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  City Palace

Lying in the heart of the city in a sprawling walled endosure occupying one  seventh of the total area comprising the walled city, the city palace or royal residence is a blend of the Rajasthani & Mughal Styles by projected balconies, arches on slender pillars & ornate entrances. A huge paved courtyard is flanked on three sides by apartments for the royal retainers whose families are at hand to serve as guides. The palace houses the seven-storied Chandra Mahal where the former ruling family still lives, outer courtyard with Mubarak Mahal, Diwani-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas and a museum. The museum houses a rare collection of  fascinating armory of  Rajputs & Mughal weapons, swords of of all shapes and sizes, some of them inlaid, enamelled, encrusted with jewels and encased in bold & magnificent scabbards, textile, carpets, costumes, art objects & royal paraphernalia. It also has an Art Gallery with a fine collection of paintings, carpet & rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin & Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh II for his study of planets & their movements.

  Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is one of the five remarkable observatories constructed in 1728 AD with stone & marble its complex instruments whose settings & shapes are precisely scientifically designed to study the movement of the sun, moon & the planets represents the high points of Medieval Indian astronomy. the two Ram Yantra used for gauging altitudes and Samrat Yantra for local time of Jaipur are just unique. The Jantar Manter is an observatory built by Jai Singh in 1728. It includes an ENORMOUS sundial - with a 27 metre high gnomon - which is accurate to less than a minute. There are a lot of other odd structures which look like sculptures but which in fact are used to measure the position of the stars, calculate eclipses etc. Its another good place to get away from it all since the site is far from crowded. Relatively rare in India - the explanations are quite well done and the leaflet given on entry contains lots of interesting information.

  Hawa Mahal

One of the most famous sights in Jaipur is the Hawa Mahal (The Palace of Winds, 1799), which is in fact not a palace, but a beautiful façade of pink sandstone with airy windows.The Hawa Mahal has fensters like these, because the wifes of the Maharadja used to sit here. They could look outside and at the same time the whole palace was cooled down by the wind that went through the windows. That's why this is called Hawa Mahal / Or the Palace of the Wind.

  Govind Devji Temple

The most popular spireless temple of Jaipur dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located in the central pavilion of the Jai Gnaws Garden to the north of Chandler Mahal. The image of the patron deity - Govind Devji, originally installed in a temple of Vrindavan, was reinstalled here by Sawai Jai Singh II as his family deity.

  Ram Niwas Bagh

Across the Ajmeri Gate the sprawling lawns of Ram Niwas Garden were laid out by sawai Ram Singh in 1868 as famine relief project. It alos houses one of the oldest Zoos in the country harboring different species of birds & animals. The garden was designed by Surgeon major De Faback & covers a area of 33 acres. The premises of garden are dotted with street food stalls serving Indian snacks to the people who throng the garden during the evening. Ravindra manch with a morden art gallery & an open air theatre has been added to hold cultural event. 

  BM Birla Planetorium

The Planetarium offers unique audio-visual education and entertainment with its modern computerised projection system. For school groups concessions are available. Closed on last Wednesday of every month.


Located 15 Kms from Jaipur, it is here that the Chhatris of Jaipur’s rulers stand amidst reverential silence. The cenotaph of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, is the finest. A dazzling structure in white marble, its elegant dome is supported by twenty carved pillars. Other cenotaphs that are of note are those of Pratap Singh and Madho Singh II.


An ancient pilgrimage centre, lying beyond the gardens amidst low hills. Temples, pavilions and holy kunds (natural spring and reservoirs) along with lush landscape make it a delightful spot. The small temple of the Sun god, built by Diwan Kriparam on the top of the highest peak is visible from all parts of the city.

  Jaigarh Fort

Sawai Jai Singh built the Jaigarh Fort in 1726, today having a roughed look. Jaigarh is also known as The victory fort.  Named after Jai Singh II, the fort is perched on a cliff and is surrounded by huge battlements with inside walkways offering stunning views on all sides. It is one of the few military structures of mediaeval India preserved almost intact, containing palaces, gardens, open and covered reservoirs, a granary, an armory, a well-planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted cannon-the Jai Ban - one of the largest cannons in the country.

  Nahargarh Fort

This picturesque fort was built by Jai Singh II in 1734.Beyond the hills of Jaigarh stand the fort of Nahargarh like a watchful sentinel guarding Sawai Jai Singh`s beautiful capital. Much of the original structures are now in ruins, but the lovely buildings added by Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai Madho Singh II in the 19th century are preserved in a good condition. Some of the rooms provide the most spectacular view of the city below. T Along the ridge-top road it provides magnificent views down to the Man Sagar Lake. In the midst of this lake, is a palatial duck blind which was used for shooting parties by the erstwhile royal family.

Moti Dongari

Moti Doongri is a privately owned hilltop fort built like a Scottish castle. The Ganesh Temple at the foot of the hill and the marvelous Lakshmi Narayan Temple built in marble a few years back, are also noteworthy.

  Status Circle

3 km east of the city are the remains of the ancient city which contains some cenotaphs are in Jain style and set on high plinths. The museum has some very old earthen pottery, sculptures & other historical artefacts. The full-length exquisitely carved statue of Sawai Jai Singh in white marble in the centre of the circle was erected under the newly planned scheme area to pay homage to the founder of Jaipur.

  Ghat ki Guni
Beautifully landscaped gardens, laid out in the 18th and 19th century by kings and courtiers dot the narrow gorge in the south eastern corner of the walled city, along the road to Agra. Sisodia Rani garden has tiered multilevel gardens with fountains, water channel and painted pavilions and suites of living rooms. Amongst others, Vidyadhar-ka-Bagh is the best preserved one, with shady trees, flowing water, an open pavilion. It was built by the planner of the city, Vidyadhar.

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