The historic gateway to Rajastan
Jaipur, founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727, is planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra. Jaipur is the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. The city is steeped in history and culture. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal splendour and processions are now living monuments. Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Jaipur.
Long description: The City Palace and its structures have been designed, combining the architectural elements of the Mughal, Europe, Rajput and the Shilpa Shastra of India. A major part of the palace now consists of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. The palace is a unique and arresting complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens and temples. The most prominent and most visited structures in the complex are the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace and Shri Govind Dev Temple.
The Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh I in the 16th century and was completed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake, at its forefront. The popular buildings in the fort consist of: Diwan-i-Aam, the Diwan-i-Khas, the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), Jai Mandir and the Sukh Niwas.
Observatory (Jantar Mantar)
Built by the Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century, Jantar Mantar boasts a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments. It features the world's largest stone sundial and is UNESCO World Heritage site. The monument features masonry, stone and brass instruments that were built using astronomy and instrument design principles of ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts.