Places to Visit in Jaipur

JAIPUR (PINK CITY)

Jaipur is one of the largest city of Rajasthan and India’s official ‘Pink City’. The name ‘Pink City’ is given to Jaipur because of the dominant color scheme of its buildings. Jaipur is the most important and must-visit tourist destination in the Golden Triangle circuit.

Rajput ruler Maharaja Jai Singh II founded the Jaipur city in 1727. It was the earliest planned cities of modern India, designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. The literal translation of Jaipur means ‘city of victory’.

The city was planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra because the Rajput ruler Maharaja Jai Singh II had a great interest in Astronomy, Mathematics and Architecture.

I had spent 7days in Jaipur so that I can feel the cultural and traditions of Jaipur as a local. While exploring the city I came to saw that nowadays Jaipur is a mixture of medieval alongside the modern. It is quite usual to see beautiful bedecked elephants and camels on the road walking along the side of your car in a traffic jam. While in the beautiful decorated and the colorful streets the old men donning turbans sell their wares to the nouveau riche generation. The places around Hawa   Mahal is the best place for shopping even for the local and tourist both, because the prices of the products are quite competitive here.

If you’re lucky enough to be travelling Jaipur during Holi, you can witness the spectacularly bedecked elephants in action at elephant-polo and in October, Jaipur has its own share of fun with the donkey festival and best-looking donkey award also.

Places to visit in Jaipur

1. City Palace

The city palace was established in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The Palace reflects the fusion of Rajput and Mughal Architecture. The City Palace acquires 1/7th of old city Jaipur. The Palace consists of several courtyards, pavilions, gardens, temples, and buildings and from them the famous and most visited structures are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Clock Tower, Sabha Niwas, Sarvato Bhadra.

Tickets: Indians – 200 INR

                Students – 100 INR (carry valid Id Proof)

                Foreigners – 700rs

Visiting Hours : 9.30 am – 5.00 pm

It is a huge palace and if you want to explore it more, you have to walk a lot. So,    dressed up very well and wear comfortable footwear. You don’t have to buy a water bottle because there is a drinking water facility. If you are a person who loves to shop then there is a great option available for you.

The best time to visit this place is from September to March when the sun is not harsh. One can also opt for guides. Licensed guides are available at the palace.

One of the famous things which were found inside the place is two silver jars that have found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest silver vessels in the world.

Movies shot in City Place: Shudh Desi Romance, Bol Bachchan, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan.

2. Amber Fort(Amer Fort)

The fort is located in Amer, Rajasthan. Amer is a town with an area of 4sqkm located 11km from Jaipur. Situated at the hill top , the fort provides a scenic view of the city.

The fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013 and also a part of a group of six hills forts in Rajasthan. Its architecture is a fusion of Rajput and Mughal Styles.

The amber fort/ amer fort has four levels, each having courtyard.

1. Diwan-i-Aam –  a hall made for the common public

2. Diwan-i-Khas – a place for private people

3. Sheesh Mahal – mirror mosaics and colored glasses

4. Sukh Niwas

The complex had natural air conditioning and this happens due to the awesome design that is created at that time which is the wind blows across a water area built within the fort.

Amer fort is basically used for residence purpose unlike Jaigarh fort which is basically for armory location.

One of the most interesting activity that one can do here is an elephant ride, which is too amazing and you can feel the royal family type experience.

If don’t want to face the scorching heat, then it is better to visit this place in after October till march. Weather during these month is pleasant in Jaipur.

The landscape of this place is so beautiful that it will give you memorable picture. Every art lover should visit this fort. Amber fort has maintained its majestic, elegantne and splendid view as ever.

You guys will get surprised that Jodha Akbar, Bajirao Mastani, Mughal-e-Azam, and Khoobsurat was shot in Amber Fort.

Tickets : Indians – 100 INR

                 Students – 10 INR (carry valid Id Proof)

                 Foreign Students – 100 INR (carry valid Id Proof)

                 Foreigners – 500 INR

Visiting Hours: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm

3. Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh fort is situated on the top of the hill called the Cheel Ka Teela of the very famous Aravalli Range. It provides the top view of the Amer Fort and the Maota Lake. The fort is quite similar to Amer Fort and also known as the “Victory Fort”. The fort is also very famous for the “Jaivana Cannon” which is the world’s largest cannon on wheels, which was fired only once and that was for testing. There are also subterranean passages that connect the Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort.

It was believed that a huge amount of treasure was buried under the fort and after the independence in the 1970s the treasure was seized by the government. It was also believed that the whole Jaipur city was set up by this treasure.

The fort has thick walls of red sandstone which spread over 3km in length and 1km in width. The fort also has 3 big wells that were used for rainwater harvesting and still in practice. Jaigarh fort has Museums also in which armory of that time had been stored.  Nowadays this place is very much in use for film shooting purposes like Ajanabee etc.

October to March is the best time to visit this fort.

Tickets : Indians – 35 INR

                 Students – 5 INR (carry valid Id Proof)

                  Foreigners – 85 INR

Visiting Hours: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm

4. Nahargarh Fort

Very few people Know that Nahargarh was also known as Sudarshangarh. The fort stand on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, facing toward the  Jaipur City. Just like the Amer Fort & Jaigarh Fort, it has also a strong line of defense.

There is a very famous story about this fort – It was believed that “Nahar” here in Nahargarh stands for Nahar Singh Bhomia, Whose spirits haunted this place and disturbed the construction of the fort. So Nahar’s spirit was pacified by building the temple inside the fort.

The fort provides a spectacular & panoramic view of the entire Jaipur city. The view of sunset and sunrise both are just picturesque

Many films had been shot there like Rang De Basanti, Shudh Desi Romance, etc.

In fact the fort also has the museum, where there are lots of Modern Art that have been preserved. The most beautiful part of the fort is the Madhavendra Bhawan which had identical suites for the 12 queens of the Sawai Madho Singh. The interior of the buildings is full of stunning frescoes and all the rooms are connecting with the hallways. The rooms are built in that way that if a king visited one of the queens, then the other queen could not find it out.

There are 2 restaurants inside the fort

1. Once Upon a Time

2. Padao

Tickets: Indians – 50 INR

           Students – 5 INR (carry valid Id Proof)

                 Foreign Students – 25 INR (carry valid Id Proof)

                 Foreigners – 200 INR

Visiting Hours: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm

5. Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar, one of the famous tourist spots in Jaipur is a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments built by King Sawai Jai Singh II. The monument was built in 1734 by the king. King was very fond of mathematics and due to this interest he made this which later on becomes World UNESCO Heritage Site.

If we go deep inside the technicalities then we will find out that the monument features the World’s Largest Stone Sundial and instruments who are operating in each of the three main classical celestial coordinate systems.

A light and sound show is organize at the Jantar Mantar which is worth’s everyone time. This show explains the beauty of Jaipur and the importance of Jantar Mantar.

If you are planning to visit the Jantar Mantar then make sure visit there during mid-day because at that time the sun will be right above your head and hence you will be able to see all readings of the instrument present there.

Note: You can hire a guide or audio guide to get complete knowledge about all instruments.

Tickets: Indians – 50 INR

                Students – 15 INR (carry valid Id Proof)

                Foreign Students – 100 INR (carry valid Id Proof)

                Foreigners – 200 INR

Visiting Hours : 9.30 am – 5.00 pm

6. Hawa Mahal

One of the most distinctive landmarks of Jaipur, this palace has an extra-ordinary architecture with pink painted walls. It was also known as “The Palace of Breeze or The Palace of Winds”.

The structure was built in 1799. It consist beautiful 953 small windows called Jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. The main purpose to design these lattice design window was to provide clear view of everyday life and festival celebrated in the street to the royal ladies, since they had to live in purdah and had to follow many rules of royal families.

The temperature during summer in Jaipur rises very high, in that situation the architectural features of the Hawa Mahal allows cool air from the Venturi Effect to pass through, thus making the area more cooler and pleasant during summer.

The Hawa mahal provides amazing view of Jantar Mantar and City Palace in one direction and Sireh Deori Bazaar in the other.

Tickets: Indians – 50 INR

                             Students – 5 INR (carry valid Id Proof)

                             Foreign Students – 25 INR (carry valid Id)

                             Foreigners – 200 INR

Visiting Hours: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm

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