Awash with stunning palaces, forts symbolizing bravery, mysterious deserts and some of the most delicious cuisines ever to be tasted, Rajasthan is the brightest jewel of India. Rajasthan, the land of raja-maharajs, is a big hit with both Indian and international tourists. This fact is hardly surprising as this North Indian destination is dotted with a variety of incredible attractions offering out-of-the-world experiences.
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan is truly worth a visit. Symbolizing the royalty of the bygone era, the city was laid by the great Rajput king, Maharaja Jai Singh II. Flooded with pink colored houses, the city was given the title of Pink City.
Jaipur carved itself a radiant reputation as it is the proud land of some of the finest royal legacies:
Royal City Palace
A collection of several wonderful structures, City Palace reflects a perfect marriage between the classic Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The royal structures here are punctuated with beautiful gardens. The museum of the palace houses royal paintings, weapons and costumes.
Photogenic Hawa Mahal
This unique red colored establishment is popularly known as the ‘Palace of Winds’ as its walls are pierced with hundreds of windows. This Mahal was fashioned in this way to allow the royal ladies to watch the processions and street life without being watched.
Intriguing Jantar Mantar
It is a stone observatory, which was used to measure time and other planetary movements. There are several stone instruments here.
Glorious Amber Fort
Built in the 16th century, Amber fort has a marvellous architectural style. The interiors are simply superb. One of the interesting ways to reach the fort is on an elephant’s back.
The bazaars of Jaipur are well stocked with a superb array of handicrafts. From the sparkling precious and semi-precious stones to the colorful tie and dye textiles, embroidered juttis, blue pottery and wooden crafts, Rajasthan is a shopper’s paradise.