Hm, it seems we have a second guest post on Rajasthan here on IndiaPalette. Remember The Ultimate Jodhpur Travel Guide for Busy Travelers ? You think it’s by chance? 🙂 As for me, I’m determined to include Rajasthan in my travel bucketlist 2017 and to visit Jodhpur as well as Jaipur, beautifully described by Rohit of Trans India Travels:
Known popularly as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of the Western state of Rajasthan in India. Rajasthan, known as the gateway to the Thar Desert, is a prominent region in the history of India and has contributed immensely by producing some of the bravest and the most valiant kings.
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Places to visit in Jaipur
Majorly ruled by the Marwads and the Rajputs, the region of Rajasthan houses numerous palaces and forts which acted as the place of residence and symbols of power or powerhouses for the kings ruling during the times.
Situated in the centre of the city, the City Palace stands as the most visited tourist location and occupies a significant portion of the old city area in Jaipur. Built in the 19th century, the architecture of the City Palace has a perfect blend of the Mughal, Rajput and the European styles. With deep courtyards, gardens and extensively layed out pillars, the Palace depicts some of the best engravings and carvings of those times.
The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the biggest of the five monuments built under that very name. It was built to mark the conversion of Jaipur as the new Capital city from the previous Capital city of New Delhi. The Jantar Mantar is said to have the largest sundial in the world and also holds some of the best instruments built for star gazing and astronomy using the designs and engineering methods much more advanced than those known to men across the seas during that time.
Built atop the hills, the Amer Fort is about 11 kilometres from the city of Jaipur and overlooks the Maota Lake. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amer fort stands an import monument that resembles the culture of the 17th century. With a fine blend of Muslim and Hindu architecture, and constructed primarily using red sandstone and white marble, the fact that Amer fort makes it to the UNESCO list of monuments is no brainer and becomes a must visit when in the city of Jaipur.
Built in 1799, the story of the Hawa Mahal of Jaipur is of immense importance. With the ladies of the times not being allowed to come into the public, the then king decided to device a way to let the royal women be a part of the celebrations in the palace and watch the proceedings on the streets thus coming up with the idea of building such a monument. The Hawa Mahal symbolizes the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown and stands 5 stories tall with 152 windows. Built of pink and red sandstone with some amazing architecture, it becomes a must visit destination for tourists visiting Jaipur!
Translating literally to “Water Palace”, the Jal Mahal is one of the most famous places to visit in Jaipur. Situated 6 kilometres from the city, the Jal Mahal stands strong and high in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake walled by the majestic Nahargarh hills. The location is now known for where some of the best pictures were clicked in the city of Jaipur while in the olden times, it served as a party house and a duck hunting getaway for the kings. The terrace bears the splendid garden which is still accessible to visitors who wish to not miss the sight of a magnificent palace situated right in the middle of a picturesque lake!
The land of the Rajas, the Rajputs and the Marwads has some of the best forts and palaces, and are unmatched by any other anywhere across the globe. While the City palace and the Hawa Mahal are known to anyone who shows up in Jaipur without research, the locations like the Amer fort might be missed out by those setting out without a little research. So, we showed you the best places that must not be missed when you’re in Jaipur! And to check out even more activities and places to visit in Jaipur, click the picture below:
About the Author:
Rohit is an architect by profession and pays a lot of attention to detail. He enjoys travelling across the country with an urge to satisfy his hunger for experience and in the process blogs about his journeys. He writes about his experiences and the places he visited at Trans India Travels.