Places that one must visit when in Jaipur

Do you love to go and travel places which is loaded with history and fascinating stories from the past? If that is your choice when it comes to picking up holiday destinations, then Jaipur is that one city which one should not give a miss.

This city is filled with marvellous architectures and grand forts which display the expertise of the old artisans and all of them have interesting stories to tell. When planning the next vacation out there,one can book Hilton Jaipur for comfortable staybecause apart from a relaxing stay, one can get complimentary breakfast and free wifi along with along with a lot of other premium facilities.

Here are the places that one has to visit within the city:

City Palace

When one is in the Pink city, the City Palace is the most visited palace to be explored. Built by Sawai Jain Singh II in between 1729 to 1732; this palace complex also has Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. The Chandra Mahal has been converted to a museum and one can get to see some exclusive handcrafted products there and some others which retain the cultural heritage of the kingdom. One can get the view of the entire city from this palace. This palace is also open for night viewing.

Amber Fort

Also known by the name of Amer Fort (located in Amer which is 11 kilometres away from the city) it was built by Raja Man Singh in the year 1952. Later it was expanded by Raja Jai Singh I. The marble stone and the sand stone mixture of construction actually reflect the blend of a Hindi- Muslim architecture. One can go for an elephant ride from here and enjoy the light and sound show in the fort during the evening.

Nahargarh Fort

It was built as a defensive fort on the Aravalli Ranges and this fort indeed has a majestic look. It has some stunning view points of the city and that is why; this place is a popular picnic spot as well. The major attraction here is the 12 queen boudoirs which are well connected and they are decorated with some stunning murals.

Jaigarh Fort

Known as the Fort of Victory, this fort houses the world’s largest canon which is called Jaivana. This fort was also built as a defensive fort and it was the place to house weapons and other artilleries. This fort has had a major impact in a lot of important historical wars. It is highly fortified and has been spread over a distance of at least 3 kilometres. One can see the artillery museum here and also enjoy the stunning view of the Lake Palace from this fort.

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur had a rich architectural expertise and Hawa Mahal is a stunning presentation of it. It was built in the year 1799 by Maharaj Sawai Pratap Singh and this place is truly a palace of winds. Hawa Mahal has 953 windows so that it can provide the best ventilation. It is a five storey mahal and each of them is connected with slopes and not stairs. It houses an archaeological museum which one can also visit.

Jal Mahal

This one is situated in the middle of the Mansagar Lake and is another architectural delight that the city of Jaipur has to offer. This was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II during the 18th century as a summer retreat and a haunting lodge. This has a beautifully decorated hallway and the fragrant Chameli Bagh. This place is also flocked by migratory birds like white browed wagtail and grey horn during winters. One can go for a camel ride here and do bird watching if they are visiting especially during Noevember – January.

Jantar Mantar Observatory

This is one of the largest observatories in India. It was built during the rule of Maharaja Jai Singh II and this astronomical observatory has the largest sundial of the world.  This happened because Jai Singh had a major interest in a lot of subjects and astronomy was one of them. Because of his keen interest in the subject led him to construct the country’s largest observatory. The geometric devices that are available here are used to observe constellations, measure time and watch orbits around the biggest star.

Pink City Bazaars

The old city is actually a shopper’s paradise and one must not miss it when they are in Jaipur. It has four main bazaars – Nehru Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Johari Bazaar and Kishanpole Bazaar. Each of them is famous for different things. In Johari Bazaar one can get precious and semi precious stones and jewelleries made out of it. For textiles like sarees and scarves or handmade bags and kurtis; one can go to Bapu Bazaar. Kishanpole has wooden sculptures made by the locals and Nehru Bazaar is popular for its vibrant footwear options called Jootis.

Albert Hall Museum

It is a stunning example of Indo- Saracenic style architecture and this place is named after the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward. This is the oldest centre for cultural exploration because the museum houses paintings from different parts of India, cultural artefacts and a lot of festivals and concerts are being organised here.

Galtaji

Located in the hilly regions of Aravalli, this is a Hindu pilgrimage centre. The temple is surrounded by the hilly ranges and natural springs. This temple has beautiful pavilions, and this place is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Apart from all these major attractions within the city there are quite a few places to visit around Jaipur as well. If one is staying at Hilton Jaipur, they can get the facility where private cars can be arranged for them to visit other places outside the city as well. One can visit Abhaneri which is India’s deepest step well (currently in ruins) and is located an hour away from the city. SariskaNational Park is another great option to visit if one has time because this place has a significant tiger population along with Indian Leopards and Hyena.

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