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Best tourist attractions in Jaipur and sightseeing of Jaipur

Forming a part of the Golden Triangle, Jaipur is a major tourist destination in India. In the year 2008 Jaipur was ranked the 7th best place to visit in Asia by Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Survey.

Exhibition & Convention Centre (JECC) of Jaipur is the biggest convention and exhibition centre in Rajasthan. This centre is famous for organising events like Jaipur Jewellery Show, Vastara, Stonemart 2015 and Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit 2015.

Jaipur has so much to see and enjoy. The best places to visit in Jaipur includes Birla Mandir, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort. The Jantar Mantar observatory and Amber Fort are one of the World Heritage Sites of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is a five-storey pyramidal shaped monument with 953 windows that rises 15 metres (50 ft) from its high base. Sisodiya Rani Bagh and Kanak Vrindavan are the major parks in Jaipur. Another major tourist attraction is Chokhi Dhani, which is a Rajasthani ethnic village themed resort & restaurant. The place homes a small village with a mix of activities like Camel riding, Maze, Palm reading, Magic Shows, Rajasthani dances and a typical Rajasthani dinner.

   Birla Mandir of Jaipur

Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple. It is located in Jaipur, India and is part of one of the several Birla Mandirs located all around the country. The grand temple which is sometimes also referred to as the Laxmi Narayan Temple is located on an elevated ground at the base of Moti Dungari hill in Rajasthan.

   Akshardham Temple

For tourists visiting Jaipur, Akshardham Temple at Vaishali Nagar is among the most popular attractions. The temple is dedicated to the god Narayan. It is well-known because of the beautiful architecture that includes magnificent idols, lifelike sculptures and intricate carvings.

   Hawa Mahal of Jaipur

Hawa Mahal which in English means "Palace of Winds" or "Palace of the Breeze" is a palace in Jaipur, India. It is so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built for the women of the royal household to watch the street festivals while unseen from the outside. The Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and is build up of red and pink sandstone.

The palace begins from the edge of the City Palace, and extends up to the women's chambers. The pattern of the Mahal was build with the intention to allow royal ladies who had to obey strict "purdah" (face cover), to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. The pattern of the Mahal also allows cool air through the intricate pattern, air conditioning the whole area during the high temperatures in summers.

   Jal Mahal of Jaipur

Jal Mahal which means "Water Palace" is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. In the 18th century the palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. The light, sand coloured stone walls and the deep blue colour of the water contribute for a wonderful contrast. The Jal Mahal palace has got an eye-popping makeover as it appears to float in the centre of Man Sagar Lake, where its magnificent exteriors can be enjoyed by tourists. To move past the decorated hallways and chambers on the first floor to climb all the way up to the fragrant Chameli Bagh, Rajput style wooden boats are crafted by the traditional boat-makers from Vrindavan. Throughout the lake, you can enjoy the hills, dotted with temples and ancient forts, and on the other side, bustling Jaipur.

   City Palace of Jaipur

City Palace including the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings is a palace complex in Jaipur. The Chandra Mahal palace now has turned into a museum with greatest part of it being still a royal residence. Located in the northeast of the centre of the grid-patterned Jaipur city, the palace complex incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The palace was initially built by Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber between 1729 and 1732. The palace was planned and the outer walls of the palace was built by Sawai Jai Singh II and later on continuing up to the 20th century further additions were made by successive rulers. The architecture of the palace is a fusion of the Shilpa Shastra of Indian architecture with Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture.

   Amber Fort of Jaipur

Amer Fort also popular as Amber Fort is located in Amer which is located 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Jaipur. Because of its location on a high hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur area. Amer was originally built by Meenas and later on it was ruled by Raja Man Singh I (December 21, 1550 – July 6, 1614).

Known for its artistic Hindu style elements with large walls and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake. For the Amer Palace it is the main source of water.

The fort is made up of red sandstone and marble. It consists of the Diwan-i-Aam, or "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-i-Khas, or "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace. Hence, the Amer Fort is also popularly known as the Amer Palace. The palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families.

At the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2013, Amer Fort, along with five other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

   Sanghiji of Jaipur or Digamber Jain Mandir of Jaipur

Sanghiji or Shri Digamber Jain Atishya Kshetra Mandir is an ancient Jain temple in Sanganer, Rajasthan. The temple is made up of red stone. From Jaipur the ancient Shri Digamber Jain temple of Sanganer is 16 km.

The idol of Lord Rishabhanatha (Adinatha), the first Tirthankara is the principal deity of this temple who is supposed to be 4000 years old.

There is located an ancient small temple guarded by the Yaksha in the middle of underground portion. Seven underground floors are there in the sacred temple which are kept closed due to old religious beliefs and visitors are not allowed to see them. It is said that only a Balyati ascetic Digambara saint can enter in it and can for a limited period, which is declared and decided previously be able to bring out the idols of this underground temple.

There is a dharamshala in the temple which is equipped with all modern facilities including Bhojanalaya.

   Jantar Mantar of Jaipur

The Jantar Mantar is an equinoctial sundial consisting of a gigantic triangular gnomon with the hypotenuse parallel to the Earth's axis. The instrument is intended to measure the time of day, correct to half a second and declination of the Sun and the other heavenly bodies.

In India, there are five Jantar Mantar monuments of which the largest is in Jaipur which features many instruments along with the world's largest stone sundial.

   Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort is 15 kms from Jaipur and is located on a hilltop which overlooks the palaces and city of Amer. Of the three hilltop forts that overlook the city of Jaipur, Jaigarh is perhaps the most superb of them all. Built during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai singh II the world’s biggest cannon on wheels- the Jai Ban is positioned on this fort. It has a twenty feet long barrel and pumped in the cannon for a single shot.

   Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort which is 15 kms from Jaipur was built in 1734 on a rough crest of Aravalli hill about 600 ft. above the city. The walls of the fort run along the ridge. To further defend Amber, the fort, which literally means ‘abode of the tigers’, was built by Jai Singh. Within the fort you can see the architectural beauties like Hawa Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan.

   Kanak Vrindavan

Kanak Vrindavan is 6.5 Kms on the way to Amber. It is located at the foothills of Nahargarh hills. Kanak Vrindavan is a newly restored temple and garden. It is located near Jal Mahal. It has beautiful gardens and so is considered as a popular picnic spot. For film shooting this is a beautiful location because of the beautifully landscaped garden which houses an intricately carved temple, several terrace sites, marble columns and lattices.

   Central Museum

Central Museum which was earlier known as Albert Hall Museum is located in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building is also known as Albert Hall as it was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert. The museum has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces.

   Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium with its modern computerised projection system offers unique audio-visual education about stars and entertainment.

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