Jaipur: A Stroll Through the Pink City

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Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, India, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur was painted in pink in 1876, for the visit of the British royal who would go on to become Emperor of India. Pink denoted hospitality, and the city’s ruler went on to make it illegal to paint the old city in any other colour. (Image by Ravi Gupta from Pixabay)

Nearly 3 centuries old, Chandpole Bazar is one of the earliest markets in the walled city of Jaipur. It’s named after the Moon God and was symmetrically designed to protect merchants & clients from the elements. There are currently over 350 shops in the market selling everything from handcrafted products to clothes, food & jewelry. (Photo from MMTP.)

A blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, the 5-storey, Hawa Mahal was built in 1799. It’s shaped like Lord Krishna’s crown because the Rajput ruler behind it was a devotee of the Hindu deity.

The honeycomb-hive Hawa Mahal was built as an extension to the palace for the royal ladies, who – at the time – were not supposed to be seen by strangers or appear in public. Projecting from the palace facade, the Jharokha stone windows allowed them to witness daily life and royal processions on city streets without being visible to outsiders. The 953 Jharokhas also let in a breeze that keeps the palace cool and airy.

“The Jantar Mantar observatory in Jaipur is the most significant and best preserved set of fixed monumental instruments built in India in the first half of the 18th century…an outstanding example of the coming together of observation of the universe, society and beliefs.” – UNESCO

The Nadivalaya Yantra at the Jaipur Observatory. The Nadivalaya is an equinoctial sundial with circular surfaces oriented parallel to the equatorial plane. One surface faces north, the other south. A metal pin projecting from the center of the surface, parallel to the earth’s axis, is used to cast a shadow on the circular surface. – Source: JantarMantar.Org.

Today, Jantra Mantra has 19 main astronomical instruments or groups of instruments. They were generally constructed of brick rubble and plaster, but a few were made of bronze. They were built for naked-eye observations of the celestial bodies and precision was achieved through their monumental dimensions. Source: UNESCO Astronimical Heritage

This fort, located among the craggy hills of Amber, was the bastion of the Rajput Kachwaha clan before they moved their capital to the plains, to what is now known as Jaipur. Construction on the complex was started in 1592, and it’s made entirely of red sandstone and white marble, used in a a beautiful blend of Mughal and Hindu styles. (Source: Incredible India.)

Meant as a strong haven against invaders, it took 100 years to complete construction on this stunning fortress, which also features countless intricacies such as carvings, mirrors, and precious stones.

Amber Fort, Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Perched above Maota Lake, Amer Fort is one of the most visited sites in India. (Image by RichardMc from Pixabay.)

birds flying over the lake during daytime

(Image by Aditya Siva from Unsplash.)


Proper precautions were taken at each heritage site, proper sanitisation and entry without mask was not allowed, social distancing was maintained. And yes, every place was open for tourists.

There were also tour guides at each and every place.

  1. Albert Hall Museum
  2. City Palace
  3. Zoological Garden
  4. Nahargarh Biological Park
  5. Jaipur Wax Museum
  6. Sambhar Lake
  7. Birla Mandir
  8. Akshardham Temple
  9. Patrika Gate

About the Author:
Ajita Sahu is a student from Madhya Pradesh, India pursuing a degree in Chartered Accounting and an MBA. She loves writing and sharing her experiences so others can relate to it.
All images are by the author unless otherwise indicated.

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