Tourist Places in Jaipur
Forts and Palaces in JaipurAmber fort and Palace
This palace dates back to the 1700’s and the palace for women (Zenana) is a great spot to visit because one can get to see the view of the surroundings well. Since the fort is a vast area one has to get on to a elephant to cover the entire length of the fort. In the evenings there is a sound and a light show which covers the history of the fort from 1070 till the present date.
The Sheesh Mahal is a room in the Amber fort and is decorated with glasses. The glass here has been imported from Belgium. The mirrors in this room have got lovely designs.
The Jaigarh fort and the Amber fort are linked through a secret tunnel for a quick escape from the enemies. This fort is 3 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide. It is located at Cheel ka Teela, meaning the hill of the Eagles. This fort houses many palace complexes, gardens and a museum.
Nahargarh,literally means the "abode of the tigers". This fort was witness to important treaties with the Marathas and was a refuge for the British during the, "Great Sepoy Mutiny". This fort was a hunting residence for the kings.
This palace located is located in the Sagar lake and the halls of the palace are well decorated. The palace is full of forts and temples. This palace is surrounded by five man made islands which attract migratory birds.
This beautiful palace has a huge array of courtyards, temples and gardens. It houses a museum and is still a residence for the erstwhile royal family.
Monuments in JaipurPanna Meena Ka Kund or step well
This well is located at 200 meters at the bottom of the Amber fort and is surrounded by temples. The patterns and geometric design of the well are awesome and is a quiet place.
This monument is situated in a famous bangle bazaar of Jaipur. This is a five storied building of pink sandstone embellished with fine jalli work and balconies. Since the women in the palace were always in the purdah ( veil) the women would come over to this place and have a view of the street life. In the days of yore,the kings used to celebrate Holi, Diwali and Dusherra in a grand way, so the palace women would come here and enjoy viewing all these festivals from the Hawa Mahal.
This was built by Maharaja Jai Singh, an avid astronomer. This place has a huge collection of astronomical instruments to measure time, predict eclipses and track the stars.
The other monuments worth visiting are the Sisodia Rani palace which has got lovely landscaped gardens and the Gaitor tombs, memorial to the former kings of Jaipur.
Temples in JaipurGovind Devji Temple
This temple is located in the City Palace and the Krishna deity of this temple was specially bought from Vrindavan and re – installed here by Maharaja Jai Singh. The other noted temples are the Birla Mandir and the Galtaji Sun temple.
Also See: Most visited temples in Jaipur
Museums in JaipurAlbert Museum
This museum is the state museum of Rajasthan and is a synthesis of Indo – Saracen architecture. The museum has a vast collection of ethnic carpets, paintings, stones, ivory , sculptures made of metal and crystal and other daily items used by the Royal families of Jaipur.
Sea Shells Museum
This museum was inaugurated by Prof. Yash Pal and has got the best collection of sea shells and is worth a visit.
Anokhi Museum of Handprinting
This is a small textile museum showcasing the ancient craft of block hand printing textiles. It has been housed in a 400 year old bunglow and has excellent exhibits, a souvenir shop and a cafe, serving freshly brewed organic coffee.
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One can also visit the Elefun which gives an insight into the daily lives of the elephants and partake in feeding them. There are a lot of parks and one can do some great shopping in Jaipur. So there are many interesting spots at Jaipur, just plan out your trip and enjoy the sights and sounds of this lovely city.
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