Monsoon Retreat with Alsisar Haveli Jaipur
Rajasthan is possibly at its most stunning in August after the monsoon when the normally parched desert is lush and green and its abundant lakes are brimming with water. Jaipur and it’s near by areas become one of the most exotic destinations in monsoon when it comes to weekend outings with friends and family!! Let us share with you some of the most delighting, refreshing, adventurous and fun filled destinations in Jaipur to hang out this weekend amid the joyous monsoon!!
Jaigarh Fort is one such spectacular fort on a hill named Cheel ka Teela- which translates into the Hill of Eagles. It is around 400 ft above Amer Fort. It truly is a magnificent fort offering great views and delights during Monsoon. Named after Jai Singh II, the Jaigarh fort is perched on a cliff surrounded by huge battlements with inside walkways. It is one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved almost intact, containing palaces, a granary, a well-planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted cannon-the Jain Ban (Jaivan) the largest cannon in the world.
The fort stands above the Amber Fort and was never captured and hence is practically intact. There is a watchtower at an elevated part of the fort, offering a panoramic and imposing view of Amber and the lush green neighboring area.
Amber Fort, also known as “Amer Fort” is situated in Amber, located at 11 kilometers from Jaipur, North east of Rajasthan, India. It is considered as one of the best hilltops fort in India which makes it a major tourist spot in India. The fort is a typical example for Rajput’s life style in Rajasthan and it has a unique artistic style which combines both Hindu and Muslim elements. This magnificent fort is situated alongside the lake of Moatha and it was built by Maharaja Man Singh in the year 1592.
Tourists can use the service of elephants to ride up to the fort from the bottom of the hill and soon there would be electric cabs to take the tourists to Amber and Jaigarh. The sound and light show should not be missed in the evening. The most awe-inspiring thing to observe is the Hall of Mirrors. Legends say that one candle was enough to light the entire hall of fort because of these mirrors.
Though the rains took there own sweet time to come as and when they see fit. A couple of days of rain and the rain lily is in full bloom here. Amber Fort is relatively uncrowded and the monsoon skies can make photographs dramatic.
Probably this would be one destination in Rajasthan that depends for its sustenance not on domestic or foreign tourists but simply on rains. Come monsoon and every weekend, all city roads lead to Nahargarh that is badly equipped to handle rush. Besides, the ones that were in Jaigarh and Nahargarh just every nook and corner enroute Nahargarh had families out, youngsters with friends picnicking in the fort ramparts, have become more popular after the movie “Rang De Basanti”, others hooting and zipping past on motorcycles while some could be seen just taking a stroll nibbling on corncobs and namkeen mixtures by the roadside vendors.
Think about the clandestine hide and seek games that were being played across these courtyards on full-moon nights, queens strolling in their respective balconies, waiting for the same king to come. The Nahargarh fort reins the wide skyline during the day and frames a mesmerizing site when floodlit at night.
The splendid fiesta of the city that the fort provides- with lush green gardens at the backdrop and shimmering blue waters of Man Sagar lake- is breathtaking.
Jal Mahal stands serene in the south-west corner of the man-made Mansagar Lake, its pale ochre façades reflected in the glassy waters and such pleasant downpour has made it more enigmatic.
Jal Mahal was designed as a place for duck-shooting, kite-flying, picnics and fireworks, a place to “[sleep] off the nobles’ noonday opiate amid the cool breezes of the lake, wafting delicious odor from myriads of the lotus flower which covered the surface of the water.” This now serves as a beautiful base to enjoy weather, cool breeze and rain by the local and foreign visitors. However, during the monsoon season, four out of the five floors of this palace remains submerged under the water due to heavy rainfall.
So far, so interesting, but what really justifies the modest Rs.50 entry charge is the headily perfumed Chameli Bagh, or jasmine garden, at its heart. The exquisite floral frescoes, filigree, enamel and mirror work in the chhatris, for instance, and the way the marble fountains, cascades and channels have been carved so that the water both glitters and sings as it ripples over them. For this is a palace of pleasures where water, light, sounds, scents and imagery combine to delight the senses specially in monsoon.
Definitely, Jaigarh, Amber, Nahargarh and Jal Mahal all on the same route of each other are the must visit places in Monsoon with their fabulously refreshing experiences and views of Jaipur city amid the Aravali hills blanketed with greens and more greens . You would also happen to see hordes of monkeys/langurs outside the fort and some good close up shots of really healthy parrots would be an extra delight. Also do not miss the hot bhutta (corn) stalls around !!
So this weekend hike for an adventurous trip to Jal Mahal, Jaigarh, Amber, Nahargarh Fort and savor a delightful dinner on your return at the regal and luxurious restaurant of Alsisar Haveli. It serves the most flavorful traditional and continental cuisines in an ambiance to make you feel like a king!!
Alsisar Haveli Jaipur:
Sansar Chandra Road, Jaipur 302 001 (INDIA)
Tele: +91-141-236 8290 , 236 4685, 510 7157 Fax: +91-141-2364652
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