Following our article about Jaipur and the images gallery, our last destination of our incredible 28 days Funky India journey, comes the HD video. The film is edited from the footage taken during our three days visit in the charming city and includes some of Jaipur’s most important sights such as the famous City Palace, grandiose forts such as the Amber Fort and well known museums such as the Albert Hall.
- Albert Hall Central Museum
- Jantar Mantar
- Hawa Mahal
- City Palace
- Nahargarh Fort
- Amber Fort
- Jaigarh Fort
- Jal Mahal Water Palace
An Introduction to Jaipur
Jaipur, best known as the Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the northern state of Rajasthan. It is considered one of the best planed cities in the country, with its wide roads, precisely divided sectors and networks of gridded streets. It is a relatively new city, founded in 1727 by the Maharaja of Amber as the capital of the royalty. Today, with its population of over 3 millions, the city has become a major tourist destination as well as an important economic centre. Indeed, the city has some of India’s most visited attractions including a variety of spectacular monuments like the City Palace, grandiose forts offering breathtaking views such as the Amber Fort and well known museums such as the Albert Hall.
Albert Hall Central Museum
The Albert Hall or Central Museum set within a lovely building with a Indo-Saracenic architecture is located in the heart of the city next to the Ram Nivas Garden. It is home to the biggest exhibition of art in Jaipur, offering a variety of Indian, Chinese, Christians and Ancient Egyptian artefacts.
Jantar Mantar is a large observatory built by the Maharaja Jai Singh during the 18th century which has today become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses a variety of geometric devices including ones to track stars in their orbits, measure time or even predict eclipses.
Hawa Mahal, nicknamed the Palace of breeze, is a fabulous multi storey complex built in red sandstone. It was originally built in 1799 by the Maharaja Sawai Singh, with the intention to give royal ladies the freedom of observing daily street life without being seen.
The City Palace complex which takes up a good portion of central Jaipur is comprised of a variety of buildings, gardens and courtyards. It was built by the Maharaja Jai Singh II in a mix of Mugal and traditional Rajput style. It is home to two of the world’s largest silver vessels, the textile museum and other private and public halls.
The Gaitor is a famous cremation site for the Jaipur royal rulers, located in the northern part of the city, at the foothills of the Nahargarh Fort. This beautiful landmark is also known for its colonies of monkeys, shared between the macaques and the larger grey langurs species.
The Nahargarh Fort, located on a hilltop on the northwest side of the city, is the smallest of the three forts within the Jaipur area. It was once home to the King Sawai Jai Singh II and offers spectacular views over the Man Sagar lake and surroundings.
The Amber Fort is a massive pastel yellow coloured fort and palace complex built in the 17th century and located some 11 km north from the heart of Jaipur. The fort is divided into various sections each with its own entry gate and courtyard. One of the key attractions is the Sheesh Mahal with its numerous tiles on the walls and ceiling.
The Jaigarh Fort is perhaps the most spectacular of the three forts surrounding the Jaipur area with its lovely gardens and spectacular views. It is famous for the Jaivana, considered the site of the world’s largest cannon with according to legend a reach of over 35 km.
Jal Mahal Water Palace
The Jal Mahal best known as the Water Palace is a remarkable piece of Rajput style architecture sitting at the heart of the Maan-Sarovar Lake.