Jaipur Must visit Places (Ranked by
CITY PALACE AND S.M.S. II MUSEUM -
situated in the heart of
old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The
palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven
storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine view of the
gardens and the city. Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public audience) has
intricate decorations and collection of manuscripts, Diwan-E-Khas
(Hall of private audience) has a marble pawed gallery Mubarak Mahal
has a rich collection of costumes and textiles. There is a Clock Tower
near Mubarak Mahal. Sileh Khana has a collection of armory and
weapons. Timing 9.30 to 16.45 hrs. Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 35.00 and
for foreigners Rs.150.00 inclusive of entry to Jaigarh fort, Phone:
€ JANTAR MANTAR (Observatory) - built in 18th century by
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II,
the huge masonary instruments were used to study
the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dial
still provide accurate time, which are subject to daily corrections.
Timing 9.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 10.00, Phone: 2610494
HAWA MAHAL -
built in 1799, by Maharaja
Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most
recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning
semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed
balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed
for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other
activities, on the street below. Now it houses a well laid out museum.
The display Jaipur past and present is the special feature of this
newly setup museum. Timing 10.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 5.00:
€ JALMAHAL - (6 kms) on the way to Amer, this small palace is
in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. A paved causeway leads upto the
beautiful water palace.
€ JAIGARH FORT - (15 kms.) standing on a hilltop, overlooking the
palaces and city of Amer. The worlds biggest cannon on wheels- the
Jai Ban is positioned here, built during reign of Maharaja Sawai
Jaisingh. It has a twenty feet long barrel and pumped in the cannon
for a single shot. Timing 10.00 to 16.45 hrs, Entry Fee for Indians Rs.
15.00 & for foreigners Rs. 20.00, Phone: 2630848
€ AMER - The old capital of the Kachhwahas stands
atop a range of
craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur
of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful
palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The
solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when
reflected in the lake at the foot hill, is a sight to behold. The
original palace was built by Raja Man Singh, the additional extensions
were built by Maharaja Mirja Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh lIthe
last Maharaja of Amer, who built a new city called Jaipur, where he
shfted his capital in 1727.
palace complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches of Amer.
Sheesh Mahal chamber of Mirrors. Diwan-e-Am or the Hall of Public
Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on three sides and
stands on two rows of ornamented pillars. Diwan e-Khas or the Hall of
Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass. Sukh mandir is
guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory. Throughout the massive
fort finely carved lattice windows, exquisitely painted doorways,
halls and finely sculptured pillars crave for attention.
old city of Amer was the seat of power and bustling with life and
prosperity. Other worth seeing sites are Jagat Shiromani Temple,
Narsinghji temple, the stepwell of Panna Meena and fine carved royal
cenotaphs on the road to Delhi. Timing: 9.00 to 16.30 hrs. Entry Fee
For Indians Rs. 10.00, For Foreigners Rs. 50.00, Phone: 2530293,
Elephant ride charge Rs. 400.00 (inclusive of all taxes) Timing : 8.00
to 16.00 hrs, Phone: 2530264 (Tourist Office).
€ NAHARGARH FORT - (15 kms.) cresting a hill about 600 ft.
the city, the fort was built in 1734. The walls of the fort run along
the ridge and within are architectural beauties like Hawa Mandir and
Madhvendra Bhawan. Timing 10.00 to 16.00 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 5.00,
€ CENTRAL MUSEUM - situated in the Ram Niwas Garden.
building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert
Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft
pieces. Timing 10.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 5.00, for
foreigners As. 30.00, Phone: 2570099
€ BIRLA PLANETARIUM - It offers unique audio-visual education
about stars and entertainment with its modern computerised projection
system. Entry fee As. 20.00 show timings: 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00,
18.00, 19.00 hrs. Phone: 2381594
€ LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE - is situated just below the Moti doongri,
known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble, popularly
known as Birla Temple.
€ KANAK VRINDAVAN - (6.5 Kms on the way to Amer) This newly
restored temple and garden, near Jal Mahal, has beautiful gardens and
is popular picnic place. This is also beautiful location for film
shooting. Entry fee Rs. 4.00 & Timings 8.00 to 17.00 hrs, Phone:
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