Jaipur - The Pink City
Rajasthan's 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. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic wares.
Pink City- Jaipur is certainly a major attraction for first time visitor. Fascinating places worth a visit include: Amer Palace, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh and Jai Garh.
Amber Fort :
The kachchwahas ruled from Amber,11 KM from Jaipur,for seven centuries. With a history so old, it is not unexpected that there is a lot of the past that can be traced in its archaeological history.While many of the very early structures have either disappeared or been ruined those dating from the 16th century on air in a remarkable state of preservation. Amber as it exits now is the handiwork of three of the kingdom's rulers that include Man Singh, and Jai Singh I and II. Approached from a steet ramp, visitors ride up on elephant back, entering through the grand Singh Pol gateway and and continuing to Jaleb Chowk,the courtyard wher they disembark from the pacheyderm.From here,they are faced with two flights of steps, one leading to the Shitla Mata complex with its enshirned image of the goddess, and the other to the main palace complex.
Jaigarh Fort :
Made famous because of the myths of buried treasure,Jaigarh was defended by the mina tribesmen in the Kachchwaha army who once ruled from this hilly perch.Though the ancestry of the fort is ancient, this military structure was renovated in the 16th and 17th centuries,and had a cannon foundry on its premises.it is one of thethree hilltop forts that stand sentinel over jaipur.
Jantar Mantar :
A stone observatory, part of the City Palace Complex, Jantar Mantar is one of several other astronomical observatories created by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh (others in Delhi, Banaras, Ujjain). These concrete masonry instruments were used to measure everything from altitude to time, and map the movement of the planets and the stars.
Govind Dev Ji temple :
A part of City Palace complex, this Krishna temple is highly revered by the erstwhile royal family. The image, brought from Vrindaban, is housed with in the sanctum of this spireless temple.
The City Palace :
As may be expected, the City Palace complex lies at the heart of the city. Getting in is simpler than it once was though the erstwhile Maharaja and his family and close friends use the triple-arched Tripolia Gate to enter their section of the palace, most visitors are ushered in through Atish Pol which is located close to the royal stables. Cross from here to Chandni Chowk or Moonlit Square, and then on to Gainda Ki Deorhi or Rhinoceros Gate.
Nahargarh Fort :
The third of the hilltop forts that guard jaipur, and in a state of majestic ruin, it has some lovely gardens and pavilions added after the capital had shifted to Jaipur. The members of the royal family often used it for summer excurions and picnics.
Hawa Mahal :
Located to one side, but a part of the City Palaca Complex, Hawa Mahal is best viewed from the street outside. if it were not for the bustling all around, it would have been easy to mistake it for a film set, so exqusitely is it proportioned, and so incongruous is its delicasy. Hawa Mahal consists of five tiers of corridors on the inside, with pierced screen windows that overlook the street below. It is believed the women of the royal zenana would sit concealed behind these screens to see life in the city beyond the walls of the palace.
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