The Western part of India is very mesmerizing and enchanting. A visit to Rajasthan is never complete without travelling to the pink city of India, called Jaipur. It is the capital of Rajasthan and is the perfect combination and prototype of resonance and brilliance. It is the biggest city of the state and was constituted and founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh.
It is the country’s maiden and inaugural conceived city and is full of civilization, taste, growth, attitude and heritage and creatively and beautifully designed edifical constructions and structures. The pink city boasts of brilliant palaces, forts, havelis, and temples and is the apt location for tourists from all across the globe.
With its unique and colorful sceneries and natural sites, places and spots, it receives much attention from them and pulls them towards visiting and experiencing some of the following mentioned tourist places and spots.
Amber Fort also known as Amer Fort is a sprawling fort exemplary to the grandeur & magnificence of the Rajputs. An architectural marvel, the fort is a stunning structure built of red sandstone & white marble. The Amber Fort is located on a hillside in Amber on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, at a distance of 11 km from the city of Jaipur. Until Jaipur was declared the official capital of the Kachhawaha clan in 1727, Amber served as their ancient citadel.
The construction of Amber Fort was started under the rule of Maharaja Man Singh I in the year 1592 & was completed during the reign of Maharaja Jai Singh I. The Amber Fort people recognize today was originally a palace complex within the premises of what is today known as Jaigarh Fort.
The Amber Fort is renowned for its unique blend of Hindu & Muslim architectural styles. While the fort has an imposing & rugged exterior, the interior of the fort is much lavish & warm with frescos, murals & paintings depicting temperament of Rajputs adorning the fort walls. Also seen are walls with mosaic, intricate ornamentation & mirror work.
The Amber Fort has four main sections, each accessible through staircases leading from a central location of the fort or through broad pathways that today is used for elephant rides. One such staircase leads to the Kali Temple or the Shila Devi Temple renowned for its huge silver lions. Other attractions of the fort include Diwan-I-Aam, Ganesh Pol, Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, etc. However, the attraction that most adds to the charm of the Amber Fort is the Maotha Lake which features a beautiful mirror image of the fort on its still waters.
It is believed that the best way to explore this ancient fort is the Royal elephant ride. Another interesting activity at the fort is the sound & light show in the evening. The beautiful Amber Fort can easily be accessed either via taxis or the city buses. A trip to Jaipur cannot be considered complete without a visit to this imperial Amber Fort.
Jantar Mantar is regarded as one of the biggest observation edifical structures and towers ever constructed in the world and occupies a special place among all the other observatories in the same. It was constructed and designed by Maharaja Jai Singh II between 1728 and 1734.
It is store to the world’s biggest sundial and serves the purpose of a celestial observatory tower. Its architectural and geometric devices and structures are awesome and are often used to make and keep astronomical estimations and records. Jantar Mantar remains open for the public on a regular basis from nine in the mornings to four thirty in the evenings.
The Statue Circle of Jaipur is a very famous and ancient monument which is visible to more than half the dwellers and inhabitants of Jaipur while moving and steering ahead through this pink city.
It is situated at an engaged and tied-up traffic conjunction point and is a favorite chilling-out spot and circle of the pink city. Its spontaneous jet-springs and splendid lightings make it look extremely lively and magnificent. Its sculptural designs have been laid out very perfectly to the sheer thrill and amazement of all its visitors.
The City Palace is situated in the centre of the pink city and has a lot to offer. It was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh between 1729 and 1732. It has many buildings and courtyards and remains open for the tourists and public from ten in the mornings to five in the evenings.
Its architectural trends resemble a mix of the architectural designs of the Mughals, the Rajputs and the Europeans. This palace now serves the purpose of a museum and is very fascinating and riveting.
Thus, visiting Jaipur, the pink city of India, is worth it, from all points of views due to its magnificent forts, temples, palaces and gardens and mesmerizing national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh is a popular tourist garden and is placed and situated at a distance of about ten kilometres from the city of Jaipur. The garden was constructed in 1728 and is open to the public from eight in the mornings to six in the evenings. It falls on the highway of Jaipur and Agra and was created by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and was dedicated to his beloved second wife, Sisodia Rani.
It was designed very beautifully and was the product of a carefully and properly strategized sculptural and design plan. It has stunning wall-house paintings and handicrafts that are based on the love stories of Radha-Krishna and are amazingly creative and alluring.
The marquees, jet-springs, verandas, corridors, flowers, lush-green ambience and surroundings and water passages of this garden add further beauty and charm to it. It is an apt spot for picnic, sightseeing and nature lovers.
Sanganer is one of the must visit towns of Rajasthan. It is mainly famous for handmade paper industry and textile printing. The crafts created in this town are really unique; hence they are not only loved by Indians but also foreigners. The key products that one must buy while on tour to this historic town include - Handmade paper bags, albums, photo frames, paper boxes cards, diaries, and paper stationery etc.
Sanganer is situated 15 km south of Jaipur on the Tonk road in Rajasthan. There are two massive Tripolias at the entrance of the town, which are also known as Triple Gateways. To enter the town visitors first need to drive past these ruins of two Triple Gateways.
Apart from handmade paper industry, Sanganer houses some amazing historic sites too like - ruined palaces and ethereal carved Jain temples. One very unique example of historic attraction in the town is Shri Digambar Jain Temple. It is constructed in old architectural style, including sky-high shikhars and inner chamber - having stone shrine with three pinnacles that give shelter to the idol of Parshwanath with 7 serpent hoods. Due to its architectural splendor, this Jain temple of Sanganer is always compared to the Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu and attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world with its incredible carvings.
Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambore National Park was established in 1955 and is mainly famous for tigers and various kinds of wild animals. It is distributed and covers a land area of over three hundred and ninety two square kilometres and is placed at a distance of about one hundred and thirty kilometres from the pink city in the district of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan.
It is one of the biggest and most famous wildlife parks of the nation, and once used to be the favorite searching and hunting spot of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Its impressive tigers are often seen playing with each other and are praised by the tourists and visitors.
Apart from tigers, the national park is house to many varieties of reptiles, birds and some other species of plants and animals. Wild animals like tigers, jackals, deer, crocodiles, hyenas and panthers appear very magical and charming in nature and are seen moving around freely and from a close distance by the forest and jeep safaris that are offered by this national park.
It houses various calm and serene lakes and very big and huge banyan trees. The tourists enjoy the wildlife and jungle safari rides in and around this entire national park for a period of over three and a half hours and land up feeling excited and enthralled. Adventurers and photographers are also attracted in large numbers to this place.
Ramgarh Lake is a contrived lake and is situated at a distance of about thirty five kilometres from the city of Jaipur. This lake is spread and distributed over an area of around sixteen square kilometres and had once served the role of a water reservoir of the pink city. It was made by laborers by shaping and outlining a mound on the nearby located woodland and timberland hills.
During the monsoons and rains, it gets overflowed with water and becomes the ideal spot for picnic and sightseeing for thousands of tourists, visitors and travellers. A polo ground situated and placed near this lake is one of the best polo playing grounds in the nation and is a main and hot tourist attraction. A temple called the The Jamwa Mata is also situated towards the southern direction of this lake and is quite popular.
Abhaneri is a tiny village and is situated at a distance of about ninety five kilometres from the city. It is located towards the highway of Jaipur and Agra and is also referred to as the city of brightness. It is famous for housing the Harshat Mata Temple and the Chand Baori Stepwell.
Abhaneri was brought about in the ninth century A.D. by a ruler of the state and now lies in dilapidated conditions. Its Harshat Mata Temple is famous for its stunning and gorgeous sculptural designs and boasts of taking the tourists back to the olden and historic times of India.
A Step Well called the Chandbaori Step Well was developed and designed by the people of this village for rainwater gathering and is situated in the front end of this temple. The Chandbaori Stepwell is considered as an unparalleled creation of these villagers and is one of the biggest and profoundest step wells of India.
It has a stupendously and amazingly extended deep region of about twenty metres and includes thirteen levels. It also has different types of impressive structures constructed around. These are some of the main reasons which pull huge number of crowds and tourists towards the famous temple and step well of this village.
Sariska National Park
Sariska National Park is situated and placed at a distance of about one hundred and seven kilometres from Jaipur and lies in the district of Alwar within the city. It was constituted in and has been running since 1955 and is famous for safaris, bird watching and Indian tigers.
It was given the importance and cadre of a national park in 1979 and covers a land region of about eight hundred square kilometres. It is handled, administered, directed and supervised by the Rajasthan government and is divided into different sections of plants and wildlife.
It is store to two famous lakes that have many kinds of water snakes, crocodiles and other amphibians. Sarika National Park was once a favorite hunting site of the imperial family of Rajasthan in the olden days. Caducous and broad-leaved forests and wild animals like sambhars, tigers, hyenas, crocodiles, woodpeckers and other birds, vulnerable animals and plants can be seen by the tourists’ naked eyes.
A famous temple, a stunning fort and beautiful palace are also situated within the surroundings of the park and are among the main tourist attractions.