A trip to Jaipur is always an immersive experience. You will be thrilled by the great monuments, the royal stories that make you want to return time and again, by eclectic cuisine, unbelievable warmth and hospitality of the people. In this historic city there is so much to see and one tour would never suffice. So, what are some of the best things to do on a first visit in Jaipur? Begin by visiting Jaipur’s forts, palaces, temples and museums.
No other structure brings you back to the majestic past of Jaipur as flawlessly as the vast Amer Fort. The Amer Fort is accompanied with history, king and queen stories and amazing mastery of architecture. Made of sandstone and marble, the fort comprises a series of courtyards, built on various levels, magnificent palaces such as the illuminated Sheesh Mahal, historical temples such as the Chilean shrine of the Shila Devi, frescoed halls, painted roofs and marble inlay and decorative gardens decorated in the Islamic Charbagh style. The numerous architectural and historical items in the fort keep you busy almost for complete day.
This building, which dates from the 18th century, is the city’s iconic image from Jaipur, located on Badi Chaupad. In 1799, the building was actually a façade built at the edge of the Palace of the City, built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This 5-storey, twisted structure was connected with the Zenana to allow the royal ladies to see the city life, the parades and the royal processions while still in purdah. Reminiscent of a beehive, the Hawa Mahal, meaning a ‘wind palace,’ is marked by 953 windows and jharokhas, which are also used as a conduit for pleasant air to move into the living room. The pretty-pink Hawa Mahal, a definitive Jaipur monument, needs to be listed in your stuffs.
Jantar Mantar is the only monument of astronomical proportions among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Rajasthan, mostly hill forts. It is one of the world’s largest pre-modern observatories used to map sky, the movement of stars, planets and other naked-eyed celestial objects. It also has the world’s largest stone sundial. Between 1728 and 1734, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh constructed Jantar Mantar as a collection of apparently bizarre, colossal structures. It is one of Jaipur’s most important historic sites and comprises 20 fixed instruments, such as Chakra Yantra, Samrat Yantra and Dhruva Darshak Pattika. Each was designed to measure time, to predict celestial events like eclipses and to track star movement along with other technical data. Within the Jantar Mantar, you will get a fair sense of how progressive Indian science actually was all those years ago
Does it make sense to build a fort to protect another? If you lived in Medieval India, yes, it would! It was a time of almost continuous Rajputana wars, and no measure was sufficiently light. So, after the building of Amer Fort, another was built just 400 metres above the fort, to protect it in times of necessity. Built in 1726 in the shadows of the Maharaja Jai Singh II, the rugged fort Jaigarh comprised of 3 km long sandstone walls, corner ramparts, an enormous canon foundry where the Jaivana was once regarded to be among the world’s largest canons, courtrooms, a giant tower and two shrines, among other features. The water tank on the premises, filled with rain-harvested water, was one of the fascinating characters of the fort. It was thought to be the secret hiding place for the royal Kachwaha treasures. It takes almost a whole day to visit Jaigarh Fort, because there are so many things to do and discover.
A riveting 18th century structure, it is one of the most visited historical places in Jaipur. It is a complex of palaces with beautiful buildings from various eras. The outer walls of the Sawai Jai Singh II reign were built and subsequent rulers from the 20th century were appointed. The City Palace have several interesting structures to explore, a striking mixture of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles.
Thus, we have seen in detail, the key spots to be visited in Jaipur. You should not miss any of these spots on your visit to Jaipur.