Top 10 Places of Attractions in Jaipur

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Jaipur is known for its royal grandeur, forts and palaces of different era. Originally, a seat of Hidu kingdom, the Jaipur property display Hindu school of architecture in the royal structures– palaces and forts, holy places, and gardens etc, everything shows its charcteristics. Here, we are dealing with the top 10 places of attractions in Jaipur, which had been built by the royal dignitaries in and around Jaipur.

Top Places of Attractions in Jaipur

Jaipur is a major tourist destination in India, which forms a part of the Golden Triangle. Some people regard that Jaipur ranks 1st among the Indian destination.

Visitor attractions include the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Galtaji, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Garh Ganesh Temple, Sri Kali Temple, Birla Mandir, Sanganeri Gate and the Jaipur Zoo. The Jantar Mantar observatory and Amer Fort are one of the World Heritage Sites.

Hawa Mahal is a five-storey pyramidal shaped monument with 953 windows that rises 15 metres from its high base. Sisodiya Rani Bagh and Kanak Vrindavan are the major parks in Jaipur.

Hawa Mahal

It is a palace in Jaipur, and so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, and extends to the zenana, or women’s chambers.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur (Pic: easytoursofindia.com)

Jal Mahal

It is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. “The Jal Mahal palace has got an eye-popping makeover. Traditional boat-makers from Vrindavan have crafted the Rajput style wooden boats. A gentle splashing of oars on the clear lake waters takes you to Jal Mahal. You move past decorated hallways and chambers on the first floor to climb all the way up to the fragrant Chameli Bagh.

Jal Mahal, Jaipur

Jal Mahal, Jaipur (Pic: www.seetaj.com)

Across the lake, you can view the hills, dotted with temples and ancient forts, and on the other side, bustling Jaipur. The most remarkable change is in the lake itself. The drains were diverted, two million tonnes of toxic silt were dredged from the bottom, increasing its depth by over a metre, a water treatment system was developed, local vegetation and fish reintroduced, the surrounding wetlands regenerated and five nesting islands created to attract migratory birds.

City Palace

It is a palace complex which include the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings,  in Jaipur. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence. The palace complex, located northeast of the centre of the grid-patterned Jaipur city, incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings.

City Palace, Jaipur

City Palace Jaipur (Pic: blog.guidetrip.com)

The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. He planned and built the outer walls, and later additions were made by successive rulers continuing up to the 20th century. The credit for the urban layout of the city and its structures is attributed to two architects namely, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, the chief architect in the royal court and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, apart from the Sawai himself who was a keen architectural enthusiast. The architects achieved a fusion of the Shilpa Shastra of Indian architecture with Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture.

Amer Fort

Amer Fort  is located in Amer, a town with an area of four square kilometres located 11 kilometres  from Jaipur. Located high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur area. The town of Amer was originally built by Meenas, and later it was ruled by Raja Man Singh I (December 21, 1550 – July 6, 1614).

Amer Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake. It is the main source of water for the Amer Palace.

Jantar Mantar

Located near City Palace and Hawa Mahal of Jaipur, the monument features masonry, stone and brass instruments that were built using astronomy and instrument design principles of ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts.

The Jantar Mantar monument in Jaipur, Rajasthan is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1734 CE. It features the world’s largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (Pic: www.indiantravels.com)

The monument features instruments operating in each of the three main classical celestial coordinate systems: the horizon-zenith local system, the equatorial system and the ecliptic system. The Kapala Yantraprakara is one that works in two systems and allows transformation of the coordinates directly from one system to the other.

Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort is located on the edge of the Aravalli Hills,  on the outskirts of Jaipur, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur. The view of the city from the fort is impressive.

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur (Pic: www.fpinfo.in)

Open from 10 AM not 8:00 am Along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh once formed a strong defense ring for the city. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh, which means ‘abode of tigers’. The popular belief is that Nahar here stands for Nahar Singh Bhomia, whose spirit haunted the place and obstructed construction of the fort. Nahar’s spirit was pacified by building a temple in his memory within the fort, which thus became known by his name.

Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fortis situated on the promontory called the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the Aravalli range; it overlooks the Amber Fort and the Maota Lake, near Amber in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The fort was built by Jai Singh II in 1726 to protect the Amber Fort and its palace complex and was named after him.

Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur (Pic: mouthshut.com)

Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur (Pic: www.mouthshut.com)

The fort, rugged and similar in structural design to the Amber Fort, is also known as Victory Fort. It has a length of 3 kilometres along the north–south direction and a width of about one kilometre. The fort features a cannon named “Jaivana”, which was manufactured in the fort precincts and was then the world’s largest cannon on wheels. The palace complex (Laxmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Vilas Mandir and Aram Mandir) located ), an armoury and a museum. Jaigarh Fort and Amber Fort are connected by subterranean passages and considered as one complex.

Sanganeri Gate

This landmark city gate of Jaipur leads to a lively street of jewelry shops at Johari Bazaar.

Sanganeri Gate

Sanganeri Gate, Jaipur (Pic: www.holidayiq.com)

In fact, the Jaipur city wall is the city wall encircling the old Jaipur city in Rajasthan state in India. It was built in 1727 when the city was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II.The wall is six meters high and three meters thick. There are seven gates in the wall and Sanganeri Gate is one of them.

9. Birla Temple

New among the series of temples of Birla’s, Birla Temple is located at the foot of Moti Dungri fort in the city of Jaipur. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Due to this reason, Birla Temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Birla Temple Jaipur

Birla Temple at Jaipur (Pic: www.rajasthanabout.com)

The Laxmi Narayan Mandir is a modern architectural marvel, surrounded by lush green gardens. The fascinating exteriors of the temple are carved splendidly with beautiful sculptures based on mythological themes, while the interiors have a large marble panel portraying mythological events. The temple looks stunning when it is brightly lit in the night.

10. Vidhan Sabha Bhawan

The Rajasthan Assembly Building is one of the most modern legislature complexes in India. It is situated in Jyoti Nagar, Jaipur the capital of the state.

Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha

Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha, Jaipur (Pic: www.photos.suchit.in)

The exterior of the building has been provided with famous traditional features of Rajasthan such as Jharokas, Chhatries, Kamani, Baradaries, Arches, Todies etc. in Jodhpur and Bansi Paharpur stone. The interior entrance lounges have been decorated in the famous Rajasthani traditional art on walls and ceilings representing traditional art of four regions of Jaipur, Shekhawati, Marwar and Mewar.

The building is an eight storeved frame structure having height of 145 feet and floor area of 6.08 lac sqft. The main dome has a diameter of 104 feet. The assembly hall has a seating capacity for 260 members and a hall of identical capacity over it at fifth floor for future Vidhan Parishad.

 

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