Rajasthan is another world within that huge and incredible country called India. It has some of the most attractive and photogenic cities in the country, deserts that seem eternal and an idiosyncrasy of its own that makes this State something peculiar. The city of Jaipur is often used as a gateway to Rajasthan and is one of the first steps that travelers visiting India usually take for the first time and undoubtedly.
it is a good start because Jaipur has a little bit of everything so you decide to discover the country. The pink city, which in that way is popularly known, falls in love corner by corner, provided that the chaotic effect that some travelers catch unprepared is overcome.
What to see in Jaipur? What are those places that you should not miss from the Rajasthani capital? Here are the travel guides which will help you in your Jaipur Tour:
Why Jaipur Is Called the Pink City
The name “pink city” that always accompanies Jaipur is not something that comes from very old. In fact it is from the beginning of the 20th century, specifically from 1905, when the Prince of Wales who had then visited the city. In order to give an unforgettable reception to such a distinguished guest, Maharaja Ram Singh ordered that the main buildings of the historic center be painted salmon pink, which for Rajasthan is represented fortune and cordiality. And since then Jaipur became inseparable from this color that comes to define the city.
Actually the capital of Rajasthan does not have the antiquity of others like Agra, Delhi or Varanasi. Its founding year was 1727 when the Maharaja and city’s top impeller Jai Singh II defeated the last Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. This character was essential to understand Jaipur today, as it attracted the best architects and artisans of Rajasthan to create a place full of beauty, harmony and energy. This was long before traffic and disorder undid the purpose sought by the Maharaja, although many of his premises and dreams remained in this place.
What To See In Jaipur
The great passion of Jai Singh II was between destined to great disciplines of science like, for example, mathematics or astronomy. The latter made him spend more time looking at the stars and looking for new planets that he devised the creation of a gigantic astronomical observatory (Jantar Mantar) with which to study the stars and satisfy their knowledge. He ordered to erect several of them in the whole country (there are in Delhi, Mathura and also in Varanasi) but without a doubt the one in Jaipur is the largest and best preserved not only in India but in the whole Asian continent. It is full of inventions in which they are surprised by its ultra-precise precision, something pointer in the 18th century. Without a doubt this is one of the most interesting visits that can be made in the city.
The Palace of the winds
The facade of the Hawa Mahal with about a thousand small windows was born as an extravagant need to extend the palace harem in 1799 by the Sawai Pratap Singh who commissioned the design to Lal Chand Ustad. In this way the many women of the Maharaja could observe the street without being seen. Architecturally and religiously it represents the crest of a peacock, something that also has to do with the iconography of Krishna, but for the world it is a pill to dream of the Arabian Nights. Pure photogenic, contrasts with a street that looks out that is full of traffic, horn at all times and cows in the median trying innocently to rest.
To stroll the markets, walk through Badi Chaupar, the Great Plaza and Tripolia Bazaar, the main avenue that crosses the old city to stroll through street stalls that retain their traditional modus operandi. No souvenir shops but a bazaar of the usual, which sells what the people of Jaipur requires for their daily lives. This, although there is tourism around during any time of year, gives a touch of intense authenticity that is appreciated.
Little away from the heart of the city you will find cenotaphs (mausoleums or empty tombs) that will remind you of the Maharajas that Jaipur has had. The best known is that of men (known as Gaitor), although there is also one dedicated to their women. These are places that rickshaw drivers know about and are ideal when you want to get out of the center. And they are worth it, since they are carved meticulously in marble and on their teardrop roofs the mischievous macaques often walk. Interestingly, it is one of the most beautiful sites in the Rajasthani capital.
Outside of Jaipur there are enough reasons to stretch the visit even more. The most impressive of all is the Amber Fort, a huge palace that can be reached by elephant back (which leaves you in the main square of the compound, Jaleb Chowk). This is the India of the palaces, of the great and sumptuous fortresses, a place to get lost in alleys or rooms and spend at least one whole morning.