Stroll through years and years of history in the lanes and by lanes of the most magnificent city of Jaipur, aptly named the pink city. The stuccoed buildings still standing magnificently in all its glory silently tell the story of the era gone by and the effect on the present generation by its richness of their values and customs.
Whomsoever comes here from any part of the world cannot but be impressed by the architecture and history of this extraordinary place.
As you move to the heart of the city you will find its soul the magnificent “Hawa Mahal”, which was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. The renowned architect Lal Chand Ustad was briefed to make a place in such a manner so the the ladies from he royal families enjoy view of nature and have cool breeze in the summer creating a soothing surrounding. No words can describe the beauty and serenity of the place. The uniquely carved Rajasthani designs patters on the 953 windows and the beautifully designed courtyards on the three sides of the palace transports you back to an opulent era. One gets the feeling of being royal when you take a glimpse of the city under the open sky.
The flamboyance of the rich culture is visible everywhere. Women in vivacious shaded ‘Lehariya’ artwork sarees and men in stylish turbans look dazzling. This complicated eye catching dyeing technique used to create complex wave Patterns thus the name “leharia” has even become popular in high end fashion houses of the world.
The most amazing is the unbelieving array of lip smacking food such as Gatte ki Sabzi, Dal-bati churma and Bazre ki roti, and the world famous mouthwatering snacks of Rajasthan like Mirchi vada, Pyaz ki kachori, padampuri murg etc. The list is endless….
Located just 11 km from the city of Jaipur is the Amer or Amber Fort. It is a marvelous blend of Hindu Muslim and Rajput influences.
Astonishing, exquisite ornamentation and paintings adorn the interiors of the fort. ‘Diwan e-Khaas’ or the ‘Hall of Private Audience’ has fine medley work in glass. The Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) is the gorgeous part of Amber Fort.
The Kesar Kyari Bagh in a garden on Maota Lake. Star-shaped flower beds adorn the garden. it is believed the King used to plant saffron flowers, hence the name ‘Kesari Bagh” which means the garden of saffron.
Jantar mantar, “the house of instruments” impresses with excellent architecture but also the amazing idea of the interpretations of astrology.
Birla temple or Laxmi Narayan temple as it is popularly known is an architectural milestone. Built by the illustrious Birla family this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The premises of the Birla temple also possess a museum which has the famous treasures of the of the Birla family.
There are other temples also around Jaipur like the famous Khole ke Hanumanji, Chooligari Temple follow the same tradition of great architecture and style.
The biggest attraction of this great city is the adulation of the great hospitality of the large hearted people. The grandeur of their lifestyle, culture, food and traditions leave you spellbound!!!
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