Jaipur Heritage Tours
Jaipur is popularly
known as the "Pink city"and is the capital of Rajasthan. The city
constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, is designed as per the Hindu
treatise " Shilp Shastra" and is called as the "first planned
city of the country".The pink color was used at the time of making
to create an impression of red sandstone buildings of Mughal cities - and
repainted in 1876, during the visit of the Prince of Wales.
It's the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the
universe through nine rectangular sector sub- dividing it. The palaces and
forts of yesteryears, which were witness to royal processions and splendor,
are now living monuments.
Places of interest are mainly located within the walled city.
The City Palace: The City Palace
complex is the most important landmark with its numerous outbuildings,
courtyards, impressive gateways and temples.
Jantar Mantar: Jantar Mantar, one of the five observatories built bySawai
Jai Singh. A collection of complex astronomical instruments, chisseled out
of stone- most of which continue to provide fairly accurate information to
this day - is the highlight of this observatory .
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh,
the Hawa Mahal is a remarkable structure which overlooks one of the main
streets and also provides some excellent views of the city.
Ram Niwas Garden & Albert Hall Museum : Located just outside the walled
city is the sprawling Ram Niwas Garden. The garden houses the majestic
Albert Hall Mueseum. Opened in 1887 AD, this impressive building displays a
rich collection of paintings, carpets, ivory, stone and metal sculpture
among other objects.
Amer Fort: Set in a picturesque
location, Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture.
Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. The
old township of Amer lies at the foothills of the palace and has an old
world charm, a character of its own.
Jaigarh Fort: The world's largest cannon on wheels is to be found here. The
fort houses a museum and provides some excellent views of the Amer Palace.
Jaigarh, or the Fort of Victory, is a rugged fort built in 1726.
Nahargarh Fort: It is the first of the three forts. Built in 1734, this
fort provides some stunning views of the city down below both during daytime
and at night.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Pink City, Jaipur is between October and March.