Excursions

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Jaipur

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.


Radha Govinda Temple

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.


Hawa 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 Fort

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.

Jaigarh Fort

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. 

 

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