The city of forts, palaces, Heritage Properties, fabrics, and a lot more. Jaipur City has many more things to explore. Colorful shops to a number of Heritage Sites, Jaipur is now more than just a pink city, Jaipur City is a typical Indian heritage city with a different vibe, where the government and the people try to make it more unique & beautiful. Since Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, Traffic is a huge problem here like any other metro city of India.
The city meets most of your expectations, where you can find everything. Jaipur is more active than many Indian cities with more numbers of tourists coming here to witness its beautiful heritage properties In and around the city.
HISTORY OF JAIPUR CITY
Jaipur was named after his first king Jai Singh who founded this city in 1727, City holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India. The story goes that in 1876, when the prince of whales visited India, then maharaja of India painted the whole city pink as a symbol of hospitality.
Jaipur city has been used as a kingdom for a very long. The forts and beautiful architecture on it shows the beauty and the historic importance of Jaipur. The city has always played a major role in the textile industry around Asia and the middle east.
Since Many rulers ruled the state from here, hence all we can witness are the palaces, forts, Heritage properties. Jaipur is a royal city and the city will show you how lavishly the kings ruled from Here.
Places To Explore In The Jaipur City
Since the city is so big to explore, it has a lot of small and big attractions to explore, yet you might need time to explore most of its attractions.
Badi Chaupar is the main city center, where all the tourist attractions are easily accessible. Hawa Mahal and the city palace are just a few minutes away from here, while share transport runs occasionally for the other tourist attraction in the outskirts of Jaipur.
1) HAWA MAHAL :
Smallest yet the most beautiful attraction in the city, Hawa Mahal is the perfect tourist location to start a day, Located at Jaipur city center Badi Chaupar Metro station. This beautiful structure was built by Maharaja Pratap Singh in 1799. This five-story pyramidal shape is about 15m High with 365 latticed windows. This beautiful structure looks more beautiful at night when the light comes on.
Hawa mahal is Open for all Days from Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 pm, while the entrance tickets are 50 and 200 for the Indians and foreigners respectively.
2) MAHALAXMI TEMPLE (BADI CHAUPAR)
The very first place, Mahalaxmi temple is next to Badi chaupar metro stand, And this beautifully carved temple with white stone definitely needs the visit. Temple seems crowded in the morning as local people come in large numbers to have the blessing.
The temple roof is the perfect location in the center of Jaipur, where you can look at a panoramic view of the entire city, From Hawa mahal to Amber fort and Galta temple, everything is visible from Mahalaxmi temple in the Jaipur city.
3) THE CITY PALACE OF JAIPUR CITY
The city palace is located in the heart of Jaipur, easily accessible through the metro. The City Palace in the Jaipur city has been used as a throne for the maharajas of Jaipur since 1727. Maharaja Jai Singh II had initiated the construction of this palace as he wanted to move his capital from Amber to Jaipur, Because of the Increasing population and he wants to settle his kingdom in Jaipur city.
After that many kings of Jaipur has ruled the state from Here. Currently, the city palace is now a tourist attraction site that comes under ASI Department. City palace has a museum, Temple, Diwan-e-Khas, Mahals, and Textile gallery.
4) JAL MAHAL
One of the beautiful pieces of architecture to explore in Jaipur city. Jal Mahal is located just right at the center of Sagar Lake on the outskirts of the city. Jal Mahal literally means ‘Water Lake‘ and it was built as a lodge for the king for their hunting trip.
At Glance, Jal mahal palace looks like a single-floor palace, but actually, it has four storeys actually the rest 3 floors are submerged into the water. The palace is not open for public visits, but you can witness this beautiful piece of architecture from the bank of the Sagar lake.
The Banks of Sagar lake looks like a picnic spot with local vendors roaming around. Jal Mahal palace looks more beautiful at night when this whole place lights up.
5) ALBERT HALL MUSEUM
Albert hall museum is the house of the Heritage piece of arts, idols, and many things which have been used widely in history. This museum was built by the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, That is how they named it ‘ALBERT HALL’ and completed in 1887 by sir Swinton Jacob (Mastermind behind many other palaces in Rajasthan).
Albert museum is a beautifully designed building from the outside as well inside. The museum is currently holding hundreds of items and has been categorized with metal art, Textile, clay idols, garments, armors, paintings, musical instruments, and many more.
Albert Hall Museum also has a library and an archive section as well. The museum has been managed by the state government, Albert hall opens all days of a week with fees of INR 40 For Indian visitors and INR 300 FOR overseas visitors.
6) JANTAR MANTAR
Jantar Mantar literally meaning ‘Calculating Instruments’ is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Jaipur City. Jantar Mantar of Jaipur was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II and was completed in 1734. Sawai king Jai Singh II also built the Jantar Mantar of Delhi, Ujjain, Mathura, and Varanasi Between 1724 to 1735.
Jantar Mantar is spread across 18,700 sq meters, constructed out of stones and marbles. This monument is an imposing collection of 19 astronomical instruments. these stones are designed to help them to understand the time.
If you are someone who likes to look at the sky and wants to understand medieval time astronomy and how it works, then you should visit this location. You can hire a guide to understand more deeply about Jantar Mantar. It opens from 09 AM to 05 PM with an Entrance fee of INR 5O for Indian visitors and INR 200 for foreign visitors.
7) GALTA JI TEMPLE, JAIPUR CITY
Galta Ji temple lies 10 km to the east of Jaipur city. The Temple complex is home to several small and big temples. Galta Ji Temple was built by Diwan Rao Kriparan, who was an attendant at the court of Sawai Jai Singh II.
The temple complex has several sacred tanks “Kunds” where pilgrimage used to bath to wash away their sins. There is a huge population of monkeys around the complex everywhere, that’s why galta Ji is also popular as ‘The Monkey Temple.
Galta Ji is located around the Hills which makes this place beautiful and Freshy to explore around. There is a small hike for around 15-20 mins to the temple, But it’s fun to explore that part of Jaipur city.
8) AMBER FORT
One of the top tourist attractions of The Jaipur. Amber fort is located 11 km from Jaipur City. The fort was initially made by the king man Singh I, and later additions were made by Sawai Jai Singh.
Amber Fort is a perfect example of the creativity of stones and marble, Fort is so big that, at least a person needs 3-4 hours to visit and understand the importance of every corner. Amber has several sections such as gardens, Diwan e aam, Diwan e Khas, Temples, sheesh Mahal, Royal Darbar. Amber has a separate tunnel that joins Jai Garh Fort underground.
Amber fort opens 7 days a week with a nominal entrance fee, there’s also a sound and light show in the amber complex in the evening.
9) NAHARGARH FORT
Nahargarh fort facing opposite Amber. Located on the Aravali hills of Jaipur that constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734.
Nahargarh was intended to be made for overlooking the Jaipur city from the outskirts of Aravali Hills to stop invaders into the city But never faced a single war. This 700 ft high fort follows the indo- European architecture style, Lined with multiple gorgeous structures inside.
Nahargarh fort has madhavendra Bhavan, built by swai Madho Singh, Fort has 12 private suite rooms for the queens and 1 suite for the kings, which all are connected through corridors. The fort looks brilliant when floodlit at night. Overlooking the city, it presents a glittering view of the city lights.
10) JAI GARH FORT, JAIPUR
Yet, another fort in Jaipur on the Aravali hills and this one also built by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1726 to overlook amber fort. This 3 Km long has the same structure as Amber. This place was used as the armors storage unit, Through Jaigarh considered to be the strongest monument of Jaipur popular as ‘Victory Fort’.
It houses the world’s largest cannon on wheels called ‘Jaivana Cannon’. There are various other attractions within the fort like Laxmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Aram Mandir, and the Vilas Mandir.
11) PANNA MEENA KA KUND
Tourists visiting amber fort majorly missed this stepwell. well, stepwell isn’t new for the local Rajasthani people. But this place turns out to be a major picture spot among tourists.
Panna Meena Kund was constructed in the 16th century for the purpose of conserving water, which was later used to supply water nearby. Women used to come here with their pots and local children used to come here for the dive into the kund.
It’s a square-shaped stepwell with an adjoining wall leading to the water down below. Panna Meena Kund isn’t that big stepwell but it’s worth visiting because the local municipality body maintained this very beautifully.
12) LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE / BIRLA MANDIR
The Laxmi Narayan temple is located at the base of Moti Doongri. The temple was built by the industrialist Birla’s in 1988 using white marble, where the land for the temple was donated by the king of Jaipur. Temple has 3 domes on the top which represents the 3 religions of India. Birla mandir has an idol of Laxmi Narayan (Lord Laxmi, Lord Vishnu), which was carved using a single piece of marble.
The Laxmi Narayan Temple has amazing work of carving and sculptures covering many mythological themes. The temple looks spectacular at night when it is lit up, The complex has a museum that exhibits the earlier belongings of the Birla family.
13) PATRIKA GATE, JAWAHAR CIRCLE
One of the top Socially famous locations of Jaipur, Patrika gate located in the heart of Jaipur on Jawahar circle. If you are looking for Instagram-worthy posts then you need to explore Jawahar gate in Jaipur City.
The Patrika gate also popular as ‘Jawahar Gate’ is an Entrance to the Jawahar circle park, which is the largest circular park in Asia. Jawahar circle is the perfect spot for tourists as well locals to spend some Quality time.
Patrika gate becomes more gloomy in the evening with the light-up around. the main attraction of the park has definitely got to be the Musical Fountain. The fountain creates spectacular shows with over 270 types of effects and over 300 colorful lights.
Jaipur city is indeed one of the major tourist-friendly cities of India. Apart from these 12 things, there are many more places which need to explore. Jaipur is a historical city, and the person who is inspired by the history needs to spend more days in the pink city.
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