Jaipur located in the state of Rajasthan is said to be the first planned city in the whole of India. Jaipur was established in the 1700s by Raja of Amber – Jai Singh II. Famous architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya build the city keeping in mind the principles of Vastu Shastra. Jaipur was labeled the pink city because during 1876 when the Prince of Wales visited India, as a form of welcome, the ruler painted all the buildings pink as it was a symbolic colour. Jaipur has a historic splendour and is charmed with cololurful markets. Known all over the world for its precious gems, the city is an absolute charm. Read on below to find out the places you must visit.
Amber Palace is a UNESCO world heritage site situated on top of a hill about 11 kilometres from Jaipur. The palace is also called as Amer Fort/Amer Palace. The construction of the palace was started in the year 1592 by Raja Man Singh who was the legendary ruler – Akbar’s most trusted general. The fort served as a safe haven for the Rajput rulers. Made fully with red sandstone and white marble, this fort is an absolute treat to the eyes with the level of intricate details that was put into making it.
Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds was built in 1799 by ruler Swai Pratap Singh. The 5 storey building has many windows which is why it is always windy inside. It was made with the purpose of the royal ladies to be able to witness everyday street processions without being seen as during that time, the women of the royal household couldn’t be seen by the public. The palace has a honeycomb shape which is very unique. It is also said that it is the tallest building in the world to have been made without a foundation.
Located in the heart of Jaipur is where you can find Jantar Mantar. An architectural brilliance featuring the worlds largest stone sundial. Jantar Mantar was built by the Founder of Jaipur City – Swai Jai Singh II and is considered as one of the oldest astronomical observatories. Spread over 18,700 square meters, the place has a collection of 19 astronomical instruments made from marble and local stone. Jantar Mantar is considered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Jaigarh Fort is a similar architectural design as the Amber Palace. Built in the early 18th century, Jaigarh Fort overlooks the Maota Lake and Amber Palace. On your visit here, you can see the worlds largest canon – Jaivana.
Jal Mahal - Water Palace was built by Maharaja Madho Singh. Situated in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, the pink sandstone palace was built for the king for his duck-hunting expeditions. When you see the Mahal as it is, you will not realise that it has 4 underwater levels to the palace that hold litres of water. The specially designed system prevents water from entering in even to till date.
The city palace is a beautiful melange of the Rajput and the Mughal architecture. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the palace has museum where you can see a display of unique collections of royal clothes, silk saris, dresses with folk embroidery. Various weaponry dating back to the Rajput times can also be found there along with stunning paintings showcasing the whole life of the rulers.
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan is a magical city. Surrounded by hills, forts, and palaces, the place is a wonderland of culture and heritage. As one of the Golden Triangle cities, the other being Delhi and Agra, the city boats with gems and a rich history which attract tourists from all across the world. For great offers on your flight bookings or for any travel plans, log on to EaseMyTrip and save huge!