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Rajasthan - Jaipur - Rajput Grandeur - A Tourist's Guide
Jaipur had derived its name in 1734 from the name of the ancient king of Jaipur. Jaipur is a dream city for many. It welcomes swarms of holiday makers with the pretty monuments and colorful edifices. Red and pink sandstones were used to decorate the dotted buildings of Jaipur. Hence, it is popularly known as the “Pink City”. The awe-inspiring city is located at an altitude of 431 meters, atop the soaring Aravalli hill. The city looks imposing and fabulous during nights as the entire city is festooned with the wreaths of colorful lights. It was during 1876, the prince of Wales Alburt was gleefully greeted by the city dwellers of Jaipur. To welcome him, the entire city was offered a class-apart look with pink colors. Since then the city with white border looks absolutely different with the colorful shades of pink. It became a tradition ever since. The custom and well known practice of the city is to paint the homes and edifices around with pink color. Tourists always like to visit Jaipur for its cultural prominence and customary significance. Discover the wonder of the pink city while enjoying an agreeable sunset standing on the well stretched out streets. Well spread out highways, palace-shaped roadside houses and depiction of Jafri architectures on the windows are the fortes of Jaipur. It’s a rare sight not only in India but also in the world.
The construction of the city had started way back in 1727 and got its ultimate shape in 1934 according to the well thought out blue print. The inhabitants share the pride of the city construction with the Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. The momentous touches of Mughal and Jain architectures impress the throngs of spectators. The geometrical instrument, kept in the Manmandir, was a surprising evidence of innovation of emperor Jai Singh and was an instrument which could be used for astrological purposes as well.
The ancient city of Jaipur was surrounded by dry mountains at its north-east-west sides. The southern territory of Jaipur was the plain land though.
The splendid Pahargarh fort is standing atop the hill, at the north-east side of Jaipur and had an immense importance in safeguarding the entire city and its dwellers previously. The entire city of Jaipur was divided into 9 adjoining rectangular sectors. The city palace was the central attraction of the town though. 7 contiguous pols or gateways used to mark the important and significant city entrances. Even though the walls had been destroyed earlier but tourists can still gaze at the ancient city doorways. All these pols (poles) recollect the historical days of Jaipur. Suraj (Sun) pol and Chand (Moon) pol, located at the eastern and western sides of the city respectively, had derived their names from the primeval Surya and Chandra dynasties. The historical city was well protected and maintained. The city is now spreading across the south- west territories. It’s not surprising that tourists like to stay overnight at the old city. Sufficient arrangements and cluster of hotels have encouraged the engrossed holiday makers to visit the old city of Jaipur.
The squabbles between the family members of the emperor Jai Singh are still on and are affecting the lifestyles of Jaipur. But, Jaipur had become the new capital of Rajasthan during 1956 and that has helped the city to draw attention. More than 3 million city dwellers earn and live in the city.
Popularly known as a palace in the vicinity, the city palace of Jaipur, looks like an entire city for its lingering territory. The city palace is covering 1/7th portion of the entire Jaipur. The Mughal and Jain architectures, visible on the walls of the palace, have been attracting innumerable tourists for their appeal and prettiness. White-gray colored marbles are the chief materials used to erect countless numbers of pillars. These are the strong foundations of the beguiling palace. The bow-shaped arches have been carved out of hard stones. The golden colored flowers, especially made up of teeth of the elephants on the colorful pieces of stones are the evidences of ancient art forms. The passion and fervor to create a palace like this are truly praiseworthy.
You can ask anyone on the way about the “Chandra Palace” and don’t be surprised to get redirected to the city palace of Jaipur. Many know it with the name of “Chandra Palace” too. To maintain security and for an utmost protection, the emperor of Jaipur had built a well stretched out fortification around the city palace of Jaipur. You can choose from any of the two grand entrances to get into the palace. Both of these gateways are special with their distinctive charm and grandeur. You can prefer any of the two gateways but you should not waste the opportunity to take a look at both the gateways namely Sir Ki Devri and Tripolia Darwaza, positioned at the eastern and southern corridor of the palace respectively. Hit the Jaleb Chowk through the Sir Ki Devri, crossing the town hall, numerous offices and Loc Lashkar and Nakkar Darwaza. Take a walk through the southern road from the Jaleb Chowk and access Jantar Mantar, City Palace and Hawa Mahal one after the other.
The planning and construction of the palace or the fort were started and completed during 1728-1732 by the emperor Jai Singh but a number of edifices were added to the existing building of the palace over the years. Today, the museum on the palace premise is a spot where you can quench your thirsts of watching the primeval historical objects. The two storied Mubarak Mahal, made up of milky white marbles, looks like a marvelous canvas which demonstrates architectural splendor. This creative edifice was built by Sir Jacob during the period (1880- 1922) of the ruler Sawai Madho Singh 2nd. The Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh 2nd had built a museum in the royal guest house which draws attention for its impressive collections, such as, Hawda of elephants’ teeth, various kinds of carpets, weapons and kingly attires. Each and every room of the palace is decked with mounted pictures and designs which illustrate the stylish commingling of Rajasthani, Mughal and Persian architectures. The walls of the museum are artistically covered up with glittering glasses. The semi circular arch of the museum is relying on the strength of the pillars. The entire museum and its tremendous architectures are the proof of the talents of the primeval architects and artists. The gallery with passionate Jali architectures was the place where royal women used to watch the conference from.
Two other coveted destinations namely Zenana Mahal and Anand Mahal, are placed respectively at the north-western and southern sides of the Chandra palace. The nearby armory flaunts an impressive anthology of weapons. Besides the historical sword (5 kg) of Man Singh, swords of Shah Jahan and Jahangir, innumerable other substances and weapons, kept on the museum shelf would assist you to recall the old memorable days and stories of Jaipur.
The Mubarak Mahal had been reshaped by many emperors over the years. The affluence of the palace had increased as well at the same time, especially during 1883. The sight of clock tower would definitely enthrall the crowds. The Singh Pol, at the right hand side of the palace, is well protected by marble-made elephants. Walk on the premise for some more time and you would hit the Dewani Khas, the meeting hall of the emperor. This is decorated with astonishing marbles and sandstones. Later on, the meeting hall or the gallery was named as Sarbato Bhadra. Two of the largest water bodies of the world are made up of silver and are 1.5 meters deep.
To watch the atypical and rare collections of portraits and scriptures, you must visit the well embellished Dewami Aam, built in 18th century, located at the south- eastern side of the Dewani Khas. The bright ornamentation, created using golden and deep red colors on the walls of the Dewani Khas, shine all throughout year. “Raja Manaka”, the Persian translated version of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, is the best among the remarkable assortments of items maintained on the shelf of the museum. It was translated by Abul Fazal, the member of the assembly of the Mughal emperor Akbar. The epic, Mahabharata, written in Bengali, is also exhibited in the museum. The picture of the ruler, Man Singh, is impressive as well. It looks like the king is looking straight at you with his bright eyes forever. Idols of 9 children and 9 women in the museum had been given prominent shapes of elephants. The art forms would definitely make an impact on you. Watching the majestic architectures on the gold and Belgium glasses would be an eye soothing experience for sure. The ceiling also shows evidences of colorful pictures of that period.
Access the Pitam Niwas Chowk crossing the Ganesh Pol, located at the north- west side of Dewani Aam. Traces and memories of stately affairs can still be recalled in the 7 storied Chandra Mahala, made up of milky white marbles. The 1st floor of the Mahal houses Pitam Niwas, Jai Niwas Garden and Audience hall. The Jai Niwas Garden is adorned with a pretty fountain and Mughal architectural magnificence is prominently exhibited here. Sukh Niwas is located both on the 1st and 2nd floors. Next two floors are not very big but the mirror palace in the Chabi Niwas is striking. Marble pavilion is forming the highest peak of the Mahal. Climb up the marble pavilion to watch the panoramic sight of the city of Jaipur. To know the historic background of each and every monument of the palace, you should hire a guide alongside. Every adult has to spend 40 rupees to watch the impressive edifices of the palace. You have to pay for your camera as well.
The Govindji temple in the Jai Niwas, located at the north side of Chandra Mahal, depicts admirable architectural flair and panache. The renowned deity, Govindji was established on his throne by Jai Singh to safeguard the city from the brutal force of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The idol of Govindji, erected with black stones, is only worshipped by Bengali worshipper. The tradition is continuing ever since the period of Jai Singh. The ceiling of the temple displays golden ornamentations. The architectures of the temple are laudable as well.
Among the five special Jantar- Mantars or Manmandirs, built by the astronaut Sawai Jai Singh, the one that stands out for its excellent work is placed inside the city palace. It is the largest of all the Manmandirs as well. Rests of the four Manmandirs are there at Delhi, Varanasi, Ujjain and Mathura. It is undeniable, that the scientific appeal of the Manmandir had diminished but the prime enticements of this historic monument still attract the hordes of tourists. It still shows appropriate local time, the position of the sun, Longitude, Latitude, courses of the satellite, position of stars and Polaris can be accurately predicted using 18 scientific instruments of the Man Mandir of Jaipur. The largest (also the tallest) sun clock of Jaipur has a height of 27 meters. The thorn of the clock is huge as well. Add 29 minutes with the local time shown in the clock to find the Indian Standard Time. A picture of hemisphere can be seen in the shade of the stone, thanks to the wonderful instrument namely Jaiprakash. Entry to the Man Mandir is restricted to the visitors who purchase a ticket spending 20 rupees. Tourists, however, are allowed to watch it on Mondays for free of cost. Hire a guide to be familiar with the historical backgrounds associated with each and every object of the Man Mandir.
The Tripolia Bazar (Market), situated at the western side of the city palace, is a place where plenty of shoppers assemble at every day.
The Hawa Mahal, located adjacent to the city palace, was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The half-octagonal eyelet, wonderful roof, dome, Jali and Jafri architectures demonstrate diversified and primeval art forms. There were 953 windows, which were used to watch the neighboring highway by the royal women in the morning. These windows, made up of sandstones, showcase splendid Jali architectures. 152 windows, positioned at the back end of the palace, used to keep the palace cool without any Air-conditioning Machine. The 5 storied pyramid shaped edifice, placed on a high base, is painted with pink color and was made using sandstones. The color of the Hawa Mahal changes gradually during the sunrise. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the agreeable sight of the surrounding nature from the Hawa Mahal. The palace, however, is closed on every Friday.
The Jaipur museum, covering a straggling 36 acres of land of the Ram Niwas Ground, is situated at the southern side of the old city of Jaipur and is a sought after tourists’ destination. The museum or the Alburt Hall is a memorial, built in the memories of the tour of Prince Alburt. As much as 494544 rupees were spent to build the captivating museum. The pleasing Indo- Seracenic architectures were the charm of the museum until the museum was shifted in 1886 to the new building. The museum, made up of sandstones, now look even more beautiful for the artistic touches on the white marbled walls. Indo- Seracenic architectures offer it a class-apart look as well. The ceiling, dome and the balcony of the museum display the ancient cultural flair and traditional elegance.
It’s true that not many archeological evidences are there in the museum but the praiseworthy collections include, royal oil paintings, innumerable portraits, stately attires, models of saints, stuffed animals, proofs of kingly lifestyles, items of elephants’ teeth, the oldest carpet of the world (1632) and assortment of brushes. Spend 15 rupees each to watch all these collections thoroughly. If you are there on Monday, then you are privileged to watch the museum for free of cost. Hire a guide and spend 30 rupees per head for acquiring thorough knowledge of each and every item of the museum. Friday is an off day.
The Indology museum, lies at the southern side of the Jaipur museum in Ram Niwas Ground, houses the personal collection of the writer and artist Achatya Vyakul. This museum contains objects of remote villages, the Indian map on a piece of rice, a letter on a hair, inscriptions (Aurangzeb and many more), attires, ornaments, fossils, clock and coins. Hire a guide and spend 30 rupees to see these collections during 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The zoo of Jaipur is also positioned on the premise of Ram Niwas Ground. An open compound of the zoo is the homeland of strolling tigers, lions and many more animals. This is well protected by a moat. The splendor of the zoo can be seen spending just 10 rupees per head. The crocodile breeding farm is also there to entertain the toddlers and visitors. The nearby Art gallery is attractive as well. The Dolls’ museum, situated in the diff and dumb school premise, pulls countless numbers of engrossed holiday makers as well.
The Birla temple, erected on the undulating slope of the Moti Dungri hill, at the south- eastern side of the city, proves that there was no dearth of money. As much as 20 million were spent during 1985 to build the temple. The carvings, ornamentation and sculptures of the temple make it a special pilgrimage spot for a number of devotees. Deities Lakshmi and Narayana are residing on the throne of the temple.
The fort which resembles the enamoring structure of the Scottish castle is constructed on the top of the hill, situated at the southern suburb.
Birla Planetarium, Science Center, the lovely Raj Mahala Cinema hall and the newly built Statue Circle are the other coveted destinations of Jaipur. The statue of Jai Singh, the founder of the city of Jaipur was made up of white marbles and is still commemorating the historical tales associated with him.
The Goutam Marg of Jaipur now houses an Ashram of Ramkrishna Mission. Interested tourists can stay at the Guest House of the Ashram and can contact @ (0141)-2381704.
The next destination of Jaipur would be the Nahargarh or Tiger or Sundargarh fort, built in 1734 by Jai Singh 2nd, about 6.5 km towards the north- east side of the city. Located atop the 600 feet tall hill, the fort, acts as a watchful escort which protects the entire city day in and day out. Out of the 4 floors of the pretty fort, two had been built under the ground. It’s true that the fort is not a prominent and noteworthy tourists’ destination but it’s a preferred destination for all the picnic and outing lovers. The colorful facet of the nature enthralls all who are present on the fort premise during the sunset. Hire a Jeep or a rickshaw from Amber and start your voyage through a tough uneven surface to visit the Nahargarh fort which is located at a distance of 1 ½ km from Amber. This creative fort was constructed for the royal women of Jaipur. The layout of the rooms of the fort is imposing. The fort is associated with a number of historical tales. The ornamentation of the enticing fort are truly charming and are treats for the travelers. Plenty of historical enticements of the fort had been demolished but later on, the portions, built on the premise of the fort by Ram Singh in 1868 still are the significant attractions. The Hawa temple (Mandir) and Madhabendra Bhwan, located on the fort premise, are the prime spots.
If you are really interested to revisit the historical days and watch the sumptuousness of the palace for some more time, then it’s important to book a room for you in Hotel Durg Café of RTDC, built on the premise of the Nahargarh fort. But, the hotel is not known for its quality service.
Gaitor or the burial ground of the emperors, about 6 ½ km away from the Nahargarh fort, is located at the lower acclivity. This can be accessed on the way to Amber. The burial ground, situated amidst the captivating orchards, was inaugurated by Jai Singh 2nd. Construction of 20 scattered chattises or shrines, formed using white marbles, was started by Jai Singh. Many of the royal family members’ shrines are placed on the ground. The carvings of the shrine of the queen are considered as one of the finest works of fine arts.
The Jal Mahal, built by Pratap Singh in 1799, is nestled in the water of the Man Sagar Sarovar and was used as a summer resort by the royal family. The 5 storied building, amidst the well spread out water body, looks marvelous. The water body remains full in monsoon and during the season of monsoon tourists have to cross a viaduct to reach the palace compound. Besides the Kanak Vrindavan temple, few other holy temples are dotted in and around the compelling ground, on the banks of the Lake (Sarovar).
Climb up Jaigarh through the road which starts from the opposite point of the majestic Jal Mahal. It was an important spot which was used effectively to protect the territories around previously. Jaigarh, about 8 km away from the main city of Jaipur, is pulling crowd for a 250 ton war shooter (Diameter: 9 feet, length of the pipe: 20 feet) which is said to be the largest of the world. Watch the pleasing sight around from the premise of the Jaigarh. To travel to the doorstep of the Jaigarh fort, hire a car from the city of Jaipur.
About 8 km away from the city, the two storied Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh, erected by the ruler Sawai Jai Singh during 1774, was constructed for the queen Sisodia who was the wife and lover of the emperor Jai Singh 2nd. The pretty grove, midst of which it was built looks amazing as well. The mural pictures and hunting stories are colorfully put on display on the walls of the palace. A temple, at the back end of the palace, is a divine spot for the spiritual crowds.
Vidyadhar Ji Ka bagh, located at a distance of 7 km from the city, is a wonderful creation of the Bengali architect, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya who also had built the well known and class-apart City palace of Jaipur. To remember his name and his classy work, a wonderful orchard had been built. It was dedicated to the great Bengali architect. If you are willing to witness the historical value in the collection of items, then it’s not a bad idea to visit the museum once. It is located in the Tripolia market.
Chokhi Dhani, about 19 km away from the Ajmer gate, is another nearby tourists’ attraction. You can watch various cultural evidences and if you are tired then you can also take your food in the Tourist Complex. The museum here showcases various cultural substances of Jaisalmer and Mewar. Riding on a camel or horse would be a charming experience. If you are bored, then you can sail a boat on the Lake for pleasure. The show of the dancing dolls exhibits the cultural richness and lifestyles of Rajasthan. A number of shops at the roadside give you an opportunity to buy exclusive Rajasthani objects. You can purchase different handicrafts from these shops as well.
Chokhi Dhani Resort and cottages in Chokhi Dhani would help you to find shelter at night.
The beautiful Ramgarh Lake, about 28 km away from Jaipur, had been excavated after the installation of the dam. The Ramgarh Lodge, surrounded by hill, has been set up in the room of old Royal Hunting Lodge. Library and museum are there in the lodge. You can also stay at Jheel Tourist Village, on the banks of the Lake as well.
Located at a distance of 10 km from Jaipur, Galta, is a scenic place, delimited by towering mountains.
Tourists who love to feel the divinity in a very old temple, have to take a walk for 2 ½ km from Suraj Pol to the holy temple of Surya. It is a 250 years old Hindu temple, atop the hill. The water of the adjoining spring kisses the hard stones of the hill. It is important, however, to be careful. Otherwise, animated monkeys can harm you at any point of time. These clever animals can effortlessly elope away with your expensive camera and luggage.
Moti Dungri or the palace of pearls, atop the tiny tila, can easily be accessed by availing a bus from the city of Jaipur. It was built by the emperor Man Singh 3rd and was dedicated to his 3rd wife Gayatri Devi. But, general people are not permitted to go inside the palace though. The ancient royal family still owns the charming palace.
Sanganer, situated at a distance of 16 km towards the south- western side of the city, on Jaipur- Ajmer road, houses a Jain temple (1500) and palace. But, the palace which was once very popular in the vicinity is in ruins now. However, you should not miss out the opportunity to watch the primeval Jain temple, positioned at the entrance of the Tripolia gate. The Sanganer is even more famous for its creative block printing and manufacturing handmade papers.
If you prefer to live lavishly, then you have an option of booking a room in the Cottage Resort of Sanganer. Mini buses which start from Chand pol would take you to Sanganer from Jaipur.
Samode, on the banks of the Shekhawati River, is located at a distance of 42 km towards the north- western side of Jaipur. The astonishing palace of Samode was built by the finance minister of Jai Singh 2nd. The prominent artistic shekhawati architectures are significantly visible on the portraits of the 300 years old Darbar hall. The Darbar Hall displays the beguiling fine arts on three different slopes. The ornamentations, created with colorful pictures and glasses on the walls of Dewani Khas are compared with the splendid decorations of the palace of Amber. All the walls and ceiling of the palace are laudable for their class-apart architectural charm. The Jali architectural work on the palace walls is worthy of mention. Climb up the Samode fort, atop the Samode palace, crossing 300 stairways. About 4 km towards the south- eastern side of Jaipur, the Samode Bagh, located on the Jaipur- Agra road, looks mesmerizing for its eye catching Mughal architectures.
Tourists now can stay at the Hotel Samode Palace, built on the premise of the Samode palace. Watch the Rajasthani dance performance, performed by the Rajasthani folk stars, on the stage of the hotel Samode palace. Performers flock to the spot to showcase their talents even from the remote places of Rajasthan. You can even stay at the Luxury tent in Samode Bagh.
Amber: About 11 km towards the north- eastern side of Jaipur, Amber or Kachhawa Amber, is one of the prime attractions of Jaipur. The Amber palace or the fort, on the slope of the tough and soaring mountain, is the most alluring destination. The town, spread on the banks of the Maota Lake, had been derived its name from the deity Ambikeshwar Shiva. Another batch of people, however, opines that the name of Amber is derived from the emperor of Ayodhya called Ambarish.
The Amber palace can be accessed riding on an elephant. Interested holiday makers can hire a car or avail a bus from the city of Jaipur to the palace of Amber, located at an altitude of 500 meters. Frequent bus services are available to the Amber palace from the Hawa Mahal.
The fascinating Amber palace depicts the excellent Rajput architecture. More than 100 years were taken to complete the structure of the magnificent palace. The construction of the palace had been started in 1592 by the emperor Man Singh and was completed during the ruling period of Sawai Jai Singh. Opinions on this vary though. The ancient architectural touches are still appreciably prominent. The mosaic and mirror ornamentation display an innovative Mughal architectural elegance and flair. Hit the Raj Mahal of Man Singh crossing 5 contiguous gateways. The Jaleb Chowk, at the southern side of Amber, can be accessed crossing through the doorway called Suraj pol. The stairway would take you to the 1st floor of the monument through the Double Darwaza or Singh Pol. Shila Mata Jashoreshwari (kali) is residing at the right hand side of the 1st floor. The idol of the Hindu deity, Kali, is a marbled structure. Ask a local devotee about the mythological tales associated with the holy deity. Know why the deity here is tilted towards her left hand side. Watching the façade of the eight armed deity is an enticing experience. The formation of the idol is different but deserves praise. The silver doorway of the temple is well ornamented by the Bas relief panel. The excellent architecture on the temple walls are truly enthralling and attract devotees in countless numbers.
Dewani Aam, built by Mirza Raja Jai Singh 1st during 1639, was a hall where the emperor used to meet with the city inhabitants. Three of its sides are open and the hall is standing on 40 neighboring pillars, all of which were marvelously made up of marbles. The grey colored ceiling of the hall is an eye catching attraction. The pretty and miniature architectures on the higher side of the pillars are worth watching. The astonishing architectural grandeur of the meeting hall had been destroyed by the Mughal emperor Jahangir as he decided to cover up the entire artistic work. The king was jealous.
Located at the southern side of the Chowk, the Ganesh pol, was an impressive work of Jai Singh. He built the pol way back in 1639. The mosaic ornamentations and beautiful portraits decorate it. The deity Ganesh is residing on the top of the Ganesh pol. The pol had derived its name from the deity as well. The agreeable Jafri architectures on the walls of the Zenana Mahal are spectacular.
Jai temple, Sish Mahal, Yash temple, Sohag temple and Sukh temple had been constructed around the pretty orchard. The cream colored two storied Jai temple or the Dewani Khas VIP meeting hall had been artistically bejeweled with astonishing stones and bright pearls. The Yash temple showcases stylish mosaic architectures on glasses. The glass Mahal or Shish Mahal is impressive as well. If a candle is lighted in the Mahal, it seems that thousands of candles are lighted due to the magical formations of the mirrors on the walls and ceiling. The green-orange-red colored glasses amuse the hordes of tourists as well. Jai Singh 1st had built this captivating Mahal. Jali works on the windows of the Sohag temple are wonderful. To understand the architectural work thoroughly you have to stand there quietly for some time. Royal women used to enjoy the vista of the stately festival through these windows. Climb up the top most position of the Mahal to take a look at the surrounding natural backdrop. The architectures of Sukh Niwas or the pleasure hall on the grand doorway and sandalwoods pull huge crowds. The decorations with the teeth of elephants make it a special enticement. The stream of water which used to come down kissing the trunk of the hill was utilized to keep the rooms cool. Enjoy the cool breeze that comes through the Jafri.
The charm of the Mahal, erected by Man Singh 1st, is notable. The lovely work using the teeth of elephants, works on stones and pictures drawn on the stones are some of the evidences of the ancient works. Countless pictures of various noteworthy pilgrimage spots are put on display on the walls of the dining room. The style and panache of the architectural work are truly attention-grabbing. Baradari is based on 12 contiguous arches and is showing a nice commingling of Mughal and Hindu architectural flairs.
The ruins of the historical city of the emperor Biharimal can be witnesses in the vicinity. The holy Krishna temple and the sanctified Garuda temple here are recalling the old memories of the historical days. It is believed that Mira Bai had visited the temple previously. The commemorative in the close propinquity recollects the memories of the royal family. Different mythological tales, hunting and Dhola Maru stories had been exhibited using pillar and Bas relief methods. Don’t miss the chance to watch the Panna Mian Ki Baoli in ruins of the ancient civilization.
The archeological museum in the ancient stately guest room, on the northern banks of the Maota Lake, would show you primeval Rajasthani substances and articles.
Engrossed and interested travelers who are high on energy can slowly walk towards the higher acclivity to visit Jaigarh to watch the beguiling “The Fort of Victory”, built during 1726. Opinions about the construction of the fort differ though. The wonderful fort which depicts excellent Rajasthani architectures was a famous watch tower previously. The treasury of Sawai Jai Singh was there in Jaigarh. If you visit the place during 9-16:30, then you would be entertained by the splendor of armory, barrack and the largest war shooter (length: 8 meters and weight: 250 ton) of the world. The range of the war shooter was 25 km. The war shooter, however, had not been used ever. Stroll around the area and watch the weapon factory, water body, treasury, Ram Harihar 9 (10th century), Kal Bhairav and many more prime attractive spots. The nearby bulwark also offers a fascinating bird’s eye view of the “Pink City” and adjoining Aravalli. Diba Minar in the garh is a nice place where from tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding Sarah valley. You can savor the taste of local foods in “Chief Cook of Maharaj Restaurant”, founded by the chief cook of the old emperor. Another monument, the old Amber palace, built long back in 1216, is located adjacent to the royal restaurant.
The Hindu pilgrimage Balaji, about 2 ½ km from Jaipur, on the Agra-Jaipur highway, is worthy of mention as well. The pilgrimage spot is connected by bus from Bharatpur and Delhi.
The Shimmering Gangur festival is celebrated on the prolonged premise of Jaipur. The 18 days long festivity starts on the very next day of holy holi. The festival is celebrated along with a colorful procession. Well dressed women sing, dance and mark their way towards their destination. The pretty procession starts from Tripolia gate. The Hindu God, Shiva, moves alongside.
Another appealing attraction of the festival of holi here is the elephant festival. More than 50 well dressed elephants are ornamented and partake in the procession. Revelers spread the color and enjoy. Juvenile celebrants celebrate the occasion with fun and excitement.
Impressive Tij festival is celebrated to welcome monsoon. Innumerable elephants, horses and camels walk in the procession during the festive time of Tij.
The birth day of Jaipur is celebrated on 27th November every year. The appeal and grandness of the festivals, such as, Elephant polo and Muharram are striking. The State Tourism organizes Jaipur Ashoka festival on every Wednesday and Koti cultural program. The Koti cultural program is staged on the Rabindra Mancha in the Ram Niwas Bagh. You can also enjoy the kite festival, held during Makar Sankranti. The limitless sky looks colorful with various kinds of kites.
Two days are sufficient to watch the attractive places of Jaipur. Interested tourists can travel to Bharatpur, Alwar and Shekhawati from Jaipur.
How to reach: Jaipur can be accessed by train from Ahmadabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Abu Road, Allahabad, Dehradun, Ranthambore, Kolkata, Bangalore, Bilaspur and Guwahati. Various tourists’ destinations of north and central India are connected to Jaipur by bus as well.
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