This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip India • Rajasthan and Varanasi (EN)

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Chapters: 

00:03 • Hawa Mahal (the wind palace)

01:24 • elephants bringing tourists to Amber Fort

03:14 • Amber fort

08:01 • Jal Mahal

08:45 • Jantar Mantar, observatory

09:45 • City Palace

 

Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital and largest city of the state of Rajasthan in northern India. Jaipur does not have, like many cities in India, a thousand-year-old history. The city is relatively recent since it was only founded in 1727 by the then Maharajah, King Jai Sing II of the Rajput dynasty.

the pink City

Jaipur is nicknamed "the pink city" because of the uniform color of its buildings. But this color is not original. The Maharajah ordered that all buildings be painted pink to welcome Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, husband of Queen Victoria who visited Jaipur in 1876.

This use has turned into a tradition that has continued to this day.

History of the principality of Dhundhar

If Jaipur is a recent city, it was part from its birth of a much older prinicipality, which bore the name of Dhundar and whose capital was Amber. Amber has been known since ancient times, and Jaipur was built near this ancient capital and eventually engulfed it. Amber became a suburb of Jaipur.

Amber's Fort (or Amer)

A small fortification work existed in Amber long before the 11th century. Raja Man Singh built an early version of the current fort on the remains of this ancient structure. The fort evolved continuously until the founding of Jaipur by a descendant of Raja Man Singh, Jai Singh I.

The fort (which was at the same time the royal palace) is an example of Hindu architecture. The fort in its present appearance dates from the 16th century and is in a remarkable state of conservation.

The fort is one of Jaipur's tourist hotspots, and many tourists are still brought on elephant backs. Fortunately, more and more tourists are taking the jeeps at the foot of the fort rather than the elephants. There is a small target of elephants living in the enclosure of the fort, and these animals are subjected to mistreatment because the principles of breeding are absolutely not respected, as is often the case for the animals used. in tourist places.

The Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal)

This building, built at the end of the 18th century, is one of the wonders of Rajput architecture. The palace, inspired by the shape of Krishna's crown, was built by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh and is in fact a facade. The building is one room wide and its facade is extremely refined. It was built to allow the women of the royal harem to see the daily life of Jaipur without being able to be seen.

Jal Mahal (the palace on the water)

The palace is built in the middle of an artificial lake (Man Sagar) built in 1610, the result of a dam on the river.

This palace has 5 floors, 4 of which are submerged when the lake is filled with water.

The City Palace

The Royal Palace is located in the heart of the city of Jaipur and was built at the same time as the city itself by Maharajah Sawai Jai Sing. While traditionally the Maharajahs lived in Amber Fort, King Jai Sing decided to move to the heart of the newly built city for various reasons, one of which was because water was starting to become scarce in Amber.

The Yantra Mandir (or Jantar Mantar) observatory.

Observing the sky and the movement of the stars is extremely important in Indian culture. The dates of many festivals are calculated according to the sky chart and Maharajah Jai Singh was an astronomer enthusiast. He built an imposing authority that did around the world for decades.

about the place, Jaipur:

Jaipur is the most important city in Rajasthan. With a population of over 3,000,000, it is the 10th largest city in India.

It was founded in 1727 by King Jai Sing II of the Rajput dynasty.

Among other things, it is remarkable for its magnificent fort, Amber Fort.

 

Spoken comments in the film: 

The Jaipur Wind Palace was built by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh at the end of the 18th century.

Its main function was to allow the women of his harem to see what is happening in town without being seen.

This palace is in fact mainly made up of a finely carved and perforated facade to serve its original destination: to see without being seen.

 

The Maharadjahs lost their title and became hotel owners. The elephants no longer work for them, but did they gain by the way ... Not sure ...

They are probably more badly treated in their new attributions, the folk transport of tourists.

Jaipur, Amber fort. Rajasthan, India

What's the weather like in Jaipur?

 

Music:

 - Duke Ellington - Black, Brown and Beige - Caravan, Naxo's Jazz Legends

 (Inde)  - North Indian Folk Music - Dhun on the Shahnai, Odeon (3 C064-17859)

 - Suresh Prajapati (Inde)  - Indian Classical Instrumental - Flute Tabla Raga 1, Suresh Prajapati

 - Lakshmi Shankar (Inde)  - Inde du Nord (North India) - Season and Time - Raga Dhani: Tala Jhaptal, Ocora

 (Pakistan)  - Authentic Music of the Snake Charmer - Sorath, Olympic Records (OL-6101)

Amber Fort seen from afar, Jaipur • India • Rajasthan
Amber Fort seen from afar
a courtyard of Amber's palace, Jaipur • India • Rajasthan
a courtyard of Amber's palace
the ballet of the tourists (and the calvary of the elephants), Jaipur • India • Rajasthan
the ballet of the tourists (and the calvary of the elephants)
Jaipur observatory, Jantar Mantar, Jaipur • India • Rajasthan
Jaipur observatory, Jantar Mantar

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India