Rajasthan’s beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions.Known as the Pink City because of the color of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur’s bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient circuit, in the heart of the Thar desert which has shaped its history, lifestyles and architecture. In the midst of this mayhem, the splendors of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world. At the city’s heart, the City Palace continues to house the former royal family; the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, maintains a heavenly aspect; and the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. And just out of sight, in the arid hill country surrounding the city, is the fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort, Jaipur’s star attraction.

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The best time to visit Jaipur is between October and March. Since the weather is pleasant during these months, that allows one to explore more of this place without getting scorched in the seething heat. This city of Rajputs is well known for its fairs and fests that are held on a grand level. The festivals include kite festival, camel festival, teej, gangaur, elephant festival, to name a few. The city witnesses maximum tourists during these days. To add on to its liveliness, this place has brilliant bazaars filled with bright turbans and ethnic attire, hand-dyed and embroidered textiles, pretty jewellery and delicious food. All these things can draw anyone towards them. Dressed in pink, this royal city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is the apt blend of heritage, palaces, culture and art and the flamboyance of this place can be experienced only by visiting it.

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It was our visit to Jaipur in the month of December away to the desserts for some fun and romantic gate away.We booked a taxi from Delhi which costed around 10000 for our 2 nights and 3 days tour. We reached Jaipur during evening hours at our hotel, Park Prime, which is one of the premium business hotels in Jaipur. Park Prime offers a serene refuge of comfort and hospitality where Indian tradition and modern services are blended. As it was Christmas time we were offered cakes at our room to lighten up our festive moods.

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Wishes from Park Prime

The very night we headed of to Amber Vatika,  is a place clad in realistically rural setting and can be called the fun and entertainment side of exotic ethnic resort – Pride Amber Villas. If there is Rajasthan anywhere other than the state itself, it is at Amber Vatika. All dressed up in the traditional Rajasthani style, it is typically a village set in Jaipur that mirrors the real life, the culture that constitutes Rajasthan. No matter in whatever way modernity had affected the villages of Rajasthan, the tradition, the culture that makes up Rajasthan remains preserved at Amber Vatika.

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Amber Vatika is a place where entertainment, fun, and merriment are on the high. Beautifully thatched huts, traditionally clad hosts and all that comprises a typical Rajasthani village scene are here at one place. From kids to veterans, Amber Vatika has something to offer them and that is lots and lots of fun and entertainment. Besides, Amber Vatika is in fact an original manifestation of ethnic culture and art at one place. If you wish to visit Rajasthan, visit Amber Vatika instead. From the traditional dances to Rajasthani food, from true rural lifestyle to the geographical variety, one finds every aspect of the state’s culture and tradition taking an avatar at the entertainment village resort.

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Amber Vatika Entertainment
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Amber Vatika Entertainment

Besides being an entertainment spot, the venue is best for weddings, corporate events, social gatherings and family functions as the fun village has the perfect recipe of mixing fun with real entertainment. We bet guests will really love its every single event and the food specially that is served within the rural setting.

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The very next day we went Amer Fort, situated in Amber, 11 kilometers from Jaipur, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. The Amer Fort was built in red sandstone and marble and the Maotha Lake adds a certain charm to the entire Fort. It is beautiful  and boasts of various buildings of prominence like the ‘Diwan-i-Aam’, the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ and even the ‘Sukh Mahal’. The Amer Fort has influences of both Hindu and Muslim architecture. This fort also has the ‘Shila Devi’ Temple and the ‘Ganesh Pol’ which is a gate that leads to the private palaces of the kings. The Amer Fort has many pavilions and halls of great interest and other popular attractions.

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Amer Fort
Architectural Layout
The structure has four different parts, each with a separate entrance. The main entry to the fort is through the ‘Suraj Pol’ or Sun Gate which opens up into the main courtyard. This east-facing gate is also the main entrance to the palace and its position with respect to the rising sun is the source of its name. The ‘Jaleb Chowk’ is one of the four courtyards of the Amer Palace. The ‘Sila Devi’ Temple is right at the entrance to the main palace grounds. The second courtyard is famous for its ‘Diwan-i-Aam’ (Public Audience Hall), the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ and the ‘Sukh Mahal’. A very famous attraction here is the ‘Magic Flower’, a fresco carved out of marble.
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The Marbles at Amer Fort

Hawa Mahal

The renowned ‘Palace Of The Winds’, or Hawa Mahal, is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur city. The main architect of this palace built of red and pink sandstone, is Lal Chand Ustad and the palace is believed to have been constructed in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Considered as an embodiment of Rajputana architecture, the main highlight of Hawa Mahal is its pyramid shape and its 953 windows or ‘Jharokhas’ which are decorated with intricate designs. Of the five storeys of the Mahal, the top three storeys have the thickness of a single room while the bottom storeys have courtyards. The interior of the Hawa Mahal is stark and plain with passages and pillars reaching to the top storey. The building does not have stairs to reach the upper floors; the storeys are connected by slopes. From Hawa Mahal, you have an excellent view of the city. The monument also has an archaeological museum.

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Hawa Mahal
Jal Mahal (Water Palace). A Rajput style architectured palace sits in the center of the Maan sarovar lake. The eye popping aura of this architecture fascinates a large number of visitors from all over. Surrounded by a web of mysteries, the actual construction date of Jal Mahal remains unknown. Jal Mahal, literally the “Water Palace”, was constructed in the Mughal-Rajputana style of architecture as a pleasure resort. It is five storey building made up of red sandstone. Four levels of the building submerge under water when the lake is full and only the top most level remains visible and can be accessed with the help of a boat. The building has chhatris on each corner while the terrace has been designed as the typical Mughal Garden. The sight of this edifice is breathtaking. The palace looks mesmerizing in the evenings when the entire structure is immersed in flood lights. The palace looks like an iceberg in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. A number of migratory birds can also be seen around the Jal Mahal during winters. The picturesque view of this intricately carved palace in the backdrop of the Nahargarh Hills is definitely worth a visit!
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Jal Mahal

The next day was our visit to Pushkar, A sacred lake of the Hindus is of the five most sacred pilgrimage destinations for the Hindus in India. It is believed that when the lotus petals fell from the hands of the Hindu God of Creation, Lord Brahma, the Pushkar Lake was created. This tranquil lake is located in the town of Pushkar in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. The Pushkar Lake is semi-circular in shape and about 8-10 meters deep. With 52 bathing ghats and over 400 temples around the lake precincts, this sacred lake is thronged by thousands of devotees visiting this town during the Pushkar Fair, held in the months of October-November.

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Pushkar Lake

The scenic lake of Pushkar is situated in a valley about 10 kms to the northwest of Ajmer. Pushkar Lake is enclosed by hills and desert. Pushkar Lake is one of the most holy place for Hindus. There are about 52 Ghats and 400 temples in Pushkar which are situated on the banks of the Pushkar Lake. It is considered that the famed waters of the Pushkar wash away the sins of whole life.Pilgrims from all over come to take bath in the holy waters of Pushkar on the day of Kartik Purnima or on any of the four days before the day of Kartik Purnima and also worship at the Ghats. The spiritual water of the Lake is also considered to treat skin diseases, making Pushkar “the Lourdes of the East”.

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Pushkar Lake

Its always ”Khamma Ghani” over here and i will definitely come back to explore more of Rajasthan. The local population is both curious and welcoming, giving even the bustle of daily life a cheerful aura. Jaipur is a home to wonders both natural and man made. It has built itself into India’s central attraction of the north and one of the most breathtaking destinations on Earth. Be swept up in the elegant architecture, dignified pace and regal air of Jaipur, the Pink City, on this 3-day independent experience. Weave through a confusion of color, spice and buzz on a guided walk through the Old Bazaar. Then settle back in an atmospheric tea house and watch as the soft evening light bathes the city in its famous pink glow.