The elephant festival is held March/April to celebrate Holi and is held the day after Holi. Elephants are beautifully decorated and paraded in a procession along with camels, horses and folk dances. There are also elelphant races, elephant polo matches as well as a tug of war between elephants and men. Usually held at the Chaugan Stadium.
Shopping in Jaipur
The founder of the city of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh, dispatched emissaries all over the country inviting artisans to come and settle in his new capital. Special areas were designated for their places of work and residence and the incentives were an attempt to ensure they came with their families; for only then would they settle for good in Jaipur. This farsightedness has made Jaipur the crafts capital of the country. Indeed, the city's lifeblood seems to be derived from the industry of gems and jewelry and the cottage-scale industries dealing in the arts and crafts. Sari
City Palace "Chandra Mahal"
Built by Sawai Jai Singh, the City Palace of Jaipur still houses the royal family. The royal family of Jaipur lives in the Chandra Mahal Palace, inside the City Palace complex. However, the ground floor of this palace is open to the public. Here, you can see some rare exhibits that are on display. You can also have a look at the exquisite peacock in the courtyard outside the palace. A blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, the Jaipur City Palace is situated in the center of the walled city.
The first sight you see on entering the palace complex is Mubarak Mahal (palace), constructed by Sawai Madho Singh. The palace dated back to 19th Century. The main purpose behind the palace was to serve as a reception center for the persons visiting the nobles. This palace now houses the museum of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. The museum has a rich collection of royal costumes, folk embroidery, rare and invaluable Pashmina (Kashmiri) Shawls, Sanganeri prints and Benaras silk saris. Also on display, are some of the bulky clothes worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I, a former ruler.
Also inside the complex of the City Palace of Rajasthan is the Maharani's Palace, the palace of the Queen. Quite unusually, this palace has on a display of the Rajput weaponry dating back to as far as the 15th century. All the weaponry is exquisite and very well preserved. Even the wall frescoes are in an amazingly well preserved condition. The display includes pistols, jeweled swords, guns and gun powder pouches, a belt swords, chain armors, small cannons, poison tipped blades, etc. However, the most impressive of them is the scissor-action dagger, a dagger with handles that were released once the weapon was thrust into a person.
Housing an art gallery is the Diwan-e-aam, the hall of public audience. Some of the invaluable handwritten original manuscripts of Hindu scriptures are exhibited in the museum, especially the miniature copies of the sacred Bhagwat Gita. Also on display are delicate miniature paintings belonging to the Rajasthani, Mughal and Persian schools. These paintings bring forth some very capturing displays like Ramayana theme, etc. also worth seeing are the elephant saddles called "haudha" and the beautifully painted ceilings of the building.
Peepholes for the Ladies
Hawa Mahal is five stories and displays 953 pink standstone windows which are known as ‘jharokhas’ which resembles a honeycomb effect. It was built for the ladies of the royal household so as to allow them to observe the festive possessions and the bazaars in the street below without being seen from the outside.
Bazaars of Jaipur
When Maharaja Sawai Jai Sing II commissioned the construction of his new capital, Jaipur, in the 18th century, he immediately encouraged merchants and artisans to settle in the city to promote it as a commercial centre, a tradition that continues to this day. Jai Singh II's planned city and its wide boulevards were divided into bazaars, each of which often specialising in a random type of merchandise. Examples include Johari Bazaar (jewellery), Bapu Bazaar (leathers and fabrics), and Tripolia Bazaar (kitchenware and utensils). The area is very walkable, but beware, shop sellers can be aggressive in trying to lure customers in. Attached are a few photos of Jaipur's bazaars.