Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is very close of country’s capital, Delhi. Airway transport takes only one hour, while going by road takes approximately three hours thirty minutes. Thus, if you are on your trip to India and are initiating your journey from Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi, then Jaipur must fall under the must visit place of yours.
Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan, is one of the first planned cities of India. It was planned by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. The capital city of Rajasthan combines the allure of ancient history with technological advancements of metropolis. Here are the top 10 tourist attractions that fall under Rajasthan tour packages.
- Hawa Mahal
The palace of Winds was built by Sawai Pratap Singh as summer retreat for his family. This palace also served as a place of ladies of royal household where they can lead a free everyday life without been seen by others. It is a five storeyed structure and is a blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture. Built from pink sandstone, Hawa Mahal is iconic landmark of Jaipur.
- Jantar Mantar
It is UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is considered as largest among the five astronomical observatories of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. He is also the founder of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal has 16 geometric devices that are designed to measure time and to track the movements of the celestial bodies and movement of planets around the sun.
- Amber Palace
It is 11 kilometres from Jaipur and is also an UNESCO World Heritage site. It was bastion of Kachwahas of Amber till the capital move to Jaipur. The palace is located over craggy hills. It was built by Raja Man Singh and later was completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh. Its hard exterior is a striking comparison with the soothing interior. It is made from red sandstones flanked by Maota Lake in its front.
- City Palace
It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. It is a beautiful fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is still a home of the royal family. The city palace complex includes Mubarak Mahal, Maharani Palace. It is a mandatory visit under Rajasthan tour packages.
It is located 40 kilometres towards the northwest of Jaipur. It is 475 years old palace and is a Rajput haveli. Visitors can experience rural lifestyle and camel safari during their visit at Samode.
- Nahargarh Fort
It is located over the ridge of the Aravalli hills, towards the northern backdrop of the city of Jaipur. It was built by Jai Singh in the year 1734. Nahargarh means abode of tigers and thus used to act as a formidable barrier for Jaipur from the impending attacks of the enemies. It is a favourite picnic spot for the local tourists.
- Jaigarh Fort
It is 15 kilometres from Jaipur and was built by Sawai Jai Singh II. It has an imposing citadel appearance and also has world’s largest cannon name Jaiban.
- Jal Mahal
One of the breathtaking sight of Jaipur and one should never fail to visit Jal Mahal or Lake Palace while on their trip to India. The palace appears to float in the centre of Man Sagar Lake. The Mahal is breathtakingly beautiful.
- Maharani ki chhatri
This is known as memorials of queens. It is a funeral area of queens of the royal family of Jaipur. This place has exquisitely carved cenotaphs, built to commemorate the death of those queens. If the queen died before her husband then cenotaph is finished with a roof. If the queen died after the king, the cenotaph was left unfinished without any rood. The chhatri or umbrella holds the quintessential architectural style of Rajputs.
- Madhvendra palace, Nahargarh
It is one of the popular tourist destinations of Rajasthan tour packages. It was built by Sawai Ram Singh for his nine queens. It is a double stored palace engraved with floral motif designs and mesmerizing courtyard that elate the spacious courtyard. It is around 15 kilometres from the city of Jaipur.
Thus, if you are in India and are planning to explore Rajasthan tour packages, never miss these 10 places in Jaipur. We assure you that, you won’t feel disappointed.