The traditional legacy, royal opulence and modern pulse of this great iconic city fascinates the travelers. Moreover, every corner of this great city has a story to narrate through its rich cultural past. It has likewise evolved from its ethnic charm to become a modern tourist destination with all urban facilities.
Jaipur is known worldwide for its magnificent architecture, splendid palaces, majestic forts, jewelry, gems, semi-precious stones, colorful markets, festivals, and food. It makes it an extremely popular shopping destination among domestic and international tourists. This is the capital city of Rajasthan and is popularly known as the ‘The Pink City’ of India. It has derived its name from its Rajput dynasty ruler Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. He established this well-planned city between 1727 and 1734.
Jaipur is one of the first planned cities of pre-Independence India, thanks to its founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh who himself was a great scholar in Mathematics and Art. It’s also well protected by high fortress walls and eight gates to look after the security aspects.
Jaipur is a perfect amalgamation of old and new world charm. Therefore it felt worth to take a peep from these eight gates into the treasures hidden in the walls of the fort that lures so many tourists to this wonderland time and again.
1. Amer Fort
Majestic Amber or Amer Fort is a mark of Rajput chivalry, power, and prosperity. An erstwhile capital of Rajput Kachhwaha rulers for five centuries; is built atop Aravali hills range which can be seen from a far distance due to its majestic structure. One can reach the fort’s first gateway on foot or can take an elephant ride. Jaipol, the first gateway leads to Jaleb Chowk-an open courtyard and the Singh Pole. Chowk houses a lot of street food counters to give tourists a taste of Jaipuri khana. From here on, take stairs to the palace complex or Shila Mata Temple.
The fort has four different levels of courtyards leading to different sections. On entering the palace, ‘Diwan-E-Aam’ welcomes the tourist. It has beautifully carved double red sandstone pillars.
Then comes Ganesh Pol which is the main entrance to the private sections of the fort. In addition, it was also a dwelling place for royal family and guests. Sukh Niwas, Jas Mandir and Mughal garden with landscaped gardens and fountains form the third section of this palace. Like trademark Rajasthani culture, carved ceilings with multi colored mirror work can be seen prominently seen here. It is used as part of the interior architecture of these buildings, making it even more charismatic.
Maota lake is located in the foothills of the fort and was once serving as the main source of water to the royal dwellers of Amer Fort. This beautiful lake is surrounded by the green garden of flower beds and plants.
2. Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort is one of the highest forts and was once the main center for armory for Rajput rulers. This Jaipur fort consists of private residential complex, green garden, and a huge water reservoir. The main tourist attraction of Jaigarh fort is the six-meter long barrel that is positioned on the highest landing point of the fort. Rightly called ‘Jai Ban’, this gigantic cannon measures around 8 feet in diameter and weighs around 50,000 Kgs!!! Besides, making everyone standing next to it look tiny no matter how high or broad you are!
3. Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort is situated at the edge of rugged Aravali Hills that faces the city of Jaipur. Uniquely, it was once a hunting retreat for the Maharajas. This Jaipur Fort then, stood to be a statue of defense for the Kingdom of Amer. It comprises of different sections of Queens and attendants and eye-catchingly decorated. These sections are well connected with each other with corridors. Nahargarh Fort gives a beautiful view of the Jaipur city in the light of night.
4. Kanak Vrindavan Valley
Temple of Kanak Vrindavan is located near Man Sagar Lake and furthermore offers a serene and peaceful environment to visitors. The temple is also surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens giving it a picturesque look. The name of the complex is derived from the term ‘Vrindavan’ used for a place where Lord Krishan resides and used to spend time with his gopis.
It is then spread over eight sections, the garden of Kanak Vrindavan consists of green landscape, carved umbrellas, and water fountains. Furthermore, One can opt to relax or spend a picnic in this garden.
Govind Deoji is located next to the garden, is the temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple has significantly beautiful carvings in marble and red sandstone leaving the devotees in a spell-bounding serene aura.
If nothing else, it is an ideal stopover point for tourists visiting Amer, Nahargarh, and Jaigarh forts.