Whether you are from India or abroad, no travel itinerary across India is ever complete without a visit to the Pink City. Jaipur, the desert capital of Indian subcontinent, is a land rich in history, cuisine and amazing culture. The streets, buildings and walls of this glorious city never fail to mesmerize visitors with its spectacular relics of an era long gone. The place is filled with ancient forts and palaces that are known for their elaborate architectural styles. Here are some of the most well known attractions that are frequented by tourists.

Jaipur City Palace

Strategically located at the heart of Jaipur’s Old City, the Palace occupies around one-seventh of Old City area. A glimpse at the palace’s construction shows a curious blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural ideas. The huge complex includes numerous gardens, courtyards and buildings. The seven-storeyed Chandra Mahal located at the centre offers fine views of the city and the gardens.

The Diwan-E-Am or hall of public audience is adorned with intricate decorations and houses an elaborate collection of manuscripts. The Diwan-E-Khas or hall of private audience showcases a marble-pawed gallery. The exquisite Peacock Gate has an alluring exhibit of bright peacocks that shows detailed workmanship. The Mubarak Mahal and City Palace complex has a museum and an art gallery, and carries a fine collection of textiles and costumes. The Sileh Khana houses an assortment of weapons and armory.

Jantar Mantar

Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th century, it houses an elaborate collection of astronomical instruments that were used to track movement of stars, measure time and predict eclipses. The impressive Samrat Yantra sundial is an enormous structure having a height of 27 meters. Its shadow still provides with accurate time that is subject to daily adjustments.

Hawa Mahal

– Hawa Mahal, Jaipur.

Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds is one of the most well known buildings of Jaipur. Built in 1799, this enormous structure consists of five floors that are filled with numerous windows and screens for winds to blow smoothly and regulate the temperature inside the palace.

Nahargarh Fort

The Nahargarh Fort or Tiger Fort is located atop the rugged slopes of Aravali Hills, just overlooking the city of Jaipur. During the reign of Sawai Man Singh, the fort acted as a major defense point for the kingdom. The fort offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area, which are best enjoyed during sunset.

Amber Fort

Amber Place, Jaipur
Amber Place, Jaipur

The Amber Fort is located on a hilltop overlooking the Maota Lake. Known for its ethereal grace and beauty, the fort consists of numerous palaces, halls, temples and gardens. The exquisite Sheesh Mahal is known for its intricate artwork of mirrors. Don’t miss the light and sound shows held here during the evenings, which adds a new life to its age-old grandeur.

Jaigarh Fort

Erected in 1726 by King Sawai Maan Singh III, the stupendous Jaigarh Fort is a must watch for all lovers of armory and weaponry. The place is flanked with numerous towering watchtowers and gateways, and has the world’s largest cannon-on-wheels with a 20-feet long barrel. The Diwa Burj watchtower offers great views of the plains below.