Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state in India.
After having spent four days in Delhi, India’s amazing capital, and on my way to Ranthambore National Park, I stopped for one day in Rajasthan’s magnificent capital, the city of Jaipur! Leaving Delhi by car and 4,5 hours later, I arrived at the Amer Fort. Amer Fort is located in the town of Amer, a 4-square kilometre area, 11 kilometres away from Jaipur. It is an amazing fort on top of a hill, which is the principal tourist attraction in Jaipur.
The second place I visited after Amer Fort was Jal Mahal (Water Palace), situated right in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. The lake is on the road that runs between Jaipur and Amber Fort (Amer Fort). The 18th-century Jal Mahal is a gorgeous red sandstone palace that’s accessible only by boat. It was built by Maharaja Madho Singh I, to serve as a lodge for his duck hunting parties.
Another place that you have to visit, if you are in Jaipur, is the City Palace, which is located at the centre of the old city wall. There is ample transportation to take you to the palace. You can either take a taxi to do some local site-seeing or a rickshaw, if you want to experience the Indian way of travel.
Next stop in Jaipur was the Jantar Mantar monument, which is a collection of nineteen architectural instruments, used in astronomy, built by king Sawai Jai Singh II and completed in 1734. The monument, which is located near City Palace and Hawa Mahal, presents the world’s largest stone sundial and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In very short distance from Jantar Mantar monument you can find Hawa Mahal or the ‘Palace Of The Winds’, located in the heart of the beautiful Pink City of Jaipur. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions and a prominent landmark of the city that is renowned for its rich cultural and architectural history. The 953 jharokhas or windows facilitated for the royal women to get an eyeful of the street festivals and busy city life while remaining out of the view of public.
My last stop in Jaipur was the temple of the Sun, a small Hindu temple that lies high above Jaipur and provides wonderful panoramic views over the city. The Sun Temple Jaipur is positioned on a rocky outcrop on the edge of the Aravalli Hills and is part of the larger Galta ji temple complex, which is two kilometres further to the east in a shallow valley. The temple of the sun is also the best place in the city to see the sunset!