Albert Hall Museum(Central Museum)
World Trade Park
Welcome to Jaipur,
Jaipur is also popularly known as the "Pink City", is the capital of Rajasthan state, India. Founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, the city today has a population of more than 2 million residents. It is also known as Paris of India.
The Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar - the observatory, Hawa Mahal, Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh, the City Palace, Albert Hall, the Jal Mahal, the Amer Fort, B M Birla Planetarium, Galtaji, the Laxmi Narayan Temple, are some of the architectural splendors of Jaipur. Tourists stack their bags with wonderful Jaipuri textiles and artifacts as well.
Jaipur is the first well planned city of India, located in the desert lands of India, Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city.
Central Museum or the Albert Hall lies in the Ram Niwas Garden. The Albert Hall has been converted into the Central Museum which proudly displays Rajasthan's art and culture and outlines the Rajput morality with these lines: "A Rajput puts his life at risk if he is forced to abjure his faith, if he is deprived of his lands, and if his womenfolk are molested."
It now houses an exquisite collection of metalware, decorative wares,iniature portraits, sculptures, paintings,natural history specimen, an Egyptian mummyamong various other objet d' art. Rajasthani village life is also displayed through costumes, pottery, brassware and woodwork. The Durbar Hall, usually locked, houses several stunning carpets including the magnificent Persian Garden Carpet, one of India's finest art treasures. It was made in Kerman, Persia in 1632 and represented the garden of paradise based on a quadrangular design.
Amber Fort (also known as Amer Fort) is located in Amber, 11 km from Jaipur, Rajasthan state, India. It was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber, before the capital was shifted to present day Jaipur. Amber Fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking artistic mastery. The fort borders the Maota Lake, and is a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I.
The outer appearance of the Fort, being rough and craggy is totally different from its core. The interior of the Fort provides a soothing and warm ambience, which is least expected from its outer appearance. The marvelous decoration of the Amer Fort is influenced by both, the Hindu and Muslim manner of ornamentation. Exquisite paintings of hunting scenes on the walls depict the temperament of the Rajputs, who were adventurous, revolutionary and self-indulgent.
The intricate carvings on the walls and ceilings simply astonish the visitors. The minute mirror work adds to the grand appearance and royalty of the halls. The Amer Fort undoubtedly captivates the tourists with its artistic quality of delicate work. The mighty walls guarantee the protection of the Fort against the invasion of the enemies. The Fort is divided into four subparts.
Kali Temple, which is also known as Shila Devi Temple, forms the part of the Fort. It is renowned for its glorious past, huge silver lions and silver doors. The Hall of Public Audiences, Diwan-E-Aam is a pavilion with double row of columns. Ganesh Pol, another feature of the Fort, directs the way to the inhabited apartments of the King. The Hall of Victory, Jai Mandir has a stunning ceiling comprised of mirror work and an inlaid panel. The Fort has numerous other halls and pavilions with their own specific attraction.
The best part of this tourist attraction situated on a crafty hill, is the royal elephant ride. The flawless beauty of the Fort can be enjoyed royally with an elephant ride. Amber/Amer Fort is the part of Jaipur and its royalty. A trip to Jaipur would be definitely incomplete, without the visit to this imperial Fort of Amber.
One among the unavoidable spot to be visited while holidaying in the pink city is the Amber Fort Museum. Once upon a time this elegant building was the residence of the royal family and now it exhibits the rich heritage of the bygone days to the general public. This Museum is successfully transmits the traditional opulence through the royal artifacts that are put on display.
Amber museum displays outstanding exemplars of Mughal and Rajasthani culture and architecture. The museum has an amazing compilation of puppets, coins, buildings, snaps of the royal family members and rulers, processions and many other miscellany of history. The arsenal wing of the Museum holds a plethora of weapons like guns, shields, swords, muskets and a 50 kg mortar ball. All the artifacts that are put on display would fetch the visitor to the daring years of the regal administration.
A charitable foundation mainly working at the grass root level, The Anokhi Foundation aims to preserve the centuries old customs and traditions of the artisans in Jaipur. It tries to marmalade the ethnicity, craft and artistic talents of the local people by providing employment opportunities to them. Anokhi Museum and hand printing is one among its innovative vocations, which is a great endeavor to revive the centuries old rich tradition of hand block printing.
While focusing on the traditional methods of hand printing, this museum is also paving its attention to the modern trends. It intends to portray the conventional innate methods along with the most modern techniques, thus providing a good commercial success to the people working in this field. The progressive on look of the foundation has opened a new realm to the block-printing sector, which helped this traditional artwork to attain worldwide acclaim. Today with the help of this, the artisans are able to produce more quality goods, which can with stand the mill fabrics. Besides all this, the foundation has been running a museum where it exhibits various artifacts in relation to the hand and block printing. The exhibition showcases traditional as well as the modern trends prevalent in this field.
The Birla Planetarium is at the BM Birla Science and Technology Center, near Statue Circle. The Planetarium offers unique audio-visual educational and entertainment with its modern computerised projections system.
Bagru is a small village, located at a distance of 30 kms from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Ajmer Road. It is famous for its typical wooden prints. These prints of Bagru are acclaimed all over India and are particularly known as Bagru prints. The Prints of Bagru, unlike other prints, involve a different kind of printing. The unique method for printing employs wooden block in it. In the process, the desired design is engraved on the wooden block first and then the carved block is used for replicating the design in the preferred color on the fabric.
The brilliance of the craft has located this small village of Bagru near Jaipur on the map of International fashion. Rajasthan block printing recognition gets complete, with the amalgamation of Bagru printing in it. The village of Bagru will be definitely a treat for craft lovers and one must visit the place to acknowledge the tradition of former centuries.
Bairath is a place of historical significance, located at a distance of 86 kms from Jaipur, on Shahpura-Alwar Road. Bairath is said to have existed from the times of Mahabharata. In that period, Bairath was known as Virata Nagar. It used to be the capital of Abhimanyu's (Arjuna's son) father-in-law. After getting exile, Pandavas are believed to spend one year in Bairath. Excavations expose the fact that Bairath used to be the part of Mauryan Empire and thrived as a Buddhist establishment.
he Mughal Emperor, Akbar, built a mint in Bairath. A beautiful Mughal garden too occupies the lands of Bairath. Jahangir, son of Akbar, constructed a significant monument with painted 'chattris'. All these archeological revelations are the cursors to the ancient Bairath.
Other attractions at Bairath are Bhim-Ki-Dungri and Bijak-ki-Pahari. Bhim-ki-Dungri is also known as Pandu Hill. This is low rocky hill with a cave that is believed to be Bhim's (One of Pandava brothers) abode. The other interesting place is Bijak-ki-Pahari, which is a grey granite hill with remnants of two Buddhist monasteries.
Bairath is also known for Banganga Fair which is celebrated annually near the town. This event is observed on the full moon day of Vaishakh (April- May). Bairath forms a major part of excursion from Jaipur. Due to its historical significance, it is visited by large number of people every year.
Birla Temple forms one of the major attractions of Jaipur. Birla Temple of Jaipur looks stunning, when it is brightly lit in the night. Birla Mandir, in pure white marble, dominates the skyline of southern part of Jaipur. The enormous temple was built during the year 1988, by Birla Group of Industries, one of the business tycoons of India.
The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Due to this reason, Birla Temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple.
The Birla Mandir is situated just below the renowned Moti Dungri Fort. Built in a contemporary manner, Laxmi Narayan Mandir covers the vast lands of the city of Jaipur. The temple stands erect on a raised platform, at the footsteps of the Moti Dungri Hill. Birla Mandir is constructed in the finest quality of white marble. The three huge domes of the temple represent three different approaches to the religion. The beautiful white marble temple mesmerizes the onlookers, when it glows at night.
The attractive stained windows glass windows of the temple depict scenes from Hindu Mythology. The idols of the temple look so real as if, they would utter a word just now. Amongst all the idols, the marble idol of Ganesha is a masterpiece which looks almost-transparent. The idols of Lord Vishnu and his consort, Lakshmi attract the attention, being made out from one piece of marble. The temple also portrays great historical achievers, philosophers and religious saints such as Socrates, Zarathustra, Christ, Buddha, and Confucius.
The Laxmi Narayan Mandir is a modern architectural marvel, surrounded by lush green gardens. The fascinating exteriors of the temple are carved splendidly with beautiful sculptures based of mythological themes, while the interiors have a large marble panel portraying mythological events. The Birla Temple has a museum too, which showcases the ancestral valuables of the Birla family. Birla Mandir(Laxmi Narayan Temple) is a masterpiece of art and tourists should not miss this architectural spiritual heritage on their trip to Jaipur.
Rajasthan is famous for its leather craft industry. Many a people of different places in Rajasthan are engaged in the same industry. Leather items like Jutis, Mojaris (slippers), Bags, Sandals, Shoes and Purses made in Jaipur catch the due attention of the tourists. In Jaipur, Jutis engraved with "Kashida Kari" (kind of embroidery) are very popular. This embroidery is done on velvet first and then the velvet is affixed on the leather Jutis.
The leather work of Jaipur is a mutual effort of the local men and women. While the men do the tanning, cutting and stitching, the embroidery is mainly done by the women, who also do fancy appliqu? and sequins work to give a designer look to the footwear and purses. In Jaipur, Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar and Ramganj Bazaar are famous for leather ware and you can buy the best leather items out of them. While buying things, don't forget to bargain with the dealers otherwise you could be at a loss.
In the present date, the artisans are also making designer hand bags with graphic embroideries to match your taste. Jaipur will give you plenty of designs, patterns and styles of leather items to meet your expectations. If you are thinking a gift for someone, these leather products are the best option. To keep the memories afresh, you can also buy the leather camels (show piece) as a souvenir of your trip to Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The modern face of Central Park had been attributed by the grand plan put forward by the Jaipur development authority. Jaipur's vivacious outlook has been improved much by the appealing charisma of this outstanding garden. Central park now holds all the amenities of a modern theme park where people can spend hours in the enthralling and imposing atmosphere. Its vast stretch of seasonal plants with their inscrutable aroma makes any visitor spellbound.
The park also houses a hi-tech nursery, a glass house with inland and foreign varieties of bamboo plants. Exotic items of aquatic plant in the tiny ponds presents a colourful floral bed, which would definitely catch the attention of the spectator. Besides this, floriculture section and the water fountains adds a magical charm to the wonderful ambiance of the park. Leisurely promenades through the beautiful walkways of the park fill one with a rejuvenating freshness.
Chand Baori(Abhaneri Step Wells) is a famous stepwell situated in the village of Abhaneri near Jaipur
This step well is located opposite Harshat Mata Temple and is one of the deepest and largest step wells in India. It was built in the 9th century and has 3500 narrow steps and 13 stories and is 100 feet deep.
Jaipur is famed for its brilliant layout and planning of the city. The entire city is built in accordance with the traditional Vastu ideology and the city itself presents a symmetrical appearance. Every nook and corner of Jaipur shows structural excellence, the credit of which went to its progressive rulers. The Pink City is placed within the boundaries of a hefty wall and every bazaars and streets are facing either east to west or north to south. There are only three entry gates in the wall, which are placed at eastern, western, and northern directions. Chand Pol or the Moon gate is the entry gate located in the western portion of the wall. The gates used to be blocked at dusk and open at dawn. Chand Pol poses as a majestic entry point that leads one to the elephant station and also to a cluster of ancient shrines and palaces.
In the City Palace of Jaipur, Chandra Mahal is the place where the present Maharaja of Jaipur resides. A seven-storied citadel, Chandra Mahal houses the superb scenery of the sprawling city and verdant gardens. This palace exhibits, lovely floral decorations, marvelous paintings, mirrored walls and highly decorated ceilings. Each floor displays the royal elegance, has got a distinct name and is a place of sheer beauty and luxury. The ground and first floor of the Chandra Mahal form the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum while the third floor holds the dining and the drawing room.
The fourth floor exhibits mirror walls where the king can enjoy the glittering if light in the dark. The fifth floor is the Maharaja's retreat in the rainy season, and in the sixth floor one can enjoy the wonderful view of the jagged hills. The seventh floor of Chandra Mahal is called as the crown of the building. The Shobha Nivas and the Sukh Nivas is still occupied by the present Maharaja.
Chokhi Dhani has 65 cottages, 21 royal cottages and 08 haveli suites. The spacious huts away from the hub of urban polluted life offers you complete solace while you bask in the splendour of rich Rajasthani culture with every modern amenity and comfort.
The Shekhawati Haveli at Chokhi Dhani with 8 royal suites is expressly designed for quiet, intimate moments, languorous daydreaming and restful solitude enjoyed by Thakurs.
In the magical land of Rajasthan where the heat shimmers like phantom water, where the things you see are not really there and where the things that vanish veils of illusion, stands Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort with a blend of rustic environment and modern amenities making it an important destination in Pink City Jaipur.
City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. Initially, Raja Jai Singh built the outer wall occupying a huge area. The additional grand buildings were constructed later by the succeeding rulers.
A part of the exquisite Palace still makes home for the former Maharaja/ King. The premises consists several buildings like Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. One would come across the Mubarak Mahal, as one enters the first square. Mubarak Mahal was built by Sawai Madho Singh in the 19th century to entertain his guests. Today, it has converted into a costume gallery, which displays royal attires of the Kings.
After crossing the first square, a beautiful gateway welcomes to Diwan-I-Khas, a hall meant for private audience. It has two sterling silver vessels on display and they are acclaimed to be the world's largest silver vessel. These vessels were made for Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II to carry water from River Ganga to drink on his trip to England. Diwan-I-Aam, which was meant for public audience, forms the other attraction of this courtyard. At present, it makes an art gallery showcasing enthralling painted ceilings and rare ancient handwritten original manuscripts of Hindu scriptures.
In the series, Maharani's Palace, which was meant for royal queens, has been converted into a museum, showcasing weapons dated back to 15th century. Chandra Mahal is essentially regarded as the best part, out of the whole tour to City Palace. It has seven stories and each story is known by a different name. The topmost story is known as Mukut Mahal. The wonderful architecture of this Palace with delicate paintings, mirror work on walls and floral decorations, makes it a "must-see" for every visitor. In the present day, this palace serves as the residence of ex-ruler.
Badal Mahal stands opposite to Chandra Mahal and while crossing the path, one would find Govind Dev Ji Temple between them. Above all these, the Palace also offers delicacies in its multi cuisine restaurant. To sum up, the City Palace is a structure of historical importance and a souvenir of the regal past. The palace, with its royal grace stands as a symbol of magnificence. All these features of City Palace leave the tourists with no other option, but to visit it.
An eighteenth century monument, Diwan-e-Am is built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This is popularly called as the Diwan Khana or the Hall of Public Audience. It was the place where the king used to hear and decide the grievances of his people. Characteristic features of this hall are the Durbars, Jalis and banquets. Jalis are that portion of the hall from where the royal ladies clad in Purdah watched the proceedings in the Durbar.
Diwan-e-Am has been functioning as a museum for a long and it displays carriages and howdahs for elephant and camelback rides, portraits of the royal family of Jaipur, carpets from the royal household. Among the marvels of this exquisite hall, chandeliers adorn the prime position. It is considered as the largest one in India. Indian and Persian miniature paintings embellish the picture gallery along with the wide compilation of manuscripts. Renowned for the beautifully ornamented flowery ceilings, this hall might have witnessed so many glorious moments of Rajput administration.
Diwan-e-Khas was a private audience hall of the Maharajas, a marble floored chamber. It is located between the armoury and the art gallery. There are two huge sterling silver vessels of 1.6 metres (5.2 ft) height and each with capacity of 4000 litres and weighing 340 kilograms (750 lb), on display here. They were made from 14000 melted silver coins without soldering. They are officially recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest sterling silver vessels.
Gaitore is situated on the Jaipur-Amber road, about 15 kms from Jaipur. Gaitore is a royal cremation site of the majestic rulers of Jaipur. There is a cenotaph for each Maharaja, built in his honor. These royal cenotaphs of the Maharajas are commonly known as 'Chhatris'. The royal chhatris are engraved with typical Rajasthani carvings. Gaitore is regarded to be the mispronounced form of a Hindi phrase 'Gaye ka Thor' which means 'resting place of the departed souls'.
The cenotaphs are erected with a perfect blend of architectural essentials of Islamic tomb architecture and Hindu temple architecture. Amongst all the cenotaphs, the one dedicated to Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II appeals the most. This Chhatri is built in pure white marble, ornamented with delicate carvings, peacocks and beautiful designs. Although all the Maharajas of Jaipur were cremated here, but Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh was an exception to this ritual. He was cremated behind the Chandra Mahal in the City Palace complex, so his cenotaph was built there with the due respect.
Gaitore is a special place with its own charm, displaying the royal past of Jaipur and its imperial rulers. Gaitore Chhatris with its beautiful artistry and majestic history attracts tourists from India as well as abroad.
Galtaji is a holy pilgrimage of India, located 10 kms away from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The vast complex of Galta Ji has several temples in it. The Temple of Galtaji is famous for its natural water springs. Set amidst the beautiful landscape, Galtaji Temple offers a picturesque view of the city. Galtaji is considered holy place, as Saint Galav spent his life meditating here. However, the temple was built mach later by Diwan Rao Kriparam, a courtier of Sawai Jai Singh II, in the 18th Century. The outstanding structure of the Temple looks more like a mansion or Haveli.
The complex of Galtaji has numerous temples, pavilions, natural springs and holy 'kunds'. Built in pink sandstone, Galtaji Temple appeals to the aesthetic sense of the visitors. The temple, dedicated to the Sun God, is the most famous temple built on the top of a hill. The temple is decked with rounded roofs, exquisitely carved pillars and painted walls. Out of all other temples, Hanuman temple stands out, being surrounded by hundreds of monkeys. Besides all other attractions, Natural water springs draw special attention of the visitors.
The water of these springs is accumulated in the tanks or 'kunds'. In all, there are seven tanks, holiest being the Galta Kund, which never goes dry. It is considered auspicious to take bath in the holy waters of Galtaji. Thousands of people come every year to take a dip in the tanks to rinse out their sins. Makar Sankranti is regarded as a special day to take bath in the holy waters of Galtaji.
Galtaji Temple is a prehistoric pilgrimage location, in a lush green landscape of nature. The location of temple is such that it provides awe-inspiring views of the surrounding plains. The Galtaji Temple is a souvenir of the former age and a sacred pilgrimage of the Hindus. The tranquility of the Temple, attracts people from far and near, to visit it again and again.
Ganesh pol is found in the south side of the courtyard of the palace in the Amber fort. It has an enchanting image of the elephant headed god in it. The image is ornate with lovely colours, which makes the viewer spellbound. This stunning edifice to the private apartments of the royal people was built by the illustrious king of the Rajaputra clan, Jayasingh II. It is quite sure that Ganesh Pol also include in one among the marvels of the splendid palace. It is amazing to notice that this arched gate way has been painted with vegetable dyes and it still persist the vagaries of time. This gateway depicts the typical Rajasthani ornamentations. One among the many delights in the fort, Ganesh Pol stands elegantly as a majestic path to a sprawling and impressive Mugal Garden.
Govind Dev Ji Temple is one amongst the major tourist attractions of Jaipur. The Temple represents the royal past of Jaipur. The Temple is dedicated to Govind Dev Ji (Other name of Lord Krishna). Govind Devji Temple of Jaipur is situated in the City Palace complex, between the Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal. Govind Dev Ji is the principal deity of Amber's Kachawaha Dynasty.
According to a legend, Govind Dev Ji appeared in the dream of Raja Sawai Jai Singh and asked him to bring his idol from Vrindavan to Jaipur. As a consequence, Raja Sawai Jai Singh brought the idol and placed in the City Palace complex of Jaipur. After the sad demise of Jai Singh, many successors acquired the throne, but Raja Man Singh took the initiative to build the temple in 1890.
The beautiful image of Radha-Krishna doesn't let people to take off their eyes from the lovely view. Different 'Aartis' and 'Bhog' are offered to the deity at seven different times of the day. Every time, when the idols are revealed to the devotees, they are clothed in a different manner. The Devotees, who come here to get the glance or 'Darshan' of the deities, reverberates the temple with the pious phrase "Jai Govind".
A large number of tourists and devotees visit this temple of special importance. Janmashtmi, the birthday of Lord Krishna, is a special event and is celebrated with full enthusiasm. Govind Dev Ji Temple is a sacred place of the Hindus. The Temple has also become a tourist attraction in the contemporary times.
Hawa Mahal (also known as "Palace of Winds" or ?Palace of the Breeze"), is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-story exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called "jharokhas" that are decorated with intricate lattice work. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah" (face cover).
It is unlike any other Rajput monument - fort, palace or temple. The magical structure seems straight out of the Arabian Nights - an oriental fantasy in stone.
Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur's business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women's chambers, the chambers of the harem. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.
The air circulation through windows represents the marvelous touch of Mughal designing, which keeps the Palace always cool. The small screened balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices enhance the beauty of the Palace. The Pyramidal outline and replication of pattern makes it more attractive in appearance.
As a matter of fact, Hawa Mahal is believed to build for the women of the Royal Families, since they had to observe strict "purdah" (cover). The small windows and screened balconies serve the women to watch processions and different activities taking place on the streets. In this manner, the women could enjoy a sense of freedom without showing themselves.
Early morning is considered as the best time to visit the Palace, when it is drenched in the golden light of the Sun. At this time, Hawa Mahal appears incredible. One cannot possibly describe the beauty of the Palace in words. The golden light of the early morning sun floats beautifully through the windows of this palace creating a wonderful sight for one and all. The palace has to be visited to experience the true beauty.
Jaigarh Fort, located around 15 km from Jaipur, is one of the most spectacular forts in India, with almost all its original facilities intact. While Jaigarh Fort is on top of the hill, Amber Fort is at the bottom. The forts are connected through well-guarded passages. Many consider the two together as one complex. Jaigarh Fort is also known as the 'Victory Fort',
Jaigarh Fort was made to tighten the security of Jaipur and Amber. Due to this fact, one may not find this fort as artistic as other forts and palaces, but it certainly has its own charm. The Fort has many structures of medieval India, which are worth exploring. It has several palaces, granary, well-planned cannon foundry, several temples and a tall tower. Jaigarh Fort used to serve as the center of artillery production for the Rajputs.
The highlight of this Fort is the massive cannon by the name of 'Jaivan', which was made in the same production house. Jaivan, the cannon, is believed to be the largest cannon in the World and the main attraction of the Jaigarh Fort. The Fort discloses the mastery over architecture of the former age. Jaigarh Fort has many wide water channels, which were a part of a rainwater harvesting system. The Fort also has 3 underground tanks, the largest one of which can store 60, 00,000 gallons of water. One can plan to visit the armory and museum, which are worth seeing.
The museum has a remarkable collection of coins, puppets, photographs of the royal kings, buildings, processions and even a circular pack of cards besides many other remnants of the past. The armory has numerous swords, shields, guns, muskets and even a 50 kg cannon ball, which would take you back to the gallantry days of the Kings. One can also see a few weather beaten sedan chairs and drums at the Shubhat Niwas or the Meeting Hall of Warriors. Above all, the Fort offers a wonderful view of the city below. Jaigarh Fort is a perfect destination for a traveler, interested in the majestic past of India.
Jaipur is considered as the best city to shop in Rajasthan, India. This majestic city offers you the best of traditional Rajasthan. Jaipur is famous for its bright colored fabric and textile. Tripolia Bazaar, Kishanpol bazaar, Bapu and Nehru Bazaar are the various markets of Jaipur, where you can find fabrics and carpets. While buying, do the best bargain to get quality product at cheap rates. Jauhari Bazaar is the one of the best markets to buy tie and dye items in Jaipur.
Since innumerable years, Jaipur specializes in providing one of the best fabrics of the world, properly colored in bright colors. Rajasthan is famous for its purity of colors and this aspect is further refined by the uniformity of colors. These amazing handmade prints appear marvelous and will give you an ethnic look, on wearing. Saris, Odhnis, mantles, dress-materials, safas (turban) and many other types of clothing available in Jaipur, will definitely add to your wardrobe. In the present date, these fabrics of Jaipur have become a style-statement and craze for every fashion designer.
During the reign of Mughals, carpet weaving originated in Jaipur. Carpets of Jaipur are famous for their innovativeness. Here, you can find carpets in different patterns and styles including knots and geometric patterns. As these carpets are liked by people all over the world, the quality is being improved as per the global standards in the recent years. Cotton rugs or dhurries are another attraction of Jaipur, which fetches a major business from abroad. These dhurries are liked by people of every group as they are easy to maintain and carry as well.
Jaipur is well-known for its soft and feather-weight quilts. Don't underestimate these quilts as they are light in weight, they are warm to the core. Tourists usually shop for these quilts on their trip to Jaipur. Moreover, these quilts are not boring like other quilts. Jaipuri Razai are available in striking colors with Sanganeri prints, bright tie-dyed materials, marble prints on cotton and velvet to suit your mood. You can best buy Jaipuri quilts from the shops located near Hawa Mahal.
Handicrafts of Jaipur are well-known throughout the world for their distinctive quality and exclusive variety. Due to this fact, Jaipur is also recognized as crafts capital of India. The Royal Family of Jaipur patronized the craftsmen and artisans, which led to the flourishing of arts and crafts in Rajasthan. If you are an art lover, Markets of Jaipur offer rich and assorted handicrafts of interest.
The royalty of Jaipur always appreciated variety handicrafts during their times. Keeping the traditions alive, Jaipur is always active in providing the best handicrafts of India. Talking about pottery, glazed blue pottery of Jaipur is very famous. Originated in Persia, this kind of pottery includes pots, surahis, mugs, jugs, plates, decorative pieces and many other things. Blue color in pottery offers a trendy look to the things. You can always make a good bargain while buying such stuff.
Jaipur has a decent variety of metal work and it is particularly famous for its brass work. The brass workers of Jaipur are skilled in infusing charisma into the dull metal. Lacquered brass and carved brass are two kinds of work that are done on brass in Jaipur. You can buy statues and decorative pieces of immaculate quality at a good price from Jaipur that will add a class to your drawing room.
This royal city offers the world-class quality of marble work with intricate carvings. The carvings and portraits, shaped in Jaipur, procure a great admiration everywhere. In marble work, you can see the Marble statues of Hindu deities, animals, Human figurines, carved marble bowls and exquisite vases. These are some of the best buys in Jaipur markets.
This pink city has immense variety of handicrafts and to continue the list, here we have woodwork. The fine quality of woodwork in Jaipur embraces carved doors, windows, drawer chests, picture frames and mirror frames. The delicate handcrafted woodwork of Jaipur has an antique look as they are crafted on traditional lines.
Jaipur bazaars are thrived with classic tribal jewelry, silver jewelry, beaded jewelry, metal jewelry, diamond jewelry, pearl jewelry and many more varieties to please you.
There are many stones like emerald, garnet, agate amethyst, lapis lazuli, topaz, and ruby. According to Indian astrological system, various gems represent nine planets and have inherent power. Jaipur has skilled gem cutters who carve the stones into mind-blowing shapes; sometimes they also carve little animals and birds from crystal, jade and smoky topaz. You can also trace buttons, amethyst intaglio beads and crystal scent bottles, which confirms the royal taste of Jaipur.
Jaipur is famed for its variety and designs of jewellery. This pink city will offer you the best of the royal jewelry. There are many types of ornaments which you will find exclusively in Jaipur like Judamani (Hairclip), Baajuband (Armlet), Tagdi (Waist-Belt) and Bodla (ornament to decorate forehead). Here, jewelry of Jaipur is not complete. Beautiful Jewelry made of Basra pearl also makes a popular choice of Jaipur. There are different kinds of work in Jaipur, out of them Meenakari work and Kundan work are the most famous.
Meenakari Work Jewellery is a different kind of jewelry that was originated during the period of Raja Man Singh. Now, Jaipur specializes in this colorful jewelry. This is a special kind of work in which enameling is done to the jewelry. Originally, enameling was done to make the jewelry comfortable to wear. In appearance, jewelry of Meenakari work looks delicate and splendid.
Kundan Jewellery inspired by Mughals, Kundan Jewelry is art of setting stones in gold and silver. While setting, gems are bedded in a surround of gold leaf rather than secured by a rim or claw. Kundan Jewelry looks magnificent with its royal touch and due to this fact; it has occupied a space in the movies of Bollywood depicting mythological culture.
Silver Jewellery, the artisans of Jaipur are making jewellery in silver to attract the customers. They are making designs amalgamating traditional and modern pattern of jewelry, to provide you a trendy look. This kind of designer silver jewelry is very popular and appreciated by the tourists.
Jal Mahal (meaning ?Water Palace") is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.
Rajasthan attracts the largest number of tourists every year; 650,000 national and 175,000 international tourists are said to visit the state every year. Tourism in the state of Rajasthan is generally monument-centric, particularly in Jaipur and in this context Jal Mahal has an important role.
Situated in the suburban of Jaipur, Ramgarh proffers countless attractions and most significant of all is the artificial lake that is entrenched between majestic hills. Jamwa Ramgarh holds a regal past since it was the hunting spot of the erstwhile rulers. The royal people were used to stay at the lodge, which has been converted into a luxury hotel. The magnificient scenery of a heritage hotel that overlooks to a charming lake poses a visual treat.
During monsoon season the lake shows its pictorial beauty at its zenith and a nice promenade through the banks of this lake is quite a spectacular one. Apart from this, the lakeside is a delightful sight to those who are very fond of birds. Colourful flocks of birds both inland and migratory makes a captivating panorama of nature. This locale is also famed for its wildlife sanctuary by the same name, which is a home for large variety of wild animals. This sanctuary also offers jungle safaris. Other alluring places of interest in Ramgarh are the ramparts of a fort, a sacred shrine, beautiful havelis and marvelous cenotaphs of ancient rulers.
Jantar Mantar at Jaipur is the largest stone observatory in the World and this feature makes it, a special destination for a traveler. Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. During the period between 1727 and 1733, Jantar Mantar took its form and structure. Initially Jantar Mantar was named as Yantra Mantra, which means instruments and formulae, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the recognized name.
Jantar Mantar has a remarkable collection of architectural astronomical instruments. It portrays noteworthy attempt of the ancestors, who were interested in astronomy and knowledge of celestial bodies. Above all, this observatory still, provides accurate information, which can be compared with today's modern instruments undeniably. The compound instruments, whose settings and shapes are scientifically designed depicts the forte of Medieval Indian Astronomy.
antar Mantar is wholly constructed with stone and marble. The observatory has fourteen statistical instruments for measuring time, predicting eclipses and to ascertain other astronomical events. Amongst all the instruments, the Sundial usually attracts the maximum attention of people, which tells the time to an accuracy of about two seconds in local time of Jaipur.
antar Mantar was carefully renovated in 1901 and was declared a national monument in 1948. Today, Jantar Mantar has become a major tourist attraction in Jaipur.
This is the biggest circular park in Asia developed on highway. The diameter of the circle is 452 m and the circumference measures 1420 m. This park was fully developed by JDA (Jaipur Development Authority), and is one of the favorite leisure place.
Jawahar Kala Kendra is an arts and crafts centre located in the city of Jaipur. The centre was built in the year 1986 and the constuction completed in 1991. The centre was launched by the state government to provide space to the cultural and spiritual values of India and display the rich craft heritage. The centre is dedicated to the late prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.
The centre has been constructed in a manner so as to reveal the ideology of the ex-prime minister and Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur city. Like Jaipur the structure is built based upon ancient hindu treatise that is Shilpa Shastra. The centre in contemoprary times is also a venue of theatricaland musical performances.
The centre has been made in eight blocks housing museums, theatres, library, arts display room, cafeteria, hostel and studio.The centre is frequently occupied with artists and arts loving people. Many exhibitions and performances by local artists are displayed at the centre. The annual festivals of classical dance and music are held in the centre. The centre hosts many workshops of dance and music.
The centre also maintains records of cultural events and information. The information can at ant time be accessed.The Jawahar Kala Kendra has also an area known as Shilpgram area having huts of important regions of Rajasthan.
Normally all are of the opinion that Rajasthan is simply a desert area, which is devoid of any foliage and natural vegetation. This preconceived notion would go wrong when one comes in touch with the Nahagarh region of this arid state. This scenic locale houses one of the oldest mountain ranges in the entire world itself, the Aravallies. The thick woods that surround these mighty rocky formations are a haven of natural flora and fauna.
Located adjacent to the Nahagarh Fort, Jhalana Nature park sprawls over an expansion of 7.2 square km. It consists of sandstone and quartzite rocks and the foliage is typically symbolizes the sultry dry deciduous and muggy bristle forests. The park is an abundant resource of wild life, which consists of reptiles, tiger, leopard, rhesus monkeys and deer. The park also provides natural ambiance to a large variety of the bird flock. This park provides the unusual opportunity of exploring the pristine nature through jungle safaris. The trail through the forest is approximately of 10 kilometers in expansion that can be covered either on foot or by jeep or on horse.
Kanak Vrindavan Valley is an exotic place in the desert lands of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Kanak Vrindavan is situated in the bottom of Nahargarh hills adjoining the Amber Fort, on Jaipur-Amber Road. According to past records, the beautiful green valley was labeled as Kanak Vrindavan Valley by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, almost 280-years ago. The valley seemed like a mythological Vrindavan (Land of Lord Krishna) to the King, consequently he installed an idol of Shri Govind Deoji in the complex.
Kanak Valley is also believed to be the blessed place where holy water from several rivers was gathered to carry out the Ashwamedh Yajna. Govind Deoji Temple, with its beautiful and delicate carvings, spreads a holy aura of spirituality all over the valley. The temple looks marvelous with its chhatris, lattice and mirror work. "Garba Griha" is the seat of the lord, which is engraved with exotic 'panni' work.
Divided into eight sections, the garden comprises a series of fountains. The fountain by the name of 'Parikrama' is carved out of a single piece of marble. The picture of the garden is amazing and one cannot describe its beauty in words. Kanak valley is simply breathtaking and due to its inexplicable charm, it has made background for many Bollywood movies.
At night, when the temple is brightly lit, it offers a heavenly picture on the earth itself. The sounds of chants and hymns offered to the God complete the celestial picture of the place. Kanak Valley is a divine green oasis that flourishes in a bare land. The evergreen gardens of Kanak Valley offer a perfect place to the weary visitors for sitting and enjoying the nature. If you are on a trip to Jaipur, do not miss this enchanting valley which is always in bloom.
In Man Sagar Lake "Jal Mahal" is situated which is the most captivating palace. In the past, at the location of the lake, there was a natural depression where water used to accumulate. During 1596 AD, when there was a severe famine in this region there was consequent acute shortage of water. The then ruler of Ajmer was, therefore, motivated to build a dam to store water to overcome the severe hardships caused by the famine to the people inhabiting the region.
A dam was constructed, initially using earth and quartzite, across the eastern valley between Amer hills and Amagarh hills. The dam was later converted into a stone masonry structure in the 17th century. The dam, as existing now (see picture), is about300 metres (980 ft) long and 28.5 - 34.5 metres (94-113 ft) in width.
Moti Doongri is a hilltop fort built like a Scottish castle and is today the residence of Rajmata (Queen Mother) Gayatri Devi. The place was previously a small fortress called Shankargarh (Shiva's Foot) but was later altered by Sawai Man Singh II on the design of a Scottish castle. Later it was used as the venue for his innumerable parties attended by the top socialites of his times. The Ganesh Temple at the foot of the hill and the marvellous Birla Mandir are most notable for their works in marble.
Moti Dungri is a small hill, centrally located in the city of Jaipur. The term Moti Dungri means Hill of Pearls or Pearl Hill. The hill is occupied by a palace and a temple. The temple of Moti Doongri is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This ancient temple serves as a tourist attraction for the scenic view it offers. Moti Dungri Temple is significant from the religious point of view. People from far and near often come to this sacred temple to pay their homage to Lord Ganesha.
Close to the Temple, there a beautiful Palace on the hill, this is known as Moti Dungri Palace. The Palace is an imitation of a Scottish Castle. In the ancient times, it was occupied by Maharaja Madho Singh's son. Still, the enchanting Palace belongs to the royal family. Today, it makes home for Rajmata Gayatri Devi and her son, Jagat Singh. However, the palace is not open for public.
Mubarak Mahal, meaning the 'Auspicious Palace', was built with a fusion of the Islamic, Rajput and European architectural styles in the late 19th century by Maharaja Madho Singh II as reception centre. It is a museum; a fine repository of variety of textiles such as the royal formal costumes, sanganeri block prints, embroidered shawls, Kashmiri pashminas and silk saris as part of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. A noteworthy display here is of the set of voluminous clothes worn by Sawai Madhosingh I, who was 1.2 metres (3.9 ft) wide and weighed 250 kilograms (550 lb) but interestingly had 108 wives.
Nahagarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The view of the city from the fort is breath taking. Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort it formed a strong defence ring for the city. Legends say that it was name after Prince Nahar whose spirit haunted the place and obstructed construction of the fort.
Built mainly in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, it is partially in ruins. It was extended in 1868. The rooms are linked by corridors and still have some delicate frescos. There are nine apartments for the nine queens the Maharaja had and all are well planned and decorated. Nahargarh is also called the hunting residence of Maharajas.
Another major attraction of the Fort is that, it provides an eye catching view of the Man Sagar Lake and the suburbs. The geometrically designed Nahargarh Fort looks at its best in the night, when it is dazzlingly lit. To add flavor to your trip, the cafeterias inside the fort offer the finest drinks and snacks. Nahargarh Fort forms a remarkable backdrop of Jaipur and offers a glittering view of the city lights.
However, the older parts of the Nahargarh Fort got wrecked with the times, but the further additions to the Fort, are still charming and well-preserved. Nahargarh Fort stands as a symbol of the Royal heritage and speaks of its majestic past. A visit to this fort will definitely make your trip, a memorable one.
It is a famous "Jain pilgrimage". Just 35 km away from Jaipur. When the devotee reaches there, his heart feels with joy. The devotee enters into the Gate and watches the temple. He goes upstairs and beholds the towering Mansathambh. He bows down and gives three "Parikrama".
There are 245 Deluxe and Semi - deluxe rooms along with 15 halls with all necessary facilities. Free food facilities for the Tirth-yatris by Jaina Book Agencies New Delhi. Pure Drinking Water facilities made available by the committee. The Kshetra has a library enriched with rare collection of many hand written books. The facilities have been provided to the Research Scholars to study jain philosophy and literature.
Panchayati Hall is a Hindu temple devoted to the goddess Durga and Lord Shiva.
In 1951, Shri Jhamandas Purswani, Shri Tikamdas Purswani and Shri Parmanand Menghraj Vasnani started thinking about the construction of a panchayati hall.In Panchayati hall, the temple of Goddess Durga at open ground of Navab Ki Haveli, Vidhyadhar Ka Rasta (Jaipur), where a deity of Lord Shiva was also placed. The Panchayati Hall is a Heritage and a Memorable Treasure of Khudabadi Sonara Community and Puj Khudabadi Sonara Panchayat
This the famous cinema hall in India. In Asia, this cinema hall stand at the top in the ranking of the best cinema hall in Asia.
The garden is located in the heart of the city and covers an area of 33 acres. Albert Hall Museum, a bird park, the Zoo, Ravindra Rang Manch Theatre, art gallery, exhibition ground, gymnasium and several cafes and picnic spots are housed in the garden. The garden was got built by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in 1868.
The Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur and now a luxury Taj Palace Hotel, located 5 miles (8.0 km) outside of the walls of the city of Jaipur on Bhawani Singh Road.
The first building on the site was a garden house built in 1835 for the wet nurse of prince Ram Singh II. In 1887, during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, it was converted into a modest royal hunting lodge, as the house was located in the midst of a thick forest at that time. In the early 20th century, it was expanded into a palace to the designs of Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob.
Maharajah Sawai Man Singh II made Rambagh his principal residence and added a number of royal suites in 1931. After India became independent and the princely states united, the Palace became the Government House. By the 1950s, the royal family felt that the upkeep of the palace and its 47 acres (190,000 sq. meter) of gardens was becoming very costly. They, therefore, decided in 1957 to convert it into a luxury hotel.
Ramgarh is located at a distance of 25kms from the city of Jaipur. In the present day, this primeval spot is eminent for its huge artificial lake. This lake has been shaped by raising a high bund amidst the hills covered with trees. In the rainy season, when the lake gets inundated with water, people come in large numbers for a picnic. Ramgarh Lake is around 4 kms in length and 2 kms in width, big enough to please the crowds.
Ramgarh is a place of royal past that boasts of a majestic hunting lodge. However, the lodge has been converted into a gateway hotel with the changing times. Even today, the temple of Jamwa Mata attracts the tourists for its magnificent architecture. Every year, people from far and near come to visit the place.
Another attraction at Ramgarh is the Polo grounds, located between the Aravalli Hills and Ramgarh Lake. This Ground is considered as India's best Polo ground. Finely groomed, this ground has the best trained horses unlike anywhere. At present, though the original structures are in ruins, still the beautiful scenery of Ramgarh, makes it a relaxing picnic spot and worth a visit.
One of the gorgeous structures, the city palace in Jaipur is a delightful place to have a stop over. This splendid citadel is a speaking edifice to the structural brilliance and artistic grandeur of the people of bygone era. Depicting the Mughal and Rajput style design, city palace is a haven of so many stunning formations, which adds the royal elegance. Palace has so many gateways that lead to important places inside its premises. One of such doorway is the Ridhi Sidhi Pol, which carries four small doorways. These smaller doorways are conspicuous since it represents the four seasons. Each portion of Ridhi Sidhi Pol is decorated with typical Rajasthani ornamentation, which is really outstanding.
Sambhar is a small town, located at a distance of 60kms in the west of Jaipur, on Jaipur-Ajmer Highway. Sambhar is famous for the largest saline lake in India. Due to this fact, Sambhar is also known as Salt Lake City. Literally, Sambhar means salt and the lake has been providing salt for over a thousand years.
After independence, the lake was taken over by the government. In the present day, it is managed by Sambhar Salts Limited, a joint venture of Hindustan Salts and the Government of Rajasthan. Sambhar Lake elongates to the length of 22.5 kms. The lake is fed by several seasonal freshwater streams, two of the major ones being the rivers Mendha and Rupangarh. The vast lake has been divided into two sections by a 5-km long stone dam. On the eastern side of the dam, there are reservoirs for salt extraction where salt has been farmed for a thousand years.
For bird-lovers, this is the best place to explore. Infact, the lure of Flamingos brings tourists to visit this salty lake. Myriad tall and dainty birds with their ballerina tutus come here to enjoy the delicious spirulina algae that thrive when the water reaches a medium degree of salinity. You can spot other birds too like pelicans, Storks, sandpipers, redshanks, black-winged stilts, coots, and shovelers float relaxing on the water.
Samode is a great place of tourist interest, located at a distance of 42kms from Jaipur, on the way to Shekhawati in Rajasthan. Samode is renowned for its stunning havelis and forts. Samode makes a perfect destination to enjoy one's holidays. Samode is a place of immense interest for people who value heritage and local arts.
Out of all other, Samode Palace captures the attention of people with its magnificent architecture. The Palace belonged to Rawals of Samode, who were not the part of Royal family. Actually they were wealthy noblemen, the title of "Maha Rawal" was granted to them by the Royal family, as an incentive for their courage and faithfulness. The striking Palace is embellished with rich work of ornamentation.
The Samode Palace is about four hundred years old. The present form of the Palace is the outcome of much restoration work. This old Palace is now converted in a Heritage Hotel after making several additions to it. One can visit the Samode Palace, which forms the prime attraction of Samode. The interiors of the Palace are harmonized with warm colored walls, delicate marble work, colorful patterns and traditional art objects. The Durbar Hall is the highlight of this Palace. It is one of the most stunning halls showcasing mirror work and enamel work of "Minakari".
Samode Fort is the other attraction, which lies above Samode Palace on the hill. The Royal Fort exhibits luxury, elegance, taste and sophistication worthy of the former Prime Ministers of the Jaipur Royal Court. However, the condition of the fort has deteriorated; still it is popular with tourists for its historical importance. The Fort also offers a spectacular view of the town below. Samode Bagh is an incentive to the excursion of Samode. The beautiful garden has rejuvenated after some work of renovation and now attracts tourists from all over the world.
Sanganer is located at a distance of 16 kms from Jaipur on the Tonk road. Sanganer is renowned for its crafts and hand-printed textiles. Sanganer forms a major part of excursion from Jaipur. In order to enter Sanganer, one has to drive past two massive Tripolias (Triple Gateways) on the Tonk Road. Sanganer boasts of ruined palaces and Jain Temples, which are carved with refinement.
The town of Sanganer is well known as the largest center of the handmade paper industry. It manufactures the supreme quality of handmade papers and hand printed textiles by using units of block and screen printers. Traditional small floral prints form the specialty of Sanganer block printers. One can explore the Kagazi Mohalla of Sanganer, which is prominent for expert artisans. These artisans are known as 'Kagazis' and observing these artisans making lovely patterns on fabrics with block-prints, will definitely please the visitor.
Sanghi Ji Jain Temple is in Sanganer, Jaipur. Shri Digambar Jain Temple of Sanganer attracts the visitors with its fine carvings. This temple is often compared to the Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu. The temple is constructed in old architectural style, comprising sky-high 'shikhars' (Spires). The inner chamber has a stone shrine with three pinnacles, which shelters the idol of Parshwanath with 7 serpent hoods.
One is required to visit the place to feel and praise the magnificence of this temple. Last phase of this spectacular temple was completed in 10th century A.D., according to inscription of V.S. 1011 in one of the pylons (Toranas). The beauty of the temple cannot be described in words.
The whole of the temple is made of red stone with attractive images carved. In the midst of of underground portion, there is located an ancient small temple guarded by the Yaksha (Devas) it is said that only a Balyati ascetic digamber saint can only enter in it and able to bring out the Idols of this underground temple for a limited period, which is declared and decided previously. The idols thus brought out for viewing (Darshan) of devotees, must be placed back with in auspicious signs.
s the name itself denotes, Sheesh Mahal is a hall of mirrors whose gorgeousness can not be depicted through words. It is considered as one among the best scenarios of the pink city, which is majestically set in the Amber fort. Sheesh Mahal is one among the rare places in India, which has got a global recognition. Sheesh Mahal is part of the lovely Jai Mandir. What makes this place so special is its unique construction. The walls and ceilings of the hall are beautifully covered with mirrors, which would reflect any splash of beam, so that it light up the hall flagrantly.
Dedicated to Goddess Kali, Shila Devi temple is placed in the Amber Fort complex. It is believed that the image of the deity is brought from Jessore in East Bengal by Raja Man Singh. This large white marble temple houses a black idol of the goddess Kali, which is in contrast to the white colour of the sanctum. Kali temple stood at the entry point of the majestic Amber fort as a proud protector.
This temple holds an interesting folklore, which says that the goddess had appeared to Man Singh in his dreams and asked him to take the idol from the sea. Since Man Singh was a great devotee of kali, he had done what he was told to do. The temple premises also hold nine similes of Goddess Durga and ten embodiments of Goddess Saraswati, which are imprinted on the silver gates of the temple. Other prominent deity in this temple is Lord Ganesha.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh is a beautiful garden, located at a distance of 10 kms from Jaipur. Sisodia Bagh gets a prime attraction in the charming city of Jaipur. The Garden appeals more to the beholder, since it stands as a symbol of love. In 1728, Sisodia Rani Garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, with an intention to gift the garden, to his Sisodia Queen from Udaipur. As the name suggests, the Garden was named after the queen, who was adorable to the King.
Sisodia Rani Garden served as a natural sanctum and a getaway for the Maharani of Jaipur. Here, the queen used to spend time in the lap of nature, away from the political machinations of the royal palace. The Garden houses fragrant shrubs and exquisite variety of plants, which exclaims the fact that it made a perfect sanctum for the lady of the royal household. For centuries, the garden offered a retreat to the crowned heads and royal ladies, but at present everybody can enjoy this exotic and refreshing garden.
The structure of the garden is imbibed from the Mughal style of Architecture, which makes it a well-designed garden. Sisodia Rani Garden appears to be designed on the theme of eternal lovers, Radha-Krishna. The garden appeals to the artistic and visual tastes of the spectator with its layered gardens, fascinating fountains, painted pavilions and galleries. The interesting frescos, depicting the exotic scenes of Radha-Krishna, enthrall the visitors for their divine appearance.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh captivates the people for its beautiful landscaping and ceaseless charm. Set amidst the desert land, the garden exhibits skill of a human hand and the beauty of nature. If you are planning a trip to Jaipur, don't miss this magnificent garden, which is truly a feast for the eyes.
Constructed in 1728, this garden houses a unique blend of Mughal and conventional Indian architecture. A scenic place with expansive lawns, luxuriant undergrowth and thriving cyclic blossoms, slated with appealing fountains, flamboyant figurines, pavilions, galleries Sisodia Rani ka Bagh presents a colorful vibrancy of nature.
kapoor chandra smriti van is located on JLN marg -one of the best roads of jaipur. it is spread over 108 acres in the city itself - approx. 5 km from the center of the city.It is a bio diversity forest.it was thrown open to the public few months back.the concept was funded by the rajasthan patrika group, and hence named after the founder of the rajasthan patrika - Mr kapoor chandra kulish.The huge hoarding outside the entrance bears his picture.the park is a joint venture between Jaipur Development Authority and dept. of forest.
smriti van is not really lush with greenery. rather it is an amalgamation of old trees with lot of new plantation.new plantation includes lots of shrubs, creepers, flowers and few trees as well. one cannot fail in noticing that almost all trees are not new plantation except for many of "champa" trees which one can find in abundance.
Statue Circle forms a major landmark of Jaipur. It is situated on a busy crossing of the city. Statue Circle has got its name from the statue, which it portrays. Statue Circle comprises the statue of King Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. In the statue, Raja Jai Singh is holding an astrological diagram which shows his love for astrology. The memorial is actually made in the loving memory of the generous ruler, builder and futurist.
Statue Circle is a popular hang-out spot in Jaipur. In the evenings, the place draws people in large numbers. The pleasant surroundings of the renowned circle make people to enjoy themselves. One can also satisfy his/her taste buds with the mouthwatering delicacies and munchies offered by hawkers. Statue Circle is a complete tourist attraction; on the one hand, it exhibits the royalty of the city and on the other, it serves as a great picnic spot.
Swaminarayan, the founder of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, established temples, known as mandirs , as part of his philosophy of theism and deity worship. These mandirs are known as Swaminarayan temples.
In these temples he installed images of various Hindu gods, such as NarNarayan Dev, LaxmiNarayan Dev, RadhaKrishna Dev, RadhaRaman Dev, Revti-Baldevji, Madan Mohan Dev etc. One of the most prominent features of the heritage of Swaminarayan is temple architecture. The images in the temples built by Swaminarayan are the evidence of the priority of Krishna. All of the temples constructed during his life show some form of Krishna, and all temples since have such worshipable murtis.
The Narnarayan Dev Gadi, named after NarNarayan Dev, is one of the two Gadis (seats) that together form the Swaminarayan Sampraday. It is headquartered at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad and controls the Uttar Vibhag.
Vidyadhar Garden is a beautiful garden that was derived by the Rajputs of Jaipur from the Mughals' definition of Garden. Vidhyadhar Ka Bagh was made in order to bring a sense of relief in the scorched scenery of the desert land. The Garden is situated at a distance of 8 km in the east of Jaipur.
Vidhyadhar Gardens is the only well-planned garden in the Majestic city of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Vidyadhar Garden was built in the memory of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, the chief architect and the city planner of Jaipur. The Garden has been designed as per the rules and edicts of Shilpa Shastra, the ancient Indian line of architecture, just as Vidyadhar did while planning Jaipur.
The Garden in a desert area with many watercourses modifies the fa?ade of the cityscape. A single glimpse of this terraced garden with ample greenery refreshes the inhabitants of the city. Vidyadhar ka Bagh is beautifully laid in the valley between two rugged hills consequently adding to the natural beauty of the countryside. Well-arranged fountains, flowerbeds and shady trees enhance the beauty of the Garden.
Arranged in layers, the Garden comprises several galleries, pavilions and splendid frescos depicting Lord Krishna, which is a pleasure to behold. If you are here, you are standing at a perfect spot where you can see peacocks and monkeys. Twilight is considered as the best time to the Gardens, when the setting sun and the lights illumine its outline in the backdrop of the adjoining hills. Vidyadhar Garden is a popular tourist attraction that allures people from both far and near.
The World Trade Park will be built in the heart of the city. It will have offices, a convention centre, retail outlets, exhibition halls, a five-star hotel, a multiplex, trade lobbies, an art gallery and a "computer-controlled" parking for 1,100 vehicles. "With this project, we are venturing into blending tourism and trade. The World Trade Park will provide a platform for our business fraternity to reach the world while allowing international investors to reach Rajasthan via a single window," said Sajjid Khan, chairman of the World Trade Park. The park will be built on a 20,000 sq yard site. According to the promoters, the World Trade Park is expected to generate a business of Rs.70-80 billion within two years of being launched.
Among the various parks and sanctuaries in Jaipur, the Zoological Gardens or the Jaipur Zoo deserves special mention. Jaipur's claim to fame rests in its illustrious Zoological Gardens situated in the rambling expanse of the Ram Niwas Bagh. The captivating charm of the beautifully tended landscaped gardens flourishing in the colorful blossoms of the seasonal blooms is enhanced by the presence of a zoo, an aviary, a greenhouse, a herbarium, a museum and a sports ground.
The park also houses a century old Zoological Garden that abounds in flora as well as a variety of wild beasts and exotic birds. The zoo's crocodile breeding ground is renown all across the country.
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