I recently watched ‘Mohe Rang Do Lal’ from the blockbuster movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’. Fascinated by the background used in the song, I was curious to know where the song was shot. After some research, I found that the ‘Amer Palace’ at Jaipur was the shooting location of another classic song ‘Mohe Panghat Pe’, from K. Asif’s ‘Mughal E Azam’ in 1960. It brought me into exploring more such places to visit in Jaipur.
Due to the reddish colour of its historic architecture, Jaipur is affectionately sobriquet “The Pink City”. The princely state has indeed maintained the rich and ancient heritage of Indian culture, no surprise why it also has the nickname ‘The Paris of India’. Hence, it magnetises the traveller from the corners of the globe every year. The write-up articulates seven historical places to visit at Jaipur in 2 days.
City Palace – House of Jaipur’s Royal Family
Maharaj Jai Singh II constructed that astonishing inhabitance of modern-day Jaipur’s royal family between 1729 and 1732 AD. The palace is located at the heart of the old city and includes two significant sections Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. To showcase the cultural heritage of the realm, the royal family decided to transform Chandra Mahal into a museum where handcrafted products and valuable belongings of the ancestors are placed for display. The architecture of the building is not the only thing that would entice you, but the glorious view of the city from the palace will also make you stunned. The whole premise is a stunning display of typical Indian and Mughal architecture that you should not miss exploring.
Indian citizens must pay Rs.200/- to visit the palace, whereas students with identity proof are charged half. Overseas travellers have to buy a ticket worth Rs. 700/- for a palace view.
Amber Fort- The much Loved Shooting Destination of Bollywood
Formally stated as Amer Fort, it is an ideal illustration of Indian yet Rajasthani architecture. Contrived by Raja Man Singh in 1592, this royal fort is stood tall on a hill and 20 minutes drive away from Jaipur city. The use of sandstone and marble stone indicates the blend of Indian and Mughal architecture. Elephant riding and light & sound show are some fun activities are offered here. If you love to satisfy your taste bud, you can try some luscious cuisines belonged to 1135 AD. One of the four courtyards, “Diwan E Aam”, is now used as a public audience hall.
Certified as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Amer Fort and Palace has witnessed an intriguing history of royalty, romance & betrayals. Therefore, it is one of most favourite outdoor shooting locations of Bollywood. To visit such places in Jaipur, Hire a native yet private guide to hear those historical tales. To roam through the Amber Fort, an Indian has to spend Rs.25/-, on the other hand; a foreigner will be charged Rs.200/-.
Nahargarh Fort: The Defensive Walls of Aravali Hills
Nahargarh Fort is another remarkable place around Jaipur that is prominent for its sightseeing. This 300-year-old fort is located at the top of the Aravali hills and is also known as Tiger Fort. This structure was built to defend the kingdom against external hazards. Apart from being a significant strategic barrier, this fort also includes ‘Madhvendra Bhavan’ used by the royal family as a summer destination.
Wax museum, queens private chambers and sculpture park are some additional tourist-oriented spots to explore here. To treat your stomach, you can opt for one of the restaurants opened around the fort that offer traditional Rajasthani as well as Indian cuisines. This preferred picnic and hangout spot by localities remains open seven days of the week where the foreigners are charged INR 85 and Indians can visit it for INR 35.
Hawa Mahal: Rajasthan’s Palace of Breeze
Hawa Mahal is probably the most underrated tourist spot around Jaipur, as this structure is the inspiration behind most of the buildings in Jaipur. Undoubtedly, the palace contains all the characteristic structural features that are displayed in Jaipur’s portfolio. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built Hawa Mahal in 1799 to facilitate the royal ladies for sightseeing outside and to visit places in the Jaipur city by staying back at home. The top of the structure offers an astonishing view of Sireh Deori Bazaar from one side and Jantar Mantar along with the city palace from the other side. The most delicate feature of this building is the honeycomb pattern of windows which was later followed in numerous famous structures established around Jaipur and Rajasthan.
As the name suggests, the windows of the palaces, which was formally called “Jharokhas”, are arranged in such a pattern that enables hassle-free air circulation inside the building. Overseas tourists need to have a ticket of INR 50 to visit this beautiful Rajasthani structure.
Ghatla Ji: The Sacred Water Source in the Dessert
Water has been the central issue of the desert state of Rajasthan for ages. So, it is obvious when the people of the desert found a natural source of drinkable water somewhere in Aravali hill, they transformed it into a sacred place and today is officially renowned as Ghalta Ji Temple, on the other hand, people formally call it Monkey Temple as it is the inhabitance of hundred of monkeys and langurs. The temple is snuggled between the heavy rocks, and it encompasses a few tanks filled with sacred water.
Abhaneri: A Village of India’s Largest Stepwell
Originally named “ABHANERI: The City of brightness” is situated in Rajasthan’s Dausa district and was a part of Jaipur state. This small village was a part of the well-known ruler Mihir Bhoj kingdom. It contains a rich historical background and is prominent for “Chand Baori”, Rajasthan’s most profound and oldest stepwell to date. Harshad Mata Temple is another centre of attraction located near Chand Baori.
Jaigarh Fort: House of World’s Biggest Cannon on Wheel
Stood atop of hills series called “Cheel Ka Teela” in Jaipur, Jaigarh fort had its strategic significance and one amid the must-visit places in Jaipur. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II constructed this historical gem of structures in 1726 to defend the Amer fort from the extreme hazards and invaders. The fort was considered crucial in terms of wars as well as architecture. Being a battle-oriented structure, it houses the world’s most giant cannon on the wheel. When Mughals conquered the state, the fort had become the foremost cannon foundry and was also used as the main store of metals that were essential for wars and battles.