A visit to one of the most beautiful cities in India, Jaipur, will surely give you a high. Jaipur is popularly known as the “Pink City” as it is majestically painted in pink. Its numerous attractions are charming enough to enchant even the jaded tourists. The city was the brainchild of the erstwhile maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II who built it in 1727 AD. Surprisingly Jaipur was established in accordance with Hindu Architectural principles called Vaastu. The royal palaces, majestic forts, unique monuments and colourful handicrafts of Jaipur have earned international fame for their richness and beauty. Jaipur is an important part of the Golden Triangle of India, otherwise known as Delhi, Agra and Jaipur tour on the international travel circuit. From luxurious palaces to rich wildlife, bustling bazaars and lip-smacking cuisine, you will find it all in Jaipur.
Attractions of Jaipur
The City Palace of Jaipur
The imposing fusion of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture, the City Palace is a must-see destination of Jaipur. It houses lush green gardens, elegant courtyards, arresting palaces and a beautiful temple. The interiors of the palace are decorated with glittering mirror work and fascinating paintings.
Located near the gate of the City Palace, Jantar Mantar is an amazing and the largest stone observatory in the world. Constructed in 1716 by the erstwhile ruler Sawai Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar was built to measure altitude, time, movement of the stars and planets and other astronomical events. There are seventeen instruments within the boundary of Jantar Mantar.
The lovely creation of the Rajputs of Rajasthan, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds is a wonderful establishment. This airy palace of Jaipur overlooks the bustling bazaars. This Mahal was especially built to allow the royal ladies to enjoy the sights of the streets. The Mahal has 953 windows adorned with lattice work through which the queens would see the various processions held on the streets.
The famous landmark of Jaipur, Amber Fort was built by maharajah Man Singh in 1952 on a hill overlooking the beautiful lake Maota, and displays a fabulous combination of traditional Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. It offers picture-perfect views, and has many attractions located within its boundary.
Ranthanbore National Park
One of the best National Parks of India, Ranthanbore National Park is famous for its tiger population. Several other wildlife species are also found in the Park.
Some of the other attractions of Jaipur are Albert Hall, Nahargarh Fort, Birla Temple, Kanak Vrindavan, Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Elephant Festival and Jaipur Festival.