Part 3 – Jaipur, Rajasthan

Albert Hall Museum

If architecture, history, palaces and textiles appeal to you, then you’ll enjoy Jaipur! Jaipur, also known as the pink city, is definitely a place for tourists. Our short time in this city was spent doing the main touristy things. We booked some tours through airbnb experience. The first tour we did took us around the city to all the main sites. Enjoy…

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal means the ‘Palace of Winds’ or the ‘Wind Palace’. It has 953 small windows (Jharokas), they were built to keep the wind blowing inside the palace. Hawa Mahal was constructed as a separate complex for the royal ladies. The idea was that, royal women could watch the daily life of the city through the windows. The palace is constructed with the red and pink sandstone, has a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani style of architecture. The artistic carvings and the structure of Hawal Mahal stands in the middle of the Jaipur in its elegance.

https://www.nativeplanet.com/travel-guide/interesting-facts-about-hawa-mahal/articlecontent-pf13099-001739.html
Patrika Gate
Patrika Gate

Patrika Gate is the ninth gate in Jaipur and it’s quite special. Decked out with an intricately designed walkway, it really is a photographers paradise. We went back here after our tour to spend more time looking at all the artwork. I was missing my camera at this point for sure, but the phone snaps were fine!

Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar

The Jantar Mantar is a collection of 19 astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The monument was completed in 1734. It features the world’s largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jantar_Mantar,_Jaipur
City Palace
City Palace

The City Palace, Jaipur was established at the same time as the city of Jaipur, by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who moved his court to Jaipur from Amber, in 1727. Jaipur is the present-day capital of the state of Rajasthan, and until 1949 the City Palace was the ceremonial and administrative seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. It now houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, and continues to be the home of the Jaipur royal family.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Palace,_Jaipur
Royal Gaitor Tumbas
Royal Gaitor Tumbas
Royal Gaitor Tumbas

The Royal Gaitor Tumbas is a Royal Crematorium. The tombs are intricately designed by stone. It was one of the more peaceful experiences we had in this bustling tourist city!

Panna Meena Ka Kund – Stepwell

Panna Meena Ka Kund is an ancient stepwell and rainwater catchment. It is believed that it was a place were people in the nearby area could go to get water. It is not in use now, but it is maintained and is a hot spot for tourists. You actually cannot go on the steps now, there are guards watching you!

Amer Palace
Amer Palace
Amer Palace
Amer Palace
Amer Palace

Amber Palace gave me some jungle book feels! It is also the location that some scenes from the bollywood movie Jodha Akbar was filmed – which is based on true events!

Mughal architecture greatly influenced the architectural style of several buildings of the fort. Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the attractive, opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-e-Aam, or “Hall of Public Audience”, the Diwan-e-Khas, or “Hall of Private Audience”, the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace. Hence, the Amer Fort is also popularly known as the Amer Palace. The palace was the residence of the Rajput Marahajas and their families.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amer_Fort
Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal (meaning “Water Palace”) is a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. The palace, built in red sandstone, is a five-storied building, of which four floors remain underwater when the lake is full and the top floor is exposed

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jal_Mahal

After all this site seeing we were exhausted. Jaipur has so much history! Jaipur is also known for it’s block printing textiles. We did a tour to get an inside look on how this incredible textile is created by hand!

Block printing by hand
Creating the blocks by hand
Block Shop
Layers of ink are carefully placed using various block patterns
Various Blocks for various patterns
We had a go at this technique and created this under guidance

Jaipur was a cool experience. I was happy to travel without a large DSLR camera because of how touristy it was. The least I could stand out the better – but that was hard to do, locals can spot a foreigner miles away, no matter how hard you try to blend in!

I really enjoyed the block printing experience. The architecture blew my mind, it was so intricate and detailed. The history contained in this Pink City is incredible.

Delicious Tali

I can’t really summarize my experience in this country. Even just going through the images to upload here has taken me back through a whirlwind, reliving the adventure. With all it’s challenges and uncomfortable situations, I think fondly about my time in this country. India is a special place to me and I am really looking forward to being able to go back again. It was insightful.

The adventure continues next week! Stay tuned!

Thanks for viewing!
-Jasmin

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