In a ranking compiled with the help of travel writers, bloggers, travel agencies around the world, the Jaipur city came out on top in India and has been ranked among the most beautiful cities around the world.
The list of the top 50 most beautiful cities in the world has been released by the travel site “Flight Network”. Flight Network is one of the largest travel agencies which compiled a list to name the World’s Best Cities by asking the travel writers, bloggers, and various travel agencies who have seen the best this planet has to offer.
The site praises the city by mentioning a beautiful quote by Kate Smith: “Resplendent in the hues of its noble and magnificent past, the historic city of Jaipur stands out as one of the most spectacular and culturally vibrant destinations in the world”. The site also mentions the beautiful and historic palaces of the city and the Galta Hanuman temple. The popular daal baati churma and the mawa kachori are also been praised on the site.
Here we at Trainman, have compiled the most liked and top Jaipur attractions and places which should not be missed when you are in this gorgeous city. Jaipur is known as Pink City because of the pink walls and buildings of the old city which never fails to impress the visitors with its stunning remnants of the past. “Jaipur-The Pink City” is a perfect combination of ancient royal heritage and ultra-modern lifestyle. Do you know why the city is called so? Well, the city was painted pink especially to welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria in 1876 while they were on their India tour? The Maharaja then, Ram Singh, chose pink as it’s a colour that represented hospitality. Here is a link how you can travel from Delhi to Jaipur.
Amber Fort is a classic must-see attraction when you’re in Jaipur. Built primarily with red and white sandstone, the fort is a grand example of ancient Indian architecture. The fort is located in Amer, around 11 kilometres from Jaipur. It was constructed by Raja Mansingh in the year 1592. It was later expanded by Raja Jai Singh I. There are four courtyards in Amber Palace
The fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. Its architecture is a noteworthy fusion of Rajput (Hindu) and Mughal (Islamic) styles. One can go for the popular elephant ride here and enjoy the light and sound show in the evening.
Jaipur’s City Palace is another major attraction in the city that makes the city beautiful. Tinted in shades of pastel pink, City Palace proves beautifully why Jaipur is termed as “The Pink City”. The palace was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh between 1729 and 1732 AD. The palace complex comprises of Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. Chandra Mahal also houses exclusive handicrafts products and other products that depict the cultural heritage of the kingdom.
The palace can be visited in the night too between 7 P.M and 10 P.M for the glorious views of the palace at night.
Hawa Mahal is probably one of the most astonishing monuments in India. It’s a stunning display of the ample architectural expertise of the past. The Mahal was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. This Palace of the Winds has 953 windows or “Jharokhas” which provide free circulation of air within the structure. The reminiscent exterior with those beautiful apertures will surely leave you surprised. The five-storey building does not have stairs to reach upper floors. Slopes connect the storey and it is said that the Mahal was constructed so that women of royal families could view everyday happenings of the city.
Nahargarh Fort is the majestic fort situated on the Aravalli mountain ranges in Jaipur. It was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II as a strong defense for Jaipur city. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh but later it became Nahargarh which means “abode of tigers”. It is also said that the fort is named after Prince Nahar Singh Bhomia. It was believed that the fort was haunted as the spirit of the Prince Nahar roamed about the place and hindered construction of the site. It was then, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built a temple dedicated to the prince and name the fort after him to appease the ghost.
The fort provides magnificent views of the city. The most spectacular part of the fort is the Madhvendra Bhawan which has 12 identical suites for each of the 12 queens of Sawai Madhav Singh. Several scenes of the movie Rang De Basanti were also shot at this fort.
Jantar Mantar is the most unique kind of attraction you will find in Jaipur. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jantar Mantar has been ranked among the largest observatories of the world and it has the largest sundial in the world. A set of 14 massive astronomical instruments stand as the structure of mastery in architecture here at Jantar Mantar. The instruments measure time, predict eclipses and track stars. These instruments have proved to be accurate even today. These astronomical instruments attract astronomers and architects from all parts of the world.
The Samrat Yantra or the sundial here is massive 90 feet tall and has a 6 cm per minute speed of shadow movement. Situated in the heart of the pink city, Jantar Mantar will surely leave you inspired!
The massive and strong Jaigarh Fort was built in 1726 and is truly a marvel of engineering. It was the main symbol of military prowess of Rajputs and had been a part of many famous historical wars. This “Fort of Victory” houses the world’s largest cannon, Jaivana. It also has various complexes within its premises including the palace complex, artillery museum, armoury, temples etc. It is highly fortified and spread over a distance of 3 km. The magnificent architecture of the fort should not be missed when you are in Jaipur.
Galta Ji is a very famous temple and an important Hindu pilgrimage site in Jaipur that houses a series of temples. The temple is surrounded by hilly ranges and natural springs which fill up the sacred kunds of this temple. Galta Ji temple has great historic significance and is one of the most visited places in Jaipur. It’s unique architecture, beautiful pavilions make it a perfect place for visitors.
There are various shrines dedicated to different deities such as Lord Hanuman, Lord Rama, Lord Vishnu etc. A legend associated with the temple also states that Tulsidas wrote some parts of the Ramcharitmanas here at this place.
Another architectural delight Jal Mahal, situated in the middle of Lake Man Sagar also adds to the beauty and charm of the Jaipur city. It is indeed one of the most picturesque spots of the city. It is a five storey building built of red sandstone. Only the top floor of the Mahal is visible as all the other floors remain submerged under the water.
Boating in the lake is also a popular activity here which will give a more elegant view of the Jal Mahal.
Albert hall Museum
Albert Hall Museum is an old and famous place which holds a unique significance. It was modelled on the Victoria and Albert Museum, London with a fusion of Islamic and Neo-Gothic architecture and its foundation stone of this museum was laid in honour of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales when he visited Jaipur in 1876. The museum exhibits many artefacts, paintings from different parts of India, handicrafts and even an Egyptian mummy. The place is definitely worth a visit if you’d like to take a closer look at the Indian art and culture!
There are many more delights which city has to offer and all these indeed make Jaipur, the most beautiful city of India. The streets of the Pink City, the rich heritage, culture, customs, traditions, civilizations and the old forts and monuments, these all are the reasons which have made Jaipur so renowned across the world.
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