The capital of India’s Rajasthan state, evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color
Jaipur is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. Established by Raja Jai Singh 2, the city is a versatile destination of tourists worldwide. A place of splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, and beautiful havelis; Jaipur turns out to be an ideal tourist destination to those seeking for mystery and adventure. Known as the Pink City the city has more to offer than captivating landscapes. Exquisite jewelry, intricate works of art and spectacular handicrafts are just a few to mention in a conjunction of rich heritage and culture. To amplify these attractions are the brilliant bazaars filled with bright turbans and ethnic attire, hand-dyed and embroidered textiles, pretty jewellery and delicious street food.
HAWA MAHAL (PALACE OF WINDS)- The most renowned Palace of Winds is a five storey palace constructed in the shape of a crown of Lord Krishna, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of the rajput dynasty. Considered embodiment of Rajputana architecture, it's pyramid shape and over 9000 windows or 'Jharokhas' which are decorated with intricate designs are worth special mention. The intention behind the construction of the Mahal was to facilitate the royal women and provide them a view of everyday life through the windows, as they weren't allowed to make an appearance in public. The original architecture made use of red and pink sandstone.
CiTY PALACE- The beautiful complex comprises of numerous edifices, bast courtyards and lush gardens is a souvenir of majestic rajput history to the modern world. Constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh 2, the ruler of Amber it includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings.
JAL MAHAL (WATER PALACE)- Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur. This low-rise symmetrical palace appears to float in the centre of Sagar Lake. The light sand coloured stone walls of the Jal Mahal Jaipur are at a stark contrast to the deep blue of the waters of the lake. This majestic scene makes the Jal Mahal Jaipur’s most photographed monument.
NAHARGARH FORT- Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur. The name originally means the "abode of tigers", along with the Amer and Jaigarh forts Nahargarh formed the defense ring for the city of Jaipur. Constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh 2, fort was constructed as a place of retreat on the summit of the ridge above the city. With an impressive view overlooking the city, The story goes that the fort was named after Nahar Singh, a dead prince whose restless spirit was disrupting construction. Whatever was built in the day crumbled down at night.
ALBERT HALL MUSEUM- When the foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876, it had yet to be determined what use it would be put to. On suggestion of Dr. Thomas Holbein Hendley, Maharaja Madho Singh 2 approved to open a museum of Industrial Arts to display works of local craftsmen. The purpose of this exercise was to acquaint local craftsmen with the best examples of art work and handicrafts of India to inspire them to improve their skills, thereby protecting and preserving traditional art and reviving skills, while providing greater employment for artisans. It was also the intention that the display would help to educate youth in a wide variety of fields, entertain and inform the people of Jaipur.
RAMBAGH PALACE- What once used to be the residential palace of rajas and maharajas of the Rajput dynasty has now come down to be a luxury hotel under the chain of TAJ Hotels. A visit to the official website of this palace under the chain of hotels gives us a brief introduction "The palace retains its elaborate splendour, extravagantly decorated with hand-carved marble ‘jalis’ or latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and ‘chattris’ or cenotaphs, and elaborate Mughal Gardens. Within this most glorious of palaces showcasing the best of Rajasthan’s royal heritage, you also experience the best fine-dining restaurants in Jaipur." "Enjoy a royal Indian feast at Suvarna Mahal, the former palace ballroom built in the 18th-century French style with huge crystal chandeliers. For multi-cuisine options, head to Rajput Room, our all-day-dining restaurant, or Verandah Café. Find Mediterranean delights at the lounge bar, Steam, or unwind in the sophisticated charm of the Polo Bar, with the trophies and memorabilia of the Jaipur polo team on display." "Take your royal retreat a notch further by indulging in signature treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa, where we envelop you in ancient Indian wellness therapies. Harmonise your mind and body with yoga and meditation."