Jaipur, the heart and soul of Rajasthan, a capital city of the state is an enthralling historical city and the gateway of the most flamboyant state of the country. This city designed according to Vastu Shastra and built inside the fortress with red sandstones. When you take glance to your surroundings every building or Minar is built in red sandstones, that’s why, the city was named as Pink City. Because of this the architecture of the city it allures tourists. It will be an enthralling and stupendous visit to Pink City.
You need a plenty of time to visit the city, you should plan, at least for 3 days to visit the city and you can reach the city by any transportation flight, bus, and train, it is well connected with thrice of the services, and international flights. And the city forms a “Golden Triangle Circle” along with Delhi and Agra.
The city was founded at 18 November 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Kachwaha Clan. Since inception of the city, every year on 18 November, Jaipur inauguration Day is celebrated with on a huge scale, in the entire city at various venues, but the biggest celebration held at “Sawai Man Singh Stadium”, a ground where several times many international cricket matches held.
The city has designed in Indo – Mughal style architecture. The city has three Pols or gates, namely Kishan Pol, Chand Pol, Suraj Pol with intricate carving on the head and traditional paintings.
Amber Fort Elephant Ride
You should start your trip by visiting the “Amber Fort”, is located on high hills, and overlooks the “Maota Lake” which was the only water for the fort. You can take a trek by the staircase with or enter by a gate on the west side. After the main entrance of the premises there is a large chowk, two entrances, one goes to the fort complex on the left and right entrance ‘Ganesh Pol’ goes to the “Shila Devi” temple. The idol of the temple is a goddess and worshiped on the same place since 1604, the temple of the goddess built by Raja Man Singh. To enter in the fort complex you need to purchase the tickets, the fort consists of Diwan-e-Aam – a hall of public audience, Diwan-e-Khas – a hall of private audience, Sheesh Mahal – mirror palace, completely decorated with mirrors, Sukh Niwas. The fort was the residence of Royal families, and popularly known as “Amer Fort”.
When you visit the fort you will remember some blockbuster movies, like Jodha Akbar – Hritik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai starrer, and when you are on reached to Suhag Mahal, which is on the top, you will see a palace middle in the lake, that palace is “Kesar Kyari”. Do you remember something? Deepika Padukon dance on this location, Bajirao Mastani, a song ‘Mohe rang do laal’ was also shot there. But this place is not open for tourists. But you can capture it in your camera. Don’t forget to take an elephant ride, the major tourist attraction.
Your next destination is “Jaigarh Palace” located on the same hill called ‘Cheel ka Tila’ (Hill of Eagle) of the Aravali Range. The fort overlooks the Amer Fort, and these forts are connected by subterranean passages and considered as one complex. The Jaigarh Fort was also built by Sawai Jai Singh II, though it’s named so and fort consists of world’s largest cannon on wheel “Jaivana”, manufactured in forts precincts. The palace complex consists of Laxmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Vilas Mandir and Aram Mandir.
And if you have time then, you should visit to the “Charan Mandir” a small temple in the same hills. According to the folklore, lord Krishna came here while grazing his cows in his childhood and leave here his footprints. A priest is there who worship the footprints regularly. You can sit there for some time and take a view of the city from the top of the hills.
The next day you will visit to “Nahargarh” crown of the city, and situated on Aravali Hills, can be seen from any corner of the city. It is located on the top as a fortification. It was built by Jai Singh II, in 1734. It was originally named as “Sudarshangarh”, but it is popularly known as Nahargarh, means ‘abode of the tiger’, it has some haunted story, but on the whole, the palace is stunning and you can see the entire city from here. Jaipur has so many Bollywood and Hollywood shooting locations including this one, remember “Rang de basanti”, when Amir Khan and Sharman Joshi jump from the top after had a drink, yes, that place shown in the movie is right here and “Shuddh Desi Romance” the entire movie was shot in the city.
“Jantar Mantar” is the UNESCO World Heritage site built by the founder ruler of the city in 1734 CE, is the largest collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments. It features the world’s largest stone sundial, and the monuments express the architectural innovations. “City Palace” is on just a few steps ahead from the here, the palace includes the “Chandra Mahal” and “Mubarak Mahal”, it was the seat of Maharajas of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. “Chandra Mahal” is now converted to a museum, but a great part of it still the residence of Royal family, from the terrace of the Chandra Mahal, the king takes the darshana of “Govind Dev Ji” Lord Krishna, he served the Lord as his servant and the property and the wealth is belong to the Lord. Govind Dev Ji is the head of the entire city or Isht of Jaipur.
Next, you should visit to “Hawa Mahal” a palace of winds, which was built for the women of the royal family so that they can see the street festivals and without seen by outside. The palace has 953 jharokas. The palace is designed as a honeycomb as a beehive with a five storey pyramid shaped and 50 feet from its base. It has several courtyards in which you can witness the musical program.
While the day is ending, then you have to reach to the “Govind Dev Ji Temple” to witness the Shayan Arti (worship for slipping). The temple is only 2 minutes away from here.
On the next of your trip you will go to visit the “Albert Hall” – a museum consisting of artefacts like paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, colourful crystal works etc., The museum is located in Ram Niwas Baag, there are so many pigeons gives it a stunning beauty, in fact these birds make it more beautiful. Later you can visit to “Birla Mandir Temple”, a marble astonished architecture in Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshami temple. There is also a way to going to “Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple” right next to the temple, dedicated to God Ganesh, worshipped before starting anything new.
When you feel tired you can go and relax at the coast of the “Mansagar Lake” enclosed by Aravali Hills, a palace named “Jal Mahal” is located in the middle of the lake. It has a stunning view in the evening, if you visit here in the monsoon, then this place is like a bird sanctuary, it housed so many birds including migratory birds and so many photographers reached there to catch them in cameras.
You still have some places to visit like Ram Bagh Palace, so plan your trip with plenty of time. You can visit the city round the year, that you can enjoy the Rajasthani festivals and enjoy some delicious snacks from the old shops like in Kishanploe Bazar Khuteton ka Rasta; a small shop offers delicious snacks like kachori and namkeen.
Don’t forget to shop the Rajastahni Bhandej outfits, and Jaipuri Mochadi.