Amber Fort is the epochal appeal of Jaipur and a must on your journey. Suraj Pole, the sun facing royal entrance to the fort, is one of the classic blends of Hindu and Mughal architecture. In 16th century, a fort was made by a established general of Akbar, Maan Singh. Later, Maan started to rule the area surrounding the fort which was called as the Amer state. An elephant ride up to Amber Fort is an absolute must. It’s an exciting reality to ride up along the completed path to the elegant 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.
Actually meaning as ‘Water Palace’, Jal Mahal is placed amidst the Man Sagar Lake and was designed by Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. The beauty of the palace lies in its place as the palace cum hotel is standing in the centre of the lake. The palace building boasts of a typical Rajput and Mughal style which is actually related 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.
Monkey Temple is a part of a group of temples known as Galtaji. Galtaji is a cluster of temples and kunds (water tanks) located in the town of Khaniya-Balaji, near Jaipur. It is called the Monkey Temple because large tribes of monkeys have made it their home. One should carry water bottles and sealed food packets when visiting the temple. Unsealed food might attract monkeys which can be very tormenting. The temple has also been shown on National Geographic Channel’s Rebel Monkeys. It is believed that the monkey’s here are very intelligent. One can offer fruits which the monkeys accept very gently.
Situated inside the leviathan City Palace, the Chandra Mahal was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The magnificent palace is a seven storied citadel that is home to verdant gardens, marvelous paintings and ornately decorated ceilings. Luxury, beauty and architectural brilliance, Chnadra Mahal is a must visit place for anyone in Jaipur. The ground and the first floor of the palace form the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II museum. Chandra Mahal, at present, is the residence of the current Maharaja of Jaipur.
Govind Devji Temple:
Govind Devji Temple is one of the oldest and one of the most sacred temples in Jaipur. Located in the City Palace complex, the temple is dedicated to Govind Devji who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna. The idol inside the temple is believed to look exactly like Lord Krishna during his incarnation on earth. The idol, originally kept in the temple of Vrindavan, was brought to Jaipur by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh who was a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna. The tranquility and the spirituality of the temple is enhance through the aartis and prasads or bhogs that are offered at the temple at seven different times every day.
Mayo College Museum:
Mayo College Musuem is a part of the renowned Mayo College of Ajmer. The illustrious museum may be one of a kind museum in India. The museum is in possession of a priceless collection of antiques and armory. The museum also has a vast collection of artifact, old paintings, sculptures, photographs, coins pertaining to various areas of learning and knowledge. The Mayo College Museum is housed at the Jhalawar house and spreads over 18 rooms making it one of the best museums that any school can have in the world.
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.
Elefun is a place created to keep animals safe, while ensuring they are made to live in their natural environment. If you really wish to make a difference to the lives of elephants, then this is just the right place to begin with. Dedicated to conserving elephants, it’s a one-of-its-kind sanctuary in the world where you can actually get hands-on experience at feeding and bathing this biggest yet the gentlest of animals or make food for them. It’s great fun to make big chapatis to feed this animal. You may also choose to go for an elephant safari. Travelling with kids? If yes, then it’s a must-visit. The little ones will love the bond created with elephants.
If you love animals, you must visit the Jaipur Zoo when in the city. With over 50 species of animals and birds, from the spotted and Sambar deer to reptiles and migratory birds, the zoo offers a great experience both for kids and adults alike. One of the best in the country, the zoo also has a crocodile breeding farm, quite unique in nature. The lush green environs of the zoological park are a visual treat. If you’re travelling with kids, you must visit it for sure since they are going to love it.