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Capital in Pink !!!
A day in Jaipur
Following are the places I visited:
1. Albert hall: Its the city museum. It is oldest museum of the state. Situated in Ram Niwas Garden just outside the city walls. It is a storehouse of knowledge. Has following sections:
A) Section consisting old utensils: By old I mean ones used by the kings and queens and all made with precious metal. There was something which intrigued me in this section. It was the depiction of Ramayana and Mahabharat done for Akbar by one of his men. It was on a huge plate (gold). All the events of these two epics was very neatly depicted on that plate (since old condition of the plate has deteriorated a bit, but some scenes are still clearly visible). Another was hukah, to be more particular the mouth of the smoking pipe, it was shaped like a jewellery hand of a lady.
B) The Egyptian Section: It consisted of miniatures of Egyptian Gods, the boxes which the Egyptians used, it has mummy too ( an original one brought from Egypt, as told), some sculptures.
C)Section consisting of various pots on which are an example of unique craftsmanship:some are of Delhi, some are Chinese.
D)Arms and Armoury Section :Has variety of arms which were used by the kings like different type of swords, kevlar, guns, helmet, bow and arrow. There is one gun in particular it is huge. Its barrel is very thick and long.
E) Sections consisting of paintings: Consists of painting which I am quite sure you have no clue about, well I had no clue until I saw them. There were something which I never knew about like the 16 dancing music styles, bad dreams of Chandragupta, 16 dreams of a Jain thirthankers mother prior to his birth.
F) Sections Consisting of Musical instruments: Had variety of sarang, guitar which was more like a sitar, types of sitar etc. One instrument in particular, rabab, it is of mughal era and it gigantic.
G) Section consisting of sculptures of Gods : Some of the sculptures are broken and not in good shape. It has other sections which consist of carpets, clay models, masks, clothes etc. And yes it has amazing wall paintings which should definitely be seen if you plan to visit there.
2. Govind dev ji temple: Temple is near city palace. The back side of the restricted area of the city place can be seen from the temple premises. It is always flooded with devotees. The temple is huge. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
3. Hawa mahal: It was built by Mahraja Pratap Singh. It is a five story building built in the form of the crown of Lord Krishna (as told by one of the guards of Hawa mahal).
Five floors are as follows:
A) Sharad Mandir for autumn celebrations.
B) Ratan Mandir for glass work.
C) Vichitra Mandir, where the king worshipped his deity Lord Krishna.
D) Prakash Mandir having open terrace at both sides
E) Hawa madir (that is why name Hawa mahal)
Although deteriorated, The glass work done is insane (in good sense). And view from the 5th floor is picturesque and uninterrupted. You can see the busy on roads on one side, Jantar Mantar on one side (samrat yantra in particular), and the fort and the city on the one side.
Here is the list of other places which should be seen if on tour of Jaipur: City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh, Jaigarah, Amber Fort, Birla Mandir,
Things to Eat ( there are others as well, but these should not be missed): Kachori and samosa, Dal Batti, Tikiya of LMB, Kulfi on Pandit Kulfi near Hawa Mahal.
While travelling through the city area you will come across various shops selling sarees, sweets, authentic Rajasthani jewellery, Mojdiya ( type of footwear), leather bags and various other things, so in respect of shopping Jaipur has a lot of things to offer. Make the trip memorable by buying souvenirs and things for which Jaipur is famous for.
To sum up, this solo trip was fabulous, terrific, active, stunning, breath taking. In short everything good. Was a whole new experience since this was my first solo trip and that too on bicycle. Bicycling through the busy roads of the Jaipur within the walls, keeping check on all the four sides while riding, passing through narrow lanes where only two vehicle can accommodate at a time, experiencing the cool wind passing through your hair, adoring the feeling of the sun warming the skin (since its winters). Too ecstatic.
I am heading to Jaipur
History of Jaipur
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is also known as the ‘Pink City’. Jaipur is an enchanting historical city and was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh, the King of Amer. Also, the city of Jaipur is named after him.
During the rule of Sawai Ram Singh, the city of Jaipur was painted pink to greet Prince Edward and Queen Victoria. Since then, Jaipur came to be known as the Pink City. The City also remains to be the gateway to India’s exuberant state of Rajasthan.
People and Culture of Jaipur
Jaipur is one of the popular tourist places in India. All year round, it is swarming with tourists from all over the world. The colourful streets, a blend of old and new Jaipur and the rich splendour cultural heritage are Jaipur’s most attractive features. The main language of Jaipur is Rajasthani but Marwari, Hindi and English are also spoken here. It has a good cosmopolitan mix in terms of population and culture, celebrating Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Muslim and Christian festivals. Few of the main festivals of Jaipur are Gangaur festival, Teej festival, Elephant Fair, Jaipur Literature festival, Kite festival, Chhat ka Mela in Amber during Navratri.
Things to Do in Jaipur
Jaipur is abode to magnificent palaces, splendid forts and charming architectural buildings and hence there are a lot of sightseeing in Jaipur that tourists must indulge in. City Palace is one of the most popular Jaipur attractions. With a charismatic architecture, this palace has gardens, courtyards and many other important buildings that are housed in it. From places to visit in Jaipur, Amber Fort is another spectacular tourist place. The fort has a royal palace that portrays a merge of Hindu and Muslim architecture and it also depicts the lifestyle of the Rajputs.
Hawa Mahal is another one from Jaipur places to visit. This palace has honeycombed hive architecture and is built of red and pink sandstones. Jal Mahal and Jantar Mantar are two other Jaipur tourist places that you must visit.
Food and Shopping in Jaipur
Apart from places to see in Jaipur, there is lots of other entertainment to catch up in Jaipur. A trip to Jaipur is incomplete without munching on the local Rajasthani cuisine. Dal Bati Churma, Ghewar, Kalakand and Bajre Ki Khichri are some of the famous dishes of Jaipur. Things to do in Jaipur include a visit to Choki Dhani- a place where you can enjoy food along with the vibrant culture of Rajasthan.
Johari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar and Chaura Rasta are some of the famous markets where you will find everything from lehengas to handicrafts to bangles and pottery. Jaipur tour is incomplete without raiding and shopping from these markets.
Accommodation in Jaipur
For transport options and figuring out how to reach Jaipur, one can opt for going by road, by flight, by bus or by train. For accommodation, one can choose to stay in budget hotels, resorts, guest houses or luxury hotels. There is no shortage of accommodation here in Jaipur. Keeping the entire list of Jaipur sightseeing in mind, plan an itinerary, book one of the hotels in Jaipur well in advance and take off to this Pink City!
Jaipur seems to be very popular this season!