Top Places to visit in Jaipur
Jaipur is a vibrant town in the state of Rajasthan, known for its glamour, heritage and the monuments that help you peek into the historic past of India. From gigantic forts to miraculous palaces, delectable street food to incredible markets, Jaipur is a complete vacation package that you can enjoy with family, colleagues, spouse or even with your gang of BFFs. Spending a few days in the Pink City gives you a clear picture of how amazing a life did the royals of the Rajasthan lived. When you are in Jaipur, not only you can admire the awe-inspiring architecture of the city, but you can also enjoy living in one of those monuments which have now been converted into hotels. If you are soon visiting the Pink City to experience its glamour, here is a complete list of places to visit in Jaipur:
City Palace is the major charm of Jaipur city. Located at the heart of the city, the Palace was built by Sawai Jai Singh II during the year 1729 and 1732 AD. There is a provision of tickets to enter the Palace which is Rs. 100 for Indians and Rs. 500 for foreigner tourists. The Palace compound has a full-fledged museum where you can see the costumes worn by the royal, sports equipment used by them and several guns and other battle weapons. The architecture of the Palace is incredible and shows the workmanship of the royal artisans. The Palace is also open as a wedding and special event venue.
Also known as Amer Fort, this fort is located at the border of Jaipur city, formerly known as Amer. Constructed in the year 1592, the fort was originally built by Raja Mansingh and was expanded by Raja Jai Singh I. The entire structure is made of red sandstone and marble, the architecture here is mesmerizing. It has a mixed Hindu-Muslim architecture and is located at a great height from the city. You can enjoy an elephant ride and also visit the Sila Devi Mandir in the complex.
Nahargarh Fort is located on the Aravali range and is a defensive fort. The look of the city below from this fort is simply mesmerizing as you look at the glittering lights of the evening in Jaipur. The Fort has twelve queen boudoirs which were made for the 12 queens of the king. Nahargarh Fort is a celebrated picnic spot for the locals and tourists alike. The Jaipur Wax Museum is one of the best attractions here.
Renowned by the name of Fort of Victory, Jaigarh Fort is the home of the Jaivana, the world’s largest canon. The fort was the place to preserve the artillery and other battle weapon and was used for training the soldiers. The fort took part in several wars and was used to show the power of the Rajputs to the enemies. The walls of the fort are gigantic and offer a great view of the entire surroundings which was used as a measure to keep an eye on the movement of the enemies.
The name of the palace, Hawa Mahal comes from the fact that it has over 953 windows. The Palace of the Winds has great ventilation and even greater architecture. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. There are no stairs in this multi-storey building to connect one floor with another. Instead, there are slops that interconnect the storeys. It is believed that the motive of making the fort was to facilitate the Royal women in keeping an eye on what is happening around in the city. There is an archaeological museum inside the palace which has some great and rare artifacts.
One of the places to visit in Jaipur, Jal Mahal is located at the center of the Mansagar Lake. It was constructed in the 18th century by Maharaja Jaisingh II and was cherished as a summer retreat. The palace is a benevolent example of the architectural richness of the past. It has a Chameli Garden which keeps the entire palace fragrant and refreshes the visitors. Grey Heron, blue-tailed bee-eaters and white-browed wagtails are some of the key migratory birds that make this palace even more beautiful.
Jantar Mantar Observatory:
Known for its astronomical and architectural importance, The Jantar Mantar Observatory is located near the Amber fort. The observatory is ranked as one of the largest observatories in the world and also has the largest sundial in the world. It was made by Maharaja Jai Singh who happens to have a great interest in architecture, astronomy, philosophy, etc. astronomers and intellects from all across the world come to visit this incredible observatory and gain wisdom.
There are several Birla temples located across India and the Jaipur Birla Temple is one of the most aesthetically rich ones. It is made of white marble and attracts tourists to view its exterior as well as interior beauty. It is devoted to Laxmi- Narayan, two deities of the Hindus. There are several carvings on the wall that depicts the god & goddess in various postures. Also, the outer walls of the temple have philosophers and thinkers like Socrates, Christ, Buddha, Confucius, and Zarathustra.
Albert Hall Museum:
A fine example of Indo-Saracenic architectural style, the Albert Museum Hall is located at the border of the Old City of Jaipur. It was built Prince of Wales, Albert Edward in the year 1887. There are several artifacts, paintings, portraits, and many famous valuables of the Indian past in the museum.
These are some of the best places to visit in Jaipur that you must not miss to mention on your to-visit list. Besides these, there is a biological park in Jaipur, Galtaji, various shopping complexes, and markets that offer great joy and experience of exploring the royal city. If you are planning a trip soon, do not miss to visit these places and also buy some blue pottery artifact for your home.