Rajasthan’s beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur’s bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves 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.
The Amer Fort was built by ‘Raja Shri Maan Singh JI Saheb’ (Maan Singh I) (December 21, 1550 – July 6, 1614) in 16th century. Man Singh, one of the first war chiefs or the trusted general of the Emperor Akbar. Akbar included him among the ‘Navaratnas’, or the 9 (nava) gems (ratna) of the royal court. Man Singh began the construction of a fortress-palace of white and red sandstone i.e. Amer Fort in 1592. He was the Kacchwaha (Rajput) of King of Amber, a state later known as Jaipur. Nearby he ordered to set a small temple devoted to ‘Sheela Mata’, his patron goddess.
Johari Bazaar Jaipur
Johari bazaar in Jaipur is a world famous bazaar for jewelry. Johari is a Hindi word. Johari means ‘jeweler’. Jaipur jewelry mirrors the perpetual charisma of crowned heads and highlights in sparkling colors. Enticing jewelry from this imperial city amazes the visitors from all around the world. Be it a fashion show or a traditional occasion, Jaipur ornaments can accentuate any dress, and can please any women. Exquisite jewelries made of gold, emeralds, diamonds and silver can be spotted in several shops at Johari bazaar. Johari bazaar is open for public throughout the week. The overstated exhibition of various kinds of Rajasthani jewelry attracts tourists from various parts of India in addition to the tourists from foreign countries.
City Palace one of the major tourist attraction fascinated by marvelous architecture of Mughal and Rajput and European style of architecture is a official residence of Maharaja of Jaipur and Royal family resides in Chandra Mahal. Since 1959, The palace is opened to the General public and International visitor’s as a museum. In 1727, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, shifted their capital from Amber to Jaipur and from 1729-32, the city palace was built.
Jantar Mantar consists of fourteen geometric devices which can measure time, predict eclipse, track stars with the location of earth orbiting around the sun, decline of planets and determining the celestial altitudes. All the instruments in general are large structures attributing the specific prediction. Declared as the national monument in 1948, every instrument has its own uniqueness built by the stones and marbles carrying an astronomical scale. The unique characteristics of each instrument individually share a place of pride in the book of the pink city.