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Jaipur Travel Guide

Explore Jaipur

Jaipur is a great place for to explore, in the city and around the city you can find many beautiful places, magnificent buildings and amazing architecture showed in its colossal forts, royal palaces, temples, gardens, museums and much more. Some of them are describing below.

City Palace

Inside the walled city, in the center is located a beautiful buildings complex, the palace was built in the 19 century by Sawai Jai Singh, is the finest fusion of the Rajputana and Mughal architecture, art and craft in the symmetrical structure, and cover the one seventh part of the city; the complex of the building give an idea of the foresight of the founder, he built many palaces and gardens, but other Maharajas built other constructions too, the palace is made up of small palaces like Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal and More.

The palace has several courtyards, lush green garden and beautiful surrounding, the palace complex has small palaces and each one has its own attractions such as the Moon Palace has beautiful floral decorations, admirable paintings, and the mirror work on the walls and ceilings.

The Mubarak Mahal has magnificent gateways or the Diwan-e-Khas is well known for the beautiful arches and the intricate designs, was built in 19 century by Sawai Madho Singh. The palace of the welcome or reception, before, it was used as a reception centre for the visiting personage. Other attraction in the complex is the Queen Palace known as the Maharani’s.

Now the Complex of the City Palace became in museum that keep the most amazing things, in the palace of the queen you can find the inestimable collections of weapons date back to even 15th century, a wide array of royal costumes, some very exquisite and precious Pashmina (Kashmiri) Shawls, Benaras silk saris, Sanganeri prints and folk embroidery.

Jantar Mantar

This astronomical observatory is one of the five that exists around India, and is an example of the scientific brilliance of the designer, it is located across the road from the palaces, and it was built by Sawai Jai Singh between 1728 and 1734. The name of this impressionism monument is derive from a Sanskrit word which means magical device.

It was made for study the movements of the sun, the moon and planets, with the help of skilled laborers, they create a collection of complex astronomical instruments chiseled out of stone and most of which continues to provides accurate information to this day. The most remarkable instrument is the Brihat Samrat yantra Sundial, an impressive yellow structure to the far right of the observatory complex which has a 27 meters high gnomon arm set at an angle of 27º. The shadow this casts moves up to 4 meters in an hour, and aids in the estimate of local and meridian pass time and various attributes of the heavenly bodies, including declination the angular distance of a heavenly body from the celestial equator and altitude.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal or called the Palace of the winds, is a beautiful and exotic pink monument, located inside of the palace city, this palace designed by Lalchand Usta and built by Pratap Singh in 1799, is a magnificent building, the palace has a beautiful architecture in its façade, that was finely chiseled, has five floors, but only the third floor are just a room deep, the low floors connect with rooms and courtyard, the palace is a enormous tapering structure with numerous arches, spires and a mind-boggling 953 latticed casements and small windows. Hawa Mahal is an essential part of the city; today the last Maharaja of Jaipur still lives there.

Nahargarh Fort

This important fort located on a steep rocky across the Pink City, it was built mainly by Mahraja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734, is partiality in ruins but faced with massive walls on the top of a hill facing the city of Jaipur and inside of the fort are bastions for company. Nahargarh isn’t a big fort but in its architectural style is the most charming fort in Jaipur, the fort offers an excellent view of the Pink City, and it dominates the skyline by day and forms a breathtaking sight when is floodlit at night.

Jal Mahal

It is a popular tourist attraction, was built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh for the Royal Family as place of leisure, Jal Majal is located between two hills, set in the midst of the Man Sagar Lake. Jal Mahal is popular tourist spot for its magnificent artwork, also has a beautiful architecture and intricate artistry, only the top floor of the palace is visible, and the low floors always are under water, this red stone monument look magnificent during monsoons.

Amer Fort – Amber Palace

The fort of Amer built in 16th century, it was began by Man Singh I in 1592, and finished by his successor Jai Singh I, the monument is located on a hilltop to 11 kilometers from Jaipur, for getting there you can get local buses, car hire, rickshaws, tempos and taxis.

The fort is the reflection of the glorious past of the fierce Kachwaha Dynasty, and shows part of the lifes of the gallant Rajouts, now is a popular tourist spot, and is among the bests hilltop in India, it has beautiful architecture, made in white marble and red sandstone, and show the mix together between Hindu and Muslim architectures. The fort exhibits a rugged yet magnificent exterior, and inside of the fort are others beautiful buildings like the Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-i-Am, Old Amber Place, Shila Mata Temple, Ganesh Pol & Suhaag Mandir and many temples. You can visit the fort by the climb and you can go there riding beautiful caparisoned elephants, which go up and down and carry you to and fro.

Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh or also known as “Fort of Victory” was built in the 16th century, remodeled and renamed in 1726 by Jai Singh II; the fort is located on a Chilh ka Tola or called the Hill of Eagles, 122 meters above the Amber Fort to 15 kilometers from Jaipur.

Jaigarh Fort has amazing legends, some of them say that Man Singh I and his successor warred and won gold, silver, jewels and other booty, these loots was maintained in the Minas of the Fort, and the fort was built to protect these treasures, some people try to search the Minas but never find it, other think that these fortune was used for to build the fort, this fort is an amazing complex of many attractions. Ancient Hindu scriptures, the Purana, said that “a fort is the strength of a King”, maybe this was important for the Rajputs while building the fort. When you enter to the fort you get a tangible feel of Rajput romanticism, some attractions of the Fort are, the Huge Jaigarh Cannon is a the largest wheeled cannon, Vijay Garh, Diya Burj, Museums, the Palace Complex, The Lakshmi Vilas Palace and other buildings inside of the fort.

Other Attractions

In the City you can find other attractions like the Birla Planetarium, Gaitore Chhatris, Maharani ki, Swargasuli or Isar Lat. Temples as Govind Dev Ji, Moti Doongri, Galtaji, Birla. Museums like a Dolls Museum or Albert Hall. And Gardens: Ram Niwas Bagh, Vidyadhar Garden, Kanak Vrindavan Garden, Jai Niwas Garden, Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh.

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