Jaipur is renowned for its ancient architecture, attracting tourists from all over the world. These historical sites depict fine art and skill, and an amalgamation of life and culture. A few take you for a rendezvous with nature and some might wake the royal in you.
Here, we bring you the prominent spots in the city and reading along might convince you to give them a visit.
1. Amber Fort: Adobe of Goddess Amba
Situated amidst the alluring Aravalli Range and blessed by the presence of Goddess Amba, Amber Fort is one of the most visited forts of all in the city.The fort walls have been protecting the generations of people living in the palace, therefore, they are embellished with the glories of many battles on the outside, and intricate carvings and paintings, on the inside.
The charm of Amber fort lies in the amusements available here: Light and Sound Show, Puppet Shows, Handicraft Vendors, Folk Artistes, Elephant Rides and more.
2. Hawa Mahal: When You First Think of Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, or “the Palace of Winds” acts as the Brand Ambassador of Jaipur’s heritage and culture. Built to honour the privacy of the royal princesses, while they enjoy the processions in the walled city, the architecture of the palace revolves around small window-like openings or ‘Jharokhas’. Like all other buildings from the past, it is also created with great care for art and design, with every section making a statement of its own.
The view of the working bazaars from the jhrokhas will make you feel like Gulliver in Lilliput.
3. Abhaneri Stepwell: Earliest Desert Coolers
Baoris were invented by the natives of Rajasthan. Baoris helped them to collect rain water and gave them an access to the ground water, steps made it easier for everyone to have an access to the cool and rejuvenating air that surrounds the space. Situated 95 km away from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra Highway, Abhaneri village has an abundance of such baoris, Chand Baori being the deepest of all.
The picturesque baoris not only lower the scorching temperatures, they also serve as great locations for exquisite photoshoots.
4. Jal Mahal: Palace amidst Manota Lake
One of the most profound architectural wonders of history, Jal Mahal was built by Rajput rulers, who were inspired by the architectural ventures of the Mughals. The Water Palace is a five-storeyed monument with a terrace garden, four of which get submerged when the lake is filled with water.
Jal Mahal Palace also plays a host for various migratory birds, therefore a visit here gives you an opportunity to step into the shoes of a bird-watcher and experience the magic of it.
5. Rambagh Palace: Soaked in Splendour
Rambagh palace has served as the residence for generations of royals in the past and now has been converted into an exquisite Five Star Hotel by Taj Group. The palace, being the contemporary of all other monuments, lacks no luxuries. The elaborate embellishments with the artefacts of the past make the palace a must visit.
6. Nahargarh Fort: A Tourist Magnet
Of the three forts of Amber: Amber fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort; Nahargarh fort is situated at the highest altitude. Nahargarh, or the ‘Adobe of the Tigers’, was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh-II to strengthen the security of the walled city and used as the place of retreat on the summit of the ridge above the city.
Nowadays, one may not find any tigers in the surroundings, yet exploring this icon of Rajputana history tops the wish lists of anyone wanting to explore the Pink City.
7. Jaigarh Fort: Strength of Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort, home of the cannon on wheels ‘Jaivana’, was built with the scientific and architectural wit of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh-II of Jaipur. The fort gained fame as the most efficient weaponry due to vast deposits of iron ores in its vicinity. The gigantic 16 ft. long canons here had to be manufactured within a day.
What might surprise you is that Jaigarh was built as a defensive structure, to supply ammunitions at Amber and Nahargarh during wartime, rather than a palace.
8. City Palace: Get in touch with the Contemporary Royalty.
Situated in the heart of the walled city of Jaipur, The City Palace serves as a residence of the royal family of Jaipur. Tourists visit the Palace from all over the world to witness the exclusive architectural venture, embedded with the skills of the Mughals and the Rajputs. The palace showcases the past with BaggiKhana, Maharani Palace and the court of the Emperor, being its main attractions.
The hunger of the explorers to sneak-peek into the lives of the blue-blooded brings them here, which is satiated by special provision of a VIP tour of the actual residence.
9. Sisodia Rani Garden
Symbolising the eternal love of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and Rani Sisodia Jai Singh, the garden is at a distance of 10 KM from Jaipur. Earlier, serving as a recreational spot for the queens of the royal families, it is today open to all who wish to relish upon the fine fauna and architecture.
Sisodia Rani Garden nowadays is also available for weddings and other celebrations. Therefore, if you are looking for some place exclusive to make moments memorable to all, it is more than worth a shot.
10. Jantar Mantar Observatory: Decrypting the Signs of the Universe
An inspiration for the aspiring astronomy students, JantarMantar is another example of the vast knowledge of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The thorough intellect of Jai Singh made him build this marvel to study the effect of the celestial bodies on everything around us.
It is equipped with the largest sundial in the world ‘Samrat Chakra’, making it a world heritage site by UNESCO.
11. Albert Hall Museum: Showcasing History from Around the Globe with that of Rajasthan.
Food for the soul of curious minds, the Albert Hall Museum marks the centre of the main bazaars of the city. Everything belonging to the earliest of humans, the Rajputana Dynasty, and Rajasthan under the colonisation by Britishers is showcased in the museum.
The museum celebrates the lives, professions, and vocations of the people of Rajasthan. Also awes you with the Doll Museum, Weapons, British influence in design, The Mummy of Tutu, bestowed to the museum by Egypt and a lot more.
Now, Albert hall is open for Night Tourism as well, giving you an opportunity to check whether it comes to life as well.
Been there? Consider a revisit.