Jaipur- The Pink City - is mostly famous for art & crafts, antiques, handicrafts, pottery and such. But apart from that Jaipur is also a great city for a vacation. Jaipur being the capital of the state Rajasthan, it evokes the royal family that once ruled the region founded what is now know as "The Old City" or "The Pink City".
Jaipur has a rich history dating back to almost 6-7 centuries ago. Quite a many tourists sites to see. But among them here are the top 5 places you must visit in Jaipur.
1. Amber Palace
Amber (pronounced as Amer) Palace is at a distance of about 11 kilometers from Jaipur. The palace, located in craggy hills, is a beautiful melange of Hindu and Mughal styles. It was built as a strong, safe haven against attacking enemies. Made entirely of red sandstone and white marble. The contrast between the harsh exterior and the inviting interior could not be more surprising. Visitors are left spellbound by the magnificence of the palace that displays carvings, precious stones and mirrors. The beauty of the palace is enhanced by the breath-taking vista of the Maota Lake in front. The palace is nearly seven centuries old and has a legendary past.
2. Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort sits on a ridge of the Aravalli Hills, creating and impressive northern backdrop to the city of Jaipur. Within its walls, the fort houses Madhavendra Bhawan, the summer destination for the members of the royal family. The palace has 12 matching boudoirs for the queens, at the head of which is a suite for the king. They are all connected by corridors decorated with delicate murals.
Even today the palace is a favoured spot for local picnickers. The fort looks brilliant when floodlit at night. Overlooking the city, it presents a glittering view of the city lights.
3. Birla Temple
The Lakshmi-Narayan Temple, or The Birla Temple is located at the base of Moti Dungari. Built on an elevated platform, this temple is built entirely of white marble and dominates the skyline of south Jaipur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, also called Narayan, and his companion, Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and good fortune. The temple is a work of art and has a marvellous display of exquisite carvings and sculptures covering many mythological themes. The temple looks spectacular at night when it is lit up.
4. Albert Hall Museum
The building gets its name from The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the inspiration for its design. The exquisitely built Albert Hall is housed in the centre of Ram Niwas Garden. Sir Swinton Jacob conceptualised and designed it using styles from the Indo-Sarcenic architecture and the Price of Wales laid the foundation stone of the building in 1876. The museum displays a wide range of metal objects, wood crafts, carpets, stone and metal sculptures, arms and weapons, natural stones and ivory goods. It also houses a large collection of miniatures from Bundi, Kota, Kishangarh, Udaipur and Jaipur schools of art.
5. Jantar Mantar
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the Founder of Jaipur. It contains sixteen geometric devices, designed to measure time, track celestial bodies and observe the orbits of the planets around the sun. It also houses the Interpretation Centre that helps the tourists to understand about the working principles & chronology of the observatory.