Amber Fort is the iconic attraction of Jaipur and a must on your itinerary. Suraj Pole, the sun facing royal entrance to the fort, is one of the classic blends of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Marvels like Ganesh Pol, Sila Devi Temple, Sheesh Mahal, Magic Flower Fresco and Man Singh Palace await you in the interiors of Amber Fort.
Elephant Ride to Amber Fort
An elephant ride up to Amber Fort is an absolute must. It’s an exhilarating experience to ride up along the cobbled path to the magnificent Fort astride an equally majestic elephant. Watching the Light and Sound Show at the Amber Fort is also a great way to spend an evening in Jaipur.
Jaigarh Fort, which once held the royal treasury and acted as the defence system of Amber, is today a marvellous archetype of walls, watchtowers and bastions. You will be awed by the sight of Jaivan, the largest moving canon in Asia, which was thankfully fired only once. Also see the armoury section (Vijay Garh), and the extravagant palace compound with its museum.
Literally meaning as ‘Water Palace’, Jal Mahal is located amidst the Man Sagar Lake and was constructed by Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. The beauty of the palace lies in its location as the palace cum hotel is standing in the centre of the lake. The palace architecture boasts of a typical Rajput and Mughal style which is quite similar to that of Amer Fort. Made in red sandstone, the palace is actually five-storeyed where only the top story is visible (rest are submerged under water). At the top, there is a garden which has semi-octagonal towers in every corner. Although any time is a good time to visit Jal Mahal but it is during the monsoon season (when the water level rises up) when the views from this palatial hotel are more captivating.
The Palace of the Winds, or Hawa Mahal, was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for royal women to view the busy streets of Johari Bazaar, while staying veiled behind the jharokhas. Go atop the five-storey building to take in that view.
Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum
Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, forms a major part of the great City Palace of Jaipur, is arguably the most popular attraction in Jaipur. Known for its magnificent art and outstanding architecture, the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum houses an unmatchable collection of arts, artifacts and handicrafts illustrating the history and culture of the great Rajput kings and leaders. The museum has several galleries which are still called by their original names. Some of the most mesmerizing galleries in the museum are Mubarak Mahal, Sarvato Bhadra, Pritam Niwas Chowk, Mubarak Mahal (textile gallery), Silleh Khana (armoury), Bagghi Khana, Friends of the Museum and Bagghi Khana.
There are quite a few significant temples in Jaipur; Surya Mandir (Sun Temple) is one of them. Located somewhat far away from the main city, the temple is dedicated to the Sun God. Devotees, from far and wide, come to this temple to offer their prayers and revel in the peace and serenity of the temple. The temple’s architecture is magnificent, to say the least, and the carvings on the temple are most delicate and beautiful. From the temple, you can enjoy panoramic views of Jaipur.