We chose the least expensive one and arrived at the City Palace's
Photos en route to City Palace:
The City Palace Complex was created in the 1720s by order of Maharaja Jai Singh 11, the founder of Jaipur, and includes the main attractions of the city in addition to Rajastan government building. The entire complex was surrounded by a huge wall that backed onto private homes, stores and small temples.
This part of the palace complex belongs to the Jaipur's Royal Family who still live in the central building.
One of the two
Photos of Janta Mantar below:
Our first image was of the Unnatamsq above and below. It measured altitude - the angular height of an object in the sky.
Next up was the Yantra Raj, an adaptation of an Astrolabe, a medieval instrument which measured time and the position of celestial objects. We learned that Yantra means instrument.
Above, an idea of the scope of Jantar Mantar.
Photos of Laghu Samrat Yantra:
Photos of the Rasivalaya:
There were 12 instruments which represented the 12 signs of the zodiac, one for each measurement to be done when the corresponding sign of the zodiac crosses the meridian.
Photos from Hawa Mahal:
The 5 storied building had 2 large courts and we took the time to walk through the maze of corridors to both the courts and to each of the stories!
We loved the vibrant colors in the market stalls.
We weren't such big fans of the traffic though!
Also could have done without having to dodge cows on the sidewalks and streets!
This photo gives you a good sense of why Jaipur is known as the Pink City. Virtually all the architecture was like this.
Above and below, one of the Hindu temples we passed.
One of the many gates in the city walls.
For all my knitting friends!
We saw a number of these ancient cars in Jaipur.
We walked through a number of markets and watched clothes being dyed - now that was a first! Kishanpol Bazaar was known for its textiles and tie dyed cloth.
We had hoped to climb to the top of the Minaret or the Isarlat that we had seen it from Hawa Mahal and was the tallest structure in Jaipur but we discovered once we got there that it was closed to the public.
Liked the gaily decorated trucks we saw in Jaipur.
We saw a sign for a gallery atop a building so climbed the steps and entered the small shop below that was owned by the woman on the left. Her daughter though was the de facto sales person and had infinite patience as she told her mother what to bring out to show us from the large variety of paintings packed away in drawers. We ended up buying 2 beautiful botanical pictures that are being framed as I write this.
By the time it took us to decide on which pictures though, it had gotten late and dark, so the daughter escorted us back down to the street below and kindly negotiated a taxi price with one of the waiting tuk tuk drivers. The big 'excitement' for me was that I got headbutted by one of the wandering cows as I crossed the street - luckily I wasn't hurt, except for my pride, that is!