Places of interest are the Jaipur Museum, Albert Museum, Birla Mandir Planetarium, Sisodia Rani Park, Lakshmi Narain Temple, Kanak Vrindavan, The Rajmahal Palace; Rambagh Palace (now a Luxury hotel) and other parks. No matter what you choose to do, your time in Jaipur will be remembered for a long time to come.
City Palace & Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum
This palace is also famous as Chandra Mahal; the palace is encircled with fence. It was built between 1729 and 1732 by Sawai Jai Singh in the heart of the old city area. The complex is surrounded by a high wall and is divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and other buildings. It is a splendid fusion of Rajputs and Mughal styles of architecture. The magnificent Chandra Mahal occupies the centre stage and is still the residence of erstwhile ruling family. The outer courtyards have architectural like Mubarak Mahal, Sarvatobhadra, Diwan Khana and Pritam Niwas. These have been converted into a museum known as the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.
Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds was built in 1799, by the poet king Sawai Pratap Singh for the royal ladies to enjoy the procession and day to day activities from the cool confinement of this majestic facade. The five storeyed semi-octagonal structures have 953 inches and 152 windows, with overhanging latticed balconies, curvilinear roofs, domes and spires. The building was made to facilitate the ladies of Raj Mahal to enjoy cool wind and also have a look on people’s movements in the ‘Beodhi Bazar’ but could not be seen by the outsiders.
Overlooking Jaipur, the Jaigarh fort is the most magnificent hilltop fort of the city. Known as the fort of victory, it is one of the few military structures of medieval India. It was one of the most important sentinels of the city in the past. The biggest cannon can by seen here.
Jaigarh Fort is located on the top of the hill, by the name of Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles). Jaigarh Fort is considered as one of the spectacular forts in India. This Fort is on top of the hill.
The highlight of this Fort is the massive cannon by the name of Jaivan, which was made in the same production house. Jaivan, the cannon, is believed to be the largest cannon in the World and the main attraction of the Jaigarh Fort.
The museum has a remarkable collection of coins, puppets, photographs of the royal kings, buildings, processions and even a circular pack of cards besides many other remnants of the past. Jaigarh Fort is a perfect destination for a traveler, interested in the majestic past of India.
Nahargah Fort, Jaipur
Nahargarh Fort, it was a sentinel of 600 ft height and situated on the hill top. It is a four storeyed fort with 2 floors below the earth. It is not a very attractive place to be visited by the tourists.
The view of Sunset is quite nice from here. From Amber fort, take rickshaw or jeep to go to the Nahargarh fort, which is one and half km up on the hill top. It was built for the Royal members for staying. In the style of decoration there is some elegant novelty. Time has ruined it but in 1868 Ram Singh renovated a fraction which can be seen.
One of the major attractions of the Nahargarh Fort is the view it offers of the Man Sagar Lake and the surrounding area. If you are visiting Jaipur, then do take out the time to visit Nahargarh Fort, which stands as a symbol of the royal past and reminds the visitors of the glory of the former age that belonged to kings and Maharajas.
Another great attraction of Jaipur, which should be seen and enjoyed, is Amir or Amber or Kachawa 11 km to the N-East from Jaipur on Jaipur-Delhi road. Near the Aravalli hills and Maota Lake, on the scenic hilly slopes are the palace and fort.
The Kachawa Rajputs shifted their capital from here to Jaipur. Delhi Emperor Akbar was married to this dynasty’s princess, sister of Man Singh, Jodhabai. In the past, the name of this kingdom was Dhundar state.
The most spectacular Rajputs architectural skills are appreciated in the one and only most magnificent castle, the Amber Palace. In 1952, Man Singh started this castle and for more than hundred years the construction work continued. During the time of Sawai Jai Singh, it was completed.
The splendorous glory still exists unblemished in Amber. There is Mughal architectural influence in the wall’s mosaic and glass patterns. There are 5 gates; one has to cross them to arrive at Man Singh’s palace. Entering through the Singh Pole to the south is the Jaleb Chowk, crossing this after climbing some steps stairs go up to second floor.
Lakshmi Narayan Birla Temple
Birla Temple is another great architectural wonder in Jaipur. It is on the S – Eastern side of the city, on the sloppy hillside of Moti Doongri hill. It was built in 1985 with 20 crores of rupees. The ornamentation and the sculptural work are simply superb. The enshrined deity is Lakshmi-Narayana.
Birla Planetarium is another great spectacular monument. The most beautiful cinema hall is also located in Jaipur. The newest attraction of the city is the statue circle. The statue of founder Sawai Jai Singh has been erected in marble. The Birla temple attracts tourists and devotees throughout the year. The Lakshmi Narayan Birla temple is very crowded especially during the Hindu festivals.
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
The astronomer Sawai Jai Singh’s noteworthy creation is the 5 Jantar Mantar made all over India. The biggest planetarium in the world is the portico of the City Palace. It was built in 1728-34 AD. The other four are – Delhi, Varanasi, Ujjaini and Mathura.
In this age of science, although the attraction has waned a little, but, it was renovated and even now gives the actual timing; the place, location of the sun, the degrees of latitudes and longitudes, the North Star, the movements of the stars and planets and satellites, the correct timings of eclipses can be known from this planetarium’s 18 stone geometrical machines. Likewise in the shadow of the stone is reflected the semi circle arch. The enthusiastic tourists should take guides with them.
Major Yantra or instruments that you can watch moving clockwise are: Small 'Samrat', 'Dhruva', 'Narivalya', The Observer's Seat, Small 'Kranti', 'Raj', 'Unnathamsa', 'Disha', 'Dakshina', Large 'Samrat', 'Rashivalayas', 'Jai Prakash', Small 'Ram', Large 'Ram Yantra', 'Diganta', Large 'Kranti'.
The Samode palace was built by the Jaipur Maharaja Jai Singh II’s finance minister. It is adorned with Shekhawati style paintings, and its 300 years old Durbar hall (Sheesh Mahal) and paintings of Dewan-i-khas are splendid. The walls, the ceiling are decorated with pictures. The lattice work is magnificent. Encircled hills have made a well guarded wall. After climbing 300 steps on the top of the palace is the fort. The fort is built in Mughal style is the well laid garden Samode Bagh.
Samode Fort is another must-visit attraction of this historic village. The fort is located above the Palace atop a hill. It reflects royalty, luxury and elegance in plenty. However, over the years the fort has deteriorated a bit. It also offers spectacular view of the surroundings.
Adventure freaks may explore the countryside by camel safari. You will surely feel good to see colorful culture, villages and smiling people of Samode. Adorn your evenings with lively dance and music performances by the local artists at Samode.
Chokhi Dhani-The Ethnic Village Resort
Chokhi Dhani, another attraction of this city, was built 19 km away from the Ajmeri Gate. Here a pleasurable tourist complex was built with the depiction of ethnic Rajasthani culture, folk art, food etc to make people aware of the rich Rajasthani culture. Showcasing the cultural heritage and rich social outlook there is a museum here. Horses and camels ply with tourists. In the lake water there is arrangement of boating also. In the puppet dance one can see and be aware of the rich Rajasthani culture depicted through the puppets quite skillfully. Many stalls are also selling quite a number of Rajasthani handicrafts and other art crafts in the Chokhi Dhani.
The traditional photo studio inside the Chokhi Dhani Village gives you an opportunity to get photographed in a traditional style. There is also a national art and craft market and museum in this village.
Galta Temple, Jaipur
Galta – Sage Galabh had meditated in Galta; it is so believed by people. Nearby is a hill and a temple is two and half km up in the hill. 250 yrs old ancient temple is located near a spring. The enshrined deity is the Sun God and the city looks enchantingly beautiful from hill top. On the way, you may be harassed by monkeys. They snatch goods, articles, even camera to demand food in return. The temples themselves are colorfully painted, with scenes from religious festivals lending to the ambience.
The natural water spring in the temple complex is one of the main attractions of the temple. To take a holy dip in the spring is considered auspicious, especially on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.
It signifies the message of Sun God to human beings that we must carve out darkness from our lives and move towards light. There is a Sun temple inside the complex where devotes worship Sun God during the festival.
Govind Dev Ji Temple
The beautifully carved sculpture of Govindji Mandir temple is nice; it is to the north of Chandra Mahal and in the garden of Jai Niwas Bag. To save the statue of Govindji from Aurangzeb, Sawai Jai Singh brought this statue from Vrindavan. He founded the God here in the 18th century. The ceiling of the temple is covered with elegant gold work. A Bengali priest performs the puja here. The statue of the enshrined deity Govindji is made of touchstone with splendid unique sculptural skill. In the morning 10.00, 11-30, 18-00 this temple remains open for visitors. The viewing time is 15 minutes. In one of the wings of the castle the Maharaja’s successors still reside.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh and Vidyadhar-ka-Bagh
These two gardens in the gorge towards the east are designed in Mughal style with beautiful chatris (canopies), terraced gardens and fountains. Vidyadhar-Ka-Bagh Located near the Sisodia Gardens is a beautiful vineyard, which unfolds itself into the valley. Named after Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, this beautiful garden was built in honour of Jai Singh's chief architect and town planner.
Birla Planetarium and Science Centre
this attractive building houses a state-of-the-art centre of knowledge on the cosmos and a unique science and technology museum with several self-operated models. If you are travelling with kids, visiting here is a must do activity.
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