I am a great season lover. My favourite season is winter but when I got an opportunity to chase Pink city Jaipur at monsoon I grabbed that deal. I was thrilled, curious & was excited. I had never, until then, imagined that I would walk at Ancient Fort under a cloudy sky with full rain. The rains in Rajasthan were magical with vibrant colours, but you shouldn’t believe me until you get a glimpse of yourself:
Pink city Jaipur attract you with royal style:- ‘Padhaaro Mhare Desh’-hey everyone. Welcome to my City! My Jaipur.. The Pink City. Pink is the colour signifying softness and kindness! We reached Jaipur early morning by train & we had only 2 days to explore the city & the culture. So as decided first knocked at the hotel Aavaa Ramvilas (already booked); beautiful heritage property & after refreshing would start our journey to feel the Rajasthani culture. A mere mention of the word Jaipur filled up with images of kings and kingdoms, elaborate architecture, chivalry, and bright colours; Jaipur, the Capital of the City has a story of its own. Even the hotel I stayed in had one. Jaipur is indeed India’s first planned city. The entire city is fortified and covered by 7 gates. The walls and the gates are still intact, and the predominant colour used for the buildings is pink (not the pink that we know of but a little rustic). That’s the reason why Jaipur is known as Pink City. One of the historic architectural heritage of Jaipur city is City Palace which gives a holistic experience to International and domestic travellers like me.
We had a very short span of time with us, so we started our journey to accept the deep route of Indian heritage culture with the people & ancient places in a cloudy environment. City Palace; The essence of Royal Rajasthan:- City Palace is a fine example of elaborate Indian and Mughal architecture. Intricate carvings, paintings and motifs adorn the walls and the ceilings. The 3 museums showcase the Darbar Hall, Costumes and Weapons. The City Palace is a must-visit.
Jantarm Mantaram; scientific showcase:- Neighboring the City Palace is Jantar Mantar. Maharaja Jai Singh built 5 astronomical observatories, at Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi. Jaipur Jantaram Mantaram has 14 types of instruments to measure time, prediction of eclipses, movement of celestial bodies and other astronomical events. Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is the largest and best-preserved observatory out of five such built throughout India. We spent half an hour here & proceed to the next destination.
Hawa Mahal; Beholds the Drizzle of Wind A disguise of five-storey of pink & red sandstone, touching the acme of dexterously carved designs with displaying remarkable Rajputana architecture which stands firmly over-viewing the noisy din of the street bazaar. This is a beautiful monument with almost 953 windows which beckons the tourist to its glistening aura. These remarkable features make it a ‘must-visit’ sight of Jaipur.
Birla Temple; Visitors Paradise A beautiful white marble temple mesmerises the visitors, it shines brightly in the sunlight and in the moonlight. This temple is situated at the base of Moti Dungari hill in Rajasthan. dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Inside this magnificent shrine, are beautifully fabricated idols of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.
Jal Mahal; the magical Water Palace out of a fairytale:- A magical palace situated in the middle of the Man Sagar lake is like a dream palace straight comes out of a fairy tale book with an excellent taste of intricate craftsmanship and ethnic themes using the sandstone on the lines of Rajput and Mughal architecture, all over highlight the beauty that is simply beyond description with the lake’s rippling waves and lapping that adds to the fabulous combination.
Albert Hall; is a place to keep memories of Rajputana A multi-layered narrative museum where you must be nostalgic, feeling goosebumps when seeing the mementoes & maybe tears come unconsciously to see the pride of our country. The museum boasts a wide collection of antiques like old traditional ceremonial dresses of the royal families, woodwork, pottery objects, metal objects, sculptures and various other arts and crafts.
A paradise for shopaholics; an offbeat track:- The crazy shopaholic people like me always try to find an issue for shopping & in that case I was wondering if Pink city fulfilled my thrust. Jaipur is renowned for its colourful markets, gorgeous handlooms and wonderfully laid out gardens. The people are very cheerful and friendly. Don’t forget to try the famous Rajasthan delicacies including the thali. Rajasthani arts and handicrafts are things that you can’t afford to miss. While wandering around the walled city, walking through the Maniharon ka Rasta (Tripolia bazaar) is a magical experience. As a pedestrian follow the rows of shops selling hand-crafted bangles. Whilst in Jaipur, a tourist with some shopping inclination would certainly consider looking at Jaipur’s very own – sarees, gems & jewellery, marble artefacts and crafts. M I Road & Johari Bazaar are a must-visit. And that’s what I did that evening. Though for me it was more about looking around and less about shopping. We bought so many kinds of stuff from Bapu Bazaar an excellent place for shopping but bargaining is a part here.
I had a lasting impression on Jaipur. The city is made for tourism purposes. But the govt. need to improve their roads & cleaning system for road, city. It was the end of my trip. But Rajasthan is always “Khamma Ghani” – most welcome.