Pink City of India > Suvbharat Times, 17/08- Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ of India was the capital of Kachhawahas. It was founded in 1727, by Sawai Jai Singh and was named after him. Jaipur is perhaps the first planned city of India and was laid with great precision on the basis of principles of ‘Shilp Sastra’, the ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. The city was built in the form of a rectangle divided into blocks (Chowkries) with road and avenues running parallel to the sides > FollowUs:twitter.com/@Suvbharat_Times
In 1863 Jaipur dressed in pink to welcome Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria and the colour became an integral part of the city. Jaipur is a shopper’s delight too, as a wide range of excellent handicrafts is available in the city. The city of the palace complex was built between 1729 and 1732 by Sawai Jai Singh in the heart of the old city area. The complex is surrounded by a high wall and is divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and other buildings.
It is a fusion of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. The magnificent Chandra Mahal occupies the centre stage and is still the residence of the erstwhile ruling family. The outer courtyards have architectural beauties like Mubarak Mahal, Sarvatobhadra, Diwan Khana and Pritam Niwas. These have been converted into a museum known as the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.
The most interesting exhibits as city palace include the two huge silver urns known as Gangajalis, which are placed outside the Diwan-i-Khas or the ‘Hall of Private Audience’. These were used by Sawai Madho Singh his trip to England in 1902. The silver urns find mention in Guinness Book of World Records.
The state is also known for its rhythmic folk dances and music. The hunting music from the desert has become immensely popular. The festival time is full of life and zest, the ambience acquires a fairytale-like atmosphere.
Colourfully dressed women wear beautiful jewellery, while men put on exotic turbans. The delectable cuisine is yet another attraction of the State. A large variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes can be tried out at the traditional restaurants of the State.
The legendary land strewn with tales of valour and sacrifices is an amazing assortment of history, culture, traditions, natural beauty, wildlife and friendly folks > FollowUs:twitter.com/@Suvbharat_Times