, three-storey-high complex
known as Jantar Mantar.
The western skyline is dominated by the extensive walls, watch towers
and gateways of Jaigarh built by Jai Singh in 1726. It is onr of the few
military structures of medevial India preserved almost intact,
containing palaces , gardens, open and covered reservoirs, a granary, an
armoury, a canon foundary and several temples. It is the royal treasury
for several years. The world's largest cannon on wheels is to be found
here. The fort has its own museum and provide an excellent view of Amer