The planned city of Jaipur was the political centre of a princely state in pre-independence India, and is now the capital of Rajasthan. Be it a cluster of majestic temples amidst the Aravallis or palatial forts that once protected the city boundaries, the pink city is home to a range of accessible heritage sites and grand monuments. Some of the Must Visit Places in Jaipur are :-
Hawa Mahal: Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary, fairy-tale, pink sandstone, delicately honeycombed hive that raises a dizzying five storeys. It was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city.
Jantar Mantar: Jantar Mantar, an observatory begun by Jai Singh in 1728 that resembles a collection of giant bizarre sculptures. The name is derived from the Sanskrit yanta mantr, meaning ‘instrument of calculation,’ and in 2010 it was added to India’s list of Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Amber Fort: This hilltop fort complex lies on the dusty Aravalli hill range, 11 km outside Jaipur. It was the capital of the Rajputs for 700 years and the original residence of the royal family, before Jaipur was constructed. Built in a combination of Hindu and Islamic architectural elements, it encloses pretty palaces, imposing gates and several official buildings. These are decorated with wall murals, carvings, and mirror and glass work.This magnificent fort is largely made up of a royal palace, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble, and divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard.
City Palace: A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but within it the palace has been enlarged and adapted over the centuries. There are palace buildings from different eras, some dating from the early 20th century. Despite the gradual development, the whole is a striking blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.
Nahargarh Fort: Reminiscent of Jaipur’s royal past, the 18th-century Nahargarh Fort once formed a strong defence for the city of Jaipur. A walk through its massive gates, beautifully-crafted temples and large courtyards will transport you back in the time of the maharajas. Considered to be one of the best vantage points in the pink city, the fort’s crown offers spectacular vistas of Jaipur and the serene Man Sagar Lake.The scenic hilltop location of Naharharh Fort provides breathtaking views of Jaipur and its natural defenses.