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- THE CITY OF VICTORY
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.
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".
Jaipur 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.
City Palace: 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.
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 of sculpture.
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.