|Pink buildings in city|
First day at Jaipur was spent with a short half-day trip around the Pink city area. The centre of the city within the main gates and walls of Jaipur old-city have this rule of having all buildings painted in pink, which is the reason for the name. It was painted such during the visit of the King of England and the tradition continues and, in fact, is now in the rule books of the local government.
|Jantar Mantar view|
|Samrat Yantra - Huge with 2 second precision of time|
The next stop for us was the City Palace and Museum, which is adjacent to the Jantar Mantar. The medieval collection of the variety of transport, dresses, utensils, equipments and weapons are well preserved and presented for the public. Again, the help of a guide was very useful in getting to know the facts and history of the palace and the maharajas. Though there are some exaggerations and personal opinions that are slipped in, it is worthwhile to employ a guide at most of these places.
Near these two places is the famous Hawa Mahal (palace of winds). The rows of rooms along a single line, rising 5-6 floors, look quite simple. The winds in the rooms through the engraved windows of the rooms are indeed surprising. From the Hawa Mahal, one can have a good view of the market, Jantar Mantar and City Palace. We decided to rest for the afternoon and walked along the market for some window shopping in the evening.