Jaipur - The Pink City of the Royals!
January 18, 2020
by Eshita Roy
Jaipur – the City of the Royals! Renowned as the Pink City of India, Jaipur captures the heart not only with its beautifully architectured walled city in pink color but also with its magnanimous forts, breathtaking vistas and sumptuous delicacies that through the ages have come to be an imminent expression of the royal lineage of the Rajput clan of India. Built during the 18th Century by Maharaj Jai Singh with the help of Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya, Jaipur was one of the first planned cities of India. Popular for its intriguing forts and monuments that reminisce the royal history of the city, Jaipur is a mere 4.5 hours drive from the capital city of India – New Delhi and is favorably connected to various parts of the country through a network of Domestic & International flights and railway services. Listed below are some of the must-visit spots of Jaipur for each individual coming to the royal city.
Renowned as the Fort of the Royals, Amer was built-in as early as 1592 by then ruler of Jaipur – Raja Man Singh. Built along the banks of the picturesque Maota Lake, Amer Fort was the initial capital of the royal kingdom till the late 18th century. Built primarily with red sandstone and marble, the Amer Palace takes pride in its sturdy yet stunning exteriors that give the impression of a fort and intricately designed palace interiors that enunciate the remarkable craftmanship of yore! The Amer Fort was the abode to the royal family and is consequently divided into the outer and inner quarters. The outer quartes of the palace fort exhibit the parade ground and impressively architected Diwan-i-Aam. The famed ‘Sheesh Mahal‘ or the ‘Palace of Mirrors‘ falls within the inner quarters of the palace separated from the Diwan-i-Aam by the stunning Ganesh Pol.
The palace is also home to the revered ‘Shila Devi‘ or the Holy Goddess within the fort premises.
The colossal gateways constructed at the entry and exit way of the palace fort in Amer, known as the Suraj Pol and Chand Pol due to their location on the eastern and western flanks of the fort, is a sight to behold with their intricate white marble work and Rajput wall motifs.
The palace is open for the general from 9 in the morning till 6 in the evening. You can even enjoy a grand Light and Sound Show delving into the history of the fort held near the palace premises in the evening.
Built-in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, Nahargarh forms one of the most beautiful triage along with Amer and Jaigarh Fort overlooking the Pink City of Jaipur. The highest point of the royal city of India, Nahargarh is frequented by the tourists for the entrancing sunrise and sunsets visible from the fort. The fort, built as a retreat for the royals and a sentient overlooking the walled city of Jaipur, exhibits Indo-European touch in its architecture. A haven for the photographers looking for that perfect Jaipur click, Nahargarh is flanked on either side by the city and the continuous wall to Jaigarh Fort. Nahargarh was initially known as the Sudarshangarh Fort and has been a silent witness to many historical events like peace treaties with the Maratha forces in the 18th Century.
If you are enthused to visit the fort, you must plan a visit for either the sunset or sunrise and dine at one of the restaurants located within the fort premises. The fort is open to the general from 9 in the morning till 6 in the evening.
One of the most awe-inspiring monuments of Jaipur, Jal Mahal or the ‘Water Palace‘ was built-in 1799 by then ruler, Maharaj Pratap Singh. Home to some of the most sought after migratory and domestic birds, the Man Sagar Lake is a modern impression of the dam constructed back in 1596 A.D. The palace built in the middle of the lake is a five-story structure with only its topmost floor visible above the lake!
You can go to see this incredible architecture at any time of the day. There is a local market that sits along the palace banks for the visitors and exhibits the native knick-knacks.
An architectural extravaganza, the Hawa Mahal in the middle of the bustling city of old Jaipur is like a breath of fresh breeze amidst the rush of life. Constructed in 1799 by then ruler Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal has 953 intricately designed apertures that overlook the busy roads of the city. The palace was built for the royal ladies so that they could partake in the city celebration while being within the Purdah or veil system of yore.
Designed like the crown of the revered deity Krishna, the Hawa Mahal is one of the favorite tourist destinations that exemplifies the Rajput architectural genius. The best hour to visit the palace is during the sunrise when the entire Hawa Mahal is illuminated in a golden hue with the sunrays!
A visit to the famed Pink City of the royals in the heart of India is incomplete without a visit to the infamous Bapu Bazaar! A thousand shops that dot the market lanes, locals and visitors from all over the globe visit the market to pick up their favorites! From colorful tie and dye Dupattas to the Jaipur special blue pottery, from the quintessential Rajasthani jewelry to varied textiles and camel skin products, Bapu Bazaar located in the heart of the old Jaipur city has something to offer each enthusiast. The vibrant and swarming market lanes are an ode to the evergreen city spirit and succeed in attracting thousands of shoppers from across the corners of the world throughout the day! There is no perfect hour to visit the market as you have to be well-honed in your bargaining skills and hustle the crowd for that perfect purchase irrespective of the time or hour!