Hawa Mahal By Manudavb - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28188851

Top Attractions In Jaipur

Amber Fort 

Amber Fort By A.Savin – Own work

 

Started by Raja Man Singh, this imposing 16th century fort & palace complex, was declared a UNESCO world heritage site as part of a group of six Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Located near the town of Amer (11 km from Jaipur), the Fort has many structures that are worth seeing –

  • Jaleb Chowk – It’s the first of the four courtyards of the Amber Fort Palace designed as a parade ground which now houses a Shila Devi temple. Designed for protection, Jaleb chowk had only two entry points – the Suraj Pol and the Chand Pol. The wall connecting the two Pols served as the living quarters of the soldiers and guards of the fort. Suraj means sun in Hindi, hence the Suraj Pol faces east and pays homage to the rising sun. Entry through this gate was normally reserved only for the King.
  • Diwan-e-Aam – The main components of the second courtyard are the Diwan-i- Aam (common in Mughal structures), the arcaded hall and the Ganesh Pol. Diwan-i- Aam is the “Hall of Public Audience” built in the mid-1620s by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I. This was where the Raja and nobles interacted with their subjects. In addition to addressing problems faced by the residents of Amber city, this platform came alive with music and dance on religious festivals and special occasions, like the Raja’s birthday and victory celebrations.
  • Ganesh Pol – The Ganesh Pol is the large entrance that separates the private and public domains of the Amber Palace. The public was not allowed entry beyond this point. The grand gateway is covered in intricate fresco paintings; the depiction of floral motifs have been adopted from the Persian paintings and are again a marker of Mughal influence.
  • Suhag Mandir – Tradition was very clear about elite women not being seen outside a very small group of people. Therefore, they were confined to a part of their palace residences demarcated as the Zenana with rather limited access to other areas of the palace. The Suhag Mandir was one such space outside the Zenana that they could visit. In addition to praying for their king and showering flower petals at him when he returned home through the Ganesh Pol, the Suhag Mandir doubled up as a window, quite literally, into the outside world. The rectangular chamber has one wall made up of three large ceiling to floor latticed windows called Jaalis. The Suhag Mandir is situated above the Ganesh Pol, and allowed women to watch the events taking place in the courtyard and the Diwan-i- Aam without being seen themselves.
  • Jai Mandir or Sheesh Mahal – Jai Mandir is made from creamy marble, and with delicate designs inlayed in the walls and ceilings with Belgian glass. Hence, it is also known as Sheesh Mahal. It is visually distinct from the rest of the fort that is decorated with bright coloured paintings on the walls.

Amber Fort – Key Information

Expected time spent:
Allow for a minimum of 2 hours
Opening days:
Open daily
Opening hours:
8 AM to 6 pm (sound and light shows 7 and 9pm)
Entry fee/ Ticket price:
Indians (INR 100)/ Foreigners (INR 500)
Cameras: 
Indians: Still camera INR 50/Video INR 100

Foreigners: Still camera INR 70/Video INR 150

Address:
Delhi Road, Amber City, Jaipur
How to get there:
Located 11 km north of Jaipur, buses leave Hawa Mahal every 30 minutes to the Amber Fort. Alternately, you can also opt for a taxi or an autorickshaw and cover this as part of a 1-day tour including a short stop to take pictures of the Jal Mahal and monkey temple

City Palace

City Palace, By A.Savin  – Own work

Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1932 and expanded in later years, the City Palace occupies almost a seventh of Jaipur’s old city area. Constructed as a blend of Mughal and traditional Rajput architecture, the Palace is a huge complex of courtyards, gardens and a number of buildings including the famous Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal.

  • Chandra Mahal – A seven storeyed building where the descendants of the royal family still reside, this houses some of the finest paintings, floral decorations and mirror work -only ground floor is accessible to general public.
  • Mubarak Mahal – Originally built as a reception centre for visiting dignitaries by Maharaja Madho Singh II, this currently houses a rich collection of garments in a variety of textiles worn by the Maharajas of Jaipur – ranging from Sanganeri Block Prints to stunning Kashmiri Pashminas.
  • Diwan-i-Aam has a collection of manuscripts including as miniature copies which can easily be hidden from invading armies. Diwan-i-Khas is famous for the two sterling silver vessels, 1.6m in height and considered largest in the world. These were used to take water from the Holy Ganga for the 1902 coronation of England’s Edward VII.

Also worth visiting are the weaponry display at the Maharani Palace or the Sileg Khana and the Baggi Khana, a museum of the Maharaja’s buggies

City Palace – Key Information

 

Expected time spent:
Allow for 2-3 hours
Opening days:
All days of the week
Opening hours:
9.30 AM to 5 pm
Entry fee/ Ticket price:
Indians (INR 100)/ Foreigners (INR 400)
Cameras:
Still Camera Fee included in ticket. Video camera : INR 200.Address:
Kanwar Nagar, Pink City, Jaipur 
How to get there
Depending on your starting point, you can use any mode of transport you prefer – bus, taxi or auto rickshaw as the City Palace is well connected to most locations in the city

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal By ManudavbOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Constructed as a part of City Palace, by Maharaja Sawai Singh in 1799, Hawa Mahal was an extension of the women’s chamber to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and processions in the street below – without being seen. Rising to five-storeys, the red & pink sandstone structure has around 953 windows decorated with very fine lattice work and built in a honeycomb or beehive structure. This lets breeze circulate through the windows, giving the palace its name. You can enter from the back of the complex but the narrow corridors inside can get extremely crowded – so keep that in mind if you decide to climb the cramped stairs

 

 

 

Hawa Mahal – Key Information

Expected time spent:
Around 1 hour
Opening days:
Open daily
Opening hours:
9 AM to 5.30 pm
Entry fee/ Ticket price:
Indians (INR 50)/ Foreigners (INR 200)
Cameras: 
Indians: Still camera INR 10/Video INR 20

Foreigners: Still camera INR 30/Video INR 70

Address:
Hawa Mahal Road, Badi Choupad, Pink City, Jaipur
How to get there:
Located on Badi Chaupad intersection, very close to the City Palace.

Jantar Mantar

By Hans A. Rosbach – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The name Jantar Mantar is derived from the Sanskrit terms ‘Yantra’ and ‘Mantra’ meaning ‘instruments or machine’ and ‘calculate’ respectively. This is the largest of five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh during the period 1727-1734. It has 14 major geometric devices for measuring time, tracking constellations, observing orbits around the sun and determining the celestial altitudes. While the accuracy of the structures here is questionable, it is still used by local astronomers to make predictions for farmers.

 

Jantar Mantar – Key Information

Expected time spent:
Allow for 30-45 minutes
Opening days:
Open daily
Opening hours:
9 AM to 5 pm
Entry fee/ Ticket price:
Indians (INR 40)/ Foreigners (INR 200)
Cameras: 
Indian (Still- INR 20/Video – INR 50) Foreigners (Still- INR 50/Video – INR 100)

Address:
Near City Palace, Tripolia Bazaar, Jaipur
How to get there:
A short walk from the City Palace

Nahargarh Fort

Overlooking the city, Nahargarh Fort located at the edge of the Aravalli hills, offers spectacular views of Jaipur. Built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734, the fort served as a summer retreat while also helping strengthen the city’s defense with its extended wall connecting to the Jaigarh fort. Don’t forget to take a look at Madhavendra Bhavan built by Sawai Madho Singh, which has suites built for the wives and children along with a majestic suite for the king himself.

Nahargarh Fort – Key Information

Expected time spent:
Allow for 1-1.5 hours
Opening days:
Open daily
Opening hours:
10 AM to 5.30 pm
Entry fee/ Ticket price:
Indians (INR 20)/ Foreigners (INR 50)
Cameras: 
Indians (INR 10)/ Foreigners (INR 30)
Address:
Aravali Hills, Near Jal Mahal, Jaipur
How to get there:
Easiest to take an auto rickshaw from City Palace (distance around 2.5 km)

Jaigarh Fort

To protect the Amber Fort and its palace complex, Jaigarh fort was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1726. Jaipur was a major weapon production region during the Mughal reign especially under Shah Jahan due to abundance of iron ore mines in the vicinity. Artillery specimens can be seen inside the fort museum including what was then the world’s largest cannon on wheels, the Jaivana. Amongst the most well preserved monuments of medieval India, Jaigarh has beautiful gardens along with spectacular views of the Amber Fort and the hills around

Jaigarh Fort – Key Information

Expected time spent:
Allow for 45 mins to 1 hour
Opening days:
Open daily
Opening hours:
9 AM to 4.30 pm
Entry fee/ Ticket price:
Indians (INR 35)/ Foreigners (INR 85)
Cameras: 
Indians (Still – INR 20/Video – INR 100); Foreigners (Still – INR 30/Video – INR 100)
Address:
Above Amber Fort
How to get there:
Jaigarh Fort is around 4 km from Amber Fort and is connected by a tunnel. If you wish to go by road, you can take an auto rickshaw from Amber

 

Panna Meena Ka Kund (Stepwell)

Built in the 16th century, Panna Meena ka Kund, or Panna Mian Ki Baoli, is an eight storey staircase pool. The uniquely designed stairs are arranged as criss-cross steps with small niches in the walls.  The stepwell served the dual purpose of a water source and a community gathering area, where people would come to swim and relax. It also provides a picturesque view of the Amber Fort & Palace and mountains.

Panna Meena ka Kund – Key Information

Expected time spent:
1 hour
Opening days:
Open daily
Opening hours:
Visit during the day
Entry fee/ Ticket price:
Free (no tickets)
Cameras: 
Free
Address:
Above Amber Fort
How to get there:
Located on the Jaipur-Amber road near Anokhi museum

 

Jal Mahal

By A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons · WikiPhotoSpace) - Own work, FAL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48912481

By A.Savin  – Own work, FAL,

Translated as Water (Jal) Palace (Mahal), this low-rise symmetrical palace was once a shooting lodge for the Maharajah and appears to float in the centre of the man-made Sagar Lake. At the top, there is a garden which has semi-octagonal towers in every corner. The pink sandstone palace is not open to the public anymore but worth stopping to take some pictures on the way back from Amber Fort. Though the palace only appears to have a single storey, it has four submerged levels with specially designed lime mortar preventing water seepage

 

Jal Mahal – Key Information

Expected time spent:
30-45 mins
Opening days:
Open daily
Opening hours:
9 am to 5 pm
Entry fee/ Ticket price:
Indians (INR 10)/Foreigners (INR 50)
Address:
Amber Road
How to get there:
Located 8 km off the Amber Fort, you can cover this as part of a 1 day autorickshaw tour including the Fort and monkey temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

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