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Hemkund & Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers Introduction
Hemkund & Valley
The Rose Pink City founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II
(1693-1743), is the capital of Rajasthan. It is a major attraction for the
first-time visitor. Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills,
crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed
windows line the streets with their rose pink colour, lending enchantment to
the scene, which is almost magical at sunset.
The Old City (Known
as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around. The whole city was
painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later
Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD. Today, every home within the city is
obliged by law to maintain its facade. It is a very well planned city laid
out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young Bengali engineer and
scholar by the name "Vidyadhar Bhattacharya".
was and remains the only city in the world, symbolising the nine divisions
of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. Jaipur is
a royal city & this is its most noticeable aspect, small buildings &
festivals testify it.
Jaipur & its surroundings are rather
like an endless museum. The city also offers an endless variety of crafts.
Jewellers here still fashion the beautiful enamel-on-gold pendants, studded
on the reverse with precious stones or pearls & turquoise that one sees
in miniature paintings. Jaipur's lacquer bangles are famous all over the
world. This is a city to be visited.
FORTS AND PALACES
Amer Palace: The magnificent fort with its huge
ramparts & watchtowers, overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. It is
believed to have been the capital of the "Minas", the original
inhabitants of Rajasthan.
Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza, the imposing gateway of the City Palace guarded by
stone elephants, is monumental.
Hawa Mahal: A Pandora's
box of wonders, the enchanting Hawa Mahal is a multi-layered palace, with a
profusion of windows and stone screens.
Jai Garh: Built on
a peak, Jai Garh overlooks the palace & city of Amber below. Jal Mahal
is Jaipur's lake palace. It is surrounded with water.
Nahargarh Fort: Originally called Sudarshan Garh, it affords a splendid
view of Jaipur.
Jantar Mantar: The amazing
astronomical three-storey-high observatory, of an 18th century Rajasthani
king, named Jai Singh. .
Sisodia Rani Ka
Bagh: Has beautiful gardens, fountains, pools & some magnificent pieces
Government Central Museum:
This is the oldest museum in the state. The buiding, designed by Colonel Sir
Swinton Jacob is located in the centre of the sprawling Ram Niwas Bagh,
built in 1876 AD. When King Edward VII visited India as the Prince of Wales,
it was opened to public in 1886.