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The very memorable travel to the princely City – Jaipur with a group of students [ 22-23 October 2018 ]

October 27, 2018

Hawa Mahal

The amazing Hawa Mahal – Iconic landmark of the Pink City

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan State in North India , was founded on 18 November, 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II , who ruled Jaipur State from  1699-1744 . Jaipur is located at a distance of 280 kms from New Delhi and is about 6 hours drive from Noida along NH8 via Gurgaon  .

Jaipur is also known as the Pink City so named as Pink is the dominant colour of its  buildings throughout the City . It was painted in Pink by Maharaja Raj Singh in  1876  on the occasion of visit of  British  Prince  Charles.

Jaipur is famous for its exquisite jewellery, hand printed textiles and handicrafts. The present population of the City is estimated at 3.7096 million .

Apart from  Jaipur , prominent cities in Rajasthan are Ajmer-Pushkar , Jodhpur-Jaisalmer, Bikaner , Udaipur-Chittorgarh  , Bharatpur – Alwar  . The famous Jain temples of Mount Abu are also located in  Rajasthan State .

Places visited during the 2-day trip to the Pink City were : Hawa Mahal , Jantar Mantar , Birla Mandir , Albert Hall/State Museum , Statue Circle , City Palace , Jal Mahal [ a Palace in a Lake, viewed from a distance ] and the majestic Amber Fort while departing .

The trip comprising of 16 students [ 11 girls+5 boys] and Class Teacher from Setu School was flagged off at 0545 hours on 22nd October  .

After a 45 minutes  stop over at King Express Highway Cafe, Behror  for a cup of tea, the group arrived arrived in Jaipur  at 12.30  PM .

Checked  in at Kalyan Hotel , Hathroi Fort, Ajmer Road, Near Vidhayakprui Police Station Jaipur  [ at the back of famous Khasa Kothi on M.I.Road ]  . Phone : 9314501591 . Lunch at the Hotel  [ rather expensive for a 2-star hotel that this property is ! ]

3  PM -8.00  PM:  City  Sight seeing .

Covered  Hawa Mahal [ Palace of Winds] getting there via e-rickshaws from Hawa Mahal Bazar . Hawa Mahal, which is constructed of red and pink sandstone , sits on the edge of the City Palace, Jaipur. The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh [ Admission tickets :  Rs 50/adult , Rs 10 for students holding valid School ids ]

View of the City street and the fort beyond from inside of Hawa Mahal

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Views of the massive Jantar Mantar complex from Hawa Mahal .Jantar Mantar monument  is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, and completed in 1734. It features the world’s largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Drove to Birla Temple  in the late evening hours. The temple was constructed in 1985 by Birla family and is made of white marble . Birla Mandir in Jaipur is part of one of the several Birla mandirs located all around the country. The grand temple is located on an elevated ground at the base of Moti Dungari hill /fort . The temple is sometimes also referred to as the Laxmi Narayan Temple. The views of the City from the elevated location of the temple at night hold the visitors spell bound . Visitors are required to take off their shoes before entering the temple and pay Re 1 per pair for storage .

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Thereafter we passed by Albert Hall – also known as State Museum. The sight of the Museum illuminated in multi colours by laser during the late evening hours was simply awesome .

Had light meals at a wayside cafe as there are huge parking problems on the main roads which made it very difficult for the mini bus to be parked .

Day 2

Checked out from the Hotel at  9.30 AM post breakfast on rooftop restaurant on the 3rd floor . Visited Albert Hall again and went around exhibits on display on the ground and first floor .

Albert Hall functions as the State museum of Rajasthan. Of special significance is an ages old mummy placed at the basement of the Museum alongwith other relics from Egypt .  It is situated in beautifully landscaped  Ram Niwas Gardens outside the city wall opposite New gate . Admission tickets are priced at Rs 40 per adult  [ students @ Rs 20 ]

But the most amazing visit was to the residence of the Royal Family – the City Palace Complex [ Admission fee : Rs 130 for adults , Rs 70 for children above the age of 12 years, senior citizens – Rs 110 ] where we spent over 2.5 hours engaging an official guide to show us around [ fixed rate : Rs 500 -2 hours ] . The palace was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. As most structures in Jaipur, this Palace also reflects the fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The City Palace complex is spread over a large area occupying one seventh of the old city of Jaipur. It has a sequence of gardens, buildings and courtyards, temple and museum to give it a grand view that reflects its historical importance and magnificent royal grace. Its outer boundary was built by Raja Jai Singh and other structures by his successors to add charm to it. We had the opportunity to witness the shooting of a Hollywood movie at the Diwan-e-Khas of the City Palace and to be entertained by the performance of puppets at the entrance .

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Thereafter the group proceeded to the majestic  Amber Fort [ climb to the fort via electrically operated vehicles – Rs 50 for 2 persons – elephant ride costs upto Rs 1100 for 2 persons ] . Amber fort was built in the 16th century by a trusted general of Akbar, Maan Singh. Later, Maan Singh started to rule the area surrounding the Fort which was called as the Amer state. The Fort is located 11 kms from the City and is open to visitors from 9 AM until 6 P.M. It is an important tourist destination in the City. [ admission tickets: Rs 50 per adult , Rs 10 for students ] .

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Note : Visitors can save substantial costs and time by purchasing a composite ticket which covers admission to 7 major attractions in the city. Available at all booking counters . Also to avoid delays on account of heavy traffic on roads leading to Hawa Mahal/ Jantar Mantar/City Palace , it would be best to leave from your Hotel latest by 8.15 AM .

The trip concluded with shopping for hand printed sarees , quilts [ 100 gms  ! ] ,chunnies and sweets at shops located on the main road at the starting point of the Fort . Departed for Noida at 5.30 PM  stopping over for an hour at a wayside Dhaba on NH8 for meals .

Arrived at Noida @ 23.30 hours carrying happy memories of the 2-day trip .

A Post on Face Book which I specially liked .

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Acknowledgement : The author expresses his sincere appreciation to Mr. Ravi Kaul,Chief Trustee, Setu School, for the financial support extended by the School which enabled coverage of a substantial part of the trip expenses.

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