¤ CITY PALACE AND S.M.S. II MUSEUM - 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. Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public audience) has intricate decorations and collection of manuscripts, Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of private audience) has a marble pawed gallery Mubarak Mahal has a rich collection of costumes and textiles. There is a Clock Tower near Mubarak Mahal. Sileh Khana has a collection of armory and weapons. Timing 9.30 to 16.45 hrs. Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 35.00 and for foreigners Rs.150.00 inclusive of entry to Jaigarh fort, Phone: 2608055
¤ JANTAR MANTAR (Observatory) - 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. Timing 9.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 10.00, Phone: 2610494
¤ HAWA MAHAL - built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied 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. Now it houses a well laid out museum. The display “Jaipur past and present” is the special feature of this newly setup museum. Timing 10.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 5.00: Phone: 2618862
¤ JALMAHAL - (6 kms) on the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. A paved causeway leads upto the beautiful water palace.
¤ JAIGARH FORT - (15 kms.) standing on a hilltop, overlooking the palaces and city of Amer. The world’s biggest cannon on 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. Timing 10.00 to 16.45 hrs, Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 15.00 & for foreigners Rs. 20.00, Phone: 2630848
¤ AMER - 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 Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh lIthe last Maharaja of Amer, who built a new city called Jaipur, where he shfted 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. Diwan e-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass. Sukh mandir is guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory. Throughout the massive fort finely carved lattice windows, exquisitely painted doorways, halls and finely sculptured pillars crave for attention.
The old city of Amer was the seat of power and bustling with life and prosperity. Other worth seeing sites are Jagat Shiromani Temple, Narsinghji temple, the stepwell of Panna Meena and fine carved royal cenotaphs
on the road to Delhi. Timing: 9.00 to 16.30 hrs. Entry Fee For Indians Rs. 10.00, For Foreigners Rs. 50.00, Phone: 2530293, Elephant ride charge Rs. 400.00 (inclusive of all taxes) Timing : 8.00 to 16.00 hrs, Phone: 2530264 (Tourist Office).
¤ NAHARGARH FORT - (15 kms.) cresting a hill about 600 ft. 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 Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan. Timing 10.00 to 16.00 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 5.00, Phone: 5148044
¤ CENTRAL 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. Timing 10.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 5.00, for foreigners As. 30.00, Phone: 2570099
¤ BIRLA PLANETARIUM - It offers unique audio-visual education about stars and
entertainment with its modern computerised projection system. Entry fee As. 20.00 show timings: 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00 hrs. Phone: 2381594
¤ LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE - is situated just below the Moti doongri, known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble, popularly known as Birla Temple.
¤ KANAK VRINDAVAN - (6.5 Kms on the way to Amer) This newly restored temple and garden, near Jal Mahal, has beautiful gardens and is popular picnic place. This is also beautiful location for film shooting. Entry fee Rs. 4.00 & Timings 8.00 to 17.00 hrs, Phone: 2634596
Jaipur City Guide
Jaipur is one of most popular and preferred tourist destination in Rajasthan. It is popularly called as the Pink City because of pink painted buildings and is one of the earliest planned cities of India. The city is dotted with various attractions in form of palaces, forts & fortresses and havelis.
This capital city plays major role in boosting tourism industry in state. The city is well known for it architectural brilliance. This city is a blend of modernity and tradition. The city Jaipur is named after the great Kachhawah ruler Sawai Jai Singh II. Presently, it is one of the fastest growing cities of the world.
Attraction of Jaipur :
Hawa Mahal : Hawa Mahal is also called as ‘Palace of Wind’ or ‘Palace of Breeze’. Its unique five-story has 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate lattice work. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.
City Palace complex : It is unique and arresting complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. The most visited structures in the complex are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace and the City Palace Museum. The architecture inside the complex is an excellent example of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
Jantar Mantar : Jantar Mantar is the most famous place to visit in Jaipur housing the collection of architectural astronomical instruments.
Amber Fort : Amber Fort is located atop a hill which is 11 Km away from Jaipur. Amber Fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim elements. The Fort imposes rugged structure from outside ornate and lavish interior.
Fair & Festivals : Makar Sankranti, Gangaur, Elephant Festival, Teej are some of the famous festival. Tourists are fond of Elephant Festival.
Other Attractions : Some other tourist attractions of Jaipur are Modern Art Gallery, Jal Mahal Palace, Birla Temple, Vidhyadhar Garden and Albert Hall Museum.
Accommodations in Jaipur :
Jaipur offers world class accommodation to tourists. Some of the famous hotels of Jaipur are: Jai Mahal Palace, Rambagh Palace, SMS Hotel, Bharat Mahal Palace, Bella Casa, etc.
How to Reach :
Road : Jaipur has good network of roads and is connected with most major cities of India via NH 8 and NH 11.
Rail : It has direct trains to all major cities in India. Most famous and luxurious trains The Palace on Wheels also cover Jaipur.
Air : Jaipur has both domestic and international airport. The domestic air port is at a distance of 12 Km from the main city.