Jaipur is the city of kings in Rajasthan in India. The royal culture and traditions of the city are still preserved and observed so that a visit to the city is also a looking back to the grandeur of the majestic past. The city of Jaipur is also the state capital of Rajasthan. Pink City is the special title given to the city honoring the buildings, towers, and every possible construction in the city painted in pink.
Palaces and castles are the major attractions of the city since royalism is its prominent feature. Gardens and museums that accompany the palace complexes are also worth visiting and are a remarkable feature of Jaipur tourism. Jaipur is also known as the first-ever “Planned City” in India with the credits going to the Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. If you wish to visit this royally supreme location in India, here are some of the places we would suggest you visit.
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Even though this fort attracts tourists extensively to the location, the fort stands on the outskirts of the city. People visit the fort to enjoy spectacular views of Jaipur city and its colors. This fort is also famous for its wall of the extension. This extending wall connects the neighboring Jaigarh fort with it. The stonework is one of the signature features of the fort and something that attracts even international aestheticians to the location.
The carvings found on the fort are also exemplary and prove the craftsmanship of the people behind the design and architecture of the fort. Apart from the visual elegance and class, the fort had also significant political power in being a strong defense of the city of Jaipur. 1734 is marked as the year of construction of the fort. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II was the royal power who ordered the construction of such a visual marvel.
Amber Fort and Palace
This is one of the most splendid palaces found in the whole Indian subcontinent. The geographical positioning of palace is on the top of a hill. This itself gives the construction a royal throne effect, enhancing every other feature of attraction of the palace. You will be left clueless about the passages of the palace if you are visiting the place for the first time in your life since they are constructed in such a puzzling manner.
This intricacy in architecture is often praised by the historians who studied the palace. This special method of construction might also have had some political or security strategies during those early days. Another element in the palace that gives that visual charisma is none other than the staircases that wind like a serpent. This fort and palace thus continue to be the inspiration for contemporary constructions and architectural conceptions.
Another breathtaking palace complex in the city of Jaipur. 1745 is the year of the construction of the palace. Rajasthan cultural heritage and traditions get embodied in the palace in the most magnificent manner. Indo-Saracenic architecture is the other distinctive feature of the palace. The palace and the complex are spread over a vast area of 18 acres. The Mughal-style gardens maintained in the surroundings are also something to feast the visitors’ eyes and souls during their visit.
Unlike the other palace constructions mentioned above, the Jai Mahal is not just an order of any Maharaja. This palace was gifted by Man Singh II to Jagat, who was the youngest of his sons in the year 1956. The former name of the Jai Mahal palace was Natani ka Bagh. It was later in the year 1981, Jagat sought the help of Prithviraj, his stepbrother to renovate his father’s gift and make it Jai Mahal.
“Palace of the Winds” is the special title attributed to this yet another palace construction in Jaipur city. The palace has got a significant role in the tourism sector of the state. The palace stands high and proud with its five stories. The location of palace is in the heart of the city making it easy to access on your Jaipur vacation. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh was the royal owner of this exotic palace.
He was a member of the Kachhwaha Rajput Dynasty. 1799 is the year of the completion of the palace. Lal Chand Ustad is the architectural master brain behind the construction. Pink and red sandstone used for the construction of the palace gives it the vibrance to stand high in the “Pink City”. The inspiration for this brilliant construction is the crown of the Hindu Lord, Sree Krishna.
Artistic excellence is built of stones. This construction is distinctive of the other palace buildings and forts in the city of Jaipur. The mathematical expertise integrated into the construction of the building is quite extraordinary and for the same reason, analysts, historians, and architects are still praising the minds behind the construction. The astronomical observatory inside the building is popular and a lot of astrologists and scientists from across the world have been visiting the building around the year.
The building is also home to the “world’s largest sundial” and thus it becomes something inevitable in your Jaipur vacation. These specialties have helped it gain the title of UNESCO’s “world’s largest heritage site”. The royal power behind the construction of the observatory is Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. His interest in the science subjects like Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy finds expression in this construction in an undeniable manner.
Albert Hall Museum
This museum is located in the Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur. Government Central Museum is the other name of it. Apart from the museum and the garden, you can also take a visit to the zoo set inside the same complex. This is the oldest museum in the state of Rajasthan. It has withstood all the challenges and adversities for the past 131 years. A distinctive collection of the artifacts of the rich and royal Rajasthan culture and tradition is the main attraction of the museum.
The miniature paintings that are peculiar to the Rajasthan tradition can be found in the museum. The attires of the royal members of Rajasthan are also exhibited inside the museum building. Apart from all these the sculptures and the pieces of art made of wood also captivates our attention with their charm. Most of the cultural events and programs of the state are now being conducted in a hall inside the museum.
Elefantastic Elephant Farm
This is the other side of Jaipur. Being a royal city and the city of palaces and forts, Jaipur should not be misunderstood as something exclusive for the same. The wildlife and the exotic biodiversity found in the dry weather of Rajasthan are also something that is worth experiencing. The Elefantastic elephant farm is one such center in Jaipur to preserve the elephant population in the state.
This elephant sanctuary is a must-visit place in the city if you would like to get educated and enlightened about the species and also witness their interesting daily life and routines. The conception of such a sanctuary for the “world’s largest mammal” was born in the mind of Rahul Choudhary. He was an elephant rider by profession. The sanctuary has also got a wider vision of extending rehabilitation facilities for elephants, elephant riders, and their families who occupy the lowest strata of society in terms of finances.
The Jaigarh Fort is situated on the rural outskirts of the city of Jaipur. This is also nearby to the forts of Nahargarh and Amber. The extending wall that connects the Nahargarh Fort with the Jaigarh Fort is one of the major attractions when visiting any of these forts. It was in the 18th century that king Maharaja Jai Singh II decided to build the fort.
The location of this fort is also on the top of a hill called “Cheel ka Teela”. The translated meaning of the name of the hill is “The Hill of the Eagle”. Vidyadhar is the architect behind the brilliance of this construction. The major intention behind the construction of this fort was to exhibit the opulence of the people of Jaipur especially the royal clan of the city.
This is a Hindu pilgrim destination in the city of Jaipur. Lakshmi Narayan Temple is the other name of the temple. Moti Dungari Hill is the exact location of the place. It was in the year 1988, that the temple was built in the city. Birlas are behind the construction of the temple. They got the opportunity to construct a temple in Jaipur when the king of the city gave his land away. When Birlas gained this golden opportunity to construct something as their own in the land of kings, they strictly bought no compromise on the splendidness of the temple.
The entire temple is built of pure white marble speaking out loud about the efforts Birlas took in that regard. The subtle integration of ancient Hindu architecture and contemporary architectural stylizations successfully bought something exemplary and awesome to the royal city of Jaipur. The carvings and art found in every nook and corner of the temple are also quite impressive and worth enjoying. The teachings from the holy texts and Upanishads have also found their space in the temple.
City Palace is not just a single palace it is a complex of palaces like the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. The palace is found in the northeastern region of the city of Jaipur. The vast courtyards and grand buildings are the trademarks of this palace complex. The palace is also quite old with its construction years getting marked between 1729 and 1732.
So that this complex holds the rich culture and tradition of Jaipur city for a very long period. Sawai Jai Singh II is the Maharaja who planned the construction of this palace. But he is only credited to the exterior layers of the palace complex. Every other addition you see in the complex is contributed by the kings who came after him.
Galtaji or Galta Monkey Temple
This temple is situated in the interiors of the city of Jaipur. It was a popular Hindu pilgrim destination during prehistoric times. The proximity of the temple to the mighty Aravalli Hills adds to the glory and charm of the temple. The multiple shrines found in the temple complex are unique and delightful to visit.
There are also several holy kunds found in the location and they are tied to the beliefs and customs of the devotees of the temple. A lot of pavilions and springs can also be seen in the location of the temple having due significance in the cultural supremacy of the place. Round the year tourists visit the temple and enjoy the beautiful hilly location of the complex. Pink-colored sandstones used for the construction of the temple make it a typical Jaipur construction.
Wall City Night Tour
This night tour is something you should not miss out on visiting Jaipur. It would give you an unforgettable experience on your Jaipur vacation. This is a tour of the historical legends of the city of Jaipur. It will also take you to the major centers for shopping in the city. Try avoiding motor vehicles in this experience. It is better to take a bicycle for rent or hire a cycle rickshaw to enjoy the views and experiences of the tour in its authentic way.
The wall that lines the old city of Jaipur is where the tour got its name. The interval or entrance gates to the city are Ajmeri, Chandpol, and Sanganeri. Panch Batti would be the starting point of the night tour. This is an intersection that can be reached at a distance of 4km from the city center of Jaipur. Don’t miss the view of the statue of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh from the location.
Amar Jawan Jyoti
A remarkable memorial attracting tourists to the city of Jaipur. Vidhyut Nagar is the exact location of the memorial. The construction commemorates the brave soldiers and martyrs who lost their lives or got injured in the wars. The architecture of the memorial has got major resemblances with India Gate and this has also become a reason why tourists flock to the location to visit the same. The soldiers and the martyrs are treated and regarded as immortal in the memorial.
The memorial is also symbolized as the flame of those immortal soldiers. When the “Liberation of Bangladesh” happened, it also caused several protests to take place. It was one such agitation that happened in the year 1971 resulting in the establishment of Amar Jawan Jyoti. The inauguration of the memorial was done by the then Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi.
Man Sagar Lake
No matter how beautiful the city of Jaipur and the state of Rajasthan, its dry weather and the consequential water scarcity have always been a curse. In order to defend the lives of the people from such a worse condition, the royal clan of the city decided to create an artificial lake known as the Man Sagar Lake.
This is one of the major water sources in the city as well as one of the popular tourist destinations. The lake is beautifully encircled by the hills of Nahargarh. Maharaja Man Singh II is the one behind the lake who thought of a perennial water source for irrigation and agriculture in the city.
Best time to visit Jaipur: October to March
How to reach Jaipur?
Nearest airport: Sanganer Airport
Nearest railway station: Jaipur (JP)
Rajasthan is an undeniable royal charm of India with lots of palaces, forts, and temple complexes accentuating its grandeur and majestic might. The mind-filling natural side of Jaipur is also something you should not miss out on in the search for the royal stuff. Historians, aestheticians, and casual tourists can enjoy touring this uniquely glowing location in India.
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