As far as wildlife is concerned, the Indian peninsula is a continent in itself where the sheer diversity of the wildlife astounds you with more than 350 species of mammals and 1200 avifauna species in the country.
The people want to do only one thing in the cities during the summers – they want to get away from it. They want a cool getaway in India itself where they can have some respite from the scorching heat of the plains.
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur is an architectural wonder that has been built on a concept of 'Palace in the Air'. This multi-layered palace was built by Raja Sawai Pratap Singh and is one of the prominent historical landmarks in Jaipur. The Hawa Mahal, Jaipur has intricately designed latticed windows and exquisite stone screens that are a captivating sight for any visitor. Pyramidal in shape, with fives stories, its plethora of small windows and screens are specifically designed to make the palace airy.
Though built in 1799, this structure still reminds you of the architectural grandeur of the past.
Situated in the Ramnivas Gardens, the Albert Hall museum, Jaipur is the oldest museum in the state. Its Indo- Persian style of architecture is absolutely captivating, making it one of the star attractions of Jaipur. Built in 1876 by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob, this museum houses a wide range of artifacts including, weapons, domestic metal objects, ritual robes worn by royal families, age old samples of wood block printing, miniature paintings from the regions of Kishangarh, Kota, and Bundi, and paintings belonging to the Jaipur and Udaipur schools of painting.
If you want a deep insight into the arts, culture, and history of Rajasthan than the Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur is THE place to visit.
This is one of the premier scientific monuments in the World. Built between 1728 and 1734 the Jantar Mantar, Jaipur is an amazing astronomical observatory, three stories high. This ancient observatory was built using the drafts penned by Maharaja Jai Sing II. He was commissioned by Muhammad Shah to correct astronomical tables available at that time, and also to confirm the available data. The mercurial Sawai Jai Singh II took almost seven years to complete the task allocated to him. The Jantar Mantar was built to aid him in his astronomical researches.
In the Sanskrit language, Jantar Mantar, means 'instruments' and 'formulae'.
Truly Jantar Mantar, Jaipur is a symbol of the scientific excellence in Rajasthan in a bygone era.
Amongst Rajasthan attractions, the City Palace takes the cake. The royal family of Jaipur is still in residence here, but a large part of the palace is devoted to the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II museum that takes up most of the space in the ground floors and outer courtyard.
This museum houses an assorted variety of royal objects including, arms, weapons, royal costumes, textiles, rare manuscripts, Rajasthani and Mughal carpets, and miniature paintings dating back to the Mughal rule and the Rajput rulers.
Amber Fort ( pronounced as Amer)
Built in the 16th Century the Amber Fort is an enthralling combination of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The foremost areas of interest in this palace are the Ganesh Pole, Sukh Niwas, Jai Mandir, and the Sheesh Mahal.
This is one of the important Rajasthan tourist attractions. The Nahargarh fort was built by Jai Singh II in the year 1734, and was the first of the three forts that were built by the rulers of Jaipur. The pristine environs of Man Sagar Lake can bee seen from this fort and it really is a treat for sore eyes.
Jai Garh Fort
Similar in construction to the Amber Fort, the Jai Garh Fort has magnificent views of the Amber Fort, which is seen down below. One of its principal features is the largest wheeled cannon in the world known as the 'Jaivana'. Other places of interest in the fort include a museum and three glorious water tanks.
In the midst of Mansagar Lake, likes this 18th century pleasure place. It has a majestic albeit complicated structure and a causeway surrounded with cenotaphs leads a visitor to the Jai Mahal palace.
Sisodia Rani ka Bagh or the Sisodia Garden
The Sisodia Garden is a multi level garden that was built by Sawai Jai Sing II especially for his Sisodia queen. The Sisodia Garden has an abundance of fountains, pools, and some of the loveliest pieces of sculpture dotted throughout its vast expanse.