Hello guys! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend! This is the second part to my Jaipur trip
India is definitely one of my top countries to visit. And if you have not been, would definitely recommend you to do so! You will not want to miss this beautiful country, full of culture and heritage. Plus, don’t miss out on exploring Jaipur Rajasthan!
Jaipur: Amber Fort
Amber Fort or Amer Fort, near Jaipur Rajasthan, is one of the most famous and most visited forts in India. Hence, it is on known as one of Jaipur’s top attractions.
In 2013, Amber Fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This palace, along with Jaigarh Fort, is located immediately above on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles). The palace and Jaigarh Fort are considered one complex, as the two are connected by a subterranean passage. Furthermore, this passage was meant as an escape route in times of war to enable the royal family members and others in the Amber Fort to move to Jaigarh Fort without being seen by the enemies.
It is possible to visit the fortress on elephant-back, but animal welfare groups have criticised the keeping of elephants at Amber Fort. Definitely would not recommend taking the elephant rides. This is because of reports of abuse. And carrying passengers can cause lasting injuries to the animals. Tourists can either walk up to the fort or take a 4-wheel drive up, which cost about 450 Rupees.
This magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard.
The main courtyard is known as Jaleb Chowk, where returning armies would display their war booty to the populace – women could view this area from the veiled windows of the palace. If you walk up to the Fort, you will enter through the Suraj Pol, also known as the Sun Gate. But if you are arriving by car, you will enter through Chand Pol, the Moon Gate.
Firstly, from Jaleb Chowk, an imposing stairway leads up to the main palace and a small Siladevi Temple, with its gorgeous silver doors featuring repoussé work. As such the method of decorating metals in which parts of the design are raised in relief from the back or the inside of the article by means of hammers and punches; definition and detail can then be added from the front by engraving.
Second, there is the Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) within the seconfd courtyard. In here, it has a double row of columns, each topped by a capital in the shape of an elephant, and latticed galleries above.
Third, the Maharaja’s apartments are located around the third courtyard. The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) is noted for its inlaid panels and multimirrored ceiling. Carved marble relief panels around the hall are fascinatingly delicate and quirky, depicting cartoon-like insects and sinuous flowers. And opposite the Jai Mandir is the Sukh Niwas (Hall of Pleasure), with an ivory-inlaid sandalwood door and a channel that once carried cooling water right through the room. From the Jai Mandir you can enjoy fine views from the palace ramparts over picturesque Maota Lake below.
Lastly, the zenana (secluded women’s quarters) surrounds the fourth courtyard. The rooms were designed so that the maharaja could embark on his nocturnal visits to his wives’ and concubines’ respective chambers without the others knowing, as the chambers are independent but open onto a common corridor.
Don’t forget to check out the Amber Sound & Light Show in the evenings, which is a little history lesson mixed with some drama, taking place below the fort in the Kesar Kiyari complex near Maota Lake. Not only does the show have a Hindi version, but also an English version.The English version starts at 7:30pm and the Hindi version at 8:30pm.
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm
Entrance Fee: 200 Rupees
Jaipur: Panna Meena Ka Kund
There are so many pictures of tourists walking down these beautiful symmetrical steps in Jaipur. And you definitely won’t want to miss it!
This beautiful 16th century stepwell lies in the shadow of a famous fortress, Amber or Amer Fort, which I shared with in part 1 of this Jaipur series.
Many locals suggest Panna Meena ka Kund was built so the people of Amer could collect water, which was later used at many temples nearby. Women also came here to fill their water pots for household work. Apart from this, Panna Meena ka Kund was a resting place for many travelers as the temperature inside the stepwell is significantly cooler.
There is no entry ticket for Panna Meena ka Kund. Unfortunately, there is a security guard there and he forbids tourists to walk down the stairs, unless you pay him.
Try to be there before 8am, before the security guard arrived so that you can walk down to explore. There was a local villager there who kept trying to sell us things and when we politely refused, he didn’t want to let us walk down the steps! Hopefully better luck the next time round….
Lastly, the place you should visit is Albert Museum.
Jaipur’s cultural beauty is well expressed in architecture and art forms. One of the best ways to enjoy the culture is museum. The best of all museums is Albert Hall Museum. This museum provides exclusive collection of artefacts, objects and other art forms.
The building of Albert Hall Museum was built in 1876 as a concert hall. And it was named after the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, because of the similarity of architecture. The foundation for the building started in 1876, when Prince of Wales visited Jaipur.
When the building was constructed, the royals and government did not have any idea about usage of the building. Initially, it was used as Town Hall in 1880. However, the King of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II, later suggested to use it as a museum for Industrial Arts. Now, Later, the hall is being used for displaying masterpieces of local artisans.
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm
Entrance fee: 150 Rupees
Thank you so much for reading and hope you enjoyed it!
There will be more exciting posts in the upcoming weeks!