17th October 2014 – Jaipur, India
In the name of science, I walked into a bunch of ruined observatoriesAnd before I slipped into another road, to the capital city’s lies,I looked at Jaipur from a new view, with eyes tainted with pinkAnd the palace of the winds, stared back at me through honeycombed eyes.
I had to ride to New Delhi today, but there was something that I still had to quickly see in Jaipur. Yesterday, I had passed through the pink city to see the forts of Amber and Jaigarh, but I had failed to explore the pink city itself. So today morning, had to see it quickly before Delhi welcomed me back into its belly.
One of the main sites in Jaipur is the Jantar Mantar. A scientific observatory built in the 18th century, the one at Jaipur is one among four in the country (the others are at Delhi, Varanasi and Ujjain) which were built by the famous Rajput king, Raja Jai Singh, the same guy who gave his name to the city of Jaipur. A series of constructions here were built for various unique purposes, like positioning of the stars and predicting eclipses etc.
Adjacent to the Jantar Mantar, is one of the icons of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal, which means ‘palace of the winds’ is a pink-sandstone structure which may well have been part of a Harry Potter plot. In the middle of the busy Siredeori Bazaar, the Hawa Mahal once had a unique purpose. It was built for the royal ladies to look at life outside on the Bazaar.
Nowadays, the bazaar looks back at it. I did too, before I continued to ride towards Delhi.