THE PINK CITY – JAIPUR

Jaipur, the largest city was established in 1727 by Jai Singh II and was the first planned city of Rajasthan, epitome of vibrancy and magnificence. Jaipur was the capital of former Kachwaha rulers. It is rich in heritage, culture and architecture. With magnificent fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis and serve as a versatile tourist destination. Other than the captivating attraction, Jaipur displays exquisite handicrafts and spectacular jewellery. The fairs and fests just add in the uniqueness of the city, which are held on grand levels. The festivals include – elephant festival, kite flying festival, teej, gangaur among many other festivals. The add on the city has eye catching bazaars filled with colorful turbans and ethnic attires, mouth watering food, pretty handcrafts, jewellery and much more.
The best time of visit the place is in between October and March. Since the weather is

pleasant that allows the visitors to explore the places without drenching in sweat.

PLACES TO VISIT IN JAIPUR –

1. AMER FORT –
The fort is 11 km from the city, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan build in 1592 AD by Raja Man Singh. The structure has four different parts, with separate entrance. The entry to the fort is through ‘Suraj Pol’ which opens up to the main courtyard. ‘Jaleb Chowl’ is one of the four courtyards of Amer palace. The ‘Sila Devi’ temple is right in front of the entrance. The second entrance is famous for ‘Diwam-i-Aam’ , the ‘Sheesh Mahal’, and the ‘Sukh Mahal’. The very famous attraction here is the ‘Magic Flower’, a fresco carved out of marbles.

2. NAHARGARH FORT –
The fort was constructed in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh ll, on the Aravalli hills, as the retreat place. It is connected to the Jaigarh fort through the fortifications. The fort follows Indo-European architectures and there are many structures inside the fort. To the left of the entrance gate ‘ Tadigate’ , there is a temple dedicated to the Jaipur rulers. There is another temple inside the fort dedicated to the Rathore Prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia. ‘Madhavendra Bhawan’ is another attraction of this fort which displays the suits of the king and his twelve queens. It has the two storey building divided by 9 apartments each with lobby, bedroom, toilet kitchen and store. Other attractions are Diwan-I-Aam.

3. CITY PALACE PAIJUR –
The palace was build between 1729 and 1732 AD by Sawai Jai Singh ll. It is located in the heart of the city, the city palace was where the Maharaja reigned from. The palace includes – ‘Chandra Mahal’ and ‘Mubarak Mahal’ and other buildings. The city palace reflects Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles although the palace was designed to vaastushastra treatise. Some of the famous gates are the ‘Udai Pol’, ‘Jaleb Chowk’, ‘Tripolia Gate’ and ‘Virendra Pol’. The palace has been designed according to the ‘grid style’ and houses various entrances such as, ‘Chandra Mahal’, ‘Mubarak Mahal’, ‘Diwan-I-Aam’ and the ‘Govind Dev Ji’ temple.

Some of the other places to visit in Jaipur are Hawa Mahal, Statue Circle, Jantar Mantar, Birla Mandir, Moti Dungri temple, Galtaji temple, Vidyadhar garden, Sisodia Rani ka Bagh among many more.

Dressed in pink, the city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is the apt blend of heritage, palaces, culture and art. The flamboyance of this place can be experienced only by visiting it.

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