Jaipur, also known as ‘Pink City of India’, is the capital city of Indian state, Rajasthan. Known for its historic monuments and palaces, it is one of the most favorite destination of India and attracts tourists from all over the world. Here are some of the “must visit” places of historical importance including some Forts & Palaces, which you can’t afford to miss on your trip to Pink City:
Also known as ‘Palace of the Winds’ is a five storey palace, built of pink and red sandstone. It was built in such a way that the women of the royal family could see the streets festival and processions of the city. It was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The structure of entire palace is built in way that it represents crown of Lord Krishna. It glows when in the morning early rays of sunlight hit the monument. You cannot miss it as it is right on the main road. You can stop here for a photo break and it would take you about 15-20 minutes to capture some nice shots.
Jantar Mantar Observatory
Jantar Mantar Observatory
This astronomical observatory was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II and is located in the old city. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The word Jantar, derived from Sanskrit word ‘Yantra’ means instrument and ‘Mantra’ means calculate. There are total nineteen architectural astronomical instruments at Jantar Mantar. Samrat Yantra is the largest instrument in this observatory and was used to forecast time and is also largest sundial in the world. All the instruments are made from stone and marble and carry an astronomical scale. Located right next to the City Palace, its entrance is included in the City Palace ticket.
Amber Fort (Amer Fort)
Amber Fort or Amer fort is situated around 11 kilometers from Jaipur. Located high on a hill, it’s a fortified and romantic palace with innumerable courtyards, audience halls, gardens and temple. Amazing precious stone work and intricate carvings and mirror work of this red sandstone fort leaves you mesmerized. Entry fee for foreigners is INR 500 while students do get some discount and it is open from 8am till 5.30pm on all days. You can also enjoy an elephant ride which will cost you around INR 900 for 2 persons. In the evening you can enjoy the light and sound show which brings alive the fort’s history. Scenic beauty of the Maota Lake and panoramic views of sunrise and sunset contribute to the eternal beauty of this palace.
It is a fusion of traditional Mughal, Rajput and European architecture and its beauty will leave you stunned. Located in the heart of the old city, this palace was built by Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. The most impressive part of City Palace Jaipur are the four small gates in the third courtyard that represents four seasons of the year. The flag at the top of Chandra Mahal belongs to the royal family and is only unfurled when the Maharaja is in the palace. Entry fee for foreigners is INR 400 and the timings are 9.30am to 5.00pm.
Jaigarh fort is also called as the “Victory Fort of Rajasthan”. This fort was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II, to protect the Amer fort. It attracts and holds great appeal for military lovers. It is connected to Amer fort through a tunnel which was used by royal family members and other important people. You can also see several weapons as also a collection of weapons in the fort’s museum. It also has world’s largest cannon on wheels, Jaivana, manufactured in 1720. It was never used in any battle but was fired once and it covered a distance of about 35 kms. The barrel has carved decorations depicting trees, an elephant scroll and a pair of ducks. A must see!
This attractive Mahal is a five storey building, standing tall in the middle of the Mansarovar Lake, of which four storeys remain underwater when the lake is filled. Traditional wooden boats are used to reach the palace. The light colored sandstone walls are at a stark contrast to the blue water of the lake. On one side of the palace, one can have views of Aravalli hills with dotted temples and forts & palaces while on the other the Jaipur city. The clean and clear water and the scenic Aravalli mountain range dotting this palace, adds to its beauty.
Some more places of interest are Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall, Dolls Museum, Statue circle & Museum of Indology.
Enjoy the historical heritage of Jaipur !!