Jaipur - not just for the Literature Festival
Though the Jaipur Literature Festival – always colorful, often controversial -- is the premier literary event in the country, it is not all that Jaipur has to offer. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a Kachwaha Rajput who ruled the state of Jaipur from 1699 to 1744, the city takes after his name. The Maharaja moved his capital from Amber Fort, 11 km from the city in the adjoining hills, owing to a scarcity of water and growing population. In 1853, when the Prince of Wales visited the city, the entire city was painted a shade of earthy pink to welcome him. The practice stayed, and Jaipur assumed the sobriquet of Pink City thereafter. The Nahargarh Fort, which overlooks the city from a hillock to the northwest, the Jaigarh Fort known for its enormous cannon are the other forts. The City Palace, the Prince Albert Museum, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the Jal Mahal are some of the most-visited monuments.
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Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, dominates the central business district of Jaipur, an incongruously attractive flashback in the midst of bustling contemporary commerce. Tradition has it that in 1799,... more
Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, dominates the central business district of Jaipur, an incongruously attractive flashback in the midst of bustling contemporary commerce. Tradition has it that in 1799, Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh had it constructed in the shape of Krishna’s crown; its five-storey structure composed of red and pink sandstone and characterized by a honeycomb format featuring 953 latticed windows was intended to permit the royal ladies to observe the citizens going about their daily lives while maintaining their own purdah. In keeping with its intended purpose, the Hawa Mahal seamlessly leads into the Zenana and the chambers of the harem. Best time to see it? At dawn, when the sun’s golden glow strikes it and brings out the richness of its pink and red stone. less
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