Day 7 – Jaipur
Next day you will to witness the beauty of the Palace city of India. Jaipur is an enthralling city.
Located in the desert lands of Rajasthan, Jaipur is the first planned city of India. Jaipur was once the capital of the royalty and today is the capital of the state of Rajasthan. The city exhibits the Rajput culture and style of living in the truer sense. Currently, Jaipur is a major business centre for the Rajasthan natives; Jaipur has all the fundamentals of a metropolitan city. Thousands domestic and foreign tourists throng Rajasthan to feel its royal charm and grace. The city is painted in pink, and the mind blowing buildings that dot this remarkable city, testify the love for beauty in the ancient times. Structures like Hawa Mahal, the City Palace and the Amer Fort are the living proofs of India’s architectural proficiency. The gardens in Jaipur are artistic, the atmosphere is always serene and the ambience is aesthetic. Jaipur is around 260 Km from Delhi and is considered as the pool of Indian customs and traditions, legacy and civilization. Tourists come to Jaipur to see the royal face of India. In this city, every nook and corner symbolizes Rajasthan’s historic past.
Hawa Mahal: Palace of Wind
Hawa Mahal is a major tourist attraction in Jaipur. It is one of the many remnants of the Rajputana architecture. It has a fine blend of the Mughal architecture and the name ‘Hawa Mahal’ literally means the Palace of the Winds. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh constructed this Palace in 1799.
The Palace has pyramid like façade and comprises of five stories. The windows of the Palace are intricately carved and have beautiful lattice work. There are 953 tiny windows in all which are pink. They are also called as ‘Jharoka’ and are made of sandstone. These tremendously stylish windows allow ample air circulation in the Palace which keeps it cool. The balconies of the Palace bear small screens and the roof of the Palace is arched. The hanging cornices increase the beauty of the Hawa Mahal by manifolds. The pyramid like outline to the Palace makes it look more magnificent.
Jantar Mantar is an observatory. It has a mind blowing collection of architectural astronomical instruments. It exhibits the impeccable talent of the ancestors who took keen interest in astronomy and the celestial bodies. The information that this observatory provides is very accurate just like the today’s modern instruments. There are fourteen statistical instruments here which are used to measure time, predict eclipses and other astronomical events. Sundial is the most popular instrument here and attracts a lot of attention. It tells the time to an accuracy of about two seconds in Jaipur local time. In 1901, Jantar Mantar was carefully renovated and declared a national monument in 1948. Even today, it is a mjor tourist attraction in Jaipur.
Built in 1799, the Jal Mahal was a pleasure palace for the royal family. It is an extremely romantic place and has red sandstone which intricate architecture. It casts a beautiful reflection in the Man Sagar Lake. Jal Mahal is surrounded by the Nahargarh Hills and its majestic architecture and sophisticated design impresses one and all. It also used to host duck hunting parties once and has also been home to one of the Prime Ministers of Jaipur Estate. It is very well preserved in spite of being abandoned. A picturesque view of the Nahargarh Fort makes it a more romantic place. Only the top floor of the Mahal is above water, the remaining four floors are submerged under the water of the lake. Numbers of migratory and resident birds make the lake, their home.
City Palace Museum
The City Palace is an imposing building, graced with beauty. It is a major landmark in Jaipur. This beautiful Palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. It stands apart amongst other palaces and forts in the city owing to the outstanding art and architecture. It occupies a huge area which divided into gardens, courtyards and buildings. Raja Jai Singh built a huge outer wall occupying a large area and the additional grand buildings were built by the successors. Even today, a part of the City Palace is home to the former King/Maharaja. Buildings like Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple, Maharani’s Palace and the City Palace Museum grace the premises of the City Palace complex. The Mubarak Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh in the 19th century. The primary motif was to entertain the guests. Now, it is converted into a costume gallery which exhibits royal attires. It is just in the first square of the building.
You then get back to the hotel late evening and stay overnight at Jaipur.