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What you can see in Jaipur [ Rajasthan ]

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We reached Jaipur by night after travelling through Ajmer and beautiful sights in between. First things you should do is look around for a place and since this is the last stop you will need a very comfortable place. Jaipur has many hotels and restraunts so make sure you get a good one.

Jaipur Map

Jaipur also called as the Pink City, is a land of cultural heritage unfolding the legacy of the royal past. When you are planning to visit Jaipur, it is important to know about the culture, customs and traditions that are followed there. It is also the commercial centre for most of the rural regions of Rajasthan, so you could come across typical Rajasthani men and women wearing turbans and ghagra-choli respectively during your visit to the city.

Places of interest :

You can travel around the city in cab easily and if your driver is from Jaipur he will charge you local rates and will know the city in and out.  There are lot many places here so make sure you see what you like, Just dont miss the forts. Here is the first one we saw and those written words of History floated. The Hawa Mahal.

Hawa Mahal:

 It is one of the main tourist places in Jaipur. The palace stands overlooking one of the main streets of Jaipur. It was initially intended to serve as the place from where women of the court could watch the activities taking place in the bazaar and the surrounding streets, from the comfort of stone-carved screens. Little lattice worked windows, small balconies and arched roofs, with hanging cornices, make the palace definitely worth a visit.

Hawa Mahal

Jal Mahal:

It is situated in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, opposite the cenotaphs. The first four floors of this building are under water; only the top floor remains outside. One can have a wonderful view of the lake and the palace from Nahargarh Fort.

City Palace:

 City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings.

Temple of Govind Dev Ji:

 It is one of the major temple  of Jaipur.It  represents the royal past of Jaipur and  is dedicated to Govind Dev Ji (Other name of Lord Krishna). It is situated in the City Palace complex, between the Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal. A large number of tourists and devotees visit this temple of special importance. Janmashtmi, the birthday of Lord Krishna, is a special event and is celebrated with full enthusiasm.

Birla Temple:

It is one of the famous temple in the world. It is dedicated to Lakshmi Narayan and an example of modern architectural marvel, surrounded by lush green gardens. The fascinating exteriors of the temple are carved splendidly with beautiful sculptures based of mythological themes, while the interiors have a large marble panel portraying mythological events.

 Moti dungri  (Temple of Lord Ganesh):

It is another popular temple in Jaipur. It is dedicated to the Lord Ganesh and has significant from the religious point of view. People from far and near often come to this sacred temple to pay their homage to Lord Ganesh. The idol of Lord Ganesh is very huge and beautiful.

The Jaigarh Fort :

Jaigarh and the Aamer fort cover the mighty city of Jaipur completely. In olden days they stood as barrier against all the attacks. The wall of the forts stretch for kilometers on the hills which was guarded stone by stone by soldiers who used to carry their week of food and resources for that. Below is the Jaigarh Fort and then walls stretching long.

Jaigar Fort
Long Running Walls of Jaigar Fort

Like I said it was guarded heavily, For every soilders with a gun had arrangements made so he can shoot enemies at long range and if they come closers, Hot oil can be poured.

Holes for Pouring Oil and Guns

Jaigarh fort has an inbuilt water system where rain water and water from lakes used to get inside the fort automatically. So even at times of war there was no lack of water.

Water System for Jaigar Fort

The Mighty Jaivan Cannon

And now the most impressive and one of a kind, the king of Canon which was fired just once for testing and needed 4 elephants to change direction. It is called as Jaivan Cannon which is of 50 Tons. You can read more details on WikiPedia

Front face of Canon

It is said that the person who fired this canon for the first time went deaf even though he jumped into a pool of water and the place where the impact was made had formed a lake which is still there.

Ganesh at one end of Canon

At the firing end of the cannon, there is small idol of Lord Ganesha Built and there is a lot of embroidery made all over the body.

Design made on the Canon
Back Part of the Canon

Somewhere in the Jaigarh Fort there is a place which according to the people there was raided at the time of Indira Gandhi and trucks and trucks of Gold was found under water. It had all the loot which was collected after war.

The place where gold was found

Amer Fort:

It is built by Raja Maan Singh in 1592.It is located at the distance of 11 kms from the city of Jaipur. The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and looks even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. The inner walls of the fort place are adorned with painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. The fort consists of four main sections. The main entrance of the fort is called Suraj pol and it lead to the Jaleb chowk which is the main courtyard of the court. Others are Kali templesa,  diwan-e-khas,  Diwan-I-Aam,  Jai mandir. Ganesh pole,  Zenana. The admission charge to the fort is Rs. 10 for Indians and Rs.50 for foreigners.

Amer Fort

Seesh Mahal : At those times there was no heater and this part of the fort called as Seesh Mahal was used. All the sides of wall is covered with small glasses which reflected the light of candles or diya to keep the place warm.  This place was used in piturization of Mugle Azam Song “Pyar Kiy to Darna Kya”.

Seesh mahal

 Natural paintings : The fort is covered with paitnings and stone work where only natural colours were used and it still exists. There is even a painting where gold was used. 

Painting using Natural Colours
Painting using Gold
Stone Work in Amer Fort

There are lot many more places in Jaipur which you can visit but make sure you have ample of time. In case you dont have we have the best places just showcased for you. This brings the Rajasthan Tour to an end and time to say good bye to the land of Rajputs. The experince was amazing and cannot be described in just few words. You need to get down here so plan for it and have this guide just printed.

Amer Fort Campus

And here is the Travel Index Finalized for you :

Rajasthan Trip Travel Index

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