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Jaipur Tourism

Jaipur Tourism

About Jaipur

The city of Jaipur, capital of the state of Rajasthan and also known as the Pink City, is a gem set into the north-west corner of India, glimmering like a gem amidst the barren sands of the Thar Desert. The greatest appeal of Jaipur lies in its monuments and architecture. A land of forts, palaces and havelis, the city offers a perfect amalgam of Rajput and Mughul traditions, combining in it the best of both worlds.

One of the most visited monuments in Jaipur is the Hawa Mahal, a unique semi-octagonal monument with 152 individual jharokhas or embellished windows, created to facilitate the voyeurism of royal women as they looked down from to the processions below. Then there is the Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh that was amongst the first of its kind. The City Palace is another popular destination, specially since a part of it has been converted into a museum housing rare and magnificent examples of miniature paintings, manuscripts, costumes, etc. And then of course, is the Amber Fort built in red stone and white marble by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century and completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century. A popular attraction of the fort is the elephant ride that take visitors to the hillside where it is located, recalling in doing so the splendor and regality of an age of kings and princes.

Jaipur is also known for its unique Elephant Festival that takes place in March each year. It comprises of bejeweled and decorated elephants in grand processions, playing polo and then celebrating Holi, the festival of colours, in colour-filled spurts of joy and excitement. Although the festival focuses on elephants in particular, one can also see camels and horses in grand finery.

Much of Jaipur's appeal lies in its cultural heritage that includes music, dance and puppetry. In what can only be described as spell-binding, the artistes and performers of folk and traditional cultural systems reveal the richness of their sounds and movements in evenings filled with the intangible yet unforgettable sights and sounds of a culture that has its roots in centuries of practice and belief.

For those interested in exploring the markets, once again Jaipur will leave you amazed. With markets filled with brilliant hues in clothes, jewllery, decoration items, embellished footwear, rugs, wall-hangings, traditional miniature paintings, mementoes and innumerable other artifacts, the city offers all shoppers the time of a lifetime. The mirror-work, embroidery and gem markets in Jaipur are famous for their variety and beauty and visitors find themselves besotted by the raw charm of handcrafted items.

In keeping with the wider ethos of Rajasthan, Jaipur, its capital, is a city of grandeur, warmth, history, and culture. While allowing you all the comforts of modern living it offers a rare chance to leave behind the travails of the present and catch a glimpse of past that was filled with passion, chivalry - a past that offsets beauty, brilliance and bravery in just the right balance.

 

Tourist Places In Jaipur

Amer: The old capital of the Kachhwahas stands atop a range of craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when reflected in the lake at the foot hill, is a sight to behold. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh, the additional extensions were built by Maharaja Mirja Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh lIthe last Maharaja of Amer, who built a new city called Jaipur, where he shfted his capital in 1727. The palace complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches of Amer. Sheesh Mahal chamber of Mirrors. Diwan-e-Am or the Hall of Public Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on three sides and stands on two rows of ornamented pillars. Diwan e-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass. Sukh mandir is guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory. Throughout the massive fort finely carved lattice windows, exquisitely painted doorways, halls and finely sculptured pillars crave for attention. The old city of Amer was the seat of power and bustling with life and prosperity. Other worth seeing sites are Jagat Shiromani Temple, Narsinghji temple, the stepwell of Panna Meena and fine carved royal cenotaphs on the road to Delhi.

Hawa Mahal: built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Now it houses a well laid out museum. The display “Jaipur past and present” is the special feature of this newly setup museum.

Jantar Mantar: (Observatory) built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dial still provide accurate time, which are subject to daily corrections.

City Palace & S.M.S. II Museum: situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city. Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public audience) has intricate decorations and collection of manuscripts, Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of private audience) has a marble pawed gallery Mubarak Mahal has a rich collection of costumes and textiles. There is a Clock Tower near Mubarak Mahal. Sileh Khana has a collection of armory and weapons.

Central Museum: situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces.

Jal Mahal: on the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is in progress.

Jaigarh Fort: standing on a hilltop, overlooking the palaces and city of Amer. The world’s biggest cannon on wheels- the Jai Ban is positioned here, built during reign of Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh. It has a twenty feet long barrel and pumped in the cannon for a single shot.

Nahargarh Fort: cresting a hill about 600 ft. above the city, the fort was built in 1734. The walls of the fort run along the ridge and within are architectural beauties like Hawa Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan.

Laxmi Narayan Temple: is situated just below the Moti 000ngri, known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble, popularly known as Birla Temple.
 

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