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Vanita's Jaipur

  1. 1. Me, My Family and My Country By Vanita G. Madhwani Namaste!!
  2. 3. India <ul><li>India is located in Asia, and is the seventh largest country in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>It is the second most populated country in the world. In 2008, the population was about 1.1 billion. </li></ul><ul><li>It is also the largest democracy in the world. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Taj Mahal <ul><li>Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world </li></ul><ul><li>It was built by an emperor as a symbol of love for his wife </li></ul>
  4. 5. More about India <ul><li>28 states and seven union territories </li></ul><ul><li>18 national languages, main languages being Hindi and English. However, there are 347 spoken languages! </li></ul><ul><li>Sanskrit is one of the oldest, non-regional languages in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>My mother-tongue is Sindhi </li></ul><ul><li>My parents are originally from Sindh, a part of former United India. It is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world – The famous Moen-jo-Darro site, which is 5000 year old is found there. </li></ul><ul><li>They moved to Rajasthan state (land of the kings) where I was born </li></ul>
  5. 6. My Home State - Rajasthan <ul><li>Rajasthan is the largest state of India. </li></ul><ul><li>Jaipur, the city where I live, is the capital of Rajasthan. </li></ul><ul><li>It is famously called the “Pink City” because of the old, carved, pink and white sandstone buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India </li></ul>
  6. 7. Jaipur <ul><li>Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the ruler of Rajasthan planned & built Jaipur in 1727 </li></ul><ul><li>Old Jaipur’s layout has a grid plan of avenues & streets, much like New York </li></ul><ul><li>Jaipur’s population is over 3.5 million </li></ul><ul><li>In 2007, about 250 thousand foreign and about a million Indian tourists visited Jaipur </li></ul><ul><li>The Average daily temperature during summer months is 113 F and during winter months, it is about 40 F </li></ul>
  7. 8. Places To Visit In Jaipur <ul><li>Hawa Mahal </li></ul><ul><li>Amber Fort </li></ul><ul><li>Jaigarh Fort </li></ul><ul><li>Nahargarh Fort </li></ul><ul><li>Jantar-Mantar </li></ul><ul><li>City Palace </li></ul><ul><li>Albert Hall </li></ul><ul><li>Sargasuli (Isar Laat) </li></ul><ul><li>Motidungri Temple </li></ul>The Thar Desert
  8. 9. Hawa Mahal <ul><li>Hawa Mahal means “palace of winds” </li></ul><ul><li>It was built in 1799 </li></ul><ul><li>It has 953 small windows called “Jharokhas” </li></ul><ul><li>It is a combination of Mughal and Rajput architectural style </li></ul><ul><li>It is carved out of red and pink sandstone </li></ul>
  9. 10. Hawa Mahal:Interesting Facts <ul><li>The royal ladies used to view parades and processions from behind the windows without being seen </li></ul><ul><li>It is the tallest building in the world without a foundation. It can stand because it is curved and leaning at an angle of 87 degrees </li></ul><ul><li>It is built in the shape of the Hindu god Krishna’s crown </li></ul><ul><li>The lattice-work of Hawa Mahal is similar to the honeycomb of a beehive. </li></ul><ul><li>It was also used by the royal family as a summer retreat, since the unusually designed windows provided cool breeze. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Amer (Amber) Fort <ul><li>Amber Fort, a popular tourist attraction, is located just outside Jaipur city </li></ul><ul><li>It is an ancient citadel (A fortress to protect the city) </li></ul><ul><li>Raja Man Singh I started building the fort in 1592. It was completed two centuries later by Sawai Jai Singh. </li></ul><ul><li>The famous Shila Maata Temple is located here. </li></ul>Recent Picture Sketch of Amber in 1858
  11. 12. Snapshots at Amer <ul><li>Tourists can ride on elephants to reach the top of the fort </li></ul><ul><li>The “Prachir” (the safety wall) was used for aiming guns. </li></ul><ul><li>And that’s me with my older son!! </li></ul>
  12. 13. More Snapshots at Amer
  13. 14. Sheesh Mahal <ul><li>Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) is one of the most beautiful parts of Amer Fort </li></ul><ul><li>When the palace was occupied by royalty, the hall could be lit at night by a single candle because of thousands of tiny, intricate mirrors </li></ul>
  14. 15. More Snapshots at Amer <ul><li>There are beautiful samples of Marble carvings throughout the fort </li></ul><ul><li>The Kali Temple, also known as the Shila Devi Temple is famous for its silver lions and doors </li></ul>
  15. 16. Jal Mahal <ul><li>Jal Mahal (meaning &quot;Water Palace&quot;) is a palace located in the middle of the Maan Sagar Lake in Jaipur </li></ul><ul><li>The lake gets filled up in the Monsoon season, and the palace is accessible only by boats and a causeway </li></ul>
  16. 17. Jaigarh : The Largest Cannon <ul><li>Jaigarh, about 15 k.m. from Jaipur, is a beautiful fort and home to the largest cannon on wheels in the world, “Jaivana” </li></ul><ul><li>It was cast in 1720, during the reign of Sawai Jai Singh II. </li></ul><ul><li>The front wheels are 2.74 m in diameter and the rear wheels are 1.37 m in diameter </li></ul><ul><li>The length of the barrel of the cannon is over 20 feet and it weighs 50 tons. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Jantar-Mantar Observatory Recently declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site
  18. 19. Jantar-Mantar Observatory <ul><li>Collection of astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734 </li></ul><ul><li>One of 5 such sites, but this one is the best preserved </li></ul><ul><li>The name is derived from Jantar (&quot;instrument&quot;), and Mantar (&quot;formula“ or &quot;calculation&quot;) </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore Jantar Mantar means literally 'calculation instrument'. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Jantar-Mantar <ul><li>It has 14 major geometric devices for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>measuring time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>predicting eclipses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tracking constellations as the earth orbits around the sun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Samrat Yantra, the largest sundial in the world is 90 feet (27 m) high. Its shadow can tell the time of day to an accuracy of 2 seconds. </li></ul><ul><li>The Hindu chhatri (small cupola) on top is used as a platform for announcing eclipses and the arrival of monsoons. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Motidungri Temple <ul><li>One of the oldest temples of Lord Ganesh in Jaipur, visited by people of all faiths. </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone buying a new vehicle visits the temple to seek blessings. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Birla Mandir (Lakshmi Narayan Temple)
  22. 23. City Palace
  23. 24. City Palace <ul><li>City Palace is a complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples, located in the heart of Jaipur. </li></ul><ul><li>The most prominent and most visited structures in the complex are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum </li></ul><ul><li>The Silver Urn seen here is the largest in the world. It has an interesting story, connected to Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II </li></ul>
  24. 25. More Snapshots at City Palace
  25. 26. More Snapshots at City Palace
  26. 27. Govind Devji Mandir (Temple)
  27. 28. Nahargarh Fort
  28. 29. Garh Ganesh
  29. 30. Galta : Pilgrimage Place
  30. 31. Sargasuli
  31. 32. Albert Hall (Museum)
  32. 33. Albert Hall (Museum)
  33. 34. Albert Hall (Museum)
  34. 35. Raj Mandir Movie Theatre
  35. 36. More Things To See <ul><li>Galta </li></ul><ul><li>Gaitor </li></ul><ul><li>Doll Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Sisodia Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Vidyadhar Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Rambaug Palace </li></ul><ul><li>GovindDev Temple </li></ul>
  36. 37. Snapshots of Jaipur
  37. 38. Snapshots of Jaipur
  38. 39. Snapshots of Jaipur
  39. 40. Snapshots of Jaipur
  40. 41. Festivals of India
  41. 42. Festivals <ul><li>Diwali </li></ul><ul><li>Holi </li></ul><ul><li>Makar Sankrant </li></ul><ul><li>Gangaur </li></ul><ul><li>Teej </li></ul><ul><li>Elephant festival </li></ul><ul><li>Nauratra </li></ul><ul><li>Rakshabandhan </li></ul>
  42. 43. Arts and Crafts of Jaipur
  43. 44. And The YUMMY Food!!
  44. 45. More Food
  45. 46. Cuisines of India
  46. 47. Cuisines of India
  47. 48. My Home
  48. 49. My Family
  49. 50. My Family
  50. 51. My Family
  51. 52. My Family
  52. 53. My Family
  53. 54. My Family
  54. 55. My Family
  55. 56. Namaste!!!!