The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur has an enthralling appeal of its own as it blends the allure of its ancient history and all the advantages of a metropolis. This bustling modern city is one of the 3 corners of the golden triangle that includes Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Amidst all its mayhem, the splendors of Jaipur’s majestic past evoke the senses of a different world altogether. Often termed as the pink city, due to its pink coloured sandstone architecture, Jaipur hosts a number of sightseeing spots. Easily navigable and not too big, it is a great idea to spend a few days here and soak in the local essences and flavours that Jaipur has to offer.
Old city of Jaipur: Many of the top attractions in Jaipur are located in the Old City, and can be easily explored on foot. You can start from the Panch Batti circle and the old world Raj Mandir cinema and there after head along M.I. Road, which is the main thorough fare. Be it the high end shops such as the Gem Palace and Juneja Art Gallery, or the three gates, namely, Ajmeri Gate, New Gate, and Sanganeri Gate, there is a lot to leave you delighted. The Old City is also surprisingly well laid out, with its wide, straight streets running in a grid that forms a series of bazaars. Jaipur taxi plies regularly to these areas of interest for local population and tourists alike.
Hawa Mahal: The renowned ‘Palace of the Wheels’, or Hawa Mahal, is one of the prominent tourist attractions of Jaipur. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of the Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty, it manifests an exquisite blend of Hindu Rajput architecture and the Islamic Mughal architecture. The honey combed structure that rises up to five storeys offers stunning views from the top over Jantar Mantar and the City Palace in one direction and over Sireh Deori Bazaar in the other. If you want to get a feel of the royal past, make sure you visit the small museum inside it which has miniature paintings and some rich relics, such as ceremonial armour.
Book cabs in Jaipur to these destinations and you are sure to have a fulfilling day.
Albert Hall Museum: Talking about museums, one will surely be fascinated by the Albert Hall Museum, sited amidst the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur. One of the oldest museums of the state, it exhibits a rare collection of ancient things including miniature paintings, carpets, metal and wood crafts, toys, dolls, arms and weapons, etc. It is modeled on the Albert Museum of London and represents the Indo Saracenic style of architecture. The best time to visit the museum is from October to March. You can avail Innova cabs in Jaipur to these sightseeing places and have a good time with your loved ones.
Amer Fort: Exploring Jaipur will be incomplete without paying a visit to the Amer Fort, one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. Built in red sandstone and marble, it boasts of various buildings of prominence like the ‘Diwan-i-Aam’, the ‘Sheesh Mahal’, and even the ‘Sukh Mahal’. It has influences of both Hindu and Muslim architecture. This old fort, built by Raja Man Singh in 1592, has many pavilions and halls of great interest, besides other sought-after attractions.
Jaigarh Fort: Nestled in the city is another prominent fort, the majestic Jaigarh Fort, built by Sawan Jai Singh II. This fort houses the world’s largest cannon on wheels, a spectacular palace complex and the assembly hall of the warriors known as ‘Shubhat Niwas’ along with a museum and an armory. The palace is not only well known for its intricate architecture, but is also renowned for a huge treasure that was believed to be buried under the fort.