JAIPUR :- The Rose Pink city founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), is the capital of Rajasthan. It is a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Jaipur, is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed windows line the streets with their rose pink colour lending enchantment to the scene which is salmost magical at sunset.
The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around . The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876. Today, every home with in the city is obliged by law to maintain his facade. The City is laid out in a grid pattern. It is a very well planned city and was designed by a Young Bengali, an engineer and scholar by the name "Vidyadhar Bhattacharya".
AMBER FORT : Is one of the most magnificent destinations in Jaipur located on the hills just outside Jaipur. It was commenced by Raja Man Singh in 1600 AD and then completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the eighteenth century. The fort is an example of fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture built in red sandstone and white marble. The highlight of the fort is the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), a palace known for its craftsmanship in mirrors.
JANTAR MANTAR :- A stone observatory. Largest of the five remarkable observatories made by Jai Singh in five different cities. Its complex instruments represents the high points of medieval Indian astronomy. Most striking of them are Ram Yantras which are used for guaging altitudes.
HAWA MAHAL : Sawai Pratap Singh, though not in air built the Palace of winds and air in 1747. The palace is a façade, which is fifty feet in height and a mere one foot in width. The screen allowed the ladies of the palace to have view of the market place below. Hawa Mahal symbolizes Jaipur today.
STATUE CIRCLE :- The full-length exquisitely carved statue of Sawai Jai Singh in white marble in the center of the circle was erected to pay homage to the founder of Jaipur.
In recent times, it has become a very popular joint. The big circle attracts large crowds in the evenings especially on weekends. The newly constructed Birla Complex which houses an excellent auditorium besides a planetarium and a gallery for exhibitions provides an excellent backdrop to the circle.
JAL MAHAL :- Picturesque palace amidst the Man Sagar lake. It was built for royal duck shooting parties.
GAITORE :- To the west of the road to Amber in a valley is the royal cremation ground of Gaitore. The cenotaphs of all Jaipur rulers, with the exception of Sawai Ishwari Singh who was cremated outside the Jai Niwas Garden were built at this place. The cenotaph of Sawai Jai Singh ji stands out for its delicate carvings and beautiful shape.
THE CITY PALACE: the citadel of the Kachchawah Rajput rulers of Jaipur. It occupies one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur and is wonderful blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Largely Sawai Jai Singh had constructed the walls of the Palace. Constructions and additions to the palace continued till twentieth century. The museum houses an extensive collection of rare manuscripts, Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures, Mughal carpets, costumes and textiles, arms and weapons, objects of art and royal paraphernalia.