Built by royla maharajas in the 18th century, modern day Jaipur is a paradox in the sense that while it remains one of the most visited tourist destinations of all time, it can still be called a mystery. It is so much more than its surface attractions and a mere 2-3 days stay is just not enough. There are also tons of hotels in Jaipur, however, few like the Fortune Hotels chain of hotels offers the luxurious experience you seek!
Few places and things in Jaipur may well be called timeless, and these are the things one mustn’t miss when visiting Jaipur.
The stunning forts of the sprawling pink city transport you to another time. The Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort are worth exploring. Do not miss the stunning lights-and-sound show at the Amber Fort and do hop on an elephant ride all the way to the hill top while here! Visit Nahargarh Fort for a spectacular sunset. Along the way, also make a stop at stunning Jal Mahal. As a final act of celebration, go for a hot-air balloon ride and get a bird’s eye view of all the majestic forts, the vast desert and the thriving pink city.
The mansions and gilded havelis will leave you in awe. It is a tempting though: to leave your dreary life behind and step into the castles to experience a much royal, albeit simpler, time. Check out thethe Jai Mahal Palace, Samode Palace, Raj Mahal Palace and Narain Niwas Palace. Alsisar Havell and Kandwa Haveli and the City Palace Museum are also worth a visit.
Any visit to Jaipur is incomplete without a visit to its historical monuments. The Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is absolutely fascinating. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, it is a large astronomical observatory. The Hawa Mahal built by Raja Sawai Sigh is another interesting monument. It was an extension of the City Palace’s women’s chamber and was built with the purpose of allowing the royal ladies to observe the outside world without being seen. It is a massive, breezy red-sandstone structure with around 950 windows.
One opf Jaipur’s oldest traditions is gem-cutting. While many may find themselves concerned about the quality and authenticity of the gems they purchase at Johri Bazaar- one of the olkdest and mosty popular bazaars boasting a wide variety of gem collections -Sanganer is a much more reliable place for similar purchases. It also houses the Museum of Hand Printing and Anokhi- a local clothes company that specialises in fabrics hand-stamped in one-of-a kind wood patterns.
So pay a visit to this charming city of historical and contemporary significance and find out what it is you find special about a city known for its multifarious wonders.