After getting high on entertainment in the wonderful Elephant festival in Jaipur, I with full enthusiasm was ready to see the fascinating architectural masterpieces of this pink city. As soon as I entered the unique and charming Hawa Mahal, I was greeted by the wonderful sights of Rajput style of architecture. The walls of the mahal are pierced with around 953 small windows boasting of beautiful lattice work. Carved flawlessly out of pink sandstone, these windows are commonly known as ‘Jharokhas’. They are fashioned in such a unique style that the building resemble a huge honeycomb. Air circulation through the windows keep the mahal cool even in summers. Another interesting feature of this mesmerizing establishment is the arched roofs with hanging cornices, which add more charm to its beauty.
I had read in books that these windows were constructed to facilitate the queens and princess of the royal family of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to watch the processions taking place in the streets below without being seen themselves.
Other such arresting establishments which I visited in Jaipur were:
It is the brainchild of the intelligent Maharaja Jai Singh who built it during the period between 1727 to 1733. One must see this largest stone observatory in the world. It houses a great collection of architectural astronomical instruments, which are used for measuring altitude, time, movement of the stars and planets and several other astronomical events. It is one of the National Monuments of India.
Standing tall as the pride of Jaipur,
Amber Fort offers amazing views of
the beautiful Maota Lake. Maharaja Man Singh constructed this fort by combining the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. The most exciting mode of reaching the fort is an elephant ride which is quite common here. The captivating chambers like Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam and Ganesh Pol will surely leave you spell bound.