Tours to Jaipur at no time can be declared as a dull affair. There are many tourist attractions in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, which will enchant you with their distinct architectural style and artistic finesse. Rajasthan inspires images of chivalrous Rajputs, grand palaces, fortified forts, manicured gardens and dominating temples. Jaipur is no different.
Amber Fort is the first on the list of many tourists on a sightseeing tour of the major tourist attractions in Jaipur. Set on a hilltop on the outskirts of Jaipur, it too nearly 2 centuries to complete this fort. Built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century and completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century, the Amber Fort has several sites worth a visit.
Some of the prominent attractions within Amber Fort in Jaipur include Maota Lake, Palaces with intricate mirror work, pavilions and murals depicting hunting scenes. A blend of Mughal and Rajasthan architecture, Amber Fort can be toured either by road or an elephant ride. Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort are the other forts that are popular tourist attractions in Jaipur.
Another popular tourist attraction in Jaipur is the Hawa Mahal. Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799, the purpose of this intricately carved five-storey Mahal was to allow women from royal families to observe the processions passing on the road below. A must visit tourist attraction in Jaipur, Hawa Mahal also provides magnificent views of Jantar Mantar, City Palace and the famous local market below that are the other popular tourist attractions in Jaipur.
A stunning example of Mughal architecture blending with the Rajasthan styles, the City Palace is a museum that houses rare manuscripts, Mughal and Rajasthani miniature arts, weapons and other items used by the royal family members. Jantar Mantar, built in stone and marble, is the most extensive of the five observatories built by the warrior-astronomer Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. It is a popular tourist attraction in Jaipur as it showcases India's scientific prowess in a time when US didn't exist.
Other major tourist attractions in Jaipur include the Laxhmi Narayan Mandir (Birla Temple), Govind Deoiji Mandir, Rambagh Palace, Central Museum and Kanak Valley.
Nearly all the tourist attractions in Jaipur, especially the palaces, forts and temples, are set on the ruined city wall. During a thunderstorm at night, the ruined city wall lights up in the background intermittently. Tourist attractions in Jaipur are best scene in the daylight. However, a tour of tourist attractions in Jaipur on an unforeseen stormy night has charms of its own.