TWO DAYS IN JAIPUR,1ST DECEMBER 2018(day 1)-part-1
On the moning of December 1, after breakfast we left for the bus stand. After arriving at the bus stand, we waited for some time.The bus left by 9 am. We took some food with us, because it would be afternoon to reach Jaipur. At that time the election campaign for voting in the Rajasthan Assembly was underway, so the Police closed the road for a while. We reached Jaipur in the evening .
After checking necessary documents at the reception in the hotel we came to our room and found good arrangements. We ate and slept in the early hours of the night, because we spent many hours for bus journey.
2ND DECEMBER 2018( DAY 2)
On the morning of 2nd December, after breakfast we went to visit Hawa Mahal first.The Hawa Mahal is so huge that it can not be imagined without looking in front.
Hawa Mahal is a five story building. The wall of palace have 953 jhorokhas or overhanging balconies from where fresh air can pass. Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 for the women of the royal palace. The Queens and Princesses could look at the various processions and events through the many windows of the Hawa Mahal.
HAWA MAHAL ENTRY FEES
Entry fee is Rs 50 per person for Indian tourists and Rs 200 per person for foreigners.
Hawa Mahal made with the red pink sand stone. The structure was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who was the founder of Jaipur. It was designed by Lal Chand Ustad. Sawai Pratap Singh was a devotee of Lord Krishna.So the Mahal is structured in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown. Visiting time of Hawa Mahal is all day from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
After seeing the Hawa Mahal we went to visit the City Palace of Jaipur. Here we took guide and it was a good decision. The City Palace is huge, we could not understand it better if we did not take guide.Showing a large silver jar the guide said that during the British period at the time of a foreign tour a king( I don’t remember his name) carried water(Gangajol) in that silver container and washed the ship to purify the ship! The palace is still home of the Royal family which lives in a private section of the palace.
There is a good museum in the City Palace. The museum displays a vast and unique collection of royal costumes such as, Pashmina Shwals, Benaras silk sarees and other dresses. It has an very well-preserved royal weaponry. But photography is prohibited in the museum.
After visiting city palace we had lunch nearby restaurant.
Then we went to visit Amer fort or Amer palace. Amer fort is about 13 km from Jaipur city. The Amer fort has influences of both Hindu and Muslim architecture. It was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century and was completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century. This palace made by Red Sand stone and marble and is one of the most spectacular forts in Jaipur and Rajasthan. Entry fee for Amer fort is Rs 100 per person for Indian tourists and Rs 550 per person for foreigners.
Most tourists go to see Jaigarh after visiting amer fort. It was built by king second Jai Singh in 1726 to monitor and protect the Amer palace and Jaipur.It is situated on the “Cheel ka Teela “(Hill of Eagles) of the Aravalli range.