Jaipur, India offers the tourist a stirring time mentally, as it slowly unravels to one the mysteries behind each historical artefact it flaunts. There’s the famous Hawa Mahal, with a backstory that would delight you with its flamboyance. There’s also the very famous Jantar Mantar, that would have graced your history books, and is meant also for astronomical observation. Jaipur has a bevy of historical attractions, forts and palaces, but in no way shies away from the very modern grandeur of places like museums and biological parks. This is the place to be headed to if you want a beautiful city steeped in impressive culture. The best time to visit Jaipur would be from November to February, in the winter season.
A set of 14 massive astronomical instruments that now stand as a structure of brilliance in architecture, the Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur is an attraction of its own kind. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in order to help him predict his fate in upcoming wars, Jantar Mantar is presently known for its clever use of geometrical patterns in the form of instruments. Situated in the heart of the city of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar has attracted tourists from all over India and outside, and for good reason. Here is a list of things that will tell you why Jantar Mantar is such a wonder to observe.
- Famous for: scenic beauty, photography, monument.
- Entrance Fee: 10 per head for Indian Nationals Rs.50 for Foreigners.
- Visiting Time: 9am to 5pm (Restricted access only)
- Visit Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Famous for : History, Photography, Seeking Experience
Entrance Fee: Rs.25 Per Person for Indians and Rs.200 Per Person for Foreign Tourists
Visiting Time: 10 AM – 5 PM (Daily)
Visit Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Amber Fort, also known as Amer Fort is one of the best tourist destinations not just in Jaipur City but the whole of Rajasthan. Amer and the Jaigarh Fort are regarded as a single structure and a subterranean passage connects the two forts. It is believed that the passage was used to escape at times of war or enemy attacks. It is located on Cheel Ka Teela on Aravalli hills. The fort was built by Raja Man Singh I, one of the Navratnas of Emperor Akbar. Later, expansions were undertaken by the successive rulers. With its amazing architecture that combines Mughal and Hindu styles, the fort built in red sandstone and marble, is a sight to watch and walk through with its high ramparts, many gates, cobbled paths and splendid view. The Maota Lake looks splendid from the fort.
- Famous For: History, Architecture and Photography.
- Entrance Fee: A palace view costs Rs. 200/- for Indians, Rs. 100/- for students (with IDs) and Rs. 700/- for tourists. A museum visit costs Rs. 500/- for Indians and Rs. 1000/- for foreigners.
- Extras: You can book a golf cabby at Rs. 150/- and a chariot ride (with family) at Rs. 1000/- (the cost might change with time). Audio guide is available at Rs. 200/-. You may also buy a composite ticket which is valid for 2 days and includes entry fees to many other attractions in Jaipur.
- Opening Hours: Open all days from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. for night viewing.
- Visit Duration: 2-3 hours.