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15 Must Visit Places on Your Jaipur Sightseeing Tour

 
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    15 Must Visit Places on Your Jaipur Sightseeing Tour

    Must Visit Places on Your Jaipur Sightseeing Tour

    Photo Credit: Honza Soukup - Flickr

    Jaipur, the Pink City of India is probably one of the few cities in the world, which promises an array of bygone ethos amidst all the colours of modernisation. Almost every corner of this glittering city speaks about the valour and foresightedness of its ruler.

    An endless list of the architectural milestones, a city plan that even outstrips modern techniques, and the traditional yet warm hearted people of this city, makes it an ideal place for vacations and sightseeing. Well, these are also the reasons that Jaipur is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world!

    Jaipur Sightseeing Tours are the best way to explore and delve into the eternal splendour of Jaipur. This Jaipur sightseeing package has been designed in a way that will offer visitors the most authentic and real life of this desert capital.

    Best forts to visit in Jaipur:

    The forts across Jaipur are a classic example of how concerned the Maharajas were about protecting the pride and dignity of the city. Raja, Maharajas are now gone, but these forts are still performing their royal task of defending the city and its pride.

    1. Amer Fort

    Amer Fort

    Built by Raja Man Singh I, the Amer Fort, often called the Amber Fort, is the prime location for Jaipur city tour. Located on a hilltop, this fort is rooted with a series of gates and paved paths.  The Maota Lake lies beneath this fort, which makes the craggy location of the fort more enticing. Location of the fort itself mesmerizes the visitors.

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    Presence of some of the magnificent halls like Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas made this fort one of the favourite places of the Maharajas. While the Diwan-i-Aam used to hold all the public meetings for the kings, Diwan-i-Khas used to hold all the royal meetings.

    Maota Lake on the bottom edge of the fort helped in maintaining a pleasant ambience around the fort. Due to all these reasons, this fort is also called as the Amber Palace.

    Visiting hours: 9.30 A.M.- 4.30 P.M.
    Photography allowed: Yes

    2. Nahargarh Fort

    Nahargarh Fort

    The Nahargarh Fort is one of the magnificent forts in Jaipur. Located amidst the breath-taking Aravalli Hills, this fort was originally named as Sudarshangarh Fort. However, the name was later changed to Nahargarh Fort which literary means 'abode of the tigers'.

    This fort has seen the maximum number of tiger hunts by the kings and royal families. Nahargarh Fort plays an important role in Jaipur Sightseeing Tours.

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    Built in 1734 by the legendary Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, this fort served as a place of retreat for the royal families. Whether then or now, this fort is still serving an integral role in Jaipur's glorious history as well as in the Jaipur sightseeing packages.

    Though this fort was constructed to magnify the safety and protection of Jaipur, it never faced any major attacks from the enemies. In fact, the warmth and friendliness of Jaipur's kings never offered any reason of threat to this fort or Jaipur. Nahargarh played an important role in providing shelter to the wives of the British during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.

    Visiting hours: 9.30 A.M.- 4.30 P.M.
    Photography allowed: Yes

    3. Jaigarh Fort

    Jaipur city tour can never be complete without visiting the glorious Jaigarh Fort which is located on an extended portion of the Aravalli Hills, called Cheel ka Teela or the Hill of Eagles.

    Maharaja Jai Singh II built this fort in order to strengthen the safety of the most popular Amber Fort and Palace. The fort has been named after the Maharaja. The rocky terrain and the panoramic view of this fort make it one of the spectacular forts in the Jaipur sightseeing package. 

    Apart from serving as a place of retreat, this fort also served as one of the integral cannon foundries for the Mughal and the Rajput kings.

    At present, Jaigarh Fort houses a historical museum. Weapons used by the kings and the members of the royal family are on display in this museum. Jaivana Cannon, the largest cannon on wheels in the world, is also installed in Jaigarh Fort.

    Visiting hours: 9.30 A.M.- 4.30 P.M.
    Photography allowed: Yes

    Best mahals and palaces to visit in Jaipur:

    Though Kings and Maharajas can no longer be found in Jaipur, the imprints of their ravishing lifestyle are still alive in the city. The elegant and imperial Mahals and Palaces built across the city cast a clear picture of the royalty of the Pink City.

    Visiting these immemorial Mahals and Palaces is a not-to-be-missed feature of the Jaipur Sightseeing Tours.

    4. City Palace

    City Palace

    Photo Credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra - Flickr

    City Palace is the unbeatable palace of all palaces in Jaipur. Located in the centre or the heart of Jaipur, this palace is the most attractive as well as one of the best-decorated palaces. While high formidable walls stands guard to this palace, the welcoming Mubarak Mahal greets every visitor in a royal way ever since it was constructed.

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    ?Bejewelled with a collection of beautiful gardens, decorated courtyards and building, this palace was constructed during 1729-1732. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh constructed this palace and it served as the royal residence for the Maharaja. Since then, City Palace has served generations of Jaipur’s royal families.

    Visiting hours: 9.30 A.M.- 5.00 P.M.
    Photography allowed: Photography is restricted at specified areas inside the palace.

    5. Hawa Mahal

    Hawa Mahal

    Located alongside the City Palace at the heart of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal is another significant palace to visit in this Jaipur Sightseeing Tour. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built this palace in 1799. It is a five-storey building built in pyramidal shape, which is a symbolic replica of the crown of the Hindu god, Lord Krishna.

    A combination of Mughal and Rajput architecture, Hawa Mahal has 953 windows called 'jharokas'. These jharokas were built in such a way that they enabled the royal women to view the outside world, while restricting the outsiders to have a glimpse of these women.

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    Designed in the pattern of a honeycomb, the windows of Hawa Mahal are arranged in a way that they always allowed cool breeze into the palace. Fountains in front of the palace helped in enhancing this cooling effect and thus it was one of the favourite palaces of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.

    Visiting hours: 9.30 A.M.- 4.30 P.M.
    Photography allowed: Yes

    6. Jal Mahal

    Standing elegantly amidst the Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal or the Water Palace boasts of its unexplained stories. Built in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II, it is a five-storey building with a stately pavilion and a terrace garden. Out of the five floors of Jal Mahal, the first floor remains underwater when the lake is full.

    While some believe this palace to be one of the recreational palaces of the kings, yet others believe it was the favourite place of the queens for their engrossing royal parties. Stories also relate that this palace was the favourite duck hunting destination of the young princes. Though a lot of speculation has arisen, the exact story behind this palace is still unknown to the world.

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    The graceful Aravalli Hills, dotted by scenic temples and forts add to the captivating beauty of this palace, while the bustling city of Jaipur balances the modern outlook of Jal Mahal.

    Within the Jaipur sightseeing tours, a trip to Jal Mahal will be arranged. Traditional boats are available on the banks of the Man Sagar Lake, which carry visitors to the palace.

    Visiting hours: 10.00 A.M.- 4.30 P.M.
    Photography allowed: Yes

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    7. Jantar Mantar

    Jantar Mantar, one of the renowned observatories in the world proves the scientific and astronomical abilities of the Rajput kings.

    The maharajas of Jaipur, who were undoubtedly the best architects and planners of their times, also demonstrated their expertise in scientific calculations by constructing Jantar Mantar in five different places of India: Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi. Among these five observatories, Jaipur is the home to the largest and the best preserved of these observatories.

    Jantar Mantar is an important site within these Jaipur sightseeing tours. While sightseeing in Jaipur, especially around the City Palace, the visitors can explore this immemorial astronomical observatory.

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    Jantar Mantar, which means 'magical instrument' was designed in a unique way which helped in calculating time, predicting monsoons, eclipses and tracking the position of the sun, the moon and the stars. It is a collection of 14 geometric devices and the Samrat Yantra is the largest among these devices. It is also the largest sundial in the world.

    Though the Jantar Mantar was built in the ancient age, it still serves as a learning centre to amateur learners of astronomy and is a great source of knowledge for astronomical studies.

    Visiting hours: 9.30 A.M.- 4.30 P.M.
    Photography allowed: Yes

    8. Gaitore

    Located on the Jaipur-Amber highway, around 15 km from Jaipur, Gaitore is the afterlife-resting place of the valourous kings of Jaipur. It is the royal cremation ground of Jaipur and one of the main attractions of Jaipur city tour.

    Except Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh, who was cremated in the City Palace, Gaitore has the cenotaphs or tombstones (or Chhatri in Hindi) of all the Maharajas of Jaipur.

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    Among all the cenotaphs, the one of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II is the most attractive. It is decorated with peacock carvings, crafted delicately on pure white marble. These tombstones or cenotaphs are believed to reflect the lavish lifestyle of the kings when they were alive.

    'Gaye ka Thor' which means 'resting place of the departed soul' is believed to be the original name of this royal cremation ground. However, it was misspelled as Gaitore and thus it got its name. Visit to Gaitore is the way to pay homage to the mighty rulers of Jaipur and their valour, and is an indispensable part of Jaipur sightseeing tours.

    Visiting hours: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM every day except Sundays
    Photography allowed: Yes

    9. Statue Circle

    Statue Circle

    Photo Credit: Rahul Chhiber

    Located at the centre of Jaipur, almost half of the population of Jaipur passes through the Statue Circle every day. It is also one of the popular hangout places in Jaipur.

    Devoted to the founder of the Pink City, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, this circle is bejewelled with beautiful gardens, marble carvings and fountains. A life-size white marble statue of the Maharaja is erected at the centre of the circle as a tribute to the legendary Maharaja.

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    During the evenings, this circle turns into an enchanting gathering place of the locals as well as the tourists. Lighting adds to the enchanting ambience of this circle and the local vendors dealing in all the spicy and tongue-tickling eateries makes the evening, a delightful rendezvous.

    Visiting hours: Anytime
    Photography allowed: Yes

    10. Isarlat

    Isarlat or the Swargasuli was erected in 1749 by Sawai Ishwari Singh to commemorate a grand victory in a battle. Since then, this 140 feet tower of victory is standing upright in Tripolia Bazar.

    This victory tower is a seven-storey watchtower, which offers the best panoramic view of the entire Jaipur city. Built in white marble stone, Isarlat has circular staircase to reach its top and the windows are engraved in such a way that it ensures fresh air and light inside the tower.

    Visiting hours: 9.30 A.M.- 4.30 P.M.
    Photography allowed: Yes

    11. Raj Mandir Cinemas

    The pride of Asia, Raj Mandir Cinema is one of the largest and most extravagant cinema complexes in Asia. Located on Bhagwan Das Road, this cinema complex is one of the most opulent movie theatres in India and an iconic place to visit while sightseeing in Jaipur.

    Inaugurated on the 1st of June 1976, the screen of this meringue shaped theatre started with the screening of ‘Charas’ movie. Till date, Raj Mandir has screened numerous Hindi movies and is one of the hotspots for the dignitaries of the Hindi Film Industry, Bollywood. It has also served for many private screenings of some of the popular Bollywood flicks.

    Visiting hours: 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 A.M.
    Photography allowed: No

    12. Abhaneri

    Abhaneri, a small village in the Dasua district of Jaipur, is renowned for Harshat Mata Temple and the Chand Baori. Located on the Jaipur-Agra Highway, this village can be easily reached from all other surrounding places. It is an important historical sight for sightseeing in Jaipur.

    Harshat Mata, who is believed to be the goddess of happiness, sanctified this village with peace, prosperity and never-ending happiness. Away from the monotonous life of the bustling city, peace and happiness still prevail in this village, which is also very prosperous in its own regard.

    The Harshat Mata Temple is presently in ruins and the government is adopting requisite steps to restore the historic beauty of this temple.

    Chand Boari, India's largest and deepest step well is another attraction of this village. Built by the villagers, Chand Boari serves in rainwater harvesting and is an important source of water for the entire village.

    Visiting hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Photography allowed: Yes

    13. Galtaji

    Photo Credit: Manuel Menal - Flickr

    Cosseted between the picturesque mountain passes of the Aravalli Hills, Galtaji is considered as one of the holiest and major temples in Jaipur. It is a holy pilgrimage site for the Hindus and is located around 10 km from the main city.

    Saint Galav, who is believed to one of the devoted followers of the god is said to complete 100 years of meditation in this place. Pleased with his tapasya (penance), the gods appeared here and blessed this place with an everlasting water source.

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    Later, a temple with seven holy kunds or ponds was built to mark the holy significance of the place. Every year, during Makar Sankranti, devotees from every corner of India gather at Galtaji and take a holy dip in the kunds. Galta Kund is the largest amongst the seven kunds and is also considered as the holiest.

    Visiting hours: Sunrise to Sunset, on all week days
    Photography allowed: Yes

    14. Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh

    Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh was a pioneer of science, astronomy and architecture. His foresightedness can be proved form the grand layout and monuments across the city. Well, this legendary maharaja was also an adorable husband and the Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh proves his love towards his second queen, Maharani Sisodia.

    The maharaja built this garden in 1728 to immortalise his love towards Rani Sisodia. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, this garden served as the pleasure place for the couple.

    Exotic colourful flowers, magnificent layout and the enticing Radha-Krishna paintings in the garden makes it an ideal place to express love and affection.

    Luminous water channels, multi-tiered galleries, opulent fountains, colourful flowerbeds and lofty shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Hanuman, made the garden an ideal sanctum for the queen. Serenity and self-possession still prevails in this magnificent garden, which is very well connected to all the major tourist places in Jaipur.

    July-March is the best time to visit this garden. During this period, the garden blooms to its utmost gorgeousness with its exotic flowers.

    Visiting hours: 8 AM to 6 PM
    Photography allowed: Yes

    15. Kanak Vrindavan Valley

    Photo Credit: Xiquinho Silva - Flickr

    Located amidst some of the popular tourist destinations of Jaipur, the Kanak Vrindavan Valley is one of the palatial gardens of the Pink City. Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills in the background, this garden is one of the picturesque spots in the Jaipur sightseeing package.

    Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, this garden shares its name with the abode of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan. The garden also houses a temple of Lord Krishna, which is called the Shri Govind Deoji Temple and is believed to be the incarnating place of Lord Krishna. In addition, delicate marble carvings and sculpted idols illustrate the life of the god in a broader context.

    A series of imperial fountains and the spectacular view of the city and other attractions make this garden a must-visit place in Jaipur. Among all the fountains, Parikrama is the most striking fountain, which reflects the intricate craftsmanship of the bygone era.

    Visiting hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Photography allowed: Yes

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