As we all might have heard, there is nothing more royal than Rajasthan in India.
The rulers of the place did make sure that the world knows this and had tried to establish a class which was luxurious and full of riches. All those who have known Rajasthan only to be a desert must read this article as there is much more to the state as may seem to some. Jaipur, being the capital city of the state, is the most gorgeous city in the state. It has the original and the traditional look that the tourists come here for. You might also be aware of the fact that Jaipur is termed as the Pink City and there is a whole different story about it. The city was painted pink as the color signifies hospitality. Prince of Wales was to visit the city and in order to welcome him, the founder and ruler of Jaipur His Highness Sawai Jai Singh II order to paint the city in Pink color. Presently, part of Jaipur which is the old city is pink in color and shows the traditional look of the place.
Another thing which comes to our mind when we refer to the terms royalty and richness is ‘Palace’. The city is full of palaces. The structures show the lifestyle of the rulers and royal families of the ancient Rajasthan. Taking a tour of the palaces, one can visualize how the kings of that time must have lived and what must have been their luxurious status. Let me brief you about a few places you must visit in Jaipur.
Amber (Amer) Fort is the largest palace in Jaipur. The palace sits on the top of a hill and looks stunning from every part of the city. The attractive palace is made up of red stone and marble with such an architecture that amazes the tourists. The palace is mainly divided into 4 parts and each of them is unique in its own way. The most astonishing feature of the palace is “Sheesh Mahal” which has a décor of mirror. The palace is located on the hills of Aravali range and offers a breathtaking paranormal view of the city from there. One can also enjoy elephant rides at Amer Fort.
This is another very popular palace in Jaipur. The palace is named so because there is a wall of the palace which has a lot of windows and lets in a lot of air (breeze). The windows are said to be constructed for the women of palace for witnessing the street festivals as they didn’t allow women on the street in those times as well they had to follow ‘Purdah’ (veil) system. In all, there are 953 windows known as Jharokhas. The structure of this palace is compared to a beehive as well a crown. The palace plays an important role in keeping the insides cool.
This palace was the residential palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur and a part of the palace is still used by the royal family for residence. The palace has been built by Sawai Jai Singh II but has been modified by the successive rulers and hence shows the Indian and European architecture as well as glances of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. The complex of the palace is really huge and contains many blocks, temples and gardens. Part of the palace has been turned into a museum for the tourist for better understanding of the history of Jaipur and its rulers. The palace was not originally Pink but was painted pink like every other palace in Jaipur.
This is a science observatory built by the king and founder of Jaipur. It will amaze you to see how people in ancient times used to calculate the time. This science museum has one of the largest sun dials. It has 14 geometrical devices that were used to track time, keep track of the movement of the celestial bodies as well as observe their movements around the sun in their respective paths. It is a really great experience to visit this observatory and know about the old methods of studying the universe.
This palace appears to be actually floating on the Man Sarovar Lake, at the centre of which it is located. The palace can be only viewed from outside but the exteriors will satisfy your eyes as the contrasting colors of water and palace will give peace to your eyes.
This is another hilltop fort of Jaipur and is nothing less than the Amber fort. The fort, in spite of being ancient, still stands high and strong among the rough hills. This palace was also build by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Jai Singh II. Many may not know about this but there is a hidden passage, an underground secret trail, which leads to the Amer palace from Jaigarh. Those were to be used when someone tries to attack the rulers or anyone from the royal family. Travelling across the palaces of Jaipur, we get to learn a lot about the war strategies of the kings of those times.
Apart from enjoying the site of the historical and grand palaces, there are a lot of things a person can do in Jaipur. You can try the delicious sweets of Jaipur which will make your mood sweet. One can also try shopping for the traditional prints such as bandhej in variety of clothes and fabrics. In all, a person travelling in Jaipur is sure going to feel like he/she has been living the lives of rulers. the hospitality and culture will impress you and you may never want to leave from the place.