Crisscrossing Rann of Kutch and Rajasthan – Part 2 - Nostalgia at Jaipur

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Crisscrossing Rann of Kutch and Rajasthan – Part 2 - Nostalgia at Jaipur

Beautiful peacocks at Peacock gate - Pritam Chowk City Palace Complex Jaipur
Beautiful 3D peacock at Peacock gate - Pritam Chowk, City Palace Jaipur
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 Crisscrossing Rann of Kutch and Rajasthan – Part 1 - Nostalgia at Jaipur

            After the tour of Amer Fort, we were famished. A restaurant by the name Khandelwal Bhojnalaya was recommended to us. When we passed along the Jalmahal and Kanak Vrindavan Area, this area had been beautifully remodelled. A huge walkway had been created with benches to sit upon and a lot of street vendors the Jal Mahal to gaze at made it a perfect Hangout place. The recommended restaurant was nearby. The place was quite busy. The furniture was tired, but the food was very tasty. Next, we wanted to park the car in HawaMahal Area and see City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. I missed the turn to the parking at City Palace so had to take a U-turn at Badi Chaupad. The Metro construction work was going on at Badi Chaupad and the traffic was very slow. Anyways the decision was taken unanimously that we will not take out our car now and roam around in E Rickshaw.



City Palace Jaipur -History and Architecture

 Beautifully painted entrance gate of City Palace complex Jaipur
 Beautifully painted entrance gate of City Palace complex Jaipur



City Palace was built by Sawai Jai Singh. The architects of this palace were Vidydhar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and a lot of contribution was given by Swai Jai Singh himself. The Palace was built between 1729 to 1732. The architecture of these Palace complex is a fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture while the layout is as per Indian Vaastu Shastra.



A canon and Beautiful paintings at the entrance of City Palace complex Jaipur
A canon and Beautiful paintings at the entrance of City Palace complex Jaipur



After parking the car in the city Palace parking, we entered the palace. The ticket prices of all the monuments under private control in Rajasthan have been hugely jacked up. The tickets ranged from Rs. 100 pp to Rs. 2500 pp. In Rs. 100 Ticket one can only visit the palace complex and for Rs. 2500 the person is taken to a tour of the private areas of the palace also. We took Rs. 130/- tickets, which entitled us to visit the Palace and the museum. The palace has three gates Tripolia Pol, Virendra Pol and Udai Pol. Tripolia Pol is reserved for the royalty while other two gates are for the public. 

                   The first thing that caught our attention as we entered the complex was a group of puppeteers. Sarthak had never seen a puppet show. I told the puppeteer to start the show and soo some other people also joined us in enjoying the show. It was a very enjoyable show. Just watch the video below.




Puppet Show at City Palace Jaipur

A puppeteer's Theatre
A puppeteer's Theatre

As we reached the first courtyard, the first building that attracted us was a pillared hall built in the centre of the courtyard on a raised platform. This is called Sarvato Bhadra. This is Diwan E Khas, the seat of power, where The Maharaja consulted his ministers and other courtiers upon the matters related to the state. The most interesting pieces on display are two “GangaJalis” (vessel used to carry Ganga Jal – water of holy Ganges). These are the largest silver vessels in the world. These vessels were made to order for Sawai Madho Singh II. He was a devout Hindu and as he had to travel to England for the coronation of King Edward VII, he got these vessels made to carry Ganga Jal for his consumption during the trip because drinking English water would have made him impious. These 1.6 meter high vessels, weighing 340kg with a capacity of 4000 litres each were made by melting 14000 silver coins.
Sarvato Bhadra - The Diwan E Khaas
Sarvato Bhadra - The Diwan E Khaas

Beautiful arches of Sarvato Bhadra - The Diwan E Khaas
Beautiful arches of Sarvato Bhadra - The Diwan E Khaas



            Another door in this courtyard leads to Sabha Niwas - Diwan E Aam, where the Maharajas held the public audience. This is a beautiful gallery with a red and gold roof and is a gallery now displaying miniature paintings, huge portraits of the kings, the thrones and other collectables. Photography inside the hall is prohibited. Next place to be visited was Mubarak Mahal. The complex has two palaces Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. Chandra Mahal is the private property of the royal family. Mubarak Mahal houses the Traditional attire of Rajasthan and the clothes worn by the erstwhile kings and queens. The major attraction is the super-sized clothes worn By Sawai Madho Singh I, who was 3.9 feet tall and weighed 250Kgs. Interestingly he had 108 wives.

Chandra Mahal and Pritam Chowk
Chandra Mahal and Pritam Chowk

Guards at the entrance of the Chandra Mahal Jaipur - The private Palaces of Royal Family
Guards at the entrance of the Chandra Mahal Jaipur - The private Palaces of Royal Family

                     After a quick walkthrough of the Mubarak Mahal, we visited the Sileh Khana the place displaying the arms and armours of the Rajput kings. Our next stop was the most beautiful place of the complex Pritam Niwas Chowk. This chowk or courtyard offers a beautiful glimpse of the most impressive building of the complex – The seven-storied Chandra Mahal. The chowk has 04 very beautiful gates. Each gate represents a different season and has a deity associated with it. The Northeast Peacock gate is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and represents autumn, whereas the South East gate is Lotus Gate, dedicated to Shiva Parvati and represents Summer. The green coloured Laharia gate in Northwest represents spring and has Lord Ganesh as its Presiding deity, while the Fourth gate in Southwest representing winter has repeated flower pattern and thus called Rose gate. Devi is the Deity guarding this gate.


Peacock Gate
Peacock Gate


Rose Gate
Rose Gate 

Laharia Gate
Laharia Gate


                   The parking of the city Palace has hoards of pigeons, who take off and land collectively in groups after short intervals. This is a scene worth watching. After completing the tour of City Palace, we took the E Rickshaw to Jantar Mantar. We were late, so when we reached there, it was closed. Next, we paid obeisance at Govind Dev ji temple, which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. This temple was built in the 18th century and was so built to give the view of the temple from his palace Chandra Mahal.

Pigeons around City Palace Jaipur
Pigeons around City Palace Jaipur


                     Now it was time to visit markets. Nearby was Lakshmi Misthan Bhandar, which we used to frequent for Aaloo Tikkis and other snacks, when we lived in Jaipur. So we took an E Rickshaw again to Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar or LMB as it is known. The place had lost its charm and the taste also and we came out disappointed. A small stroll on the road and we picked up our car to go to Vinayak Guest House, which we had booked. Another surprise awaited us when we reached there. The owner in spite of having a 100% confirmed booking and receiving all the payment in advance had given the rooms to someone else. Now he was trying to adjust in the adjoining hotel. He offered us to freshen up in his 8 bedded dormitory while he arranged for the room. The dormitory was very neat and within 15-20 minutes, the room was arranged. This room was clean, but not as clean as the guest house we had booked. Sarthak was interested in Dal Baati so on the Guesthouse owner's recommendation, we went to a Dhaba kind of joint, but the food was hopeless. Anyways we came back and slept early as we had a very long drive for the next day. We intended to reach Bhuj the next day.



Next day, as usual, I was the first one to get up and get ready. I prepared tea and did the packing while Anupma and Sarthak got ready. We were on road again at 5.00 a.m. The breakfast was a driving breakfast of Sandwiches made by Anupma in the car only. The day was a mile-munching day only, The highlight of the day was lunch at a roadside Dhaba frequented by truckers. The Lunch was super tasty which we had sitting on cots in truckers' style. King sized chapatis were served which were so big that eating two of those was a challenge. We reached Bhuj at around 6.00 p.m. This was from where we will start our Rann of Kutch Trip

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