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Jaipur City Tour


Hawa Mahal, JaipurOf all the princely states of yore in India, Rajputana (the region around Jaipur) is undoubtedly the one with the most martial record. It was a state of warring factions locked in deadly warfare, thousands of royal ladies consigning themselves to flames preferring death to dishonor. In this land, towering forts were built not only for ostentation but also to intimidate the enemy. Today, Jaipur India is the personification of the old order influence the new. An inherent feel for color and design percolated ever stratum of society, and jewelry, crafts and architecture became objects of delight equally between prince and peasant.

What To See

Jaipur Travel Attractions Hawa Mahal :
Hawa Mahal - the world famous landmark of Jaipur, the best known specimen of fanciful architecture. Built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh, the aesthete among maharajas, it is an integral part of the City Palace though standing away from the main complex. At first glance it looks rather whimsical in design. From the roadside, where most visitors view Hawa Mahal for the first time, it looks a mere facade. But there is much more than meets the eye.
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Jantar Mantar :

The Jantar Mantar was conceived as a quest for discovering the mysteries of the Cosmos. The Jantar Mantar is a corruption of the Sanskrit word yantra mantra meaning instruments and formulae. It was built not only to verify astronomical observations made at Jaipur, but also to stimulate interest in astronomy, which had become enmeshed in theory, superstition and religious jargon. Following the style of an observatory at Samarkand, huge masonry instruments were built, keeping in mind the rules of astronomy, the position of the equator, latitudes and longitudes.

Birla Temple :
Laxmi Narayan temple was built by the B.M. Birla Foundation, managed by the Birla family. The foundation has also built temples in other parts of the country as part of charitable activities.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple has been built of white marble on top of a hill. Another magnificent monument-the Moti Dungari fort is located just above the temple. The temple has three domes, each dome portrays different approach to religion. The presiding deities of the temple are Lord Vishnu (called Narayana) and his consort Goddess Lakshmi. Lord Vishnu is one of the three Hindu trilogy Gods and Laxmi is the goddess of wealth and good fortune.

Samode Haveli :
The Samode Haveli was built over 150 years ago by Rawal Sheo Singhji, a Prime Minister in the Jaipur court, who belonged to the family of Samode, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the Kacchawala Rajputs.

It was built as the Samode Royal family’s suburban manor house and was converted into a heritage hotel in 1988. Today it stands as a reminder of a halcyonic past offering moments of subtle luxury. The property was constructed facing North away from the burning Rajasthan sun and features a spectacular painted dining room, an airy verandah and an elephant ramp at the entrance which was specially constructed in the 1940’s for the marriage ceremony of the late Rawal Sahib’s aunt. The Haveli has been masterfully restored and integrated into a unique property.

Galta Temple, JaipurGalta Temple :
Galta is a small pilgrimage centre located 10 kms away from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra highway. There is a beautiful temple in Galta dedicated to the Sun God. Most tourists coming to Jaipur make it a point to visit Galta on the outskirts of the capital.
Galta temple is located on a picturesque gorge amid low hills. It is a huge complex built of pink coloured stones. The interiors and exteriors of the temple walls have many intricate carvings and bright coloured paintings. The paintings have images of Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Ganesha and Parvati. There are also a few friezes showing scenes from religious festivals and state occasions. All the pillars of the temple have also been exquisitely carved. The temple also had some beautiful frescoes in the past. Unfortunately, heavy rains in 1991 washed away many of them.

Forts in Jaipur Amber Fort :
The Amber Fort in Rajasthan built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. Perched high on a barren ridge, it commands extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond.

The building was finally completed in the early 18th century when the threat of Mughal domination was receding. Amber was once, the capital of the Mina tribes, believed to be the original inhabitants of this region.

Nahargarh Fort (Tiger Fort) :
Nestled along the ridge of the ancient Aravalli Hills in Jaipur, the Nahargarh Fort attractively looks over the city. Nahargarh Fort, menaing the abode of tiger, was built by Jai Singh in the year 1734. Extensions were further made in 1868. Erected to bolster up the defense of Jaipur, the fort is today one of the most frequented spots in the city. So, while in the pink city, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the architectural wonders that are dispersed all around the city.
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Jaigarh Fort :

Built by Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1726 to bolster the defence of the area, Jaigarh is the best example of a full-fledged citadel. A simple looking fort, no palaces or other delicate structures have been built inside the fort. The architecture makes clear Sawai Jai Singh's intentions of using the fort purely as a military structure. Also known as the Victory Fort, Jaigarh is located some 15 kms away from the city centre on a cliff. The fort is surrounded by huge battlements. The inside walkways have been built in such a way that a clear view of all the sides are easily available. There is a steep road leading to Dungar Darwaza-the main entrance of Jaigarh fort. The view that one gets of Jaipur city from the fort is simply amazing.

Palaces in Jaipur City Palace :
Located in the capital of Rajasthan, the City Palace of Jaipur was not only a part of the former glory of India, but still serves as home to the former Maharaja.Strategically located in the heart of the Pink City of Jaipur, the architecture is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal art. Sprawling over the one-seventh of the walled city, it is divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. It is home to several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, and the City Palace Museum.

Jal Mahal :
Jal MahalAs its name denotes, this is a palace built amidst a lake and intended as the summer resort for the royal family. The palace is noted for its intricate architecture ...

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Jaipur Attire :The people of Rajasthan, living in the barren and monotonous landscape, add a whole range of colors in their lives through their costumes. Their affinity to colors can be seen in the way they decorate themselves, their houses and even their animals. Pageantry, a part of the daily ritual, manifests in the way the men and women dress. Resplendent, in their raiment, where the preferred bright red, dazzling yellow, lively green or brilliant orange, highlighted by a lavish use of sparkling gold and silver 'zari' or 'gota', never seem to cease.

Shopping in Jaipur : Jaipur shares a worldwide reputation for possessing uniquely elegant structures like the Amber Fort, the City Palace and the Hawa Mahal. But do you have any clue that it's also known for cutting, polishing and setting of precious and semi precious stones ? That it's jewellery markets are a craze among tourists?

Yes, options truly abound when it comes to carrying something back home as souvenirs. And the credit does go to the craftsmen and artisans who have inherited the skills generation after generation. It also pertains to the styling senses of the maharajahs of yore. These monarchs were great patronages of such skills and craftsmanship. Brass work of Jaipur is also know all over. Once in the hands of the artisans, the dull metal of brass comes out as a charming piece of jewellery.

Besides, the Jaipur Meenakari work has also gained an equal appreciation from far and near. The Meenakari items are truly one of its kind and traders arrive in the city from all over the country to buy their shares. What more, the pink city is also famed for its textiles. Specially the Sanganeri and the Bagru block prints have become quite poplar with fashion designers.
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Stone and marble carvings are also very much in demand. After all, it was Markana in Rajasthan from where the marbles for the Taj Mahal were procured. The stones used in carvings are either from Jaipur or from Markana itself.