As soon as you reach Jaipur – three hundred kilometers from the capital – you are struck by the color of the palaces of the part enclosed in the ancient walls and by the good state of preservation of historic buildings (which is truly exceptional in India).
The pink city was conceived because the pink color, present in various shades and shades, in Rajasthan is considered a good omen and was applied to receive in 1863 the prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria of England. This color makes the city almost more welcoming and mitigates the contrasts, focusing the attention of the traveler, generally focused on nihilistic and sad discovery of new layers of poverty.
The singular Hava Mahal is also pink (The Palace of the Winds), a shining example of Maharaja’s imagination Pratap Singh: in 1799 he ordered to build this building, a symbol of his contrasting love for Hindu, Islamic and Western arts.
The function of the building was that of a gigantic curtain that allowed harem women to witness city life, through a large, perforated façade, without being seen. The Maharaja wanted to make the tradition, typically Muslim, of the Divan-i-Am a little Indian: the courtyard used for public hearings by the sultans, where the women of the harem were hidden by grating walls.
The color of the buildings, however, is not the only interesting aspect of Jaipur. By dodging hundreds of rickshaws that crowd the streets, you can lose yourself in the center and try to learn the perfect urban layout with which it was erected. Since the time of the most ancient Hindu texts, the planning of a city followed complex rules, all aimed at representing the laws of the universal order in the microcosm.
Jaipur is the only example of a city, from the cosmic and astronomical point of view, which can be reflected today in those architectural treatises. There are no other examples because the buildings were made of clay, wood and other deteriorable materials and not of stone that was reserved for the temples, as a symbol of immortality.
The design reflects a perfect square, a sacred symbol of stability of which the perimeter is divided by the streets into partial squares, so that they reflect the succession of the signs of the zodiac. All these squares are subjected to the dominion of the divinities of the Hindu pantheon, so as to also influence the housing disposition of the citizens. The important gods occupy the central areas and therefore these parts belong to the priestly caste of the Brahmins and gradually, following the celestial hierarchy, the other areas are assigned descending importance. Jaipur is the perfect destination that you will explore through India’ Palace on Wheels train.
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