The first city we covered was Jaipur which is the present capital of Rajasthan and has a popular epithet - "The Pink City". Jaipur earned this sobriquet after Maharaja Ram Singh painted the entire city with pink colour as a welcome gesture for the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria who visited Jaipur in 1876.
After reaching in Jaipur the previous evening, we started our exploration of Jaipur around 8:30 AM. The next day itself we were leaving for Jodhpur, so we had just one day to explore Jaipur.. Very less time but you can still get by with some ingenious planning.. We covered Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, City Palace and the Hawa Mahal before culminating our day in the Chokhi Dhani cultural resort. We hired a cab for the day and the driver was an informative guy who knew a lot about the forts and legends associated with them.
This post is dedicated to the 1st part of our Jaipur exploration in which we covered Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort with a brief halt at the banks of Man Sagar Lake to see the Jal Mahal. Lets begin with the Amer Fort..
Amer Fort is a hill fort built by Raja Mansingh in the 16th century.
After reaching the Amer Fort we bought the entrance tickets and hired a guide. As I suggest for all historical places, a guide is a must. Without a guide, a fort is only a ruined site with stone walls and pillars.