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I spent my college years immersed in a heavy dose of Indian history, so you can easily understand my fascination with the royals and their lofty monuments. I was seriously dying to visit the imperial cities of India and when I got the opportunity to visit Jaipur, how could I miss it? I quickly jumped at the opportunity!
As soon as I arrived in Jaipur, I understood why it is called the Royal City. From its marvelous palaces to beautiful well-maintained forts, magically ornate temples, opulent royal hotels, bustling markets, fun nightlife and rich wildlife and greenery, the rich historical heritage of India and a modern cosmopolitan lifestyle stand side-by-side in Jaipur.
The majestic city is known as much for its fascinating monuments and historical legacy as it is for its colorful markets, gorgeous hand-loom garments and wonderfully laid-out gardens. The city will give a sense of nostalgia when you visit. No matter how many times you have been here, the enticing city always calls you back. Whether you are looking for an energizing outing or for some unforgettable experiences, the city will captivate you with its awe-inspiring beauty.
Jaipur, a colorful amalgamation of old culture and new world vibrancy, has a life of its own. Being the rare and exceptional blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, the city never fails to impress visitors with its monumental and breathtaking tourist spots, such as Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, and Birla Mandir.
Needless to say, Jaipur is one of the most royal, colorful and flamboyant cities in India. It’s almost impossible to capture the exalted charm and vibrancy of the city in words. You can only capture it in your heart.PP
During my trip, I first visited Jantar Mantar. I had heard a lot about it and I could not wait to catch a glimpse of this astronomical marvel. Often called the heart of the city, Jantar Mantar truly stole my heart with its magnetic and resplendent beauty.
Moving on, I reached Jal Mahal, or Water Palace. The palace floating on water is like a jewel nestled among the Nahargarh hills. If it’s raining, don’t miss the chance to visit the Water Palace and relish a heavenly experience on earth. At night, this splendid palace looks surreal under the sky.
Next, I headed to Birla Mandir. Built using white marble, it is truly a masterpiece of art. If you’re tired of your hectic life, spend some time alone here. You will find serenity, tranquility and spiritual relief.
The following day, I woke up and immediately went to City Palace, the most remarkable monument of Jaipur, which has kept the majesty of the Rajputs alive even today. If you want to witness the dazzling beauty, grand architecture, rambling courtyards, lush greenery and serene alcoves of India’s historic royal structures, you need go nowhere other than City Palace. While taking in the opulent architecture of this Palace, pay special attention to two huge silver urns, which were made to carry fresh drinking water from the river Ganga.
Finally, I reached Hawa Mahal, or The Palace of Winds. This five-storey building in the form of a honeycomb was built by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. This airy and splendid piece of architecture has 953 small windows decorated with intricate lattice work. These windows were designed in a way that, irrespective of season or weather, cool breeze will always float through the palace.
I spent most of my trip visiting Jaipur’s historic buildings, but, if royal palaces and historical treasures are not your thing, you can also check out the sparkling modern life of Jaipur. From its absorbing green gardens, to enchanting fountains, numerous traditional art performances, vivacious nightlife, mouth-watering Rajasthani cuisine and fascinating markets, you won’t run out of interesting things to experience.
Being an art lover, my favorite part of Jaipur was Jawahar Kala Kendra, or Jawahar Art Centre. The Art Centre is the heart of Rajasthani culture, and cultural festivals run all year here. You can also relish a theater performance at Ravindera Manch or a traditional dance performance under moonlight at Amber Fort. In between, you can treat yourself to amazing Rajasthani cakes, pastries and – Jaipur’s most famous dish – Cheela Chaat to make your day even more beautiful.
If you want to spend some time far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, relax in the pleasant surroundings of Kapoor Chand Kulish Smriti Van and enjoy the natural diversity. You can have a calm evening stroll in the Statue Circle Garden taking in the mesmerizing charm of the city. This eye-catching garden is the best place to spend some romantic time with your loved ones.
If you’re a party animal, Jaipur has a lot to offer you as well. In the swanky nightclubs of Jaipur, you can savor all the varieties of cocktails and shake your legs all night long to the tunes of groovy music. The night doesn’t end here though. Grab a glass of chilled beer and go to Nahargarh’s RTDC, a rooftop restaurant where you can enjoy a view of the entire city from the high above.
Needless to say, Jaipur is one of the most royal, colorful and flamboyant cities in India. It’s almost impossible to capture the exalted charm and vibrancy of the city in words. You can only capture it in your heart. So come and explore The Paris of India.
For more on Rajasthan, check out Udaipur.