Best Places To Travel In Jaipur, India. Jaipur (Also known as the “Pink City”) is amongst the most visited tourist destinations in India. It is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan and an important destination of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit with Delhi and Agra being the other two.
The building gets its name from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the inspiration for its design. The exquisitely built Albert Hall is housed in the centre of Ram Niwas Garden. Sir Swinton Jacob conceptualised and designed it using styles from the Indo-Sarasenic architecture and the Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone of the building in 1876. The museum displays a wide range of metal objects, wood crafts, carpets, stone and metal sculptures, arms and weapons, natural stones and ivory goods. It also houses a large collection of miniatures from Bundi, Kota, Kishangarh, Udaipur and Jaipur schools of art.
Abhaneri is situated at a distance of 33 km from the district headquarters of Dausa district and 96 Km. from Jaipur. It houses monuments from the era of Gupta dynasty. Abhaneri is famous for its Harshat Mata temple and the Chand Baori (step well).
Amber (pronounced Amer) is at a distance of about 11 kilometres from Jaipur. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was the bastion of the Kachwahas of Amber, until the capital was moved to the plains, to what is today Jaipur. The palace, located in craggy hills, is a beautiful melange of Hindu and Mughal styles. Raja Man Singh I began construction in 1592 and the palace, which was built as a strong, safe haven against attacking enemies, was completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh. The contrast between the harsh exterior and the inviting interior couldn’t be more surprising. Made entirely of red sandstone and white marble, visitors are left spellbound by the magnificence of the palace that utilises carvings, precious stones and mirrors. The splendour of the palace is enhanced by the breath-taking vista of the Maota Lake in front. The palace is nearly seven centuries old and has a legendary past.
The Birla Mandir, also known as Lakshmi-Narayan Temple, is located at the base of Moti Doongri. Built on an elevated platform, this comparatively modern temple is built entirely of white marble and dominates the skyline of south Jaipur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, also called Narayan, and his companion, Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and good fortune. The temple is a work of art and has a marvellous display of exquisite carvings and sculptures covering many mythological themes. The temple looks spectacular at night when it is lit up. Other than the main temple, the complex has a museum that exhibits the earlier belongings of the Birla family.
Bisalpur or Vigrahapura was founded by the Chahamana ruler Vigraharaja IV in the 12th Century AD. The importance of Bisalpur is due to its temple of Gokarnesvara, also known as Bisal Deoji's Temple, constructed by Vigraharaja IV or Visala, who was a devotee of Gokarna, an aspect of Lord Shiva. It is situated beside the Bisalpur Dam on the Banas River. The temple (22.20 m x 15.30 m) has a 'pancharatha' sanctum, 'antarala', square 'mandapa' and portico with 'sikhara'. It also enshrines a 'linga'. This sanctum is surmounted by a hemispherical dome and it is supported on eight tall pillars carved on the lower section with floral festoons, chain-and-bell and circular medallions. There are several short inscriptions which record the visit of pilgrims from time to time. The earliest of these is dated 1154-65 AD and the inscription is important for mentioning the Chahamana Chief, Prithviraja III. The ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) has marked it as a monument of national importance.
Located within the walled city, the City Palace Complex was conceived and built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. A beautiful fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture, the palace is still home to the last ruling royal family which lives in a private section of the palace. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II is credited with building most of the structures, but it was expanded upon by later rulers as well. The City Palace Complex includes the Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public audience), Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of private audience), Mubarak Mahal (the palace of reception) and the Maharani’s Palace (the palace of the queen). Mubarak Mahal now houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and displays a vast and unique collection of royal costumes. The clothes of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I are also on display. The Maharani's Palace, surprisingly, has an interesting display of very well-preserved Rajput weaponry. Other than the arms, the palace is adorned with beautiful paintings on the ceiling that are well-maintained.
Just off the Jaipur-Amber road is Gaitore, the final resting place of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The chhatris (cenotaphs) here, made of white marble display the distinctive Rajput style of architecture. The open pavilions with ornate domes are supported by delicately sculpted pillars. The crematorium is located in the middle of yellow sandstone hills. The décor and extravagance of a particular chattri is meant to reflect the stature and prowess of the ruler it contains. The most graceful and beautiful chattri at Gaitore is that of Maharaja Jai Singh with 20 carved pillars. Tourists are especially drawn towards it because of its intricate carvings.
Galtaji is an ancient pilgrim centre in Jaipur. Set amidst low hills, this holy pilgrim centre has holy kunds (natural springs), Ramgopalji Temple and a temple dedicated to the Sun God. It crests the ridge over a picturesque gorge and provides an impressive view of the city.
Hawa Mahal, literally the Palace of Winds was built using pink sandstone in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. This unique five-storey structure with small latticed windows (called jharokhas) is a blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities on the street below, it now houses a well laid out museum.
Standing on a hilltop, 15 Km. from Jaipur, is Jaigarh Fort, built by Sawai Jai Singh II.. Despite its ancient construction, it still retains most of its imposing citadel appearance. Visitors to the Fort can see the world’s largest cannon – Jaiban placed here.
One of the most fascinating sights in Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal or Lake Palace. The light, sand coloured stone walls and the deep blue of the water make for a wonderful contrast. The palace appears to float in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, where its magnificent exteriors can be enjoyed by tourists.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. It contains sixteen geometric devices, designed to measure time, track celestial bodies and observe the orbits of the planets around the sun. It also houses an Interpretation Centre that helps tourists understand the working principles and chronology of the observatory.
Situated 170 Km. from Jaipur, Jhunjhunu is a well known trading hub and a major destination in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. There are many interesting places that one can visit in the town, these include Forts, Havelis, other heritage buildings, etc. Notable among them are, Khetri Mahal, Rani Sati Temple, Ajit Sagar Lake, Badalgarh fort, etc.
Situated 168 Km. from Jaipur, Mandawa, once functioned as a trading outpost for ancient caravan routes in Shekhawati for goods from China and the Middle East. Thakur Nawal Singh, then ruler of Nawalgarh and Mandawa built a fort to protect this outpost. The Mandawa fort famous for its painted arched gateway, beautiful frescoes, exquisite carvings and mirror work. Situated in the middle of the town, the Mandawa Fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Mandawa is also famous for its beautiful havelis.
Once a private game reserve of the royal family of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the world’s best known wilderness areas. Located 14 kilometres from Sawai Madhopur and 155 Km. from Jaipur and at the junction of some of the geologically oldest mountain ranges - the Aravallis and Vindyas - Ranthambore offers some of the finest opportunities for sighting the magnificent tiger in the wild. A mix of rolling hills and crags, and meadows, lakes and rivulets, this dry-deciduous forest system is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Apart from the tiger, other wildlife in the Park include, sloth bear, leopard, jackal, fox, hyena, Indian wolf, chital, sambhar deer, blue bull antelope or nilgai, rhesus macaque, langur and an incredible variety of birds. The landscape is dominated by the 10th century fortress of Ranthambore. Open from October to June, Ranthambore is accessible by rail from Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur and by road from Jaipur and Delhi. Sawai Madhopur has a range of accommodation to suit every budget.
Samode is located 40kms northwest of Jaipur on Jaipur-Sikar road. The beautiful 475 year old Samode Palace provides a fine example of the Rajput haveli architecture. Visitors to Samode can experience the rural lifestyle by taking a camel safari through the village and visit local craftsmen.
Sanganer, situated 16 Km., from Jaipur is famous for textile printing and handmade papers. Sanganeri hand block printing has got a Geographic Indication (GI) Tag. Sanganer is also a famous Jain pilgrimage because of the ancient Jain temple of Lord Adinath (Rishabh Dev) located here.
1| Albert Hall
3| Amber Fort
4| Birla Temple
5| Bisaldeo Temple
6| City Palace, Jaipur
|City Palace, Jaipur|
9| Hawa Mahal
10| Jaigarh Fort
11| Jal Mahal
12| Jantar Mantar
15| Ranthambore National Park
|Ranthambore National Park|