It was my first visit to the Pink City of Jaipur. My very first impression: Jaipur is a magnificent city. Jaipur was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. Designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. It is a very well laid-out city particularly noted for its width and regularity of sectors.
Going through the walled city area can still make you believe as if you are walking through the majestic era of old Maharajas. However, the famed Hawa Mahal may come across as a surprise to many people because it is located in a crowded market place and has little space around it unlike most of its pictures make us feel. This market place is called the Pink Market and it has hordes of shops selling Jaipur special handicraft, clothes and other souvenirs.
I was in the city only for a day and had a tight schedule in which touring the city was certainly not an option for me. But I will soon return to the city to feel the atmosphere of Jaipur at relatively more ease. A couple of appointments and long tiring travel by road was on my plate this time around. Although traffic in Jaipur is a bit on higher side but for Delhiites it’s nothing compared to what we are used to within Delhi. Sighting horse and camel carts as well as tamed elephants on roads is not out of ordinary in Jaipur. I saw all of these during my only thoroughfare journey across the city.
I loved spending a few minutes at Jal Mahal (aka Chaupati). Viewed from there, the rampart of Amber Fort on hills reminded me of the Great Wall of China. The rampart is huge and it snakes on the hills in a very similar fashion as the Chinese wall. Presence of Jal Mahal lake in the city must be important for it provides the much needed cooling effect to an otherwise simmering city during summers.
Jaipur is now also famous for the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF). It attracts literature lovers from all over the world. JLF is held in the month of January every year.
I used to wonder if the Pink City is really pink. And it turned out to be so! Shades of pink are most predominant among hues of city’s buildings. Jaipur is full of historic, beautiful and interesting buildings –also on the outskirts you will find the expanding Jaipur with not-so-interesting modern architecture. The Government of Rajasthan appears to be making good efforts to keep Jaipur in shape and to preserve the old-time splendor of the city.
All in all, I am eager to visit Jaipur again and will go there in coming few months.