Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Old Forts of Jaipur
4. Nahargarh Fort.
5. Jaigarh Fort.
6. Amber Fort.
7. Some Tips
This fort was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh on 1734 on the edge of Aravalli Hills. The meaning of the name is "Adobe od Tigers.
The 1st thing I encountered was that the fort was partially a restaurant. It got two restaurant one a reasonable and the other is very expensive, they charge Rs.50 even for the entry to the restaurant.
One thing is strange that they also serve beer that is not something what I expected from a historical place. Most part of the fort was restricted and ASI seems not interested cleaning of outside area. This place has nothing much to offer until you want to sit back and relax with a glass of beer.
|Entry to Courtyard|
|I Wonder if this works|
|Temple on Top|
This fort was built by Jai Singh 2 to protect Amber Fort. This is a must visit place as the fort is huge and will offer you with lot of adventure.
I strongly suggest that not to take old people along with you as many places is not easy to access. The fort still looks very strong and give a very beautyful view of Jaipur city and Hawa Mahal. It also has a small pond which is littered with plastic bottles, thanks to our thirsty Indian tourist and the main reason you shall not miss this fort is because of "Jaivana Cannon". This cannon s the world largest on wheels of the early modern era and it was only fire once, legend a natural lake was formed on the place where the projectile landed.
|View from the Way to Fort|
|Nice View of Hills|
|Take Car Ride|
|Imagine The Muzzle Flash|
|Read the Description|
|Huge Kalash for GangaJal|
|A small Cannon|
|A view of Jal Mahal|
|Nice Shades of Marble|
This palace is located in Amer city which is 4km drive from Jaipur city. This a fort where every tourist had visited, the fort seems the biggest among all the forts in Jaipur may be because it's not located on hills so there is no natural defence. The saddest part about the visit to there places are that you can names of people all around on walls which gives you a hint that you are in India and people keep writing there names no matter how much education they have. The pace is always crowded due to easy reach but still a fort to visit once.
|A View of Main Courtyard|
|Nice Pic of Lord Ganesha|
|Fort Defence Walls|
|See The Heart|
|Place where Jodha Akbhar got Married|
|Very Nice Mugal Art|
|An Entry to the Fort|
7. Some Tips
a)- Chowki dhani is a complete waste of time and money. The road is really very bad and there is nothing special about this place anymore. Oh yes some people might talk about the food then trust me it's nothing mouth watering, the place has lost it's "aura" due to easy reach and bad management decisions.
b)-Look for good guest house rather then an hotel. Guest house are really good for these kind of short trips as they are cheap and you can have lot of options, hotels can be really expensive.
c)- Make sure you are a very good driver if you planning to drive towards Jaigarh and Nahargarg fort. The road is very thin and no there are no two ways. The thin road is not the only problem you will also encounter huge traffic jams and bad roads. I suggest to hire an auto.
d)- Try to avoid road side food and go to a decent restaurant, trust me they are cheap if you compare it with metros like Delhi/NCR.
e)- Try not to look like a tourist (not for foreign travellers) because if you are planning to walk around the city then you are the target of every auto driver.
My visit was sometimes become horrible in the city when one after another auto diver will ask you to board there auto for a ride.DO NOT TRUST THESE DRIVERS FOR ANY SHOPPING POINTS AND SUGGESTED HOTELS or GUEST HOUSE, do a little research on internet before the visit.
f)- Do try sweets from a famous shop "brijwasi" they are awesome.
g)- Last but not the least for try to take auto (try to do bargain with 50% what they ask) as they are cheap and you can view the city on the way. But beware Jaipur pollution level is too high. Most important avoid shopping as you can easily buy the same stuff from your local city market.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Jaipur- Must Visit Place
|City View from Jaigarh Fort|
Jaipur is located in the northern part of India and the capital of Rajasthan. It is famous for its forts and palaces, also if you are a sweet lover, this city has to offer some of the best in India.
3 days and 2 nights stay is more than enough for this city, until one wants to burn their pocket doing shopping.
Where to Visit.
2. City Palace.
3. Hawa Mahal.
The market has nothing much to offer if you are from India. Things are over priced and they are easily available in your own city market in less price. If you to bargain with the local shopkeepers of Jaipur trust me they can easily differentiate between a local and a tourist. One thing is good about the market is that there is no illegal construction in front of the shops as we see in Delhi or other cities also every shop has the same construction and the colour is pink.
The problem I saw is that every transport vehicle owner will watch you like a eagle and offer you a ride which is very irritating, it's very tough to walk in the market when every rikshaw puller and Auto driver ask you the same question.
This is a must visit, the palace was partially converted into museum. Inside the palace museum you can see the royal "Darbar" of Maharaja, currency used in that era also with the paintings of kings who had ruled Jaipur. The architecture is mix of both Hindu and Mugal art, City Palace is in middle of Jaipur and you can reach there by auto, parking for private cars could be little un easy. Photography is not allowed inside the museum only outside photography is allowed.
If you have money then some part of the palace can be rented for private parties.
|Elephant Idol on Marble|
|That's not Indian Flag|
|A Mugal Touch|
|Old Brass Cannon|
|Entry to The Musium|
|Old Muscat Rifle|
|Beautiful Mugal Architecture|
|The Raja's Lamborghini|
|Some more Ferrari's|
Hawa Mahal was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and the design was taken from Lord Krishna crown by Lal Chand Ustad. The structure has more then 900 windows or Jarokhas which was design in such a manner that air will flow 24/7 and is a perfect example of ancient cross-ventilation. The Mahal has one courtyard which is not very big and stairs are very narrow only one person can use it at one time. Be careful while coming up or down you may have to turn back because of narrow passages. From the top one can have a good view of Jaipur city and the hills around. We found the surrounding areas very dirty the second exit gate was so filthy that we have to cover our nose. Also due to small narrow places one may find the place very cramped up with tourist, but still I recommend for one time visit.
|Samll Windows with beautiful architecture|
|From the Top|
|Amber Fort from Hawa Mahal|
Part 2 Coming Soon