Jaipur - not just for the Literature Festival
Though the Jaipur Literature Festival – always colorful, often controversial -- is the premier literary event in the country, it is not all that Jaipur has to offer. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a Kachwaha Rajput who ruled the state of Jaipur from 1699 to 1744, the city takes after his name. The Maharaja moved his capital from Amber Fort, 11 km from the city in the adjoining hills, owing to a scarcity of water and growing population. In 1853, when the Prince of Wales visited the city, the entire city was painted a shade of earthy pink to welcome him. The practice stayed, and Jaipur assumed the sobriquet of Pink City thereafter. The Nahargarh Fort, which overlooks the city from a hillock to the northwest, the Jaigarh Fort known for its enormous cannon are the other forts. The City Palace, the Prince Albert Museum, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the Jal Mahal are some of the most-visited monuments.
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The Jal Mahal, or Water Palace, is situated in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake within the city. Within, the tourist wanders along richly decorated hallways and chambers, each replete with items of ... more
The Jal Mahal, or Water Palace, is situated in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake within the city. Within, the tourist wanders along richly decorated hallways and chambers, each replete with items of antiquity, to the Chameli Bagh, a richly fragrant rooftop bower meant for the royal ladies to take their ease while admiring the vista of the lake in the foreground and the Aravalli hills in the backdrop. Much effort has gone into the renovation of this structure, including the diverting of drains dumping used water from the city, the dredging and removing of millions of tonnes of toxic waste, and the introduction of a special water treatment system to keep the waters pristine. With this renovation and the regeneration of the surrounding wetlands, this region has in contemporary times become a haunt of bird watchers who go there to observe migratory patterns of a vast variety of birds. less
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