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A Colourful Journey with Pushkar Fair Tour with Golden Triangle- Part III

Posted on May 10th, 2012 by admin  |  Comments Off

 Amber Fort Amber Fort

The day began and we left for Jaipur. This colourful city had always allured me with its heritage collection. Unlike the small houses and messy streets, the royal palaces had been the part of my dreams. Also known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is one of my dream lands that I always wanted to visit. As we entered the city, the aura made us realize as if we were in the city of kings.

Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728, the city still carries the charm of the golden vintage era. We had two days in hand to explore the city. So, we decided to take rest for some time in the hotel. After reaching the hotel, we ordered Rajasthani cuisine items for lunch. The food was delicious. The taste still lingers with our taste buds. After taking a short nap, we started exploring the region. Colourful markets of Jaipur were dipped in the culture and tradition. Each and every shop of these markets was speaking volume about the traditions of the land.

Till the time we were in Jaipur, we explored different regions and attractions including Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. Each of these was amazing. No matter how hard we try to speak about the architecture, glory and grandeur of these attractions, a visit to these places will be more rewarding. We clicked numerous pictures to ensure that we would not miss any memorable moment we spent there.

Our next destination was Agra, the land of love. En-routing Agra, we visited Fatehpur Sikri. This land has the charm and the glory of the old era. Also known as the ‘Ghost Capital’, the land had served as the political capital of Mughal empire in India.

 Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri

A visit to Fatehpur Sikri ensured us that our remaining trip would be as interesting as we had imagined. After reaching Agra, we checked in the hotel and we must say that the tour operator did not ditch us anywhere. The hotel was meeting our expectations and the promises made by the tour operator. I and Jerry was craving, so we ordered Mughlai cuisines to taste the cuisines of the Mughal era. The dinner was tempting, we couldn’t resist ourselves to get overloaded. After a short walk, we went to the rooms and took off for the day.

With a wake up call from the Jerry, I opened up my eyes. He told me that we were already late for that day. I started my day in hurry and reached in lobby of the hotel in just 15 minutes. We had light dinner in the hotel restaurant and left to get the ultimate experience of Visiting Taj Mahal.

My wife, Jenelia had told me many times about her wish to visit that symbol of love and I always wondered that what is the special about Taj Mahal. Believe me, in pictures no one can guess the reason of its popularity. Even no one can describe Taj Mahal in the words. I and and Jerry, both were speechless while standing in front of this beautiful architecture. Built by Shahjahan in 1613, this architecture deserves a place in the Seven Wonders of the World.

We also visited Sikandara and Itmad–Ud–Daulah’s Tomb on the same day. After visiting all these places, I and Jerry were filled with royalty.

That night we did not sleep as in just few days we had collected the memories which needed to put into a series. I and Jerry always carry a memory book with us on every trip and try to collect every single shade of the experience in that book. That night was dedicated to that book.

Next morning, we left for Delhi and the journey was over but we were loaded with unforgettable memories and extraordinary ideas for the job.

Jaipur- The City Of Surprises and Delights

Posted on December 5th, 2009 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off

Rajasthan Rocks! Well, this is the first phrase that races through my travel-obsessed-mind when someone talks about this royal destination of India. I get attracted to this destination just like iron filings towards a magnet. For experiencing the age old royal charm of culture and hospitality I and my friends hit the most princely city Jaipur

Amber Fort, Japiur Amber Fort, Japiur

. As most of the buildings here are painted in pink(the royal color) Jaipur is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’. It occupies a prized place on the itinerary of the most famous tour of India, the Golden Triangle Tour.

We were booked in the heritage hotel, Alsisar Haveli. More than five centuries old, this hotel really gives a royal touch to your stay. It is located in the heart of Jaipur . As we entered the hotel I felt as if we have been transported to the era of raja-maharajas. Its interiors reflected the grandeur of the old days very beautifully. The fort overlooks the Maotha Lake.

The first attraction we explored was the majestic Amber Fort. This fort palace is a classic architectural masterpiece. Its foundation was laid by Man Singh I in the year 1592 and it was completed by his descendant Jai Singh I. It is a perfect amalgamation of Mughal and Rajpur styles of architecture. Its an interesting 20 minutes climb uphill. Tourists can go for an Elephant ride or a Jeep ride to reach the fort. One can also go on foot.

We opted for an elephant ride as what can be more interesting and royal than visiting the fort on an elephant’s back like a king. The fort offers a bird’s eye view of the city, which is a sight to behold. The huge doors of the fort were decorated with locks of interesting designs.

Some of the attractions of the fort, which I personally liked very much were:

Diwan-e-aam or Hall of Public audience:

This structure was the place where the king would listen to the problems and issues of the general public. It is made of marble and red sandstone. The forty pillars inside this apartment are exquisitely carved.

Shila Mata Temple:

Built in honor of Goddess Kali, the goddess of victory, the temple has a beautiful black marble idol of the goddess. The silver gates of the temple are adorned with the nine forms of Goddess Durga.

Ganesh Pol :

The Ganesh Pol is amazingly painted with vegetable colors using rajasthani motifs. And the striking feature of the gate is the beautifully carved statue of Lord Ganesha.

Diwan-e-khas:

It is an arresting apartment with stunning mirror work and exquisite carvings. The fabulous colored glass murals of depicting Lord Krishna and Radha is truly uplifting.

Zenana or Women’s apartment:

It is the private chamber made to facilitate the royal ladies to watch the proceedings of the royal court without themselves been seen. It is decorated with mesmerizing paintings of Krishna Leela scenes.