Jaipur - a place shimmered in a royal luster displaying a brilliance per excellence with the unmatched sagacity and sterling qualities of great royalty of the brave Rajput Maharajahs. The sublime terrain and the rich history and tradition brimming out of the many forts and monuments allures curious travelers to bask in its glorious past and relive the halcyon days of the great Rajputs.
Jaipur spoils its guests with tempting choices. The Pink City has a mellow blend of the rich old history with the modern contemporary vibrancy which captivates the tourists. Dotted with exquisite and awe-inspiring forts, mahals, and historical edifices, Jaipur offers a mixed platter. Below are seven of the finest options for things to do in Jaipur
Amber Palace - Feel like a Maharaja Like a true Maharaja, an elephant ride to the top of the Amber Fort transports one into a whimsical royal state of mind. This architectural wonder is made of sandstone and marble and has four exquisitely gorgeous courtyards, opulent halls, halls, and beautiful gardens. There are several other structures like temples, painted gateways, etc., that are a stoic reminder of the once majestic kingdom. The most striking feature of the palace is the Diwan-e-Khas which served as a hall for private audiences. The intricate floral design on the pillars and the deftly designed mirror work leaves one speechless at the finest display of craftsmanship
Hawa Mahal – The windy palace Immaculately built of pink and red sandstone, the Hawa Mahal is an example of ingenuity and expertise of the highest order. The most striking feature of this unique building is the 953 small windows called Jharokhas from where the womenfolk used to observe the activities below. The elaborate latticework in the Jharokhas makes one fathom at the classic mastery of the craftsmanship of that age. There is a museum that has miniature paintings and rich relics that evoke a nostalgic feeling. One can get mesmerizing glimpses of the city around and get stunning views of the Jantar Mantar and the City Palace.
City Palace – Royal grandeur One of the most visited landmarks of Jaipur is the City Palace. With huge entrance gates, beautiful doorways, murals, and alluring palaces, the City Palace top the list. It was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and reflects a fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture. It is spread over a vast area, occupying one-seventh of the old city of Jaipur. There are guided tours and audio tours available. For art and history lovers, it is a slice of heaven. It has the premier Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II museum which has some of the best collections of weaponry, excellent paintings, and photography, etc. carefully preserved.
Jantar Mantar – In quest of the celestial world The term Jantar Mantar literally means instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Built-in the 18th century, Jantar Mantar is an amalgamation of 20 main fixed instruments used as an astronomical observation site. It reflects the forward-thinking and scholastic mind of a prince at the end of the Mughal period. The erudite king Sawai Jai Singh II used it for determining the position of the celestial objects, calculating time, predicting eclipses, etc. It has the largest sundial in the world named Samrat Yantra. These large objects evoke wonder and amazement at the fine display of masonry of that era. This place is the most photographed location due to its larger-than-life objects and mesmerizing appearance.
Elephantastic Elephant Farm – Live the Jumbo life It is a one-of-its-kind experience while at Jaipur. Elephantastic Elephant Farm is India’s first elephant farm and is a fascinating tourist spot. It offers up and personal encounters with the Asian elephant. The thrill and ecstasy of being able to stroke them from close quarters, feed them sugarcane, and feel their gentle eyes touching your soul to the core is second to none. One can paint the elephants with natural colors, bathe them in the lake in the summer, and have a bareback ride. An expert elephant caretaker always accompanies the guests to ensure safety. A great moment to capture some scintillating photographs of the jumbo at his playful best.
Jhalana Leopard Conservation Reserve & Nahargarh Biological Park – Explore the wild Jaipur is famous for its unique collection of rich fauna which includes tigers, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and many other exotic species of animals and birds. The Jhalana Leopard reserve was once the hunting ground of the royals. A safari though it is an exciting, pulse-racing adventure with the anticipation of the elusive leopard being sighted at any twist and turn. The Nahargarh biological park encompassing a large area of 720 hectares has a vast flora and fauna and houses different species of birds. One can view Asiatic lions, Bengal tigers, panthers, hyenas, wolves, deer, crocodiles, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, wild boar, etc.
A visit to Jaipur is a never-ending holiday with loads of activities, places to visit, and happy memories to build to last a lifetime.