Top seven attractions of Jaipur
If an insight into the flamboyant lifestyle of the valiant Rajput rulers is what you have been craving for, then Jaipur is one such city which even till today flaunts their expertise.These seven best attractions of the bygone era will make your visit to the Pink City worthwhile.
Built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh, the palace complex is a symbol of excellent architecture . A portion of this royal residence houses a museum which capably portrays the the depth of the cultural heritage of the erstwhile kingdom. Aptly choose hotels in Jaipur so you are close to the attractions and yet not bang in the middle of big city chaos.
Amer Fort or Amber Fort is located on top of a hill about 11km away from the city centre.This splendid red sandstone and marble citadel can be accessed on elephant back or by car. The light and sound show, held in the evening is a great draw as is the visit to the nearby Shila Devi temple.
This high structure, which overlooks the city of Jaipur, was constructed as a front line defense fort on the Aravali mountains. Nahargarh Fort principal attractions, apart from the great views, are the boudoirs of twelve queen’s which are interconnected and adorned with lovely murals.
Home to the largest cannon in the world, Jaigarh Fort, or Victory Fort was built as a massive ammunition and artillery dump. The fort stood the onslaught of many a battle and is a perfect symbol of the then might and power of the Rajputs. The artillery museum is a must visit spot on the itinerary to Jaigarh.
This unmissable attraction of Jaipur which literally translates to Palace of the Winds was especially constructed to enable the royal queen’s to discreetly view the happenings taking place in the city below. The palace remains cool due to the ventilation provided by the 953 windows, carefully placed on each floor. The upper portion of the palace can only be reached by climbing a slope as there are no stairs.
This architectural delight is strategically located in the middle of Mansagar Lake. Jai Mahal was primarily a hunting lodge and an eighteenth century summer retreat of Maharaja Jai Singh. The lake today is a winter ground for many migratory birds. Other attractions here include, shopping and the fragrant Chameli Garden.
The observatory in Jaipur, known as Jantar Mantar, is quite unlike others and is well worth a visit. Ranked among the biggest in the world, it is home to the largest sundial. The geometrical devices displayed here, show that the king had a large interest in astronomy and astrology. The observatory attracts enthusiasts from all corners of the world and is said to be a source of true inspiration for everybody.
In a nutshell, if you still yearn to experience the way of living of the rulers, fancy an authentic meal past architectural marvels then Jaipur is the place to go.
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