Pink City sightseeing
Highly popular among the tourists, it is a private full day guided Jaipur tour today. The guided tour of Jaipur
will commence from 8:30 AM. Jaipur tour guide meets you in the lobby of the hotel. Start the tour with a visit to
Amber Fort. Amber Fort is located on a hill outside the city of Jaipur and beautifully reflects in the lake below. Amber Fort is a complex of palaces, temples, gates and gardens with an impressive decoration testifying the grandeur of the time when the city was former capital of State. The fort is not in Jaipur but at a place called Amer that is 11 km from Jaipur. The walls of Amber Fort are pieces of admiration for being extremely high and formidable. A lot of colourful paints and mirrors are involved in the making of the walls and major interiors of the fort. Inside the fort, you can admire the world famous Jai Mandir Temple with its dazzling Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors. The walls and ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a magnificent series of mirrors, which reflect any trail of light, illuminating the entire room. The fort offers an excellent view in the evening when it glitters with lighting. While visiting Amber Fort, you will be taken to the main gate on the back of an elephant. This maharaja-like elephant ride is an experience for lifetime.
The next monument happens to be Panna Meena Ka Kund. It is one of the several water harvesting and storage
arrangements prevalent in the region. Jaipur is known for having a lot of step wells that were built in the Rajput era to fill the scarcity of water in the
city. One of the popular step-wells of the city is Panna Meena Ka Kund. This one is a beautiful and an innovative step-well built in the desert area.
It was built to collect water for using in the case of emergency during the dry seasons. It is a great place to chill, relax and admire the structure
of the well. The architecture of the step-well is unique in the sense that one cannot come up from the same steps that one uses to go downstairs.
The step well is safe enough to explore.
After visiting Panna Meena Ka Kund, drive back to the city centre. On the way to Jaipur city, stop at Jal Mahal for taking few photographs. It is one
of the fabulous monuments of the city. Jal Mahal lies amidst Man Sarovar Lake. The sight of the palace is the most delightful one ever. Half of the palace is inside the water which can be explored too and the other half is visible over the lake. The Jal Mahal in Jaipur has five storeys with four storeys under the lake and one storey above. Lot of migratory birds chirping around the palace make for a gorgeous sight too. The sight of the palace looks incredible in the daytime and during the evening time, it is even prettier because of the lights all around.
From hereupon, continue your drive to Jaipur city centre. The heart of Jaipur is home to cluster of several historical monuments.
Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is an iconic spot of the city that can safely be called as the landmark of Jaipur. The five-storey Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 BC. It is a masterpiece of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately carved windows. It has 953 huge windows making it quite airy. Hawa Mahal was constructed for the Rajput women to check out the celebrations happening in the city without coming down on the streets. Owing to this, Hawa Mahal has so many windows. It has no stairs. There is a connecting slope to these storeys to move around different floors. It is constructed in Rajput architectural style.
After a short break for lunch at a popular local restaurant, you will visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar. The most enchanting palace of Jaipur city is the City Palace, built in traditional Rajput style but subtle elements of Mughal and European architectural styles. The palace was once the residence of the King of Jaipur. It features carved arches, carved columns and two carved marble elephants guarding the entrance. It is a magnificent palace with a huge veranda like most of the Rajput palaces in the state. The colourful palace looks beautiful with different floors, windows, colour combinations and other things. The interiors of the palace are adorned with a lot of intricate detailing that catches the attention. There is a museum inside the palace displaying Rajput era history, valour, bravery and story through the artefacts, weapons and handicrafts.
Adjacent to City Palace is located Jantar Mantar, a solar observatory. Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the biggest observatory of the country. It is built primarily of sandstones and few metal dials. Maharaja Jai Singh II, having keen interest in astrology, built this observatory. Anyone having interest in the space, cosmology and astrology, will surely like to visit Jantar Mantar. It has some amazing collection of geometric devices for observing stars, sun, constellations and measuring time. One would surely have a great time inside the observatory while exploring all the devices.
After sightseeing of historical monuments, market visit will be carried out. Visiting the handicraft market of Jaipur is one of the best experiences to take back from the city. The artisans of the city make some exquisite products like blur pottery pieces, lac bangles, gem jewellery, Bandhani textiles, miniature paintings, wooden furniture, puppets, juttis, rugs, carpets etc. Among the famous markets of Jaipur are Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Sireh Deori Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, MI Road Bazaar and Aravalli Bazaar. A tour to some of these markets is included in this trip.
After exploring colourful markets of Jaipur, the full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur ends with a visit to Govind Dev Ji Temple at the time of evening ‘aarti’. This temple is located in the City Palace complex. The idol of the presiding deity of the temple is visible from City Palace too. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna or Govind Dev Ji. This is a very famous temple, one of the seven temples of the Thakur of Vrindavan. Hence, this is a very important temple.
By 7:30 PM, Jaipur sightseeing comes to an end and you will transferred to hotel for overnight stay in Jaipur.