Famous Sites in Jaipur
We have grown up reading about the supreme glory of in-numerous Indian emperors, be it the Mughals, the Cholis, the Marathas etc. but one clan of kings have always fascinated us to levels unimaginable. Yes, you got it right, the Rajputs of Rajasthan. Their lifestyle, culture, art, forts and palaces, costumes and their history has been intriguing us all since we can remember. So why not travel to this Land of the Kings and have an experience of a lifetime. Take some time out of your tight busy schedule and ask your secretary to plan a same day tour of Jaipur for you and your family.
This massive palace complex sits in the heart of the pink city (i.e the old city of Jaipur), built by Maharaja Mansingh II. This impressive palace complex houses numerous courtyards, lush green gardens, magnificent buildings, and most importantly the history which dates back to the 1700s. This massive palace is a splendid amalgamation of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.
One part of the palace is still the residence of the descendants of the royal family!
LOCATION – Chokdi Shahad, Old Jaipur City
TIMINGS – 9 AM to 5.30 PM
With its incredibly intricate façade, the Hawa Mahal is the most recognized building of the city. Made for the ladies of royal household as an extension to the women’s chamber, this structure solved the purpose for the ladies to freely look over the bazaar without getting noticed through the beautiful lattice work on all the 953 windows. The architectural level of expertise is so high that the design of the windows helps to circulate air much more efficiently than any other part of the palace
LOCATION – Badi choupad Street
TIMINGS – 9 AM to 5.30 PM
About 11 km from Jaipur, sits the magnificent Amber or Amer fort in the small town of Amber, which was the capital before the Pink city. Built in 16th century red sandstone , this fort was built by Raja Man Singh I and is situated high on a hill overlooking the serene Maota Lake. This huge structure houses many gardens, halls, temples and breath-taking palaces, as if it’s a city inside a city! The Diwan-e-Khaas, Diwan-e-Aam, Sukh Niwas, Sheesh Mahal, Jai Mandir etc. are some of the attractions inside the fort. One needs to walk up the hill to reach the fort entrance. If you want to experience the life of royalties, take the ride on a regal elephants. The light and sound show at night is also a treat to the eyes!
LOCATION – Amer , Jaipur.
A taxi or a bus can easily be found to reach Amer fort, after which one needs to walk up or take a jeep or an elephant ride to reach the fort gate.
TIMINGS – 9 AM to 4.30 PM (day); 7 PM to 10 PM (night). Do keep in mind that elephant rides are available only till 11.30 AM.
JANTAR MANTAR OBSERVATORY
This 18th century observatory houses an impressive collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments along with the world’s largest sundial. The Jantar Mantar is a beautiful amalgamation of religion, art and science. The instruments of this one of a kind observatory have been used for determining time, tracking constellations, for observing the orbits around the sun etc.
LOCATION – It is situated just opposite the gates of the City Palace of Jaipur
TIMINGS – 9 AM – 4.30 PM
The Jaigarh Fort was built in the year 1726 and is a favourite of military lovers. The high gateways and watchtowers are the most prominent and loved part of the entire fortress. It is one of the best preserved indian military structures of all time. The fort also houses the world’s largest canon (on wheels). One can climb up to the watchtower, Diwa Burj, to witness the breat-taking view of the landscape.
LOCATION – It is located just behind the Amber Fort
TIMINGS – 10 AM to 5 AM
Standing majestically at the edge of the Aravalli hills is another massive fort, the Nahargarh Fort. This fort was built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II as a retreat and is connected to the fort of Jaigarh through fortification. The fort offers a splendid view of the pink city which is enhanced further during sunrise and sunset. This fort gave shelter to many Europeans including Britishers during various wars especially during the year of 1857.
One of the 18 temples of the namesake, Birla Mandir, also known as Lakshmi-Narayan Mandir, is a beauty in white. This splendid landmark has a modern day approach of architecture with three domes showcasing the secularism in India. The intricate carvings on the marble walls showcase various mythological scenes from various religions, other than Hinduism. One can find wonderful carvings of famous saints from the past such as Socrates, Budhha, Christ, Zarathustra and Confucius! The remarkable stained glasses have paintings of various Gods and Goddesses adding to the beauty of the entire temple. The echoing sounds of the temple bells, bhajans and arti enhance the sanctity of this temple.
LOCATION – Entering the city, one can take a bus or taxi to Jawaharlal Nehru Park from where you can walk down to the Hindu Temple.
TIMINGS – 8 AM to 12 (noon) and 4 PM to 8 PM (night)
The water palace “floats” on the beautiful lake – Sagar, which was once a shooting lodge for the king and is a stark opposite of the hustle bustle you find on the streets of Jaipur. The light sand colored palace with the crystal blue lake is a simple treat to eyes. Many people who view it from far don’t realize that the palace is not just a single storey palace but has 4 levels submerged under water. Surely, one of the most utterly photogenic monuments you’ll find in Jaipur.
LOCATION – It is located on the main Amer-Jaipur road and is approximately 4 km north of Jaipur.
TIMINGS – 9 AM to 5 PM
ALBERT HALL MUSEUM
Albert hall was built in the year 1887 on the arrival of then Prince of Wales, Albert Edward. It is the oldest museum of Rajasthan and is situated in the Ram Niwas Garden, showcasing a splendid Indo-Saracenic architecture. This museum showcases its elaborate collection of painting, sculptures, crystal works etc.
LOCATION – it is located in the heart of the city of Jaipur, inside the Ram Niwas Garden.
TIMINGS – 9 AM to 5PM and 7 PM to 10 PM
Hope to see you there.
(The information for this article was provided by Mehuli Mazumdar)