Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace Of The Winds’, is one of the major tourist attractions in Jaipur. This attraction is located in the heart of the city and is a beautiful five-storey palace structure, built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. The Maharaja belonged to the Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. Lal Chand Ustad, the architect of the palace, used red and pink sandstone in the construction. It is believed that the facade of the palace is constructed like the crown of Lord Krishna (the Hindu deity).
This Jantar Mantar (Jaipur) is considered as the largest observatories and features the largest sundial of the world. Maharaja’s interest in the Universe and the Cosmos is the major reason behind the construction of the astronomical observatory. ‘Yantar Mantar’ is the name derived from Sanskrit dialect which means ‘instruments’ and ‘formula’ respectively. Later the term ‘Yantra’ was replaced with ‘Jantar’ meaning ‘magical’. Thus, the Shahpura House is a popular heritage hotel close to the attraction for guests looking for a comfortable stay.
Birla Mandir, also known as the Lakshmi-Narayan Temple, is located just below the Moti Dungari. Dominating the skyline of the South Jaipur, this is a modern temple on top of a hill, constructed with white marble. This temple was built by the Birlas (industrialists who have also built several temples in India). The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu (One of the Hindu Trinity Gods), also called as Narayan and his consort Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth and Good Fortune). One could find various carved structures of mythological images of saints and themes.
Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur was regarded as the stronghold constructed by Sawan Jai Singh II. This intact fort is encircled by huge battlements and is also connected to the Amer Fort through subterranean passages. The main motive being the construction of the fort was to protect the Amer Fort and the Palace within the complex. Jaigarh Fort has been constructed similarly in terms of architecture to that of the Amer Fort. The fort also becomes a must visit as it provides a panoramic view of the Jaipur city.
City Palace is one of the major historical attractions, located in the heart of Jaipur city. ‘Mubarak Mahal’ and ‘Chandra Mahal’ are the popular attractions of the city palace complex. The beautiful palace complex was built by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732 AD. He had empowerment over Amer and built the outer walls of the palace. Other rulers thereafter added various architectural masterpieces in the palace complex. Till the 20th century, the additions were made in the complex.
‘Water Palace’ is the exact translation of the Jal Mahal, located in the midst of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. The beautiful palace and the lake surrounding it was enlarged and renovated by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber in the 18th century. The palace makes the onlooker spellbound with its magnificent beauty. In the lake, the guests can also find traditionally crafted Rajput style wooden boats made by the boat-makers from Vrindavan.
Nahargarh Fort, situated on the rugged ridges of Aravali Hills, forms a very impressive backdrop of Jaipur. During the night, the fort showcases its magnificent charm as the entire fort is illuminated using the floodlights. The fort was built in 1734 by Jai Singh and later extended in 1868. Sawai Madho Singh built the Madhavendra Bhawan with a unique cluster of 12 identical suites for queens and a suite at the head for the king himself.