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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous Palaces and forts in Jaipur?

Anupriya Bedi DEC 10 2012
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If you want to get a feel of how the Rajas and Maharajas lived once upon a time, head to the Palaces and Forts of Jaipur, which are still a toast to the grand life of Indian Royals. Head here early morning or in the evening to beat the heat and the crowds, and do hire a guide(Try to take govt. approved guides from the ticket booth to save yourself from being fleeced) who relates to you both the local stories about the place and important historical facts. Trust an old hand. your visit to Jaipur is not complete without a tour of:

  • Amber Fort

    A fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style that dates back to the 17th Century, the Amber Fort is going to leave you spellbound.. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling. It's a bit of hike up from the town, and the touristy thing to do is to hitch an elephant ride to the top. Excites you? Keep in mind that in order to get an elephant it is better to to arrive here early morning! The elephant ride uphill costs about INR 900. The Rajasthan Kala Mandir, a government operated shop stocking souvenirs is also located here. You sure don’t want to miss the Amber Light Show which is a treat to the eyes.

    Timings: 8.00am to 5.30pm
    Entry Fee: INR 25, INR 10 for Students and INR 200 for foreign nationals
    Reach: The local bus #5 from Hawa Mahal or New Gate

  • Jaigarh Fort
    Best known for housing the world's largest cannon, the Jaivana, which was test-fired only once, Jaigarh Fort is another magnificent example of fine architecture in Jaipur. A very tempting reason to visit the fort are the beautiful gardens and the spellbinding views of the Amber Fort and the hills around.

    Timings: 9.30am to 4.30pm
    Entry Fee: INR 35 for Indian Nationals and INR 85 for Foreign Nationals
    Additional Fee: INR 50 for a camera, INR 200 for video cameras and INR 50 for automobiles

  • Nahargarh Fort
    Giving brilliant views of the Man Sagar lake and the vast sprawling city of Jaipur, you must see the beautiful Naugarh Fort that also houses the compact Madhavendra Bhawan palace. It came into popularity even more when portions of the movie Rang De Basanti were shot at this fort. Hire an autorickshaw from Amber Fort and take a round trip of nearby places like Naugarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort. It might set you back by about INR 250, but the views are going to be worth every penny.

    Timings: 9.30am to 4.30pm
    Entry Fee of INR 10, INR 35 extra for Madhavendra Bhawan. Included in the 5 monument composite Ticket
    Additional Fee: INR 10 for automobiles

  • City Palace

    Located in the heart of the old city, this blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture is a highlight of Jaipur. You must visit this vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City which was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. Lose yourself into the series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings or simply marvel at the architectural genius of Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-e-Aam. The majestic gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol with its four small doorways decorated with motifs will leave you short of praise for the Indian artisan.

    Timings: 9.30am to 5.00pm
    Entry Fee: INR 300, which includes a 1-week entrance to Jaigarh Fort

  • Jal Mahal

    Have you been fascinated by the pictures of forts standing tall in the middle of a lake? To see this for real, head to Jal Mahal, a Rajput style architectured palace that sits in the center of the Maan-sarovar lake. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. Not only this, you can also enjoy a boat ride to the Mahal, Royalty style in beautiful Rajput style wooden boats hand crafted by boat makers from Vrindavan. Moving past decorated hallways and chambers or climb all the way up to the fragrant Chameli Bagh, visualising a long lost grandeur come to life in front of your eyes! Across the lake, one can view the Aravalli hills, dotted with temples and ancient forts, and on the other side, the city of Jaipur.

    Timings: 9.30am to 4.00pm
    Entry Fee: INR 80

A visit to the forts and palaces of Jaipur will surely leave on your mind an indelible print and renew your pride in the rich history of India.

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