One of India’s most popular tourist destinations, Jaipur is named for the salmon hued paint on a majority of the old city’s buildings. This colorful city is synonymous with majestic palaces surrounded by manicured gardens, gorgeous forts and monuments that are oft seen as landmarks not only for the city but also symbolic of India.
Jaipur, the Pink City in Rajasthan is a favorite destination of many tourists. The city was founded by Kachhawaha clan ruler, Sawai Jai Singh in 1727. Legend has it that in 1876, King Sawai Ram Singh got the whole Jaipur city painted in pink to welcome Prince of Wales, Edward VII.
If you’re interested in the exciting past of royal kings, visit land of rich cultures and age-old traditions, glorious palaces and forts, Jaipur tour is what you should set out for. It is where old traditions merge harmoniously with modernity. Most of the architectures and buildings of Jaipur represent the Hindu and Mughal architectural styles.
Probably Jaipur’s most famous monument, the Hawa Mahal Palace was built in 1798 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. A part of the City Palace complex, this 5 storied crown shaped structure has a whopping 953 ornate lattice worked windows on its red and pink sandstone facade.
Perched on top of a hill with commanding views of the surrounding scenery, Jaipur’s Amber Fort beckons tourists to its grandeur. Estimated at upward of 5,000 visitors a day, Amber Fort is one of Jaipur’s most popular landmarks. Built in the 16th century, this magnificent structure is in surprisingly great condition. This formidable fort built by Raja Man Singh, was the original home of the Jaipur royals, and this is where they resided up until Jaipur was built.
Known as the ‘Jewel of Jaipur’, Rambagh Palace is the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Ideally located, Rambagh Palace is mostly the starting spot chosen by Jaipur travel destination guides for a city tour.
Only 3.5 kms from Rambagh Palace Hotel is the City Palace complex built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The complex is one part museum in the Mubarak Mahal building housing artifacts, costumes and artwork pertaining to royal heritage. Other than being home to the largest sundial in the world, the Jaipur observatory has 13 more large-scale tools and observatory points.