Friday, 27 July 2012

Tourist destinations in Jaipur

Tourist destinations in Jaipur
Jaipur, or the pink city, as it is popularly known, is the modern day capital of the state of Rajasthan in Western India. The city used to enjoy a similar status as the capital of the rulers of Amber, the Kacchawas , who were known as great patrons of art and architecture. Being the capital of one of the major erstwhile states of Rajputana, there are many famous tourist destinations in Jaipur. Most notable among these are the historic buildings, including the forts and palaces of the rulers. These buildings form the core of tourism in Jaipur. 

Major Tourist Destinations in Jaipur: 

Jaigarh Fort – In the days of the royalty, this impressive fort was considered as one of the most important forts of Rajasthan. The defenses of the fort were so strong that the fort was never attacked during its functional existence. The most famous object in the fort is the massive cannon ‘ Jaivana’ , claimed to be the largest cannon on wheels in the world. The fort was the center of armament production, and also served as the treasury. 

Amber Fort – The Amber Fort was originally a part of the Jaigarh Fort. Today it is considered a separate fort and is considered one of the major tourist destinations in Jaipur. The palace is a beautiful structure that exhibits the finest Rajput architecture blended with Mughul traditions prevalent at the time. 

Hawa Mahal – the wind palace, as the name of this building translates literally, is one of the most famous landmarks of Jaipur. In fact, the Hawa Mahal has become the popular symbol of Rajasthan tourism. One of the topmost tourist destinations in Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal is an extension of the women’s quarters in the City Palace. The purpose of the building was chiefly to provide a well concealed platform for the royal women from where they could watch the processions and other celebrations in one of the major streets of the city. The fabulous latticed windows allow amazingly efficient air-circulation in the building, and the screens of the window create a fascinating view when sunlight filters through them onto the floors. 

City Palace – The erstwhile royal house is used by the descendants of the ex- rulers of the city even today. The magnificent building has been partly converted into museums and art galleries. The palace interiors include many buildings and temples, which exhibit a large collection of royal attire, coins, arms, jewelry and paintings from the various schools of art in Rajasthan. 

Jantar Mantar – This medieval observatory was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, known for his interest in the sciences and arts, including astronomy. The stone structures are carefully designed astronomical devices that are still used to calculate time and other astronomical events, including eclipses, planetary movements and other astronomical measurements. 

There are many other well known tourist destinations in Jaipur. These include the Albert Museum, the Nahargarh fort, Laxmi Narayan temple, Isar Lat and Kanak Valley. The famous bazaars (markets) of Jaipur are also important tourist destinations in Jaipur. 

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