Jaipur is well recognized as a ”Pink City” and is the capital city of Rajasthan, India. This city was once upon a time a stronghold of Rajput rulers. The city is a land of palaces and forts and it is popular for its ancient and medieval architecture and inventions, unique culture, and heritage, cuisines, temples, bazaars, as well as natural scenic beauty. The forts, palaces, and residences of the city are constructed of pink stones and this marks the city as a unique place and named the Pink City of India.
You must experience this city in your lifetime and make the most memorable one. Here, I have listed the best four attraction places to visit in Jaipur. First of all, let’s start with the beautiful Hawa Mahal, then will move to the amazing Amber Fort, the wonderful Jantar Mantar, and so on.
1. Hawa Mahal –
- The marvelous Hawa Mahal also known as “The Palace of Breeze” and it is the most famous attraction place in Jaipur. The palace built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of the Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty.
- The architecture is in the shape of Lord Krishna’s crown as Maharaja Sarai Pratap Singh devoted to Lord Krishna and the structure made of pink and red sandstone.
- The palace built for the royal ladies to watch any processions or festivities on the street from the windows without being viewed by the public. But, presently it a tourist place.
- The Mahal is famous for its designing balconies and 953 pink color windows. These windows made to allow cool wind to pass the Mahal and to keep the palace cool, particularly during the summertime.
Visiting Time –
9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
2. Amber Fort –
- Amber Fort or Amer Fort locates 11 km from Jaipur. The Fort built by Raja Man Singh and later, it constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. And this palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas.
- The architecture of the fort influenced by the Mughal style which made of marble and red sandstone.
- This fort is divided into separate four layouts –
- Diwan-e-Aam or Hall of Public Audience.
- Diwan-e-Khas or Hall of Private Audience.
- Sheesh Mahal or Mirror Palace.
- Sukh Niwas.
- The main entrance is the Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate, which leads to the first main courtyard and its cravings are extremely attractive.
- Amer fort is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- A fifty-two-minute long light and sound show held every evening at the Amer Fort showcasing the history of Jaipur and the fort.
Visiting Time –
9:30 am to 5:00 pm
3. Jantar Mantar –
- The Jantar Mantar is a collection of nineteen huge structure astronomical instruments which built by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734. It is the world’s largest stone sundial, and also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Jantar name is a Sanskrit word, meaning instrument, and Mantar name also a Sanskrit word meaning calculate. It means calculating instruments.
- The observatory of these nineteen instruments is used for special purposes like measuring time, predicting eclipses, determining the celestial altitudes, astronomical positions, and many more related to celestial bodies. Some of the major instruments are –
- Dakshin Bhitti Yantra – measures meridian, altitude, and zenith distances of celestial bodies.
- Rama Yantra – finds the altitude and the azimuth of the sun.
- Vrihat Samrat Yantra – measures time in intervals of 2 seconds using shadow cast from the sunlight.
- Dhruva Darshak Pattika – finds the location of the pole star.
- Unnatamsa Yantra – measures the altitude of celestial bodies.
- Yantra Raj Yantra – calculates the Hindu calendar.
- Digamsha Yantra – calculates the time of sunrise and sunset forecasts.
- The main reason behind building the Jantar Mantar was because the Maharaja was very fascinated and interested with celestial objects and the movement of different bodies in the sky.
Visiting Time –
9 am to 5 pm
4. Panna Meena Ka Kund –
- Panna Meena Ka Kund or the Jaipur Stepwell established in the 16th century approximately. It is 1 km from Amer Fort.
- There is no written or confirmed history about who constructed Panna Meena ka Kund.
- The word Kund in Rajasthan means stepwell. You will notice the stairs are in a zigzag pattern and concentric manner down to the pool from the edge. These steps made in such a way that you can reach the top of the stepwell or well from anywhere.
- Originally the purpose of this kund was to supply water for everyday needs and crop irrigation for local people. But currently, it is a tourist destination, and used for chitchatting, sitting on multiple stairwells, and photo shoot.
Visiting Time –
6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Be sure not to miss out to visit the above places. You will not only enjoy the architecture, but also the culture, lifestyle, and foods of Rajasthan. I hope I help you find the best four attraction places to visit in Jaipur.
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