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A Sojourn in the Pink City

Posted on: May 25, 2012

Hawa Mahal

The capital city of Rajasthan offers two different faces to a visitor. While one has history and royalty written over it, the other is a city of industrious people eager to put it at par with the best metros of the country. The achievements of the art and architectures of the royals are showcased in City Palace or a museum in Amer Fort. The Amer Fort is quite spectacular and it was here that the royals used to spend their days meeting people and taking strategic decisions. Intricate designs of floral wall art are visible, and a small rectangular garden is housed within the fort. Nearby is another fort – Nahargarh, also known as Madhvendra Palace. This isn’t as grand as Amer, though one can get a spectacular view of Jaipur below from the windows of the rooms on the first floor. At some distance from this point, one need to go to Jaigorh fort which has preserved what it claims – the largest cannon in the world.

Ajmeri Gate

The city is named after Maharaja Jai Singh, and he and his illustrious progeny like Man Singh looms large on the city psyche.  Jaipur bears a striking similarity with Jodhpur in its touristy appeal – both has a spectacular fort (Amer in Jaipur, Mahrengarh in Jodhpur) and a dazzling palace (City Palace in Jaipur, Umaid Bhavan in Jodhpur), so for a tourist one can chose to visit any one of the two cities, and I guess one would have sampled the Rajasthani lifestyle – hardworking simplistic folks engaging in business, industrial  & agrarian  pursuits using animals (camels, cattles, elephants)  as helpers to survive (and how regally!) in this hot arid region.

Amer Fort

Amer Fort

In 1876 Jaipur was colored in terracotta pink to welcome Prince Albert, and thus the name “Pink City” was attached with the city. Jaipur is famous as largest exporter of gold, diamond and stone jewellery in Asia. It  has been ranked 31 among the 50 Emerging Global Outsourcing cities. Genpact and Infosys have their BPO already established and running successfully. In fact Genpact has the fastest growing location in Jaipur. Real Estate business is flourishing well from last 2–3 years. Some companies already present here include Bosch, Coca Cola, IBM, Ericsson and NEI, popularly known as NBC Bearings.

The distance by road from Faridabad to Jaipur is about 260kms. Enroute we touched a developing Manesar (or Greater Gurgaon?),  thereafter an industrial Rewari where bicycle and motorbike companies like Atlas and Harley Davidson operate from the place, before the rolling Neemrana hills announce that you have reached Rajasthan from Haryana. We took a break at Neemrana on the onward journey, while on the return journey we stopped at Behror which boasts of a Sagar Ratna (popular food chain).

The blossoms in the city are in abundance and similar to the National capital. The roads are well maintained, and the place is much less dusty in comparison to Faridabad. Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal & Jantar Mantar are some of the other attractions of the city.

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