Jaipur - Places To See

| May 15, 2012
Tags: Amber fort, city palace, forts, hawa mahal, india travel destinations, jaipur festivals, Jantar Mantar, palaces, Pink City, Rajasthan forts, winter holiday destinations

Amber Fort: It is one of the most magnificent on the outskirts of the city. It was built by Raja Maan Singh in 1600 AD and was completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh in 18th Century. The fort is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built with red sandstone and white marble, the Sheesh Mahal (palace of mirrors) is never to be missed.

Nahargarh: The fort was built by Jai Singh for the protection of Amer. The fort is located on the Aravali Hills.

Jaigarh Fort: This fort was built by Raja Maan Singh. Also houses Jaivan, the largest canon in Asia, believed to have been fired only once.

Hawa Mahal: The palace of winds was built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1747. It has latticed windows that allowed royal ladies to have view of the market place. Jaipur is very much synonymous with Hawa Mahal.

Jantar Mantar: It is one of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1718. It houses a huge collection of astronomical instruments.

Albert Hall Museum: Located amidst Ram Niwas Garden, the place houses a collection of rare paintings, exquisite jewelry, chiseled brassware, pottery and natural stones, ivory goods, metal sculptures and crystal works.

Jal Mahal: It is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. The palace appears to float on the waters of the lake, hence the name Jal Mahal (Water Palace). The lake was created in the 16th Century by constructing a dam to conserve water. The palace was modeled on a similar palace, the Lake Palace, Udaipur. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Madho Singh I.

Dolls Museum: This museum, built in 1974, exhibits of dolls from various states of India as well as from various countries in their traditional costumes.

City Palace Museum: It has original parchments and ancient manuscripts of Hindu scriptures.