Jaipur, known as the Pink City, is one of the most traveled to destinations by tourists from India and across the globe. The Pink City gets its name from the palaces, forts and museums that are built in pink sandstone. The city comes alive as the dawn breaks and the gets louder as the day moves forward.
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One of the most-traveled-to-palaces is the Hawa Mahal, built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and laced with exquisite and intricate latticework. With as many as 953 windows, this palace had a one of a kind honeycomb shaped design which resembled Lord Krishna’s crown. Built with red and pink sandstone, the pillars stand tall and are covered in floral Rajputana design.
The City Palace or Pitam Niwas Chowk includes several palaces like the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal which was seat of the Jaipur Maharaja. The palace was built between 1729 to 1732 and additions were made in the 20th century. The palaces are known to have an infusion of both Indian and European influence in its architecture.
For the food lover, the aroma of Dal Baati Churma, a savoury dish found across Rajasthan and Ghevar sweets, the disk-shaped flour sweets soaked in sugar syrup are must-haves in the Pink City. Gift boxes of dry fruit and nuts are perfect gifts to take home.
The Amer Fort is the largest fort in Jaipur with a 4 square kilometres radius. It is home to the world’s largest cannon on wheels during the Early Modern Era. Designed in a traditional hindu style, the fort has large ramps, gates and cobbled walkways. Constructed in marble and red sandstone, this palace has as many as four levels with a courtyard on each level. Other places of interest include the Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort and the pilgrimage site of Galtaji.
A visit to the Jaipur Zoo, opened in 1877 has over 50 species of birds, animals and reptiles from across the world. The Zoo also houses a Gharial breeding farm and is the fourth largest farm in India. The Jaipur Zoo houses several scenic gardens and multi-colored blossoms that flower at different parts of the year. Also, there is an aviary, a conservatory, a museum, a herbarium, parks and an arena.
Jaipur’s beauty and splendor will simply welcome you with open arms and help you experience royalty and luxury beyond compare.