The pink city of India – Jaipur is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. It is a mixture of royal and modern lifestyle. Jaipur is a planned city with architecture and arts top the chart. It was ranked Asia’s 7th best place and India’s 1st place in destinations. The culture, arts, economy, and cuisine of Jaipur cannot be experienced anywhere in India. It is a heaven of forts, havelis, gardens, chattris, temples, and parks. Some of the historical place to include in Jaipur trip as follows:
Historical places in Jaipur
The 16th-century fort is located 11km from the city of Jaipur. It is one of the popular places to visit in Jaipur. It was the residence of Raja Man Singh and it stands out for the magnificent Muslim and Hindu architecture. The fort welcomes you through Sun Gate, Suraj Pol. It then leads you to Jaleb Chowk. There are many stairways that lead you to different places like the temple or Hall of public audience. The interior of public audience is decorated with ornaments and is famous for mosaic works.
It was the meeting place of kings and important ministers. Opposite to the hall stands the fragrant Sukh mandir. It was a relaxation place for kings and queens. It is purely made of ivory and sandalwood. It is a lovely feel to view the Maota Lake. It can be viewed from Jal Mandir. The Amer Fort stands strong and beautiful in front of the Kesar Kyaari, a star-shaped Mughal garden.
2. Chandra Mahal
Chandra Mahal is a charming haveli resting peacefully in the village of Pahersar. The seven-storey building is the combination of different architecture standing separate from other forts. Each floor is architected differently with mind-blowing paintings, carvings, and mirrors. It is presently the residence of Jaipur kings. The tourists are limited only to ground floor. The first two floors are used as Sukh Niwas.
The third floor serves as a drawing and dining area for the Royals. The fourth floor is called hall of beauty for its unmatched interior with unique mirror works, paintings, and floral decorations. The fifth floor has mirror architect and the sixth floor is the crown palace. One can experience the king’s collections like carpets, artifacts, manuscripts, and other royal belongings.
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3. City Palace Jaipur
A perfect example of Mughal and Rajput architecture, it is the embodiment of Jaipur. City Palace lies peacefully in the heart of the city. The palace occupies a one-seventh area of the old city. Maharaja Jal Singh ll built the stunning multiplex like Chandra Mahal, Diwan E Aam, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan E Khas, museum, temple encircled by lush green gardens.
4. Gaitore Jaipur
Gaitore stands tall and notable in the tourist charts. The word Gaitore means resting place of the departed. It serves as a cremation ground for the Rajput Royals. It is brilliantly architected that one just cannot miss it. It has the reputation of the greatest building in Jaipur. It is surrounded by beautiful greenery. The cenotaph is designed from sandstone and marble. The Gaitore is the combination of Rajput and Mughal architecture and walls are beautifully decorated with unique paintings.
5. Ganesh Pol
Ganesh Pol is built for the famous Hindu deity Lord Ganesha. Elegant and majestic, Ganesh Pol is the palace entrance of the maharajas. The 16th-century temple is constructed in the traditional Islamic and Rajput architecture. People from all over the world are attracted and admire the architecture and Lord Ganesha’s excellent idol. The archways are decorated with fine ornaments and latticework. It consists of three private places which are built around the Charbagh, a Mughal style garden.
6. Hawa Mahal
There is hardly anyone who has not heard about the famous Hawa Mahal. It is the most important and famed part of the Jaipur. It is also known as the Palace of Breeze, was specially built for the queens and princess of Jaipur. The majestic red sandstone building has 950 windows was built during the period of Maharaja Sawai Singh in 1799. The windows are beautifully carved and shape the honeycomb allows the breeze to enter the Mahal making it a perfect palace during summers. It is a five-storey palace with arched roofs, carved windows, balconies and hanging cornices.
7. Ishwar Lat
Ishwar Lat also known as Heaven piercing minaret or Swarg Suli is the highest wall building in Jaipur. It stands 60 feet tall and was constructed by Sawai Ishwari Singh. He built this breath-taking structure to celebrate victory against his brother. Another reason for this building was that to look at his most loved daughter who lived opposite to Swarg Suli, as tradition didn’t allow him to visit her in her house. One has to climb to the top to experience the panoramic view of the beautiful city of Jaipur. It is the best place to spend an evening with your loved ones.
8. Jai Mahal Palace
Jai Mahal Palace spreading over 18 acres of land is a 270 years old palace. It is one of the greatest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture and is a stunning Rajasthan’s legacy. It served as the residence of Rajasthan’s Prime Minister’s official residence. It has turned now into a luxurious five-star hotel overtaken by Taj groups. The hotel has 94 rooms with 6 suits. Perfectly located in the center of the city it offers a great view along with modern day amenities. The palace is beautifully landscaped of Mughal style gardens. It is beautifully decorated with lights at night.
9. Jaigarh Fort Jaipur
The Jaigarh is the most spectacular and strongest fort of Jaipur. The fort is famed for Jaivana canon which is the largest canon in the world. The fort was mostly used in wars and it was never conquered. So this fort was also called the fort of victory. The fort rests in the Aravalli Mountain’s Cheel ka Teela or Eagles Hill.
The walls of the fort are made of red sandstone and are 3 km long and width just 1 km. The fort has a well-maintained garden and has a watchtower in the center. It was the main production of cannon during the Mughal period which is now displayed in the premises of the fort. The architecture style of the fort is the Indo-Persian.
10. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is the famous tourist destination of Jaipur. It is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the observatory for astronomy with instruments of masonry. It is built with rubble of brick which is inebriated in lime. It has instruments of stone and brass which is displayed to public. The instruments are
- Jai Prakash
- Samrat Yantra
- Niyati Chakra
- Misra Yantra and
- Ram Yantra
10. Maharani Ki Chhatri
This ancient monument was specially built for the queens and royal ladies. It is the unique memorial service and was locally believed the chhatri: shade would be built if the queen dies before the kings. But if the king dies first, it was left unfinished. Each Chhatri was carved differently reflecting each queen’s taste and memory. It represented a royal status and was built from precious materials.
It is constructed near Jal Mahal and the architecture is noteworthy. The Chattris are beautifully carved out of stonework and goes all through the cenotaph. It is built using white marble and some are built using stones locally found in Jaipur. It is not opened during the Holi festival.
11. Moti Doongri Fort
It is a tiny palace which looks like a Scottish fortress. Maharani Gayatri Devi was considered the most beautiful women in the world and she used to reside in the Moti Doongri Fort. The front of the fort is welcomed by three entrance gates and few steps. Limestone and marble are used in the construction of the fort.
It is famed for the pearl hill and looks like a pearl drop. The fort is not opened to public and is still a private property of the royals. A small temple is situated at the hilltop and is open for all religions. The view and the surroundings emphasis with each other making it looks picture perfect.
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12. Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort rests on the edge of the hills of Aravalli. It is the smallest of the Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Along with the two other forts, it once was a protection for the capital. The fort gives an attractive view of the lake in front. The fort now has a restaurant and a food court too. It presently serves as Jaipur glass palace and wax museum.
The Wax Museum is now the most attractive place of the fort. It has life-size replicas of famous celebrities and national heroes which is made of wax. The fort is best for a short days trip to experience the pastel buildings and to view the stretched city of Jaipur. The best time to visit the fort is during the winter when the fort is at its best view because of the climatic conditions.
13. Sheesh Mahal Amer Fort
The 16th and 17th-century palace is the perfect example of a rich medieval legacy. It is the flawless example of Mughal architecture and is the most famous tourist spot of Jaipur. A small entrance welcomes you to the fort. A rectangular structure called Divan-E-Aam made of sandstone is the first room of the fort. It is constructed on forty pillars and the entire fort is decorated with beautiful mirror work.
The Sheesh Mahal is a beautiful mirror palace. The mirror work adorned the beautiful walls and wooden ceilings and it stretched to the back of the Divan-E-Aam. The beauty of the fort is not only the mirror work but how the glass piece is placed. It is a unique blend of science and decor. Though the mirror work couldn’t stand the test of time, it’s still a must one time visit. A water channel in front of the courtyard and the gloomy stairs leads to the upper floors.
14. Archaeological Museum
Archaeological Museum in Amer is a famous museum which has a collection of sculptures and engraves collected from separate sites of Jaipur. The museum is decorated and arranged in chronological order. It is divided into three sections. The first section is the archaeological section followed by sculpture and epigraph sections. One can experience the different and unique art of Jaipur in the Museum.
15. Bazaars of Jaipur
The best place to experience and feel the culture of the pink city is to visit the Bazaar of Jaipur or the local market. Each market has stories of its own engraved in corners. The two famous Bazaars of Jaipur are the
- Johri Bazaar – it is famous for stones and precious gems and is the largest and oldest market of Jaipur.
- Bapu Bazaar – it is the largest market for camel leather and is known for its best quality of Morji shoes and other leather goods.
16. Safari in Jhalana Leopard Conservation Reserve
Situated at the centre of Jaipur city, it spreads over 20 square kilometres. It houses a good number of healthy leopards and is considered one of the best tourist place in the country. A great safari in the middle of the city gives an opportunity to spot leopards within 5 minutes of entering the reserve. One can even stay in the Shikhar Audhi, a three-storeyed lodge for hunting. Apart from leopards, one can spot other animals like small Indian mongoose, Bengal monitor, desert gerbils, striped hyena and many more.
17. Water Valley
Water Valley got its name because of the place it has been situated near Man Sagar Lake. It is a water valley trek and is covered by greeneries and birds humming. The trek is very smooth and moderate and reaching the top one can experience a great feeling of happiness and breath-taking views. The best time to visit is during the winter season where one can spot migratory birds.
18. Chour Ghati
The Chour Ghati is the remaining trails of Aravalis. The trek allows one to experience the natural beauty and greeneries and one can explore Chour Palace, sun temple and lake in the woods. The best time to visit is during the summer season. If you are planning for a Jaipur trip, ensure to trek at Chour Ghati. It is a natural valley occupied with hidden natural treasures and unknown corners.
19. Chokhi Dhani
One cannot miss the colorful festivals of Jaipur. And if you couldn’t make it, then visiting Chokhi Dhani is a must. It is considered as the best village in Jaipur and festivals and celebration never stops in this village. It is a five star rated village and is a model of Rajasthani village. It is famous for its cuisines, cultures, puppet shows, folk music and dancers. They also offer health club, spa and swimming pool. They have opened their doors to tourists to experience their culture and traditions.
It is recommended to purchase Jaipur holiday packages as it covers accommodation, transportation, and sightseeing. Moreover, you can also visit all the important places as planned during your trip.