Jaipur, which was created by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, is known for being India’s first planned city. The capital of Rajasthan, known for its coloured gems, mixes the attraction of its historic past with all the benefits of a metropolis. The vibrant modern city is one of the golden triangle’s three points, along with Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.
According to legend, the Prince of Wales made a tour stop in India in 1876. The entire city of Jaipur was painted pink by Maharaja Ram Singh because the colour pink was a representation of hospitality. The pink hue that permeates the city is a wonderful sight to behold. In front of the forts Nahargarh, Jaigarh, and Garh Ganesh Temple, Jaipur rises majestically.
The Raja of Amber, Jai Singh II, founded Jaipur in 1727, which is when the city first became known as Jaipur. The rapidly expanding population and the escalating water shortage led him to move his capital from Amber to the new metropolis. The city was constructed on the accepted Vastu Shastra principles by renowned architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya.
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Located approximately 11 kms in the outskirts of Jaipur, Amer was the former capital of Rajasthan. Prior to the Kachwahas of Amber moving their capital to the plains, to what is now Jaipur, the area is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace is a stunning fusion of Hindu and Mughal design, set in rocky hills. The palace, which was erected as a strong, secure shelter against approaching foes, was started by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and finished by Mirja Raja Jai Singh. The contrast between the harsh exterior and the inviting interior couldn’t be more surprising. Made entirely of red sandstone and white marble, visitors are left spellbound by the magnificence of the palace that utilises carvings, precious stones and mirrors.
Located deep within the walled city, the City Palace Complex was conceived and built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. A beautiful fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture, the palace is still home to the last ruling royal family which lives in a private section of the palace. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II is credited with building most of the structures, but it was expanded upon by later rulers as well. The City Palace Complex includes the Mubarak Mahal (the palace of reception) and the Maharani’s Palace (the palace of the queen).
One of the most wonderful sights in Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal or Lake Palace. The light, sand coloured stone walls and the deep blue of the water make for a wonderful contrast. The palace appears to float in the centre of Man Sagar Lake, where its magnificent exteriors can be enjoyed by tourists. While a lot of people come to see the Jal Mahal from the banks of the Man Sagar Lake, not many are aware of the technology and innovative design that has gone into building this ancient palace.
Nahargarh Fort sits proudly on a ridge of the Aravalli Hills, creating an impressive northern backdrop to the city of Jaipur. It was constructed during the reign of Jai Singh in 1734, and was later expanded in 1868. Nahargarh, which means abode of tigers, was a formidable barrier, defending Jaipur against attacking enemies. Within its walls, the fort houses Madhavendra Bhawan, the summer destination for the members of the royal family. Built by Sawai Madho Singh, the palace has 12 matching boudoirs for the queens, at the head of which is a suite for the king. They are all connected by corridors decorated with delicate murals.
Albert Hall Museum
The building gets its name from The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the inspiration for its design. The exquisitely built Albert Hall is housed in the centre of Ram Niwas Garden. Sir Swinton Jacob (who is also the mastermind behind many other palaces in Rajasthan) conceptualised and designed it using styles from the Indo-Sarcenic architecture and the Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone of the building in 1876.
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The Oberoi Rajvilas
Experience a sincerely warm welcome when you stay with at The Oberoi Rajvilas. Spread over 1,29,499 square metres of beautifully landscaped gardens, with traditional architecture, flaming mashaal torches and reflection pools.
Exquisite accommodation, including luxury tents inspired by the era of Maharajas, fine restaurants serving authentic Rajasthani and international cuisines, specially curated romantic experiences for couples and their sincere hospitality. The perfect setting for the holiday of a lifetime at the best 5 star luxury hotel in Jaipur.
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