Jaipur, also known as The Pink City, is the capital of the state of Rajasthan in India. It has an area of 484.6 km2 and a population of 3.073 million (2011).
The city was built in pink stucco to imitate the sandstone. The pink city, they call the old town built by Jai Singh II. All the historic buildings are painted a pink salmon colour that in Rayastán is the colour of luck.
The city is symmetrical, with a very rational geometric layout. It is surrounded by a crenelated wall that has ten gates. It is divided into nine quadrants of those nine quadrants. Two are dedicated to the palatial complex with the Chandra Mahal or Palace of the Moon, inside the City Palace; the Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds and the Jantar Mantar or observatory of Jai Singh; the other seven are occupied by the people.
The best way to get to know the cities, wherever they may be, is to walk, walk between streets, alleys and avenues. And Jaipur has a lot to see, especially if you like jewellery. This time instead of taking a Tuk Tuk for the whole day, we did it only for long distances. Walking through the city and without thinking we hit the Hawa Mahal.
The Hawa Mahal (‘Palace of the Winds’) is a palace built by the Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It was part of the City Palace of Jaipur. It served as an extension of the zenana or chamber of women destined for the harem. The original function of the building was to allow real women to observe the daily life of the streets of the city without being seen.
JAL MAHAL (Water Palace)
On the other hand, we use Tuk Tuk to go to the Jal Mahal, a haven of peace. Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is a building located in the middle of the lake of Man Sagar.
The lake fills up during the rains and the palace is only accessible by boat. Currently the lake is polluted and the palace uninhabited, without maintenance and cannot be visited. It’s highly recommended to get out of the bustle of the city.
Another place I liked a lot was Fort Amber. The Tuk Tuk themselves take you there.
Amber Fort is a palatial complex located in Amber, 11 km from Jaipur. The building that is currently known as Amber Fort was initially a palatial complex within the original Amber fort that is now known as Jaigarh Fort.
Today, you can climb the fort from the base of the hill. During the walk, you can admire the beautiful views of Jaipur, Lake Maotha and the original city wall. Archaeological excavations have shown that the palace-fortress is built on the ruins of a temple in the sun of the year 955.
It is an incredible place to really get an idea of how people lived at that time. They’re imprisoned in their palaces for fear of betrayal. Here you have the opportunity to climb walking or elephant. I urge you; leave the animals alone, if there is no demand, there will be no offer.
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