Jaipur: Hawa Mahal, Janta Mantar
Updated: May 29, 2020
Jaipur, the pink city is truly as beautiful as the color pink. The capital of Rajasthan is famous for the rich and vibrant lifestyle and heritage of the royal kingdoms it once had. It offers the best traditional Rajasthani artwork and textiles which are world famous. Not too long ago, I had a chance to visit the pink city where I saw the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar among other tourist attractions.
Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace Of The Winds’ is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city that is renowned for its rich cultural and architectural history. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of the Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty, this beautiful structure is a high screen wall made of pink and red sandstone. This five-storey building is in the shape of a crown of Lord Krishna with 953 jharokhas (windows). One of the main reasons of constructing this was to facilitate the royal Rajput women, who otherwise followed the strict Purdah system and refrained from appearing in public, in getting a glimpse of the daily events, royal processions and festivals taking place on the streets. This way they could enjoy their sense of freedom while maintaining their customs.
Jantar Mantar was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Along with his political expertise, he was also a scholar in physics, mathematics, and astronomy. He built 5 such observatories in different parts of the country: Jaipur, Mathura, Delhi, Ujjain, and Varanasi. This one in Jaipur is the largest of all. The Jantar Mantar observatory in Jaipur comprises of 19 instruments to measure the position and distances of extra-terrestrial bodies. It features the world’s largest stone sundial and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The best way and time to visit this place is with a guide, during the time of sunset.
That’s all for now, make sure you add Jaipur in your travel list and tag me in your pictures on Instagram when you visit it!