Eight Essential Sites to See in Jaipur – The Capital of Rajasthan
If you want to know what to see in Jaipur, you only have to read this article in which we talk about the eight sites that are a must visit. Jaipur, the frantic capital of Rajasthan in India with its nearly three million inhabitants, is one of the cornerstones of the famous tour of the Northern Triangle of India (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) because of its interesting historical-artistic heritage.
The princely “Pink City” of the Rajput’s, a Hindu caste of proud warriors and dynasty almost as old as time, is the best planned and urbanized city in the country, with wide and long avenues thrown by cord and designed in the first half of the XVIII by Raja Jai Singh II.
Jaipur is the gateway to Rajasthan, and the traveler can visit a set of palaces, temples and forts that are among the best in the state; but if you want to know in depth about the most fascinating and less obvious North India, you will have to go further into Rajasthan.
1. City Palace – Home of the Nobility Rajput
A royal residence since the 18th century and open to the public since 1959, it is a palace complex masterfully conceived of Mughal, Rajput and European style buildings that includes palaces, pavilions, courtyards, audience halls, temples and a museum that exhibits a rich collection of art, ancient weapons, handicrafts, musical instruments, floats, photographs and court clothing directly linked to the history of the royal family. The visit of the group supposes an evocative immersion in the opulent and sophisticated world of the Rajput nobility.
2. Strong Amber – Unexplainable from Outside, Delicate from Inside
On the outskirts of the city of Jaipur, and what was once its capital (Amer) on the shores of Lake Maota, stands impregnable on an Amber hill, a prodigy of fortifying art that hides an exquisite palace complex, synthesis of Hindus and Moguls’ elements, dating from the sixteenth century and hosted the court for almost two centuries.
3. Jantar Mantar – The Astronomical Observatory of an Illustrated Maharaja
The Maharaja Jai Singh, a passionate astronomer, was surrounded by a cast of sages at the forefront of the time in the matter. The result of this passion and the level of knowledge acquired is this observatory, which conserves tools in masonry work and large dimensions that served to calculate positions of stars and planets or predict natural phenomena. The set of Jantar Mantar is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
4. Hawa Mahal – The Palace of Winds
This five-storey urban palace was built in 1799 and is famous for its facade with almost a thousand windows protected by lattices, which served not only for court women to contemplate day-to-day tasks of the people of Jaipur without being seen, but also to “cool” the interior. Hawa Mahal is an icon of Rajastani architecture and a challenge for the photographer who seeks originality.
5. Albert Hall Museum
Located next to Ram Niwas garden, this building of excellent and very colonial Indo-Saracen architecture from the late 19th century houses the State Museum of Rajasthan, which exhibits an estimable and very varied collection of artistic works, archaeological objects and traditional items.
6. Bazaars of Jaipur
The ancestral craft of the craftsmen of Jaipur can still be discovered and admired among tons of trinkets in the bazaars of the historical center of the city. Johri Bazaar specializes in jewelry, gems, precious and semi-precious stones; those of Bapu, Nehru and Indira, in textiles, blue ceramics and leather goods. Except for some exceptions, the most audacious bargaining is imposed to obtain the best price.
7. Galtaji – The Most Sacred Place of Jaipur
On the outskirts of Jaipur and in a peaceful natural environment is Galtaji, a group of temples, pavilions and ponds for the ceremonial bath that attracts devout pilgrims since the 16th century. A large colony of Rhesus macaques brightens up the visit. I would not miss it.
8. Birla Mandir
The very rich Birla family has financed the construction of some fifteen temples throughout the geography of the country since the beginning of the 20th century. This Jaipur dates back to 1988 and is an architectural gem of white marble.
These are some of the best places in Jaipur. One can be totally entertained when they visit these places, as they are the best options for history-art lovers.
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