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A Land Of Romance And Royalty, Velour And Chivalry Introduction.

Jaipur Sight Scene

Amber Fort

One of the most magnificent destination located on the hills just outside Jaipur. It was built by Raja Man Singh in 1600 AD and then completed to its present form by Sawai Jai Singh in the eighteenth century. The fort is an example of fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture built in red sandstone and white marble, the highlight of the fort is the Seesh Mahal (mirror Palace), a palace known for its craftsmanship in mirrors. It also locates in itself large ramparts, terraces, gardens and pavilions.

Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh, adobe of the tigers was built by Jai Singh to bolster the defense of Amer. The fort is located on the rugged Aravali Hills. The fort has uniquely a cluster of 12 suits for queens and at the head is a suit for the Jai Sigh himself.

Jantar Mantar Obeservatory

Jantar Mantar, one of the five observatories (the others being in Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura ), built by Sawai Jai Singh. He was an avid astronomer & buit it to study movements of stars it in 1718. The observatory contains a large no of structures called 'yantras' which are instrument to determine position of stars and the steller movements.

Jaigarh Fort

An impregnable and un-approachable fort. The fort was cleverly built to gives its archers an advantage over their targets. It is said that Raja Man Singh has buried huge treasures in this bastion. The fort also houses the Jai Ban the largest cannon in Asia, supposed to have been test fired only once.

Hawa Mahal

Sawai Pratap Singh, built the Palace of winds and air in 1747. The palace is though not in air but it is a fa�ade, which is fifty feet in height and a mere one foot in width. The screen allowed the ladies of the palace to have view of the market place below. Today Jaipur is symbolized by Hawa Mahal.

City Palace

A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

The Statue Circle

This is a traffic roundabout In Jaipur. It is the favourite lounge of Jaipur and a place for evening out, with 'Meals on Wheels' standing by. Strangely it acquires its name of statue circle after its figurine rather than the grand Sawai Jai Singh the founder of modern day Jaipur.

Moti Dungri

In the middle of Jaipur rises a small hill Moti Dungri meaning pearl hill, because it looks hill a drop of pearl. An exotic palace is parched which is a replica of Scottish castle once occupied by Maharaja Madho Singh's son.

Gaitore

It is the final resting place of the Maharajas of Jaipur and is located just off the Jaipur - Amber Road. Situated in a narrow valley the cenotaphs of the former Maharajas are chhatris made in typical Rajput architecture. The chhatri of Sawai Jai Singh II is of special mention for its carvings that exaggerate it.

Jal Mahal

Also known as Water Palace, Built in the mid 18th century by Madho Singh I The Palace was developed as a pleasure spot and was used for the royal duck shooting parties. A causeway leads to Jal Mahal Palace situated in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, opposite the cenotaphs.

Albert Hall

Situated in the middle of the Ram Niwas garden, as a centre attraction was the exquisitely built structure of Albert Hall, which was designed by sir Swinton Jacob, a British architect who designed many palaces in Rajasthan. Combining the elements of English and north Indian architecture known as the pride of the New Jaipur opened in 1887 AD, it is a very well maintained and impressive building displaying a rich collection of Art- de- fact like paintings, carpet, ivory, stone and metal sculptures and colourful crystal works etc.

Govind Dev Ji Temple

A vital part of the city Palace complex, this Krishna temple has been highly preserved by the erstwhile royal family. Sawai Jai Singh installed the image of GOVIND DEV JI (an incarnation of lord Krishna) after it was brought from Vrindavan.

Birla Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Birla Mandir or the Lakshmi - Narayan Temple, situated just below the Moti Dungari. This is a modern temple built of white marble on top of a hill, dominating the skyline of south Jaipur.

Zoo

Just opposite the Albert Hall is one of the oldest ZOO in the country, harbouring different species of birds and animals.

Kanak Vrindavan

Not so old but definitely an exquisitely land scaped gardens with beautifully carved temple in beige stone, which is a vast complex with terrace sites all around and intricately carved marble columns and lattices. Located in the foothills of Nahargarh hills on the way towards Amer, this complex is a popular spot for picnic and film shoots.

Sisodia Rani ka Bagh

Sawai Jai Singh built it in 1728. The garden is laid in Mughal style and it depicts the legends of Radha and Krishna. The garden is located 8 km from Jaipur - Agra road .It consists of tiered multi-level gardens with fountains, watercourses and painted pavilions. Sawai Jai Singh built it for his Sisodia Queen from Udaipur. The palace house has several galleries, pavilions and beautiful murals depicting scenes from the life of lord Krishna.

Dance

Ghoomar

A community dance for women performed on auspicious occasions. Gair Ghoomar, Raika, Jhoria and Gauri are particularly of Bhil tribe. Gair is performed on Holi but only by the men folk. Chari dance, with pots on the head and a lighted lamp, is popularly performed on marriage occasions or on the birth of a male child.

Kalbelia Dance

Is of the kalbelia tribe, the snake charmers. With numerous pots on the head, women excel the balancing act in the Matka-bhawai.

Terah Taali

Is a ritual for Baba Ramdev, a dance with thirteen manjiras. Other dances are Kachhi-Ghodi, Kathputli (the puppet dance), Fire dance, drum dance and various others pertaining to the particular tribes.

Kathhak

A popular dance form being imported from Uttar Pradesh have been revived by the rajputana courts, with a style and theme of its own.

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