Amber Fort The Fort is a classic, romantic Rajasthan fort-palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by his descendant Jai Singh I, and is a beautiful blend of Mughal and Hindu styles. Painted scenes of wars and hunting expeditions adorn the walls which are set with precious stones and mirrors. The main attractions are the Sukh Mandir or Temple of Contentment, cooled by a stunning water cascade and the Sheesh Mahal or Mirror palace. In a tiny pitch dark room with mirrors all over the ceiling, an attendant lights up candles and holds them for you creating a marvellous sight - twinkling stars on a clear night! In the foreground is the Maota Lake with stunning reflections of the splendid Amber Fort-Palace. The fort can be reached through snaking pathways on elephant back giving the visitor a truly royal experience.
Within walking distance of Amber, it is one of the few military structures of medieval India. Named after Jai Singh II, the fort offers a great view of the plains from the Diwa Burj watchtower. Perched on a cliff and surrounded by huge battlements with inside walkways, the fort has retained its ancient splendour in palaces, gardens, reservoirs, a granary, an armoury, a well planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and the world's biggest cannon on wheels, Jai Ban, which was made in the fort's foundries. Used only once for a test firing, the cannonball, weighing 150 kgs landed 40 kms away, allegedly making "the brave tremble and aborting pregnant women." Another of Jaigarh's attractions is the elaborate water filtering and storage system which, within its watery depths, also housed the royal treasury.
Ahis is the largest and best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. The complex instruments, whose setting as well as shape was scientifically designed, is a tribute to medieval Indian astronomy. The most striking instrument is the sundial. The shadow this casts moves upto 4 m an hour. The Ram Yantras are used for gauging altitudes.
Entrance to the Hawa Mahal is from the rear end of the building. The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is an important landmark of Jaipur. The five-storey structure of pink sandstone has 953 niches and windows. It was built in 1799 by Pratap Singh and was a royal grandstand for palace women to watch the every-day life and processions of the city.
Govind Devji Temple
The temple of Govind Dev Ji is one of the most sacred and famous tourist destinations in India. It is located in the City Palace complex, in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The deity, Govind Dev Ji, is none other than Lord Shri Krishna himself. It is believed that the image in this temple looks exactly how Lord Krishna looked during his incarnation on earth. The idol was originally kept in the temple of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh and was later brought to Jaipur by Raja Sawai Jai Singh, a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna. The idol of Govind Dev Ji is strikingly beautiful for its complete resemblance with Lord Krishna, and the temple is placed between Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal in the City Palace complex.
The City Palace
A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. The carved arches are supported by ornate grey-white marble columns with floral motifs in gold and coloured stones. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The retainers, whose families served generations of rulers, are now guides here. The palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and the armoury of Mughals and Rajputs, including swords, some of which are inlaid with enamel and adorned with jewels. The art gallery has an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal accoutrements and rare astronomical works in different languages.
Raj Mandir Cinema is a famous movie theater in Jaipur in Rajasthan state in India. Situated on the Bhagwan Das Road, near M.I. Road, the meringue-shaped auditorium opened in 1976, and over the years has seen many movie premieres of Hindi films, and has become a popular symbol of Jaipur, it is often referred as the Pride of Asia.
Ram Niwas Bagh
A lush spacious garden with a zoo, an aviary, a greenhouse, a herbarlum, a museum and popular sports ground. It was built by Sawai Ram Singh II in 1868 AD as a famine relief project. The Albert Hall has an exquisite collection of sculptures, paintings and decorative ware. In the twilight it looks even more impressive with its subdued illumination. Especially noteworthy is the beautiful 16th century Persian carpet and Egyptian mummy. Recently, the Rabindra Manch, with an auditorium, a modern art gallery and an open-air theatre, has been added, to promote cultural events.