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Jaipur

Overview: 
Popularly known as the “pink city of India”, Jaipur is a royal city of Rajasthan. Spread over an area of 111.8 km², the capital of Rajasthan was founded on 18th November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur offers a multitude of tourist attractions and famous for its magnificent buildings. It hosts several attractions like the City Palace, Govind Dev ji Temple, Vidhan Sabha, Birla Temple, several massive Rajput forts and so on. It also serves as a stepping stone for travelers heading to the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer
 
Each of its monuments displays a unique architectural marvel that can depict the majestic era of Rajasthan. The old Jaipur city is painted with Pink color and grabs anyone's attention with their exclusivity. Its ancient forts including Nahargarh, Amer, Jaigarh and Moti Dungri are the most special gifts of the Rajasthan Holiday packages. These spectacular testimonials of the bygone era fill the tourists with an unusual charm. It is not only monuments and palaces that Jaipur provides but this vibrant city also offers exquisite handicrafts and marvelous jewelry. These delicate artifacts depict the unsophisticated and colorful village life of Jaipur. It would be a great treasure for every traveler of Jaipur. It would be a great treasure for every traveler.
 
Jaipur travel Attractions
                                        
Jaigarh Fort: Never conquered in battle, this was considered the strongest of the three forts in the area. It is best known as the site of the world's largest cannon, the Jaivana, which was test-fired only once — according to legend, despite using only the half the design amount of gunpowder, the cannonball flew 35 km! A better reason to visit the fort, though, are the scenic gardens at the other end and the spectacular views over the Amber Fort and the hills around. The remains of the foundry where the Jaivana (and many more) were cast are also in the fort grounds.
 
Hawa Mahal: Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Singh as part of City Palace. It was an extension of the Zenana (women) chamber. It's purpose was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. It is a five storey high red sandstone structure complete with over 950 windows. The breeze (or hawa in Hindi) circulates through these windows giving the palace its name.
 
Amber Fort: This massive fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style dates back to Raja Man Singh. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands on thousands of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling. The fort/palace grounds are sprawling and the information panels (hindi/english) are somewhat limited, so it might be worth getting an audio guide or a real guide. It's a bit of a hike up from the town, and the touristy thing to do is to hitch an elephant ride to the top (in order to get an elephant it is better to to arrive there in the morning, otherwise at midday the elephants are over.
 
Nahargarh Fort: The smallest of the three forts, notable primarily for excellent views over Man Sagar lake and the vast sprawl of Jaipur. The fort also houses the (relatively) compact Madhavendra Bhawan palace, although its former splendour is fading fast under a new layer of graffiti and pigeon droppings. Portions of the movie Rang De Basanti were shot at this fort.
 
Jantar Mantar: This UNESCO world heritage site is the largest of five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh during the period 1727-1734 in north India. The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices (or yantras in Hindi) for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declinations of planets and determining the celestial altitudes etc. There is signage providing elaborate explanations for the use of each device, and guides can be hired to provide much the same information in a more digestible format. The audio guide at the observatory is fairly expensive, goes in a confusing order around the astronomical devices, but goes into a lot of detail about the site and the science of the instruments in the observatory.. The observatory, the water and the wind palace are free on the 18th of May.
 
City Palace: An imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City. It was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings. It is home to several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, (home to present Maharajah of Jaipur), Mubarak Mahal (housing a textile museum), Diwan-e-Khas (or Hall of Private audience housing the two largest silver vessels in the world, which are duly mentioned in the Guinness book), the Diwan-e-Aam ( or Hall of Public Audience) and the gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol (with four small doorways decorated with motifs depicting the four seasons).
 
Jal Mahal: (Water Palace), (On the way to Amber Fort). A Rajput style architectured palace sits in the center of the Man Sagar lake. The lake is often dry in the winter, but summer monsoons frequently turn it into a beautiful lake filled with water hyacinths. Free on the 18th of May, as well as the Observatory and wind palace.
 
Central (Albert Hall) Museum Jaipur: Central (Albert Hall) Museum is one of the oldest and most famous museums in Jaipur. The Central (Albert Hall) Museum rich in huge collection of miniature paintings. Other attractions are marvelous wood works, royal traditional dresses, clayware and exquisite sculptures. The museum also has some melancholic specimens on display like a horse skeleton, a human skeleton, and a stuffed cobra. Visiting time to central museum is 9:30am to 4:30pm and Fridays Closed.
 
Chand Pol (Moon Gate): Chand Pol or the Moon Gate is one of the famous architectural structures built according to the traditional Vastu ideology. The Chand Pol ('Moon Gate') is one of the gates of walled city of Jaipur. There are only three entry gates in the wall, which are placed at eastern, western, and northern directions. Chand Pol or the Moon gate is the entry gate located in the western portion of the wall.  This also used to serve as a gathering place for commoners, for making important announcements.
 
Akshardham Temple :  Akshardham Temple in Jaipur is a famous tourist attraction.This temple is known for its beautiful architecture. This temple is located in Vaishali Nagar. Akshardham Temple provides an appealing vision to the devotees with its brilliant carvings, sculpture, exquisite idols and gives a glimpse into the cultural heritage of India. This temple is dedicated to Lord Narayana. This temple creates a god-fearing feeling in all those who visit its holy premises.
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