Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan state of India and it is also famously and commonly known as the Pink City. The name happened because the old buildings and walls were painted with this colour to grab attention of the visitors. It also resembles with the colours of the palaces and forts which make this city look like a royal heritage.
Jaipur is an old city and thus it has a lot in store for the travellers to see. One can also indulge in the hot air balloon ride in this city to get a top view of the place. You can also take heritage walks throughout the city to see it in a different way.
Amber Fort and Palace
In the centre of the city, there lies the palace and the fort just like a slice of royal touch in the modern era. This fort is located in the top of a hill from where one can get a clear view of Maota Lake. When the Jaipur city was constructed the royal family of the city used to live here. This fort has a lot of palaces inside along with lush green gardens, huge halls and temples. Inside the palace one can get to see a lot of mirror works which adds more to the grandeur. If you want, you can also attend the light and sound show which happens in the evening. This show tells the story of the fort and its history which is a very impressive show. Near the fort there is also a museum named Anokhi Museum. If one is interested in traditional block printing then this place is a must visit. There one can see workshops going on and one can get to see how the block printings are done.
This place is a must visit when in Jaipur. Here the royal family of Jaipur used to reside. They were one of the richest families in India then. One can get to see some huge courtyards, buildings and gardens inside this palace. These structures are a perfect blend of Mughal and Rajasthan style of architecture. There is a Peacock Gate which has some exquisite designs on it. Here a bright peacock welcomes you which are engraved on the gate and it is a proof of the finesse architectural skill of then architects. Inside the palace there is an art gallery and a museum which stores the then royal costumes and old Indian weapons along with paintings and portraits of the royal family. There is also another palace inside the courtyard named as the Chandra Mahal or the Moon Palace where the present royal family resides.
This is also known as the Palace of Winds and it is the most visited place by the tourists in the city. The intricate designs of this palace are something which leaves people awestruck. This palace was built in the year 1799 and it is of five storeys full of screens and windows.
Here are some best things that you can do in this city.
Ride the air balloon
This is said to be the best way to explore the city of Jaipur from above. One can get a total bird’s eye view of this beautiful city and one can relish the entire panoramic view of the city from the above. One can fly over the forts and the palaces and also over the lakes which is a beautiful experience. These rides are best done very early in the morning or in the late afternoon when the wind is high and the sky is clear.
Visit Hawa Mahal
When in Jaipur, visiting Hawa Mahal is a must. This is the most magnificent and exquisite palace in this city. Not only have that, one can also taken a walk along the city to get to know the place well. Yes, if you do not walk down the streets and narrow lanes of a city you cannot get the actual essence of the place. Once you start walking down the lanes, you can get to see the flower markets and spice markets along with jewellery markets and shops of silver crafts. You can also get to see some houses which are more than 200 years old and some old constructions which resemble the haveli and palace designs of constructions. Do not forget to have lassi and samosa while you discover the city on your own. They are the delicious street foods available there.
It is located in the small historical town of Amber or Amer in Rajasthan this fort was built in the year 1592 by Rajput King Maan Singh. This fort is about 20 minutes drive from the pink city of Jaipur. The construction showcases both Hindu and Muslim style of architecture. This fort also has a beautiful light and sound show in the evening which tells the story of the fort on how it was built and about the dynasty which ruled then.
This was built as a defensive fort on the Aravalli Range and from the fort one can get to see the entire city of Amer and Jaipur. This fort has some stunning viewpoints and also a favourable picnic spot for the tourists. The entire fort is well connected and decorated with murals.