FORTS OF JAIPUR

Historical & Heritage | City

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This trip demands considerable trekking / walking

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: New Delhi City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 2 Days

Ideal Start Time: 4 AM (Day 1) & 9 AM (Day 2)

Total Places Visited: 10

Day 1 Attractions | Day 2 Attractions

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO JAIPUR & SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Delhi City to Jaipur

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: Timings: 8 AM to 5.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.25 for Indians & Rs. 200 for Foreigners, Rs. 550 for Elephant Ride

At a distance of 13 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Amer Fort or Amber Fort is located in Amer near Jaipur. This heritage site is one of the most famous forts in Rajasthan and among the most visited Jaipur tourist places. It is also one of the best preserved historical places to visit in Rajasthan and among the prime place to visit on a Jaipur tour.

Amber was founded by the Meenas in 967 AD and they dedicated the town to Amba, the Mother Goddess. Around 1037 AD, Amber was conquered by Kachhawa Rajputs and ruled it from the 11th to the 18th century, until the capital was moved from Amer to Jaipur. The Amber Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 AD and it was further expanded by successive rulers. Man Singh was one of the trusted generals of Emperor Akbar and one among the Navaratnas of his court. This fort is also very popularly .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 4.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.35 for Indians, Rs.85 for Foreigners, Rs.50 for Camera & Rs.200 for Video Cam.

At a distance of 15 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station and less than 1 km (by walk) from Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort is situated on a cliff called Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the Aravali range. It overlooks the Amber Fort and the Maota Lake. This is one of the best forts in Jaipur and also among the famous Jaipur tourist places which is commonly visited from Amber Fort.

The fort was built by Jai Singh II in 1726 to protect the Amber Fort and was named after him. Amer was once known as Dhundhar, the old and original fort of Amer was ruled by clan of Meenas and later it was ruled by Kacchwa Rajputs. The Jaigarh fort was actually a defensive structure rather than a palace. Jaigarh Fort and Amber Fort are connected by underground passages.

The Jaigarh Fort is similar in structural design to the Amer Fort. It has a length of 3 km and width of 1 km. .....

Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM - 1 PM and 4 PM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: Free entry

At a distance of 14 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station and 500 m from Amer Fort, Srijagat Siromani Temple is one of the oldest temple of Amber town. This temple is dedicated to Meera Bai and Lord Krishna.

Meera Bai is the wife of Mewar king though in childhood she was a great devotee of Lord Krishna and considered him as her husband. This temple was built during1599 - 1608 AD by the queen Kanakwati, wife of king Man Singh I in the memory of her son Jagat Singh.

According to the history, the statue of Lord Krishna in this temple is same statue that Meera Bai used to worship in Mewar. This statue was saved from destruction by rulers of Amer during Mughal war with Mewar and brought safely to Amer.

The temple is a perfect example of Nagara style architecture. It consists of a Sanctum, Vestibule and Mandapa with projecting screen window on either side. The temple stands on a high ornate adhisthana. The three storeyed Garbha griha is crowned by Sikhara. The Mandapa .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 50 for person

At a distance of 11 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station and 8 km from Amer Fort, Jal Mahal or the Water Palace is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. This is one of the biggest artificial lakes in Jaipur. The lake used to be a bird watcher's paradise in the past and was a favorite ground for the Rajput kings of Jaipur for royal duck shooting parties during picnics.

Jal Mahal was built in 18th century by Sawai Madho Singh I. Jal Mahal was constructed for serving the purpose of a summer resort for his family and guests. The palace was renovated and expanded in the 18th century by Madho Singh II. The Jal Mahal palace is considered an architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. It provides a picturesque view of the lake from the Man Sagar Dam and the surrounding Nahargarh hills. The palace was built using red sandstone. It is a five storied building out of which four floors remain under water when the lake is full and the .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 8.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free entry

At a distance of 11 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Khole Ke Hanuman Ji is an ancient temple situated at Laxman Dungri in Jaipur. This temple is considered to be one of the famous temples in Jaipur not to miss in a Golden Triangle tour.

Khole Ke Hanuman ji in Jaipur is dedicated to the Lord Hanuman. The inner sanctum of the temple is quite large and can accommodate 500 devotees. The temple is situated on a hillock and devotees have to walk around 1 km to reach the temple. The temple has an attractive entrance archway. The temple is known for its magical power and it is believed that the wishes of the devotees are always fulfilled.

The natural view of Aravali hill is magnificent from the temple and surrounding places. Large number of tourists visit this place to witness sunset and sunrise from this place. There is also a separate temple for Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva.

Timings: 6 AM to 8.30 PM

Overnight Stay in Jaipur

DAY 2 : JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO DELHI

Resume Jaipur Sightseeing

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 10 AM to 5.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.20 for Indians, Rs.50 for Foreigners, Rs.20 for Camera & Rs.70 for Video Cam

At a distance of 6 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station and 9 km from Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur. It is one of the best forts in Rajasthan and among the best places to visit in Jaipur city.

Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734 by Sawai Jan Singh II, as a retreat place. The fortification walls extended over the surrounding hills connected Nahargarh Fort to Jaigarh Fort. Along with Jaigarh Fort and Amer Fort, it once formed a strong defence for Jaipur. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh, which means abode of tigers. It is believed that the development of this fort was obstructed by the spirit of a Rathore ruler, Nahar Singh Bhomia. However, the spirit was pacified when a temple dedicated to him was built inside the fort. Later it was redesigned .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.75 for Indians & Rs.300 for Foreigners

At a distance of 5.5 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, City Palace is a beautiful palace complex situated in the heart of Jaipur City. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachhwa Rajput clan. Part of the palace current houses a museum, though major part is still a royal residence. It is one of the most visit Jaipur tourist places and one among the well preserved forts in India that can be visit as part of Rajasthan packages.

City Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732 AD by Sawai Jai Singh II. He planned and built the outer walls and later additions were made by successive rulers till the end of 20th century. The City Palace reflects Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles although it was designed according to Vaastushastra. The Palace is laid in a grid .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.40 for Indians & Rs.100 for Foreigners

At a distance of 5.5 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Jantar Mantar is located near City Palace and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. It is one of the top tourist places in Jaipur City. This monument is the largest of the five astronomical observatories present in India. The other four astronomical observatories are located at Delhi, Varanasi, Mathura and Ujjain. It features the world's largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Jantar Mantar was built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II and completed in 1738 AD. The name is derived from jantar means yantra and mantar means calculation. The Jaipur observatory was functional for seven years only, as the Maharaja was not very successful in deriving accurate, astronomical observations. It was later restored in the year 1901 and was declared as a national monument in the year 1948.

The .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 9 AM to 4.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.10 for Indians and Rs.50 for Foreigners

At a distance of 6 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Hawa Mahal is one of the prime tourist places to visit in Jaipur city. The palace sits on the edge of the City Palace and extends to the Zenana (women's) chambers. Hawa Mahal is often represented in promotion of Jaipur Tourism. Jaipur is among the top places to visit near Delhi.

The renowned Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh as a continuation to the stunning City Palace. The main architect of this palace is Lal Chand Ustad and the palace is believed to have been constructed in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu God.

Hawa Mahal was built in Rajputana architectural style. The palace is constructed of beautiful red and pink sandstone and it looks like a five storeyed Pyramid. The palace stands on a podium which is fifty feet high from base. .....

Historical & Heritage | Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days. Closed on Friday
Entry Fee: Rs.20 for Indians and Rs.150 for Foreigners

At a distance of 6 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Albert Hall Museum is a museum situated in Ram Niwas Garden outside the city wall opposite new gate in Jaipur. It is one of the popular places for sightseeing in Jaipur city. It is the oldest museum of the state and functions as the State Museum of Rajasthan.

The Hall was built by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II. The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876 and it was completed in 1887. The building was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and was opened as public museum in 1887. It is also called the Government Central Museum. Maharaja Ram Singh initially wanted this building to be a town hall, but his successor, Madho Singh II, decided it should be a museum for the art of Jaipur and included as part of the new Ram Niwas Garden.

It is a fine example of Indo-European architecture. The design of the .....

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