A city that beckons tourists from all corners of the globe ..the capital of royalty in India... here is a city that takes you back in time.. a city that is home to some of the best architectural structures in India also known for its rich cultural heritage.Join in as we take you through this fairyland known for its palaces, forts & other exquisite monuments! Explore Jaipur, the 'Pink' city with us!
Attraction of Jaipur
Abounding with majestic forts and monuments, exquisite temples and gardens, Jaipur is home to some fascinating monuments, one such attraction being its City Palace that lies in the heart of the old city. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign, it is known for its outstanding art and architecture.A fascinating blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, the palace is also known to house many gardens, courtyards and Mahals within.
Forts and Palaces
Though the City Palace is one of the outstanding monuments here; it is the Hawa Mahal that is the city's landmark. A five- storey building, overlooking the main street of the buzzing old city, this Mahal is a pyramid-shaped facade known for its 953 small windows decorated with tiny lattice work. Commonly known as "Jharokhas", these pink sandstone windows are constructed in such a style, that they resemble a giant honeycomb! This too was the work of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, to enable the women of the royal household to watch the everyday life and processions that the city offered.
Moti Dungri Palace
Another Palace here, though smaller in size, and of a Scottish design is the Moti Dungri, Perched on a hilltop, it was once occupied by Maharaja Madho Singh's son who was confined here. It was also a home to Maharani Gayatri Devi, and is known for its large, modern marble edifice and stained glass windows depicting scenes from Hindu scriptures.
Beautifully combining white marble and red sandstone, the Amber Fort stands perched atop a cliff beside the Jaipur Delhi Highway and is again another spectacular monument. The architecture is a fine blend of the Mughal and Rajput schools of architecture. The Amber Palace is a magnificent structure built within the Amber Fort known for its sprawling gardens, grand chambers, large rooms and more. Other important monuments within the fort include the Kali Temple and the Sukh Niwas Palace.
Also known as the 'Victory Fort', located at a distance of 15kms from Jaipur and considered as one of the spectacular forts in India, the Jaigarh Fort, is perched on top of the hill, overlooking the palaces and city of Amber. One of the highlights of this Fort is its massive cannon, believed to be the largest cannon in the World and the main attraction of the Fort. It has a twenty feet long barrel and pumped in the cannon for a single shot. Jaigarh Fort is also known for its many wide water channels, which were a part of a rainwater harvesting system. While the fort is home to three such underground tanks, the largest of them is said to store 60, 00,000 gallons of water! Do visit its museum too, which is worth seeing.
Moving from the largest cannon to the largest stone observatory in the World! The Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. Initially named Yantra Mantra, which means instruments and formulae, the name was soon changed to Jantar Mantar. Jantar Mantar has a remarkable collection of architectural astronomical instruments; it tells us a lot about our ancestors, who were interested in astronomy and knowledge of celestial bodies. It is known to have fourteen statistical instruments for measuring time, predicting eclipses and to ascertain other astronomical events.
The term "Nahargarh" refers to "the Abode of Tigers". The first of the three forts built by Maharaja Jai Sawai Singh of Jaipur, the Nahargarh Fort was constructed mainly in 1734, and further additions were made to it, by the succeeding rulers. A fort with an interesting legend, it is said that during the construction of the Fort, the site was haunted by the spirit of a prince. When a tantrik was called, the ghost agreed to leave the fort only if the fort was named after him. Apart from its beauty, one can find some amazing views of the Man Sagar Lake from here.
Other must visits while touring this city include Gaitore, a royal cremation site of the majestic rulers of Jaipur. A cenotaph is built in honor of each Maharaja here, commonly known as 'Chhatris' and are engraved with typical Rajasthani carvings.
Another major landmark of the city is Statue Circle, which comprises the statue of King Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. A great ruler, warrior, mathematician, astronomer and architect, Statue Circle is a statue of Raja Jai Singh holding an astrological diagram showing his love for astrology. For a magnificent view of the city, try Isar Lat a seven-storied imposing minaret, locally popular as Swargasuli, for its breathtaking views of the old city through its latticed jallis or openings.
Garden and Temples
Sisodia Rani Garden
Besides its spectacular monuments, Jaipur is also known for its gardens and temples, the Sisodia Rani Garden is one such garden built for Maharaja Jai Singh's second wife, the Sisodia princess, its outer walls decorated with murals depicting hunting scenes and the Krishna Legend. Kanak Vrindavan Another exquisitely landscaped garden is Kanak Vrindavan, known to house a beautifully carved temple in beige stone.
Ram Niwas Bagh:The Ram Niwas Bagh is another extensive park known to house a herbarium, museum, zoo, aviary, and sports complex. The Albert Hall another attraction here is home to an exquisite collection of objects d'art, sculptures, paintings, natural history specimens including an Egyptian mummy!
Of the many artistic temples of Jaipur, some worth mentioning are Moti Dungri, Birla Mandir, Govind Deo Ji and Galta ji. One of the most stunning temples in Jaipur, is the Birla Temple, built in 1988, by Birla Group of Industries. Made of pure white marble, this temple dominates the skyline of southern part of Jaipur and is beautiful during the night.
Govind Dev Ji Temple
Another temple that is a major tourist attraction here is the Govind Dev Ji Temple dedicated to Govind Dev Ji (Other name of Lord Krishna). Situated in the City Palace complex,in the earlier times, the idol of the lord used to reside in the temple of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. According to a legend, Govind Dev Ji appeared in the dream of Raja Sawai Jai Singh and asked him to bring his idol from Vrindavan to Jaipur.
Galta is a pilgrim centre with temples, pavilions and holy kunds (lakes) the natural springs here are said to possess curative properties. Legend has it that Galta was the place where the sage Galava performed penance 15 centuries ago.
Another pilgrim area here is Moti Dungri or 'Hill of Pearls' a small hill located in the city. It is known for its ancient temples. The temple of Moti Doongri is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
Shopping at Jaipur
Jaipur is not only a paradise of monuments but also a shoppers dream come true! While Jaipur is almost synonymous with jewelery, other items one can look out for include handicrafts, traditional tie and dye fabrics, enamel or minakari work, leather items, local perfumes and more!
How to reach
A delightful destination in every way, this breathtaking city is well connected by roads, and has its own airport and railway junction. Want to truly experience the city's royalty? Try the Palace on Wheels for a magical journey!
A truly magical city, try Jaipur for an experience of a life time!