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JAIPUR - The Pink City of Rajasthan

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 Sightseeing :

The City Palace

In the heart of the old city, is the former royal residence, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Grey-white marble columns, ornate with floral motifs in gold and coloured stones, support the carved arches. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The retainers whose families have served generations of rulers serve as guides. The Palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory, of Mughals and Rajputs, including swords, of different shapes and sizes with chased handles, some of

them inlaid with enamel and embellished with jewels, and encased in magnificent scabbards. The palace also has an art gallery, with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works, in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh II, to study astronomy in detail. The palace is within city limits and accessible by road.

Hawa Mahal

Built in 1799 A.D. the Hawa Mahal or Palace of winds is a major Rajput landmark. This five-storey building, along the main street of the old city, is in pink splendor, with semi octagonal and delicately honey combed sandstone windows. The monument was originally conceived, with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household, to watch the everyday life and royal processions of the city.

Amer

Amer or Amber was the former capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs, of the old state of Dhundhar, for seven centuries. In the high season, this is one of India's most popular tourist sites, with continues a train of colorfully decorated elephants, walking up and down the ramp. From the side of the main road, one can catch a dramatic view of the hilltop palace. The Palace and the Jaigarh fort show distinct Mughal influence.

Amer Palace

A beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples built by Raja Man Singh, over a period of about two centuries, still stand in a magnificent state. The palace complex emerges dramatically from the placid waters of the Maotha Lake and is approachable only through a steep path. Tourists often ride on the elephant back to the Singh Pol and the Jaleb Chowk. Two flights of stairs rise from one end of the chowk, one leading to the Shila Mata Temple and other to the palace complex. The image of the patron goddess was brought from Jessore in

East Bengal (now in Bangladesh) by Raja Man Singh; to be installed here and worshipped by thousands of devotee, a spectacular pillared hall-- Diwan-e-Aam and a double storeyed painted gateway, Ganesh Pole, dominate the front courtyard. An elegant tiny garden in Charbag style, beyond the corridors, has Sukh Niwas to its right and Jas Mandir to its left. The latter combines the Mughal and Rajput architecture, seen in its beautiful interior with intricately carved Jali screens, delicate mirror and stuccowork and painted and carved dadoes. The well proportioned Mohan Bari or Kesar Kyari in the center of the Maotha Lake and the Dilaram Bagh at its north end provides a spectacular view of the palaces above.

Jantar Mantar

This stone observatory is the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments, whose settings and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy. The most striking of these are the Ram Yantras used for gauging altitudes.

BM Birla Planetarium

The Planetarium offers unique audio-visual education and entertainment, with its modern computerized projection system. For school groups, concessions are available. It is closed on the last Wednesday of every month.

Govind Devji Temple

This is the most popular spire less temple of Jaipur, and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located in the central pavilion of the Jai Niwas Garden to the north of Chandra Mahal. Sawai Jai Singh as his family deity reinstalled the image of the patron Deity-Govind Devji, originally installed in a temple at Vrindavan.

Galtaji

This is one of the ancient pilgrimage center lying beyond the gardens, amidst low hills, temples. Pavilions and holy kunds (natural spring and reservoirs) along with lush landscape make it a delightful spot. The small temple of the Sun God, built by Diwan Kriparam, on the top of the highest peak is visible from all parts of the city.

Other Excursions

JAISINGHPURA KHOR - 12 km off Amer Road. One of the settlements of the Meena tribe, it has a formidable fort, a Jain temple and a steep well, amid lush surroundings. MADOGARH-TUNGA - At a distance of 40 km, on the Bassi-Lalsot Agra Road, Tunga was witness to a historic battle, fought between the Jaipur forces and the Marathas. The fort is nestled amidst beautiful mango orchards.

Albert Hall Museum

Sawai Ram Singh II built it in 1868 A.D. as a famine relief project and it includes a lush spacious garden with a zoo, an aviary, a greenhouse, a herbarlum, a museum and a popular sports ground. The Albert Hall, a fine example of Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture, designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, was opened later with an exquisite collection of sculptures, paintings, decorative wares, natural history specimen, an Egyptian mummy and the celebrated Persian carpet. Recently, the Rabindranath Manch, with an auditorium, a modern art gallery and an open-air theatre, has been added to promote cultural events.

Sanganer

At a distance of 12 km away from Jaipur city, Sanganer is located on the Tonk road. In addition to its ruined palaces, Sanganer has exquisitely carved Jain temples. The town is entered though the ruins of two tripolias (Triple gateways). The town is an important center for the crafts industry and produces some of the finest hand printed textiles, from units of block and screen printers. This textile is popular all over the country and abroad. It is well connected by roads from Jaipur, apart from other cities.

Samode

It is a 40 km away from northwest of Jaipur. The beautiful Samode Palace, has been rebuilt and renovated and provides a fine example of the Rajput haveli architecture and is an ideal spot for outgoings.

Nahargarh

Nahargarh (tiger Fort), overlooks the city of Jaipur from a sheer ridge to the north and is floodlit at night. The fort was built in 1734 by Jai Singh and extended in 1868. A 9 km road runs up through the hills from Jaipur, and the fort can be reached along a zigzagging 2km path which starts from the north - west of the old city. The glorious view fully justify the effort. Inside the fort you can visit the Madhavendra Bhavan housing the nine apartments of Maharaja Ram Singh's nine wive. The rooms are linked by a maze of corridors and retain some delicate frescoes, as well as toilets and kitchen herths.

Sisodia Rani Garden

Beautifully landscaped gardens, laid out in the 18th and 19th century, by kings and courtiers, dot the narrow gorge in the southeastern corner of the walled city, along the road to Agra. Sisodia Rani Garden has tiered multilevel gardens with fountains, water channel and painted pavilions and suites of living rooms. Amongst others, Vidyadhar-ka-Bagh, is the best preserved one, with shady trees, flowing water, and an open pavilion. The planner of the city, Vidyadhar, built it.

Ramgarh Lake

It is located at 32 km northeast of Jaipur. A huge artificial lake was created, by constructing a high bund amidst tree covered hills. While the temple of Jamwa Mata and the ruins of the old fort, are some of its antiquities, its beautiful landscape, especially during monsoons, makes it an idyllic picnic spot.

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