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Sunday, March 30, 2008

India : Agra & Jaipur : Jaipur Attractions and Excursions - 5

Guys, I am exploring an Attractions and Excursions of Jaipur to help you for searching of beautiful places.

Jaipur was founded in 1727 A.D. Maharaja Sawal Jai Singh and designed by the architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City because of the Pink colour used at the time of making to create an impression of red sandstone buildings of Mughal cities. Also, the city was repainted pink in 1876 during the visit of Prince of Wales.

Hawa Mahal:

Hawa Mahal literally the Palace of Winds was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Dedicated to Lord Krsihna, it is shaped lie a mukut, or crown, which adorns the Lord's head. It has over 900 niches.

In the not-too-distant past, ladies of the court found it convenient to watch the activities on the streets below without being observed themselves.

City Palace:

This former royal residence is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture and the craftsmanship. It is the most important landmark of Jaipur with it's numerous outbuildings, courtyards, impressive gateways and temples. Occupying one-seventh of the walled city area, the palace house the seven storeyed Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, the Diwan-i-am and Diwan-i-khas.

Take a look on Slide Show : City Palace

Govind Devji Temple:

To the north of Chandra Mahal in the midst of the sprawling Jai Niwas Garden is the spireless temple of Lord Krishna. The idol was brought from Vrindavan and installed here by Sawai Jai Singh.

Jantar Mantar:

Built by Emperor Sawai jai Singh, this observatory at Jaipur is the largest and best preserved. It is equipped with astronomical instruments - carved out of stone, that continue to give accurate information to this day its most notable instrument in the Sun Dial.

Albert Hall Museum:

Opened in 1887 AD, this museum is situated in the middle of the Ram Niwas Garden. It is a very well-maintained and impressive building displaying a rich collection of paintings carpets, ivory, stone and metal sculpture and other objects.

Jal Mahal:

A picturesque palace amidst the Man Sagar Lake. It was built for royal duck shooting parties.

Konak Vrindavan:

A newly restored temple. The landscaped Gardens have made this a popular picnic spot.

Nahargarh Fort (Tiger Fort):

It lies North-west of City Palace and provides some stunning views of the city down below both during daytime and at night. A royal retreat for the Maharanis, it was also used as a personal treasury for many years. Durg, a cafeteria managed by the RTDC, is located in one of the many courtyards of this fort.

Jaigarh Fort (near Amer):

Also known as the Fort of Victory. Jaigarh is a rugged for built in 1726 by Sawai Jai Singh. It was the royal treasury for several years. The world's largest cannon on wheels is to be found here.

Amer Fort:

Amber fort is a fascinating blend of hindu and muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Built in red sandstone and white marble. The palace complex has some very interesting apartments. Jal Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, etc.

Jagat Shiromani Temple:
The beautifuly carved Jagat Shiromani temple houses the idol of Lord Krishna and is popularly associated with the celebrated saint-poetess Mira Bai.
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