beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers
whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are
important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour
of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's bazaars
sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves
and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient
circuit, in the heart of the Thar desert which has shaped its
history, lifestyles and architecture.
Jaipur has much to offer visitors — everything
from pageants and festivals to extraordinarily clad people, a wealth
of handicrafts, a royal legacy of palaces, and sightseeing — that
will occupy their time. However, should the visitors simply choose
to walk around the streets of the old city instead, they will not
regret it. All of Jaipur is an architectural gem, and no scheduled
sight seeing can even hope to do justice to this rare city.
¤ 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: Phone: 2618862
¤ 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,
¤ CITY PALACE AND S.M.S. II MUSEUM - situated in the heart of
the 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: 2608055
ISHWAR LAT - ‘Swarg Suli’ or ‘heaven piercing minaret’, the
tower, near Tripolia gate, built by Maharaja Ishwari Singh
(1744-51). It offers one of the most breathtaking view of the city.
¤ CENTRAL MUSEUM - situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This
graceful 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
¤ DOLLS MUSEUM - a collection of beautiful dolls from all over
the world, it is situated on Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg. Timing 10.00 to
16.00 hrs, Phone: 2619369
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
¤ JALMAHAL - (6 kms) on the way to Amer, this small palace is
set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Renovation around the lake is
¤ GAITOR - (6 kms) At the foot hill of Nahargarh stands the
memorials to the former rulers of Jaipur the place has some
gracefully carved cenotaphs in white marble.
¤ JAIGARH FORT - (15 kms.) standing on a hilltop, overlooking
the palaces and city of Amer. The world’s 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
¤ NAHARGARH FORT - (15 kms.) cresting a hill about 600 ft. above
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, Phone: 5148044
GALTA - (10 kms.) This holy pilgrimage centre has a temple
dedicated to the Sun God (Which is the only one of its kind in this
part of the country) and natural spring. It crests the ridge over a
picturesque gorge and provides an impressive view of the city. As
the legend goes, sage Galav performed a difficult penance here.
MOTIDOONGARI - perched on a hill top on the southern horizon. It
is a replica of a Scottish castle.
¤ LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE - is situated just below the Moti
000ngri, known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble,
popularly known as Birla Temple.
MAHARANI KI CHHATRI - The funeral place for the royal ladies,
marked by some wonderfully carved cenotaphs.
SISODIA RANI GARDEN - (5 kms.) on the road to Agra, the
magnificent palace garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II
in 1710 for his queen. Timings 8.00 to 18.00 hrs. Entry fee Rs.
5.00, Phone: 2680494
VIDHYADHAR GARDEN - (5 kms.) on the way to Agra, built by
Viyadhar, the chief architect and town planner of Jaipur. This
beautiful terraced garden has several galleries and pavilions
decorated with exquisite murals, depicting Lord Krishna. Timing 9.00
to 18.00 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 5.00
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,
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.
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).