The royal treasure of Rajasthan, the state of the Kings.
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is popular for all its historical sites and the beauty it possesses. Built by Raja Jai Singh II, the then Raja of Amer, Jaipur was built for the purpose of accommodating the growing population and to deal with the scarcity of water. The city’s architect, Vidyadhar, is famous for his work in building this city and its forts and palaces. And the city also witnesses the world’s largest cannon on wheels which shocked even the mighty Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb.
The city dons on of the most beautiful monuments like Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal and the gigantic Amer Fort but yet the most interesting thing in this city is neither its forts nor its glorious Man Sagar Lake. The best part of the capital is the old section of the city which is entirely pink and gave the city the name ‘Pink City’. The old city has its own and an entirely different life. And when you are in there you feel like you are in some other corner of the world. Even the sound of the traffic seems pleasing in there and to history enthusiasts the pink city might give chills as it is till now well preserved and can take you back in time.
Even though in a city like Jaipur it is impossible to tell which sites are better than the others following are some tourist spots we feel you would definitely love.
- Amer Fort – Enlisted on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Amer fort can easily be said the main attraction of Jaipur. The fort is situated in Amer which is approximately 11 km from the capital but that doesn’t restrict the inflow of tourists which, reportedly, is 5000 tourists a day. Overlooking the Maota Lake, the fort stands on Cheel ka Teela and portrays the Hindu style of architecture which can be seen in other forts in the state as well but Amer Fort still remains exceptional.
- Jal Mahal – As the name would have probably clarified Jal Mahal is a palace amidst a lake which is by far one of the most beautiful things I personally have ever seen. And a little advice, if you want to know the definition of beauty then visit this place during night. I am pretty sure you will also get to know what love actually means. But the only bad news is you can’t go anywhere near the actual place. You would just need to calm your soul through your eyes since the boat rides around the Jal Mahal stopped 3 years ago.
- Jaigarh Fort – Built by Raja Jai Singh II to ensure the safety of his capital from warlords and other kings, this fort puts various other forts to shame. It is simply beautifully huge and you would want to build up stamina before exploring it completely on foot. This fort too stands on Cheel ka Tila and overlooks both, the Amer Fort and the Maota Lake and also has a tunnel connected to Amer Fort. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
- City Palace – The Jaipur City Palace is actually a museum with all the antiquities as well. It offers the most unique things, some of which you would have never seen in your entire life. And the architecture is a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles. The credit for the designing of this palace mainly goes to Vidyadhar. And it also adds a pinch of European architecture. So it definitely needs your attention.
- Chokhi Dhani – No, it’s not another fort or palace or any famous monument for that matter. This is a resort. Yes, you heard that right. And this resort is also a mini version of Rajasthan. Because it literally has everything at one place that the state would offer. And this was the time that I spent in Jaipur which I completely remember. The best part of this astounding resort was the food which made you want to eat more and more. And the food isn’t the usual sort. Chokhi Dhani plays with your taste buds using traditional Marwari food and for a short while you experience heaven.