7 Heritage Sites in Jaipur you should visit to explore the raw and real Jaipur.
1. Amber Fort
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This massive fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style dates back to Raja Man Singh and was the royal palace of the Kachwahas from c. 1600-1727. It’s one of six world heritage forts in Rajasthan. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands on thousands of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling. It’s a bit of a hike up from the town, and the touristy thing to do is to ride on an elephant to the top. Don’t forget to buy souvenirs from Rajasthan Kala Mandir (a government operated shop).
2. Jaigarh Fort
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Never conquered in battle, this was considered the strongest of the three forts in the area. It is best known as the site of the world’s largest cannon, the Jaivana. A better reason to visit the fort, though, are the scenic gardens at the other end and the spectacular views over the Amber Fort and the hills around.
3. Nahargarh Fort
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The smallest of the three forts, notable primarily for excellent views over Man Sagar lake and the vast sprawl of Jaipur. Built in 1734 by the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in a mix of Indian and European styles. Portions of the movie Rang De Basanti were shot at this fort.
4. Jal Mahal
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Jal Mahal was made by the King of Amber in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. One of the most picturesque places in Jaipur.
5. Hawa Mahal
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Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Singh as part of City Palace, it was an extension of the Zenana (women’s) chamber. Its purpose was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. It is a five storey high red sandstone structure complete with over 950 windows. The breeze (or hawa in Hindi) circulates through these windows, giving the palace its name.
6. Jantar Mantar
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This UNESCO world heritage site is the largest of five astronomical observatories build by Maharaja Jai Singh during the period 1727-1734 in north India. The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices (or yantras in Hindi) for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declinations of planets and determining the celestial altitudes etc.
7. City Palace
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An imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings. It is home to several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, (home to present Maharajah of Jaipur), Mubarak Mahal (housing a textile museum), Diwan-e-Khas (or Hall of Private audience housing the two largest silver vessels in the world, which are duly mentioned in the Guinness book), the Diwan-e-Aam ( or Hall of Public Audience) and the gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol (with four small doorways decorated with motifs depicting the four seasons).