Central Park · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Jaipur Happenings

Central Park: My Story

Sprawling lawns dotted with early risers twisting their bodies before the sun breaks at the horizon, mark the start of my day. Filled with frenzied excitement, I see people running on the tracks laid upon me; I see them eagerly waiting at the gym; I see them laughing and I even see them just sitting back, soaking in the divine charm of mother nature in search of peace.

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I hear the melody of birds chirping early in the morning, I see them take a flight in the enormous sky in search of food. I am the Central Park of Jaipur, landlocked in the heart of Pink City. I find immense pride in sharing such close vicinity with the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.

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With the sunrays falling on the National flag which stands tall on my grounds, each and every patriot feels a surge of gratification running through them. The art in form of stone sculptures that I contain in my being represents something mighty, yet beautiful.

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As the day proceeds,  I am completely transformed, people start leaving and at some point I am left alone…but I am never completely abandoned.

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Sometimes I hear the laughter of young boys and girls when the world is bathed in the warmth of sun it is me, who provides some comfort to those who seek it. To those poor rickshaw pullers who keep dragging their rickshaws in the screeching heat,  it is I who shades them from the sun, those who want a place to give themselves a break from the buzz of urban jungle, it is I who takes them in my lap and let them sleep peacefully and those who have their loved ones in the hospital, it is I, who let them have a little peaceful time away from their worries, in arms of nature.

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As the evening approaches and the sun gradually goes down, I transform once again. Once again I change my character, to become a family ground. A place for people to visit for some quality time with their loved ones, their young toddlers. With urban projects setting up, people look at me and get assured that their children still have a place to go out and live their childhood like the way they did, running around, playing real games, getting dust on their clothes. Indulged in the sweet melancholic music of their laughter I feel grateful for my existence.

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With the sun finally sinking, the sky turns a mixture of brilliant red and orange, beautiful and serene giving the air a tranquil feel. The extravagantly colourful sky, reminding everyone of the beautiful endings is sometimes the reason behind people visiting me.

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As the night falls I am quite once again, with the only audible sounds of traffic and buzzing streets and they too eventually fade away in the quite of night and I find peace watching the moonlight sky.

Picture credit: Aparna Natha and team Jaipur Beat

Content credit: Shanza Sarwana

 

 

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5 Things To Know About Jaipur’s Founder – Sawai Jai Singh II on his 330th Birth Anniversary

Today is a big day for Jaipur as it’s the birth anniversary of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the man who is behind the construction of Jaipur city. On this auspicious day, let us surprise you with some interesting facts about the man who we owe our existence to 🙂

  1. Founder of Jaipur
    Founded on 18 November 1726 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer, the city of Jaipur has been named after him. Jaipur, known originally as Jainagara (in Sanskrit, as the ‘city of victory’ and later as the ‘pink city’ by the British by the early 20th century), the planned city, later became the capital as the Indian state of Rajasthan.

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  1. Shifting capital from Amer
    After having ruled Amer for 70 years (1688-1758), Maharaja Jai Singh II planned to shift his capital 11 km away to Jaipur to accommodate the growing population.4 amer
  2. Title of ‘Sawai’
    He became ruler of Amber at the age of 11 after his father Maharaja Bishan Singh died on 31 December 1699. On 2 June 1723, the emperor further bestowed him the titles of Raj RajeshvarShri Rajadhiraj and Maharaja Sawai.”Sawai” means one and a quarter times superior to his contemporaries, and this title was awarded to him due to his wits.jai_singh_ii
  3. Jantar Mantar
    In 1719, he was witness to a noisy discussion in the court of Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah. The heated debate regarded how to make astronomical calculations to determine an auspicious date when the emperor could start a journey. This discussion led Jai Singh to think that the nation needed to be educated on the subject of astronomy. Due to his profound interest in mathematics, architecture and astronomy, in the midst of local wars, foreign invasions, and consequent turmoil, Sawai Jai Singh found time and energy to build five astronomical observatories, out of which only the one in Jaipur is operational – our very own Jantar Mantar.37 jantar-mantar

  4. Statue Circle
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Forts & Monuments · Jaipur

The 3 Gems of Jaipur- Nahargarh, Jaigarh and the Fort of Amer!

Jaigarh, Nahargarh and Amer Fort are the three forts, where you can immerse yourselves in a quest to explore the history of Jaipur. These three Gems are the true Soul of Rajasthan.

Jaipurites are always fascinated with these, as there is lots of history attached- the incredible architecture, an awe inspiring planning, but what catches most is the awesome view of the city that we get from the top of any of these forts, while being hushed by the coo of the pigeons and whoop of the Monkey 😛

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Nahargarh Fort– Established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734, Nahargarh is set on Aravali mountain ranges and was once a strong defence ring, creating a tough protection for the city along with other two forts of Amer and Jaigarh. The place known as Nahargarh, which means “adobe of tigers’.

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 The fort offers the highest point, which happens to be a restaurant called ‘Padao’- this is an open-air restaurant at the top, gives awesome view.

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Jaigarh Fort- 

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Of the three-hilltop forts that watch the city of Jaipur, Jaigarh is the most splendid of them all. About 15 kilometres from Jaipur, and built by Sawai Jai Singh II in the early 18th century.

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Despite its ancient construction, it still retains most of its imposing citadel appearance. Visitors can see the world’s largest canon – Jaivana, at the fort. Interestingly, the cannon was fired only once with a charge of 100 kilograms of gunpowder and when fired covered a distance of about 35 kilometres. The fort also houses the armory and the museum.

The water supply of Jaigarh fort and its storage reservoirs are a marvel of engineering.

Amer Fort

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Amber (pronounced Amer), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated about 11 kilometres from Jaipur. Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. It was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhwahas of Amber, before the capital was shifted to the plains, the present day Jaipur.

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This place vibrates with its legendary past. Every evening an exemplary saga of valor, passion, endurance, culture & heritage of Rajasthan comes to life with Sound & Light Show. The show unfolds the legends of Amer Fort and Jaipur dynasty, with a profound blend of history, anecdotes, music and effects. Special effects combine with the unique ambience make this show an unforgettable experience. With the script by great Indian poet and lyricist Gulzar, folklore, local legends and voice by the globally famous Bollywood personality who need no introduction- Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, the show is worth visiting for the admirers of the legendary past of Jaipur and the connoisseur of folk music.

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So, be prepared to be amazed, intrigued and rejuvenated when you hop on a fascinated trip to the forts of Jaipur that gives an enriching experience while bringing out the richness of the city’s history.

 

Forts & Monuments · Jaipur

Must See Attractions in Jaipur

Hello everyone, the weather is screaming something, can you hear?
This is the perfect time & the weather to go on a road trip or just roll down into the Pink City.

The Pink City is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the world. There is something unique and intrigued in the fragrance of the city that attracts innumerable beings here; based on a Pink & Red theme it has so many colourful sights.

Following are the sights of the Pink City you cannot resist to visit:

Birla Mandir: Birla Mandir which is also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. This majestic shrine is made up of pure white marble and one couldn’t resist looking at its beauty in the dim light under the moon. Birla Mandir was built in 1988 by Birla Group of Industries. This temple is situated on JLN Road of Jaipur.

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Jantar Mantar: Jantar Mantar is a very technical and astronomical monument. It is a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments which were built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734. It has the world’s largest stone Sundial (A device which tells the time by measuring the apparent position of the Sun). Jantar Mantar is also one of the most likable tourist sites of the Pink City.

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Albert Hall: The oldest museum of the state which is constructed by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II in the year 1868, when King Edward the Prince of Wales visited India. It is situated prominently in the center of the city and also is a cynosure in itself. Albert Hall has so many precious & priceless objects to display.

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Hawa Mahal: The Hawa Mahal is also called ‘The Palace of Winds’ made up of Pink & Red sandstones. This beautiful five-storey pyramidal shaped monument was actually built for the royal women, so that they could
observe the activities outside without being seen. It is situated in the walled Pink City.

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If you love the sightseeing over the mountains, then these majestic forts are a big treat for you. The view from the top is just impeccable.

Jaigarh Fort:  Jaigarh fort, once you reach to this marvelous castle situated on the Aravalli Hills, your mind impels you to not to come back down.  Jaigarh once was the center of the treasury and a place to keep eyes over the Amer fort and the Pink city. But now, this is one of the most popular sights of the city. Jaivan, the largest moving cannon in Asia is also resting here.

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Nahargarh Fort: Located on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, known for the unexpressed city view from the top. Nahargarh was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, once formed a strong defense ring for the
city but now it’s among the top major tourist sights of the Pink City.

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City Palace: The Palace of Royal family lies in the heart of the Pink City. It was actually the seat of the Maharaja and was built in 1730 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Now, this beautiful and immense paradise holds many museums showcasing the story of the royal world.

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5 Treasures of Jaipur Named After Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II

Some people just come and go, while some come, make a mark, change everything around for good and leave us with a lot of memories to treasure all our lives ! One of these great people is Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, the last ruling Maharaja of Jaipur who embarked on a program of modernization, created infrastructure and numerous public institutions that later resulted in Jaipur being selected as the capital of Rajasthan. Today, on his 108th birth anniversary, let’s look at some of his greatest treasures named after him 🙂

1. Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya

Also known as S.M.S. School, MSMSV is one of the best schools in town. It was organised in 1984 by the Sawai Ram Singh Shilpa Kala Mandir Society, a trust set up by the Late His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh and stands as a perfect example for relevant co-education till date.

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2. S.M.S Medical College

Established in 1947, SMS Medical College is the oldest college in Rajasthan and is one of the premier medical colleges of India.

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3. S.M.S Hospital 

Sawai Man Singh Hospital is the major hospital of Jaipur and Rajasthan state of India. SMS Hospital also became the hospital to have treated largest number of patients in India in 2013, leaving India’s premium AIIMS hospital behind !!

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4. S.M.S. Stadium 

A huge cricket stadium in Jaipur, S.M.S stadium is situated at the corner of Rambagh Circle. This stadium hosted a solitary Test match, between India and Pakistan, starting in February 1987 and never looked back. It has also hosted IPL matches for Rajasthan Royals, its local team, and who won the first season.

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5. S.M.S. Museum

The most stunning architecture and a major landmark in Jaipur, City Palace houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum that has a marvelous collection of art, artifacts and handicrafts illustrating the history and culture of the great Rajput kings and leaders.

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An evening at Padao, Nahargarh !!

It was a Saturday evening and with no planning in mind, we, Jaipur Beat, decided to head to Nahargarh. Jaipurites are always in love with this place, particularly when the weather is perfect; the place gives a remarkable look of Jaipur especially during night.

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Before we indulge into real pleasure, let’s have a brief intro about the Fort – Established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734, Nahargarh is set on Aravali mountain ranges and was once a strong defense ring, creating a tough protection for the city along with other two forts of Amer and Jaigarh. The place became known as Nahargarh, which means “adobe of tigers’.

There is lots of history attached to the abode, incredible design, awe inspiring planning, but what catches an eye the most is the awesome view of the city that fort offers.

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With no time wasted we started going uphill through the zig zag road. While climbing we managed to get the view of Mansagar Lake, which was absolutely spectacular and we knew that much more is in store once we reach at the top.

So we decided to explore Padao restaurant.

It took just 10 minutes to reach the highest point, which happens to be a restaurant called ‘Padao’- this is an open-air restaurant at the top, gives awesome view and also sells drinks around sunset plus veg and non-veg snacks.

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As soon as we entered –we were charged with Rs 50/- per head as an entry fee that includes free tea /coffee/coldrink.. If you ask, it’s not bad actually. We parked our car and the first thing we were up to was to get a quick look at the sparkling Jaipur city from the top and pin pointing few of the places that were easily recognizable from the highest point like TalKatora, Birla Mandir, Moti Sons building and lot many.

It was simply amazing, many people were relaxing on the fort’s walls overlooking the city while some were seriously having the time of their own under the sky with no one around to disturb.

From up there the city seems so quiet and peaceful; no doubt it took seconds for us to decide to spendsome more time there.  So we served ourselves free-cold drink (Self Service) and ordered Beer, Pakoras and Chilly Paneer. The sitting area at Padao is all-open with wrought iron chairs and tables. They serve you, but don’t guarantee the place for sitting. Better keep your eyes open and look for empty chairs on your own, especially when it’s a weekend. And let your luck play the charm 😉

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It took a few minutes for us to locate and collect our chairs and finally got our seats at the corner of the top Burj. Our day was made sitting, eating and enjoying with friends.

Some of you may not be aware that several scenes from the movie Rang De Basanti were filmed here.

The place is a must visit for all. We suggest you a few safety tips-

* Avoid going alone and always try going in a group.

* Drive carefully after having drinks, as the road to Nahargarh is prone to many accidents.

* Don’t forget to take your camera along for some amazing photography, as there is no other place in the city that gives such an exotic view of Jaipur.

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