Jaipur, also famous as 'The Pink City', is one of the most charming traveller destinations in India. This capital city of Rajasthan, owes its name to the abundant warrior king, Sawai Jai Singh II who founded it in the year 1727.The city of Jaipur was planned by a Bengali architect named Vidyasagar, based on the ethics of Shilpa Shastra (an ancient Indian text on architecture). Also famous as 'The City of Victory', Jaipur has a rich cultural heritage, which gives it a distinct uniqueness. One should visit at least once in your lifespan. The best time to travel to Jaipur is during the winters (October to March).
Some of the most well-known traveller fascinations you can visit when you travel to Jaipur are itemized below.
It is one of the most well-known landmarks to dot the landscape of Jaipur. Also recognized as 'The Palace of Winds' it was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1798 AD. The palace with it's apiary like structure was built by the king to allow the ladies of the royal family to watch royal processions and daily life activities outside in comfort and privacy.
One of the greatest visited traveller fascinations in Jaipur, the City Place is a delightful blend of Rajput and Mughal architectural forms. Situated in the heart of the old Jaipur city, this palace inhabits one seventh of the area of the walled city. Constructed by Jai Singh, this palatial structure has been ornately intended and has many well laid out courtyards and gardens.
This impressive fort palace is located on a small hillock and manages the city of Jaipur. Its structure was started by Raja Man Singh in 1592 AD, but was finally finished by Sawai Jai Singh in the eighteenth century.
Well-known for its complicated architecture, the Jal Mahal was constructed in 1799 AD by Sawai Pratap Singh for duck shooting parties. Built of red sandstone, the first four floors of this structure are under water with only the top floor being visible. A causeway connects this palace to the mainland. Interestingly, this place fascinates a lot of travelling birds in the winter season.
Also famous as 'The Tiger Fort', the Nahargarh Fort was constructed by Jai Singh II in the year 1734.This outstanding structure is the first of the three forts built by the Rajput kings and is a standing witness to all the glory and courage related with the brave Rajput kings.
This rugged military construction was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1726. Perched on a cliff this structure offers outstanding views of the delightful city of Jaipur. It also houses the world's largest canon on wheels, the Jaiban besides having a museum, which has a vast group of weapons and canons used by the Rajputs.
This construction was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1716 and has the distinction of being the main stone observatory in the world. The Jantar Mantar is situated near the gate of the City Palace in Jaipur and has a amount of medieval astronomical instruments on display.
Jaipur is around 260 km away from Delhi and is well linked by road, rail and air. It has consistent flights to Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai and Udaipur. A major portion of the railway lines have been rehabilitated to broad gauge and there is a special luxury train called 'The Palace on Wheels' which initiates from Delhi and makes a trip around Rajasthan. A number of Deluxe and Express buses are run by the Rajasthan government.
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