3. Nahargarh Fort
Built by Jai Singh II, Nahargarh Fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, and was later renamed as Nahargarh or the Abode of Tigers. Nahargarh Fort along with Amer and Jaigarh forts used to form an important defence ring for the city. Located on one of the oldest hills of Aravalli, this fort offers breath-taking views of the Pink City. There are many buildings and structures within Nahagrah fort. There is a temple inside the fort, dedicated to the Rathore prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia. Another attraction in the fort is the Madhavendra Bhawan built by Sawai Madho Singh and Diwan-I-Aam, an open air enclosure where the king met the common men and listened to their problems and complaints.
4. Hawa Mahal
The outstanding Hawa Mahal was built by Sawai Pratap Singh who was the Kachhwaha Rajput ruler in 1799. He was the grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. Sawai Pratap Singh built this beautiful palace as a continuation of the stunning City Palace. Sawai Pratap Singh was really devoted to Lord Krishna which is visible in this creation too as Hawa Mahal looks a lot like the crown of Lord Krishna. Lal Chand Usta designed this beautiful palace. The key attraction of the palace is its 953 windows or ‘Jharokhas’. These windows are specially decorated with twisted designs. Through these windows, cool wind enter in the palace and makes the inner environment very cool and pleasant. The entrance of the palace is a door which opens up to a special courtyard which is surrounded by several two-storey building on three sides. There are five storeys of the palace among which top three have the thickness of a single room while the bottom two have several courtyards. Hawa Mahal is really a stunning historic place so don’t forget to add this place in your list of must visiting places of Jaipur and Rajasthan.
5. City Palace
The City Palace is the main palace from where the Maharaja reigned from. The palace includes the Chandra Mahan and Mubarak Mahal along with various other buildings within the complex. It is located towards the north-eastern side of Jaipur. The City Palace of Jaipur is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Rajasthan and it was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. The vast complex of the palace in Rajasthan occupied one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur. The palace is divided into a series of courtyards, buildings and gardens. It includes the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal along with various other palaces. It used to be the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The Chandra Mahal is now a museum but the major part of it is still the royal residence. The museum showcases various unique handcrafted products and other things that belong to the royal heritage of the City Palace. It is a structure of historical importance and a souvenir of the brave past. There are three main gates to the palace, namely, Virendra Pol, Udai Pol and Tripolia Gate. The most visited structures inside the palace complex are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Pritam Niwas Chowk, Diwan-i-khaas, Diwan-i. Aam, Maharani Palace, Bhaggi Khana and Govind ji Temple.
6. Jal Mahal
The beautiful Jal Mahal is located in the heart of Man Sagar Lake. The area on which the lake and the palace stand used to be the natural water logging site. The Maharaja of Amer then decided to construct a dam to prevent the famine hit areas by securing water for them through the construction of this lake. The construction of the Jal Mahal is, however, credited to Maharaja Madho Singh in 1750. The five-storey building is built with red sandstone to give it provide it a contrast from the deep blue water of the lake. The palace is submerged in the water except for the fifth floor when the lake is flowing at its peak. Additionally, a lush garden is constructed on the terrace of the palace. The palace stands now for more than 250 years without any problems of water seepage.
7. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the largest stone astronomical observatory in the World. It is located just next to the city palace of Jaipur in Rajasthan. Built during the period between 1727 and 1733, the Jantar Mantar is still in a running condition and it stands as a witness regarding the wisdom of former age. The founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Jai Singh II, was a great scholar and an astrologer. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is a collection of different architectural astronomical instruments. It has fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, ascertaining the declinations of planets, determining celestial altitudes and tracking stars in their orbits. The Samrat Jantar is the largest instrument and the shadow of it can tell the time. The structure is built from local stone and marble and each of these instruments carry an astronomical scale. Other instruments in the Jantar Mantar are Ram yantra, Jai prakash Yantra, Dhruva Yantra, Narivalya yantra, Kranti Yantram Raj yanram Unnsyhsmsa yantra, Chakra Yantra, Disha Yantra, Dakshina Yantra and Rashayas Yantra.
8. Albert Hall
The Albert Hall is one of the oldest museum in Rajasthan. It was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and was opened as a public museum in the year 1887. This building is considered as one of the main attractions in Jaipur and is a great place to visit for those who love photography. The museum also has various displays of ancient artifacts. The building is a beautiful example of Indo- Saracenic architecture. The Albert Hall is considered as one of the finest museums. It contains a huge collections of coins, textiles, crafts, statues and paintings from various dynasties, cultures and time periods. It gives a wide display of history and tribes of Rajasthan. It also has its central gallery dedicated to the dance forms and cultures in Rajasthan.
9. Sisodia Rani Garden
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh is a beautiful garden, located at a distance of 10 kms from Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra Highway. Sisodia Bagh gets a prime attraction in the charming city of Jaipur. The Garden appeals more to the beholder, since it stands as a symbol of love. In 1728, Sisodia Rani Garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, with an intention to gift the garden, to his Sisodia Queen from Udaipur. As the name suggests, the Garden was named after the queen, who was adorable to the King. The structure of the garden is imbibed from the Mughal style of Architecture, which makes it a well-designed garden. Sisodia Rani Garden appears to be designed on the theme of eternal lovers, Radha-Krishna. The garden appeals to the artistic and visual tastes of the spectator with its layered gardens, fascinating fountains, painted pavilions and galleries. The interesting frescos, depicting the exotic scenes of Radha-Krishna, enthrall the visitors for their divine appearance.
10. Birla Mandir
The Birla Temple-Jaipur, originally known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, and is situated below the Moti Dungri Fort in Jaipur. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, this temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur. Built in pure white marble, the Birla Temple is unlike the traditional ancient Hindu temples, and is built with a modern approach. Inside this magnificent shrine, beautifully sculpted idols of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, as well as other Hindu Gods and Goddesses, can be seen. Delicate carvings of Hindu symbols, and ancient quotes from the Geeta and the Upanishads ornament the walls of this fascinating temple. One can also recognize the mythological events engraved on the walls. Apart from the religious idols, pictures and figures of several religious saints, philosophers and historical achievers, like Socrates, Buddha, Zarathustra and Confucius, are also included in the temple. A work of art, this temple truly represents architectural beauty, in a modern form.