Jaipur Places to visit
The city palace ; in the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the rajasthani and mugal styles. The carved arches are supported by grey –white marble columns ornate with floralmotifs in gold and colored stones.
Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance . the retainers whose families have served generations of rules serve as guides . the palace house a museum with a superb collection of rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajput, the palaces also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings , royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, latin and Sanskrit, acquired by sawai jai singh 11 to study astronomy in detail.
Jantar mantar ; a stone observatory largest of jai singh’s five remarkable observatory. Its complex instruments, whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed , represent the high points of medieval indian astronomy .
Hawa mahal ;
Built in 1799 a.d. the hawa mahal or palace of winds is a major Rajput land mark. This five story building along the main street of the old city is in pink splendour with semioctagonal and delicately honey combed sandstone windows, the mounument was originally conceived with the aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the every day life and royal processions of the city.
An ancient pilgrimage centre ,lying beyond the gardens amidst low hills. Temples pavilions and holy kunds [ natural spring and reservoirs ] along with lush landscape make it a delightful spot . the small temple of the sun god , built by diwan kriparam on the top of the highest peak is visible from all parts of the city .
One of the few military structures of medieval indian , retaining its ancient splendours in palaces, gardens, reservoirs , agranary, an armoury, a well planned cannon foundary, several temples , a tall tower and a giant mounted cannon- the jai ban, one of the largest in the country are preserved here, the extensive parkotas [wall] ,watch tower and gateways of jaigarh dominate the western skyline.
Amer palaces & shila mata temple;
A beautiful complex of palaces , halls, pavilions ,gardens and temples built by raja man singh, mirza raja jai singh and sawai jai singh over a period of about two centuries still stand in magnificent state, the palace complex emerges dramatically from the placid waters of the maotha lake and is approachable only through a steep path . tourists often ride on the elephant back to the singh pol and the jalebi chowk .
Ram niwas bagh ;
A lush spacious garden with a zoo, an aviary, a greenhouse, a herbarlum, a museum and popular sport ground. It was built by sawairam singh 11 in the 1868 a d. as a famine relief project. The albert hall-fine example of indo sarcenic style of architecture designed by sir swinton Jacob , was opened later wiyh an exquisite collection of sculptures , paintings, decorative waves, natural history specimen, and eqyption mummy and the celebrated Persian carpet.
Moti doongari &Lakshmi Narayan temple;
Doongari is a privately owned hilltop fort built like a Scottish castle. The ganesh temple at the foot of the hill and the marvellous Lakshmi Narayan temple built in marbles a few years back , are also noteworthy.
The kanak vrindavan complex ;
A fine temple and gardens has been recently renovated to their pristine perfection. To the west of this road is the royal crematorium at gaitore in a narrow valley with some spectacular cenotaphs of all the Jaipur rules except swai ishwar singh who was cremated outside the jai niwas garden .most imposing is the ‘chattri ‘ of sawai jai singh 11 with the intricate carvings and a graceful shape .