India’s desert capital of Jaipur, warmly referred to as the Pink City because of the pink walls and buildings of the old city, appeals visitors with its stunning fragments of a bygone era. The most popular Jaipur attractions and places to visit are the ancient palaces and forts, with rich architecture that serves as a dazzling reminder of their majestic heritage.
Nahargarh Fort:(Tourism in Jaipur)
The fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734 CE and was mended by Sawai Ram Singh in 1868. Along with Jaigarh Fort and Amer Fort, it once formed a strong shield for Jaipur. It was build on the edge of the Aravali Hills from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. As per assumptions, this castle was originally named as Sudarshangarh Fort, later it was renamed as Nahargarh meaning ‘abode of tigers’. According to local legend the construction of the palace was stalled by the spirit of a prince Nahar Singh Bhomia who claimed that the fort should be named after him.
Another charm within the castle is Madhavendra Bhawan which was built by Sawai Madho Singh for the royal family members. Just above the entrance you’ll come across Durg Cafeteria where you can have meals and refreshments. Padao Restaurant is another place to retreat which sells beverages at sunset.
Jantar Mantar:(Tourism in Jaipur)
If you love space science then Jantar Mantar is the perfect place for you as it houses various astronomical instruments. It is considered as one of the largest observatories et built. Reflecting an ideal blending of science, religion and art, the Jantar Mantar is the name given to a series of five splendid structures built in Jaipur, Ujjain, New Delhi, Mathura and Varanasi. These structures were built by Maharaja Jai Singh II between 1728-1734 CE.
The name Jantar Mantar is derivative from the Sanskrit words “Yantra” meaning instruments and “Mantra” meaning formula. Later ‘Yantra’ was replaced with ‘Jantar’ meaning ‘magical’. Among the five observatories, the one located at Jaipur is the largest and boasts of having the world’s largest sundial “Samrat Yantra”. It was further to World Heritage Sites of India in 2009. Located near to City Palace, Tripolia Bazaar, Jantar Mantar is a must visit sight of the Pink City.
Hawa Mahal:(Tourism in Jaipur)
Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds is one of the most prominent tourist attraction of Jaipur and is located at Johari Bazaar Road, Badi Choupad. The beautiful five storey palace was constructed in 1799 CE by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of Kachhwaha Rajput empire. It was made especially for the ladies of the royal domestic for the purpose of watching everyday happenings while staying veiled behind the jharokhas or windows.
The palace was built using red and pink sandstone and as per speculations, it was constructed in the form of the crown of Hindu God, Lord Krishna. The Hawa Mahal is reflected as a great example of Rajputana architecture. The pyramid shape and 953 jharokhas are the main highlights of Hawa Mahal. If you want to have an excellent view of the city then just go at the top of the Mahal and enjoy the breathtaking view.
Govind Dev Ji Temple:(Tourism in Jaipur)
The temple of Govind Devji ( an incarnation of Lord Krishna) is broadly known as one of the most admired and extraordinary tourist attraction of India. It is situated in the City Palace complex. The popular belief about the image in the temple is that it looks similar to Lord Krishna’s look during his incarnation on earth. Formerly the idol was placed in the temple of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. Later it was brought to Jaipur by Raja Sawai Jai Singh, an eager devotee of Lord Krishna and the temple was built in 1735 CE.
‘Aarties’ are performed daily at seven different times and ‘Bhogs’( mostly of sweets) are spread in silver ware. On the exterior front, the temple is enclosed with fabulous gardens while stunning chandeliers and Indian paintings gild the interior.
Laxmi Narayan Temple:(Tourism in Jaipur)
The Laxmi Narayan Temple is commonly known as the Birla Temple and is positioned beneath the Moti Dungri Fort. As the name advises, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.It is believed that it was built on the land given by the Maharaja to the Birla family for a symbolic amount of just one rupee. The famous industrialists; the Birlas built this modern white marble temple in 1988. Luscious green gardens adds to the grandeur of the temple.
You must visit this temple during ‘Janmashtami’, the birth ceremony of Lord Krishna as the festival is great on a grand scale. There is a magnificent museum which displays the ancestral possessions of the Birla family. For shopaholics there is a shopping complex where numerous items are available. It is located at Tilak Nagar.
The Statue Circle:(Tourism in Jaipur)
The Statue Circle is located at Jai Singh Circle , Ashok Nagar near to Central Park. This ancient landmark was finished in honour of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh , the founder of Jaipur. Its name is qualified to the magnificent full-length statue of the King which is made of white marble. The statue exhibits Maharaja holding an astrological picture showing his penchant for astrology. It was mounted in the centre of a elegantly developed circle in C-Scheme area.
Sparkling lightings and multi-colored fountains give the memorial a stunning look in the evening. It is a popular hangout place among locals as well as tourists.It is a favourite place for morning jog and evening walk among local crowd. You can enjoy local elegances and some spicy snacks from the roadside vendors.
City Palace:(Tourism in Jaipur)
The monument is located in the heart of the Pink City, Jaipur. It was built by the organizer of the city Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II around 1729-1732 CE. The King ruled in Amer and built and planned the outer walls of the palace. Later rulers also added to the architecture of this palace. As per speculations, these additions have taken place up to the 20th century. The palace is located towards the northeast side of central Jaipur and has many buildings and courtyards. There’s another castle at the entrance of the City Palace known as Mubarak Mahal that means the fort of reception or welcome. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh in the 19th century and was used as a reception centre for the visiting personage. As of now, it has been named as the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum that shows royal antiques and exquisite collection of regal costumes.
Its architecture portrays a beautiful amalgamation of Rajput, Mughal and European styles. Some of the famous gates used as entrance to the palace are the Udai Pol, Virendra Pol and Tripolia Gate, all of them decorated opulently. If you are a history lover and have keen interest in architectural designs and patterns then City Palace is the perfect place for you.
Amer Fort:(Tourism in Jaipur)
One of the most eminent forts of Rajasthan, the Amber Fort is located in Amber which is 11km from Jaipur. It was built in 1592 CE by Raja Man Singh and was late expanded and renovated by Raja Jai Singh I. The fort has been fashioned using marble and red sandstone. In spite of the fact that the outer view of the fort may give you quite an old look, you’ll find it beautifully decorated inside. The Maotha Lake situated there itself adds to the opulence of the fort.
You’ll see influences of Hindu and Muslim architecture at Amer Fort. The fort has four diverse parts having separate entrances out of which Suraj Pol or Sun Gate is the main entrance to the palace. The Kali Temple which is also called as Shila Devi Temple is located right at the entrance to the main palace estates. Other prominent buildings like Diwan-i-Aam (Public Audience Hall), Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Mahal await you inside the fort. The Magic Flower Fresco is an interesting attraction to watch out. Visitors can enjoy elephant rides available here so as to have a one of a thoughtful familiarity.
Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum (Tourism in Jaipur)
The museum customs a major part of City Palace and is located inside Mubarak Mahal. It platforms brilliant collection of Royal artifacts and other handicrafts. While roaming inside the museum you’ll come across various remarkable items reflecting Rajput culture. You can take a look at garments worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I (ruled from 1750-1768), royal costumes, Benaras silk saris, Pashmina(kashmiri) shawls and folk embroidery.
Among the display items, the most distinguished ones are the clothes worn by Sawai Madho Singh I. According to a myth, he weighed around 250 Kg. Guides here will entertain you by telling stories about how much he ate for breakfast and his 108 wives.
GETTING THERE – Jaipur
Jaipur By Air
Air travel to Jaipur is the most convenient way to reach the city. The Jaipur airport is located at Sanganer, which is 12 kilometres from the heart of the city. It has both international and domestic terminal and is well connected to most of the cities across the globe with a number of airlines operating on a regular basis. Popular carriers like Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Air India, IndiGo, Oman Air have daily flights to Jaipur. Now, flights to international cities like Kuala Lumpur, Sharjah and Dubai are also connected from this airport.
Jaipur By Train
You can travel to Jaipur by trains such as Shatabdi Express which is air-conditioned, very comfortable and connects Jaipur to many important Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jammu, Jaisalmer, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Haridwar, Bhopal, Lucknow, Patna, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Goa.
Some of the popular trains are Ajmer Shatabdi, Pune Jaipur Express, Jaipur Express and Adi SJ Rajdhani. Also, with the advent of the Palace on Wheels, a luxury train, you can now enjoy the royalty of Jaipur even when you are on the move. Operating to, in and around Jaipur, this luxurious ride for a train leaves you in awe.
Jaipur By Road
Jaipur, the pink city is linked with the all the major cities of India through the network of National Highways 8, 11 and 12 to name a few. There’s also a very good bus service between Jaipur and Delhi provided by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) with the buses at about every half an hour to and from both sides. There are non-AC and AC Volvo buses in which the fare of the AC bus is more. From Jaipur you can board the bus from Narayan Singh Circle or the main Sindhi Camp bus stand whereas in Delhi you can take the bus from Bikaner House on Pandara Road which is next to India Gate. Also, there are some private buses which are available from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi. There are some express buses which connect various cities and towns of Rajasthan such as Bundi, Kota, etc. to Jaipur. This city is also connected to Mumbai via Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Udaipur and Vadodara and is also well linked to Agra via bus.
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