Jaipur also known as Pink City, for of its specifically colored buildings. Jaipur is a first planned city in the primeval India. It is a city with foremost tourist fascination amid Indian and international travelers. Jaipur is famous for its Forts, Palaces, temples, museum and bazars. The city is rich in its culture and ancient royal heritage and stands out in its socially rich legacy. The attractions in Jaipur are not limited but few of them are listed below.
up of pink sandstone and white marble. Chief fascination in Amer Fort is Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khaas, Ganesh Pol, sheesh Mahal, Jai Mandir, Sila Devi Temple, Bhool Bhuliya, and others. Other attraction is elephant safari, gives you a royal feeling.
Hawa Mahal was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. It has 953 windows on the outside and the walls are made of pink and red sandstone, is also a very vital monument of the city. The structure is based on the Hindu-Islamic architecture. This Mahal situated at Badi Chaupad, was built to let on the Royal Women enjoy the festivities, Royal Processions and events on the streets without been seen by the public. This is also a place from where you can find the best view of the city of Jaipur. The best time to visit Hawa Mahal is in the morning as it is illuminated with golden lights with the first ray of sun.
City Palace was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II. This palace is situated in the midst of the old city wall of Jaipur, reflects the blend of Rajput-Mughal architecture. The place includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal, where Chandra Mahal is already converted into a museum. The Palace has buildings, temples, and series of gardens, courtyards and museum to provide the Palace with the historical significance and alluring royal grace. It is also now served as a residence for former Maharaja of Jaipur. The transportation is easily available, cab or rickshaws are available for sight-seeing. The best time to visit the Palace is between Octobers to March.
Nahargar Fort is a marvelous architectural jewel situated in the Aravalli Mountain range, was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1734. Previously known as Sudarshangarh, was then named Nahargarh meaning “abode of tigers” after the tigers who used to roam around the hill. It is also said that the Fort was named after Prince Nahar Singh Bhomia. The fort has a temple dedicated to Prince Nahar, Madhavendra Bhavan a 12 storey building for the 12 queens Diwan-e-Aam and a biological park located within the fort premises. Activities like cycling, trekking can be done, and there are many groups that organize these activities for fee at Nahargarh Fort.
The term Jantar Mantar means Calculating instrument or an instrument for calculating harmony of the heavens. In Jaipur apart from the other monuments, the astronomical observatory have an international significance. It is considered to be one of the largest and most accurate observatory ever built. In the early eighteen century Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II constructed 5 Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura. Jantar Mantar has numerous architectural and astronomical instruments. The historians, astronomers and architects around the world are fascinated by it. Jantar Mantar Observatory is the best preserved and still in use, has geometric device that measures time, and helps in observing orbits and constellations. It is an assortment of 19 architectural instruments. Samarat Yantra in Jantar Mantar that features the world’s biggest stone sundial is declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Jal Mahal also known as the Water Palace is placed in the middle of Man-Sagar Lake, is one of the most prevalent tourist magnetism in the Pink City. Built using red Sandstone, it is a five storied building. With a picturesque sight of Aravalli Mountains, temples and forts surrounding the palace it is a remarkable sight across the lake. Reaching the palace through wooden boat in Rajput style that are made by the traditional boat makers of Vrindavan charms the people. Many migratory birds can be seen swimming in the lake like the pochards, flamingo, kestrel, coot etc makes it a paradise for the bird watcher. The palace appears to be very beautiful in the evening because of the lightings.
Jaigarh fort also known as Victory Fort. It is situated on the cliff called as Cheel la Teela of the Aravalli Mountains, overseeing Amer Fort. The fort was built by Jai Singh II to protect Amer Fort henceforth naming the place after him. The Fort is similar to Amer Fort features “Jaivana”, manufactured in the fort confines is one of the world’s largest cannon on wheels. The Fort complex consists of Lalit Mandir, Laxmi Mandir, Vilas Mandir and Araam Mandir, also an armory and a museum. Jaigarh Fort and Amer Fort are linked by underground passages and are measured as one. The museum displays artifacts, photographs, war utilities and puppets.
8.Albert Hall Museum
Albert Hall Museum was founded in 1876, when the Prince of Whales, Prince Albert Edward visited Jaipur. With striking Indo-Saracenic architecture the museum is a remainder of India’s Colonial legacy. The museum has cultural legacy, artifacts and antiquity that had been collected from several part of the state and country of the state, is an enchantment for the tourists. The museum also holds an Egyptian mummy bought in 1887, which was gifted by the Brughsch Bey of the Museum of Cairo.
Birla temple popularly known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, is entirely made up of elegant white marble. The temple is devoted to Lord Narayan and goddess Laxmi, the idols here are made up of only one stone. It is known for its tranquil ambiance and is considered as one of the most beautiful temple in India. Birla Mandir is surrounded by lush green garden with colorful flowers, the temple has 3 domes with beautiful and delicate carvings and drawings on it. This land was given to Birla’s by the Maharaja for a just 1 rupee.
Jaipur is not only famous for its Palaces, forts, temples or culture but also for it bazars, it is nirvana for shoppers. The famous bazar located around primarily 2 blocks named Badi Chaiupad and Choti Chaupad are Johari bazar, Tripolia bazar, Chandpole bazar, Kishanpol bazar, Nehru bazar, Sireh Beori bazar, Bapu bazar which specializes in precious gold, silver stone jewelry, lac bangles, products made with camel leather, mojri, Rajasthani Jootis, readymade garments, household goods, wooden furniture, puppets, Jaipur quilts and textiles, marble arts etc. Shopping in Jaipur enhances your shopping experiences immensely.
Govindji Temple is a very renowned and significant destination of Hindus. This is a sacred and spiritual pilgrimage destination for the devotees of Shree Krishna. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1735 bought the idol from Vrindavan to avoid the destruction of the city by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Ceiling of the temple is made of gold, the temple has beautiful chandeliers bought from Europe, paintings depicting Indian art, and is enclosed by many exquisite gardens. The temple is placed between Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal. Aartis are held every day seven different times, with offering of Bhogs and Prasads. The idol is said to have an appearance precisely identical of Lord Shree Krishna during his incarnation.
Galtaji also known as Monkey temple. The site built within a mountain pass in Aravalli Hills, was constructed in 18th century by Diwan Rao Kriparam. The temple comprehends natural fresh water springs and 7 holy kunds also called as water tanks, has beautiful architecture formed with the painted walls carved pillars and roof tops. Amond these Kunds the Galta Kund is the Holiest and it is said to never get dry. The spring of water flows from Gaumukh, a rock in shape of Cow’s head into the tanks. Other holy places inside are the God of Surya. Balaji Temples, Diwan Kriparam, are natural picturesque sites that depict culture. This temple is also famous for monkeys that inhabit in this area.