jaipur is a fascinating City of lanes and Gullies that can lead to fascinating bazzars, opulent palces and historic forts.All prominant buildings here are painted pink giving it its name of" pink city"On its colourful streets can be seen modern and traditional India -Camels and turbanned villagers with cars and Motorbikes.
Don't miss the
City Palace, jantar Mantar observatory, amber Fort and Hawa mahal.
The easiest way to travel in jaipur i found was to hire an Autorickshaw and fix the price for the day including waiting times.The drivers are generally very honest and know the city well and I was lucky to get one who had a wealth of information.
Now this is one beautiful structure! Hawa Mahal (or Palace of the Winds) was designed in such a manner, that all the maharaja's wives and courtesans could get a front-row view of the streets below, without being spotted in turn!
Architecturally, it's superb. There's nothing like this anywhere in the world. It's pretty in the morning, and even prettier at night - when the rousing markets in front of the Mahal swing into all their frenzied activity - making the Palace seem like its come to life. Enchanting :)
Everything happens at the same time - people, rickshaws, thoughts, feelings come flooding at you from all quarters... and it's an enthralling experience! To take it all in, just bring yourself down to where the drama's at its maddest - the marketplace.
All the major street markets are close to each other, either running parallel or just a few streets away. It's great to experience all the sensations head-on, especially during the bitingly cold winter.
I met a whole motley crew of characters within half an hour - vendors, kite-flying specialists, tourists, and most unforgettably, a couple of kids who just wouldn't leave unless i took their photograph first :)
You can reach the Cenotaphs of Royal Gaitor using the Zorawar or Samrat gates at the northern city wall. (A cenotaph is a tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person whose remains are elsewhere.) The cenotaphs are made of marble or sandstone. What is particularly interesting about the cenotaphs is that each has a different design and is styled according to the power and majesty of a particular king during his lifetime.
This was a beautiful, peaceful place that contained the cenotaphs of the maharajas of Jaipur from Jai Singh II (founder of Jaipur) to Man Singh II (last maharaja of Jaipur).
Open daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission is free, but you may be required to pay a small camera fee.
Jal Mahal (The Water Palace) was built by the ruler Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 A.D. It stands like some tragic love story, full of remembrances past, in the midst of beautiful Man Sagar lake.
This lake itself was formed by construcing a dam between the two hills by Sawai Man Singh I. Interestingly, four floors of Jal Mahal lie underwater, and what you see is just the one floor, peering up above the still waters.
Like many of the Palaces in and around Jaipur, there's this mythical aura surrounding Jal Mahal, an unexplainable grace that seems to pervade the very fabric of the city.
A beautiful, surreal spectacle awaits you on Jaipur's myriad streets. You're likely to see hundreds of colourful kites renting the sky, zig-zagging across the big blue canvas. Following the kite strings down to their owners, you'll see loads of excitable boys and girls on the rooftops of their houses, revelling in the freedom of their endless playground.
The scene is charming enough to begin with - old, rose pink, Islamic style houses with open rooftops and corridors. And then you've got these little devils enacting their own star wars episodes from street to street! Life's just one big adventure :)
Friends have told me that Jal Mahal during the monsoons is really something to behold, 'cause the lake gets filled with water hyacinths, and there's this amazing contrast between the green on the water and the crimson of the Palace walls.
That's something I'll have to save for another trip.
But on my last journey, i was fortunate enough to see the Palace bathed in a full moon's light, and the sight of the silently regal Mahal shimmering as if in a crystal dream is one of those memory gems I'm going to carry with me always.
As you would see from the picture, the man on my right side is thinking “And who tha hell is this man? And what tha f*** is doing here?!”...That’s why, you gotta come to this amazing market.
None is stressing you, and you are the main attarction. Passing trought the streets of this cool market, someone will offer you a piece of flower, and he is seriously offering you this!!!! Something that will never happend again in the whole country!.
The market is pretty small, but walk trough it, up and down, is a pretty nice activity that will take you a couple of hours.
The smell that there is in the whole area is somehting beautifull.
If you keep the Hawa Mahal on your backside, just cross the street and keep the right. The market is located 100 meter on the right, you cannot miss it!
You can climb Iswari Minar Swarga Sal to get a great view over Jaipur and the old town. The entrance to the minaret is from a small street behind Chandpol Bazaar, near Tripolia Gate. The man selling tickets asked for Rs 20, but I pointed out that it only said Rs 10 on the ticket (August 2010). That was the price so that was what I was paying. He didn’t have change to a 50-rupee bill but would get that while I was climbing the minaret. He told me to put the ticket in my bag while visiting the minaret and I think he wanted me to forget about my change when I came back down. I didn’t forget, but the man had “forgotten” and had to be reminded.
There is a spiral passway with no steps leading up to the top of the minaret. Along the way are several pigeons and lots of pigeon poo.
The minaret, which is also called Heaven Piercing Minaret, was built by Iswari, the son of Jai Singh. Iswari committed suicide when Maratha troops where advancing, and at his funeral his 21 wives and concubines committed jauhar, a traditional ritual where the wives died on their husbands pyre.
Iswari Minar Swarga Sal is open between 9.00 - 16.30.
Jaipur's streets are like a big Broadway theatre - of dreams, hopes, trinkets, clothes, and what have you. You're likely to come across some pretty amazing stuff in the millions of gullies and little side-roads that dot the city.
Just outside the front gate to the City Palace, I stumbled across these guys on the left - a troupe of about ten gypsy sellers, peddling their amazing-looking ornate oil lanterns.
Also, whatever else you do, don't forget to sample the road gourmet - samosas, wadas, peanuts - there's enough in here to keep a foodie from getting to the palaces and forts!
Located in the Ram Niwas Gardens, Prince Albert Hall was built by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II and dedicated to Queen Victoria's husband in 1876. Its architecture is a rather strange combination Victorian, Hindu and Mughal styles, and was actually designed by Colonel Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. Prince Albert Hall is now the Central Museum of Jaipur, displaying a fine collection of Rajastani art and culture, as well as miscellaneous other objects, such as an Egyptian mummy. Nearby Durbar Hall displays several valuable carpets, including the Persian Garden Carpet, created in 1632, one of the world's largest hand-woven carpets in the world. These are the government museums as contrasted with the museum of the city palace, partially owned and controlled by Jaipur's former family leadership.
Our driver asked if we wanted to go for a rickshaw ride and we looked at each other, giggling like kids, and agreed with a mixture of trepidation and excitement.
When the rickshaws pulled up I was even more dubious, as their drivers both looked about eighty years old and weighed about seven stone. I figured there was no way these guys could manage us, but our driver encouraged us and, on the understanding that this is a way of life for them, off we set around Jaipur.
The signts were amazing, and so much easier to see the real city when using the local mode of transport.
There was a little consternation when both rickshaws stopped inexplicably at a market and motioned us to stay where we were. Next thing my driver arrived back with garlands of marigolds for each of us, and a beautiful rose (which I put in my hair).
At the end of the half hour trip we tipped them handsomely. although we were subsequently warned against over-tipping.
It was one of the real highlights of my trip and I'd just love to do it again. It's one of those things that leaves a big smile on your face :-)
Take some time and wander around in the bazaars in Old Town. Small shops line the streets and often you find that neighbouring shops specialise in the same craft. You will find almost everything here: carpets, printed textiles, saris, jewellery, leather footwear, iron work, kitchen utensils, marble and stoneware and much more. Even if you don’t want to buy anything it is nice to see what’s on sale and to watch all the people.
Most shops in the bazaar are open between 10.30 - 19.30 on Mondays - Saturdays.
The palace of Jaipur known as the Hawa Mahal, is a piece of beauty. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. the design resembles the crown of Lord Krishna. It has five stories and is made of red and pink sandstone. The side overlooking the busy street in front has 953 small windows of various shapes through which the Hawa or breeze circulates into the palace and from which the palace gets its name. It is said that the cold breeze through the windows keeps the palace cool even in summer. It is said that the King had many wifes, a harem and the original intention was to allow the ladies to have a look at the day to day life of the kingdom through these windows without themselves being seen from outside. Very clever intension, and if you see the construction, you cannot help appreciating it. someone standing inside can by no chance be seen from outside. The interiors of the palace is also supposed to be very beautiful. Unfortunately, the time we visited, there was a Bollywood film shooting going on inside, for which tourists were not allowed in. It's a pity. but that's what we came across in many places in Rajasthan.
when in jaipur a must visit is the lanes of jaipur, they house many treasures like the sanjay sharma museum, another lane is full of lac bangle makers. there are lanes for people who make kitchen utensils and also who make lovely beaded necklaces.
trips to these lanes are to be done by foot and after tiring yourself what better way to enter a lane full of sweetmeat makers...the best in jaipur.
dont miss the rabri, gulab jamus and other special sweets of jaipur made with pure ghee.
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