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