The Pink City
Jaipur known as Pink City of India, It is much more to Rajasthan’s Capital and its pink- red tinged buildings and historical grandeur. This dignified home to former royals is complete with old-world charm surrounded by colourful markets and topsy-turvy streets. The ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur is a must-visit destination along with Agra and New Delhi.
Pink City’s most salient feature is its layout; wide, bolt straight streets that broaden into bigger spaces at intersections. The design is said to have been made in accordance with the Shilp Shastra. Shilp Shastras are ancient Hindu Vedic architectural designs.
Jai Singh II is said to have uplifted traders and artists to settle here, giving tax incentives to merchants to ensure Jaipur’s economic affluence. Thus, even today it comes as no surprise to come across locals from all regions of India who were settled here almost three centennial ago.
Exploring the old city area of Jaipur offers a likelihood to see the early alongside the modern. It is not atypical to see elephants go past cars in a traffic jam; while in the colourful streets old men pull on turbans sell their wares to the riche generation. The old city is the main of Jaipur and is the preferred place for shopping for the locals, because the prices are really competitive here.
Best places to visit in Jaipur
Architectural sites and amazing sights:
Watch captivating sculpture windows of the Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal, light up with the sun. Right on the main road, all you need to do is wake up early for a perfect start to your day with the outline of Hawa Mahal against the brightening sky.
Jantar Mantar: Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II not only visualize and executed the highly organised city of Jaipur, he was also responsible for the development of five astronomical observatories throughout west central India. Jantar Mantar is one such observatory located in the heart of Jaipur.
Albert Hall Museum: Albert Hall Museum near the city centre is home to an industrial arts reveal. This museum displays and information on the history of traditional arts and crafts around Jaipur and Rajasthan.
City Palace: Located just behind the Hawa Mahal is Jaipur’s famous City Palace, the center of the city and the heart of founder Jai Singh II’s reign. The City Palace includes Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal as well as a number of other structures. Built with highly trained architectural care, City Palace combines Rajput, Mogul and European styles and is another amazing example of Jaipur’s royal influences.
One such Rajput palace is located only about 11 kilometres from the centre of Jaipur. The sand-coloured walls of Amber Fort fade into the surrounding hillside in a nearly perfect impersonate. This was the original capital of Rajasthan before Maharaja Jai Singh II relocated during his reign to the City Palace.