Come to Jaipur and visit the ancient and medival
forts and palaces to experience the real Rajasthan.
Safari Amber Fort
Decide your favourite colour and pick a city to
match, Rajasthan's kaleidoscope of colours covers all.
Bastions of history, bristling with memories,
these splendid treasures stand battling the vageries of time.
The City Palace, Jaipur
Wind Palace, Jaipur
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Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
The desert sands shimmer and pulsate with an
energy and a spirit of festivity permeates the air, every season
provides many reasons to celebrate.
Ride a camel over the dunes or horses through
the hillside, speed ahead in a jeep and camp under open skies.
A delicate ecosystem, part desert part marshy
lands and even a small section of lush water filled valleys, sports a
wildlife rich in variety.
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Cities of Rajasthan » Jaipur
is the city of pink and cream, a soothing foreground to the rugged, rocky
and parched ochres of its commanding landscape and a befitting background
to its people dressed in kaleidoscopic combinations of reds, blues,
greens, yellows and the shades in between. This intensely romantic and
atmospheric city is a jewel in the Royal crown of Rajasthan. Built by
Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh it became a successful hub of trade and commerce,
attracting merchants from around the world, dealing in medieval luxury
goods. Even today it is the centre of the jewellery and textile industries
and its colourful bazaars, some of the most exotic markets in the world.
Major Tourist Attractions of Jaipur
The imposing Amer Fort sits atop a ridge, bordering the Maotha lake.
Built as a protection for the city resplendent with its many palaces and
temples, it offers bird's eye views of the fascinating landscape and the
city it watches over. Within its rugged and forbidding exterior it
contains a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. The palace or the
royal apartments that lie inside the massive Amer Fort complex are laden
with gateways, gardens, arches, stairways, pillared pavilions, temples and
magnificent durbars and halls. Awe inspiring in proportion, the Amer Fort
built of red sandstone and white marble is an aesthetic amalgamation of
Hindu and Mughal architecture.
At the Heart of Jaipur lies the City Palace. A giant complex of royal
residences it combines beautifully Mughal as well as Rajput styles of
architecture. On entering the compound visitors are welcomed by the
appropriately named 'Mubarak Mahal', initially a guest house it has now
been converted into a museum that showcases some of the most elaborate and
beautiful outfits worn by the royalty of yesteryears. The Diwan-i-Khas
also displays some beautiful treasures and the Diwan-i-Am is now an art
gallery. A part of the City Palace houses a seven-story building called
the Chandra Mahal, where the royal family still lives.
Maharaja Jai Singh was an ardent astrology buff. Chandrama, the moon god
had 27 wives , as did the Maharaj, many wonder if this was a coincidence
at all. He is known to have tabulated up to 1,018 stars with their
respective astronomical measurements. His observatories in Delhi, Jaipur,
Varanasi and Ujjain still stand as proof of his involvement and interest.
The Hawa Mahal is intriguingly enough called a palace , but is actually
no more than a façade. Built for the women of the royal household,
it contains 953 latticed windows from which the women would look down onto
the busy street life without being seen themselves. It also affords some
of the most breathtaking views of the city and its many monuments.
Jal Mahal is a palace situated amidst sparkling waters of Mansagar Lake,
located in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. The lake is situated
amidst the Nahargarh Hills. The Jal Mahal Palace is noted for its
sophisticated design and very detailed architecture. A causeway leads to
Jal Mahal Palace through the waters of the lake. The first four floors of
this building are under water and hence cannot be seen, only the top floor
is visible and it looks as if it is resting on the water surface of the
lake. The lake eco system is home to a variety of migratory and resident
birds. It was created by erecting a dam between two hills and this very
dam provides an enchanting view of the lake and the valley.
Also known as the Laxmi Narain Temple, Birla Mandir is one of the most
sacred and revered Hindu temples. The temple has three domes, each
signifying a different approach to Hindu religion. It is dedicated to God
Laxmi Narain and was built by the Birla family, hence the name Birla
Mandir. Built of exquisite white marble, the temple seems to almost glow
at night. Devotees and tourists throng this temple during important
festivals. It is located near the Moti Doongri Fort, which was converted
into a small palace by Ram Singh II and Gayatri Devi.
Since Jaipur was the capital of the princely state, the Nahargarh Fort
was strategically important and was built to fortify Amer's defences. The
Nahargarh Fort was built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh in 1734. New additions
were made to the fort in the 19th century by Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai
Madho Singh II. Nahargarh Fort offers a superb view of the Man Sagar lake
Jal Mahal and the surrounding area.
When we say that the Jaigarh Fort is the most spectacular of the
three-hilltop forts that overlook Jaipur, believe us ... it's an
understatement. The literal meaning of the word Jaigarh Fort is the fort
of victory. The display includes a collection of weapons which goes to
show that the fort has been aptly named. It does not have intricate
architecture but that was not the purpose it was built for. It was built
as a show of strength and that is what it still stands for.
Shopping is a real delight in Jaipur, its bazaars reminiscent of the
medieval ages, tiny matchbox size stores line up on either side of curvy,
narrow lanes bursting with colour and the most exotic and beautiful
handicrafts, antiques, jewellery, textiles, footwear, quilts, bangles,
scarves, puppets, decorations and a plethora of goodies to choose from. It
is also one of the best markets for jewellery. Here silver is fashioned in
authentic traditional designs reflecting the creativity and culture of the
people. Gold jewellery inlaid with precious stones and emblazoned with
intricate Meenakari work can be found at bargain prices.
The main markets are along Jauhari Bazar, Bapu bazaar, Nehru bazaar,
Chaura Rasta, Tripolia bazaar and M.I. Road. Shops specialising in
precious and semi precious stones, ornaments and jewellery are to be found
on and along Jauhari bazaar.
The capital of the arid province of Rajasthan, Jaipur has an desert type
of climate, with the summers being hot and humid and winters chilly. The
summer months (April to July) can see temperature rise up to 45 degree
Celsius. The winter months (October to March) are the best time to visit,
the days are pleasantly sunny for all the exploring you may want to do and
the nights cool enough for you to warm up around a bonfire. The festival
of Teej in the monsoon months of July-August also sees the city come alive
for two entire days of revelry, processions with music and dance and the
city is decked up in flowers, a sight worth seeing and our recommendation
for one of the best times during which to visit Jaipur.
Air : Jaipur's Sanganer Airport is just south of the
city. A cab will easily take you to the city centre on arrival.
Rail : Jaipur Station is well connected to Delhi by the
Ajmer Shatabdi and the Delhi-Jaipur and the Ashram Express trains, to
Mumbai by the Bombay Central, Jaipur and Aravalli Expresses, and to
Kolkata by the Howrah -Jaipur Express.
Road : The NH8 connects Jaipur to all the major towns