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Le Hawa Mahal, ou « palais des vents » comme on l’appelle également, constitue la pierre angulaire de l’architecture de Jaipur depuis des siècles. Imaginé par le maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, le Hawa Mahal fut construit en 1799 pour permettre aux femmes protégées des familles royales d’avoir un aperçu de la vie effervescente de la ville sans avoir à défier le système purdah alors prévalent. Ses 953 « jharokas », ou fenêtres grillagées en grès créent une façade unique ressemblant à un nid d’abeilles. Sa structure pyramidale unique fut ajoutée par la suite au complexe original du City Palace. Comportant cinq étages, le Hawa Mahal, comme tous les autres palais, renferme une cour Jaleb Chowk, comme on l’appelait à l’époque. Vestige ornementé de l’architecture rajpute, le Hawa Mahal relate des histoires fascinantes du passé aristocratique de la ville.
Badi Chaupar is a large public square situated in Jaipur. It also goes by the name of Manak Chowk and was built by Amer's King. Badi Chaupar nestles amazing bazaars like the Ramganj Bazaar which is to its east, the best leather shoes one can find here. Tripolia Bazaar to the west of Badi Chaupar is known for its steel and brass utensils. To the south of Badi Chaupar is Johari Bazaar well-known for block-printed and bandhani textiles.
Virasat Experiences takes you on a nice long evening walk to try some of the culinary delights like Samosa Kachori, Kulfi and Lassi. You also get a chance to try some of the finest sweets in the area. Get to meet the locals and experience their hospitality.
Nestled in the Hawa Mahal property, Hawa Mahal Museum is a must-visit for all history and art enthusiasts. This museum is popular for exhibiting ancient terracotta sculptures and other artifacts from around India. Besides the artworks, the museum is home to war and house-hold equipment from as early as second Century. These equipment have been used by the royalties and soldiers from that time. All in all, history enthusiasts are sure to enjoy their visit here.
Chaugan Stadium is one of the oldest and most treasured venues for the city's major cultural, social and sporting events. Bearing the name 'Chaugan' which has several meanings (open ground and the curved end of a hockey stick), this stadium is situated between Gangauri Bazaar and the City Palace. Comprised of a large space fringed by small playgrounds, the stadium is divided into three octagonal shaped stands including the Chini-ki-Burj to the north-west of the stadium, Moti Burj to the north-east and Shyam Burj to the north. Each section served a different purpose during the royal era, and they continue to do so even today. This stadium is a must-visit during the Teej festival and Elephant festival, when the entire city witnesses polo tournaments, music and dance performances, processions and elephant races. It is no wonder then that Chaugun has become an institution of its own in Jaipur.
Jaipur is known as 'Gem City of India', and Johari Bazaar is a magnificent testament to this fact. The finest ethnic jewelry including gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones are displayed at all the stores in this market. The endearing collection features pendants, earrings, necklaces, bangles and other accessories that are intricately designed by skilled artisans. For those who are ready to shell out a bit more, the Kundan and Minakari art are some of the luxuriant and exquisite choices in jewelry. Also, it is best to be well informed about gemstones before you enter here.