Rajasthan, the desert state of India, is famous for its numerous heritage sites. A trip here can drown one in the history preserved inside this state’s palaces. Though all these places are worth a visit, some are the very definition of Rajasthani glory. Here they are, in no specific order -
A narrow road running alongside Aravalli hills leads to Amer palaces’ entrance, called Suraj Pol (Sun Gate). There onwards, one can take up an Elephant ride to reach Jalebi Courtyard, you will end up on the palace’s doorstep.
The palace comprises of four segments – the Diwaan-i-Aam (Hall Of Public Audience), Diwan-I-Khas (Hall Of Private Audience), the famous Sheesh Mahal (palace of mirrors) &Sukh Niwas (happiness palace).
Ever since Amer palace opened up to tourists, 5000 daily visitors throng its halls & quench their thirst for exploration.
Hawa Mahal meaning ‘The Palace of Breeze’ is renowned for its 953-window back wall as seen in the picture above. This back wall extends to Zenana (Women’s Chambers). The purpose behind such a wall was multi-pronged.
Firstly, it provides for the ‘Venturi Effect’ (Doctored Breeze), which cooled the palace’s halls during summers. Secondly, royal ladies were able to observe festivals happening on the street below, without coming out of their respective purdahs.
Known as a ‘Specimen of fanciful architecture’, Hawa Mahal is best viewed at daybreak, when the rays of sunshine highlight the back wall.
Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is located in the middle of Man Sagar lake. The palace is considered to be an architectural landmark. A blend of Bengali architecture &Rajputi carvings stands atop the palace. Sadly, the palace is closed to visitors. But the man-made beaches surrounding Man Sagar have become a popular youth spot, especially for the romantic view.
The massive Mehrangarh palace is located 410 feet above Jodhpur. Thick walls, deadly cannons & a beautiful museum contribute to Mehrangarh imposing nature. The for is placed amongst the topmost palaces in India. Mehrangarh’s museum consists of 6 separate galleries. Namely Elephant Howdahs, Palanquin gallery, Daulat Khana, Armoury gallery, Paintings gallery & Turban Gallery.
The palace has also been the choice of several movie directors, most notably Christopher Nolan, who shot scenes of his movie “The Dark Night Rises” there.
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