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Jaipur - The Pink City

Discover the grandeur of majestic pink palace jaipur

Visit Magnificent forts and majestic palaces, beautiful temples, grand havelis and other historical monuments on Jaipur Tourism in Rajasthan. Featured Vacation package Jaipur guide you to magnificent pink palace jaipur narrating the chronicle of heroism and romance of royals. Jaipur Tourism in Rajasthan offers an exciting opportunity to witness the glorious legacy and rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan.

The "pink" city Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. It was built in 1727 by the king and astrologer Sawai Jai Singh II, who succeeded the throne in Amber just at the age of 11 years. He was very intellectual in the areas of arts, science, philosophy and military command. Jaipur is known as the “Pink city” because of the pinkish, red color of the buildings in the old city area. The buildings were painted at the end of the 19th century in preparation for the visit of Prince Albert of England (1819-1861), the husband of the British queen Victoria (1819-1901). Pinkish red is also the Rajasthan’s traditional color of the hospitality.

The city was developed after exact city planning principles and was designed grid-like. All side roads lie exactly right-angled to the main streets and are straight. The old town is surrounded by a wall, which is today is maintained to its original beauty. When a visitor arrives at Jaipur they go through one of the seven grand gates where they find the Maharaja palace, the observatory Jantar Mantar and Palace of Winds, The Hawa Mahal.

Places of interest in Jaipur include the City Palace (Maharaja Palace), Observatory Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur museum and Amber Fort palace. The city Palace, the royal palace, raises itself exactly in the centre of the city before the impressive mountain panorama. To the palace that is still today inhabited partially by the once ruling family, one arrives through a row of gates.

Rajput and Mughal construction elements were combined here seamlessly. The palace once was home to the Maharajas, and included numerous living rooms and bedrooms, plus 36 artists’ workshops and an observatory, Jantar Mantar. It occupies one-seventh of the old town area. Most of the palace buildings are now converted into a museum, in which old textiles, weapons, carpets, miniature paintings, manuscripts, and beautiful frescoes are exhibited. At the textile museum there are Silk sarees, Pashmina shawls and even more valuable Shahtush scarf.

There are several other beautiful displays in the city palace. The seven -story Chandra Mahal is the magnificent main building of the city palace occupied by the present king. The world’s two largest water reservoirs made of solid silver are also at the Chandra Mahal. These two silver water reservoirs, with the capacity of 9000 liters each, were filled with holy water from Ganga River and transported by Maharaja Madho Singh II during his England visit in 1901, to attend the coronation ceremony.

Observatory Jantar Mantar

Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur and famous Indian astronomer, built the five observatories in different parts of India including Delhi. The observatory in Jaipur is the largest and best maintained. It was constructed in the year 1718 A.D., even before the city of Jaipur itself was built. It was built to measure the local time, the sun’s declination, altitude, the declination of fixed stars and planets and to determine eclipses. The accuracy of the instruments is really stunning. These instruments of calculation consist of 17 astronomical gigantic sculptures.

The palace of wind, a major Rajput landmark built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799, is characterised by elaborate and fanciful architecture. The broad pyramidical facade comprises of five stories of semi-octagonal, overhanging windows with perforated screens, domes and spires. The monument was originally conceived with the purpose to allow the women of the royal household to watch the every day life and royal processions of the city.

Albert Hall Museum is located in the new city in the beautiful Ram Nivas gardens. It has a rare collection of weapons, jewelry, traditional art objects, metal ware, sandalwood articles, pottery and paintings, textiles, music instruments, and ivory carvings. The building was designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacab and was built in 1876, when King Edward VII visited India as the Prince of Wales. In the Ram Nivas gardens, there is a zoo and a restaurant with good Indian kitchen.

Before Jaipur, Amber was the capital of the Rajput Empire for six centuries. It lies about 35 miles from the city of Jaipur. Today it is a beautiful complex of palaces, beautiful gardens with fountains and pavilion, the Diwan-i-Aam (the hall of public audience) and Sheesh Mahal. The Sheesh Mahal has two halls full of delicate flower musters at the walls and the ceiling full of tiny mirrors. By visiting the Sheesh Mahal you are witnessing a magnificent past filled with breathtaking temples built by Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh over a period of one hundred and twenty five years. The most interesting attraction for travellers in Amber palace is the elephant ride. Tourists are brought up to the powerful gates of the fort on the back of the painted elephants.

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