Friday, September 09, 2016
India is a wonderland, filled with places that retain their old-world charm and integrity. With a blend of culture and age-old tradition, some places in India are truly a sight to behold. One such attraction is Jaipur, renowned for its breath-taking forts and monuments.
A reminder of a bygone era, Jaipur boasts of a brilliant historical heritage rivalled by few cities. It also lives up to its tag as the Pink City of India due to the pink walls and buildings of the old city. Situated in the arid state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a city that is coming to grips with modern times as it steps into the future, while keeping one foot firmly planted in the past. With fine architecture, that has been studied and regaled by many, and picture-perfect scenery, there’s plenty for you to see, experience and do in Jaipur.
The biggest draw for countless tourists each year are the historical architectures of Jaipur, some of which stand as tall as they did during the reigns of kings and queens. One such architectural marvel is the Amber Fort, which was once the home of Rajput royalty. With a number of palaces, gardens, halls, viewing areas and temples inside, the fort is known for its sheer size and magnitude. You could walk around the fort or opt for a jeep ride instead. If you’d like to know what it was like to be a king or queen back in the day, take a tour of the palace on an elephant!
Another attraction is the City Palace, which is a unique monument in the city. It fuses Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, culminating in something that is exquisite. Within the palace you will also find a museum, an art gallery and a collection of weapons and royal garments.
Jaipur’s crown jewel, however, is the Hawa Mahal. Word for word, it is the Palace of the Winds, and is one of Jaipur’s most iconic attractions. With intricate design and ingenious construction, the Hawa Mahal offers a panoramic view of Jaipur from the top.
For those who want a true glimpse of what life was like in the past, there is the Jantar Mantar Observatory, which is a must-visit attraction. Apart from the curious sculptures, there is also a wide collection of structures, each of which has a special astronomical function, including measuring time, predicting eclipses and much more.
Another attraction, albeit less popular, is Galtaji Temple. Fondly known as the Monkey Temple, it almost seems something straight out of the Jungle Book. As soon as you get there, you’ll see why – it’s a ruined temple, with monkeys everywhere!
With a sense of timelessness and unrivalled serenity, Jaipur is a one-of-a-kind location that must be visited by anyone who has an eye for historical architecture. End your day’s adventures in Jaipur with Fortune Hotel by unwinding at Fortune Select Metropolitan.