Thursday, July 23, 2009

Heritage Cities of Rajasthan



Jaipur – The blushing city is the beautiful capital of Rajasthan, renowned as ‘Pink City’. The buildings were colour-washed pink when Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England visited the city in 1883 AD. The city was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727 AD, is credited with first planned city designed in accordance with ‘ Shilpa Shastra’ – the epochal treatise of Hindu architecture.

From each crag of the surrounding Aravalis rises a fort that bears testimony to the imperial grandeur. The visitor to the Pink City is struck by the timeless appeal of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses, huge mansions, broad avenues and beautiful laid out gardens.
In the heart of the city is the Cit Palace –A beautiful blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. ‘Hawa Mahal’ or the palace of winds that provides some excellent views of the streets from its fifth storey.

Shopping In Jaipur

Shopping in colourful, traditionally designed bazaars is a heady experience. Especially, famous for Meenakari and Kundan jewellery, blue pottery, embroidered shoes, fantastic fabrics and beautiful trinkets.

Places To Visit In Jaipur

• Hawa Mahal
• Citi Palace
• Jantar mantar
• Govind Deo Ji Temple
• Jal mahal or water Palace
• Jaigarh Fort
• Nahargarh Fort

Samode – 40 km northwest from Jaipur is the splendid palace set amidst fairy-tale surroundings. the ornate interiors are a fine example of the Rajput haveli (palaces) architecture. encircled by hills, it is a refreshing retreat with spectacular landscapes.

Ramgarh – A huge artificial lake amidst forested hills. 32 km northeast from Jaipur, it is a lush picnic spot that comes alive during monsoon. Ancient treasures worth visiting are the ruins of the fort and the Jamwa Mata temple.

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