Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, J7, 1970 THI IETHBRIDOB KESAID 25 Still model of town planning Jaipur-the Pink City JAIPUR LANDMARK The Hawa Mahal or "Palace of the Winds" is a landmark of India's famous Pink City. The Palace faces one of the main city streets and is delicate gossamer of carved marble screen, five storeys high, so constructed therf the ladies of the royal court could observe the busy street below without being seen by out- siders. Sydney sewage sullies famed surfing beaches SYDNEY, Australia (Reuter) The famous surfing beaches of Sydney, known the world over for their white sands and aparkling waves, are being sul- lied by enormous amounts of sewage dumped daily into the sea near the city. A team of microbiologists, who recently conducted a sur- vey of sewage pollution on the beaches, said some weather conditions can bring sewage contamination in the surf to more than 90 times the "satis- factory" drinking level. And it is a rare surfer who doesn't gulp down a mouthful or two in tha breakers. Prof. G. Cooper, professor o microbiology at the University of New South Wales, said such i high reading must be regardec as dangerous to health. If the sewage contained the excreta o a carrier of typhoid, dysentery polio or infectious hepatitis, the health of the community be endangered. CROWDS TAPER OFF Winds, tides and currents vary the contamination, bu Malabar, an eastern beach near the city's mam sewage outlefte the sea, gave the microbiolo- gists a massive reading of 1.8QC units of bacteria per millilitre of seawater. LAS VEGAS Fly with us December 6, 1970 5 days of luxury Jet Air Fare Accommodation All Meals Beverages and Cocktail Shows All inclusive for only from Calgary OPEN RETURN TICKET SUN-FUN HOLIDAYS CALGARY PHONE 262-3645 That particular bacteria w harmless in itself but indicatec the presence of fecal matte Text books say "safe" drinkin water should contain no mor than 100 units. But a Sydney Water Boar spokesman said generally a cepted world standards set units as "safe" for bathin water and Sydney's beaches di not pose a risk for bathers. However, beachside stor keepers and surf officials a some popular spots have com. plained of a marked fall-off beach crowds in recent years. They put the decline down t the public's increased aware- ness of pollution, since atteni ances at chlorinated swimmin pools are booming. SAS hostess tvins contest The representative from SAS a petite 28-year-old Dane, ha won the third International Air lostess Contest sponsored bj Malev, the Hungarian Airline. Winner of the week long even was Inga Peetz, in her third ear as an SAS hostess. 0 n I, airlines serving Budapest, Hun ary, were allowed to compete fiss Peetz won in a field of -ontestants. Jl worlds cruise intKeQariBBcan.. a sleek, continental cruise ship. Seven days cruising aboard Ihe popular Dalmalia or her spanking new sister ahip, Ihe Islra. 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(Price per person sharing twin Ask for the free colour Star Cruise brochure. ffkstarcruises P. LAWSON TRAVEL LTD. OFFICES COAST-TO-COAST MARQUIS HOTEL BLDG., LETHBRIOGE Phon. 327-4094 or 328-3000 "I have seen Jaipur, and now I can That is how famec world traveller Max Lerner de scribed his feelings after see mg the beautiful Pink City o India. He went further: he named Jaipur with Venice ant Paris as the three most beauti- ful cities in the world. With all of its principal build- ings constructed of local rose- pink stone the "tone of the autumn Jaipur truly justifies his praise. Jaipur is the capital of the State of Rajasthan along In- dia's western border. Set in the heart of the State, it is pic- uresquely encircled by rugged hills crowned with medieval fortresses, reminiscent of the days when the valiant Rajputs fought fierce battles to save their beloved land from in- vaders. In addition to being a del- icately beautiful city, Jaipur is one of the best planned cities in India and the world. When the Rajput ruler, Sawai Jai Singh (1693-1743) moved down from his mountain fortress, he determined to make the city which bears his name, Jai-pur (the city of Jai) as modern as possible. He studied the plans of some of the more important Eu- ropean cities and the principles of town planning set forth in the Shilpa Shastras, the ancient Hindu treatises on architec- ture, and developed a city which even now, 250 years later, is still considered a mod- el of town planning. The prin- ciple streefc run the entire length of the city and are more than 110 feet wide. At the in- tersections of main cross streets are open squares. Sec ondary streets, which run right angles to the main one: are 55 feet wide. The entire city is enclosed bj a crenallated masonry wall 2 feet high and 10 feet thick Eight gates open the city, with their facades also of the fa mous pink stone. Even afer 250 years, the city retails much of its old charm and atmosphere. The streets Jaipur offer a variety nf ric and interesting contrasts as th past and the present, the ol and the new, meet. Colorfullj dressed men and women front the rural areas, the proud anc dignified Rajputs in their tradi tional attire, and the city peo pie in their Western clothe make Jaipur bazaars most pic turesque. Modern automobile compete on the streets wit! heavily laden camels bringing in produce from the country side. If you arrive in Jaipur by train and enter the cit] through the imposing gateway nearby, the magnificent struc with manuscripts bearing the seals of Mughal emperors; ai armoury museum showing the history of weaponry in India. Also part of the City Palace compound is the Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Uie a landmark of Jaipur. The Hawa Mahal faces one of the main streets of the city and its five storeys of overhanging win- dows are a delicate gossamer of carved marble screens. The building was not designed how- ever, only for its light, delicate reauty. It was so constructed that the ladies of the royal court could stand in the cool- ing western breezes coming through the screening, and ob- serve the busy street below without ever those outside. being seen by The evidence of Jai Singh's consuming interest in astron- omy can also be seen in the Palace compound. One of five observatories which he built and used to watch and record the correct movements of heavenly bodies still stands us it did in the 18th century. For a commanding view of Jaipur and to see a not-to-be- missed attraction in itself, the visitor should travel the seven miles northeast to Amber. Here, overlooking the city from r.top a lull is the fortress-pal- ace of Amber, Sawai Jai Singh's capital before Jaipur was built. The trip itself is worth the visit. The road to Amber passes numerous tem- ples and cenotaphs where an- cient royal personages are by beauti- ful gardens. Once at Amber's a rose-c o 1 o r e d climbs steeply granite to the road fort- palace compound proper. Here the visitor can sample one of the highlights of his trip: a ride up the steep grade on the back of a swaying elephant. Once up the hill and off the elephant, a tour of the Amber Palace is a must. Built in the .7th century, the Palace is an exquisite specimen of Rajpu architecture and contains many priceless artifacts and examples of the splendor past civilizations. Among the many sights is Jai Mandir, Hall delicately ornamentec with thousands of tiny, inlaic mirrors. While in the Halls, note the ancient air-condition- marble cascade framec by perforated marble screens. Running water from a tank on the roof flowed down the cas- cade, past the breeze which blew through the marble screens, 'and cooled the Palace in summer. Hotel accommodation hi Jai- pur is first-rate, and includes the luxurious Rambagh Palace Hotel, formerly a maharaja's residence. Double occupancy of an air-conditioned room at the Hambagh Palace, all meals included is less than per day. Jaipur hotels are air-con- ditioned. Tennis, swimming and golf are provided or are nearby. Restaurants offer both Indian and western food. More Fim For The Money Travel' Popular ture at the far end of the ave- nue straight ahead is the City Palace. Going closer .you wil see the intricate, minutely carved lace-like marblework which adorns the Palace. In- side the Palace today, a small textile and costume museum is ocated which showi rare trea- sures of Rajasthani and Indian ;eitiles. Among the treasures s a brocade gown 'worn cen- uries ago by Sawai Madho Singh I, studded with hundreds pearls and emeralds. Once inside the City Palace, leander through the numer- ous courtyards and structures Wch comprise the Palace. The huge brass doors on these itructures, rows of marble col- imns and the fine workman- hip in gold and jewels are eminiscent of the princely grandeur which once surround- the Palace. Today various .reas of the Palace house an :rt museum with paint- ags exemplifying the finest'of lughal miniatures painted be- ween 1550 and 1723; a library Lots of wintertime sunshine and action in a balmy land, ours, quality hotels, a relaxing flight with plenty of food and drink: put it all together and got quite a holiday pack- ige. And that's what Fun Seek- rs International Ltd. offers. More and more Canadians ire looking to the "packaged ravel" plans total vacations at set prices offering economy, moderate and deluxe holidays. Fun Seekers, now in its third year of operation, is a leader in this burgeoning business. Fun Seekers' aim is to pro- vide high quality whiter vaca- tions to She Canadian public at an economic price. In short: more fun for the money. 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