Entertainment - Jaipur

Entertainment - Jaipur


Hawa Mahal:- The 'Palace of Winds',built in 1799 A.D, by Maharaja Pratap Singh, is the most recognisable monument of Jaipur. The five storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with overhanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to catch the cool breeze on a hot day, and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below


Jantar Mantar:- Built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh.A stone observatory . largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories . Its complex instruments , whose settings and shapes are scientifically designed , represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy .the huge masonry instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dials still provide accurate time, which are subject to daily corrections.The most striking of these are the Ram Yantras used for gauging altitudes


Moti Doogri:- Moti doongri is a privately owned hilltop fort .It is a small palace , this is a peplica of a scottish castle , and perches on a hilltop . Once occupied by Maharaja Madho Singh's son who was confined here , it was also for a while home to Maharani Gyatri Devi. The ganesh Temple at the foot of the hill and the marvellous Laxmi Narayan Temple built in marbal in few years back , are also noteworthy


Amber Fort:- The Kachchawahas ruled from Amber , 11 km from jaipur .A beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples built by Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh over a period of about two centuries still stand in magnificent state. The palace complex emerges dramatically from the placid waters of the Maotha Lake and is approachable only through a steep path. Tourists often ride on the elephant back to the Singh pol and the Jaleb Chowk. Two flights of stairs rise from on end of the chowk, one leading to the Shila Mata Temple and other to the palace complex. The image of the patron of goddess, worshipped by thousands of devotees, was brought from Jessore in East Bengal (now in Bangladesh) by Raja Man Singh, to be installed here


City Palace:-As may be expected , in the heart of the old city is the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and mughal styles.The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and colored stones. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The retainers whose families have served generations of rulers serve as guides. The palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chased handles, some of them inlaid with enamel and embellished with jewels and encased in magnificent scabbards. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh - II to study astronomy in detail.


Ram Bagh Palace:- The sprawling residence of the governess ofmaharaja Ram Singh , it became his favorite retreat and later , a hunting lodge. Designed by british architects as a formal palace , Rambagh came to embody princely chic when it was occoupied by Maharaja Mansingh and Maharaini Gayatri Devi.This luxurious palace was a garden gifted to one of the queens, before being converted into a royal guest house, the onluy palace in the world to have its own POLO FIELD.


Govind Devji Temple :- The most popular spire less temple of Jaipur dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located in the central pavilion of the Jai Niwas Garden to the north of Chandra Mahal. The image of the patron deity-Govind Devji, originally installed in a temple of Vrindavan, was reinstalled here by Sawai Jai Singh II as his family deity


Ram Niwas Bagh :- A lush spacious garden with a zoo, an aviary, a greenhouse, a herbarium , a museum and popular sport ground. It was built by Sawai Ram Singh II in the 1868 A.D. as a famine relief project. The Albert Hall-fine example of Indo Sarcenic style of architecture designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, was opened later with an exquisite collection of sculptures, paintings, decorative wares, natural history specimen, and Egyptian mummy and the celebrated Persian carpet The Rabindra Manch with an auditorium, a modern art gallery and an open air theatre, has been added to promote cultural events


Jaigarh : -One of the few military structures of medieval India, retaining its ancient splendor in palaces, gardens, reservoirs, a granary, an armory, a well planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted cannon-the Jai Ban, one of the largest in the country having twenty feet long barrel and wheels nine feet in diameter, are preserved here. For a single shot from the cannon 100 Kg gun powder has to be pumped in. The extensive parkotas (walls), watch tower and gateways of Jaigarh dominate the western skyline


Ghat ki Guni:- Beautifully landscaped gardens, laid out in the 18th and 19th century by king and courtiers dot the narrow gorge in the south eastern corner of the walled city, along the road to Agra.Amongst others, Vidhyadhar-ka-Bagh is the best preserved one, with shady trees, flowing water, an open pavilion. It was built by the planner of the city, Vidhyadhar.Sisodia Rani Garden has tiered multilevel gardens with fountains, water channel and painted pavilions and suites of living rooms.


Sargasuli:- Also known as Isar Lat , this tower was erected in the mid-18th century by Maharaja Ishwari Singh to commemorate a battle victory . Ironically , Ishwari Singh was ostracissed for his love of a comman girl , and he is the only Kachchawaha maharaja who has not been commemorated at Gaitore


Lakshmi Narayan Temple:- A new Temple built entirely of marble , this is a show case of the continuing skill of the mason and the sculptor.

Jain Temple:-One of few Example of jain architecture in Jaipur , Located on the Agra Road , it has 19th century frescos that are exquisite.

Govind Devji Temple :- The most popular spire less temple of Jaipur dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located in the central pavilion of the Jai Niwas Garden to the north of Chandra Mahal. The image of the patron deity-Govind Devji, originally installed in a temple of Vrindavan, was reinstalled here by Sawai Jai Singh II as his family deity


Gaitore :-Located of the Jaipur-Amber road , Gaitor is the final resting place for the maharajas of Jaipur . Set in a narrow valley , the cenotaphs of the former rulers consist of the somewhat typical chhatri or umbrella-shaped memorials. Of special mention is jai Singh II's chhatri because of the carvings that have been used to embellish it.

Statue Circle :-The full-length exquisitely carve statue of Sawai Jai Singh in white marble in the centre of the circle was erected under the newly planned scheme area to pay homage to the founder of Jaipur.