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Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds” as it is also called, has been a cornerstone of Jaipur's architecture for centuries. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh’s brainchild, Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 to allow the protected womenfolk of the royal families to catch a glimpse of the bustling city life without having to defy the then-prevalent pardah system. The total of 953 “Jharokas” or screened windows made of sandstone make for a unique honeycomb-like facade of the Mahal. The unique pyramid-like structure was a later addition to the original City Palace Complex. Standing five stories tall, Hawa Mahal, like any other palace is complete with a courtyard or Jaleb Chowk, as it was called back then. An ornate remnant of the Rajput Architecture, Hawa Mahal narrates fascinating tales of the city's aristocratic past.
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.