Pink is the colour of hospitality, and hospitality is indeed, in the very fabric of the city of Jaipur, the largest city in the state of Rajasthan and also its capital. It was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, in 1727, after whom, the city holds its name. It is included in the Golden Triangle along with Delhi and Agra. The city of Jaipur mesmerises and enthrals the visitor with its beautiful forts and warming hospitality.
Jaipur is India’s first planned city planned according to Vastu Shastra(Vedic instructions on directions and construction) by a Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, in 1727. The city is very unique in its planning. It is intriguing to realize that every street is directed East-to-West or North-to-South. The eastern gate of the city is called Suraj (Sun) Pol and the western gate is called Chand(Moon) Pol. The city is marvelous in its appearance. Despite of being a pre-modern city, its vibrancy induces a sense of awe and admiration.
Apart from the beautiful forts, Jaipur is also famous for its art and crafts and culture. Jaipur is a peculiar blend of rudimentary culture of the bygone eras and the pounding pulse of western and technological advancements. The city is both antique and brand-new. Though, this comparison sounds paradoxical, the exact realization is abundantly evident in every nook and corner and in the very ethos of this Pink city of India. The ancient rulers propagated and fortified the exchange of different ideas. Artisans were invited from different corners of the nation and abroad.
Fascinations- Jaipur is famous for jewellery, handicrafts, embroidery, antiques, carpets, leather work and beautiful works of metal. Different lanes in Jaipur intrigue and pique the interests of visitors. From lanes like Jhalaniyon ka Rasta, Thatheron ka Rasta, Khajanewalon ka Rasta, Haldiyo ka Rasta and Mahiharon ka Rasta to its different markets like Nehru Bazaar, Kishanpol Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Sanganer Bazaar, Ramganj Bazaar and Johari Bazaar and constantly visited and hoarded three sixty five days in a year. People coming from different parts of the world are spell bound by the fine works and soothing lush greenery of this place.
Maharaja sawai Jai Singh has adorned the city with many beautiful forts. Every place is awe-inspiring and needless to say, hypnotizing.
The Maharani’s palace is another delight to the beholder. It is now a museum exhibiting different artilleries. The great variety of guns, katars, churis, Persian and Rajput swords provide a thrilling experience.
Diwan-e-Khaas is armed between the art gallery and the armory. The two sterling silver vessel are a stupendous site. These vessels with capacity of 9000 litres each are listed in the Guinness book of Records.
Chandra Mahal is the only part of the palace that was inhabited by the royal family.
Other must-visit places in Jaipur and its vicinity are Govindji Temple, Albert Hall, Dolls Museum, Vijaydhar Garden, Statue circle, Gaitore, Sisodia Rani garden, Birla Planetarium, Jaigarh fort and Laxmi-Narayan temple.
It is a real delight to visit this city. To many a visitors, the feeling is ecstatic and the overall experience inexplicable. Words fail to explain the serenity, beauty, grandeur and lavishness of these forts and the elegance of the intricate designs of artwork available in this lovely Pink city of Jaipur.