The colourful state of Rajasthan boasts of beautiful cities and Jaipur being one of them. The magnificent palaces to bustling street markets, the city is a full of pleasant surprises for tourists. Famously known as ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is a perfect blend of modernity and ethnicity, making it a must visit destination.
If you are planning a trip to Jaipur or we would rather say you should plan a one, we bring for you list of places of historical importance that you must visit –
One of the most iconic Palaces in Jaipur, Hawa Mahal tops the list of must visit places in the Pink City. The palace has derived its name from its unique architecture that boasts of 953 small windows, also known as Jharokhas.
The palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1798, and is five-storey extension in a form of honeycomb. The jharokas are embossed with intricate lattice work and ensures cool breeze always persists inside the palace.
Guarded by huge walls, the City Palace is located in the heart of Jaipur. Built under the super Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, this remarkable palace is an amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
The Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal are two prime portions of the palace. It also comprises of magnificent entrances that are adorned with artwork with minute detailing, speaking of the magnificence of Rajputs’ reign. The palace also houses a museum that attracts tourists.
Located on edge of Aravalli Hills; Nahargarh Fort is an ideal location to get a panoramic view of Jaipur city. Built by Jai Singh II, the fort was originally known as Sudarshangarh and was later renamed as Nahargarh or the Home of Tigers.
Surrounded with Jungles, the fort has been a favorite hunting destination for the Royals of Jaipur. Besides, the sparkling view of the city from Nahargarh Fort will make your visit splendid.
Breathtakingly beautiful, Jal Mahal is as spectacular as its name. Located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, this palace is a reminiscence of glorious Rajput architecture.
Jal Mahal is a five story palace built with red sandstones, out of which four storyes get submerged when the lake is filled with water. You will have to take traditional boats to reach the palace.
The Jaigarh Fort, located peaks of the Aravalli range called Cheel ka Teela or the Hill of Eagles. The majestic palace built in the year 1726 by Jai Singh II, is also known as fort of victorty. The fort is highly fortified with thick walls of red sandstone and is dominated by watchtowers.
Jaigarh Fort was a centre of artillery production for the Rajputs and you can thus discover Jaivana Cannon in the fort, which is said to be the world’s largest cannon on wheels of early modern era. The fort also houses a museum that depicts the saga of Rajputana dynasty.
Known for its artistic style, Amber Fort is one of the most magnificent forts in Rajasthan. Built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, the fort is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. Located amidst the picturesque and rocky Aravalli Hills, the foundation stone of Amber Fort was laid by Raja Man Singh I and was completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh.
The most captivating halls in the fort is the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ or the ‘Palace of Mirror’. Decorated with numerous pieces of mirror tiles, this hall was designed in such a way, even a single ray entering into it can illuminate the entire hall. The beauty of the fort will certainly entice you.
Abhaneri Step Well
Rajasthan is an arid and dry place; therefore Step Wells in this state are of great historical importance. One of the most popular Step Well in state is situated in Abhaneri, which was originally called Abha Nagri.
Abhaneri is home to ruins of once magnificent Rajputana heritage and is now left only with its ruins. Amidst various attractions, the Step Well finds special mention as it is one of its kind. The well is 30 meteres deep and is said to have consisted of 3500 narrow steps along more than 13 stories. It certainly is the deepest and largest step-wells in India.
If historical monuments and endless saga of the Rajput dynasty entices you; then Jaipur is the place for you. Plan a trip soon, you will be left awestruck!