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Among the places to visit in Jaipur, missing Amer Fort exploration is almost next to impossible. The grandeur that this place shadows over the city is quite remarkable and looks more like a protective shield to Jaipur from one end. Once you reach the area and check out the fort from a distance, the picturesque image will look more like a movie scene. The fort is located outside the city away from the hustle bustle. One of the major attractions here is the Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors that surely should be checked out once. Mirror work is embedded on the walls, pillars and the ceiling of the Mahal making it as enthralling as possible. The lush green lawn of the Amer Fort is another of the things worth a mention here. Take a walking tour, shop from the souvenir shop and take a break at the coffee shop to have a fulfilling day.
This day is dedicated to exploring certain elements of Jaipur that highlight the city's history and culture. The Amer Fort is a principle tourist attraction here and with good reason. Built by Raja Man Singh I, this fort is symbolic of Hindu and Rajputana architecture. This massive fort consists various extravagant courtyards and gates. Other attractions that we visit in Jaipur include City Palace, Jantar Mantar (medieval observatory) and drive past Hawa Mahal (palace of winds).
The must see chambers include the Diwan-e-khas and the Sheesh mahal.
Take the ride to Amer palace, which looks like a picture perfect set from a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. Located a little outside the bustling city, this labyrinth of a palace also houses the enchanting Sheesh Mahal or The palace of mirrors. Beautiful mirror work embedded on the walls and ceiling, sparkling in the sunlight is a sight you will rarely see in your lifetime, a glistening jewel if I may call it. Another spectacular structure is the beautiful and well manicured lawn placed in the middle of the lake that surrounds the palace. Walk around the palace, go trigger happy and avoid the so called tour guides. Thirsty from all that walking? The palace also has a coffee shop and a souvenir shop where you can grab a quick coffee and pick up a few souvenirs to remember your trip.
Once capital of Jaipur and also known as Amer palace this place portrays a blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Though the fort is old and looking from outside you would know it yet the red sandstone and marble fort looks huge and splendid. The fort though is a small trek uphill but totally worth it. You can also go for the royal elephant ride. Its 11 Km from Jaipur and a must visit place.
Day 4 Morning - WOW! Amber fort was the best... For some reason, I found it even more appealing than the Taj Mahal. I am not drawing comparisons of any sort, its just based in what I felt during the trip. Every window with a view of its own, a proud and magnificent fort atop the rocky hills overlooking the placid lake, the flocks of pigeons and people clad in their traditional dresses. The place is a time capsule in many senses, and hauntingly romantic. Weather was very pleasant even when Delhi was freezing at this time of the year. The only thing that might ruin your experience is the hawkers who wont let go of you once you have given even a glimpse at their goods. Especially near the place where you queue for the elephant ride. They ruined a good part of the ride for me. Avoid paying any attention or interest. You can do with the shopping after completing the fort. For bikers, go past the fort and palace entrance down the road for parking lot. Its just by the side of where you queue for elephant ride. The fort opens around 8 am and closes at 5pm. There are few hotels very close to the fort, Trident, Regenta and Lake View, in decreasing order of rental. I stayed one night at Lake View. You can keep your bikes in the porch here. Pretty safe.
Amber Fort, (11 km North of central Jaipur, local bus #5 from Hawa Mahal or New Gate), ☎ +91 14 1253 0293. 08:00-17:30. This massive fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style dates back to Raja Man Singh and was the royal palace of the Kachwahas from c. 1600-1727. The name has nothing to do with the rather pretty pastel yellow colour; instead, the fort is named after the town of Amber, in turn named after the goddess Amba. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands on thousands of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling. The fort/palace grounds are sprawling and the information panels (hindi/english) are somewhat limited, so it might be worth getting an audio guide or a real guide. It's a bit of a hike up from the town, and the touristy thing to do is to hitch an elephant ride to the top (in order to get an elephant it is better to to arrive there in the morning, otherwise at midday the elephants are over. But the road that elephants pass is not so long).
Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Amber Fort, (11 km North of central Jaipur, local bus #5 from Hawa Mahal or New Gate), ☎ +91 14 1253 0293. 08:00-17:30. This massive fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style dates back to Raja Man Singh and was the royal palace of the Kachwahas from c. 1600-1727. The name has nothing to do with the rather pretty pastel yellow colour; instead, the fort is named after the town of Amber, in turn named after the goddess Amba. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands on thousands of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling. The fort/palace grounds are sprawling and the information panels (hindi/english) are somewhat limited, so it might be worth getting an audio guide or a real guide. It's a bit of a hike up from the town, and the touristy thing to do is to hitch an elephant ride to the top (in order to get an elephant it is better to to arrive there in the morning, otherwise at midday the elephants are over. But the road that elephants pass is not so long).
Amer palace/ Amber fort was my next and the last destination in Jaipur. This palace is situated on top of the hill and it offers magnificent view to all the tourists. you at least require half of the day to roam around in this palace. At the entrance there are many guides so you can hire one (recommended) because the architecture of this palace is so thoughtfully done that it is difficult to understand it by ourselves. Oh & please try to bargain if you are hiring a tour guide. There is a garden inside the palace and on the opposite sides of the garden are to similar looking small palaces. Out of the 2, one palace had mirrors all over its walls and on the other just plain cool marble. The guide explained us the reason, He said " During summer the royal family lived on one side of the garden and during winter on its other side" It was quite funny though until the guide gave us the further explanation that," because the winters were very cold & due to electricity problems the royal family lived in the palace of mirrors, they used to ignite a candle, and the reflection of that candle would be seen in the mirrors of the entire wall which would brighten up the palace" OMG ! This was plain, simple physics which I couldn't think at first. The guide also said that," As the summers were very long & hot in Jaipur the royal family lived on the other side of the garden because the material used in constructing this side of palace is always cool and therefore it saved them from the heat." OMG again! This infrastructure was a highlight of the entire Amber Fort. Within the palace, he showed me the suicide point (has the most beautiful view making it difficult to guess), the kitchen (has a pan almost the size of swimming pool), the jail for the prisoners etc. there were many many things to see inside this palace itself. When in Jaipur don't miss this place !
Have been to many forts, but seriously believe me there is something in this fort that attracts visitors, may be its architect which is fusion of hindu art, mughal art ,which you will be able to see only at this place. Really its blessingt o see the fusion art here.Sheesh Mahal adds to the beauty of the fort.We had pic cliked here wearing the traditional rajasthani pagdi, saved it for ym lifetime.
The palce is located high on a hill, and is the most famous monument in Jaipur. The town of Amer was originally built by Meenas, and later it was ruled by Raja Man Singh. Amer Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. The fort also overlooks Maota Lake.
Perhaps the most famous sight seeing spot in Jaipur, Amber fort is Jaipur's historical landmark and rightly so! The light shows held here are an absolute delight. Always call and confirm for the light show should there be last minute cancellations.
The Amer Fort, situated in Amber, 11 kilometers from Jaipur, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. Amer, originally, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace.
Coming back from nahargarh fort, this was my next stop. Now, i have seen enough palaces. I have been to jaisalmer, udaipur, agra & i have not heard enough about this palace. The only palace comes to your mind when you think of jaipur is Hawa Mahal. So i was expecting it to be a small stop, but how i was wrong. It was magnificent. Not having done too much research sometimes do wonders. And if you are visiting jaipur, do not miss it. Palace is surrounded by fort having wall running for 12km, but king(Jai Singh II i believe, google it up) did not fight any war and surrendered.
Places to visit: 1) Amer Fort: It is the most beautiful part of the city. Located on the outskirts, it is around 11km from the main city. It has a blend of the Rajput and the Mughal architecture. There is the Shila Mata Temple of the patron Goddess of the royal family, inside the fort. The best time to visit this place is in the evening. After sunset, there is an amazing light show inside of the fort.
The Rajputs with their hill forts were a formidable force, but the architecture is a witness to more than just the might of the warrior clans and the customs reflect more than just the pride of the men or obscurity of the women. Amidst the vast expanse of deserts where the ever changing horizon attributed to the dunes of sand that dance like a snake on the sound of a snake charmers flute, it is a tale of perseverance to sustain in the dry. An often ignored aspect is the keenness with which the people on a whole were involved in preserving the drops of heaven that sprinkled their fields, cultivating their own gardens of heaven. And thus a multitude of water preserving structures ranging from dams, ponds, step wells, embed as jewels, not only the royal city structures but the entire state of Rajasthan.
The Aravali hills, the oldest mountain range across the world were a natural cover for the royal household, residing in the beautiful hill fort of Amber, with its beautiful courtyards, palaces and gardens. The elegant glitter of one such "Sheesh Mahal", translated as the "Palace of Mirrors", never goes unnoticed. However the more intriguing part of the Amber palace complex is the layout of its gardens, in the form of "Chahar Bagh", an imitation of the Paradise Garden as described in the Holy Qur'an. Whether the Mughals borrowing the "Purdah" system from their Rajput contemporaries into their harem, or the Rajput kings replicating the Mughal "Gardens of Paradise", these monuments go a long way to depict the fusion of two distinct cultures that often began with matrimonial alliances and birth the "Hindustani" identity of the Mughal era, encompassing the North of Indian Sub-Continent.
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Day 7, 8 am - We drove to Amer Fort, one of the 3 Forts that are built on the hills surrounding Jaipur. The road leading to this Fort is not SUV-friendly, so you may want to park it in one of the parking lots at the foot of the hill and hire a ride to take you to the gate of the Fort. This is yet another expansive Fort, so make sure that you take the A/V guide only if you have the time! As we had a packed itinerary, we picked a local guide ... even though he could have had an easy way out (owing to our time-constraint), he insisted that we spend at least 2 hours touring this place!
From 1:30pm till 5:15pm, you will have enough time to visit the grand Amber Fort via Nahargarh Fort (directions here). Nahargarh Fort even has a cafe on its terrace; have a couple of drinks here as you enjoy the panoramic view of Jaipur city and then move forward for a quick visit of the Amber Fort.
The most famous of Jaipur’s heritage is perhaps the Amer fort. Its sandstone walls overlooking the lake stand tall and proud. The inside of the fort is as breath-taking as the outside, and the sheesh mahal and the well preserved abode of the royal family is enough to transport one back in time.
Plan your visit to Amber fort in the evening so that you don't get burnt in the sun. Ideally I would suggest not to opt for elephant ride up the hill, instead walk and enjoy the hike. Why harm the poor animals and also you can save a 1000 bucks. Inside the fort you will get guides who will charge you a 100 or 150 Rs which is worth it. My guide took me around and explained the various parts of the interiors and their historical importance. Many Bollywood films like Jodha Akbar and Bajirao Mastani has been shot in this fort. There is a temple of Kuldevata (household deity) inside the fort where the Royal family continues to pay visit. It was almost 6.30/7 pm when I finished seeing the fort. Suddenly the lights lit up and the whole place looked so amazing in the orange glow. This is another advantage if you visit the fort in the evening. I met the auto wala and proceeded towards the Bapu bazar (market) planning to do some shopping. However the shopping didn't happen as it was a Sunday, holiday for all local markets.
With our stomach full, we started with Amer fort. We spent almost 3 hours exploring the beauty of the fort. We had a good time admiring the palace and little bit sneak peek of the guides who were explaining (to the groups who hired them) the story of the Amer Palace and its history. So huge and marvelous it was, I wonder how the people used to spend their living in the palace. The fort area itself was like a city. 3 hours also were not enough to explore it completely. We burnt enough calories there in walking around. The Royal's indeed had a glory of time living there I believe.
Amer Fort: The Amer Fort is located in Amer and is one of the most famous tourist attractions. The fort is huge and extremely beautiful. Besides, it helps to know the history of the rulers who built this fort. The fort is built in red and white sandstones with carvings on the ceilings and paintings on the walls. The most important aspect of this fort is the sheesh mahal or mirror palace. This palace is shown in many movies and is a favorite for photography lovers. A light and sound show takes place here every evening that highlights the history of Jaipur. It takes about 2-3 hours to see the entire fort.There are vendors selling beautiful earrings inside the fort which can be purchased after bargaining. But it is worth the buy!
You have not seen Jaipur properly if you have not visited the Amer Fort. One of the key things to do in Jaipur is a visit to this UNESCO heritage fort. Just outside the city. Amer Fort or Amber fort used to the powerhouse of the rulers before Jaipur became the capital. I was raring to go see it and would have done so possibly on the first day in Jaipur itself. However, having just reached Jaipur, we were not ready to start early. Amer Fort is quite well documented and me havingdevoured it all, was ready to see all that I had imagined. Here are few pics of the visit.
We stopped our car at the opulent palace, Amer Fort, an impressive stairway from Jalebi Chowk leads into the main palace grounds. This palace, along with Jaigarh Fort, is located immediately above on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the same Aravalli range of hills. Here, at the entrance to the right of the stairway steps is the Sila Devi temple where the Rajput Maharajas worshiped. The building to the left of the entrance gate is called the Jai Mandir, which is exquisitely embellished with glass inlaid panels and multi-mirrored ceilings.
Perched on a hilltop, this is the famous Amber Fort. The fort is impressive in size and structure. The fort houses the Diwan-e-Aam, or ‘Hall of Public Audience’, the Diwan-e-Khas, or ‘Hall of Private Audience’, and also the Sheesh Mahal, the ‘Mirror Palace’. The splendor of Amber Fort is heightened during the Light and Sound Show in the evening which is a must watch. Also various movies like 'Khoobsurat', 'Bajirao Mastani', 'Jodha Akbar' etc have been shot here. It is a must visit fort.
Amber Fort:Next stop was Amber Fort. There is regular bus to Amber Fort from Jal Mahal. My driver left me at the Jal Mahal. I took the bus from Jal Mahal to reach here (Fare INR 10). Amber Fort is UNESCO world heritage site and were used by the ruler/nobles of Jaipur.
So I woke up to a very lazy morning and I went around walking to have some clicks of Hawa Mahal and the Jal Mahal also Jantar Mantar was on my list to visit which I did. I was busy at these places and it was Noon 01:00 PM. Now I headed towards a restaurant there and had my lunch, I ate as slow as a tortoise and then I proceeded to Amer Fort. I loved the history of it and my excitement was par high when I found a Cafe Coffee Day outlet here. I went into and quickly ordered my Espresso, I loved that and then I proceeded back to famous Chokhi Dhani ! I recommend each and every tourist to visit the Chokhi Dhani for sure.
Amber fort is around 11 km from Jaipur. The Fort is located on a hill. There are beautiful structures inside the fort complex. You can also enjoy Panoramic view of Maota lake. The main attraction in Amber fort is Elephant ride. Elephant will take you the main entrance of fort like Maharajas entered in old time.
Jal Mahal also known as Water Palace in English is yet again one of the things to do in Jaipur. It is located in the heart of the famous Man Sagar Lake and near the cenotaphs of royal ladies and Maharanis of the city in the earlier times. Madho Singh was the one behind the formation of the Jal Mahal in the same year as that of Hawa Mahal- 1799. The idea was to get a summer resort made for the royal family. The place was also used for hunting ducks during the warm season. Under the Jal Tarang project going on currently, this place is closed for restoration.
Once you complete these two masterpieces there is just another one waiting for you 10 mins away – Jal mahal. It is another exquisite piece of work with the backdrop of mountains in the middle of water. One can witness some excellent sunsets in this place. One can amuse oneself wearing local dresses and clicking pictures. There is a large area where you can relax and plan your next day schedule.
Jal Mahal : Soon after I leave for Jal Mahal. When I reach here, It was early evening. It is a delighted spot to spend a good evening. Jal Mahal is made of red stone and is 5 stories high. The 4 floors of the palace stay under the water and it is only the 5th floor that is visible. Visitors are only allowed to see the Jal Mahal Palace from a distance. Entry is not allowed in the palace. So I did not a chance to go inside. Someday, I hope that I get a chance to see what inside the royal palace and this marvellous architecture. I enjoy having a sip of tea while watching the Sun going down. I brought few Rajasthani gifts for my little sister from the footpath/roadside small shops. Remember - bargaining is the key but don't do too much. they are very poor people.
5)Jal Mahal: Located at the center of Mansagar Lake, this five storeyed palace is for floors under water when the lake is full. Due to its cooling architecture, it was used during summers. This palace is closed for tourists and can be seen only from a distance.
Jal Mahal: Jal Mahal or the Water Palace is located on the Man Sagar Lake. It is an astonishing palace which has five floors, and four of them remain underwater. The entry inside the palace is restricted, but if you are a bird lover or a photography enthusiast, you may stay there for a while and enjoy the view from the pathway outside the palace.
Any trip to Jaipur is incomplete without a visit to Jaipur’s forts and palaces. They are located within close vicinity of each other and are best visited by hiring a vehicle for the day, which gives the flexibility to move at one’s own pace. On the way, is Jal Mahal, which looks really beautiful sitting in the midst of a vast expanse of water. It can be photographed from afar but entry inside is not permitted.
Jal Mahal- Water PalaceShimmering in glory like a jewel, standing in the middle of Man Singh Lake, Jal Mahal captures an eye-popping makeover during the night. Enclosed by Aravalli hills from three sides and the fourth side comprising of intensely inhabited plains, the architectural beauty of the Mughal and Rajputana styles of construction upstands with its five floors.The 255 year old palace, built in red sandstone, showcases only its first floor with remaining four floors under water. The scenic beauty of the palace comes alive at the onset of evening when bathed with lights.
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These days they have closed Jal mahal, you can just have its view from some distance. Some local told me its closed, as there are many crocodiles in the river surrounding jal mahal. But still you can admire its beauty from distance, got some pics click. Also, can buy some craft stuff from there as reasonable cost.
A place where you can lost all track of time, It is basicall a summer resort for the royal family..in the middle of artificially created reservoir "Man Sagar" made in reign of Madho Singh, the place is so beautiful and serene that you can look at it for hours and still want to be there for couple of more hours. One can not enter the Mahal but can see it from far, Well it is Jaipur's own Marine Drive.
Jal Mahal (Water Palace), (On the way to Amber Fort). A Rajput style architectured palace sits in the center of the Man Sagar lake. The lake is often dry in the winter, but summer monsoons frequently turn it into a beautiful lake filled with water hyacinths. Free on the 18th of May, as well as the Observatory and wind palace.
The most popular attraction of Jaipur, Jalmahal left us surprised with the way it is expressing its glory in the terms of gorgeous lights. A huge crowd is gathered here to witness this amazing beauty of the Pink City on the night of Festival of light.
Who can come to Jaipur and not take a view of the beautiful Jal Mahal. Located in the middle of the Man Sagar lake. The mahal actually appears as if its simply floating on the serene waters. Sadly they have stopped tours of the palace a few years back.
Same scenario as Udaipur most of the forts will close down by early evening. Jal mahal is again a hangout spot for families. Calm place where one can enjoy some street food with excellent view of Jal Mahal. I decided to commute by bike instead of public transport. One thing I noticed in Jaipur is the crazy traffic, not just the quantity but the way people drive. Believe me I have seen Bangalore, Delhi traffic but Jaipur that day I can't forget. May be It was that for past couple of days It was first time I have entered such kinda city. But still crazy traffic all around is all what I would say. I came back early ordered Dinner from the restaurant below, food was good. Watched an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S on TV. Set up the alarm for 5 AM and decide to call it a day.
Visitors entry to Jal Mahal is limited and booking has to be done in advance. Most tourists view Jal mahal from the long promenade adjoining the main road. The view is amazing of a standalone palace in the middle of the Man Sagar lake
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind
As one of the most distinctive part of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal located amidst the busy streets is something that cannot be missed. The grandeur of the place surely catches the attention of each one passing by. The structure is made from pink sandstone and has a honey-comb like shape that makes it all the more interesting. There are 5 storey in the monument and surely looks extraordinary. The place was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 to help the ladies watch all the happenings on the streets including the processions that took place from time to time. From the extreme top of the Mahal, you can have a spectacular view of the Jantar Mantar as well as City Palace. For those interested in exhibits, the good news comes in the form of a small museum within the mahal that has great paintings, ceremonial armours as well as rich relics. For the entry, move to the backside of the complex.
It was in 1734 when the formation of Nahargarh Fort started in the city of Jaipur which continues for over a century till 1868. The fort was made for military purposes on the northern side of the city. It is named after the Maharaja Nahar Singh. Along with the built and architecture of the fort that is worth a watch, there is a restaurant here for those who want to take a food break on their long tour to the place. Do not forget to enjoy the beautiful sunset from here in the evening.
Inside the Nahargarh fort, what captivated me was the Madhavendra Bhavan and the wax museum which is a recent addition to promote tourism. Madhavendra Bhavan was the residential palace of the nine queens of Sawai Madho Singh II. Nine identical, two-storied apartment for each queen in a common complex is indeed romantic. It is difficult not to imagine yourself living that life! The entrance to each apartment is accessible from a common rectangular courtyard. There are four apartments each on the right and left and one straight ahead. The apartment of the King is right above the entrance to the courtyard. Each apartment is complete with a portico, a living room, kitchen and store room, bathroom, bedroom and dressing room. The ground floor houses the Queen during winters while the 1st floor, which incorporates Jharokas, was meant for use during the summers. The portico in the 1st floor also has the facility to harvest rainwater. A short flight of steps leads you to the terrace which offers spectacular views of the city of Jaipur. The doors of the small sitting area in each apartment are aligned in a parallel fashion and must have facilitated communication between queens, who were forbidden from visiting each other. The King had his own passageway thorough which he had access to each of his queens. This he could do in private and avoid unpleasant domestic showdowns! ;) The King's apartment has now been converted to a restaurant. Credit must be given to the architects of yore - mind boggling architecture combined with a functional and simple layout speaks volumes about their impeccable sense of planning!
Nahargarh Fort :Next morning, I left Doodle by 9:00AM. Metro is not far from here, so I took the metro and reach Chandpole metro station. Today's First stop was Nahargarh Fort. I had breakfast of the day and took a bus for Shivaji Chowk, from where I started a 3KM journey by foot. I walked through the narrow street of the city and got a chance to know it by more closure. I climb the steep, winding approximately 2km path to the top. This is the place from where you get the stunning view of pink city.
After getting mesmerized with Amer, we step headed to Nahargarh Fort, built mainly in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. The view of the city from the fort is impressive.Day 2: We all decided to spend our day in the lap of Almighty, thus our 2nd day spent at Pushkar and Ajmer.
Most of the times, history holds a lot of importance in life and we don't realize it till the time you visit one of these where you're actually 'touching history'.Nahargarh Fort, a must visit! Do not I repeat DO NOT listen to travel guides/taxi wallas/ rickshaw wallas while you would want to plan your visit.Nahargarh is an absolute delight, with intricate designs on the apartments of the 9 wives and a birds eye view of the pink city, the fort gives you a chance to explore and understand our culture and history.A guide or no guide you decide!
Nahargarh Fort: Nahargarh Fort can be visited along with the Amer Fort. One can get a breathtaking view of the city from the top of the fort. There is an open air restaurant inside the fort and a cafe surrounding the area. Although there is not much to see inside the fort except the architecture, it takes about 2 hours for a complete visit.
I had met these two crazy heads exactly three hours back in my hostel common room. Mini (Kamini) was ecstatic to meet another Indian Solo Female Traveler. It was almost like she had spotted a rare species. We hit off right there and before we knew it, we were already planning about the places we can visit together during the course of our stay. We had decided to skip Nahargarh fort and were pretty much vocal about it. That's when one of the fellows who overheard our conversation said that he will be going to the fort that night with his friend and we could join him if we wanted to.
Finally around sunset, most people can be seen heading to the Nahargarh fort. The old baoli, where the song “Lose Control” from Rang de Basanti was filmed, is just outside the fort, but not in very good shape. The fort itself is not very big. It contains 9 identical rooms for the 9 wives of the Maharaja. The view from this fort is its highlight, as it is at a great height, and also doubles as a sunset point for Jaipur.The newly opened wax museum at Nahargarh fort is worth a visit. It’s fun to see the world’s who’s who cast in wax waiting to meet you. The small sheesh mahal is also very beautiful.
Day 7, 4 pm - This fort is famous for being pictured in the 'Masti ki Pathshala' song in Rang De Basanti movie. Nothing much here, but you can visit the Mahals, walk on the rooftop and soak in the evening hues of Jaipur.
Albeit parting its way from Jaigarh fort, the Nahargahfort remains connected to it through a huge wall. Remember the filmy stop from Rang De Basanti- which made you nostalgia about your college days, groove to the tunes of Masti ki Paathshala and conspired you to fall or not while drinking beer? For those who were awe-struck by that hangout spot, this is Nahargarh.Getting a breathtaking ariel view of the city from the edge of the Aravalli Hills, one will definitely fall in love with the place, being reluctant to depart.
Nahargarh mainly has one palace which is not too huge and you might not feel too excited about it if you visit it after seeing amer . Nahargarh fort has an open air restaurant called Padao at the top, with a separate entry fee of rupee 100 which act as cover charge. You should definitely go to the place to see sunset. Though it starts gets crowded around the time of sunset bringing down the peace level but its still worth it.You can easily spend a couple of hours and just enjoy the view .
This is an extravaganza of Royal architechure, sitting on the top of Jaipur the fort's main purposewas maybe to overlook the whole city and to protect it from the north end, but it also offers a spectacular viw of the city, it has a garden restraunt too where you can have your meal overlooking the beautiful Jaipur.
It means “abode of Tigers”. This fort is situated in one of the oldest mountain ranges of the world. It has an Indo-European architecture and gives you a breathtaking and splendid view.
Next up; thanks to Rang De Basanti, Nahagarh fort has become the photostop for every Bollywood buff, who can try and avoid taking a picture here! Overlooking the city the fort captures the essence of Jaipur in a blink. Go here at night to see a beautifully lit Jaipur. Once you have taken in all of the beauty and had your fill of city gazing, grab a table at the café which rests at the top of the fort with some really great views. Order your drink (yes you can drink here!) and some basic fare (read oily French fries and Maggie). Do not expect great service or mouthwatering food, anyway this isn’t about dinner but more about the experience. A great place to just simply unwind with friends and a perfect end to a day of sightseeing.
City Palace of Jaipur
City Palace is a name that rings a bell of amazing culture and great architecture. It is one of the must things to do in Jaipur. The palace is located in the centre of the city and is a combination of amazing courtyards, buildings and gardens. Jai Singh was the Maharaja to build the outer most wall of City Palace. However, there has been various restorations and adaptations in the following centuries till date. There are various buildings within the palace, many of which were built in the 20th century. Where architecture is concerned, it is a beautiful mix of Rajasthani and Mughal cultures. The entry gate, Virendra Pol leads to the Mubarak Mahal which has a colonial look and a mix of Islamic, European and Rajput style of architecture. Today, this place is a museum that shows various exhibits starting from royal shawls to costumes. Some other places to explore here are diwan-e-khas, diwan-i-am, the armoury and Chandra Mahal.
After our breakfast we decided to cover the remining attaractions of Jaipur i.e. City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahel. All these attaractions are spread within radius of 2 Km within the city and can be easily covered in tike intervel of 2 to 3 hours.Opening time of City Palace is morning 9:30 AM. Within the palace one can enjoy beautiful architecture of the Palace, Puppet Show, Art gallery, Weapons Gallery.
Have a quick breakfast at the hotel and head to the city tour, visit - City Palace and Hawa Mahal.Both City Palace and Hawa Mahal are worth visiting atleast once.You can get tickets at a minimal price and if you are somebody who wants to delve deep down into history, well buy the audio guide (100 rupees only).
City Palace: The rulers of Jaipur once ruled from the City Palace. A major attraction inside the city, the city palace is complex of gardens, buildings and courtyards. It is located in the old city of Jaipur and has a beautiful blend of Mughul architecture and Rajasthani architecture. There are various museums inside the complex that display weapons, photographs and a collection of royal costumes and shawls. There is also a 45 minute guided tour inside the private palace.
City Palace is a palace of huge complexes, museums, the most prominent structures being: Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Diwan-I-Aam. Certain complexes are holding museums and handicrafts centres.The intricate art on the walls and the roofs, the beautiful doors were eye-catching. And while I was clicking a pic of one of the doors, I got a chance to click picture with the person who guard's the door, he was happy indeed to be clicked, subtle pleasures of Humans
2. Jaipur City Palace You can take your cameras inside after paying the camera fee along with the entry fee. The palace is well maintained, most of its interiors is like a museum for visitors. The royal family still resides on one side of the palace. You can finish exploring the place in an hour and move onto Jantar Mantar which is situated just across the road.
After the 3.30pm session, hit the road to see some iconic spots in Jaipur. Visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar (3km from Diggi Palace, directions here). As they are all situated in close proximity to each other, you can easily walk to one after the other. Near here is the famous market of Choti Chaupar, which you should definitely check out.
Day 6, 10 am - Leaving the Fortuner in the sanctity of the serviced apartment, we hire a rick to reach the Jaipur City Palace. We took a private guided tour of the Palace, which in my opinion, is the real deal (clicking pictures was not permitted)! You get to see a portion of the City Palace that is still being used today! Most of the rooms that we visited were still being used (only on auspicious occasions though) and therefore, were actually furnished in aristocratic grandeur! After we finished the private tour, we explored the areas which were open to the public and clicked a few pictures. We also shopped at a nearby bazaar where we picked some nice Pashmina shawls!
2) City Palace: It is located in the heart of the old Jaipur city. There are 3 museums where we see royal textile, armor and paintings.3) Jantar Mantar: It's an open air astronomical observatory right next to the City Palace. It has several instruments to measure local time, the altitude of star and constellations, sun's declination, meridian, altitude and to determine eclipses. The Samrat Yantra is the biggest sundial on the earth and it shows the exact local time. Travelers must hire a guide to understand the working of these instruments.
Isn't this the haveli pictured in Bhool Bhulaiya where Monjulika dance? Well, there is more to it then beautiful architecture. Inside palace holds exhibition of dresses king & queen used to wear on different occasions. There is museum showcasing huge collection of weapon they had. And there is another shop selling all the things rajasthan is famous for(shawl, dupatta, jooti and many more) but what good thing about that shop is, some of those things, they also show you how that work is done. I got to see how jewelry box, jooti, carpet is made.
City palace is another architectural beauty which was constructed in olden times. This palace contains many palaces within the complex and each palace has its own unique museum, open for the tourist. In one such museum, which showcases the costumes of the Kings in Jaipur. The most surprising costume was of one of a king ( whose name I forgot :P ) & its was surprising because the King weighted 250 kilograms (550 lbs) and was 4 ft wide. Shocking isn't it? His costume was as huge as a bed sheet. At first I couldn't make out what it was until the tour guide told me that it was the clothing of that King. I was in a state of disbelief, like literally & kept staring at that costume for the next 2 minutes. Photography is obviously not allowed inside any of the museums but believe me this place was just worth the visit.
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built this beautiful palace and also reigned and operated from the palace. City Palace is situated in the heart of the pink city. The architecture again shows a beautiful blend of Rajput, European and Mughal style. While in Jaipur you can not miss the City Palace as this is the landmark and the center point.
With that at my disposal I ventured out to seek my first stop, The City Palace as any clichéd tourist would. Do I hear some disapproving nods? Let me ask you a question, would you go to Germany and avoid the cliché aka the beer? I think not, because sometimes it’s the clichés that actually make the place, and Jaipur is akin to palaces and all things royal. The City Palace is serves as a part residence to the king of Jaipur and part of it is open to tourists and visitors, but lets not get into these boring details now, you have Wikipedia for that anyway. The palace is actually a museum of sorts housing relics and other pieces of Rajasthan royalty over the years. One of the best and interesting displays there was the huge carriage collection. The beautiful peacock door in the courtyard serves as a resplendent backdrop for that must have photo, and if you are wondering then yes I gave into another cliché here but what the heck I got a hell of a picture! It is advisable to not spend a lot of time here especially if you are on a time crunch like me. a quick walk through the various displays, a few pictures here and there and you are more than done to move on to the really good stuff now.
The City Palace in Jaipur, houses the largest silver vessels, which have been officially recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records. The two huge vessels weigh 340 kilograms (750 lb), are of 1.6 metres (5.5 feet) in height and have a capacity of 4000 litres. These were made from 14000 melted silver coins and are placed in the Diwan-I-Khas, private audience hall of the Maharajas. Specially made for Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II, these vessels were used to carry the Ganga river water to drink on his trip to England in 1901 (for Prince Edward VII's coronation) Thus, the vessels were named as Gangajelies (Urns containing water of the Ganges). Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, ruled Amber kingdom from 1699-1744. He shifted his capital from Amber to Jaipur in 1727 due an increase in population and increasing water shortage. And initiated the construction of the City palace. The City palace is situated in the heart of the old Jaipur City, and it occupies about one seventh of the area. This palace complex showcases the grandeur of the royal past. It houses a series of courtyards, gardens and structures, the most prominent ones are: Diwan -E- Khas - or the 'Hall Of Private Audience'. After crossing the first square, one comes across this hall which was meant for private audience. The famous mammoth silver vessels are on display in this hall. Diwan-I-Aam - was meant for public audience, at present, is an art gallery which showcases enthralling painted ceilings and rare ancient handwritten original manuscripts of Hindu scriptures. Chandra Mahal - This seven storeyed palace, displays wonderful architecture with delicate paintings, floral decorations and mirror work on the walls. The topmost floor is known as Mukut Mahal. In the present day, this palace serves as the residence of ex-ruler. The complex contains an excellent museum of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and has an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamelware and old weapons. Badal Mahal - stands op
The following day, we continued our Jaipur exploration with a trip to the City Palace. Located in the heart of the Pink City, this palace complex is home to the famous Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal. It used to be the seat of Maharaja of Jaipur. The Chandra Mahal contains many paintings, mirror work on walls and floral decorations. It is set amidst well laid out gardens and a decorative lake in the foreground. The Mubarak Mahal, on the other hand, is a museum surrounded by a vast courtyard. It has many spacious rooms and is appealing for its royal ambience.
2)Chokhi Dhani: This is a traditional Rajasthani village themed restaurant. Expert performs showcase Rajasthani dances, magic shows, fire stunts and more. There are many games and Rajasthani thali restaurant. Although this place is very famous, the performers looked very tired and a lot of food is wasted in the thali restaurant. I didn't leave this place with a good feeling and it doesn't really fit into my traveling ethic.
2)Chokhi Dhani: This is a traditional Rajasthani village themed restaurant. Expert performs showcase Rajasthani dances, magic shows, fire stunts and more. There are many games and Rajasthani thali restaurant. Although this place is very famous, the performers looked very tired and a lot of food is wasted in the thali restaurant. I didn't leave this place with a good feeling and it doesn't really fit into my traveling ethic.
Place is located at 35 Km from Sindhi camp area and its a 45 mins drive. Must go place if you want to have real taste of Rajasthan. The buffet will cost you Rs 700 per person for Rajasthani Dishes and Rs 1100 for Multicusine.. All the food is vegetarian and finger lickingPlace serves food by 11 PM but its suggested that you go early as apart from dinner the place offers you glimpses of Rajasthani Culture as well.Folk dance, music, mind blowing talents, short camel safari, boating in artificial lake, more local dishes. It was like a mini fair.We spend around 2 hours at the place which we felt was not quite enough.Place also has a section where one can get an overview of house architecture in major states of India.
When in Jaipur, do visit Chowki Dhani! For authentic Rajasthani Cuisine, Chowki Dhani eat out joints would be the best one's. This one would also take care of the shopaholic in you!The trip would definitely leave you asking for more owing to that travelers streak in you!
Another interesting place to spend an eveningis Chokhi Dhani resort on the outskirts of Jaipur. The resort is built on the lines of a Rajasthani village, and is an introduction to Rajasthani culture. The food served is unlimited Rajasthani thali and it is amazing for someone who loves the flavours of this region. As of Dec 2016, the entry ticket was Rs. 800 per head. This includes a welcome drink, unlimited Rajasthani Thali and some other freebies.Jaipur has given me memories of a lifetime, and every time I go there, I feel like a I have known a different facet of this city
Chokhi Dhani is a mock Rajasthani village, around 20km from Jaipur, and the one stop place to showcase the art, culture, and cuisine of Rajasthan. It pulls you in with its old Rajasthani charm, bright turbans and silver anklets. There is a plenty here to keep you entertained for a few hours: traditional dancing, palmistry, authentic meals, elephant and camel rides, flame throwing, puppet shows, shooting, henna painting and of course, shopping. Chokhi Dhani is open from 5 to 11pm. Tickets are for Rs 600 for adults and Rs 350 for children.
Savour an authentic Rajasthani meal at the cultural village of Chokhi Dhani
The best place to visit in jaipur. The place where you can have the feel of Rajasthani culture, art and craft, folk dance and obviously the food. The haldighati, games, magical show, other shows, folk dance, camel ,elephant ride, bajra ke roti , and the traditional food of Rajasthan. A place not to be missed if you are in Jaipur. Although its ticket is on higher side but its worth :)
I am a frequent visitor to Jaipur and the credit goes to this place. This place is so much full of vibrant and life that you just cant get enough. Entering the place you see small troupe performing welcoming you in a traditional way. Then you have lot of Rajasthani cuisine. People singing the folk songs performing various type of stunts, magician sweeping you off your feet and the handicraft to win your heart.
We reached Choki Dhani in the evening and were welcomed gracefully. This was a tented accommodation in a make-shift village environment. It was a huge tent equipped with a heater, television and a bathroom. After getting decked up with our thick furry jackets we headed out to explore our village. Everything was very beautiful and was well thought of. There were street dancers, musicians, magicians, astrologers, puppeteers, mehndi artists, jugglers, snake charmers and what not. We enjoyed dancing with the locals. This one was similar to the Jaipur Choki Dhani which I had visited a few years back but maybe a bit more 'desert-ish' and 'village-ish'. After a stroll through the entire village, we went for dinner. Dinner is served in Thali style on the floor. We really enjoyed the yummy food as well as their prompt and wonderful service. After our Rajasthani Thali meal we went to sleep in our tents. The next morning we woke up and lazed around our tent and our village for a while. We had breakfast at the dining hall and started our day.
Although over hyped, Chokhi Dhani still remains on the must visit list because of its extreme popularity. The entry ticket with a Royal Thali is Rs. 650 (approx). Post dinner, head back to your hotel for some sleep.
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