Jaipur the pink city of India is the capital and the largest city of Rajasthan. Jaipur is named after Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh ll , who was the ruler of Amber. Jaipur was found in the year 1727. The architectural structure of Jaipur is amazingly according to the Vastu Shastra. Jaipur promotes the culture and tradition of Rajasthan. Jaipur is reachable by road, bus, train and air.
Jaipur has a hot climate throughout the year. Winters are pleasant there and are the best suitable weather for the tourists.
Jaipur depicts royal heritage and is surrounded by forts and palaces. There are many places to visit in Jaipur which will keep you stunned. Please visit the mentioned places ones you plan for Jaipur.
Hawa Mahal is also known as Palace of winds. Hawa Mahal is located in the heart of the city. It is made up of reddish pink sandstone. Hawa Mahal is of five stories. Its unique feature is its 953 beautifully decorated window. Hawa Mahal was constructed in 1799. Stories say that all these windows were specially made for royal queen and women who could have a panoramic view of street and the outer life by remaining unnoticed. The view from top is very beautiful.
Visiting hours for Hawa Mahal is from 9 am in the morning till 4.30 pm
If you are visiting Hawa Mahal then for ladies shopping around Hawa Mahal will quest your thirst for shopping. The old markets are very attractive. Things which you can buy:
- Jaipuri quilts
- Cusion Covers
- Bandhni and Lehriya Sarees
- Mojaris( made up of camel leather)
- Lac Bangles
Remember to bargain while you shop this will help to get things at good price rate.
City Palace will give you the royal feeling and heritage of the Royal family of Jaipur. City Palace is in Chokri Shahad which is at old city part of Jaipur. The architecture is the blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. The most attractive feature of City Palace is the peacock gate which is embedded with exact color and features of peacock feather. The courtyard and garden display the royal nature and grandeur of the lifestyle of the royal families. The museum and the art gallery display the colors of royal life, royal costumes and their arms and weapons. The royal family now stays in the Moon Palace which is adjacent to the courtyard. City Place is open from 9.30 am in morning till 5 pm in evening.
Amber Fort/ Amer Fort
Amber Fort is also known as Amer Fort. It was built by raja Man Singh who was one of the nine gems at the court of Akbar It is located in Amer. Amer Fort is situated on the hill top with several gates and is over viewing the Maota Lake. The Anokhi Museum near Amer Fort is very beautiful. To depict the history of this place and the fort a light and sound show is arranged for the tourists. The traditional block printing is quiet attractive. The most important features of Amer Fort is the Sukh Niwas, Diwan-e- Khaas, Diwan-e- Aam, Sheesh mahal and Jal Mandir. One can also visit jal Mahal at Man Sagar Lake while going for Amer. The visiting hours in Amber Fort are from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
Jaigarh Fort has a spectacular view and ambience. It is located on the Eagel’s Hill (Cheel ka Teela) on the Aravalli mountain ranges. This fort has a subterranean passage connecting Amer fort. Jai Ban- the world’s biggest canon is placed in Jaigarh Fort. The visiting hours are from 9 am till 4.30 pm.
Nahargarh Fort is situated on the rough top of Aravalli hills in order to protect and guard the city from the enemies. Nahargarh means “dwelling of tigers”. It was built in the year 1734. Nahargarh fort was also known as Sudarshangarh Fort. Nahargarh Fort is open from 10 am till 5.30 pm.
Jantar mantar Observatory
Jantar Mantar – the calculation instrument was built by Raja jai Singh in the year 1727-1734. Jantar Mantar has special astronomical functions. It has huge Samrat Yantra sundial. It has fourteen structures which help to depict eclipse, track stars and can measure time. The visiting hours are from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
Except these five places in Jaipur there are many other places to visit such as Doll Museum, Albert hall Museum, Central museum, Shila Devi Temple, Ram Niwas garden, Birla Mandir and many other such places which will make you feel proud of the old heritage of our country.