Jaipur! So far, so absolutely amazing, fascinating and an absolute wonder world. To tell you the truth, Jaipur, without a doubt, had already conquered and captured my travelling, shining like diamond love essence. Even from the moment I was passing by and before getting down from the coach. Jaipur! Known as the "Pink City" obviously, for me personally, on the contrary, Jaipur is the "Love City". Why love are you asking me? Oh-Well. I somehow seemingly felt the love connection for Jaipur. Yea! Love! Love. Always the number one priority for literally everything in my life, and in whatever I do, and in Jaipur (Jaipur Part 1), my love for Jaipur, was pouring, oozing and dripping non-stop. Due to the underpinning, openly shown or hidden love at the sightseeing spots. In fact, even the North Indians (South India, Chennai) I bumped into and spoke to. By virtue of, staying at the hotels, shopping, whether at the shopping malls or streets, of course sightseeing places must be included as well, plus the tour guides (Varanasi North India). The tour guides who were directly or indirect correlated to love. Love as in the tour service they provided by not being selfish with their knowledge, bundled alongside bundles of smiles and laughter. All of these, all, lock, stock and barrel, trust me, whispered the language of love or akin the loud love bells ringing into my ears and on every note, in and out of my inner and outer senses.
Alright. Day two in Jaipur. During this winter and winter, ah, honestly, just so soothing to my senses. Just right. Winter, nothing overwhelming about the breeze and breeze, as well as coldness which didn't bite, nibble, nor broke my bones apart. The first sightseeing spot we visited? Birla Mandir. Also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Birla Mandir located below Moti Dungri Fort, a true and true representation of pure white marble modern beauty structure, and built as the honor for honoring Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Inside Birla Mandir? For whatever reason it may have been, and I too, didn't bother in finding out why, maybe the excitement of posey-mosey picturing, no. We didn't go inside. But since I have done my fair share of homework on Birla Mandir for the purpose of this sharing of mine, come, let me tell you. Inside Birla Mandir, you will see the sculpted idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu, also of other Hindu Gods and Goddesses. What else? The delicate carvings of Hindu symbols, ancient quotes from the Geeta, the Upanishads ornaments, the mythological events engraved on the walls, the religious idols, pictures and figures of several religious saints, philosophers and historical achievers, like Socrates, Buddha, Zarathustra and Confucius.
Time out. Out of Birla Mandir, to? Amber Fort! Amber Fort in Amber town. 11 kilometres from Jaipur. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the "Hill Forts of Rajasthan". Alongside five other forts and Amber Fort. Oooooooooo!!!! Simply magnificent. Simply majestic. Amber Fort and its maze-like passages and serpentine staircases.
Lunch and subsequently? Street shopping. Shopping at the street across Jai Mahal Palace. An impressive piece of Rajasthan's heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set, Jai Mahal Palace has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur. Today, Jai Mahal is a luxury five star Taj heritage hotel and from the distance where we were, Jai Mahal Palace, beaming like a shining armour in Sagar lake water and of course, yea, the picturesque view of the lake itself, against the backdrop of the mountains. Appreciated. Sincerely appreciated.