Maharaja Jai Singh II built
the city of Jaipur. He started the construction in 1727. Many of the buildings
within the walled city are painted pink, hence the city is also known as the
“Pink City”. The old-world and picturesque atmosphere charms everyone who
enters this city.
You need two full days to see
all the temples and sites in the area. If you are in a hurry you could see the
main temples, etc. on a one-day excursion. Although trains, buses and planes are
available, a taxi is the most recommended way to travel from Delhi or Vrindavana.
Maharaja Jai Singh created his
“City of Victory”, the city of Jaipur, as a dedication to Lord Govindaji.
The Deities of Radha Govinda were brought to Jaipur from Vrindavana to protect
them from being destroyed by the Muslims. The temple is in a garden next to the
palace complex, and when the temple doors were opened, Maharaja Jai Singh could
see his beloved Deity from the royal quarters. Mangala
arati at 5:00 am is very inspiring. Over 5,000 people attend daily.
City Palace and Museum
||There is a vast collection of
over 2000 old weapons here dating from 1580 onwards. The sword of Maharaja Man
Singh, the king of Jaipur in the 17th century, weighs about 11
pounds. The palace also has a wealth of enchanting artifacts, textiles, vintage
clothing, Mogul carpets and Rajasthani paintings.
Mahal (Palace of the Winds)
||This five-story building,
constructed around 1799, is a major tourist site. It was built by Raja Sawai
Pratap Singh to allow the royal ladies to overlook the city, as they were
usually confined to the inner quarters of the palace. This mahal
enabled them to climb to the top and get a good view of the city. It is open 9
am – 4:30 pm.
|Amber, or Amer, was formerly
the capital of the Rajput princes before it was moved to the main city of Jaipur.
It is situated 11km northeast of the city on Amber Road, the road that goes to
Delhi. A highlight of coming to the fort is the elephant ride to the top to the
hill, where the fort is located. It is a good idea to hire a guide to show you
around the fort, as there are many interesting places here.
||Above the Amber Palace, high
on the hill, in another palace called Jaigarh Fort, which dates back to the 11th
century. It has a weapon museum with a large collection of swords, small arms
and a good photograph exhibit. The huge 50 ton Jai
Ban cannon is said to be the largest cannon on wheels in the world.