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the cpaital of Rajasthan also famous as "Pink City" makes up the third
corner of the "Golden Traingle" the Indian Toursim Map. It is situated
300 km southwest of Delhi and 200 km west of Agra. "The Pink City"
actually denotes the old walled quarter of the city only that houses major tourist
spots including Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Observatory as well as the orderly
streets are lined with bright pink colours shops, where one can buy the traditional
art & crafts as well as embridered clothes etc.
The major landmarks of Jaipur are -
HAWA MAHAL (PALACE OF WINDS)
In fort each quarter of the pink city is centre of a particular commercial
activity.For example, tripolio bazar sells textile and household utential
whereas for gems,ties and dyed saries onle has to go th Johari Bazar. Hawa
Mahal is Jaipur's most famous landmark with its exquisite honey comb pink
and white five storeyed facade, finely screened 593 windows complete this
beautiful facade which is hardly more than one room thick from inside. It
was build in 1799 to facilitate the ladies of the court to watch the market
actvities and provisions without breaking the state of purdah.
This magnificant palace was buils by Raja Jai Singh and was the residence
of the former rulars. In fact part of the palace is still being used as residence
by the prsent generation of the erstwhile royal family. For touist, it is
open as "Sawai Mansingh Museum".
The first curtyard of the palace has solid marble "Mubarak Mahal"
in its centre.This beautiful palace boasts display of the elegant and exquisitely
embroidered clothes worn by the kings and queens of the fort.Musical instruments
of the bygone era are also display the building next to Mubarak Mahal houses
the royal arrival. Second courtyard opens upto Diwan-i-khas.This hall contains
two silver ........, This largest crafted silver in the world the last section
of the museum is house in Diwan-i-Am or hall of public audience. It's delicatly
printed walls mounts the immence mediable Afgan carpets as well as translation
in Sanskrit and Arabic ancient astronomical treaties.the whole city palace
has still been well preserved its past grandevour in its intricrately carved
pillors and painted walls, delicate cherdeliars and other royal livery that
gives tourist a good taste spledour of its royal past.
JANTAR - MANTAR
Next to city palace is situated the royal astronomical observatory. It was
build by Raja Jai Singh inbetween 1728 - 34. It consites of 18 different instrument
that determine the position and moment of the statrs,solar and luner eclipses,
equinox time and day, hindu calander and etc. The various elements are calculated
on the basis of shadow of the sun following on these instruments.
RAMNIWAS PUBLIC GARDEN
Apart from being a beautiful park this garden also houses a few notable institution,
the most important building is Albert hall its architecture is very close
to British Style and has a display of Mineture paintings and other artifacts.
The most notable display is that of a tiny clay Sadhu demontrating yoga postures.Inside
the garden there is a museum of Indology it display the unique collection
that include the map of India painted on a grain of rice, letters written
on hair, a glass bed, Manuscripts, stamps, coins,and the largest collection
of tantric art in the world plus a gallary of modern art.
Its walled complex built by Jai Singh II, it houses the regal marble chatries
as memorial to the kings and his successors infact one room is already set
aside as future memorial to the present kings.
It is set on the edge of the hill north east of Jaipur it was built by Jai
Singh II in 1734 as a retreat for his queen.The fort contains identical apartments
constructed symetrically . This bear the traces of painting and windows have
still retained their beautiful stained glass panels.
Places around Jaipur -
11km north of Jaipur on the top of the hill behind Maota lake.Amer was the
capital of Kushwah Rajput from 1037 till 1728.It is the fortified palace complex
with beautiful carvings,murals and artifacts of mirrors. Tourist can enter
the palace through the windory road up the hill by riding on an elephants
also.The complex houses the imposing hall of of public audience (Diwan-e-Am),
private chember of king and queen, and a number of others palaces added by
various kings. The complex also holds temple dedicated to the goddess of the
war Shila Devi.
This fort was built in 1600 and displays a largest cannon in Asia which need
100kg of gun powder for one shot and have target of range 35 km.However it
has only been testfired once and never participated in any battle.The fort
also has small museum displaying some artillary,old maps,stamps and photographs.
16km from south of Jaipur.It is the busiest art centre.Apart from traditional
Rajasthani tie and died clothes and block prints.One can also visit for the
famous blue pottery in the town also has few Jain temples.
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