beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers
whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important
attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone
used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's bazaars sell embroidered
leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic
wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient circuit, in the
heart of the Thar desert which has shaped its history, lifestyles and
Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II, Jaipur the capital of
Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and
spacious gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in
history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts
and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the maharajas. The
bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric
and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove
for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes
you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
Sanganer Airport is well
connected with Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa & many major
cities of India.
Jaipur Railway Station
is well connected with Delhi, all major states & cities of India.
NH-8 connects Jaipur with
Delhi and NH-11 connects Jaipur with Agra.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ram Bagh Palace [ph]
The Oberoi Rajvilas
Jai Mahal Palace [ph]
Raj Mahal Palace [ph]
Alsisar Haveli [hh]
The Shahpura House
Samode Haveli (hh)
Shubham Bread &
Hari Mahal (hh)
hh - heritage hotel ; ph -
palace hotel ; bh - boutique hotel ; gh - guest house ; hs - home stay