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Jaipur
Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill fortresses and series of palaces in the city areimportant attractions. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur's bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye shawls and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient circuit in the heart of the Thar Desert, which has shaped its history, lifestyles and architecture.
Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with wide avenues and spacious gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewelery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are certainly a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
Jaipur has been laid according to the traditional nine-grid pattern that astrologers believe to be lucky, and which has been recommended in the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Each grid is made up of a square, and these have been planned so that at the heart of the city is the City Palace. Spread around it, in rows, are public buildings, the residences of noblemen, the living and trading quarters of merchants and artisans. Straight, wide roads run through the city, while a high, crenellated wall that forms its defense is pierced with seven gateways that serve as entry points. Today, these walls may be more difficult to spot since the city has grown far beyond its original plan, but they are still there, proof that although Jaipur saw no great siege, it was more than adequately prepared for it.
Jaipur architectural planning may have been ancient, but its execution was definitely modern. Best represented by the CityPalace complex, it brought together all that was excellent in Rajput and Mughal architecture, creating a new tradition that found wide currency over much of northern India. As in the Mughal tradition, the durbar or court areas became much more open, characterized by a series of arched pavilions held on delicately crafted pillars. Ornamentation had always been a part of the state architectural heritage, now it became much more opulent. The private wings of the family also extended their entertainment areas. Since the defense was no longer a primary concern, larger, more ornamental windows were built to look over the streets or courtyards outside these wings. The gardens were no longer planned within the inner courtyards, but were added to the external views, and water, a basic feature of Mughal palaces and gardens, was utilized in a similar fashion, in canals and fountains.
Jaipur has a lot to offer visitors everything from festivals to festivals to extraordinarily clad people, a wealth of handicrafts, royal legacy of palaces, and sightseeing that will occupy their time. However, should the visitors simply choose to walk around the streets instead of the old city, they will not regret it. All of Jaipur is an architectural gem, and no scheduled sight seeing can even hope to do justice to this rare city.
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