Art & Culture
Rajasthan signifies the abode or land of kings and the state reflects its royal heritage in every inch of its majestic forts, palaces, art, museum, havelis , Shekhawati havelis and much else. In fact, a visit to Rajasthan gives a glimpse of the regal lifestyle and Rajasthan culture that was the envy of the world.
Rajasthan also stands for the culture of Atithi Devo bhavo or guests are (equivalent) to Gods and everywhere you can experience this legendary hospitality. Songs and dances fill their lives as each region has its unique song & dance forms and legendary food, brilliant textiles, and dresses are the highlight of your visit. The magnificent architecture is also all around you as you visit the majestic region of heritage places in Rajasthan. Jaipur epitomizes majesty and is indeed the city of the royals reflecting on its numerous palaces, forts, temples, havelis, chattris, gardens and parks and much more.
The historical Places in Jaipur attract with the majestic extravagance calling millions of tourists to from across the world to view the splendid heritage. A trip around Jaipur- the historical city of Rajasthan founded by Sawai Jai Singh II will be incomplete without visiting these royal buildings of architectural marvels that establish the royal Rajasthan culture.
Some of these places are:
1. Amer Fort – Most Magnificent Fort of Jaipur
As one of the most majestic hilltop fort complex, it served as the capital of Rajputs for 700 years. Jai Singh built it by combining Hindu and Islamic architectural elements, to enclose many lavish palaces, majestic turrets, hillside defences, impressive gates, and official secretariat. Walls spell grandeur with murals, mirrors, and glasses. You can spend an entire day admiring Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors.
2. City Palace Jaipur
The palace complex is the heart of the Pink City Jaipur and exquisitely houses many elegant buildings huge courtyards and signature gardens, as a souvenir of its majestic history. The Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal are some of the standout structures attracting thousands of visitors from across the world visit the City Palace every year. The seven-storeyed Chandra Mahal is situated in amidst beautiful gardens and a lake. Each floor of the structure has a different name and each wall is adorned with admirable paintings, lovely mirror works, and flowery etchings.
3. Hawa Mahal.
According to legends, the palace was built to enable the purdah clad womenfolk to soak in the feel of the sights and sounds of the place. Witness enchanting views of the majestic Jantar Mantar, the celebrated observatory, the grand City Palace and while catching a glimpse of the glorious regal life. The palace built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. From the front, the palace may seem massive, but it the walls are less than a foot thick!
4. Ganesh Pol
As one of the seven gates of Amber Fort, it is a royal mix of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles. One of the marvels of the dignified regal living style, it was s built to access the private sections of the Amber Palace by the royals. The vegetable dyes that painted the curved gate still retains its shine and the traditional ornaments are embedded on the gate is something to watch out for. It is the gateway to a majestic path to the elegant and beautiful royal garden.
5. Jal Mahal Jaipur
Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. This low-rise symmetrical palace, that once was a shooting lodge for the Maharajah, appears to float in the centre of Sagar Lake. The light sand-colored stone walls of the Jal Mahal Jaipur are at a stark contrast to the deep blue of the waters of the lake, while from the innards of the palace lush foliage sprouts. Set amid the beautiful Man-Sarovar Lake in Jaipur, Jal Mahal is one of the most popular attractions of Jaipur city. Built using red sandstone, Jal Mahal is a five storied building. Of the five stories, four floors remain underwater when the lake is full.
Explore the era of the Rajput rulers and walk through the alluring and colorful Chameli Bagh at the palace. The place is a paradise for bird watchers as you get to spot colorful avifauna species like Coot, Pochards, Kestrel and Flamingo. The beautiful Nahargarh hills set as the backdrop add to the breathtaking beauty of the Jal Mahal.
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