Tourist Places

City Palace
One of the historic landmarks of the city, City Palace is situated right at the center of the city and is made of grey-white marble stone.It was built by Maharaj Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732 A.D. The king built the outer walls of the palace and his successors made the additions which continued till the 20th century. City Palace includes the Chandra Mahal palace and the Mubarak Mahal palace. At the entrance of the palace, there are two elephants made of marble that guard the passageway. Chandra Mahal houses a museum which has a rare collection of various types of Rajasthani dresses, Mughal armoury and Rajput weapons and swords of different shapes and sizes. The museum also consists of an art gallery with a collection of paintings, royal belongings, carpets and astronomical works in Persian, Latin and Sanskrit, which were developed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
   
Jantar Mantar
JantarMantar is one of Jai Singh's five striking observatories. Built with stone and marble, its perplexing instruments whose settings and shapes are exactly and logically outlined explain the medieval Indian Astronomy. The Ram Yantras utilised for measuring heights are one-of-a-kind. This is the biggest of the five observatories established by Sawai Jai Singh II in India. It has been recorded in UNESCO world heritage sites.

Major Yantras or instruments that one can find here are: 'Dhruva', Small 'Samrat', 'Narivalya', The Observer's Seat, ‘Raj’, 'Unnathamsa',Small 'Kranti', 'Disha', 'Dakshina', Large 'Samrat', 'Rashivalayas', 'Jai Prakash', Small 'Smash', Large 'Slam Yantra',Small 'Smash', 'Diganta' and Large ‘Kranti’.
   
Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal, also known as ‘Palace of Winds’, was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 A.D. Ustad Lal Chand was the designer of the palace.

The palace was designed in the form of Lord Krishna’s crown. There are 953 small windows in the palace, known as ‘Jharokhas’. The reason for the king to build this palace was to let the royal ladies see the streets of the city and observe day-to-day life without being seen by any outsider.
   
Albert Hall
Albert Hall is the oldest museum of Rajasthan and is located in Jaipur city. The Museum is located inside Ram NiwasBagh opposite to New Gate. It was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and was built by Maharaja Ram Singh and was opened for general public in 1887. The museum is the finest example of Indo-Saracen architecture.

Maharaja Ram Singh wanted the place to be a Town Hall. His successor Raja Madho Singh II, however, decided to give it a shape of a museum and included the hall as a part of Ram Niwas Bagh. Albert hall is also known as “Government Central Museum”.
   
Jal Mahal
One of the biggest tourist attractions JalMahal, also known as ‘Water Palace’, is a palace situated in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Maharaja Jai Singh II renovated the place in the 18th century and utilised the palace as a hunting lodge. One can hire a boat from the shore and visit the palace.

Jal Mahal has beautifully decorated hallways on the first floor. The palace also houses a “Chameli Bagh”. Across the lake, one can find hills, ancient forts and temples.
   
Amer Fort
Previously known as “Amber”,this place served as the capital for Kachwaha Rajputs. The fort houses palaces, gardens, halls and temples which were built by Raja Man Singh, Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh. To reach the fort, there is a steep way. It is a place of great tourist attraction wherein the tourists can hire elephants to reach the top of the fort. There is a Shila Mata temple in the premises of the Amer fort. The Idol of Shila Mata was brought from Jessore in East Bengal (now in Bangladesh) by Raja Man Singh.

The palace has a pillared hall which is known as ‘Deewan-e-Aam’ and the ‘Ganesh Pole’. As we move further inside, there is a garden known as ‘SukhNiwas’ and ‘Jas Mandir’. Jas Mandir is a fine example of the mix of Mughal architecture and Rajput designs. Raja Man Singh had built the older structures in the 16th century.
   
B M Birla Planetarium
Equipped with the latest mechanized projection framework, the planetarium offers out-of-the-box audio-visual educational entertainment. A science museum is also a part of this.

The planetarium regularly holds sky-shows to drive out the heavenly myths, broadcast the basic ideas of Astronomy and also train the professionals to be glad about the splendour of the night sky. The topics include mysteries of cosmos, evolution of Earth, exploration of Mars and other planets. Interactive sessions are held after the sky-shows.

The planetarium organises the activities of ‘Amateur Astronomers Association’, which include astrophotography, telescope fabrication and organizing sky-watch sessions.
   
Galtaji
Around 10 km away from Jaipur city, Galtaji is a pilgrimage for Hindus in a village called Khaniya-Balaji. There are a number of temples around Galtaji amidst the hills which surround Jaipur city. There is a natural spring which emerges from the top of the hill filling a number of sacred Ponds (Kunds) in which the pilgrim take a holy bath. From the temple located at the hilltop, one can see the mesmerising view of Jaipur city. It is said that Galtaji was named after a Saint “Galav”, who used to live here and practice meditation and performed “Tapasya”.
   
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Laxmi Narayan temple, also known as ‘Birla temple’, is situated at the foot of the hill of Moti Doongri. It is a temple made of white marble and is another place of tourist attraction in the city.
   
Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh fort is located beyond the hills of Jaigarh fort. It is believed that Nahargarh was once the royal residence of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Most of the part of the fort is in ruins now though the buildings constructed by Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai Madho Singh II still exist.
   
Sargasuli
Sargasuli is also known as ‘IsarLat’. It is a tower which was built by Maharaja Ishwari Singh as a memorable after one of his victories. Sargasuli is the highest building of Jaipur and is situated on the western side of Tripolia Bazaar.
Govind Devji Temple
At the center of the sprawling Jai Niwas Garden towards the north of the Chandra Mahal is the temple of Lord Krishna. The temple doesn’t have any towers to support the roof which makes it a building of utmost attraction for the tourists. The idol of Govind Devji, initially introduced in a temple of Vrindavan, was reinstalled here by Sawai Jai Singh-II as his family god.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
Along the street to Agra through a thin gauge in the southern eastern corner of the walled city, a few gardens were built by the Kings in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The biggest and the most renowned isthe gardenbuilt by Sawai jai Singh II for his Sisodia queen. It comprises of layered multilevel gardens with fountains and painted pavilions.
Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh fort is located on the cape called ‘Cheel ka Teela’ on the Aravali hills. The fort was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1726 A.D. It was built with the vision of securing Amer Fort from enemy attacks and is also known as ‘Victory Fort’. The total length of Jaigarh fort is around 3 km from north to south and has a width of around 1 km.It is one of the few military structures of Medieval India. It houses royal residences, gardens, open and secured water reservoirs, a silo, an arsenal, an all around arranged gun foundry, a few temples, a tall tower and a monster mounted cannon – The Jai Ban - the biggest in the nation.
Gaitore
Located off the Jaipur-Amber street, Gaitore is the last resting place for the Maharajas of Jaipur. Set in a valley, the cenotaphs of the previous rulers comprise of Chhatri or umbrella-molded commemorations. The most special one is Jai Singh's Chhatribecause of the carvings that have been utilized to adorn it.
Moti Doongri
It is believed to be a replica of a Scottish castle and exists on the hilltop. This place is believed to be once a residence of Maharani Gayatri Devi. It is also saidthat MaharajaMadho Singh’s son had occupied this place in the past.
Vidyadharji ka Bagh
Vidyadhar Ji ka Bagh is located at Ghat ki Guni. It is a beautiful garden which was built for the architect of the city, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Presently, the place is used to host private get-togethers.
 
Hathi Gaon(Elephant Village)
Hathi Gaon is located at the foot of the Amber palace hills. The place was built for the elephants of the king and their Mahouts. The reason for building this village was to preserve the natural habitat for elephants. For more..
   
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Abhaneri
It is believed that the place got its name from the Goddess Harshat Mata who is the goddess of brightness and spreads ‘Abha’ everywhere. ‘Abha’,in literal terms, means brightness and Joy. Abhaneri is a village which comes under Jaipur district and is 95 km away from the main city on Jaipur-Agra highway. There is a Harshat Mata temple situated in this village. This village was built by Raja Chand in the 9th Century and was known as ‘AbhaNagri’ at that time. Some mythologists suggest that the village was set up by Raja Bhoja, the king of Gurjar Kingdom. Archaeologists suggest that the place was built around the 10th century as it has sculptures and architecture of that era. Abhaneri also has a ‘Chand Baori’, a vast pond opposite to the Harshat Mata Temple.
Bagru
Bagru is located at a distance of 35 km from Jaipur city on Jaipur-Ajmer highway and is famous for its block printing on cotton fabrics. The art is well known by the name - Bagru Prints. The people of this region belong to Chippa community and are practicing block printing from more than 350 years. Wooden blocksare used to perform block printing. The design which is to be printed on the fabric is first carved on the block and then, using different colors the design is imprinted on the fabric.
Ramgarh Lake
32 km north-east. It is famous for its huge artificial lake created by constructing a high bund amidst tree covered hills where the citizens throng in a large number for picnic during the rainy season. The temple of Jamwa Mata and the ruins of the old fort still reminds of its hoary antiquity. 
 
Samode:
40 km north-west. The old palace renovated and rebuilt provides the most gorgeously decorated and painted examples of Rajput haveli architecture. It provides an ideal spot for outing.
Samode Palace:Nestled in the Aravalli Hills, Samode Palace is located at a distance of 40 km from Jaipur city. The palace is known to feature a unique blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Also, the palace boasts some of the finest frescoes and mirror-work that can be seen in the entire state. This 500- year old palace holds the essence of the rich and glorious heritage of the country till today. The palace has been featured in a number of Bollywood and Hollywood Movies.
Samode Palace is now a part of the Heritage group of hotels under the flagship name ‘Samode’ which is run by its hereditary owners. Samode Palace is counted among India’s most beautiful and romantic heritage hotels in India. The palace hotel is known to offer a tranquil and luxurious ambience. The hotel is also famous for its modern hospitality, accommodation, services, cuisine and amenities. Guests get to indulge in activities like elephant polo, camel safari, horse safari and jeep safari.

Lord Hanuman Temple in Samode is one of the famous temple. The temple is pretty often known as Samode ke Veer Hnauman Ji, by the local people. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Hanumana, which is pretty famous among the local people.
 
Bairath

Bairath is a small town located at a distance of 86 km from Jaipur city on Shahpura-Alwar highway. The place is famous for its historical buildings and structures built during Mughal, Mauryan and Rajput rules. The Buddha temple, first of the temples in India, was built in Bairath. King Akbar built a mint here followed by his son Jahangir who built a wonderful Mughal garden at this place. Bairath also houses a historical monument which was built during the Mughal period.
Sambhar

Sambhar is one of the popular tourist destinations of the district. It is located at a distance of 94 km from the main city. The place was ruled by many rulers in the past like Rajputs, Sindhias, Marathas and Mughals. It is famous for its good quality salt and is considered to be one of the perfect destinations for visitors for rejuvenation. The place houses Shakambhari Devi temple, Sambhar Palace, Devayani Pond and a small town Naliasar.

Famous Sambhar Lake is also a part of this place which is the main source of salt for the State and for the country. It was leased to the British by the rulers of Jaipur and Jodhpur in 1870 and after Independence, it came directly under the State government’s ownership. Presently, the lake is managed by ‘Sambhar Salts Limited’, owned jointly by Hindustan Salts and the Government of Rajasthan.