Rajasthan’s beautiful Pink city Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill fort and series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city.
Jaipur Sightseeing Monuments
HAWA MAHAL – Hawa Mahal built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monuments of Jaipur. The 5 stories 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.
JANTAR MANTAR – 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. Enormous sun-dial still provide accurate time, which are subject to daily corrections.
CITY PALACE – City Palace 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.
MUSEUM – Museum 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.
JAL MAHAL – This small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.
BIRLA MANDIR – It is situated just below the Moti Dungri, Known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble, it’s also called by Laxmi Narayan Temple.
KANK VRINDAVAN – This newly restored temple and garden near Jal Mahal, has beautiful gardens and is popular picnic place.
SISODIA RANI GARDEN – It’s on the way of Agra road, the magnificent palace garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1710 for his queen.
JAIGARH FORT – It’s standing on a hilltop, overlooking the palaces and city of Amer. The world’s biggest cannon of 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.
NAHARGARH FORT – It’s cresting a hill about 600ft. 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 Mahal & Madhvendra Bhawan.
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 it 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 Jai Singh & Sawai Jai Singh II the last Maharaja of Amer, who built a new city called Jaipur, where he shifted his capital in 1727.
The palace complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches of Amer. Sheesh Mahal chamber of Mirrors. Diwan-e-Am or the Hall of Public Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on three sides and stands on two rows of ornamented pillars.
The old city of Amer was the seat of power and bustling with life and prosperity. Other worth seeing sites are Jagat Shiromani Temple.