Monday, March 21, 2011

Povestiri din Rajahstan 37. Orasul Roz Jaipur / Stories of Rajahsthan 37. Jaipur, the Pink City

The Old Town or the Pink City is one of the main attractions in Jaipur. The color is more brisk-like or salmon than pink, and it was put on the houses in 1876 when the Prince of Wales has visited the town.


Still partially encircled by walls, the Pink City attracts tourists with the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, bazaars, narrow streets and all kind of little shops, and a lot of people. Many houses, some of them abandoned, present the essential elements of the Rajput architecture.


One of the most attractive structure is Hawa Mahal or the Wind Palace, erected especially for the Maharani and her servants. Behind the beautifully carved windows (jhalis) they could see without to be seen. Hawa Mahal has 5 levels and 152 windows and it is one of the most photographed objective in Jaipur.

Orasul Roz este supranumele Orasului Vechi din Jaipur. Culoarea este mai degraba caramizie sau cea a somonului, decat roz si provine de la dorinta de a face impresie cu ocazia unei vizite a Printului de Wales, in 1876, cand toate cladirile au fost proaspat zugravite in aceeasi culoare, la ordinul Maharajahului. El atrage turistii ca un magnet pentru ca aici se afla City Palace, Jantar Mantar si Hawa Mahal, trei dintre obiectivele foarte cunoscute ale Jaipurului.

Inca partial inconjurat de ziduri groase, cu cateva porti care inlesnesc accesul, Orasul Roz ne infatiseaza structuri vechi, unele parasite chiar. Este locul in care se afla mai multe bazare ale orasului, in care gasesti sa cumperi aproape orice.
Turnul victoriei Swargasuli, datorat fiului lui Jai Singh, Iswari, se ridica dincolo de ziduri, din bazarul Tripolia.
Strazi inguste, bazare, temple, pravalii - totul vazut intr-un mozaic ametitor de oameni care se deplaseaza preocupati sau, dimpotriva, lenevesc la mesele vreunui mic restaurant de cartier.

In a treia fotografie de mai jos, vedeti un barbat cu par rosu-portocaliu. Am vazut destul de multi asa si l-am intrebat pe Bhawar. Acesta mi-a spus ca lor nu le place sa aiba parul alb (cand incaruntesc) si de aceea se vopsesc cu henna. Ceea ce la noi vezi destul de rar (barbati cu parul vopsit), la ei este ceva obisnuit.
Acolo, pe strada, se vand legume si fructe sau flori pentru ofrandele din temple, se repara sau se curata pantofi, copiii se joaca, iar unii adulti chiar dorm.
 in asteptarea clientilor
 flori pentru ofrande
 la pantofar
In magazinele micute, parca de aceleasi dimensiuni sau la tarabe, se vand suveniruri diverse.
Daca ti-e foame, mancare stradala se gaseste la tot pasul...daca indraznesti.
 laptarii
Orasul roz este locul in care constructiile imbina elemente ale arhitecturii locale, rajpute, cu cele ale arhitecturii mogule, asa cum am intalnit mai peste tot pana acum. Din pacate, numeroase structuri au fost parasite si lasate prada uitarii.


Constructia cea mai faimoasa insa, si cea mai fotogenica, este Palatul Vanturilor sau Hawa Mahal. Destinata Maharanei si suitei sale, aceasta cladire cu 5 etaje, care numara 152 de ferestre cu jhallis frumos sculptate, oferea femeilor ocazia sa priveasca fara a fi vazute, conformandu-se astfel traditiei mogule. Dupa cum m-a asigurat Prakash, ghidul nostru din Jaisalmer, rajputii nu au avut acest obicei de a ascunde fata femeilor, el fiind introdus o data cu invazia mogulilor.
 Hawa Mahal



44 comments:

Liliana said...

Jaipur pe mine ma duce cu gandul la un parfum ... Una peste alta, extrem de frumoase poze cu Palatul Vanturilor, sa inteleg ca la apus soarele bate exact in el?! Si am mai remarcat si turtele alea prajite la noi pe plita. Cat am stat in US am mancat pe la indieni si mi-au placut turtele alea foarte mult.

Traveling Hawk said...

Pozele de la Hawal Mahal sunt facute dimineata, inainte de a poleca spre Agra :)

pharaonx said...

iar ai reusit un contrast intre forfota strazii si impasibilitatea unei structuri istorice. mi-a placut foarte mult pustanul care se juca in praf, iar ultimele fotografii cu vastelul, iar m-o dus cu gandul la 1001 nopti. absolut fascinant.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

The ending with Hawa Mahal is great, amazing and respect for the Architect and the builders of this one ...

Joop Zand said...

A very big country, where you can make so many nice pictures....you show the everytime again too us.

Thanks.....they are briljant.

Greetings, Joop

Traveling Hawk said...

Hawa Mahal, cu structura sa parca de fagure este intr-adevar impresionant, pharaonx

Traveling Hawk said...

Hawa Mahal is an impressive piece of architecture indeed,Wong. Thank you for your visit!

Traveling Hawk said...

Every place there is inspirational, Joop, you are right!

magda said...

Hawa Mahal !!!! Amazing BuIlding !!!
BUILDING! I was impressed!
Very lively city, and men with orange hair!
Thank you very much for another interesting trip !!!
Greetings

Life Ramblings said...

OMG, the Hawa Mahal is simply mesmerising. such a great piece of architecture. glad you share these pictures with us.

Rizalenio said...

Your last six photos are breathtaking, my friend. First time for me to see something like this. I'm sure this is more beautiful in person. What a beauty?

These are brilliant architectures. Oh wow!!!

VP said...

I'd like to post the bench, if you give me some more data about the place and the date!

Traveling Hawk said...

Magda, our driver said he is still young but when he'll grow older he will turn his hair orange too!

Traveling Hawk said...

Life Ramblings, you are not the oly one thinking like this about Hawa Mahal. All the tourists, I think, share the same opinion :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Hawa Mahal is awesome among the wonders of India, Rizalenio!

Traveling Hawk said...

VP, it is very simple: Pink City, Jaipur - December, 26, 2010! Feel free to use it!

joo said...

I enjoy your India posts so much! It's such an impressive country!
Thanks for the trip:)

smalldot said...

frumos surprins oamenii in decor, iar ultima cladire este minunata

VertAnge said...

Imi place foarte mult Palatul Vanturilor.Ghicesc in spatele ferestrelor povesti de viata interesante si iubiri interzise...Cred ca ar fi un bun subiect de inspiratie pentru un romancier.

Traveling Hawk said...

You are welcome, Joo!

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc, smalldot! Palatul Vanturilor este un fel de emblema a Jaipurului, alaturi de Fortul Amber.

Traveling Hawk said...

VertAnge, cu siguranta un romancier ar putea broda ceva in jurul aceloir ferestre zabrelite,,,,

Randy said...

Like everyone else I just love the Hawa Mahal and the photo of the little boy with the stick is just wonderful.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Randy, for the appreciation.

Hanjié said...

Wow! magnificent Hawa Mahal pics!

VP said...

THanks!

Traveling Hawk said...

You are welcome, VP!

Traveling Hawk said...

Hello, Hanjie, and thank you for the visit!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

We recently went to India but only explored the state of Tamil Nadu. Will definitely go back and see Jaipur and other states!

Traveling Hawk said...

I am glad if my posts contributed to your decision, Pinay Travel Junkie. Thanks for the visit!

dong ho said...

awesome, amazing, stunning india! what else can i say. i just love those structures. they should take pride of their culture.

Traveling Hawk said...

I think they are proud of it! Thank you for the visit, dong ho!

cartim said...

Interesant arata straziile acestui oras, foarte pitoresc.
Ai pomemit ceva de "henna" si par roscat, este aceea argila care exista la inceputul anilor '90 cu care se vopseau femeilor si pe la noi? Mama mea stiu ca il folosea iar cand am fost in Berlin m-a trimis matusa mea intr-un magazin al carei proprietara era o inianca , sa cumpar acest tip de vopsea.

Cel mai mult mi-a placut palatul Hawa Maha , superb ca arhitectura si iesit din comun ca si culoare.

Doug Hickok said...

These are wonderful. THe last set is stunning!

Traveling Hawk said...

Da, Cartim, aia este :)

Traveling Hawk said...

It seems that everybody liked those, Doug! And the building is really worth the admiration, even if inside is not much.

MKL said...

Simply beautiful, what can I say more :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, MKL :)

Anonymous said...

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J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

The Palace of Winds looks an amazing building.

sorin said...

am vazut de curand pe Current, un pod cu Jaipur, acasa la print si familie, o comicarie teribila, am vazut ca mancare este din belsug, dar e si safe, adica nu se razbuna sultanul cum se zice in Turcia. Tu ce ai mancat?

Traveling Hawk said...

Cu placere, Sorin!

Traveling Hawk said...

As I already observed, everybody liked the Wind Palace, J_on_tour :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Sorin, citeste, te rog, ce i-am raspuns lui Cartim in episodul 33 (Cazare in Bundi) referitor la mancare. Nu am prea multe de spus la acest subiect.