Jaipur

 
Amer Fort

Jaipur- The capital of Rajasthan - is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh. It is India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Jaipur is often called the Pink City in reference to its distinctly coloured buildings, which were originally painted this color to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. The present earthy red color originates from repainting of the buildings undertaken for a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876.

It hosts several attractions like the City Palace, GovindDevji Temple, VidhanSabha, Birla Temple, Museums, several massive Rajput forts and so on. It also serves as a stepping stone for travelers heading to the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.

Now Jaipur is growing fast and various development projects are being undertaken by the government and private enterprises. The town planning and infrastructure development in Jaipur is quite above the mark relative to many other Indian cities.

Main Tourist Spots in Jaipur

City Palace

 
City Palace

The palace complex lies in the heart of Jaipur city, to the northeast of the very centre. The site for the palace was located on the site of a royal hunting lodge on a plain land encircled by a rocky hill range, five miles south of Amber (city). Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II is credited with initiating construction of the city complex by building the outer wall of the complex spreading over many acres. It is a unique and arresting complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. The most prominent and most visited structures in the complex are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

HawaMahal

 
Hawamahal

Another spectacular monument overlooking the city, HawaMahal is known as the "Palace of Winds". Built for the Rajput women who would see through the many windows of the palace, is a historical site today. The exceptional architecture by Maharaja SawaiPratap Singh in 1799 is adjacent to the City Palace. The five-storey building is made of red sandstone and has around 900 jharokas or small screen windows.

JantarMantar

 
Jantar Mantar

This is the largest observatory among those built by the astronomer king Sawai Jai Singh II in various parts of the country. Also called as the “Yantralaya”. Its various instruments (yantras) were used to observe the movements of heavenly bodies as also to measure the local time and predict eclipses.

Amber Fort

At a distance of 11 km from the city, the Amer Fort is the former capital of the Kachhwaha clan from Amber. There is a wonderful mix of Muslim style of architecture with that of the Mughal and Persian interiors. The white marble and red stone made of the palace and fort can make you roam for more than an hour. You get a glimpse of a thousand year old settlement of stone-carved homes as you climb up to the palace. Fortified walls of the palace gave shelter to the kingdom from aggression.

Nahargarh Fort

 
Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort was the capital residence of Raja Sawai Jai Singh in 1734. Strategically built to ward off enemy. The stone built walls and the high-rise rooms are all quite captivating to the tourists. Overlooking the Aravalli Hills, there are nine chambers for the queen and the dancing hall heavily adorned with interior works on the ceiling. It is a must see for every travel who visits jaipur.

Albert Hall

Designed in the Indo Sarcenic style of architecture by Sir Swinton Jacob, the Albert Hall presents an exquisite collection of decorative wares, sculptures, paintings, natural history specimen and Egyptian mummy and the celebrated Persian carpet.

GovindDevji Temple

The city place complex also houses the Govindji Temple and is a temple of Lord krishna and Large number of people visit it. The temple was built in such a fashion that the king could see the deity from the Chandra Mahal, opposite it. The temple is surrounded by gardens and palaces. The image of GovindDevji was originally installed in a temple in Vrindavan.

other attractions

  • Motidoogri
  • Laxmi Narayan Temple
  • Birla Planetorium
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Sisodia Garden

How to reach

Jaipur is well connected by road, rail and air to major destinations in India. Jaipur International Airport or Sanganer Airport is located at around 13 km from the main city. The airport is served by flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh and various other cities. Taxis can be availed from this airport to travel to the city centre, which usually cost about INR 200.

Direct express trains and passenger trains are also operational between Jaipur Junction Railway Station and other cities to reach Jaipur. These trains are available on daily basis and cost as per the travel class and distance. Taxis, auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are available from the station which is about a kilometer away from the city centre.

Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) buses operating in the state connect with some of the major locations in the country. Direct RSRTC buses are also available from Delhi to reach the Sindhi Camp Bus Stand in the city.

 

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