Jaipur: highlights and sights
In 1727 Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II. He chose the city as the capital of his princely state. The ruler shaped the cityscape through buildings such as Nahargarh Fortress or the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Both facilities are preserved today and bear witness to the great era of Maharajas in Rajasthan.
The combination of history and vibrant culture is the charm of Jaipur. Below I introduce you to twelve must-sees.
Hawa Mahal / Palace of the Winds
The building with the most extraordinary architecture of Jaipur is located in the old town. Hawa Mahal, the world-famous Palace of the Winds, was built in 1779 for the Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Red and pink sandstone provide the striking palace facade.
Hawa Mahal was built to give the harem ladies a view of processions and city life without being seen from the outside.
The palace owes its name to the 953 small windows that allow air to circulate inside the building.
Address: Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, JDA Market, Kanwar Nagar
The sandstone fortress rises majestically on a hill in the town of Amber. Marble and sandstone were used for construction in the 16th century.
The complex is divided into four areas, each with its yard. A highlight is the mirror hall. It consists of small mirrors arranged in ornate ornaments. Richly decorated pavilions with panoramic views of the valley, the geometric mogul garden or the Shila Devi Temple visit the fortress complex an experience.
Near the fortress is the Maota Lake, which rounds off the picture of Fort Amber and the magnificent gardens.
Address: Devisinghpura, Amber
Jai Garh fort
The Jai Garh Fort is less glamorous than its palatial neighbour, Fort Amber. The military complex was built in 1726 as a protective fortress for Fort Amber but was never taken. Jai Garh is excellently preserved and testifies to the middle ages in India. Many temples and one of the world’s largest wheeled cannons are among the highlights of the fortress.
You can combine a visit to Fort Amber and Jai Garh well.
Address: Above Amber Fort, Devisinghpura, Amer
Jal Mahal (Water Palace)
It seems the Jal Mahal is floating in the centre of the Sagar River.
Little is known about the history of the building. The five-storey water palace is said to have been built more than 300 years ago as the summer residence of the Maharaja. Four floors are under the water, the fifth is visible on the surface. For over 200 years, Jal Mahal was left to his own devices with devastating consequences for the state of the palace. As part of a six-year renovation project, the plant was renovated.
The Water Palace is not accessible to visitors. He should become the exclusive luxury restaurant. From the riverbank or a boat, you can see the magnificent exterior facade.
Address: Jal Mahal, Jaipur
The Royal Gaitor consists of several honorary graves. Among them is the most impressive honorary grave of Maharaja Madho Sing II. At the age of 11, he became the ruler of Jaipur. Madho Sing II was responsible for the planning of Jaipur. For him, the very first honorary grave was built.
Royal Gastor is freely accessible. Only for photos, a small fee may be due.
Address: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri
Nahargarh Fort / Tiger Fort
With stunning views of Jaipur, visit Nahargarh Fort. Most of the fortress was built in 1734 on behalf of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
According to legend, the spirit of the dead prince Nahar Singh has hindered the construction. So the day’s work of the workers had collapsed at night. The haunting prince left the complex only after the fortress was named after him. In 1868, Nahargarh Fort was expanded.
The extensive facility now includes a restaurant. There you can enjoy your meal with panoramic views.
Address: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri
Central Museum / Albert Hall
Albert Hall is one of the oldest and most important museums in India. Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob commissioned the building in 1876 in honour of the royal visit of Edward VII. The museum’s collection includes national and international works of art, textiles, jewellery, handicrafts and musical instruments. These include rare and antique exhibits, including a pre-Christian Egyptian mummy and a precious rug purchased from Mirza Raja Jai Singh I.
Address: Ajmeri Gate, Ramniwas Bagh, Ram Niwas Garden, Ashok Nagar
Peacock Rooftop Restaurant
Accessible on several levels is the Peacock Rooftop Restaurant. It is one of Jaipur’s top gastronomic addresses. The menu includes Indian, Asian and Continental fare at affordable prices. Beautiful ambience and a spectacular view of the city at night, there is.
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Address: 51 Hathroi Fort, Hari Kishan Somani Marg, Ajmer Road, Near Vidhakpuri Police Station, Gopalbari
Iswari Minar Swarga Sal
After a short hike, you will arrive at the Iswari Minar Swarga Sal minaret. It is located in the heart of the old city and was built in the middle of the 18th century by Iswari, the son and successor of ruler Jai Singh II. At the top, you can see the houses and streets of the old town.
Address: 54, Tripolia Bazar, JDA Market, Tripolia Bazaar, Kanwar Nagar
Looking for souvenirs? Off to Bapu Bazaar. You can expect a mix of local and traditional goods. There are clothes, accessories, books and decorations. Delicious Indian food can be enjoyed at one of the food stalls.
Who can act well, is definitely in the advantage.
Address: Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur
Descendants of the Maharaja Chandra Mahal still inhabit the seven-storey main building of the city palace. On important occasions, the family members appear in a formal procession. The site of the city’s five-square-kilometre, 1890-built city palace is open to the public as the Sawai Man Singh Museum. Precious fabrics, robes and ritual objects are among the exhibits. Daggers, shields and swords can be seen in the armoury.
Address: Jaleb Chowk, Near Jantar Mantar, Tripoli Bazaar, Gangori Bazaar, JDA Market, Kanwar Nagar
Observatory Jantar Mantar
In the 18th century, Maharaja Jai Sing II had five astronomical observatories built in five Indian cities. The Observatory of Jaipur is located opposite the city palace. It is the largest of the five buildings and almost completely preserved. In 1901 it was restored. Translated, Jantar Mantar means “apparatus storage”. You can visit 13 instruments, including sundials and a design for a giant compass, as well as three metal tools.
Address: Gangori Bazaar, JDA Market, Kanwar Nagar