Monday, June 23, 2014

Travel: Jaipur-City Palace and Jaigarh Fort/Jaivana Canon

Good day ppl !

More Jaipur spots:
Travel : Jaipur visit in 1 day
Travel: Jaipur- Albert Museum and Birla Temple
Travel: Jaipur- Hava Mahal and Jantar Mantar
Travel: Jaipur-City Palace and Jaigarh Fort/Jaivana Canon
Travel: Jaipur-Amber or Amer Palace and Jal Mahal
Travel: Jaipur-Bapu Bazar

I have given tipsalertstrivia wherever necessary.

 City Palace.
This was one of the spot I was waiting to explore. As we entered, we were told it had been the venue for a fashion show few days ago.

 It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City. It was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings.


Entrance

Chandra Mahal, (home to present Maharajah of Jaipur)

Gangajali, Largest silver vessels in the world, recorded in the Guiness Book
 There are 2 of these vessels placed in the Diwan-e-Khas or Hall of Private audience.



The chariots, cars, horse drawn buggies... all placed and preserved in the courtyard. They say once a year the King's procession is driven in these vehicles.

Roofs, ceilings, carved doors and chandeliers My favourite.
  The gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol (with four small doorways decorated with motifs depicting the four seasons)

Beautifully decorated with peacock motifs engraved

Sometimes when the royal family members come out, they can be seen in these windows.

2 more doorways
The camera doesnt do justice to its beauty and the people wont let you take a clear picture in its entirety
 Click to enlarge the picture.


Next on the list was Jaivana canon or Jaigarh Fort:
Never conquered in battle, this was considered the strongest of the three forts in the area. It is best known as the site of the world's largest cannon, the Jaivana, which was test-fired only once — according to legend, despite using only the half the amount of gunpowder, the cannonball flew 35 km!

 Tip:
Again due to tight schedule (drivers suggestion) we never went to the fort, since we had a car, drove right to the base of this canon.


Jaivana  the world famous  canon, beautifully carved and can be rotated in all directions. Too powerful, enemy never dared enter the fort and hence this was only tested once but never used.

Perfect description.
 After the canon, we just roamed around the exterior of fort. Beautiful panaroma of the city.

You can see the city and the Jal Mahal from here

They say the king used to bury their gold in this underground water tank. No enemy could find it. During Indira gandhi's time, it was pulled out, the government fell short of rooms to store it.

Sarees made with water used from the well to dye its color.
The doordarshan TV show-Surbhi was shot in this store and Renuka Shahne, had bought a saree here.


4 comments:

  1. I loved your pictures of the City Palace. That's the one thing I wanted to see but missed. There just wasn't enough time. Thanks for the virtual tour and write up :D

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  2. Sundari, there is always a next time. Like my hubby says, what will you visit next time if you finish up all tourist spots :p

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  3. But there are so many places to visit in the world. I am not sure I want to keep going back to Jaipur. ;)

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  4. this is very interesting blog if we talk about jaipur tourism then there are a large number of tourist places in jaipur where you can find all historic,heritage, picturestic,and all lovely monuments.

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