Jaipur has inherited history of its powerful rulers in form of magnificent monuments gloriously standing till date all across the city. It narrates to whole world great legends through its stunning forts, majestic palaces, pristine temples and museums. If one will erase these historical monuments from the map of city then there is hardly anything left to fascinate visitors towards it. Top five historical monuments that travelers choose most to pay a visit during their tour to the golden triangle of North India are:
City Palace City palace is expanded over a large area and occupies one seventh of city. It was built during reigns of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The plan of fort is an exact replica of city’s plan. A part of palace is still home to former royal families while rest of it has been converted into a museum. Other attractions of this palace are: Chandra Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Mukut Mahal, Mubarak Mahal and Shri Govind Dev Temple.
Amber Fort Popularly known as Amer fort, its construction was started by Raja Man Singh in the year 1592 however it was accomplished during primacy of his successor Raja Jai Singh. It’s a beautiful fort built out of white marble and red sandstone. It is located on Delhi-Jaipur highway approx 11 km from Jaipur.
Inside of the fort has a warm and peaceful ambience in contrast to its rough exterior presence. It represents the union of Rajput and Mughal ways of decoration. Most captivating part about this artistic excellence is its illustrative mirror work that holds the attention of its visitors. One can also enjoy elephant rides near this fort.
Nahargarh Fort 6km away from north Jaipur, just below Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh fort is situated. It stands on periphery of the Aravalli Hills dominating entire city offering a scenic view to visitors from the top. Nahargarh means abode of tigers and is believed to be named after Prince Nahar. Major highlights of this fort apart from its Construction and mysterious tales are The Nahargarh Biological Park and beautiful Man Sagar Lake.
Jaigarh Fort Located 400ft above Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1726. Out of three famous forts (Amber, Jaigarh and Nahargarh fort) this fort is considered to be most attractive. Its massive cannon – Jaivana which is world’s largest wheeled cannon is admired by most of the visitors. Compartments below its huge water tanks are believed to serve the erstwhile Kings of Amber/Jaipur as a store to safeguard their wealth. Other attractions of this fort are - Vijay Garh, Diya Burj, Museums, The Lakshmi Vilas Palace and Armory. Preferred time to visit this fort is anytime between October and March.
Jantar Mantar Jantar Mantar serves as an exclusive tourist destination for travelers as it is the world’s Largest Stone Astronomical Observatory. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh during time period of 1727 -1733 and is one of the five astronomical observatories built by him. This complex shelters 17 instruments each of them having a specific but complex function related to time. Present name is a paraphrase of the Sanskrit word Yantra Mantra (meaning instruments and formulae) that was originally assigned to it. Made entirely out of marble and stone, Jantar Mantar is famous among tourists for its beautiful sundial.
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