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Jaipur Point of Interest: Jaipur Guide Part 2

It was the hottest day of the season in Jaipur. The sun was shining in utmost youthfulness – like a hot fireball. In-fact, the sun was getting hotter and hotter every moment. The scene of that day in Jaipur was like – the whole atmosphere was dry, motionless and silent. The blistering heat was continuing and it was becoming intolerable for Jaipur travel. Every footstep was giving burning sensation.

Even so, this horrible situation couldn’t stop me from roaming around and exploring Jaipur. Whom-so ever I met in my way whether my last minute friend or family member everyone was advising me to not to roam Jaipur in this hot summer, you’ll become a roasted crab. But I’d made up my mind….. I’m going to explore the hidden gems of Jaipur in this hot day.

In my last blog I’ve shared one such gem of Jaipur “Amer fort“. The spectacular presence of Amer fort was the only reason for me to explore more such fascinating sites of Jaipur. More-over, Amer fort’s evergreen royalty, magnificent courtyards and photogenic fort has fortified me the presence of more such spots or sites (royal monuments and historic structures) where I can find the real shine and culture of Rajasthan.

Let’s start our tour….

Jaipur point of Interest:-

Hawa Mahal (The palace of winds):

Hawa Mahal – The palace of winds is known as the symbol of Jaipur. Whenever you think of Jaipur or ask someone about traveling to Jaipur, the first word or spot that you listen is Hawa Mahal. In-fact it is the most recognized landmark of Jaipur. It is situated at the center of city. Moreover, it is on the edge of City of Palace and very close to Janatar Mantar and Govind Devji Temple.

Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap singh in 1799 AD. It was designed by Ustad Lal Chand. Basically, it was made for royal ladies who can enjoy the fun, festivals, war and many more activities happening in the city. The structure of Hawa Mahal is similar to bee-hive and when you look from the front end, the palace resembles the shape of “crown of Lord Krishna” or “mor mukut”. The walls of Hawa Mahal is coloured both pink and red rose.

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The great “mor mukut” Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal has 5 stories and has 953 Jharokhas (windows). These stories are not connected with steps but they are connected with round slops connecting every stories and finally the top of Hawa Mahal.

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Entrance gate to Hawa Mahal

These 5 stories are divided on the basis of temples as shown in the description.

Hawa Mahal description

Allow me to show you the glimpse of Hawa Mahal and it starts with….

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Beautiful entrance to the palace to the first storey
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Entrance gate has a lot of sculptures of Hindu gods
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First storey – Sharad Mandir
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Colours of Ratan Mandir – Second storey
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Open structure or pavilian of Ratan Mandir storey
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Exceptional view from Vichitra Mandir
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Prakash Mandir – 4th storey

When you reach at the top of Hawa Mahal, you can see the whole panoramic Jaipur city.

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Exceptional view of Nahargarh fort from Vichitra Mandir (3rd storey)
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City Palace view from Hawa Mandir (top point)

Hence, by looking at the eternal Hawa Mahal, I can say that it is worth-visiting site of Jaipur. I totally disagree when people says there is nothing to do in Hawa Mahal, it is just a structure standing still allowing the wind passage through it.

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Front view of Hawa Mahal

City Palace, Jaipur

City Palace – located just one the edge of Hawa Mahal, is a complex structure of museums, courtyards and gardens. It was once the seat of king from where he rules the region. First of all, city Palace has two main palaces naming Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal, then there is Pritam Niwas Chowk and Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-E-Khaas.

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Entrance gate to splendid City Palace
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Cannons by the side of Sabah Mahal
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The main entrance gate or Udai Pol of city palace

There are three main gates to City name as Tripolia gate, Virendra Pol and Udai Pol. You can entrance the main courtyard through Udai Pol and see Sarvato Bhadra (Diwan-E-Khaas) or hall of private audience in front of the Udai Pol. Sarvato Bhadra is an open building which is probably the most noteworthy structure of City palace according to me. This is because of the two big silver Jars (350 kg each). In these jars holy Gangajal was taken to England in 1901. Therefore, the Jars holds “Guinness world record” because of world’s largest silver jar.

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Baggi Khana at the entrance
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Museum inside the City palace

Photography is prohibited inside the Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. Basically these mahals are museum where costumes of royal family, armory and cannons are kept. Also, there is a Sabah Niwas (hall or court room) where crowning of King takes place. In the same way gardens, courtyards have great significance which cannot be explained in mere word, but you have to visit it.

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Cannon at private hall, guarding the entrance
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Exceptional Diwan-E-Khas

However, few rooms in City Palace are not open for general public but for the owners of city palace.

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Beautiful Garden by the side of Armory museum
Mubarak Mahal – Museum of royal costumes

Govind Devji Temple:

Govind Devji Temple is located in the premises of City Palace and is dedicated to Lord Lord Krishna. It was built in 1735 by Maharaj Sawai Pratap Singh. The temple is rather known to be a sacred temple of India as its serenity has direct linkage with Vrindavan Dhaam. It is then transferred from  Vrindavan Dhaam to the City Palace of Jaipur.

There are different timings when you can get the best dharshan or view of Lord Krishna. But the only bad thing is that we are not allowed to take photographs of Lord Krishna and the temple.

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Photo credit: Govind Dev ji temple

Birla Mandir (temple)

Jaipur houses one of the most finest temple in India and it is Birla Mandir. Birla Mandir is also known as Lakshmi-Narayan Temple. The temple was constructed with white marble in 1988 and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. In addition to that, there is one fact which has amazed me a lot and i.e. the land on which the temple is made is given by the King of Jaipur to Birla family in just 1 rupee.

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Side view of Birla Mandir

It seems like if you are in Jaipur you cannot miss this temple. One of the most important thing about the temple is the stunning idol of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Photography is prohibited……

The eternal Birla Mandir, Jaipur

I would like to say, Jaipur is totally blessed with a lots of historic monuments, forts and temples which can never bore you. There are many more Jaipur point of interest and these requires many more posts to their grace. Traveling to Jaipur is totally a worth!!

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  1. Utminh

    The article is very good. Thanks for sharing!

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