Jaipur 2

By Sanjeev Nayyar Sanjeev@esamskriti.com | 2007

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You see the rear side of the Garh Ganesh Mandir, the Swastika sign is clearly visible. It is on the top of a hill and visible from most parts of Jaipur. This mandir actually marks the genesis of Jaipur. When the foundation for Jaipur was laid a pooja was

On your right hand side you see the steps that devotees take to reach the Garh Ganesh mandir. On your left is Gaitore the final resting place of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Tried to click a local Rajput but the positioning was not right.

This is Gaitore, the final resting place of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Situated in a narrow valley the cenotaphs of the former Maharajas are chhatris made in typical Rajput style architecture.

You see carvings of the chhatri of Sawai Jai Singh II, note the intricate carvings.

You see the Moti Dungri. In the middle of Jaipur rises a small hill Moti Dungri meaning pearl hill, because it looks like a drop of pearl. An exotic palace is parched which is a replica of Scottish castle once occupied by Maharaja Madho Singh's son. From

You see the Birla Mandir with Moti Dungri in the background. Moti Dungri looks very beautiful at night when it is flood lit. There is a very popular Ganesha Mandir next to Moti Dungri.

Kanak Bagh was made in 1707 at a time when the Maharaja stayed at Amber, there was no modern day Jaipur. With the making of Jaipur the Maharaj who worshipped Govindji that was kept here shifted the temple to the City Palace. So a replica of what was shif

A funding by G D Birla’s trust restored the place in 1988. It is a beautiful place with lovely gardens ie situated on the banks of the Jal Mahal. A number of Bollywood movies were shot here. You too can get clicked in local clothes.

This palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1710 a.d for accommodating his rani, a princess of Udaipur who wanted to live in a separate palace other than those in Amber. She was originally known as “Sisodia Rani, therefore this beautiful existing

Lastly we went to Galtaji. It is an ancient pilgrimage center lying amidst low hills, holy kunds along with lush landscape make it a delightful spot. The small temple is that of Surya Bhagwan built by Diwan Kriparam on the top of the highest peak is a vis

A closer view of the kund with Galtaji mandir in the background (see the white structure at the end). According to tradition Sage Galva performed penance at Galta and many people come to take bath in the holy waters.

From Galtaji mandir to the Surya Mandir is a steep climb, could take 30 to 60 minutes. Took this picture while climbing up. In the center of low lying hills in the kund that you saw before.

Route has monkeys on all sides. In order to ensure they stay away keep a few packets of chana with you.

Surya Devta mandir stands on the top of the hill from where you get a great view of Jaipur, on a clear day you can see Nahargarh Fort. There are two ways to come to Galtaji. One is the longer route through forest that we came; another is a shorter one tha

An overview of Jaipur clicked from the Surya Mandir.

Close to Kanak Bagh is a famous Hanumanji mandir. Next to that is a Well called Bawdi in local language. It is essentially a step well meaning it goes two to four floors underground at the end of which there is a well. Is an e.g. of water harvesting in th

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