Jaipur- the pink city known for royal heritage culture
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Jaipur is one of the oldest cities in India known as Pink City. The capital city of state Rajasthan, Jaipur, is located in a semi-desert region. This beautiful city was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Amber with the help of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, an architect of Bengal. It is the first city in India which was built according to Vastu Shastra. The city showcases the royal Rajput heritage to the tourists through its huge forts and magnificent palaces.
The city of Jaipur, famous for its forts, palaces, and Havelis, attracts tourists from all over the world. People from far-flung areas come here to witness this rich heritage culture and tradition. Apart from palaces and forts, the city of Jaipur is also famous for its fairs and festivals. One of the popular annual festivals here is the Jaipur Vintage Car Rally which is organized every year in the month of January and Elephant Festival which is organized every year on the occasion of Holi. Jaipur literature festival is also a major tourist attraction. Tourists will have a variety of jewelry, carpets, pottery, and gems found in many markets here, which are quite different and unique. Jaipur is known for its variety of food like Dal Batti churma, Pyaaz Kachori, Ghewar and many more.
Tourist places to visit in Jaipur:
The most stunning landmark of the city is famous for its pink lattice windows and balconies from which a beautiful view of the city is visible, is known as Hawa Mahal. Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It was used by women of the royal family to watch the activities taking place in the city without being seen. The five-story building made of red and pink sandstone was designed by Lal Chand Ustad, who also designed many other Mughal buildings.
City Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jaipur city of Rajasthan. This palace was built between 1729 and 1732 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Equipped with precise intricacies, the palace was divided into a series of courtyards, buildings, and gardens, including the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal, along with many other palaces. City Palace is a gentle blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.
The biggest fort of Jaipur is Amer Fort, where every year in addition to Indians, foreigners also arrive in large numbers. Only eleven kilometers from the capital Jaipur, the Amer Fort is built of pink and yellow sandstone. Amer is a small city with an area of barely four square kilometers, it was once known as the capital of Rajasthan and today is a major tourist attraction for tourists from all over the world. Both Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort are situated atop a hill called ‘Cheel Ka Tila’.
Nahargarh Fort is located in the Pink City of Jaipur, which is one of the beautiful historical buildings. With delicate stone carvings, the Nahargarh Fort is an impregnable fortress that once stood in strong defense of the city of Jaipur, together with its two neighboring forts, Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort. The fort situated on the Aravalli hills was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II as a retreat in the year 1734.
Located near the City Palace in the city of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is the largest rock astronomical observatory in the world. Jantar Mantar was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727-33. Jantar Mantar is also featured in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The main purpose of the construction of this huge observatory was to study and gather information about space and time.
GALTA JI TEMPLE
Located on the outskirts of the city of Jaipur, Galtaji Temple is a prehistoric Hindu pilgrimage site. Galtaji Temple has many temples, sacred kunds, mandapas, and natural waterfalls. This majestic temple is situated in a mountainous area surrounded by a beautiful ghat which attracts tourists every year. Located inside the City Palace, the walls of this temple are adorned with carvings and paintings that make the place worth visiting. The ‘Galta Kund’ is the most sacred and is believed to never dry up.
Chokhi Dhani is a luxury resort that is synonymous with the culture of Rajasthani village. It is located on the outskirts of the city on Tonk Road. It is a real depiction of traditional Rajasthan with ancient artifacts, handicrafts, paintings, folktales, and sculptures. “Chokhi Dhani is a miniature version of an ethnic Rajasthani village, equipped with all modern amenities, offering its guests the best of both worlds — a glimpse of the ethnic, cultural past with the luxury of the modern world. Food and hospitality give you the feeling of being in a traditional village.
CHAND BAWRI/ BAORI
Chand Bawdi/Baori is a major tourist attraction site. It belongs to the 10th- century monuments of Rajasthani architecture. Chand Bawdi is one of the most unique wells in India. It is believed that Chand Baori/Chand Bawri was established during the 8th – 9th century AD under the patronage of Raja Chand, a Nikumbha Rajput who ruled the region.
The other major tourist attractions in the Jaipur are Albert Hall Museum, Birla Mandir, Swami Narayan Temple, Raj Mandir cinema, Samode Palace, and many more heritage sites.
The best time to visit Jaipur
The weather of Jaipur is very hot in summer and the temperature reaches a high of 48 degrees. Therefore, the best time to visit Jaipur is during the winter when the temperature is quite suitable to roam in the city.