Jal Mahal, Jaipur

Jaipur, also known as 'The Pink City', is one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in India. This capital city of Rajasthan, owes it's 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 young Bengali architect named Vidyasagar, based on the of the principles of Shilpa Shastra (an ancient Indian text on architecture).

Also known as 'The City of Victory', Jaipur has a rich cultural heritage, which gives it a distinct identity. A riot of colors welcome you as soon as you step into this wonderful city. The gaiety and fervor displayed by everything around you is quite appealing. The 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. The best time to travel to Jaipur is during the winters (October to March).

Tourist Destinations in Jaipur

Some of the most famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Jaipur are listed below.

Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal -Jaipur
Hawa Mahal

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 palace with it's beehive like structure was built by the king to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch royal processions and daily life activities outside in comfort and privacy.

The City Palace

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Jaipur, the City Place 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 both Rajput and Mughal costumes, miniature paintings, royal paraphernalia and the like.

Amber Fort

This imposing fort palace is situated on a small hillock and overlooks the city of Jaipur. Its construction was started byRaja Man Singh in 1592 AD, but was finally completed bySawai 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.

Jal Mahal

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.

Nahargarh Fort - Jaipur
Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort

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.

Jaigarh Fort

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.

Jantar Mantar

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.

How to reach

Jaipur is around 262 km away from Delhi and is well connected by road, rail and air. It has regular flights to Delhi, Calcutta and Mumbai besides having weekly flights to places like Jaisalmer and Udaipur. A major portion of the railway lines have been converted to broad gauge and there is a special luxury train called 'The Palace on Wheels'which originates from Delhi and makes a trip around Rajasthan.A number of Deluxe and Express buses are run by the Rajasthan government and a number of private operators. Pre-paid auto rickshaws are easily available. Besides, there are also bicycles available on hire.