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Jaipur - Places And Attractions To See

Discussion in 'Rajasthan' started by ChaiNashta, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. ChaiNashta

    ChaiNashta Active Member

    Jaipur is the most beautiful city among all in India and it attracts millions of travelers from across the globe every year. This city will tell you a lot about the lifestyle of the rulers from the bygone era. The opulence of the architecture will tell you a lot about the rich history and culture of Rajasthan. If you are passionate about the forts and amazing architecture, then Jaipur is the right place for you. If you love the old world charm and the opulence then Jaipur is the right place. Many of the palaces have been turned into big hotels these days and you will get a royal vibe when you stay in these palace-turned-hotels. The flamboyant lifestyle of the past rulers is there for you to see. The elephant rides are one of the biggest attractions when it comes to Jaipur. You need to experience the royal ride as royal family depended on elephant rides in the past. You can customize the elephant rides in the way you want by selecting the route –be it villages, Biological Park, jungles, etc. Now let’s take a look at the major tourist attractions of Jaipur below.

    1) Pink City

    The old city of Jaipur is known as the Pink City. To feel the glorious past of Jaipur, one must visit the Pink City. Your trip is incomplete without a trip to the Pink City. You will find plenty of magnificent palaces in the Pink City. Sawai Jai Singh II is the founder of the city. The entire city was painted with pink color in 1876 to welcome the Prince of Wales. The city is an architectural marvel as they provided excellent ventilation throughout.

    2) City Palace

    City Palace is part of the Pink City. Once again, Sawai Jai Singh II constructed it. The City Palace was constructed between 1729 and 1732 AD. The palace has Chandra Mahal as well as Mubarak Mahal. Chandra Mahal is converted into a museum. You will exclusive handcrafted products as well in the museum. This palace is an architectural marvel, making the visitors fall in love with it at first sight itself. Also, it offers a beautiful view of the Pink City from here.

    3) HawaMahal

    Hawa Mahal is another must-see palace in Jaipur. Rich architecture is the biggest asset of this palace. It was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. As the name suggests, it is indeed the ‘Palace of the winds’. The 953 windows of this palace give it excellent ventilation. It doesn’t have steps to reach the upper floors. The five storeys are connected by slopes. It was said that they built this Mahal for the royal women to see the happenings in the city. You shouldn’t miss the archaeological museum inside the Mahal.

    4) Amber Fort

    This fort is also referred to as Amer Fort as it is located in Amer. Amer is only 11 km away from Jaipur. In 1592, Raja Man singh constructed this fort. Raja Jai Singh | later expanded it. You can see the Hindu-Muslim architecture in the building. They have used marble stone and red sandstone for the construction of this Mahal. The main entrance faces the east. It has four courtyards as well. Public Audience Hall is part of one of those courtyards. You will get to ride an elephant in the compound of the palace.

    5) JantarMantar Observatory

    Jantar Mantar Observatory is a must-see place in Jaipur. It’s not like a regular observatory to begin with. It is considered to be one of the largest observatories in the world. Maharaja Jai Singh II constructed it. Notably, it has the largest sundial in the world. Maharaja had keen interest in many subjects including astronomy and that’s why he built it. Astronomers from all over the world come to this observatory to see the astrological instruments.

    6) DeraAmer Elephant Safari

    Elephant safari is something which is a must-have experience in Jaipur. It will rekindle the adventurous spirit in you. The hills are the right place for an elephant ride, which are adjacent by theAmber Fort. Dera Amer is situated here. Also, the Aravali Range starts from here. You can enjoy the elephant safari in serene atmosphere. You will not forget this beautiful ride. The ride will take you to the Aravali Forests and you can enjoy the beauty of the forests.

    7) Sisodia Rani Garden

    It is a beautiful garden that you don’t want to miss as it provides an unforgettable view of the nature. Maharaj Sawai Mann Singh II built this garden. He built it for his beloved wife. You will see lots of Hindu mythology paintings featuring the romance of Radha and Krishna there.

    8) Birla Mandir

    This is one of the beautiful temples in Jaipur that you shouldn’t miss. Goddess Lakshmi and God Narayan are the deities here. This temple is fully made of pure marble. You will find many handicrafts shops inside the temple. You will also see beautiful gardens inside the premises of the temple.

    9) Elefantastic

    Here, you will get an opportunity to spend some time with the elephants for a day. This elephant farm was formed in 2012 to promote the well being of these giant animals. It was also meant to show the tourists that these animals are not mistreated. The founder named Rahul was an elephant rider for nine years before starting Elefantastic. You can water, wash and feed the elephants there.

    10) Monkey Temple

    Though ruinous, one shouldn’t miss this beautiful Hindu temple. It’s quite an adventure to reach this temple, but it’s totally worth it. It also has three sacred pools of water in it. One pool is occupied by thousands of friendly monkeys and that’s why it’s called so.

    11) Markets And Shopping

    Jaipur is a great place to shop and you shouldn’t waste a chance to go to the local markets for an elaborate shopping. There are so many things which are unique to this beautiful place and you definitely like to have some of those. Precious gemstones, clothes, textiles, blue pottery, bangles are always in demand here.

    12) Nahargarh Fort

    This fort is also called Tiger Fort. It is situated on the Aravali Hills facing Jaipur city. This fort was built in 1734 to defend the city from enemies. It became famous in 2006 when the movie Rang De Basanti featured this fort in it. This fort offers amazing views.

    13) Jaigarh Fort

    This massive fort was built in 1726. If you are a military lover then you will definitely love this fort. It has huge watchtowers and gateways. Also, it has the world’s largest cannon on wheels. Interestingly, the fort was never captured. For the same, it remains intact. It is really well maintained.

    14) JagatShiromani Temple

    The marvelous temple was constructed by Shringar Devi Kankawat, the mother of King Jagat Singh. It got completed after 9 years of construction in 1608. The architecture of this temple is really stunning.

    15) JalMahal

    JalMahal means “Water Palace”. As the name indicates, the palace is located at the middle of a lake named Sagar Lake. The Palace was built and renovated by King Jai Singh in 18th century. This is a must-see palace in Jaipur.

    16) Albert Hall

    In Jaipur, thisis one of the most oldest museums. In the 19thcentury, Sir Samuel Jacob built this museum, which is the State’s Museum for Rajasthan. It is also known as the Government Central Museum. This beautiful museum is a part of the Ram Niwas Garden.

    17) GovindDevji Temple

    It is a really beautiful temple in Jaipur that you shouldn’t miss, especially if you are a devotee of Lord Krishna. The deity of Krishna is believed to be a facial image of the Lord Sri Krishna from Vrindavan. Maharaja Jai Singh II re-installed it.

    18) Statue Circle

    The Statue Circle is one of the most famous landmarks in Jaipur. It is one of the busiest parts of the city and you should visit it to feel the heart of the city. It is a popular hangout place for locals & tourists.

    19) The Raj Mandir Cinema

    This is one of the most famous cinema halls in Jaipur. It is indeed Jaipur’s pride considering the brilliant architecture. All thanks to the breathe-taking architecture; the title “Pride of Asia” was given to it. Thousands of movie lovers flocked to this theatre to see the classics. You should definitely visit this cinema to see the architecture marvel. This cinema hall really reminds us of the glorious past of the city. It boasts of the intricate detailing on the outside as well as inside. This hall will remind you about a royal palace, all thanks to the massive Chandeliers dangling in the main hall. The system of lighting is another big attraction here.

    20) Sagarsuli

    This tower was constructed in the mid-18th century. Maharaja SawaiIshwari Singh built this in 1749. It was constructed as a remembrance of a battle victory. Once upon a time, it was the tallest building in whole Jaipur. Locally, it is called Isar Lat. You can see a beautiful view of the Old Jaipur from here.