Have you heard about the Golden Triangle of India…? If yes, great! if no… Then, it is a tourist circuit which connects National Capital Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. So, on this trip, we covered one of the destinations of the Golden Triangle, which is popular as the Pink City that is Jaipur.
Usually, when we plan a trip on weekends, we usually get confused and the confusion is all about which places should we visit in the small span of time? So, in the case of Jaipur! throw out the confusion because we are going to tell you 8 Places to visit in Jaipur in 2 days!! So, let’s start to explore the famous destinations of Jaipur which we covered in 2 days.
8 Places to Visit in Jaipur
We started our journey from Delhi at late night and reached Jaipur in the early morning. And started exploring the city of Jaipur from Albert Hall Museum.
1. Albert Hall Museum
It is one of the great places to visit in Jaipur, situated in Ram Niwas Garden. The Indo-Saracenic architecture and stone ornamentation became a source of reference for varied classical Indian styles of design. The corridors of the Museum is decorated with murals which speak stories of our history and art. Artifacts from different regions are displayed in the museum. You will see the artifacts from the Indian subcontinent, Japanese, European, Egyptian, Chinese, Greek, and Babylonian civilizations. These artifacts and murals enable people to develop their knowledge of history and art.
It was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and named after King Edward VII the Prince of Wales. Its foundation stone was laid on 6th Feb 1876. Maharaja Madho Singh II on the suggestion of Dr. Thomas Holbein Hendley (Resident Surgeon), decided to convert it into a museum which demonstrates the work of artists.
The museum has a rich collection of artifacts including paintings, jewelry, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, and works in crystals. The collection includes coins from the Gupta, Kushan, Delhi Sultanate, Mughal and British periods.
In the basement of the museum, you can see an Egyptian Mummy.
From the Albert Hall Museum in Ram Niwas Garden, we headed towards Pink City. Wait?! Pink City?
Yes, Pink City but why it is known as Pink city? Let’s find the answer.
To know about it we have to again go back to 1876 when Prince Albert reached India. To impress him Sawai Ram Singh place the foundation stone for Albert Hall. But it was not enough to impress the prince and to increase personal tie-up with the royal family of Britain. Thus, he gets an amazing idea! And the idea was to color the city with the terracotta pink. The color historically represents the welcoming and hospitality.
In 1877 on the request of the queen, the royal court passes the law. Which makes it illegal for the buildings to be painted other than pink. And the law is still in followed. But now its Pinkness is taken care by the Rajasthan Government.
2. City Palace
It was constructed by Raja Jai Singh the founder of Jaipur City. The architecture of the palace shows the fusion of Shilpa Shastra with Rajput, Mughal, and European style. It is a vast complex and today it is divided into 2 parts. one part is open for the tourists and mostly converted into museums and another part is secured for the residence of the descendants of the royal family. The City Palace symbolize the beauty we get when design, art, and creativity blended.
There are 3 major gates of the Palace- Virendra Pol, Udai pol, and Tripolia Gate. The Tripolia gate is reserved for the royal family. Visitors can enter the palace only through Virendra Pol. The entry from Virendra Pol leads to the Mubarak Mahal.
It is an auspicious palace which now has been converted into the museum. Variety of textiles are shown in the museum. The formal royal costumes, Sanganeri block prints, embroidered shawls, silk saris and most importantly Kashmiri pashminas.
Wait! we have just talked about Sanganeri block prints, right!? So, when we are talking about the richness of Jaipur we cannot leave Sanganer behind. Sanganer is a small town about 16 km south of Jaipur. There are 2 amazing facts about the place, First one is it is one of the famous pilgrimage towns for the Jain community because of an ancient Jain temple of red stone. Second, one is Sanganeri hand block printing received the geographical indication (GI) tag in 2010.
It is the most attractive and commanding building of the City Palace. The seven-storeyed structure with the royal flag at the top is the longest building in the complex. Each floor of the building has different names such as Sukh-Niwas, Ranga-Mandir, Pitam-Niwas, Chabi-Niwas, Shri-Niwas, Mukt-Mandir. It is a residence of the royal family except for the ground floor which is opened for the visitors.
Pritam Niwas Chowk
It is an inner courtyard, from where we can go to the Chandra Mahal. You can see four small gates around the Pritam Chowk known as Ridhi Sidhi Pol. All four gates are adorned with themes representing the four seasons and the Hindu Gods.
The Diwan-I-Khas is a marble-floored area surrounded by the art and armory gallery. The major attraction at Diwan-I-Khas is 2 huge sterling silver vessels. These vessels are 1.6 meters high and each one has the capacity of 4000 liters. They are the world’s largest sterling silver vessels and hold the record in the Guinness World Record.
Diwan-I-Aam or can say Sabha Niwas is an amazing chamber with the ceiling paintings in golden and red colors. The chamber has now been converted into an art gallery. It exhibits miniature paintings, ancient texts and with the carpets decorative artifacts.
The art galleries and museums will give you goosebumps about the Rajasthani traditions. You can even shop handmade paintings and artifacts from the museums but are quite costly but one can compromise with prices if getting original handmade Rajasthani items.
3. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is located adjacent to the City Places. You can spend some time to Jantar Mantar, but if you are enthusiastic to astronomy then this place is heaven for you. It is situated adjacent to the City Palace. There are total 5 Jantar Mantar are present in India, these are at Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi, Mathura. And all are constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh.
The Vrihat Samrat Yantra present there is world’s largest sundial, measures time using shadow cast from the sunlight.
4. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal always remains the most attractive place in the Pink City. So, we included it in the places to visit in Jaipur. We reached the Hawa Mahal almost during the time of its closing, but luckily we get the entry. Hawa Mahal is also situated at a walkable distance. Although there is a direct path from the City Palace to reach Hawa Mahal but is not open for the visitors.
The purpose behind the construction of the five-story structure is to allow royal women to see the functions held in the market without coming in the direct contact with the crowd due to Pardha system.
The construction of the Hawa Mahal is mindblowing you will feel the cold breeze of air while roaming in the complex of the building. The architectural feature allowed cool air from the venturi effect to pass through, which makes the whole area pleasant.
After praising the art and creativity of the pink city it was a time to do some shopping and roaming around the roads of the pink city. So, we headed towards the Bapu Bazar.
5. Bapu Bazar
Besides the plethora of Forts, Palaces, Monuments, and rich culture Jaipur is also a paradise for the shopping. The cultural charm of the Pink City can be seen on the streets of Bapu Bazar. Roaming on the streets of the Bapu Bazar during evening gives great pleasure. You will definitely find all kind of Rajasthani Products in the Bapu Bazar. That’s why we included the place in the list of places to visit in Jaipur.
Our day 1 ends with the Bapu Bazar. As per our plan, we leave the hotel the next day quite early because the places we planned to cover in day 2 were quite distant from the Pink city. Bus connectivity is quite good in Jaipur. So, if you want you can prefer public transport also. AC tourist buses are also quite frequent in the city. So, we headed towards the Amer Fort.
6. Amer Fort
The most beautiful and attractive fort of Jaipur is Amer Fort, it is one of the 6 hill forts of Rajasthan which is included in the World Heritage Sited in 2013. That’s why we included the Amer Fort in the list of places to visit in Jaipur. A magnificent fort on the hilltop of Aravalli stands bravely.
Lake Maota is present in front of the fort. We entered the fort via Suraj Pol (Sun Gate). A very vast fort is a magnificent example of the fusion of architecture, art, creativity, and engineering. We walked upward from Suraj Pol and reached the Diwan-I-Am via Chand Pol. Inbetween Suraj and Chand pol there is a huge Bharav Pol. The upper storey of the Chand Pol called Naubatkhana.
Naubatkhana….!!!!! What is Naubatkhana?
It housed the kettle drums and other musical instruments. Naubat was a type of music which had its own specific protocol that had to be strictly followed when it was played with. The listeners were expected to remain silent. It is believed that the tradition of playing the naubat dates back to the time of Alexender the Great.
The interior of the fort shows great creativity and the Rajasthani artwork can be seen everywhere on the walls and the ceilings of the different chambers of the fort.
The places of attraction in the Amer Fort are Diwan-I-Am, Hamam, Royal Kitchen, Ganesh Pol provides access to the inner and private parts of the palace, Sheesh Mahal, Jaleb Chowk, Tripolia gate, Man Singh Palace, Meena Bazar.
7. Jaigarh Fort
We were curious to visit Jaigarh Fort and included it in the list of places to visit in Jaipur because of the Jaivana!! Do you know what is Jaivana? if no then wait we will talk about it… But first, let’s know how to reach Jaigarh Fort from Amer Fort.
Before the start of Meena Bazar in the complex of Amer Fort, there is a tunnel present which will take you directly to the Jaigarh Fort.
Jaigarh Fort was a military cantonment, which was constructed for the protection of Amer Fort. That’s why it is constructed about 400 meters above the Amer fort and you can see the walls of the Jaigarh surrounding Amer from the top of Jaigarh Fort. Raja Man Singh had brought the technology of cannon from Afganistan and set up the cannon foundry here which was worlds finest cannon foundry of its time.
There are two cannons present in the complex Hanumanvana and Jaivana. Right! the Jaivana!! which we mentioned earlier. Jaivana was the worlds largest cannon of that time on wheels. And looks awesome at the top of the hill. According to legends, it was fired only once by Raja Jai Singh II at the side of Chaksu. The impact was so powerful that it makes a depression at the place where it falls and today there is a pond. But mind it as per the legends… We have no proof of it.
In the complex, there are 2 museums which speak about the military and weaponry of the Jaipur state. Rajasthan Shilp Gram Udyog is also present in the complex which has a great collection of Rajasthani handmade products.
It takes a whole day to visit Amer and Jaigarh Forts. So, be careful while making travel eternity, try to give complete day to these two forts. We were tracked the hill that’s why it consumed our full day. By avoiding tracking you may also visit Nahargarh Fort in return from the Jaigarh Fort.
8. Raj Mandir Cinema
We had booked evening show at the Raj Mandir Cinema. Because of its royal infrastructure, we included it in our list of places to visit in Jaipur. The royal interior of the Raj Mandir Cinema will definitely blow your mind.
After the completion of the movie, we packed our bags and put reverse gear and back to Delhi. Jaipur is a great historical city, every corner of the city has its own historical significance. Here we provided you the 8 places to visit in Jaipur. These places speak a lot about the city. The warmth of the atmosphere and the culture energizes us to praise the greatness of the city.
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