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Chomu Fort

Chomu Fort

February 10, 2014 Comments Off

THE SMALL TOWN of Chomu links Jaipur with the Shekhawati region. Traces of a grander past are visible in its once impressive fort, handsome havens and stepwells. But Chime’s charm lies in its rural

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Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort

February 8, 2014 Comments Off

Jaigarh  (The Victory Fort of Rajasthan) Legendary Jaigarh, the “victory fort”, watches over the old capital of Amber, its great, crenellated outer walls delineating the edge of a sharp ridge for 3 km (2

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Gaitor

Gaitor

February 8, 2014 Comments Off

The marble cenotaphs of the Kachhawaha kings are enclosed in a walled garden just below Nahargarh Fort. Sawai Jai Singh II chose this to be the new cremation site after Amber was abandoned. Ornate,

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Beyond Jaipur: North

Beyond Jaipur: North

February 8, 2014 Comments Off

TOWERING ABOVE JAIPUR are the two dramatic fortresses of Nahargarh and Jaigarh that guard the approach from the north to both Amber and the new capital of Jaipur. Today, they recall a bygone age

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Beyond Jaipur

Beyond Jaipur

February 7, 2014 Comments Off

ENCLOSING A NARROW VALLEY, a parallel range of hills runs along Jaipur’s eastern periphery from Sangaher in the south up to Amber and beyond. This combination of rocky terrain and thickly wooded slopes provided

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Statue Circle

Statue Circle

February 7, 2014 Comments Off

This popular landmark is a traffic roundabout, circling an imposing white marble statue of Sawai Jai Singh II. commissioned by the Sawai Jai Singh Benevolent Trust. It was installed in 1968 and is now

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Museum of Iridology

Museum of Iridology

February 7, 2014 Comments Off

The large mansion of the reputed scholar, Acharya RC Sharma “Vyakul”, is now home to a privately owned museum that displays his unusual personal collection. Among the exhibits are impressive displays of maps and

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City Palace Museum

City Palace Museum

February 6, 2014 Comments Off

OCCUPYING THE HEART of Jai Singh II’s city, the City Palace has been home to the rulers of Jaipur since the first half of the 18th century. The sprawling complex is a superb blend of

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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

February 6, 2014 Comments Off

A whimsical addition to Rajasthan’s rich architectural vocabulary, the fanciful Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds” was erected in 1799 by the aesthete Sawai Pratap Singh (r.1778-1803). Its ornate facades has become an icon

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Talkatora

Talkatora

February 6, 2014 Comments Off

The Talkatora is an artificial tank that existed before Jaipur was built. This may have been one of the reasons why this site was chosen for the new city. When excavated, it was surrounded

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