The mere mention of the word ‘Rajasthan’ transports one to a land immensely rich in culture, history and art. Signifying the “abode of rajas”, the land is a citadel of romance and associated with the Rajput culture. Everything about Rajasthan fascinates — be it miles of golden stretches of sand or magnificient palaces or the crowd in multi-colored costumes.
Displaying such an aura of Rajasthani splendour is Jaipur, the picturesque capital of Rajasthan. Situated in the east of the state, Jaipur is the only planned city of Rajasthan. Its uniqueness is the pink boundary which gives it its name “pink city” – a colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh; the city is meticulously planned in accordance with the principles of town planning laid down in Shilpa Shastra,(Navgrahs of hindu vaastu shastra) a treatise on Hindu architecture.
Best Time to Visit……..
The best season to plan a trip to Jaipur is during winter as the summer heat would be absolutely unbearable for most people. Average temperatures in the winter months range between 15-18 degrees centigrade with little or no humidity. For a trip to Jaipur in winters one should be armed with sufficient warm clothes to beat the occasional cold waves.
Architecture: The structures we saw were Abhaneri Stepwell , Harshat Mata Temple , Jawahar kala kendra , Albert Hall-Museum ,Hawa Mahal , bHARADWATI PALACE , Bhangarh Fort, Big baori- bhandarej (pk baori), Jantar Mantar.
Abhaneri Stepwell : it is a water storage facility for draught conditions .here rain water is saved and ground water is associated .
Chand Baori(ABHANERI STEPWELL) is one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks in Rajasthan.It was built by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty between 800 and 900 AD and was dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness upon completion.
The state of Rajasthan is extremely arid, and the design and final structure of Chand Baori was intended to conserve as much water as possible. At the bottom of the well, the air remains 5-6 degrees cooler than at the surface, and Chand Baori was used as a community gathering place for locals during periods of intense heat.One side of the well has a pavilion and resting room for the royals.
Chand Baori consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It extends approximately 30 m (100 ft) into the ground making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India. The enclosure wall, Side verandah and the pavillion at entrance are later additions by Mughals ……..
Albert Hall- the museum is a treat for the lovers of art history. It has a huge collection of musical instruments, carriages, jewelry, paintings and artifacts of the Rajput period. Apart from this, the walls are engraved with works depicting instances from Indian as well as western myths.