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About Jaipur :

Jaipur, the capital of rajasthan state, was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II on 18th November 1727. Jaipur is also popularly known as the pink city. The city was painted pink under the rule of Sawai Ram Singh, to welcome the Prince of Wales. This decree is visible even today all over the city and the residents too have to follow it. Jaipur city’s rich heritage dates back to the time when it was formed. Even as early as the 1700s, jaipur became the first planned city of India. It was planned according to indian vastu shastra by a bengali architect name vidyadhar bhattacharya.

Jaipur is famous for its culturally rich heritage, which is clearly visible in all its historical monuments. This provides the city with a lot of places of interest, which makes it very attractive to tourists from all over the world. Sawai Jai Singh, in his time, built an observatory called Jantar Mantar. This observatory was so advanced with its huge instruments that it became an astronomical marvel and is also one of the world heritage sites. Hawa Mahal, also called the palace of winds because of its 953 iconic windows, is a palace which was built for the royal ladies to see outside of the palace while still be not seen by the general public. One of the most symbolic of all the forts is amer fort. Amer was the original capital of the state of rajasthan. There are plenty of these forts, palaces and monuments in jaipur to satiate the culturally hungry tourist. Apart from these, there are also a lot of temples, gardens and parks around the city.

Top Tourist Attractions in Jaipur

Amer Fort & Palace – This fort is one of the best known forts in Rajasthan. The original structure of this fort was a palace within the Jaigarh Fort, which is today located above the Amber fort and connected to it by passages. The magnificent structure is built of white, marble and red sand stone. The architecture is a fine blend of Mughul and Rajasthani architectural traditions. The fort was built over a period of two centuries, and has some wonderful palaces and temples within its perimeters. The Maota Lake provides an appropriate backdrop for the Amber Fort. Elephant rides to the fort are a fascinating way to explore the wonders of the fort. The Amber fort, is one of the highlights of tourism in Jaipur, and tops the list of the must-watch tourist places in Jaipur.

City Palace - Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the City Palace depicts typical Rajput style architecture complete with layers of chambers and halls. While a portion of the palace remains the residence of the royal family of Jaipur even today, visitors have access to other parts of the palace complex including Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas and Maharani Palace. The City Palace also houses a museum with a fine collection of artefacts and a temple.

Jantar Mantar - Dating back to the 18th century, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observation site and a testimony of the scholarly brilliance of a bygone era. Among the 20 instruments found at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, it also houses the largest sundial in the world.

Hawa Mahal - Jaipur’s most iconic landmark, the red and pink sandstone façade of Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds is widely recognised. Within its chambers, hidden from public view, the women of the royal house would secretly observe the activities on the street through the palace’s latticework openings. A fine example of Mughal architecture, the pyramidal design of Hawa Mahal rises five-storeys from the ground.

Nahargarh Fort – Set on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, Nahargarh Fort is striking in stature. Built as the summer palace for the royal family, the main palace within the fort is known as Madhavendra Bhawan. In addition, there are nine other double storied living spaces within the fort. . An example of Indo-European architectural style, royal frescos and marble engravings can still be see on the interior walls. Connected to Jaigarh Fort, the views of Jaipur city are stunning from Nahagarh Fort.
 






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