Attractive monuments, beautifully laid out gardens and parks, palaces, the ambling camels and the cheerful people in multi hued costumes make a trip to the pink city a memorable one.
The City Palace
The City Palace is one of the most important landmarks in Jaipur. The palace complex has numerous buildings, courtyards, impressive gateways and temples. It occupies one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur and the buildings are built with a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The palace houses Sawai Jai Singh's seven story high Chandra Mahal moon palace popularly known as the city palace, Mubarak Mahal, the Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas. The former ruling family still lives in the Chandra Mahal.
Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum
The outer courtyards with Mubarak Mahal, Sarvatobhadra and Diwan Khanna and the ground floor halls of Pritam Niwas and the inner courtyard have been converted into a public museum, the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. The museum houses an extensive collection of rare manuscripts, Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures, Mughal carpets, costumes and textiles, arms and weapons, objects of art and royal belongings. The giant silver Gangajalis displayed in the open Sarvatobhadra building were fabricated in the court workshops for Sawai Madho Singh II to carry holy water of Ganges to England.
Jantar Mantar Observatory
Built in 1718, Jantar Mantar is the largest and the best-preserved observatory of the five built by Sawai Jai Singh to study movements of stars. The others are located in Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura. Astronomical instruments, built with stone and marble those were the pride of medieval India and still providing fairly accurate information, are the highlight of the observatory.
Hawa Mahal or the palace of winds is the most stikingly-designed monument in Jaipur. It is a multi-layered palace with profusion of windows and stone screens. The poet-king Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built this palace in 1799. The Hawa Mahal is a remarkable structure that overlooks one of the main streets and provides some excellent views of the city. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is shaped like a mukut or crown that adorns the Lord's head. It has over 900 niches and is quite unique.
Swargasuli (Isar Lat)
The tower dominating the skyline on the western side of Tripolia Bazar was the highest structure in the walled city. Sawai Ishwari Singh built it in 1749 to commemorate an important victory when he acceded to throne defeating other pretenders in the court.
Albert Hall Museum
Located in the middle of Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur, Albert Hall was built to commemorate and honours the visit of Prince of Wales to Jaipur. Designed in Indo-Sarcenic style, the hall was completed in 1876. It was opened in 1887 as a public museum. The museum has a vast collection exhibits those include sculptures, paintings, decorative art objects, natural history specimens, an Egyptian mummy and a celebrated Persian Garden Carpet.
Moti Doongri and Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Birla Temple, also known as Laksmi Narayan temple, at the foot of Moti Dungri fort is completed in the year 1988 by Birla Group of Industries. It is a major attraction of Jaipur. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan) and his consort Lakshmi. Birla Mandir is constructed with the finest quality of white marble. The three huge domes of the temple represent three different approaches to the religion. The temple mesmerizes the onlookers, when it glows at night. Stained glass windows depict the scenes from Hindu scriptures. Many of the deities of the Hindu pantheon are depicted inside the temple. Great historical personages and figures from all religions are shown, on the outside walls including Socrates, Zarathustra, Christ, Budhda, and Confucius. The Laxmi Narayan Mandir is a modern architectural marvel. The exteriors of the temple are carved splendidly with beautiful sculptures based on mythological themes