Jaipur, also known as 'The Pink City', is one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in India. This capital city of Rajasthan, owes its name to the great warrior king, Sawai Jai Singh II who founded it in the year 1727.The city of Jaipur was planned by a Bengali architect named Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, based on the of the principles of Shilpa Shastra (an ancient Indian text on architecture).
Travel to Jaipur, which is also known as 'The City of Victory' and has a rich cultural heritage, which gives it a distinct identity. A riot of colors welcomes you as soon as you step into this wonderful city. The gaiety and fervor displayed by everything around you is quite appealing. Jaipur Tourism includes imposing forts, dazzling palaces, beautiful gardens and markets enthrall you further. Besides, there are a host of other tourist attractions in Jaipur, which makes it a place you should visit at least once in your lifetime.
Tourist Attractions in Jaipur
Some of the most famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Jaipur are listed below.
It is one of the most famous landmarks to dot the landscape of Jaipur. Also known as 'The Palace of Winds' it was built by Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1799 AD. The beehive structure palace was built for the royal ladies of City Palace. The ladies of royal household used to watch royal processions and daily life activities of the market below.
The City Palace
One of the most visited tourist attractions in Jaipur, the City Palace is a wonderful blend of Rajput and Mughal architectural forms. Located in the heart of the old Jaipur city, this palace occupies one seventh of the area of the walled city. Built by Jai Singh, this palatial structure has been ornately designed and has numerous well laid out courtyards and gardens. Besides, the City Palace also houses a museum with an excellent display of Rajput and Mughal costumes, miniature paintings, royal paraphernalia and the like.
This imposing fort palace is situated on a small hillock and overlooks the city of Jaipur. Its construction was started by Raja Man Singh in 1592 AD, but was finally completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the eighteenth century. This architectural marvel is a blend of Rajput and Mughal forms of architecture and speaks volumes about the magnificence and grandeur of the times it has been a witness to.
Famous for its intricate architecture, the Jal Mahal was built in 1799 AD by Sawai Pratap Singh for duck shooting parties. Built of red sandstone, the first four floors of this structure are under water with only the top floor being visible. A causeway connects this palace to the mainland. Interestingly, this place attracts a lot of migratory birds in the winter season.
Also known as 'The Tiger Fort', the Nahargarh Fort was built by Jai Singh II in the year 1734.This grand structure is the first of the three forts built by the Rajput kings and is a standing witness to all the glory and valor associated with the brave Rajput kings.
This rugged military structure was built by Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1726. Perched on a cliff, this structure offers excellent views of the wonderful city of Jaipur. It also houses the world's largest canon on wheels, the Jaivan besides having a museum, which has a vast collection of weapons and canons used by the Rajputs.
This structure was built by Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1716 and has the distinction of being the largest stone observatory in the world. The Jantar Mantar is located near the gate of the City Palace in Jaipur and has a number of medieval astronomical instruments on display.
Best Time to Visit
Winter from October to March and are winter seasons and is the best time to plan a holiday. Summers between April to June are extremely hot and dry, should be avoided. Monsoons between July to September receive low to medium rainfall, hence monsoons can also be considered for a tour.
How to Reach
By Air: Sanganer airport, about 12 kilometres from the heart of the Jaipur city has both international and domestic terminal.
By Train: Jaipur has three main railway stations including Jaipur Junction, Gandhinagar and Durgapara. They connect the city with neighbouring cities and metropolitans.
By Bus: Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) offers regular, Volvo (air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) and deluxe buses between Jaipur and other cities within the state.
Self Drive: Take the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway 8, 11 and 12; which is a smooth ride of 260 kilometres. Enroute, stop to enjoy local food in a plenty of restaurants.
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