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Enjoy Your Day Tour to Jaipur with Magnificent Sights

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Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan. It used to be the home to Rajputana kings in the old days. As a testament to the glory of a previous era, there are several palaces standing proudly in and around Jaipur. The rich history and culture of this city attract a large number of tourists every year, both national and international.

 

Some of the most popular sights to see in Jaipur are:

 

Amer Fort and Palace:

 

Every city tour in Jaipur starts with a visit to the Amer Fort. Sitting atop a hill overlooking the Maota Lake, the Amer Fort is constructed of red sandstone and marble. It is also known as the Amer Palace because the structure used to be the royal residence of many Rajput Maharajas and their families. The opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-e-Aam, the Diwan-e-Khas, the Sheesh Mahal and the Sukh Niwas. Inside, the intricate patterns and elaborate mirror work adds to the grandeur of the place. A special attraction to see is the light & sound show that happens every evening, bringing alive the Fort's history.

 

City Palace:

 

The City Palace was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh between 1729 and 1732 AD. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The palace is a beautiful blend of both Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace complex houses the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal, huge courtyards, gardens, and buildings. Some of the royal family still lives here in the Chandra Mahal. Selected parts of the Chandra Mahal have been converted into a museum displaying handcrafted products that depict the cultural heritage. The City Palace also has an art gallery, an exhibit dedicated to paintings and photography, interesting displays of royal costumes and old Indian weapons, and more.

 

Hawa Mahal:

 

Hawa Mahal, constructed of red and pink sandstone, is a must-visit sight for any city tour in Jaipur. Built-in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the palace has five floors that contain rows of small windows and screens. True to its name, Hawa Mahal has 953 windows to provide ventilation. In the present time, most of these windows have been sealed shut, thus, the free flow of wind has gone missing from this palace now. According to legend, the Hawa Mahal was built so that the women of the royal household could watch the streets below without being observed. The structure stands tall on the main street of Jaipur's lively Old City. One can enjoy spectacular views of the city below from inside the palace.

 

Jantar Mantar Observatory:

 

Built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of the largest astronomical observatories in the world. It features a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments that help in measuring time, observing constellations and orbits, predict eclipses, and track stars. The most impressive among these is the Samrat Yantra, the world’s largest sundial, that is essentially a time calculator.

 

Jaigarh Fort:

 

Built in 1726, the Jaigarh Fort was built to protect the Amer Fort. Located 400 meters above Amer, it overlooks the entire complex of Amer Fort and Palace. Spread over a distance of about 3km, Jaigarh Fort was a symbol of the military prowess of the Rajputs. Flanked by towering gateways and watchtowers, it is famous for the world’s largest cannon on wheels. The cannon has never been fired though, and neither has the fort been captured. Jaigarh Fort literally translates to Fort of Victory. This is one of the most well-preserved structures of medieval India. Without the delicate interiors of the Amer Fort, Jaigarh looks like a real fortress, majestic in its size and structure. Climb the Diwa Burj watchtower to get an excellent view over the plains.

 

Nahargarh Fort:

 

Overlooking the entire city of Jaipur, the Nahargarh Fort was built as a defensive fort perched high on the Aravalli Hills. The fort was built 1734, and along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, it formed a strong defense ring around the city. Nahargarh Fort offers some pretty great panoramic views of both Jaipur and Amer from here, especially during the sunset time. For many locals, Nahargarh is a popular picnic spot. A number of new attractions have recently opened here including a wax museum, sculpture park, and fine-dining restaurant. The fort looks particularly attractive at night when it's lit up.

 



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