Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Changing face of Jaipur

____________ Changing Face of Jaipur, Rajasthan ____________ 

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan is known for its palaces, forts and museums. It has history going back 400 years and more. The pink city as it is called, is catching up with modern times. See the pictures.

The undisputed icon of Jaipur is Hawa Mahal. Standing tall, it has majestic 'jharokas' or latticed windows for the queen/other ladies of the kingdom to view the scene outside the palace.

Amer Fort and its Diwan-e-aam are equally famous.

 Or, the Birla Mandir made of pure white marble!

Even the railway station is patterned on the old architecture.

But new icons are emerging. Like Motisons Tower on Tonk Road. Shaped like a lotus, the leaves have colours of the gems and other precious stones. A delight to the eye. See two pictures below-- both shot from a moving vehicle during my recent visit to Jaipur.

This lotus-like building and its petal shaped shaped walls change colours at night. See the link  Even though featured on Arch Daily, a lot of architects have given a thumbs down sign on it! 
The above postscript is courtesy Trixie Asirvatham from Bangalore who is former Creative head of a leading ad agency in India.

 And then there are other glass-and-concrete icons rising from the ground! Like the World Trade Park abutting Malviya Nagar. Enjoy the spectacle.

Jaipur has a village theme-based resort called 'Chokhi Dhani' meaning 'Excellent rural annexe'. The owners have created yet another icon in glass for their corporate office-- Chokhi Dhani Tower.

To cope with increased traffic density, Jaipur Metro is fast taking shape.

Like any other human habitat, it adapts itself with changing times. Jaipur has retained its historic past and yet it is blending with modernity.

Your pictures/comments are welcome!

  -Ghumakkad Harsh in Jaipur/ 2nd April 2014

________________ End of Jaipur's new face ______________