Jaipur in Rajasthan

Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan

Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, the desert state. It lies nearly 300km to the west of the Capital Territory of New Delhi. It is also known as the Pink City, with a population of 3.1 million people it is just one million short of the total Irish population. It has a number of UNESCO sites, meaning that the prices have gone up. The climate is semi-arid to desert climate. The temperatures vary from 10ºC in the winter to about 30ºC in the summer. It is a very popular place for tourists and you will find Indian people that can comfortably speak most major European languages.

The Amber Fort

The Amber Fort, or more correctly, the Amer Fort is a fort located in Amer, Rajasthan, India. It overlooks the Maota Lake and is a major attraction with it’s Hindu decoration, large ramparts and cobbled walkways and courtyards. It is built of yellow sandstone and marble giving rise to the misnomer Amber. It lies about 11km from Jaipur. More information can be found here

Amber Fort

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Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan – a Brahmin cemetery

The Gatore Ki Chhatriyan is hidden in green hills near Jaipur. It is a complex of temples and tombs in the foothills of the Nahargarh (Tiger) Fort. It used to be the crematorium for the Rajasthan royalty. This beautiful place also has a cenotaph for each of the more famous maharajas cremated there. It is sculpted and engraved with beautiful Rajasthani carvings. The cenotaphs are shaped like umbrellas (chhatris) and hence the place is called Gatore Ki Chhatriyan. It costs the princely sum of 30/-INR to enter, which at about €0.50¢ or £0.40p is an absolute bargain.

Gaitore

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Panna Meena ka Kund – a stepwell

Panna Meena Ka Kund is also known as Panna Mian Ki Baoli. An eight storey step well located on the way to the Amer Fort. Stepwells are filled in the rainy season and the steps allow the locals access to the water. It was built in the 16th century. As you can see it has criss-cross steps arranged on three sides creating small niches in the walls. It was also the place where the community gathered and where people would come to chat, swim and relax. Panna Meena Ka Kund has become one of the most visited tourist spots in and around Jaipur.

Kund - or Stepwell

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