The city of Jaipur presents an entire spectrum of tourist places. Jaipur is the hub of tourist activity in Rajasthan. You have to spend more than enough time to actually explore the different facets of the ‘pink city’. To cover more territory, we will post two pieces on Jaipur. In this edition, we start our tour with the City Palace. Supported by grayish white marble pillars, the carved domes of the palace are intricately designed with floral carvings on colored stones. At the entrance of the palace you will find two mammoth elephants guarding the gate. You will also come across several tour guides. Many of them have descended from generations that have loyally served the royal courts. The innards of the palace hold a museum that contains royal paintings, carpets and archival works in Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian. Sawai Jai Singh II built up a study center for his astronomical studies inside the City Palace.
Among his observatories, Jantar Mantar is the most famous. This landmark construction is a high point in medieval astronomy. The building is designed in marble and stone, with some complex architecture best suited for astronomical study. The altitudes of places can be measured by the Ram Yantras. The UNESCO has listed the Jantar Mantar has a world heritage site.
The Hawa Mahal is a construction of the poet king Sawai Pratap Singh. You can see the backside of the complex from the Sireh Deorhi Bazaar. The building is five storeys high. The Hawa Mahal was built to allow women of the palace to watch royal processions moving through the streets. There are several vantage positions covered with exquisitely carved veils for better viewing. We round up this edition with a trip to the Amer Fort. Amer was the capital of the Kachhwaha rulers seven centuries before Jaipur was built. The Amer Fort has everything from palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. Three different kings, Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh, built the Amer Fort over two centuries.