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Jaipur, the Heart of Proud Rajasthan

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A February 2008 trip to Jaipur by francelvr

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Quote: We spent four days in Rajasthan's capital Jaipur this past winter. Our impressions were a mix of vivid colors, omnipresent poverty, and bygone glory.

Jaipur, the Heart of Proud Rajasthan

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Overview

City Palace Photo, Jaipur, India
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Known as "The Pink City', Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and a magnet for visitors throughout the world because of its unique Rajput culture, imposing forts, intense colors, and more. The city got its name from the pink stucco Maharajaj Jai Singh II used in building the city in 1727. The old city is encircled by a wall with seven gates, the major ones being Chandapol, Ajmeri and Sanganeri and is divided into rectangles characterized by broad roads. An amateur astronomer, Singh left behind the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory across from the royal palace. This unique outdoor complex features a variety of complex astronomical instruments chiseled out of stone that continue to ...Read More

The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur

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Hotel

The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur Photo, Jaipur, India
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Surrounded by exquisite gardens, decorative pools, and fountains, the Rajvilas Oberoi hotel is a quiet, peaceful oasis set on the outskirts of Jaipur and the hurly burly created by its 2.3 million residents. Its luxurious rooms, tents, and villas are equalled only by the high level service and the extraordinary beauty seen throughout the property.Since its 1997 opening, Rajvilas has acquired a reputation as one of the world's finest luxury hotels, which is probably why former President Clinton stayed here during a state visit. It has also won awards throughout the world include Gourmet magazine's "Most Exotic Resort in the World" recognition.We stayed here for three nights i...Read More

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Amber Fort

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Attraction | "The Amber Fort, a Monument to Lost Mughal Glory"

Amber Fort Photo, Jaipur, India
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A monument to the awesome power of the Mughal princes who once ruled great swathes of India, the Amber Fort, located a few miles outside Jaipur in the Aravali Hills, was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber. The fort was this region's capital before it was shifted to present day Jaipur. Known for its unique artistic style, which blends both Hindu and Mughal elements, and its ornate and breathtaking artistic mastery, the fort borders the Maota Lake and is a must-see if you're visiting Jaipur. It was built in 1592 and was initially a palace complex within the original fort of Amber that today is known as Jaigarh Fort. Connected to Amber via fortified passages, Jaigarh F...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 2, 2008

Amber Fort
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Saraogi Mansion

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Attraction | "Saraogi Mansion--Sarees, Shoes, Bangles, and More"

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Fronting MI Road in a nondescript modern building, Jaipur’s Saraogi Mansion is a shopping landmark stuffed with shops selling typical Indian saris, costume jewelry, lingerie, shoes, cosmetics, and regional items. Getting there is probably half the challenge. There is little parking out front so your driver must drop you across the way. When you finally get up the nerve to cross MI Road, just look both ways, say a prayer, and dash as fast as you possibly can across this very busy thoroughfare as if Kali herself was on your heels!Most of the shops in Saraogi Mansion face open arcades so it’s easy to stroll through the building’s several floors and browse. Here you will find such companie...Read More

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City Palace

Attraction | "Jaipur's City Palace, a maharajah's home but so much more"

City Palace Photo, Jaipur, India
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Characterized by its splendid blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture, Jaipur's City Palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the early 18th century. The vast complex, which extends across approximately one-seventh of Jaipur's Old City, is divided into a series of courtyards, leafy gardens, and various buildings. These include Mubarek Mahal, a textile museum; Diwane-Khas or Hall of Private Audience; Diwan-e-Asam or Hall of Public Audience; and the gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol, which features four small doorways decorated with colorful peacock designs inspired by the four seasons. Several of the palatial buildings found here are open to the public but only a section Chandra Ma...Read More

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City Palace

Jaipur, India

City Palace Photo, Jaipur, India
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To most westerners, the word "maharaja" evokes unfathomable wealth, limitless power, and a mysterious exoticism. For centuries maharajas ruled India’s patchwork of kingdoms or “princely states" and built the grand and luxurious forts and palaces that dot the country’s landscape today. Virtually all the sculptures, paintings and wall murals that define “classic India” were created for and by the order of maharajas, the ruling class believed to be descended from heavenly incarnations. Today, the glory days of Indian royalty are over, but the maharajas and maharanis survive, stripped of any real authority, but clinging to their royal lineage like the few remaining European kings and queens. ...Read More