Place to Visit in Jaipur
- 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 AND 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.
ISHWAR LAT - 'Swarg Suli' or 'heaven piercing minaret', the tower, near Tripolia gate, built by Maharaja Ishwari Singh (1744-51). It offers one of the most breathtaking view of the city.
- 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.
- DOLLS MUSEUM - a collection of beautiful dolls
from all over the world, it is situated on Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg.
- BIRLA PLANETARIUM - It offers unique
audio-visual education about stars and entertainment with its modern
computerised projection system.
- JALMAHAL - (6 kms) on the way to Amer, this
small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation
around the lake is in progress.
- GAITOR - (6 kms) At the foot hill of Nahargarh
stands the memorials to the former rulers of Jaipur the place has
some gracefully carved cenotaphs in white marble.
- JAIGARH FORT - (15 kms.) 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
(15 kms.) 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.
- GALTA - (10 kms.) This holy pilgrimage centre
has a temple dedicated to the Sun God (Which is the only one of its
kind in this part of the country) and natural spring. It crests the
ridge over a picturesque gorge and provides an impressive view of
the city. As the legend goes, sage Galav performed a difficult
- MOTI DOONGARI - perched on a hill top on the
southern horizon. It is a replica of a Scottish castle.
- LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE - is situated just below
the Moti 000ngri, known for the intricate marble carvings in white
marble, popularly known as Birla Temple.
- MAHARANI K! CHHATRI - The funeral place for
the royal ladies, marked by some wonderfully carved cenotaphs.
- SISODIA RANI GARDEN - (5 kms.) on the road to
Agra, the magnificent palace garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai
Singh II in 1710 for his queen.
- VIDHYADHAR GARDEN - (5 kms.) on the way to
Agra, built by Viyadhar, the chief architect and town planner of
Jaipur. This beautiful terraced garden has several galleries and
pavilions decorated with exquisite murals, depicting Lord Krishna.
- KANAK VRINDAVAN - (6.5 Kms on the way to Amer)
This newly restored temple and garden, near Jal Mahal, has beautiful
gardens and is popular picnic place. This is also beautiful location
for film shooting.
- 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.