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Jaipur carries the pride of holding most precious of heritage jewels like forts, palaces and other set-ups. The tourists get mesmerized with their magnificent sights and stories associated with them. The monuments depict the great sense of ancient architecture, artistry and craftmanship. The visit to Jaipur is worthless without visiting these ancient monuments.

 

 

 

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.

Timings: 10.00 to 16.30 hrs.

 

 

 

 

Jantar Mantar: 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. The unique Sun-dial still provides accurate time, which is subject to daily corrections.

Timings: 9.00 to 16.30 hrs.

 

 

City Palace and S.M.S II Museum: It is 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.

Timings: 9.30 to 16.45 hrs.

 

 

Ishwar Lat: ‘Swarg Suli’ or ‘heaven piercing minaret’, the tower, near Tripolia gate was built by Maharaja Ishwari Singh (1744-51). It offers one of the most breathtaking view of the city.

 

Central Museum: It is 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.

Timings: 10.00 to 16.30 hrs.

 

 

Doll Museum: The museum holds a collection of beautiful dolls from all over the world, it is situated on Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg.

Timings: 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

 

Birla Planetarium: It offers unique audio-visual education about stars and entertainment with its modern computerized projection system.

Show timings: 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00 hrs.

 

 

 

 

 

Jal Mahal: The palace or ‘mahal’ is 6 kms on the way to Amer. This small palace is set beautifully in the middle of Man Sagar Lake and attracts great deal of attention of tourists.

 

 

 

 

 

Gaitor: 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: The fort is at a distance of 15 kms. from the main city. It stands 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.

Timings: 10.00 to 16.45 hrs.

 

 

Nahargarh Fort: Situated 15 kms. from the main city it is seen 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.

Timings: 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

 

 

Galta: Situated 10 kms. from the main city, this holy pilgrimage center has a temple dedicated to the Sun God 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 penance here.

 

 

Motidoongri: It is a replica of a Scottish castle and is perched on a hill top on the southern horizon.

 

 

Lakshmi Narain Temple: The temple is situated just below the Motidoongri and is known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble, popularly known as Birla Temple.

 

 

Maharani Ki Chhatri: It used to serve as the funeral place for the royal ladies, marked by some wonderfully carved cenotaphs.

 

 

Sisodia Rani Garden: It is at a distance of 5 kms. from the main city, on the road to Agra. The magnificent palace garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1710 for his queen.

Timings: 8.00 to 18.00 hrs.

 

 

Vidyadhar Garden: Located just 5 kms. from the main city, on the way to Agra, the garden was setup 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.

Timings: 9.00 to 18.00 hrs.

 

 

Kanak Vrindavan: It lies 6 kms. from main city, on the way to Amer. This newly restored temple and garden, near Jal Mahal, has beautiful gardens and is popular picnic place. The beautiful location is also visited for film shooting.

Timings: 8.00 to 17.00 hrs.

 

 

Amer Fort: 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 its 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 lI the last Maharaja of Amer, who built a new city called Jaipur, where he shifted his capital in 1727.

 

The fort complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches of Amer. Sheesh Mahal chamber of Mirrors. Diwan-e-Aam or the Hall of Public Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on three sides and stands on two rows of ornamented pillars. Diwan e-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass. Sukh mandir is guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory. Throughout the massive fort finely carved lattice windows, exquisitely painted doorways, halls and finely sculptured pillars crave for attention.

 

The old city of Amer was the seat of power and bustling with life and prosperity. Other worth seeing sites are Jagat Shiromani Temple, Narsinghji temple, the stepwell of Panna Meena and fine carved royal cenotaphs on the road to Delhi.

Timings: 9.00 to 16.30 hrs.