Rajasthans beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan
of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city
are important attractions. Jaipur known as the Pink City because of
the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipurs
bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye
scarves and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a
convenient circuit, in the heart of the Thar desert which has shaped
its history, lifestyles and architecture.
Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II, Jaipur the capital of
Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and
spacious gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in
history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts
and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the maharajas. The
bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric
and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a
treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its
romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
Jaipur has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern
that astrologers believe to be lucky, and which has been recommended
in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Each grid consists
of a square, and these have been planned so that, at the heart of
the city is the City Palace. Spread around it, in rows, are public
buildings, the residences of noblemen, the living and trading
quarters of merchants and artisans. Straight, wide roads run through
the city, while a high, crenellated wall that forms its defense is
pierced with seven gateways that serve as entry points. Today, these
walls may be more difficult to spot since the city has grown far
beyond its original plan, but they are still there, proof that
though Jaipur saw no great siege, it was more than adequately
prepared for it.
The Pink City Walk
This museum building was commissioned by Sawai Ram Singh II in 1876
A.D. It is one of the finest & most beautiful examples of Indo-Saracenic
style of architecture designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. The
building was started as a famine relief for the craftsmen of the
A formidable wall encircled the entire old city and there were seven
gates through which one could enter the city. New Gate is the 8th
gate or pol which overlooks the Ram Niwas Bagh, which was opened in
the middle of the 20th century.
Thatheron Ka Rasta / Nanak Ram Patel Ki Gali
Craftsmen making brass utensils reside and work here. Traditional
handtools & implements are still used by these craftsmen.
Anant Bhagwan Ka Mandir (Nataniyon Ka Rasta)
A temple dating back 250 years. Several old temples with decorated
features still exists in the old city. Recently renovated, it
showcases the existence of continuous use of traditional materials
and building skills.
Sanghi ji - Jain Temple
This temple is famous for its traditional Kundan work on the walls.
A very important Digamber Jain temple built in 1731.
This is a dark passage connecting Sanghon Ka Rasta to Kishanpole
Bazaar, over which a building exists.
Rajasthan School of Arts
This building was originally built by Pandit Shivdin, the Prime
Minister of Maharaja Ram Singh II, as his residence. It was
converted into a school of arts in 1866. The school used to train
people in all the 36 different crafts skills which were established
One of the three large public squares space created at cross section
of important streets, serving as a congregational space in time of
fairs & festivals. The chaupars also had community water sources,
fed by canals.
Attractions in Jaipur
The old capital of the Kachhwahas stands atop a range of craggy
hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of
its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful
palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The
solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when
reflected in the lake at the foot hill, is a sight to behold. The
original palace was built by Raja Man Singh, the additional
extensions were built by Maharaja Mirja Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai
Singh lIthe last Maharaja of Amer, who built a new city called
Jaipur, where he shfted his capital in 1727.
The palace complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches of
Amer. Sheesh Mahal chamber of Mirrors. Diwan-e-Am or the Hall of
Public Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on three
sides and stands on two rows of ornamented pillars. Diwan e-Khas or
the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass. Sukh
mandir is guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory. Throughout
the massive fort finely carved lattice windows, exquisitely painted
doorways, halls and finely sculptured pillars crave for attention.
built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most
recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning
semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging
latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture.
Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the
processions and other activities, on the street below.
Jantar Mantar (Observatory)
built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge
masonary instruments were used to study the movement of
constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dial still provide
accurate time, which are subject to daily corrections.
City Palace AND S.M.S. II MUSEUM
Situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh
of the old city area. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal
architecture, it houses a Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the
centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city. Diwan-E-Am
(Hall of public audience) has intricate decorations and collection
of manuscripts, Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of private audience) has a marble
pawed gallery Mubarak Mahal has a rich collection of costumes and
textiles. There is a Clock Tower near Mubarak Mahal. Sileh Khana has
a collection of armory and weapons.
On the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man
Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is in progress.
Standing on a hilltop, overlooking the palaces and city of Amer. The
world’s biggest cannon on wheels- the Jai Ban is positioned here,
built during reign of Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh. It has a twenty feet
long barrel and pumped in the cannon for a single shot.
Cresting a hill about 600 ft. above the city, the fort was built in
1734. The walls of the fort run along the ridge and within are
architectural beauties like Hawa Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan.
This holy pilgrimage centre has a temple dedicated to the Sun God
(Which is the only one of its kind in this part of the country) and
natural spring. It crests the ridge over a picturesque gorge and
provides an impressive view of the city. As the legend goes, sage
Galav performed a difficult penance here.
Perched on a hill top on the southern horizon. It is a replica of a
Laxmi Narayan Temple
is situated just below the Moti Dungri, known for the intricate
marble carvings in white marble, popularly known as Birla Temple.
Sisodia Rani Garden
on the road to Agra, the magnificent palace garden was built by
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1710 for his queen.
on the way to Agra, built by Viyadhar, the chief architect and town
planner of Jaipur. This beautiful terraced garden has several
galleries and pavilions decorated with exquisite murals, depicting
on the way to Amer. This newly restored temple and garden, near Jal
Mahal, has beautiful gardens and is popular picnic place. This is
also beautiful location for film shooting.
(28 Kms) the huge artificial lake, a popular picnic spot. The ruins
of the old fort and the temple of Jamwa Mata indicate that it was
the seat of power of the Kachhawahas before they moved to Amer.
(40 kms) a quaint village amidst the hills, the Samode palace set in
fairy tale surrounding, has beautiful wall paintings & mirror works,
now this is a heritage hotel.
How to reach there...
capital city of Rajasthan, is well connected by good network of
roads, rail transportation and air services. It is the one of the
major destinations of world famous Golden Triangle Delhi-Jaipur-Agra.
Jaipur is next destination from Delhi through NH8 and Agra through
Hotels in Jaipur
Mahal - Symbol of Love
Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India.
This huge mausoleum mosque was built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim
Mogul emperor, in memory of his beloved wife, a Persian princess
born as Arjuman Bano Begum but known as Mumtaz Mahal.
Pushkar Fair begins on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi, which falls in the
month of October-November and goes on for five long days till Kartik
Purnima. The fair is synonymous to a cattle fair.
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