Located at the centre of Tripolia Bazaar street, the imposing yellow Tripolia Gate leads into the royal quarter of the city. Nowadays public traffic is allowed through, but in the heyday of the Kingdom of Jaipur, only the Maharaja, his royal family and his court were allowed through. Beyond Tripolia Gate are two other minor gates that lead to City Palace and Jantar Mantar.
Officially called Iswari Minar Swarga Sal ("Heaven Piercing Tower"), this minaret-like tower was erected in 1749 by the son of Sawari Jai Singh II, Iswari Singh to commemorate his victories. It dominates the skyline in the heart of the old city near Tripolia Gate, the entrance to the City Palace complex. Its design shows clearly the Islamic/Mughal influence on Jaipur's architecture.
A street scenes in the old part of Jaipur, the Pink city (which is made of red sandstones). Pictures are taken with GPS coordinates so you can track them on Google Earth.
26° 55' 30.5000" N 75° 49' 26.8800" E
26° 55' 31.4600" N 75° 49' 27.7300" E
Probably the building that springs to the mind of most when you mention Jaipur is this - Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). If the Jajput artistry on the exterior of this 5-storey building does not 'wow' you then bear in mind it was built purely for the ladies in the Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh's household - so that they could watch the street aand the processions!
You can go to the top to get great views.
I think it is closed Fri, Sat & Sun.
This was the coolest thing I did in Jaipur-I did my sight seeing on cycle. The trail was captained by this indian girl and a french girl at the back. They were great at their job-meandered our way through cows, stray dogs, street kids, tuk tuks, men in bright turbans, cyclists going to work, people walking then we cycled past a lake and across a ravine, through a village and old abandoned mansions-no ppl here cycling was easy but was getting tired. Luckily they made us stop several times and the exhaustion was worth the trip. Started at 6 am and finished at 12 noon. They even got us buttermilk from a century old shop and a few snacks that were very indian to finish off with. Each cycle had a towel, a bottle of filtered water and a torch(?) very cool and different experience. Though we opted for the shorter tour (6 am to 10 am) we ended up doing the longer one. Cost us 1500 bucks for the day but we ended up seeing Jaipur like never before!
Just pay attention to these things:
Do not wander around alone. The Indian passengers are best buddies for trying shopping; they can help you with the language can get some decent bargains. Debi, the saviour helped several.
Enter the train only if you are an avid train journey lover and can enjoy the long hours of journey on a moving train.
Ohh...and of course...don't forget to book your tickets in advance...for the train gets full way early
So she was blabbering out so much in a time that it was practically impossible to describe the train…all of a sudden she sounded as if was reciting her fantasy ride on Santa’s sleigh. The train mainly wanders inside the largest state of the country, Rajasthan. Rajasthan has been long known for its royal elegance and thus the trip includes lots of palace tours, beautiful architecture, lots of culture viewing, folk dance and music shows, classy dining and not to forget a desert camel safari. The train itself has two restaurants named Maharaja (King) and Maharani (Queen).
It was amazing to know that just seven day tour together made her such great friends with the fellow passengers; guess what they still are in touch and are planning a trip to Goa (This time I’ll hop in for sure)…
I am hereby jotting down the experiences of my friend, Debi who had the pleasure of travelling via my dream ride "Palace on Wheels". This is one of the very few luxury trains in India and thus a journey by Palace on Wheels has always been on my wish list. The journey starts at Delhi Cantonment Station and provides an opportunity to explore nine most culturally thriving regions of Delhi, Rajasthan and Agra. Put in Debi’s words “It was awesome yaar (buddy)”; she gave me all the details about her “awesome” tour making me more and more envious
Anyways…the journey of Palace on Wheels starts on Wednesday when in the morning at 09:30 the guests are welcomed in traditional manner at the station; a Delhi tour is next in the scheme of things. It was after this tour that Debi finally entered the train and placed herself in a sweet air- conditioned cabin reserved for her. I can tell that more than anything else she was particularly charmed by the warm and traditional hospitality of the service staff there…
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.
One famous natural spot in Jaipur is the Sambhar salt lake. Sambhar is famous for the country's largest inland salt lake and is 94 kilometers to the west of Jaipur. It is also known for the famous and holy Devayani tank, the palace and Naliasar which is pretty close by. It is one the things you should see when you go to Jaipur and it is near a historic palace which people would also want to see.
Visit the Raj Mandir Cinema to see a Bollywood movie; said to be the most beautiful cinema in Asia. Movies are shown at approx. Noon, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm. Tickets are 100 rupees for the best seats in the upper gallery. Popcorn, sweets and drinks are available in the foyer and upstairs.
This impressive building was built by Sir Swinton Jacob and is situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. It contains rare collections of decorative art objects, paintings and Persian Golden Carpets dating back to 1632 (viewed on request). On the ground floor there is Metal Art, Arms and Armour, International Art, Stone Sculpture, Indian Pottery and The Carpet Collection.
On the first floor you can see Miniature Paintings, Clay Figures, Musical Instruments, Textiles and Garments, Furniture and Wooden Work, Lacquer Work, Jewellery and Ivory Objects, Stone Carving and Dynamic Gallery.
Entry costs 50 rupees per foreign adult. No photos/video are allowed inside. Open 10am-4.30pm.
This small town is 16kms from Jaipur and is renowned for block printing, the famous blue pottery and handmade paper making. It owes it's success to a rivulet whose waters have a mineral content that fixes dyes.
Govind Dev Ji Temple is one amongst the major tourist attractions of Jaipur. The Temple represents the royal past of Jaipur. The Temple is dedicated to Govind Dev Ji (Other name of Lord Krishna). Govind Devji Temple of Jaipur is situated in the City Palace complex, between the Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal. Govind Dev Ji is the principal deity of Amber's Kachawaha Dynasty. In the earlier times, the idol of the lord used to reside in the temple of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh.
According to a legend, Govind Dev Ji appeared in the dream of Raja Sawai Jai Singh and asked him to bring his idol from Vrindavan to Jaipur. As a consequence, Raja Sawai Jai Singh brought the idol and placed in the City Palace complex of Jaipur. After the sad demise of Jai Singh, many successors acquired the throne, but Raja Man Singh took the initiative to build the temple in 1890.
The beautiful image of Radha-Krishna doesn't let people to take off their eyes from the lovely view. Different 'Aartis' and 'Bhog' are offered to the deity at seven different times of the day. Every time, when the idols are revealed to the devotees, they are clothed in a different manner. The Devotees, who come here to get the glance or 'Darshan' of the deities, reverberates the temple with the pious phrase "Jai Govind".
A large number of tourists and devotees visit this temple of special importance. Janmashtmi, the birthday of Lord Krishna, is a special event and is celebrated with full enthusiasm. Govind Dev Ji Temple is a sacred place of the Hindus. The Temple has also become a tourist attraction in the contemporary times.
Once at this town go to the mountains and Visit the Jaigarh Fort and have a look at the world's biggest Canon. Amber Fort next to it is also must see as this is where the main activities used to happen. There is a famous Devi temple where even today the Maharaja worships. Nahargarh Fort is also right next to Amer at the top. The city view from the here is simply amazing at night. Hawa Mahal at Badi Chaupar is also a beautiful building giving Jaipur its own existance. Visit City Palace, the original Palace of Maharaja which is now converted into a Museum.
Jal Mahal on the way to Amber is also a good Photo opportunity. Kanak Vrinidavan a Krishna Temple along with a garden is can also be visited.
A newly developed Biological Park at JLN Road is a beautiful piece of greenary. visit it in the morning or evening and you can also have bird watching here.
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