Jaipur culture and travel

Rajasthan Trails: The Pink City of Jaipur

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Rajasthan is surely a winter delight. There is no doubt that the state holds one of the most magnificent monuments, boasting India’s cultural heritage. That is probably the reason why so many foreign tourists flock to the state during winters, and their first stop is usually the capital city of Jaipur. The pink city definitely flaunts the state’s cultural heritage with its fortifications, palaces, royal museums and handcrafted goods. Here is a list of all those places in Jaipur, that are sure to give you a royal experience.

Amer FortAmer Fort

About 11 km from Jaipur rests the prodigious Amer Fort. The city of Amer was originally, the capital of Rajasthan. The Fort was built in the late 16th century, and boasts of various important buildings within it such as the ‘Diwan-i-aam’, the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ and the ‘Sukh Mahal’. The Maotha lake that surrounds it further adds to the charm of Amer fort.

Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fees: Indian adult: Rs.100|Indian Student: Rs.10|Foreigners: Rs.500

Days Open: All Days

Hawa MahalHawa Mahal

Situated in the heart of Jaipur, the ‘Palace of Winds’ or Hawa Mahal is an architectural marvel constructed by Lal Chand Ustaad in the late 18th century. The palace is said to have been shaped after the crown of Lord Krishna and was supposedly built for the benefit of the Royal Rajput women. Since Rajput women were not allowed to appear in public, the multiple windows and balconies were made for the women so that they didn’t miss the major attractions in the city. An example of the typical Rajputana architecture, Hawa Mahal is one of the major tourist attractions in Jaipur.

Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fees: Indians: Rs.10|Foreigners: Rs.50

Days Open: All Days

Chokhi DhaniChokhi Dhani

Chokhi Dhani definitely captures the concept of Rajasthan with the perfect blend of Rajasthani culture, food and lifestyle. Located just a little bit further from the city, this place helps one to see the real Indian village life by promoting village art and culture. Once you enter the place, there is a lot to explore, from elephant rides, to traditional folk dances and even the village hukkahs. If you want a taste of the real Rajasthan, then Chokhi Dhani should certainly be on the top of your list.

Timings: 5:00 p.m. to 11;00 p.m.

Fees: Adults: Rs.700-Rs.1100 (depending on the choice of food) |Child: Rs.400-Rs.700 (depending on the choice of food)

Days Open: All Days

Jal MahalJal Mahal

One of the most romantic yet beautiful architectures in Rajasthan, Jal Mahal is situated on the Man Sagar Lake and is surrounded by the Nahargarh Hills. Made out of red stone, the palace has 5 floors out of which only one stands above the lake. The lake is home to hundreds of migratory birds and one good day one can enjoy the spectacular view of the palace, as well as various birds around it.

Timings: 9:00 A.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fees: Indians: Rs.10 |Foreigners: Rs.50

Days Open: All Days

Jantar MantarJantar Mantar

Built in the latter half of the 18th century, Jantar Mantar is historically significant for astronomers, architects and historians. The observatory also holds the world’s biggest stone sundial, “Smarat Yantra” which is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The builder of Jantar Mantar, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh was a great scholar of astronomy and Indian Politics, and build the monument for the study of space and time. Jantar Mantar in Japur is a great observatory and is one of its kind, do visit it and be stunned with the great architecture and precise thought with which the monument was built.

Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fees: Indians: Rs.40 |Foreigners: Rs.200

Days Open: All Days

City Palace, JaipurCity palace

The Palace complex of Jaipur that includes the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal, City Palace is located in the heart of the Pink City. Designed according to the Vaastu-Shaastra treatise, the palace is a mix of Mughal, Rajput and European architecture. The palace has a large courtyard with striking gateways and a well maintained interior that helps one explore the bygone era. From the roof of the palace, one can enjoy a pretty view of  Jaipur city, and understand why it is named as the Pink City.

Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fees: Indians: Rs.130 |Foreigners: Rs.500

Days Open: All Days

Johari BazaarJohari bazaar

The most famous market in Old Jaipur, Johari Bazaar literally means Jeweler’s Market. Popular for wedding shopping, this market hosts a variety of traditional Rajasthani merchandise such as Kundan jewelry, bandhini printed clothes, juttis and bridal shopping. With different shops on either side of the street, one has a lot of options to shop from.

Timings: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fees: None

Days Open: All Days

Nahargarh FortNahargarh Fort

A formidable barrier, Nahargarh fort was built to protect Amer Fort and the city from any attacks. The fort sits on the famous Aravalli Hills and one can enjoy the entire view of Jaipur from the top of the Fort. There is a restaurant on the top that gives a breathtaking view of the city in all its glory.

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fees: Indians: Rs.50 |Foreigners: Rs.200

Days Open: All days

Laxi Narayan Mandir (Birla Mandir)Birla Mandir

Built by the B.M. Birla Foundation in 1988, this temple is situated right below the Moti Dungri Fort. Dedicated to lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi, this temple is modern in its architectural style and is built of white marble. It is said that the three domes of the Birla Mandir are built after the three dominant religions of the country, and the interior of the temple has photos and carvings of various philosophers and scholars from other religions and regions.

Timings: 6:00 a.m.-12:00p.m.| 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Fees: None

Days Open: All Days

Albert Hall MuseumAlbert Hall Museum

Named after the former Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, the Albert Hall Museum was built in the late 1800s and it was only after its completion was it decided that the Museum will display the vast variety of artwork and handicraft of India’s gems. Presently, the Museum holds paintings, armor sets, marble work, jewelry and various other handcrafted works and ornaments from the previous centuries. If you want an in-depth knowledge about Rajasthan’s culture and heritage, then this place should definitely make its way onto your list!

Timings: 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.|7:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fees: Indians: Rs.40|Foreigners: Rs.300

Days Open: All Days

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Author: GoFro Travelers’ Network

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