Jaipur - The capital city of the state of Rajasthan. Almost everyone in the world knows about the beauty of this city. Europeans, Americans, Asians, Japanese, and almost all definitely visit this city in their India travel. Nevertheless, people from all over India must have visited Jaipur if at all they toured the northern part of the country.
Enough said, Jaipur is a city which cannot be just read in books. You have to visit to feel the majestic life of the then Kings who ruled the state for decades. Often called as the 'Pink City' since you can find many houses in pink colour, it can be No. 1 on your list!
Everyone knows this even if we are aware of the history or not. Hawa Mahal is the most prominent site in Jaipur. As the name suggests, a unique mansion which is supposed to be very airy. Situated in the heart of the city, this was built in the year 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This pink and red sandstone architecture boasts of 953 small windows which are architecturally designed in a way such that it is always windy. Now because of many new construction all around, the wind often gets blocked. However, the intricacies are to look out for.
Hawa Mahal Front View
Hawa Mahal Interiors
Not very far away is the City Palace. This is where the then Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II lived after he moved from Amber palace to this one. It now houses the museum and you can see the antique royal armouries vessels and crockeries to get a feel of the life of a Maharaja.
The royal compound of the City Palace
Rifles at that time
This UNESCO World Heritage site was built by Rajput singh Sawai Jai Singh in 1734. Jantar Mantar derives its meaning from Sanskrit words meaning 'calculating instrument'
Located in the vicinity of Hawa Mahal and City Palace, this place will give you a complete understanding of the science used to calculate earth related things like time of sunrise and sunset, distance between celestial bodies, astronomy, northern and southern hemispheres, etc.
The observatory consists of 19 instruments that calculate almost everything.
Jay Prakash - To measure altitudes, hours angles and declinations.
Located in Amer, 11km from Jaipur, Amber Fort is the most prominent tourist place in Jaipur. Originally built by the Meenas, it was ruled by Raja Man Singh. The fort is known for its artistic style elements and overlooks the Maota lake, which is the main source of water for Amer. The fort was identified as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. Check out the 4 courtyards and admire the interiors and sound and light show in the night.
Before you start your journey to the Amber Fort, remember to take an Elephant Ride to the main entrance of the fort. These Elephants are decorated with traditional patterns and carry visitors.
Pic Credits: Jaipur Travel Guide
Note: The Elephants carry limited number of tourists everyday which is fixed by the RTDC (Rajasthan Tourist Development Corporation) in order to prevent animal cruelty. Hence, advisable to start early in the morning.
After a hectic day of Fort visit which will take almost a day, you deserve an amazing traditional Rajasthani style dinner. Visit the Chokhi Dhani resort and have the heartiest meal of your life. Get served by the locals wearing the traditional dress and turban. Sit on the floor and enjoy the hospitality!
There are many other places to see in Jaipur if you have got more days:
and many others.
These 2 days visit to Jaipur will give you a good feel of the Rajasthani offerings. It is a weekend destination for people living in Delhi-NCR region.
2 days in Jaipur can also be the start of a Rajasthan Itinerary. Stay tuned for more updates!