September 22, 2014

Jaipur

Site Name: Jaipur
Site Type: Historical City
Location:  Rajasthan state, India
Highlights: Called as 'the pink city'
Nearest Railway Station: Jaipur
Nearest Airport: Jaipur
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air
Hotel: A lot of options in Jaipur
Restaurants: Varieties of options in Jaipur

Jaipur is the first planned city in India. Located in Rajasthan state of India, this city was formed by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century CE. This city is also called as the Pink City. All the buildings in the old city of Jaipur are painted in pink color. Let us explore the important tourist sites in Jaipur briefly in this article.

 City Palace:

City Palace is the most important tourist site in Jaipur city. It is located inside the old city. The architecture of this beautiful palace is a blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. The vast palace complex occupies around one seventh of the old city of Jaipur (Pink city). The palace has many courtyards, gardens and various other buildings. Some of the important buildings in the palace include Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam and Ridhi Sidhi Pol. The two largest silver vessels in the entire world are kept in Diwan-e-Khas. They are one of the major highlights of this palace. 

Jal Mahal:

Jal Mahal, which literally means the Water Palace, is a Rajput style palace located in the center of the Man Sagar lake. 

Govind Deo Temple:

Govind Deo Temple also written as Govind Devji Temple is the most important temple of Jaipur city. It is believed that the presiding idol of the temple, Lord Kirshna, was brought from Vrindavan during the Mughal rule. As per the popular belief, it looks exactly like Lord Krishna's original form. The temple is located in the City Palace complex. 


Hawa Mahal:

Hawa Mahal which literally means the Palace of Breeze was built by Maharaj Sawai Singh in 1799CE. It was used as the women chamber as an extension of the City Palace. The royal women could watch the people from this building without being seen. It is a red sandstone building and has five storeys and about 950 windows. 

Amber Fort:

Amber Fort is the second most important tourist site in Jaipur. It is located at a distance of about 11km from Jaipur in Amber. This is a massive palace located within the fort and was built by Raja Man Singh in the early 18th century CE. The Sheesh Mahal which literally means the Palace of Mirrors is the major attraction in this palace. It has thousands of small and big pieces of mirrors on the ceilings, walls and tiles. This place has been featured in many Indian cinemas. 

Some of the other important tourist sites of Jaipur include Maharani Market, Tibet Market, Sheela Devi Temple, Kanak Vrindavan Park, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Moti Doongari Temple, Marble Temple, the Sun Temple, the Monkey Temple and Jantar Mantar.

Happy travelling.






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