Jaipur

Jaipur Wonders

BY 3 January 2015 Travel India

India’s desert capital, the great Jaipur, which is referred as the Pink City. Jaipur is really famous for the ancient palaces and forts with elaborate architecture. These ancient palaces and forts serves as a resplendent reminder of their royal heritage. Visitors love this pink city due to the pink walls and buildings of the old city. Here are the top Jaipur attractions.

City Palace:

One of the greatest magnificent palace in Jaipur is the City Palace, where you can find the evidence of the royal family of Jaipur. This huge palace is a complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings, which is a wonderful blend of both Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. There you must watch out much alluring wonders though the Peacock Gate is exquisite. This Peacock Gate is famous for its alluring display of bright peacocks. Inside the City Palace you must find a museum, art gallery, and interesting displays of royal costumes, old Indian weapons and more.(image by FabIndia)188898008_27c21c61cc_z

Hawa Mahal:

Hawa Mahal is referred as a Palace of the Winds, which has the intricate and fascinating facade. Probably Hawa Mahal comes under Jaipur’s most recognized buildings list. It was constructed in 1799 and it has five floors that contain rows of small windows and screens. As the name implies, wind used to flow through the openings of the building. This palace was especially built so that the women of the royal household could watch the streets below without being observed. From the top of the building you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city.(image by geolis06)11664516045_0f62cba467_z

Amber Fort and Palace:

From the city center you must take, around half an hour travel to reach this tremendous Amber Fort. The Amber Fort perched on a hill top, from there you can enjoy the Maota Lake. Amber Fort is a complex of breathtaking palaces, halls, gardens, and temples and inside the fort you must also watch out the elaborate mirror work adds to the grandeur. Amber Fort offers unique facade during day and night. Day is special by walking up the hill, going in a jeep, or taking a lurching elephant ride and the night is stunning with sound and light show. Don’t miss to visit the Anokhi Museum near Amber Fort, where you will get the chance to encounter art of traditional block printing.

Jaigarh Fort:

Another magnificent Fort in Jaipur is the massive Jaigarh Fort, which was built in 1726. Still, it holds great appeal for military lovers. People love to gather here to watch out the stunning towering gateways and watchtowers and it contains the world’s largest cannon on wheels. This is the India’s best-preserved military structures and. Capture the panoramic views of the plains by climbing the Diwa Burj watchtower, from there you must enjoy an excellent view over the plains.

These are the important wonders of the Jaipur.

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Sprawling complex located in the heart of the Pink City, Jaipur attracts millions of visitors across the country by its gorgeous buildings and marvelous collection of art and artifacts. In Rajasthan, City Palace is a major part, located towards the northeast side of central Jaipur, which is a complex of many courtyards and buildings, among all Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum is famous. City Palace is a residence of the Jaipur Royal Family.

In your City Palace trip’s bucket list include Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal and other buildings, are integrated part of the palace complex. Why this palace got pinnacle of fame among all? Key reason behind this is architectural styles, an amalgamation of Rajput, Mughal and European styles form a gorgeous City Palace. Though it reflects Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles, it was designed to Vaastushastra treatise. Today, the great Chandra Mahal has been turned into a museum and also serves as a home of unique handcrafted products, various attributes of the rulers and things which pertaining to the royal heritage of the City Palace.(image by lapidim)116345184_ac5655bed1_z

The City Palace protected by some of the famous gates are Udai Pol, Jaleb Chowk, Tripolia Gate and Virendra Pol, never think it as ordinary gates because each one is richly decorated. Udail Pol is a main entrance and grand gateway with rich decorations also termed as Atish Pol. Tripolia Gate only reserved for royal family and the third entrance is Virendra Pol, located close to the Mubarak Mahal.

Enter in to the Virendra Pol, which leads to a central courtyard called Mubarak Mahal, which is an auspicious palace serves as a museum displaying textiles and costumes used by the royalty such as fine Pashmina shawls, Benaras silk sarees, sanganeri prints and folk embroidery.
Then Chandra Mahal, a seven-storied palace used as the residence by the royal family, which compounded with Sukh Niwas, the living room, Sri Niwas the Mirror Palace, Chavvi Niwas, the Blue Palace and Shobha Niwas, the Ceremonial Hall. The City Palace has been designed according to a grid style and houses with various structures such as Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas and the Govind Dev Ji Temple.

The walls and gates of the City palace express the glory of the Mughal style with various murals, lattice and mirrors. If you visit the City palace you must also visit the nearby tourist attractions such as Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Government Central Museum, Jantar Mantar and Vidhyadhar’s Garden.

The City Palace is an important landmark in Jaipur and also serves as a best masterstroke among all. Apart from regal architecture, this hotspot offers a stunning view of the Pink City, where you can find an art gallery, displaying rare handwritten manuscripts, paintings, Kashmiri shawls and carpets in Sabha Niwas or Diwan-i-Am or The Hall of Public Audiences.

Next visit the Pritam Niwas Chowk by walking through a four-storied grand gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol. The Pritam Niwas Chowk is a rectangular courtyard between Sarvato Bhadra and Chandra Mahal, which has four beautiful doorways representing the four seasons. Peacock Gate, representing autumn, Lotus Gate representing summer, Green gate representing spring and the Rose Gate representing the winter season. Last but not the least you must also visit the Clock Tower; an iconic tower can be seen from any part of the city.

Have fun in Pink City’s City Palace!


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