Returned from Abhaneri – after visiting the Chand Baori and Harshat Mata temple – and reached Jaipur by afternoon. Decided to walk /taxi around in the old city and catch the colors and sights in Jaipur.
Amer or Amber Fort was breathtaking. Visited it at a particularly crowded time – so took a quick tour of the Fort and proceeded to the less known and less crowded Amer or Amber town, located behind the Fort. Made a note to revisit this fort and spend more time at the next visit.
After the crowds at Amer Fort, the Amer town seemed like a different world. With narrow, clean, cobbled streets, it was a welcome change. Was greeted by these shy children returning home from school.
In the Amer town, visited the Panna Mian Ki Baori / Baoli (Panna Meena Ka Kund) – another impressive step-well – much smaller than the Chand Baori – but impressive and a must-see nevertheless.
The symmetric steps leading down to the water were eye catching. The Baori apparently served as a water reservoir and a community gathering place.
Nearby was the ancient Meera temple or the Jagat Shiromani Temple – a magnificent temple with exquisite carvings and paintings. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Meera – it is believed that the statue of Lord Krishna worshipped here is the same statue that Meera Bai used to worship in Mewar – it was brought here from Mewar by the Amer rulers during the war with the Mughals. It is one of the few temples in India where the idol of Meera is worshipped.
Was particularly intrigued by the paintings on the ceiling in the main temple – natural dyes and colors used to create intricate artwork, depicting pictures of the past Kings and stories about Vishnu’s Dashavataras.
Finished the tour of Amer town and taxied back to Jaipur city – desperately looking for a hot cup of Chai / Tea. Went to the highly recommended ‘Tapris’.
Ordered ‘cutting chai’ and followed it with three rounds of eats – didn’t really want to stop. But it was getting dark, and I had one more place to visit.
Stepped out of Tapris and took an Auto Richshaw to Hawa Mahal. This is in the old part of Jaipur and we made our way through the busy crowded streets of Johri Bazar and the other old city streets. Was a little worried about being able to photograph Hawa Mahal at night – had earlier planned to come here during the day. Was delighted to see the Hawa Mahal well lit and illuminated.
After that, spent some time roaming the crowded streets around Hawa Mahal. Then decided to walk back to my hotel – and on the way was rewarded by this alluring sight of the Albert Hall Museum
After a fruitful evening in Jaipur, I made my way back to my room in the pleasant and quaint Hotel Diggi Palace. A day well spent.