Wonders of Walled City Of Jaipur

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 .

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

 
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Top 5 things to do in Jaipur

The walled city of Jaipur often referred as Pink City as its distant charm . With original city wall still integral, Pink Stucco building and shops , straight wide roads and numerous gateway. The city of Jaipur is a fine representation on how magnificent   our historic town planning was; a rare example in India where most of our cities are in such a chaotic state .

The Pink City was commissioned in 1727 AD with the  vision of late  Sawai Jai Singh II. A Bengali architect Vidya­dhar Bhattacharya formalised the new city’s plans according to a grid system. After dividing the city into nine blocks, or chowkries.

So here is my recommendations on Top 5 things to do while you are visiting Jaipur

1)      Guided Heritage walking tour  – Virasat Experiences conducts theme based Walking Tours in the old quarters of Jaipur . Their aim to bring alive all the diverse elements of city’s heritage. Whether  traditional  temples, monuments and building , or living craft and culture , or tradition cuisines like  sweets making . The entire heritage of people, culture and architecture becomes interesting through the process of walking leisurely and engaging along our carefully designed city walks.

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2)      Jaipur Cycle Tours – Undertake a early morning Cycle Tour .Its a great way to unwind and get breakaway from noise , pollution ,crowd and usual site seeing of forts and palaces . Paddling trough  walled city in early hours when it’s still serene and to venture out to explore nearby mountains and lesser known places around Jaipur .

 

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Cooking Lesson and Dinner with local family – Contact us ( info@virasatexperiences.com)  for this unique experiences . Where cooking is taught by welcoming  local host family . This is a 2-3 hour lesson in the kitchen whereby the family  shares some of their  favorite dishes , is a great way to submerge into the local culture and make new friends.

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4)      Jaipur Social Tour –  If you are keen to explore the city beyond tourit attractions . Visiting NGO’s can be a rewarding experience . VE takes pride in partnering with JKSMS , a grass route NGO working tirelessly in creating  better opportunities for the for the street children . During this tour , visit shelter homes and Slums where we are running heath care and education programmes. 20% of the tour cost is contribute by Virasat Experiences for  supporting their work.     

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5)      Trekking in Amber – Amber Fort is the most popular tourist place in Jaipur . But very few visitors are able to realize that there is much more to this place than a historic fort . For those with a love of the outdoors, beautiful scenery and fresh air,  Virasat Experiences can offer gentle trekking in the surrounding Aravali hills. Dotted with  ancient ruins , hidden shines , water harvesting structures , its a entirely unknown world .

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Look beyond guidebooks and customary site seeing to make your travels more fun and engaging .

HAPPY TRAVELS