Incredible Jaipur - Part 2

Incredible Jaipur - Part 2

In previous article we discussed about Jantar Mantar, City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Next day we planned to visit Nahargarh, Jaigarh and Amer Forts. On 23rd February 2020 we got up around 5:30 am sharp and became ready for Yoga and pranayama by 6:30 am. We did various exercises like stretching, forward bending, backward bending, side bending and twisting etc. After that we did breathing control exercises like Kapalbhati, Anulom Vilom, Bhramari and Omkaram followed by meditation. Thereafter Krishna started his classical music song in following sequence
1- Rag Bhairav- Jago Mohan Pyare……………
2- Rag Bhopali- Lakh Chavi Sanwariya Ki…………
3- Rag Khamaj- Bhar bhar rang pichkari na maro mope
4- Rag Bihag – Mero man atakyo sundar dhyan…

Thereafter Mrs followed by Rag Bhairavi – Kaise a bhalai re kanhai.  Paniya bharat meri gagari girai re.
It was very exciting practice. Thereafter we took bath and became ready by 8:15 am and proceeded to restaurant. Breakfast of Hotel Milestone 251 was excellent. Many dishes like Sprout, curd, paratha, muffin, sambhar bada, jalebi, sandwich, bread etc were in menu. We enjoyed our breakfast and by 9 A.M. the time taxi also arrived.

Nahargarh Fort

We proceeded by taxi and reached Nahargarh fort by 9:30 am. We purchased tickets and entered into fort. This fort is managed by Rajasthan Govt. Inside this fort there is a wax museum, Sheesh Mahal, Puppet Show, Magic Show, an artificial Lion, a person making mud pots. Separate tickets were to be purchased for this part.  In Wax museum there is long bike, real looking statue of Amitabh Bhacchan, Pandit Nehru, Gandhi jee, Maharana Pratap, Kalpana Chawla, Saina Nehwal, Dr Kalam etc. After wax museum we proceeded to Sheesh Mahal. Sheesh Mahal is made of multi colored glass pieces. There was fragrance of rose inside the sheesh mahal. After Sheesh Mahal we saw puppet show followed by magic show.
After that we proceeded to main fort. In left side there was a seating hall probably king used to seat there and listen the problems of people, Next to it there is Madhavendra Bhawan.

The building contains 9 blocks for 9 queens of the king. Each block have passage & interconnected ways to go. King can go in any block without intimation to other queens. Each block have drawing rooms, bed rooms and kitchen. Outside the main building 2 canon’s of old time are kept there. In front of Madhavendra Bhawan there is water storage well called “Tanka” and next to it deep well called “Bawadi”.

This is an excellent example of rain water harvesting. Rain water was collected from roofs of Madhavendra Bhawan and nearby hills and stored in these storage units. Subsequently it was used for normal life. Landscape View of Jaipur city can be seen from small watch towers on different sides of the fort. There is thick wall surrounding the fort. Designs and few paintings of 400 year old structures still attracts people.

Jaigarh Fort

This is private property is Jaipur king. Jaigarh fort is basically arms and ammunition factory. World’s heaviest canon is present in this fort. This canon have front wheels of 9 ft height and rear wheels are 4.5 ft height. This canon was made in 1720. Inside the fort there were arms manufacturing units which have been converted into museum now. Big passes and confusing routes “bhool bhulaiya” is there. It might have been created to confuse the enemy if anyone attacks on fort. This fort is too surrounded by thick walls.

Amer Fort

After Jaigarh fort we proceeded towards Amer fort. This fort is located downside the Jaigarh fort and residence of many Jaipur rulers. To understand it in details we took a guide named Ratan Singh Rathore. As per guide earlier this place was known by Amber later it turned to be Amer.  This property is too located on height. From one side any person can go by foot or by elephant ride. By another side you can go through cars. This fort is managed by Rajasthan Govt. only temple is managed by Jaipur King where a private guard seats there. As per guide idols of Goddess kali was bought from Bengal by Sawai Jai Singh II. Earlier there was tradition of scarifying goat but later BJP Govt, stopped it in 1980. There are two gates of the Amer fort “Surya Pole and Chandra Pole. This is a big building structure having Deewan e Aam and Diwan‘e Khas  where King used to hear problems of people. In Deewan ‘e Aam there was seating arrangement for normal people and Deewan ‘ e Khas was for special category people like Guests, Officers and influential persons. Queens can see the workings of Kings office from a place called “Jharokha” or “Suhag Mandir”.

 Its design is in two parts one represents flowers and another moon. Favorite’s for Hindu & Muslims both. There were 12 queens of the Ruler Sawai Ram Singh. There were different blocks for each queen. There was passage for each block where king can go in any block and other queens cannot know. Head queen had a wheel chair. She was not handicapped but she used to visit in her palace in this wheel chair.

 Wheel chair was pulled by servants. Male servants were not allowed in the palace only ladies and eunuch were allowed. Queens were not allowed to enter into another queen’s palace. On a fixed time they used to assemble at a centre place called “Baradari” under the supervision of servants. There were secret servants of king who used to report the behavior of queens. If anyone works against the king then that queen was penalized by working like servants. There was bathroom one for normal water and another for hot water. There was arrangement to heat the water from outside the bathroom. There were 99 toilets. Inside the Suhag Mandir no widow was allowed to enter into it. There is a Mughal garden inside the palace.

There was a manual air conditioner where water drips on curtains and cools air coming from outside.  There is water harvesting system where water from roof is stored in 50 sqr fits tank. Today when there is acute shortage of water everywhere, these arrangements show the way forward. 
There is a Garden & natural lake named as maota  in front of the fort where saplings of saffron(Kesar) were planted and when the wind used to blow from the garden towards the palace the fragrance of saffron used to spread in the palace.

This garden was named as mohan ram and dila ram garden after the two architects who constructed the garden. Which is visible from upper portion of the fort. Kings and their family members used to see the beauty and greenery of the lake and garden. Structure of the fort represents joint heritage of Hindu and Muslim architects.

 Sheesh Mahal contains small glasses bought from different parts which looks like stars in sky when any light falls on them. Natural colors made of vegetables and flowers are still looking very bright after 400 to 500 years.

Overall tour to Amer fort was very exciting. We enjoyed a lot. Outside the fort there was local musician operating “Rawan Hattha” instrument with very sweet voice “Ek Pyar ka nagma hai”

Kanak Ghati

After mesmerizing visit to Amer fort we reached to Kanak Ghati. This is a garden in valley of Aravali Hills. Very exciting view.

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal is very beautiful palace surrounded with water lake. Sunset and sunrise at this place looks beautiful. A street market in front of Jal Mahal gives experience of different Chats etc.

People approach for photo’s in Rajasthani dresses. We took photographs there. By the time it was 5:30 so we decided to return to hotel and reached there by 6 pm. 
We took our dinner by 8:30 pm and went to sleep.

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Incredible Jaipur - part 1

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