Temples in Jaipur
Jaipur is one of the most important centers of Vaishnavism in northern India. Almost all the sects of Vaishnava both Ramavats and Krishnavats are represented here and some of these sects have their most important temples or monasteries situated in this city. So Jaipur is also famous as a city of temples. Good number of temples exist here. Shila Deviji Temple in Amber Fort
Originally the temple was constructed by Maharaja Man Singh I in 1604 AD. It is situated very close to his palaces. Since his days ShilaMata has been regularly worshipped by the Kachhwaha rulers even today. Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II got marble work over the original red sandstone structure. During Navratra thousand of devotees irrespective of their religion visit this shrine and offer their prayers and offerings.
Helping Suffering Animals in India
It's not unusual to see monkeys, camels, donkeys, and the ever-present cows in India, not only in and around her half million rural villages, but even strewn among the traffic in towns and chaotic cities. For the vast majority of these animals, life is hard work, whether plowing fields or pulling heavy loads that machinery might accomplish in more developed countries. And although many people try to care for their animals, the pressures of slim profit margins can mean that an animal is urged on to work, sometimes literally to death.
Many locals and travelers alike have seen these disturbing images of animals in pain, malnourished, working too hard. But when Englishwoman Mishy Rogers saw crows pecking out the eyes of a blind horse in Delhi in 1980, she vowed to do something for animals.
She launched Help In Suffering (HIS), which today is a fantastic two-acre animal shelter located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Years later, with thirty staff on board, HIS has made important strides in animal welfare. HIS has advocated for better conditions for the elephants at Amber Fort in Jaipur, securing signs for reporting mistreatment, a shade canopy, access to water, and reduced working hours in hot months.
Likewise, there are HIS mobile programs to teach pony-cart drivers about pain-free hoof cleaning and camel drivers about inserting humane nose pegs. There is a street dog birth control and vaccination program that has sterilized 70 percent of all female dogs in Jaipur (26,000 dogs!) and reduced rabies cases down to zero - an important accomplishment in a country that still sees 20,000 human rabies deaths a year.
Travelers on India trips with Intrepid have been impressed, even moved, when visiting the HIS sanctuary in Jaipur, where they are likely to see all sorts of animals in various states of recovery. One group met a man whose livelihood depended on his sweet, small pony, which had suffered an infection. This very poor yet sincerely concerned man was involved in the care of the pony, shown how to give medication, and encouraged to lay out his bedroll and sleep right next to the pony until recovered. In this way, HIS is helping animals and the people who rely on them, and so are Intrepid travelers who choose to donate. You can visit the HIS animal shelter on any Intrepid trip that travels through Jaipur if you wish, but a special visit is always organized on our India Family Adventure.
We rode up to the Amber Fort by elephant, the queue was very long but moved quickly and the early morning ride was lovely.
Although you are high on the elephant you are not safe from the hawkers though ! they still follow you......
The Amber Fort
Great things to see in Jaipur-
The Palace of the winds- this is now just a facade but a beautiful piece of architecture.
Jantar Mantar observatories, these are a series of giant sun-dials and odd-shaped objects for astrological observations. It is amazing that all these items are still used today.
However the best thing to do when in Jaipur, is to travel just 6 miles out of the city to Amber. The Amber fort sits high on the hill overlooking the narrow gorge. The most exciting part of this trip is the 20 minute elephant ride which takes you up the steep road leading up to the fort.
Ram Niwas Bagh
is among one of the green patches in the city of Jaipur. Along with enhancing natural beauty of the city, the garden also houses a couple of prominent attractions of the city. Built by Sawai Raja Pratap Singh in the year 1868, this Garden was specially constructed to offer relief to the people of Jaipur from the drought that had taken over the state. It is believed that the total expense for constructing the Bagh was around four lakh rupees at that time.