A long weekend in Jaipur
Before leaving to Jaipur, I got a message saying that I needed to be there at least two hour before due to intensive security control. I were there 2,5 hour before my flight and after half an hour I stood on ten other side of the security check up with my boarding card in my hand… luckily I could do some studies during this period of time.
The security on the airport was also a joke! As I have been traveling with my family many times, I know that you are not allowed water bottles, or bigger bottles than 100 ml and you need to have all toiletries in a transparent bag. I didn’t have this transparent bag so I asked the security guard where I could get one, he answered “no problem”. He meant that I didn’t need one.. I want through the security check up with toiletries in different parts of my bag, one sunscreen of 300 ml and a bottle of water, hahah!
When checking up what I should see in Jaipur, I took many advices from an article written by Per J. Andersson. He writes about how you can spend 24 hours in Jaipur. (http://www.vagabond.se/artiklar/resmal/20140908/en-perfekt-dag-i-indiska-jaipur)
During my three days in Jaipur I manage to explore these things:
Blue Beds hostel
Amber Fort + sound and light show
Panna Meena Ka Kund (Stepp wall)
JAIPUR — THE PINK CITY
BLUE BEDS HOSTEL
According to Rajasthan Direct, the Amber fort is on of the most important tourist attractions in Jaipur (check that on the bucket list!). Amber fort is know for its architectural beauty, with mixed inspiration from Hindu and Rajput elements, and I do agree of its artistic level!! It is wonderful to look at! (http://www.rajasthandirect.com/tourism/activities/amber-fort-light-and-sound-show)
The Jaigarh fort was originally built with the purpose to protect the Amber fort. The two forts are linked to each other’s by subterranean passages. As Amber fort, Jaigarh fort is also a beauty to watch! (http://www.jaipur.org.uk/forts-monuments/jaigarh-fort.html)
Also a beautiful fort in the mountains!
Also known as “The Palace of Winds, is an extension of the city palace of Jaipur. The purpose of the Hawa Mahal was to give the ladies a possibility to watch processions and other activities on the street without being seen by the people. The Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows! (http://www.jaipur.org.uk/forts-monuments/hawa-mahal.html)
“Between 1724 and 1730 Maharajah Sawaii Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in north India. The observatories, or “Jantar Mantars” as they are commonly known, incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms at large scale have captivated the attention of architects, artists, and art historians world wide, yet remain largely unknown to the general public.” (http://www.jantarmantar.org)
The Jantar Mantar was fascinating for me in a way that I didn’t expect it to be! The latest four weeks in school, I have studied a course called “Introduction to renewable energy technologies” and the first topic of that course is Solar energy. This mean that all the hard words mentioned in the Jantar Mantar (e.g. Azimuth angle, the solar altitude angle, the zenith angle, etc), I already learned how to calculate and knew what they were talking about!! It was a great feeling!
THE TAILOR SHOP