Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and is also known as the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. Jaipur is globally known for its coloured gems and this capital city combines the ancient history along with the advantages of a metropolis. Jaipur city rises up quite majestically against the backdrop of the royal forts Nahargarh, Jaigarh and Garh Ganesh Temple.
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If you had any preconceived notions about how the buildings in Jaipur look, they probably should reference Hawa Mahal as their architectural guide.
Jaipur is home to one of India’s most-visited forts: Amber Fort.
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Jaipur City Palace
Designed with acute and detailed handiwork and showcases a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture styles.
The magnificent City Palace in Jaipur is one of the most famous tourist attractions located in the old part of the city. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during the years 1729 to 1732, the vast complex of the palace occupied one-seventh of the walled city. In fact, it was once the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The palace is divided into a series of courtyards, buildings and gardens including the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal. The museum showcases various unique handcrafted products and other things that belong to the royal heritage of the City Palace.
The Palace Of Winds
The massive edifice of Hawa Mahal stands at the intersection of the main road in Jaipur, Badi Chaupad and was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. Hawa Mahal derives its name from its unique structure, which is a mesh of small windows that allowed cool wind to enter the palace and hence kept the palace comfortable during the hot summer months. The main reason behind the palace’s construction was to allow the women of the royal house to observe the festivities on the streets whilst being unseen from the outside as was the custom of the land. It is located right on the edge of the City Palace Jaipur and extends right to the ‘zenana’.