So the last day in Jaipur, I visit the Jaipur City Palace and one of the largest astronomy architecture in Jantar Mantar. The first day in Jaipur, I visited the Maharaja’s Cenotaph, now it’s the Maharani’s turn.
On the way to Amer or Amber Fort, the rickshaw driver also take me/passing by the Maharani Ki Chhatri. Free entrance.
The royal cremation for the Maharani is a burial place in beautiful, beautiful Rajput or Rajasthani architecture with designed Chhatri, umbrella shaped dome cenotaph, that is delicate and intricate. Most of the structures are made of local stones and white marble by the look of it. The compound was made for the Maharani of the Kachhawa clan since the capital moved from Amber to Jaipur. The wife of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II, Maharani Jadon, was entombed here. The carvings are more feminine in nature and embellished with musicians and their music instruments like veena, sarangi, mridang, manjira and dholak to show their interest and love in music and arts.
There are not much information about Maharani Ki Chhatri except the information in the main entrance. I don’t think many tourists or tourists busses bother to go here unless you are locals or stumble upon it. I’m glad I take a time to stop by to see it. It sure is quiet. If they planted more trees here, it should be more beautiful and a place to go.
Beautiful architecture before entering the compound
Oh finally found some monkeys on the side walls.
After the Maharani’s tomb, we also pass by another place called the Jal Mahal or Water Palace. It’s smacked in the middle of Man Sagar Lake with the Aravalli hills on the north, west and eastern sides. The architecture, as many of the buildings made by Maharaja Jai Singh II, is taken with Rajasthan architecture, a mix between Rajput and Mughal styles. The five levels architecture was built with red sandstones. The chhatris or domes erected on the four corners on the top floor in octagonal shape. Unfortunately, it’s still in restoration stage by the government and other investors so we have no way on going there.
A photo taken from up the hills the day before, during Holi to Nahargarh Fort.
Next stop: Amber or Amer Fort, the fortification city within the fort with its Amber or Amer Palace.
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Source information: Wikipedia, Travelwiki, India Eye Witness Travel.