India is renowned for its historical and monumental heritage. If you are planning a vacation in India, there’s no better place to begin with, but Jaipur, Rajasthan. It’s also known as The Pink City. Pink symbolises warm welcome or hospitality. The catch phrase in local Marwari is-Padharo Mhare Des, which means: Welcome to my land.
Jaipur exudes royalty and grandeur. It’s named after its founder, the warrior Rajput King, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh (1700 to 1743A.D.). It houses some amazing palaces and fortresses, showcasing superb architectural splendour. Here’s a list of the top ten places that you must visit while in this city.
It was the royal cremation ground. Each Maharaja had a cenotaph or Chhatri built in their honour .The structure is unique for its intricate carvings on the Chhatri, different for every ruler in accordance with his taste.
9. Jal Mahal
It is Palace built in the middle of Lake Man Sagar in Jaipur. Built from the pink stone and rendered over with a special mortar to keep out the water. Though it appears to be a one story building, in actual there are four more storey’s below the water.
8. Albert Hall
It has a huge and beautiful garden, Ram Nivas, with exquisite fountains and sentry doors, surrounding the main building. It was designed by a British architect and thus depicts the amalgamation of English and North Indian architecture. It displays artefacts.
7. Moti Dungri and Ganesh Temple
This palace is perched on a hill and looks exotic like a pearl, so the name. It was one of private properties of the royal family. Also situated at the hill is a Temple of the auspicious God, Lord Ganesha.
6. Nahargarh Fort
Its situated at the Aravalli hills and overlooks the entire city of Jaipur. The Fort houses the Madhvendra Palace in the complex. The area is open to the public for picnic and strolling purposes.
5. Jaigarh Fort
Of all the Fort-Palaces in Jaipur and its vicinity, this is the one which truly looks imposing. All the other architectural structures have delicate and intricate leanings. But this looks tough and is a mark of toughness and victory or Jai, as the name suggests.
4. The City Palace
It lies in the centre of the city. The architecture is a blend of Mughal and Rajputana style of construction. The entrance houses the Mubarak Mahal. It was the main reception area in the bygone era. Most of the palaces have been turned into museums. This one has a great collection of artefacts, especially, the royal costumes. In the same complex, you can visit the Maharani Palace which has a great collection of rajput weaponry on display.
3. Jantar Mantar
Now, this one’s a must see! Located near City Palace, it comes under the UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is an Observatory based on the ancient studies of cosmos, having one of the finest collections of astronomical instruments, showcasing in all 19 architectural marvels.
2. Hawa Mahal
One of the greatest attractions of Jaipur is the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds. You will surely be mesmerised by its beauty. It was built for the females of royal house hold so that they could view the outside world all in veiled comfort. The most remarkable feature of this structure is the absence of staircase, in spite of being multi-level.
1. Amber Fort of Amer Fort
It is the most majestic-magnificent structure of a Fort-Palace. The fortress exudes charm and chivalry. With four prominent structures in its vicinity and courtyards, it consists of the Diwan-e-Aam, the Diwan-e-Khas,the Sukh Niwas and the most notable being the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace).