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Sightseeing in ‘Pink City' Jaipur

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Courtyard inside City Palace

Photo of Courtyard inside City Palace by Moon Roy

Chandra Mahal - seen from the royal palace balcony

Photo of Chandra Mahal - seen from the royal palace balcony by Moon Roy
Photo of Sightseeing in ‘Pink City' Jaipur by Moon Roy

Amer Fort Palace, Jaipur

Photo of Amer Fort Palace, Jaipur by Moon Roy

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, popularly called the pink city has always been my dream destination since I was a child. Finally, my dream trip to Rajasthan came true in November, 2013. We boarded Howrah-Ajmer Express from Kolkata on November 22 at 11:20pm and reached Jaipur on 24th at around 3:30 am. Our travel agent arranged a bus for transportation of the group. It was a short and convenient drive from the station to Hotel Mangal,  a budget hotel with clean rooms and attached bathroom with hot and cold water. From exquisite architecture of royal palaces, to massive fortresses to beautifully landscaped gardens Jaipur has a lot to offer to discerning travelers. 

Sightseeing in Jaipur

On one hand, it is a modern, organized and clean city and on the other hand it exudes a quaint charm with old city palace and classic edifices dotting the cityscape.

Birla Temple

Birla Temple is situated at the foot of Moti Dungri Fort in Jaipur. Just as any other Birla Temples found in different cities across the country Jaipur Birla Temple, built with white marbles, is a treat to the eye from architectural point of view.

Photo of Sightseeing in ‘Pink City' Jaipur 1/8 by Moon Roy

Jaipur City Palace

Built around 1732 by the then king Sawai Jai Singh Jaipur City Palace is a magnificent construction located at the heart of the city. The most interesting point about the palace architecture is that it is a wonderful blend of Hindu (Rajput), Christian (European) and Islamic (Mughal) architectural genres.

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The palace houses three galleries. One exhibits the weapons used by the Rajput kings and army. The robes and garments of the kings and queens are on display in another gallery. And the third one is Sabha Niwas still maintaining its regal air with its interior set as it was in time of the royal Rajput dynasty. In the inner courtyard, there are four gates dedicated to four seasons. The most notable among these is the Peacock Gate.

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Hawa Mahal

On our way to City Palace we saw Jaipur’s iconic Hawa Mahal or the “Palace of Winds”. The structure was built so that the royal women, whose world was restricted within the enclosure of the palace courtyard, could watch the festive activities on the streets from behind the lattices.

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Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar, also built by the king Sawai Jai Singh, is an architectural wonder. The astronomical instruments were used to measure the exact time of the day and to observe celestial phenomena such as the position of the stars and planets at a given point of time in mediaval era. 

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Kanak Vrindavan

Our next destination was Kanak Vrindavan located on the way to Amber Fort. It’s a beautiful, well-manicured, landscaped garden with classic structures and fountains dotting its sprawling green lawns. Paved walkways are lined with thick red bougainvilleas. Occasional trees amidst the garden offered cool shades for wearied travelers.

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Amber Fort

This is the first time I have ever visited a fort. I was pretty excited about this exploration and Amber Fort fascinated me with its mesmerizing Sheesh Mahal ( Palace of Mirrors), exquisite stone work and decorations and intriguing stories about the life of kings and queens that lived the palaces.

Photo of Sightseeing in ‘Pink City' Jaipur 7/8 by Moon Roy

Photo of Sightseeing in ‘Pink City' Jaipur 8/8 by Moon Roy

The guide told us about some intriguing stories about the kings and queens and the royal lifestyle which I have shared here in my photo essay on Amer Fort - Amer Fort: The melting pot of Rajasthan's art and architecture. You can also check out my detailed travel guide on Jaipur here http://footlooseforever.com/2014/12/22/jaipur-the-pink-city/

Happy trip to Rajasthan. :)