20 Best Places to Visit in Jaipur 2020 (Photos & Reviews)

The capital of Rajasthan and the land of the royals themselves, Jaipur is an elegant city painted in pink and a photographers delight! There is no better place around Delhi that you could think of when it comes to rich history, the birthplace of the royals themselves! Founded in 1727, Jaipur is one of the oldest cities designed as per Vastu Shastra! Built by Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur houses various forts, palaces and architectural marvels worthy of a royal visit!

Distance from Delhi: 264km

Best time to visit: October to March and July to September

Attractions: Amber Fort and Palace, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Gaitore, Jaigarh Fort and Jantar Mantar

Activities: Camel Safari, Hot Air Ballooning, Elephant Rides, Desert Safari, Jeep Rides and Cycle Tours

Birla Mandir ,Jaipur



Known originally as Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Birla Mandir is located at the base of Moti Dungri Temple, Jaipur. The temple is a popular pilgrimage site among the Hindu devotees. Made of sparkling white marble, the structure looks incredibly marvelous. 

Lush green gardens surround the temple on the sides and give the structure a truly dreamy touch. 

Birla Mandir has a total of three domes, each one representing a different perspective of religion. The temple features stunning carvings and drawings all around its body. The walls of the structure are adorned with mythological quotes and holy charms from the Hindu holy book of Geeta.

In addition, various mythological events and happenings are also carved on the shrine’s interior walls. The temple’s architectural beauty is totally admirable and appreciable. 

The most important part of Birla Mandir is the beautiful monolithic figurine of Lakshmi Narayan. The temple also houses an idol of Shri Ganesha, which is equally stunning and appreciable. You will also find pictures and sculptures of various other Gods and Goddesses, which strike a religious charm in the air inside the temple.

The temple even shelters the pictures of legendary personalities, such as Zarathustra, Jesus Christ, Gautam Buddha, Confucius, and Socrates. Birla Mandir is also home to a beautiful museum that stores and exhibits all the ancestral assets of the respected Birla family.

All these elements combine to make Birla Mandir a perfect destination for spiritual seekers of every religion. The temple gets a lot of visitors all through the year and the crowd becomes even bigger during important festivals.


History of Birla Mandir Jaipur -

In accordance with the popular historical belief, Birla Mandir at Jaipur in Rajasthan is built on the land that was handed over to the country’s reputed Birla family by the respected Maharaja of that time in exchange for just INR 1. The construction of the temple began back in the year 1977 by the B.M. Industrial Foundation. 

The structure was developed over a total time period of around eight years and the construction work finally ended in the year 1985. 

In reference to historical facts, Mahatma Gandhi was invited to inaugurate Birla Mandir. However, Gandhi stated that he would only accept the invitation if the temple would be open to devotees of all the castes of society. The temple’s consecration ceremony finally happened on February 22, 1985.

Since then, Birla Temple is open for visitors irrespective of the caste and creed they belong to.

Abhaneri Step Well



Chand Baori or Abhaneri Step Well is a stepwell located in the Abhaneri village near Jaipur which is a favored tourist destination.

With many national as well as international tourists visiting it,  Abhaneri Step Well is considered to be an architectural wonder.

The stepwell is around 30m or 100ft. deep and is one of the deepest and largest step well in India.

Stepwells are very common in Rajasthan because of its arid and dry climate. Located in the eastern dryer parts of Rajasthan, the stepwell was primarily built to store water.

Not only the step well stores water, it is also useful in groundwater harvesting. This marvelous and distinctive quality of Abhaneri Step Well makes it one of a kind in India. 

Abhaneri Step Well is regarded amongst the most picturesque step wells in the world. The unique structural formation of the stepwell with its peculiar design has attracted a lot of attention.

The stepwell can be seen in movies like Bhool Bhulaiyaa and the internationally acclaimed ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. The beauty of Abhaneri Step Well lies in its history as the stepwell has been in existence since the 8th Century. Till date, the step is functional but not up to its total limits. 

Located around 100km from the capital city of Jaipur, Chand Baori is older than some major monuments like the Taj Mahal and ancient temples like Khajurao Temples and Chola Temples. 

History of Abhaneri Step Well - 



With its history dating back to the 8th Century, Abhaneri Step Well was built by Raja Chanda.  Raja Chanda belonged to the Nikhumba Dynasty which ruled the region for almost 400 years. 

Raja Chanda had his faith in Harshat Mata, the goddess of joy and happiness. To please Harshat Mata and help the people in his kingdom, Raja Chanda built this step well. Also, there was a temple attached to the stepwell dedicated to Harshat Mata.

It was partially razed in the 10th century but with time, the temple was repaired. Due to its geographical setting and climatic resolutions, the region often faced water scarcity. 

To cope up with this problem, Raja Chanda started the construction of the stepwell. In its original setting, 

Abhaneri Step Well was only a step well with steps leading to the bottom. In the 18th century when the Mughals invaded the region, they rebuilt the stepwell and constructed walls and built some galleries around the well. 

Abhaneri Step Well houses the annual Abhaneri festival which occurs before the Sharad Navratri. The  festival is celebrated to embrace and thank Goddess Harshat Mata in a period of 3-days.

During the festival, a diving competition is conducted where the young men of the village participate. Also, the step well is very popular globally that it attracts more international visitors than national. 

The Harshat Temple near the stepwell is older than the stepwell and was built around the 7th century. The name of the village, Abhaneri is said to be originated from the blessings of Harshat Mata who endowed to spread brightness (abha) in the lives of the people. 

The Architecture of Abhaneri Step Well - 



The geometrical setting of the step well is so unique that this setting cannot be seen in modern times. Abhaneri Step Well is 100 ft deep and takes around 3,500 steps to go the bottom.

The stepwell has steep steps on its three sides and the fourth side consists of galleries on two floors.

The total 3,500 steps are built sideways and not straight on all three sides. The fourth side, which faces the stepwell houses some idols of Lord Ganesh and Mahisasurmardini and acts like a pavilion comprising of some wonderfully carved jharokhas.

The 3,500 steps of the stepwell make it look like a magical structure and if viewed from a particular distance, they look like an optical illusion. With shadow falling on the steps and sunlight playing its game, the steps of Abhaneri Step Well give a very mystic look. 

In ancient times, the step well was more than a step well. At a period in history, the stepwell housed an upper palace and the small palace thing had a few rooms. 

Though with the years gone by, the palace of the stepwell began to deteriorate and now only a section of it can be seen.

The step well had the ancient water system and the water was used for several purposes. 

This ancient form of the water storage system was disregarded by the Britishers and citing the reason that the water in Abhaneri Step Well is used for drinking as well as other reasons like bathing and washing, they installed the system of pipes and tanks.

 This led to the fall of the old-fashion water system in the Abhaneri village.

Hawa Mahal
Image Credit : Vladimir Varfolomeev



Resembling Krishna’s crown, Hawa Mahal is an elaborate monument in Jaipur. Standing right in the middle of the old market of Jaipur, the structure made of red and pink sandstone keeps the name of the Pink City very proudly.

Lal Chand Ustad has put a lot of effort in designing the back of the palace to blend in the city, which is now also confused as the front by people. 

Also known as ‘The Palace of Winds’, the Hawa Mahal is a part of the City Palace. There is no entrance from the main road to the mahal, so you have to seek for the gate which let you enter. Inside are five floors designed very carefully.

There are 953 ‘jharokhas’ made to allow the winds to pass into the palace and keep it fresh and breezy in sweltering summers.

Being surrounded by the traditional market of Jaipur, you will find all the authentic pieces of souvenirs related to the culture and the history of Jaipur. 

Hence, you can club shopping while visiting the palace. 

Make sure to spend your entire evening shopping traditional souvenirs and then wait for dusk to draw upon only to see the colourfully lit Hawa Mahal standing amidst the bustling market.

History of Hawa Mahal Jaipur - 



Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who was the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The story of the birth of the palace started when Pratap visited Jhunjhunu and saw Khetri Mahal.

Maharaj was impressed by the unique design of the Khetri Mahal, and that was when he decided to create a better version of it. Lal Chand Ustad designed this palace and ended up making one of the best monuments history has ever created.

The primary purpose for creating this palace was to give royal women a separate place. From Hawa Mahal, they could enjoy the everyday lives and celebrations of the festival through the windows without being seen as they weren’t allowed to go out in public without a veil. 

The Hawa Mahal was a part of the main City Palace, and the royal family used to come here to escape the scorching heat as this palace was always cold and breezy due to the windows it has.

From then on, it has been preserved to keep the glory and grace alive for the generations to come.

Architecture of Hawa Mahal Jaipur - 



Hawa Mahal is an excellent example of Hindu Rajput architecture finely blended with Islamic Mughal architecture giving it the face it is famous for. 

It is made with red and pink sandstone along with white marble inside the palace. 

The look of the palace observed from the street looks extremely beautiful, and people mistake it with the entrance of the palace. 

Actually, it is the backside of the palace as it is an extended part of the main City Palace. It has five floors adorned with 953 jharokhas and latticework.

The technology of Venturi effect is utilised well to make the air coming inside the palace cool. 

This effect always helped the Hawa Mahal stay serene and pleasant, so royal women never had a problem staying here in hot temperatures.

At several times, the entire royal family used to get together here and escape the summers together.

This honeycomb-like monument is a proud heritage left by the bygone era, which is an integral part of the history as well as architecture.

Jawahar Kala Kendra



The rich heritage and architecture of Jaipur have rendered it to the name ‘Paris of India’, and Jawahar Kala Kendra is no different. It resides at the heart of this Pink City and attracts many tourists due to its cultural significance. It is en route the Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg. 

The architectural design of Jawahar Kala Kendra was laid out by the renowned MIT graduate Mr Charles Correa. The structure of this building is similar in appearance to the nine grids of our solar system.

The walls and high ceilings are interspersed with elegant artwork from ancient and modern times, which only adds to the aesthetic appeal of the place. 

Theatres of Jawahar Kala Kendra



The theatre at Jawahar Kala Kendra hosts frequent performances by artists, students and scholars that make for an engaging platform of profound creativity.

If is constructed out of three theatres – 1 open and two closed. Most of the youngsters come to the open theatre and perform or act out their dramas, dance forms or other culturally eloquent forms of acting. 

The other two theatres are called Rangayan and Krishnan. Rangayan is mostly a haven for modern plays and playwrights debuting their dramas on-stage. On the other hand, Krishnayan hosts various Rajasthani festivals inviting artists from all across India.

This theatre hosts distinct performances in varying styles and outcome and a major tourist attraction of Jaipur. 

Kala Galleries, Exhibitions and Museum



The Alankar Museum is one of the most popular museums in Rajasthan and is situated within the peripherals of Jawahar Kala Kendra. They have a repertoire of music that stirs the soul, artworks and sculptors decorating these galleries and museums, enhancing every instrument required to produce a masterpiece. 

The exhibitions held portray exquisite craftsmanship and blue pottery items available on sale.  

Appu Ghar



Appu Ghar, the recreational city of India, is situated in the backdrop of Aravali mountain range in Jaipur city. The park spreading over sprawling 300 acres offers entertainment, exhilaration, respite, and escapade. Appu Ghar is also referred to locally as “Happy Adventure” is a 2-day vacation haven, suitable for people of all ages.  

Appu Ghar, the most excellent water park in Jaipur city is adrenaline on the rocks with numerous breathtaking rides and water slides. The park is developed by IAL (International Amusement Limited) and Mr. Gian Vijeshwar, considered the Father of Indian Amusement Industry, as a third venture after Rohini Amusement park and Noida Entertainment city. 

It encompasses picturesque villas, world-class recreational facilities, star hotels & MICE amenities, and integrated mall with global brands. A perfect outing for people to get away from the hustle-bustle of the busy metropolitan and mundane lifestyle and freak out doing what one likes best. 

Helicopter ride, Toy train ride, Piggy ride, Monkey bars, and trampoline keep the kids amused the whole time. Mechanical Bull Ride, ATV Rides, Bungee Trampoline, Dirt Biking, etc. sets adults’ palpitations racing and uncertainty and anxiety about capabilities peaking before each activity. Team games like Cricket Pool, Air Hockey, and Rope Courses build the spirit among the team members.

Online Video Games zone with Playstation and Xbox and 24-lane Bowling alley offer unlimited hours of joy and excitement to the millennia.

The scenic 9-hole golf course at Royal Golf Club spread over 58 acres with Aravali Mountains in the background offers a pleasant ambiance to enjoy the game. 

Jantar Mantar


Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is an astronomical observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh II. Besides this one in Jaipur, India owns 4 more Jantar Mantar across different states.

 Featuring the world’s largest sundials, the astronomical observatory of Jaipur marks its prominence amongst UNESCO’s world heritage sites. 

Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar comprises of some astounding stone structures which once were used for locating the exact positions of the celestial bodies in space. 

There are around 19 instruments carved out from stone and brass. As it aids in calculating the local time, this massive structure attracts geographers, architects, and historians.

 Even time has failed before the brilliance of this engineering marvel. The observatory still holds its significance in the same manner as it did a thousand years ago. 

The main motive behind the existence of this structure was to gather and study information related to the universe, time and space. The instruments present refers here to those used in the Egyptian study of Ptolemaic astronomy.

 The observatory is known to work on the principles laid down by the classical celestial coordinates. They are a horizon-zenith local system, ecliptic system, and finally the equatorial system. These three systems aid the researchers and geographers to track the position of the heavenly bodies. 

Here at the Jantar Mantar Jaipur, you get to witness a hybrid mixture of different astronomical and architectural instruments. 

The 19 geometric devices present here to contribute towards understanding local time, ascertaining the declination of planetary systems, predicting eclipses, and tracking orbital stars.

 Besides, it also aids in the determination of celestial altitudes. The entire observatory covers a land stretch of 18700 metres.

Samrat yantra, Ram yantra, Jai Prakash yantra, Narivalya yantra, Karnti yantra, Raj yantra, Unnsynhsmsa yantra, Chakra yantra, Disha yantra, Dakshina yantra, and Rasayas yantra are some of the instruments found here.  

History of Jantar Mantar Jaipur - 



Sawai Jai Singh II was a renowned scholar of his time. Once a while, Emperor Muhammad Shah assigned him a task to confirm and rectify the currently available data on the position and movement of celestial bodies.

Sawai Jai Singh was desperate to refine the tables of ancient Islamic zij to determine the exact time. In short, he aimed to create a well-defined calendar. He was keen on making accurate astrological predictions for the benefit of mankind.

 To bring his dream to reality, he decided that he would construct Jantar Mantar in the year 1718. For the same, he set out on a mission to extensively study the cosmological principles as laid down by the philosophical findings of Hindu, Islamic, European, and Persian civilization.

 In this way, five different astronomical observatories were constructed across various states in India.

The largest amongst all was built in Jaipur in between the period 1727 to 1733. After that, it underwent frequent renovations with the lapse of time.

The available instruments have a broad range of cosmological applications. In the year 2010, this astronomical observatory got featured in the list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. 

The architecture of Jantar Mantar Jaipur –


The astronomical observatory of Jaipur – Jantar Mantar, is a collection of both astronomical and architectural instruments. In all, you may find around 19 major geometrical devices here. Each one of them has got its own specific application. 

These devices are used to measure time; ascertain the declination of the planets and the planetary system; prediction of the eclipses; determination of the celestial altitudes, and tracking of the orbital stars.

 Sheltering so many instruments, the entire observatory extends to a land stretch of 18700 metres. Interestingly, some of the instruments available here are amongst the largest in their own species. 

The instruments of this astronomical observatory were carved out purely from stone and marble as they have got a tremendous potential to withstand climatic changes. Some of them were designed by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II himself. 

A few of these instruments were carved out from copper and still are recognised for their undeniable accuracy. In terms of its dimensions, the Jantar Mantar at Jaipur is the largest of all its counterparts present elsewhere in India. 

Albert Hall Museum



The museum built in the year 1876, lies within the Ram Niwas Garden, Jaipur, and the oldest one in the state of Rajasthan.

 It was first envisaged as a concert hall, bearing a resemblance to Victorian architecture and Albert Hall Museum, London. 

The museum boasts of a wide range of objet d'art collected from various parts of the world and displayed over 16 galleries. With sundown, Albert Hall Museum assumes a completely new look because the whole building glimmers with brilliant yellow lights, looking stunning and spectacular.

The museum is the epitome of the rich history and culture of India. 

Bordered by verdant gardens, the museum is a sight to behold for travelers flocking to Jaipur from all over the world. 

The museum galleries feature numerous works of art and antique items including marble art, antique coins, Egyptian mummy, carpets, and pottery. 

Besides, you can also see varied paintings, portraits, woodwork, brassware, and sculptures on display. 

The museum also houses some of the best fineries, especially ceremonial dresses, worn by the royal family members. The museum is a must-visit for history buffs. The Indo-Saracenic style domes and elaborately engraved arches built of sandstone are sure to leave you awestruck.  

Albert Hall also features an aviary, a greenhouse, as well as a zoo to delight tourists. 

History of Albert Hall Museum -


The foundation of the museum was set when Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur in the year 1876. 

There was no certainty as to how the museum would be used, and therefore, on the recommendation of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II, a temporary museum was constructed in 1881.

It then exhibited the works of art created by the local artisans. Swinton Jacob, an eminent architect of that time, completed the construction of Albert Hall in 1887. It was then that the artifacts from the temporary museum were moved to the newly built Albert Hall. 

By the year 1890, the museum stood complete with the Mayo Hospital within a public park, thus embodying the vision of the earlier Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh.

His descendant Sawai Madho Singh realized the Maharaja’s dream, thus depicting a new Jaipur city progressing into the contemporary age.  

The Architecture of Albert Hall Museum - 


Albert Hall Museum resembled the splendid Indo- Saracenic architecture, the hallways or corridors adorned with murals of diverse styles. It resembled the history and culture of the Egyptian, European, Greek, Babylonian, and Chinese civilizations. 

Albert Hall soon became the centre stage for teaching the history of different civilizations. The museum-inspired artisans to hone their artistic skills as well as preserve traditional art, architecture, and craft forms of India. 

When it comes to the architecture of the museum, the Egyptian mummy is a feast to travelers’ eyes as well as history aficionados. 

The architecture of Albert Hall is the fusion of elaborate Islamic architecture and Neo-gothic style. The unique architecture of the museum used by the British in India and implemented in most public and government buildings.

The decorative and stylish components of this museum are one of the classic examples of architectural elegance and finesse of that period. If you have a penchant for design and architecture; you will love Albert Hall’s elaborate carvings as well as the distinctive ‘Chatri’ style towers that resemble impeccable artistry. 

Gallery of Albert Hall Museum - 



One of the striking features of Albert Hall Museum is its galleries displaying works of art, treasures, and antiques belonging to the nineteenth century. The popular galleries are: 

1. Clay Art Gallery

It houses beautiful, delicate clay models of nineteenth-century displaying sociological themes, different yogic postures, and art of craft making. 

You will find a clay model depicting judicial execution of that time, a plaster-cast clay model of a female leg painted with geometrical designs in red, a saint in a yogic posture, and many more. 

2. Carpet Gallery

Visit this gallery to feast your eyes. The Persian Garden Carpet is the superlative example of stunning Persian carpets around the world.

Bought during the times of Mirza Raja Jai Singh I, the rare carpet represents a scene from a Persian garden. The work of art has four parts and numerous sub-sections. 

Each part has varied colors that make the carpet look stunning. Birds, fish, turtles, and other Chinese animals are depicted on this carpet.

The gallery also houses circular carpets as well as doormats representing flowery and Mughal patterns.  

3. Jewelry Gallery

You can see most of the low-cost jewelry worn by the peasants of that time. Most of the ornaments were made of brass and silver. 

The popular items of jewelry include rings, anklets, bracelets, necklaces, and hairpins. 

4. Coin Gallery 

If you have a passion for coins, you must visit this gallery. Take a tour of this place to see a huge variety of coins of the British and Mughal age. You will love the punch-marked coins, which are ancient in history. 

You can see numerous coins of the times of Jahangir, Akbar, Aurangzeb, and Shah Jahan. These coins were discovered from different parts of Rajasthan. They were collected and preserved in the museum gallery. 

5. Musical Instruments Gallery 

You will find ancient Indian musical instruments in this gallery of Albert Hall. The popular instruments include Dhap, Shehnai, Masak Baja, Karana, Rabab, and Pungi Ravan Hatha to name a few. 

6. Marble Art Gallery 

You can see some of the best exhibits of the nineteenth-century sculptures designed by the artisans of Jaipur in the Marble Art Gallery of Albert Hall. 

The popular works of art include Dasa Avatar and Mahisasur Mardini, Nav Grahas and Ganesh, Shiv Pariwar, Jain Tirthankars, Vaishnav and Brahma Parivar. 

7. Pottery Gallery 

Albert Hall houses some of the finest pottery collections of the nineteenth century, representing diverse range, intricacy, and vitality of the craft tradition of India. 

The gallery houses a range of flower vases. The most prominent one is the white quartz clay vase showing the king and queen on either side with cobalt blue and copper designs. You will also love to see the Kagazi (water bottle) doubled-handled surahi featuring a triangular design on the rim. 

8. Arms and Armour Gallery 

The gallery houses Mughal, Rajput, Afghan, Arab, Turkish hilts, swords, helmets, tiger knives, spears, clubs, and shields, in silver and gold. 

The popular collections include Arabian dagger, Qama or knife, Goad, gun powder horn, tiger claws, Gauntlet, and more. 

Dolls Museum


Located in the heart of Jaipur, the Dolls Museum is veritable dreamland for both kids and adults, who want to savor the unique taste of world culture. The museum comes with a wide range of toys and figurines, which exhibit various genres and styles. 

Along with the Rajasthani dolls, the museum also showcases numerous other figures, which belong from different parts of the world. 

So, if you pay a visit to the Dolls Museum, then you will get the rare chance to relish the cultural beauty of the whole world.

The massive collection of puppets and figurines in the museum is displayed in five different galleries. All these galleries contain different dolls, which have been gathered from the different parts of India as well as the world.

 Among the figurines, the Indian dolls are displayed in special clothing items, such as bridal wear, dance costumes, and everyday apparel, which reflect the cultural vivacity of India.

Along with the Indian dolls, the museum also exhibits a gorgeous collection of traditional dolls representing Japan. Most of these figurines have been made with wood. 

However, if you explore this museum carefully, then you will also be able to find a few other dolls that are made with whale teeth and paper. This delightful doll collection of Japan includes Kokeshi dolls, Tanabata dolls, Kamakura dolls, Namahage Dolls, and Kanto Matsuri dolls. 

Besides these, the museum also has another section, which showcases dolls from the other parts of the world, like Mexico, Mongolia, Uganda, Norway, Turkey, Italy, and Peru, etc.

Features of Doll Museum - 



The Dolls Museum in Jaipur was built with the intention to exhibit the vivacity of the world culture through the dolls and their attires. 

Therefore, you can find numerous figures here, which have been collected from different parts of the world, including India. 

The following are some of the things that you can enjoy in this charming museum. 

Dolls with Bridal Attires 

The bridal dolls of the museum are particularly quite popular among the tourists. These puppets generally showcase the culture of numerous Indian states like Punjab, Gujarat, West Bengal, and Kerala. 

Dolls that Showcase Dance Forms 

Along with the bridal puppets, you can also find numerous other dolls that demonstrate various dance forms of India. 

From these figurines, you can learn about classical dance forms, such as Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, and Odissi, etc. 

Dolls from Other Countries 

Along with Indian dolls, you can also find puppets from different states and countries of the world.

With these figurines, you will be able to taste the cultural essence of countries like Germany, Uganda, New Zealand, Malaysia, Afghanistan, etc. 

Besides these, the museum also exhibits small figurines of the children’s favorite cartoon characters and superheroes.

A new English Puppet Gallery has also been introduced in the museum, which consists of dolls that are only two inches in size. 

City Palace

 



Jal  Mahal


Jal Mahal is one of the most splendid architectural palaces sitting in the centre of Man Singh Lake on the outskirts of Jaipur. This masterful creation was earlier a shooting lodge for the Maharajas, but now it has become the most famous spot for sightseeing in Jaipur. Jal Mahal was built by Maharaja Madho Singh in the 1750s for himself and his companions to rest after their duck hunting endeavours. Jal Mahal is a four storeyed building built with red sandstone.

It offers a breathtaking view of the Nahargarh hills and Man Sagar Lake that border it. The most alluring feature of this mahal is that four storeys of this site are submerged underwater, and only one storey lies above the water level. It has a garden at the top that consists of varieties of trees and beautiful flowers.

Jal Mahal is extremely popular among the visitors for it’s striking architecture and detailed craftsmanship. This palace has been built by combining Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. Due to it’s alluring beauty and rich architectural magnificence it has also been touted as one of the most photographed sites in India. The entry is prohibited inside the fort but you can have a view of this magnificent fort from a considerable distance.

History of Jal Mahal Jaipur



In 1956 AD severe famine was experienced by the people of the area where Jal Mahal is currently standing. This led to an acute shortage of water, and the ruler of Ajmer, therefore, decided to build a dam to deal with the problem of scarcity of water. The dam was initially built with quartzite and earth in the eastern side of the breathtakingly beautiful Ajmer Hills. Later, it was renovated in the 17th century into a masonry structure.

This dam is still standing today, and it’s 28.5-34.5 meters wide and 300 meters long. Three gates have also been built in the dam to release a sufficient amount of water to irrigate the nearby agricultural lands. This dam has undergone renovation and restoration by different rulers, but the final renovation was done by Maharaja Jai Singh 11. Other historical places and religious spots like Jaigarh Fort, Amer Fort, Kanak Vrindavan Valley, and Nahargarh Fort were built in the nearby areas of this lake. These are now connected with a tourist corridor of road networks.

It is believed that Jal Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh as a spot to relax after duck hunting. It is also surmised that this palace was built in 1750 by Maharaja Madho Singh 1. The beauty of this palace was later amplified by Maharaja Jai Singh 11 who completely renovated this palace and added a few more striking structures to it. It is also believed that the Man Sagar Lake was also built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh after constructing a huge dam that served as a source of water for the people in that area.

The architecture of Jal Mahal



Jal Mahal is known for its exquisite architecture and splendid design that beholds the mind of the visitors. It is the finest example of excellent Rajput architecture, and the technical excellence that were not in vogue in the 18th century. The architectural grandeur of this palace comes to life, especially in the evening when the entire complex is covered by floodlights. The beautiful cravings on the shrines and the white marbles that have been used to build the palace make it look like a gem on its own. The reflection of the palace in the Man Sagar Lake gives an illusion of multi storeys standing over the water level.

At the corner of the palace there are four octagon-shaped chhatris and beautiful domes. In the centre, there is a chhatri made in Bengali style. Twenty one decorative pillars are also located in this palace that are considered to be the cenotaphs of the royal family. A platform is there in the centre of the garden area where dance performances and recitals were organized. The original garden got damaged in the past but now it has been recreated again to captivate the attention of the visitors.
Nahargarh Fort


Standing tall overlooking the city of Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort is a monumental edifice built by Sawai Madho Singh in the eighteenth century. The fort is situated on Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) and Nahargarh means “abode of tigers”. Nahargarh fort along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort once formed a strong defense around the city of Jaipur. However, Nahargarh fort was also used as a summer retreat by the Jaipur kings considering that there are several palaces, temples and landscaped gardens within its complex. There is an extended wall at Nahargarh Fort which connects it to Jaigarh Fort.

The Madhavendra Palace is the hotspot attraction at the fort which has an opulent suite for the king and nine suites for his concubines. The Madhavendra palace looks spellbindingly magnificent and the walls of the suites are intricately designed with delicate fresco paintings.

Within the fort lies the famous Nahargarh Biological Park and a zoo that gives tourists a sneak peek into the wilderness of the regions like Asiatic lions and Bengal tigers. Another huge attraction is the Sculpture Park that has astounding pieces of sculpture on display at the Madhavendra Palace. The fort complex even has two restaurants that offer breathtaking views of the city below and serves zesty Indian cuisine.

History of Nahargarh Fort



Nahargarh Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1734. Interestingly, the fort was never attacked during the entire history. But, historical events in the eighteenth century like the signing of treaties with Maratha forces happened at the fort.

The fort also has another intriguing history attached to it. During the construction of the fort, something things strange used to happen every single day; whatever was built during the day used to collapse at night. The King believed that the construction work was hindered by the restless spirit of Rathore prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia.

So, based on the advice of astrologers, the king decided to build a temple devoted to him and also name the fort on his name to honor him. After doing so, the construction works of the fort went unhindered.

Architecture of Nahargarh Fort



The imposing Nahargarh Fort has been built in the Indo-European style of architecture and is decked up with scalloped archways, domed ceilings, and sprawling gardens. The tall exterior walls of the fort run for several kilometres and the main entrance of the fort, Padi Gate stands as a testimony to the magnificent architecture. The most prominent structure within the Nahargarh Fort is Madhavendra Bhawan aka Madhavendra Palace. This two-story palace was built by King Sawai Madho Singh for himself and his nine queens.

The palace features one majestic suite for the king himself and nine identical suites for his nine wives. The suites are lavish with bedrooms, lobby, kitchen, and a store. An open-air corridor connects all the suites. Interestingly, the suites are built in such a way that the king can visit one of his nine wives without the knowledge of the other eight wives.

Another amazing structure is the Diwan-i-Aam, which is a sprawling hall where the king addressed the grievances of his subjects. There are also two temples within Nahargarh Fort - one for the deity of Jaipur rulers and another one for Rathore prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia.
Central Park



Central Park in Jaipur acts as a natural oasis to enjoy lush greenery and fresh breezes amidst an otherwise bustling city. The garden is kept in a beautiful state with emerald green trees and blooming vegetation.

The park has a 5 kilometer long pathway for jogging and running. That is why, in the morning, you will see a lot of people jogging and walking on its beautiful trails. In fact, it is quite popular among locals for morning and evening walks. 

For those who want to watch birds, this is a perfect place to do so too, as the park sees thousands of migratory birds every year. You can also see some native birds here. In winters, Central Park is an attraction point for picnics - families can be seen having lots of fun eating and playing here.

The park is also famous among children. Flying discs, badminton and other fun games can be played here. Whenever the weather is pleasant, people come here to enjoy food and spend time in the lap of nature. 

There is no entry fee and you can spend as much time as you want in the park in the open hours. You can also bring your own food and enjoy it in the midst of lush greenery.

 If you are a photography enthusiast, make sure you carry your dslr/camera with you, especially if you are visiting the park in the morning. You will get a chance to capture the beautiful migratory birds in your photos, and enjoy their singing and dancing.

Central Park also serves as a house for a hi-tech nursery and a glass house that has inland and foreign variety of bamboo plants. A colorful bed of flowers is adorned by foreign aquatic plants that are found in the small ponds. 

These flower beds are really eye catching and attracts a lot of visitors. In addition to all the above mentioned floriculture sections, the wonderful water fountains add to the charisma of the beautiful atmosphere of this park. Also, parking facility is there in the park which is free of cost.

The central attraction of this park is the Indian National Flag that is 28 feet wide and 72 feet in length. With such dimensions, it claims to be one of the tallest tricolour of the country. 

Do visit this park for a rejuvenating session with nature. You'll be delighted with the sights that embellish this lovely place.

History of Central Park Jaipur:



Jaipur is a city that signifies the imperial culture and legacy of the state of Rajasthan. The wonderful sights of the pink city, including Central Park, draw in curious individuals from all over the world who want to learn about the rich history and legacy of the city. 

Like many other landmarks in the city, Central Park is the consequence of the delightful endeavors of old maharajas. In fact, it was a gift by the Jaipur Maharajas to the people of this city.

The marvelous park is built by Jaipur Development Authority and is the greatest park in Jaipur. Central park is created with very modern methodology.

This spot was officially presented on 21st January 2006 by the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje.


Jaipur is a city that signifies the imperial culture and legacy of the state of Rajasthan. The wonderful sights of the pink city, including Central Park, draw in curious individuals from all over the world who want to learn about the rich history and legacy of the city. 

Like many other landmarks in the city, Central Park is the consequence of the delightful endeavors of old maharajas. In fact, it was a gift by the Jaipur Maharajas to the people of this city.

The marvelous park is built by Jaipur Development Authority and is the greatest park in Jaipur. Central park is created with very modern methodology.

This spot was officially presented on 21st January 2006 by the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje.

Jawahar Circle
Crowned as the largest highway circular park in all of Asia, the Jawahar Circle Park in Jaipur is embedded with a number of attractions. From splendid jogging track to musical fountain, kiosks, rose gardens and more, the garden has several amenities that make it an instant attraction among tourists. 

The garden was developed by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) in 2009 with the motive of attracting more tourists and allowing visitors to enjoy a serene experience in the middle of Rajasthan. 

Jawahar Circle is also a favorite destination for the people of Jaipur as their weekend getaway location. Apart from people visiting the park for morning and evening walks; picnic and casual visits to various regions of the Park including the musical fountain are much loved by tourists and the people of Jaipur. 

There are also several areas for kids to enjoy and have a time of their life which makes the garden an absolutely family-friendly place to visit. Additionally, there is a musical fountain show conducted by the garden authorities in the evening which is much enjoyed by tourists and localities here crowd to relish this fun event. 

All in all, with various activities and attractions for an entire family, the Jawahar Circle Park is a must-visit if you are in Jaipur.

Location: Jawahar Circle, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302017

Price: INR 10 

Timing: 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Sunday - Saturday.
Jaipur Zoo
Home to a variety of wildlife creatures, birds and aquatic animals, the Jaipur Zoo is the perfect location for a weekend getaway trip with family and friends. Opened in 1877, the zoo is found near the Albert Hall Museum and holds a distinct collection of more than 50 species of animals and birds from around the globe. 

Additionally, the Zoo also holds a museum inside it's the premise. The museum depicts the history and the present of the wildlife of the state, Rajasthan. Presently, the zoo carries as many bird species as animals and as of 2018, it has been announced as a bird park as well. 

Thus, the zoo has been divided into two sections - The animal section and the other birds and reptile sections. The key animals in Zoo include a varied culture of Black Buck, Baboon, Hyena, Black Bear and Himalayan Bear including birds - White Ibis, Teeter, Peacock, Parrot, Crane, Vulture, Cockatoo, and Painted Stock among others. 

Furthermore, the zoo has also become a part of the conservation breeding program which was initiated by the Central Zoo Authority. The program stands to protect the dying species of animals including Gharial, Crocodile, and Cheetal and the inbreeding program has been slowly helping in the preservation of the same. 

All in all, the Jaipur zoo is a must-visit not just for animal enthusiasts but also for individuals who would love to spend some time learning about the vast variety of animal and bird species we are surrounded with.

Location: Jaipur Zoo, Museum Rd, Ram Niwas Garden, Kailash Puri, Ramniwas Bagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302004

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Winter) every day except Tuesday. 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (summer) every day except Tuesday. 

Price: INR 15 (Indian national) INR 150 (Foreign national).
Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort is a monumental fort located on the Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan, towering at an impressive height of 500m above sea level. The fort was constructed in 1726 by the famous Raja Jai Singh II as a means to fortify the Amer Fort. 

In fact, you can see an unobstructed view of Amer Fort and its complex from the Jaigarh Fort and also witness a breath-taking view of the green hills and lakes that surround the fort. It is one of the most distinctive historical monuments in the Jaipur area and has many unique features that make it unique. 

The largest canon in the world, which is called the Jaivana Cannon, can be found inside the premises. The canon was built inside the Jaigarh Fort itself and is said to have participated in many famous Rajput battles and wars. Other attractions inside the fort include the Vilas Mandir, the Aram Mandir, Laxmi Vilas and the Lalit Mandir. 

A unique feature of the fort is the lattice-work windows from where you can observe the expanse of the surrounding landscape and the large Persian garden which has four distinct parts. The original purpose of the Jaigarh Fort was to store arms, ammunition, armours and supplies for the Amer Fort in case of war.

It is now a significant historical monument itself, with visitors travelling from far and wide to get an insight into the rich culture and history of the Rajputs of Amer. The monument is approximately 3 kilometres long and stands at a width of 1 kilometre. 

Location: Devisinghpura, Amer, Rajasthan 302028

Timings: The fort is open every day, from Monday to Saturday, from 9:30 am to 4:45 pm. On Saturdays, the Jaigarh Fort remains open till 8:00 pm. 

Fee: The entry fee to the Jaigarh Fort is INR 35 for Indian nationals, while foreigners and tourists from outside the country have to pay INR 85 for entrance. 
Amer Fort
As you go footloose in the charming complex of the Amer fort made of pink and yellow sandstone, you will witness the regal finesse of Rajputanas. The majestic beauty resides in the pink city of Jaipur, bathing in charm atop the Cheel ka Teela(Hill of Eagles). 

The fort is a pearl on the crown of Jaipur. Over five thousand tourists visit the fort every day to bask in its royal splendour. The Amer fort has also been inducted into the UNESCO world heritage list along with five other forts of Rajasthan.

The fort is famous for the exquisite Hindu elements peaking through its architecture. The palace features large parapets and several intricately designed gateways that give it a stately vibe. Rajput ruler Raja Man Singh built the fort in 1592. 

The fort is a famous historical monument and a reflection of Rajputana style architecture. It is most famous for its elephant rides and the sound and light show that draws the tourists in thousands every day. The fort is a fine example of the creativity and craftsmanship of the Rajput artists and architects. Amer Fort is one of the oldest forts of Rajasthan and says a lot about the state’s glorious past.

Location: It is located in the small town of Amer, which is about 11 km from Jaipur.

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm and from 6:30 pm to 9:15 pm.

Price: The entry fee is Rs. 500 per person for foreigners and Rs. 50 for Indians.

Amer fort elephant safari:  The elephant ride up the hill to the entrance of the fort is a thrilling experience. The trip costs Rs. 1100 for two people. It takes about 30 minutes for the elephant to trudge up the hill.
Akshardhama Temple

Situated in Vaishali Nagar of Jaipur, Akshardham Temple is one of the most popular destinations of the pink city. Being dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Lord Narayana, Akshardham Temple is also known as Swaminarayan Temple. It is equally well-known for both its cultural aesthetics and stunning architecture.

The temple of Akshardham in Jaipur has been recently constructed, and the credit of its foundation goes to Bachsanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sansthan.There are three houses within the Akshardham temple – Hari Mandapam, Vibhuti Mandapam, and Prasadi Mandapam.

The main shrine of the temple is known as Hari Mandapam. It is here where you can find the presence of a 7-feet statue of Lord Swaminarayan carved in pure gold. It is well-studded with both silver and gold ornaments.

Vibhuti Mandapam or the second house is where you get to witness the exquisite-lit brass lotuses. Finally, you have the Prasadi Mandapam, where you will find some holy relics of Lord Swaminarayan.

Apart from those three houses, the Akshardham Temple features two small shrines featuring the idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesha, and Shiva Parvati. All the walls of the temple have beautiful displays of beautiful carvings, paintings, sculptures, and mantras for motivating the visitors and onlookers.

The moment you step in the Akshardham Temple, you are filled with profound faith and positive vibration. The tranquillity of the temple enlightens every single visitor who visits here. Akshardham Temple is famous for its magnificent idols, beautiful architecture, carvings, and sculptures.

Apart from the architectural brilliance, the temple is blessed with a stunning green surrounding. It has also got a large playground and a kids section within it where you have slides, swings, etc. Finally, before leaving the Akshardham Temple, do not forget to munch on its delicious servings at its Food Hut. 

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