If you ever want to step out of your ordinary life into an extra-ordinary one, actually a Royal one, then Jaipur is the destination for you. Every nook and corner of this city has a historical touch to it, it has a story that will leave you spell bounded. This colourful city has the splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past.
The trip was highlighted with our very first stop of Amber fort itself. It was more about ‘Feeling Royal’. This palace has been split into four sections, each with its own courtyard. Ensure you have a guide along to take you through the story of each and every nook and corner of the palace. Rest assure this trip will have you fascinated. The ride all the way up can either be on an elephant or you can even take a walk. You’ll get a chance to see the ‘pallak’ the princess and queens used to go around in the palace, wondering why? Because they used to wear dresses and jewellery of a minimum 10kgs which was difficult to carry around in person. You’ll also see the ancient arrangements of air conditions and the rooms for the kings to suit each climate. The colours used on the walls are pure vegetable colours, the art itself will leave you gazing at it for hours.
The pallak queen’s used to go around the palace in
The aircondition system made out of water sprinklers
While enjoying their (queens) evenings they would like admire themselves in the mirrow on the ceiling
The work on a pillar done out of single marble
Garden area – this is just one of it by the way
Our next stop was city palace, this palace houses a museum now but a greater part of it is still a royal residence to the current king. Impressive array of courtyards, gardens and buildings are very much a part of this palace. A site worth exploring.
Another famous monument that we would recommend you on your next visit is Jantar Mantar. It’s located near City Palace and has the world’s largest stone sundial. This site has been declared as the heritage site by UNESCO as well. When you look at the architectural splendours followed by innovation and instruments that were built using astronomy as the basis, will leave you wondering if the brains in NASA are bigger or those scientist who lived back in 18th century!
There is Hawa Mahal for the queen and Jal Mahal for the kings. The structure of Hawa Mahal is built in a manner that the queens can look out and enjoy the view without them being noticed. Jal Mahal, is a palace with lake around it – possibly the most serene sight! This was a royal summer retreat for the kings were exclusive dance performances were held for the Maharajas. Built back in 1799 by Maharaja Madho Singh I, this palace si truly worth a capture.
No visit to Jaipur is complete without a visit to Chowki Dhani. Guys, you might as well cancel your flight back home if you haven’t had the time to visit this place. The essence of Rajastan in one place, village fair, a walk around on elephant, Rajasthani folk dance, music and to top it all up amazing local food! The entire experience is good that the photographs you capture will make you want to visit the place over and over again – like I now want to.
Even after spending two entire days just exploring didn’t feel justified. The crave to know more stories and history still remains. We left the place promising ourselves another stop-over.