After visiting Delhi and Agra, we headed towards Jaipur as our final leg of sight-seeing before finishing the loop back in Delhi. Jaipur is known as the pink city, due to its distinctive tint on most of the buildings. It’s the one place I really wish I had had more time to explore and experience, rather than sight-hoping, but I guess that will be for a future visit to India! The photo above is the breathtaking view from the Amer Fort outside of Jaipur.
Agra – Fatehpur Sikri
The city of Fatehpur Sikri was founded as the capital of the Mughal empire in 1571 by emperor Akbar. The complex is mostly constructed from sandstone, giving it its red colour. Fatehpur Sikri was originally located on the side of a lake, but the body of water is now almost completely dried up. When this water source was nearly exhausted in 1585 the complex was abandoned. Today the location felt extremely hot and dry, but some lush, green elements could still be found which hinted at what this city may have been like in its past.
Jaipur – Jantar Mantar Observatory
Jantar Mantar is located next to the Jaipur City Palace and is a collection of 19 astrological structures including the world’s largest sundial. The various instruments allow you to keep track of the time, predict eclipses, and track stars and planets. It’s said that the large scale of the instruments was to increase their accuracy. Completed in 1734 the observatory was actively used until 1800. It feel into disuse and disrepair, but was restored several times even as recently as 2006. Above I’m posing with the Libra instrument – the complex has an instrument for each of the sun signs, which can only be used during that sign’s season.
Jaipur – City Palace
The majority of the City Palace in the centre of Jaipur still remains a royal residence. The colourful buildings reflect the character of Jaipur itself.
Jaipur – Amer Fort
Located about 11 kilometres outside of Jaipur, the Amer fort is built into a hillside and from its four levels provides impressive views out across the countryside. Built in 1592 the fort is known for its artistic Hindu architectural elements. The details of the fort were some of the most beautiful of all the sites we visited, from the marble facades to the mirrored palace inside.