Jaipur, the everything-is-painted-pink city
Stay still for a few moments and the civic guys 'll paint you pink. Within the walled city of Jaipur , everything that doesn't move is pink. Pink and more pink. Only pink.
The harsh summer sun rays that play havoc on the Rajasthani towns and villages is tamed here in Jaipur. That explains the colour and hence the character of this city.
Jaipur is one of the earliest planned cities of northern India. 'Sawai' Jai Singh laid the foundation in 1727 for the city designed by the architect Vidyadhar Battacharya.
Jaipur wasn't pink at the drawing boards. It was Ram Singh II who painted the town pink in 1876 when the Prince of Wales came visiting.
Amber , the honey coloured fort
Built by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army ,Mirza Raja Jai Singh and 'Sawai' Jai Singh over a period of two centuries.
Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) ...
... with its glittering ceiling of mirrors.
The zenana with long corridor.. that leads to independent chambers of various concubines.
Jai Vana , Jai Garh Fort
Manually operated Air Conditioner , in His Maharaja's service.
Amber Fort, as seen from Jai Garh Fort
Baoli (step well) in Jaigarh.
Jal Mahal (Water Palace)
Largest and the best preserved of 'sawai' Jai Singh's five observatories.
Built in stone and marble.
One of the high points of Indian astronomy.
City Palace, Jaipur.
The Mughal emperor Aurangazeb awarded Raja Jai Singh the title "Sawai', meaning one -and -a -quarter. Even today, the flag flying above the city palace has an extra, quarter sized flag next to it.