JAIPUR PRIME ATTRACTIONS
Forts & Palaces
Chandra Mahal, more popularly known
as City Palace, is still the residence of the royal family, at least, in
part, while Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum that occupies the ground
floors and outer courtyards offers rare manuscripts, Mughal and
rajasthani miniature paintingss, mughal carpets, royal costumes and
textiles, arms and weapons.
Raja Man Singh built Amer Palace in
16th century. It is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal
architecture. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas and Ganesh Pole are
the main areas of interest in the palace.
Latticed windows and stone screens
lend an additional charm to the multi-layered palace of Hawa Mahal. Raja
Sawai Pratap Singh (grandson of Sawai Jai Singh and son of Sawai Madho
Singh) built it in 1799.
Originally known as Sudarshan Garh,
Nahargarh or the Tiger fort was built in 1734 by jai Singh II. It was
one of the first of the three forts built by the kings of Jaipur and
from here you can see the scenic beauty of the Man Sagar Lake.
Jai Garh Fort
Jaigarh fort was built in 1726 by
Sawai Jai Singh and is very similar to Amber Fort. It features the
mighty Jaivana, the largest wheeled canon in the world along with three
water tanks, a museum, and stunning views of the city of Amber below.
An 18th century pleasure palace,
perched amidst Mansagar Lake, Jal Mahal is noted for its complicated
design and majestic structural design. Situated across the cenotaphs,
there is causeway that leads us to the Jal Mahal Palace.
Government Central Museum
Built by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob
in 1876, Government Central museum or Albert Hall Museum is the oldest
museum of the state. Located in the Ramnivas Gardens, it has
Indo-Persian style of architecture. The museum has a wide range of
domestic metal objects, miniature paintings from the Bundi, Kota,
Kishangarh, Udaipur and Jaipur schools of painting, ceremonial robes
worn by royal families and samples of wood block printing.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
by Sawai Jai Singh II for his Sisodia queen - the Sisodia Rani-ka-Bagh
has splendid tiered multilevel gardens, fountains, pools, some gorgeous
pieces of sculpture and painted pavilions.
Built in the memory of Vidyadhar,
the architect of the Pink City, it is situated 7 kms. east of Jaipur in
a narrow valley surrounded by high hills. It has been renovated recently
and used to be the former vineyard of the royalty. This is a terraced
garden with fountains, pool and other features of a formal royal resort.
The amazing astronomical
three-storey-high observatory was built between 1728 and 1734 based on
the drafts of Maharaja Jai Singh II. Jantar-Mantar in Sanskrit means
Prime attractions of Jaipur are forts and palaces. Know more about the major tourist attractions of Jaipur.