Rich architectural heritage can be seen in many parts of India. Such heritage sites are also well preserved in Rajasthan's capital city. There are many places to visit during your trip to Jaipur.
Jaipur is one of the major destinations under Rajasthan tourism which you should never miss. The pink city has many World Heritage Sites and some interesting history.
Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Albert Hall Museum, Nahargarh Fort are some of the prime tourist places in Jaipur. Apart from the tourist attractions, you can also try various things in this city. One can go shopping, try some Rajasthani cuisines, etc.
Let us take a virtual tour around the best places of Jaipur!
Amer Fort is situated on a hill and it served as the residence of Rajput Royal families for a long time. In 2013, it was given the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site under the Hill Forts of Rajasthan category.
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Jantar Mantar is a collection of astronomical instruments built to calculate the time according to the movements of Sun.
Jaipur's Jantar Mantar is the largest among the 5 Jantar Mantars in India. All were constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century.
You can find the other Jantar Mantars in New Delhi, Varanasi, Mathura and Ujjain.
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City Palace is located in the heart of Jaipur City. It is a palatial complex with a number of buildngs, gardens and ponds.
Chandra Mahal Palace is now converted into a museum. The major part of the City Palace serves as a royal residence to this day. It is one of the must visit tourist places in Jaipur.
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Hawa Mahal is part of the City Palace complex in Jaipur. It was mainly built for the royal ladies to see the bustling city without getting noticed by the public.
Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows which keeps the building cool and windy. Hence, the name Hawa (Wind) Mahal (Palace). There are also many other interesting facts to know about Hawa Mahal!
It is also one of the major attractions which you should never miss in the city!
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Albert Hall Museum
Albert Hall Museum is the oldest museum in Rajasthan. It was actually built as a drought relief project, but now it is the state museum.
It has a large collection of artefacts and even the famous Dolls Museum is inside Albert Hall Musuem.
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Galtaji Temple Complex (Monkey Temple)
Galtaji Temple is located on a hill of Aravalli ranges. It is around 15km from Jaipur.
Gopalji Temple inside this complex is popularly known as Monkey Temple. Galtaji Temple is also popular for natural springs and ponds.
It is one of the popular places to visit in Jaipur.
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Jal Mahal is located in the Man Sagar Lake. Jal Mahal meaning 'Water Palace' was built in the 18th century.
Jal Mahal was renovated to protect it from destruction. The picturesque view of Man Sagar Lake with Jal Mahal in the centre is a beautiful attraction.
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Nahargarh Fort is situated on the top of Aravalli mountain ranges. It was earlier named as Sudarshangarh but later was changed to Naharagarh.
The belief is that, Nahar Singh Bhomia's spirit haunted the fort and it obstructed the construction. So, a temple was built for Nahar Singh and the fort was named after him.
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Jaigarh Fort was built to protect Amber Fort. It is also known as 'Victory Fort'.
Jaigarh Fort is located on the Hill of Eagles (Cheel Ka Teela) and is very near to Amber Fort.
The fort houses a cannon named Jaivana which was the world's biggest cannon on wheels at that time. Visit Jaigarh Fort for its ambiance and beauty.
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Abhaneri village is known for housing India's largest step well. Chand Baori has 13 stories and 3,500 steps.
It is situated opposite to Harshat Mata Temple which was built in 800 AD.
Abhaneri is around 100km from Jaipur and one of the must visit places.
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Birla Mandir in Jaipur is also called as Laxmi Narayan Temple. It is located in Moti Dungari Hill.
The temple is built from white marble and it devoted to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.
Birla Mandir is one of the prime tourist places in Jaipur.
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Chokhi Dani is a five star village resort in Jaipur. The ethnic Rajasthani village setting in Chokhi Dani is attractive.
One can enjoy Rajasthani culture, cuisine and folk art forms in this village resort. A stay here will be like a visit to mini Rajasthan.