After passing through a busy January month, I decided to travel to Jaipur City which is famous for its Palaces and Forts. I had always heard about the Greatness of Jaipur but never happened to explore the beauty of the Pink City.
As soon as I decided for a Jaipur Trip, I booked my train tickets for Duranto Express (SC-H.Nizamuddin) & Delhi Sarai Rohilla Double Decker from Gurgaon to Jaipur with IRCTC.
I have chosen a budget hotel over hostel as I was travelling with my friend, so I booked a budget hotel with OYOROOMS. After reading & researching a lot about budget hotels, I decided to go for it. You can also read Why to Choose a Budget Hotel in India before booking!
I reached Jaipur at 2230 hrs in the night and straightaway went to the hotel to rest. And next day morning I made a list of places to visit as a part of Jaipur Sightseeing, though I missed few to visit.
Hawa Mahal, which means palace of winds. Here Hawa means Wind and Mahal mean Palace in Hindi. I loved the front view of Hawa Mahal which resembles the crown of Lord Krishna.
I was spellbound when I entered inside the Hawa Mahal for its mesmerising architecture. The view from its top speaks volumes about the Mahal’s design.
Terracotta Art of Rajasthan (Through Excavations)
In Jaipur City, this exhibition was right inside Hawa Mahal which exhibits Proto-Historic to Historic, Mesolithic and Chalcolithic period stones, images and pottery of BC to AD
Jantar Mantar, a collection of 19 astronomical instruments and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site reminds a lot about our childhood days when we use to read about them in school books. This is my first visit to Jantar Mantar, and I was totally astonished to see such huge built science instruments.
City palace is a combo of Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal with a complex which lies right in the heart of Jaipur City.
This palace incorporates gardens, courtyards and buildings.
This very place was the seat of Maharajas of Jaipur. It’s really good to have a glimpse of the Maharaja’s guns and cannon which were kept for visitors to Pose with them.
Albert Hall of Jaipur City is a museum of art of Jaipur which has a collection of paintings, carpets, ivory, stone and metal scriptures. The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid down during the visit of The Prince of Wales Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876.
Also, Albert Hall has many Hindu religious statues which were enchanting to explore.
The Rambagh Palace, which is now maintained my Taj Group was a residence of Maharajas of Jaipur City. The architecture and the garden around the Palace are breathtaking. The palace incorporates luxury suites and Taj Group maintains this Palace as 5 Start Hotel.
If you are planning a Jaipur trip then don’t miss a chance to visit this Palace. I straight away went to the palace and asked at the reception to have a tour around the palace. Even though I went at off timings of visitors, they were gracious enough to show the few places of the palace.
Jal Mahal, Jal means water in Hindi. When I heard about this place my feeling was, WoW a palace in water. Whoa! For the first time, I will see such a palace. But all my enthusiasm went down when I reached there and found Government of India declared it as a protected area and entry to the Palace is restricted.
But all my enthusiasm went down when I reached there and found Government of India declared it as a protected area and entry to the Palace is restricted.
Still, A glimpse of this Mahal is absolutely stunning from far as well.
The moment I reached Amer Fort I felt thrilled by looking at the long walls constructed around the fort.
The Fort is on a hill promontory that projects over the Maota lake.
My love for forts is huge because of architecture and the architecture of this fort is absolutely marvellous. I spent quite a lot of time by exploring the beautiful architecture of the palace.
The Garden in between the fort which shows the love for greenery of Maharaja Mann Singh-I.
Forts and Palaces are always inbuilt with Tunnels, and the tunnel in Amer Fort leads to Jaigarh Fort which is of 2KM distance. This tunnel is accessible from King’s Palace and Zenani Deorhi (Ladies Apartments). Also, the Tunnel is very well equipped with lights.
I missed to tour a couple of forts in the Jaipur City, so in the near future, I will travel again to complete incomplete tour.
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Note: Apologises for the bad images, but I still managed to take quite a good photos with my mobile camera.