1. Amber Fort
In 16th century, a fort was built by a trusted general of Akbar, Maan Singh. Later, Maan started to rule the area nearby the fort which was called as the Amer state. The fort is now called as the Amer fort and the city is called as Jaipur. Amer fort or Amber fort is located a little away from the main City of Jaipur. It is an important traveler destination in this city.
The fort is located 11 km from the city of Jaipur. The fort is opened to visitation from 9 in the morning till 6 in the evening.Elephant ride is available from morning 9:30 till afternoon 1:00. The light show in Hindi starts from 8 in the evening and the English light show starts from 7:30 in the evening.
Amer fort was built with red stonework and silver sandstone. The fort still stands as a grand example of ancient Indian architecture. It is known for its blend of Rajput and Hindu style of construction and combination of Hindu and Muslim style of decoration. The models on the maximum and the walls are unexpected features of this fort. There are many paintings of ancient hunting styles, portrait of important Rajput rulers and others. There are a series of gates in the fort and each one has a unique structure and architectural element to enjoy.You can find many buildings inside the fort including Diwan-e-Aam, SukhMandir, Sheesh Mahal and others.Amber Fort is also come in Famous Places to Visit in Jaipur
2. Hawa Mahal
The famous ‘Palace Of The Winds’, or Hawa Mahal, is one of the projecting tourist charms in Jaipur city. Located in the heart of Jaipur, this beautiful five-storey palace was assembled in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who belonged to Kachhwaha Rajput family. The main designer of this palace built of red and pink stonework, is Lal Chand Ustad and the palace is believed to have been created in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Considered as an embodiment of Rajputana architecture, the main highlight of Hawa Mahal is its pyramid shape and its 953 windows or ‘Jharokhas’ which are decorated with intricate designs. The main intention behind the construction of the Mahal was to facilitate the royal women and provide them a view of everyday life through the windows, as they never appeared in public. Read further to know more about Hawa Mahal, its history, architecture and its visiting hours.
It was in 1799 that the Kachhwaha Rajput ruler, Sawai Pratap Singh, grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh who built Jaipur, assembled Hawa Mahal as a continuation of the Royal City Palace. Sawai Pratap Singh’s devotion to Lord Krishna is evident in the palace’s structure as it resembles the lord’s crown
Hawa Mahal, planned as a beehive castle with small windows, has a height of 50 feet from its base. This construction, founded on a thin protection or podium approximately fifty feet high,
has walls less than a foot thick. Assembled of red and pink sandstones by Lal Chand Ustad, Hawa Mahal is famous for its windows or ‘Jharokhas’ which enable free movement of air within the structure. Its entrance is a door which leads to a spacious courtyard walled by two-storey buildings on three sides. Of the five storeys of the Mahal, the top three storeys have the thickness of a single room while the bottom storeys have courtyards. The interior of the Hawa Mahal is stark and plain with passages and pillars reaching to the top storey. Hawa Mahal is also come in Famous Places to Visit in Jaipur
3. City Place
The City Palace in Jaipur was once the seat of kings as it was from here that they ruled the district. One of the best traveler plugs in the city, the City Palace is a vast complex and includes several buildings, courtyards and gardens. Two of the main palaces in the complex are the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal. The construction is a combination of Indian, Mughal, Rajput and even European styles and you can see the grandeur of the combination in every nook and corner of the palace. The red and pink sand stone in which it is built adds a special beauty to the palace. The decorated gateways add elegance and magnificence to the structure. The City Palace of Jaipur is a great example of how design, art and creativity can be blended to form an exquisite symbol.
The City Palace is in the central-northeast part of the Jaipur city, which is laid in a grid design with wide paths. 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. City Place is also come in Famous Places to Visit in Jaipur.
4. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar” these two magical and ambiguities words invocation in India by many people in their childhood to justify their magical dreams but these words are more than that. The term “Jantar Mantar” literally means “instruments for measuring the coordination of the heavens”. In Jaipur city there are palaces, temples, gardens and ponds they all have their significance in their place but the astronomical viewpoint established by the king Sawai Jai Singh have International importance. The Jantar Mantar houses various architectural and astrological instruments that
have caught the interests of astronomers, historians and architects around the world. It is considered to be one of the largest observatories ever built.
In the early 18th century Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five Jantar Mantar in total in New Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi. They were completed between 1724 -1735. The Jantar Mantar observatory was built between 1728 -1734. It is the largest observatories among five and best preserved and still running. It is a collection of 19 architectural astronomical devices. It features the world’s biggest stone sundial “Smarat Yantra”, and is UNESCO World heritage site. The one observatory in Mathura has almost disappeared today.
You can purchase tickets to the Jantar Mantar either at the entrance or online. There is also a light and sound show for which tickets can be purchased at the monument. A guide is a must when you visit this place as it is very rich in science and history. There are audio guides also available which explains the significance of each structure and gives a background about astronomy. If you are interested in the movement of the heavenly bodies then you should spend around two hours at this place with the audio guide. Jantar Mantar is also come in Best Places to Visit in Jaipur
5. Jaigarh Fort
Located at a distance of 15 kms from the Pink City of India, Jaipur the wonderful royal structure Jaigarh Fort grabs the attention of travelers with its unique style. Mostly the carvings on the walls make it stand as an architectural wonder along with its rainwater gathering system. This striking structure stands at the top of the Aravalli ranges with several interesting features.
Mostly known as the Fort of Victory this particular fort is constructed to store the weapons and other military utilities. During the rule of Rajputs and Mughals the desert state was a major center of artillery production. Right now every traveler can see the used weapons and other war utilities that are well-preserved and displayed in the fort museum.
The royal structure reflects the medieval construction style and is filled with various wonderful exquisite interiors. The huge and stunning construction Jaigarh Fort was built during the period of Jai Singh ll between 15th to 18th centuries using the red brickworks. This was once the fort, which is responsible for the safety and security of both Jaipur and Amer from rivals. Also the majestic fort has the complexes to store the huge weapons, cannons and other arms along with places like warriors assembly. Jaigarh fort is also come in Top Places to Visit in Jaipur.
6. Birla Mandir
The Birla Temple, originally known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, and is placed below the Moti Dungri Fort in Jaipur. Devoted to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, this temple is a honored architectural landmark of Jaipur. Built in pure white marble, the Birla Temple is unlike the traditional prehistoric Hindu temples, and is built with a modern method. Inside this wonderful shrine, beautifully shaped idols of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, as well as other Hindu Gods and Goddesses, can be seen. Delicate carvings of Hindu signs, and ancient quotes from the Geeta and the Upanishads ornament the walls of this mesmerizing temple. One can also spot the mythological events inscribed on the walls. Apart from the religious idols, pictures and statistics of several religious saints, philosophers and historical achievers, like Socrates, Buddha, Zarathustra and Confucius, are also included in the temple. A work of art, this temple truly represents architectural beauty, in a modern form. According to history, the Birla temple was built on the land given to the Birla family by the Maharaja, for just a token sum of one rupee. One of India’s most famous business families, B.M Birla Foundation, built this temple in the year 1988.
The best time to visit this temple is between the months of October to March. In this temple, ‘Janmashtami’, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, is celebrated with great enthusiasm and gusto; that is the time you would witness the charm of this temple at its fullest scale. The consistent visiting hours are between, 8.00 AM to 12.00 Noon and 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM every day. At night, one can witness the temple illuminated beautifully, against the dark skyline. Birla Mandir is also come in Famous Temples to Visit in Jaipur.