Place to Visit
The Kachchawahas ruled drom Amber, 11-km from Jaipur, for seven centuries. With a history so old, it is not unexpected that there is a lot of the past that can be traced in its archaeological history. While many of the very early structures have either disappeared or been ruined, those dating from the 16th century on are in a remarkable state of preservation.
PA mixture of pillars, arches, and courtyards adorned with murals, the Central Museum or Albert Hall is located in the Ram Niwas Garden. The building was constructed under the guidance of a British Army officer, Lt. Swinton Jocob. Maharaja Ram Singh, then king of Jaipur wanted this building to be the town hall, but his successor Madho Singh had different plans.
Located at one side, but very much a part of the City Palace Complex, Hawa Mahal is best viewed from the street outside. If it were not for the bustling bazaar all round, it would have been easy to mistake it for a film set, so exquisitely is it propotioned, and co incongruous is its delicacy. The entrance to Hawa Mahal is from the City Palace side.
Jaigarh or the 'fort of victory' is perched on Chilh-ka-Tola (hill of eagles), 400 ft above the Amber Fort. The walls of the fort are spread over 3 kms. Once you enter through the massive south facing Doongar darwaza, you will instantly get a tangible feel of Rajput romanticism. And if you are lucky, thakur Pratap Singh - a handsome Rajput with a fine moustache..
The Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur is noted for its intricate architecture. The Palace was developed as a pleasure spot. It was used for the royal duck shooting parties. On the road to Amber at a distance of 6.5 kms from Jaipur are the cenotaphs of the royal family. A causeway leads to Jal Mahal Palace situated in the middle of Man Sagar lake, opposite the cenotaphs.
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.
Probably the most exclusive of heritage hotels, since it has only one room, and a popular restaurant, to offer, Naharganh Fort was built by Jai Singh at the same time as the building of the city of Jaipur. Subsequently, Ram Singh and Madho Singh added to it, and it became one of the favourite retreats of the Royal Zenana. Located on the rugged Aravali Hills.
The City Palace
Located in the capital of Rajasthan, the City Palace of Jaipur or the main palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The vast palace complex occupies one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur. Originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs, additions have been made to the palace complex by many ..