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Jaipur – Explore Regal Splendour of Pink city

By Carlton Leisure - 29/10/2014

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Known for its historical palaces and forts; Jaipur, the capital of Indian state of Rajasthan is a great destination for tourists visiting India. This one of the most sought after destinations of North India’s golden triangle circuit catches fancy of visitors with several remains of its regal past. Its proximity to Indian capital Delhi also makes it a hot favourite among travellers who keep thronging to this city where impressive buildings and colourful markets are jostling for attention. The royals are no more in powers but city’s splendour is still intact and any traveller who has visited the city before can vouch for its appeal. Jaipur may not have an orderly traffic system but things are getting improved. For the travellers flying to Jaipur, we dish out information on major draw cards of the city.

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal could be termed as a feat of architecture. This five storey buildings looks elegant with its pink sandstone architecture. The building was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable ladies of royal household to watch procession without being seen by masses. The top of the buildings offers great views of Jantar Mantar and the City Palace.

City Palace

One of the major attractions in Jaipur, City Palace is a fine specimen of Mughal and Rajput architecture. This 18th century palace was built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh. The palace complex includes Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. Chandra Mahal now houses a museums but a large part of it is still used as residence of royal scions. The palace complex is adorned by courtyards, gardens and buildings that add to its beauty.

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is an observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh during 18th century. The laboratory constitute of fourteen major geometric devices that were used to measure time and planetary motion. Elaborate explanation regarding use of these devices has been mentioned here.

Amber Fort and Palace

Situated at a short drive from the city of Jaipur, Amber Fort and Palace is situated on a hillock. Tourists often enjoy an elephant ride to the top of the palace. Proximity to Maota Lake further adds to its beauty and guests can catch a commanding view of the lake from the top of the fort. The palace complex has served as the home of Royals when the city of Jaipur was under construction.

Jaigarh Fort

The imposing Jaigarh Fort is situated at a hilltop. During medieval times Jaipur was major weapon manufacturing area for Mughal and Rajput rulers. And guest can see a large number of these weapons during a visit to the fort’s museum. The fort also gives an insight into the military structure of medical India.

Chokhi Dhani

Chokhi Dhani is a replica of typical village of Rajasthan. Situated at a short drive from Jaipur the place gives you an understanding of village life in Rajasthan. On your arrival to this model village you would have an opportunity to enjoy traditional Rajasthani entertainment and local delicacies. You can see performances by local performers in colourful attires.

Apart from that the city has other attractions in the form of Govind Devji Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple and Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing.