Unfolding Jaipur

Tripoto
17th Nov 2015

Albert Hall

Photo of Albert Hall by Anuj Gupta

Ram Chalice

Photo of Ram Chalice by Anuj Gupta

Depiction of Ramayana

Photo of Depiction of Ramayana by Anuj Gupta

Hukah

Photo of Hukah by Anuj Gupta

The mouth of the smoking pipe

Photo of The mouth of the smoking pipe by Anuj Gupta

Maharaj of Jaipur belongs to suryavansh family

Photo of Maharaj of Jaipur belongs to suryavansh family by Anuj Gupta

Ram setu

Photo of Ram setu by Anuj Gupta

The Mummy

Photo of The Mummy by Anuj Gupta

Unique Craftmenship

Photo of Unique Craftmenship by Anuj Gupta
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This Chillam is huge, done for a day or two

Photo of This Chillam is huge, done for a day or two by Anuj Gupta

Lord Vishnu

Photo of Lord Vishnu by Anuj Gupta

Temple of seven Spheres

Photo of Temple of seven Spheres by Anuj Gupta

Delicacy on the window pane

Photo of Delicacy on the window pane by Anuj Gupta

Mask

Photo of Mask by Anuj Gupta

Albert Hall

Photo of Albert Hall by Anuj Gupta

Since maharaja belongs to the suryavansh family

Photo of Since maharaja belongs to the suryavansh family by Anuj Gupta

Hawa Mahal

Photo of Hawa Mahal by Anuj Gupta

Drying the printed saree

Photo of Drying the printed saree by Anuj Gupta

Old Townhall

Photo of Old Townhall by Anuj Gupta

You will witness this at many places

Photo of You will witness this at many places by Anuj Gupta

From the premises of the temple

Photo of From the premises of the temple by Anuj Gupta

Hawa Mahal from Inside

Photo of Hawa Mahal from Inside by Anuj Gupta

the Glass Reflection in Hawa Mahal

Photo of the Glass Reflection in Hawa Mahal by Anuj Gupta

Blazing Sun

Photo of Blazing Sun by Anuj Gupta
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see the traffic?

Photo of see the traffic? by Anuj Gupta

Photo from the Jharoka- Hawa Mahal

Photo of Photo from the Jharoka- Hawa Mahal by Anuj Gupta

Hawa Mahal

Photo of Hawa Mahal by Anuj Gupta

Samrat Yantra - Jantar Mantar

Photo of Samrat Yantra - Jantar Mantar by Anuj Gupta

Amber Fort and the City

Photo of Amber Fort and the City by Anuj Gupta
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"Nothing beats solo travelling, doesn't matter which place it is -a new city or home city."

How this idea of solo tripping came to my mind i have no idea, but it happened and i am really happy about that.  

I traveled to all these places on my bicycle (that means around 30-35 km both sides combined) , although tiring but completely worth it. I started by 9 am so that i encounter less traffic. Following are the places i visited:

1. ALBERT HALL

Its the city museum. It is oldest museum of the state. Situated in Ram Niwas Garden just outisde the city walls. It is a storehouse of knowledge. Has following sections:

a) Section consisting old utensils: By old i mean ones used by the kings and queens and all made with precious metal. There was something which intrgued me in this section. It was the depiction of Ramayana and Mahabharat done for Akbar by one of his men. It was on a huge plate (gold). All the events of these two epics was very neatly depicted on that plate (since old condition of the plate has deteriorated a bit, but some scenes are still clearly visible). Another was hukah, to be more particular the mouth of the smoking pipe, it was shaped like a jewelry hand of a lady.

b) The Egyptian Section: It consisted of miniatures of Egytian Gods, the boxes which the Egyptians used, it has mummy too ( an original one brought from Egypt, as told), some sculptures.

c) Section consisting of various pots on which are an example of unique craftsmanship: some are of Delhi, some are Chinese.

d) Arms and Armory Section :  Has variety of arms which were used by the kings like different type of swords, kevlar, guns, helmet, bow and arrow. There is one gun in particular it is huge.Its barrel is very thick and long.

e) Sections consisting of paintings: Consists of painting which i am quite sure you have no clue about, well i had no clue until i saw them. There were somethings which i never knew about like the 16 dancing music styles, bad dreams of Chandragupta, 16 dreams of a jain thirthankers mother prior to his birth.

f) Sections Consisting of Musical instruments:  Had variety of sarang, guitar which was more like a sitar, types of sitar etc. One instrument in particular, RABAB, it is of mughal era and it gigantic.

g) Section consisting of sculptures of Gods :  Some of the scupltures are broken and not in good shape.

It has other sections which consist of carpets, clay models, masks, clothes etc.

And yes it has amazing wall paintings which should definitely be seen if you plan to visit there. 

2. GOVIND DEV JI TEMPLE

Temple is near cityplace. The back side of the restricted area of the city place can be seen from the temple premises. It is always flooded with devotees. The temple is huge. It is dedicted to Lord Krishna. 

3. HAWA MAHAL

It was built by Mahraja Pratap Singh. It is a five story building built in the form of the crown of Lord Krishna (as told by one of the guards of hawa mahal). Five floors are as follows:  

a) Sharad Mandir for autumn celebrations.

b) Ratan Mandir for glass work.

c) Vichitra Mandir, where the king worshiped his deity Lord Krishna.

d) Prakash Mandir having open terrace at both sides

e) Hawa madir ( that is why name hawa mahal)

Although deteriorated, The glass work done is insane (in good sense). and view from the 5th floor is picturesque and uninterrupted. You can see the busy on roads on one side, jantar mantar on one side (samrat yantra in particular), and the fort and the city on the one side.

Here is the list of other places which should be seen if on tour of Jaipur:

City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh, Jaigarah, Amber Fort, Birla Mandir,

Things to Eat ( there are others as well, but these should not be missed):

Kachori and samosa, Dal Batti, Tikiya of LMB, Kulfi on Pandit Kulfi near Hawa Mahal.

While travelling through the city area you will come across various shops selling sarres, sweets, authentic rajasthani jewelry, mojdiya ( type of footwear), leather bags and various other things , so in respect of shopping Jaipur has a lot of things to offer. Make the trip memorable by buying souvenirs and things for which Jaipur is famous for.

To sum up , this solo trip was fabulous, terrific, active, stunning, breath taking. in short everything good. Was a whole new experience since this was my first solo trip and that too on bicycle. Bicycling through the busy roads of the Jaipur withing the walls, keeping check on all the four sides while riding, passing through narrow lanes where only two vehicle can accommodate at a time, experiencing the cool wind passing through your hair, adoring the feeling of the sun warming the skin (since its winters). TOO ECSTATIC.    

P.S : if you choose bicycle as the mode of travel make sure that the seat is cushioned.  

A place of knowledge, tells a lot about different cultures.
Photo of Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Anuj Gupta
Photo of Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Anuj Gupta
Had 5 levels , each floor was dedicated for a particular activity
Photo of Hawa Mahal, Hawa Mahal Road, Badi Choupad, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Anuj Gupta
one of the legendary temple of Jaipur City and is of immense religious value for Hindus