The pink city of Jaipur is a well established tourist destination of north India . Thousands of Indian as well as foreign tourist visit my city annually . The customary things to do in Jaipur for tourist , is visiting Amber Fort , City Palace and Observatory. Of course I take pride in these majestic monuments but Jaipur has so much more to offer than popular monuments .
To me its the walled city of Jaipur , which fascinates me the most . Nowhere in India i have witnessed such profound example of town planning , with dead straight roads , symmetrical pink coloured buildings, wonderful chatris and intricate screen work , its truly a architectural marvel.
Jaipur has recently celebrated its 286th birth day on November 18th. Thankfully inspite very little attention from the concerned authorities , the original city’s fortification wall, gateways , historic temples and Havelis of Jaipur are still standing tall , sounds as if even the God has too fallen in love with the Pink City and is showering its blessing of “ Long Life” on these weary structures.
Its spell bounding to know about the town panning of Jaipur. Its hard to believe that even 286 years back the width of the main roads was 108 feet, so that the city road can cop up with maddening tariff of today . There were proper shaded verandas in the main markets , so people can do shopping in shade, gradients of streets were carefully calculated so city can be saved from disgrace of flooding . There were Gas lamps in front of all important building , which were imported from Birmingham ( U.K.) in those times . Its a shame that our new cities , though having modern look of glass facade buildings and far less visionary in other civic amenities and town planning.
Traders , priests , artisans were called from various regions on India and well as outside to come and reside in Jaipur . Different communities were allotted in specific areas of the walled city . Hence the streets of the old city is marked by the trade , community and occupation of its inhabitants . For example “ Johari Bazaar” ,since the early day till today , its a major center for jewellery trade and manufacturing.
My passion to discover and share the hidden wonders of our Jaipur city resulted in the birth of www.virasatexperiences.com , three years back , where we specialize in Walking Tours and offering other unique travel activities in Jaipur and other cities of Rajasthan . If you have interest to know about our captivating cities beyond its tourist monuments , we welcome to you take part on our tours.