If one loves to travel to the city of palaces and crave to have an insight into the gone era lifestyle of rulers, then undoubtedly Jaipur is the perfect destination for you. If one is passionate about the strong forts and the beautiful architecture that flaunt the expertise of old artisans, Jaipur is a must visit place. Jaipur’s palaces- turned- heritage hotels are where one needs to stay for a lifetime experience.
India’s desert capital of Jaipur which is affectionately referred to as the Pink City because of the pink walls and buildings of the old city, lures visitors with its stunning remnants of a bygone era. The most popular attractions and places to visit are the ancient palaces and forts, with elaborate architecture that serves as a resplendent reminder of their royal heritage.
Places that can be explored while travelling to Jaipur:
- AMBER FORT
Around half an hour’s drive from the city center, like something out of a fairy tale, Amber Fort sits atop a hill overlooking Maota Lake. It was the home of Rajput rulers until Jaipur city was constructed, and contains a series of breathtaking palaces, halls, gardens, and temples. Inside, elaborate mirror work adds to the grandeur.
- CITY PALACE
Upon visiting the magnificent City Palace, it’s easy to see that the royal family of Jaipur was one of the richest in India. The palace’s huge complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings blends both Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The royal family still lives there, in the graceful Chandra Mahal. It’s possible to access the private rooms, with a personal guide, for an additional cost. Also inside the City Palace complex is a museum, art gallery, and interesting displays of royal costumes and old Indian weapons. A new exhibit dedicated to paintings and photography was recently added, including old photos of the woman of the palace.
- HAWA MAHAL- THE PALACE OF WIND
The intricate and fascinating façade of the palace of the winds is probably Jaipur’s most recognized building. Constructed in 1799, it has five floors that contain rows of small windows and screens. Wind used to flow through the openings, giving the palace its name. However, the wind has now gone from the Wind Palace as most of the windows have been sealed shut. Legend has it that the palace, which overlooks the main street of Jaipur’s lively Old City, was built so that the women of the royal household could watch the streets below without being observed. A panoramic view can be had from the top of the building.
- NAHARGARH FORT
It is also known as the Tiger Fort, is perched on the rugged Aravali Hills overlooking the Jaipur city. This Fort became famous after the shooting of the movie Rang De Basanti. The fort offers magnificent views, which are best seen at sunset.
- GOVERNMENT CENTRAL (ALBERT HALL) MUSEUM
This old museum was modeled on the Victoria and Albert museum in London with a fusion of Islamic and Neo- Gothic architecture. It was established as a public museum in the year 1887