For a traveler, it’s always the culture, history and authenticity of the place that fascinates the most. There are many who adore nature more, but then there are a few who find astonishment in visiting several monuments of a place and live in the history of the city. For them, we have curated a list of all the famous monuments of Jaipur! So read about these exceptional places and add them to your Jaipur itinerary.
Famous Monuments of Jaipur
To introduce you to the ‘Land of Maharajas’ we have compiled a list of the archaic monuments of Jaipur!
Monuments In The Walled City
Most of the best monuments are situated in the walled city, which is the best part as you can cover all at once.
1. Jantar Mantar – The Most Fascinating Observatory
Houses the largest sundial in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar is situated in the Walled City. It is an observatory designed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II- the great scholar and a passionate astronomer, in 1720. Inside this fascinating land you’ll find 19 stone instruments that’ll depict the local time with the help of the sun, weather, planetary positions, and eclipses, amazed yet? Oh that’s not it, the observatory has Vrihat Samrat Yantra; the biggest sun clock in the world. Jai Prakash Yantra to detect altitude, Chakra Yantra to reveal the time, and Krantiveera Yantra to measure longitude and celestial latitude are some other notable instruments in this. When it comes to visiting the monuments in Jaipur, the renowned Jantar Mantar has to top the list!
2. City Palace – A Peek Into The Royal History of Jaipur
A few meters away from Jantar Mantar, City Palace will not fail to mesmerize you. The masterpiece is a result of the will and dedication of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II who built it in the 18th Century. Located in the downtown of Jaipur, City Palace is a huge palace that houses various historical sites like Maharani Palace, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-i-Aam, and the renowned Govindev Ji Temple. Inside the palace you’ll see a museum, armoury to treat your love for history.
3. Jaigarh Fort – The Home of the World’s Largest Cannon on Wheels
The next monument on the list is Jaigarh Fort, it is renowned for housing the largest cannon on the wheels– Jaivana Cannon. The fort is comfortably standing at the top of the hills with a breathtaking view of Aravalli Hills overlooking the Amer Fort and Maota Lake. The construction of this heighted settlement goes back to the 18th century and was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The fort is 3kms stretched in length and 1km in breadth. It consists of residential complexes, temples, water reservoirs, and preserves many chapters of royal life.
4. Amer Fort – The Jewel Of Pink City
Standing on a hilltop with an enclosed defensive wall, the magnificent Amber Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century. Presently the place is a famous tourist attraction in Jaipur. Many natives come here to visit the major temple here. Apart from temples, you’ll find many courtyards, palaces built in Indo-Islamic architectural style. On your way to the fort you’ll get to see another famous attraction i.e Mira Mandir (Temple), it was also featured in the famous Bollywood movie; Bhool Bhulaiya. While you are exploring the monuments of Jaipur, do not miss out the star attraction of Amer Fort which is the light and sound show.
5. Jal Mahal – The Only One of its Kind in Rajasthan
Sealed in the watery expanse, Jal Mahal is a place constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The place is one of the romantic places in Jaipur, it’s best for sightseeing and you can boat with your loved one here. If you are a sucker for charismatic views, and wish to see migratory birds chirping around including species of Flamingo then add this monument of Jaipur in your must visit places of Jaipur
6. Hawa Mahal – The Massive Quaint Construction
Traversing in and around Jaipur, you cannot miss the world-famous monument of Jaipur i.e Hawa Mahal. Hawa Mahal aka The Palace of Winds is an intriguing construction built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. Situated in the heart of the walled city, it is a five-storey settlement and the upper floors offer bewildering views of the city from all four sides. With 953 windows, yes you read that correctly, the Mahal was built for the women of the royal families. This way they could enjoy festivities in the city as they were prohibited from stepping outside.
7. Nahargarh Fort – A Serene Exposure
Wish to witness a bird’s-eye view of Jaipur? Well, this place will offer you the most exquisite view of Pink City. It is one of its kind in Jaipur and comfortably seated near Aravalli Hills. The place offers the best sunsets and sunrises in the city. So if you’re planning to visit this, do make sure it’s either around sunset or sunrise.
Monuments Outside The Walled City
Don’t forget to check out these places too while exploring Jaipur
1. Albert Hall Museum – The Most Ancient Museum of the State
Albert Hall Museum aka the State Museum of Rajasthan, holds some fascinating history. It is the oldest museum in the state and is named after King Edward VII. In here you’ll witness various archaic artefacts, stone artwork, royal costumes, metal, and armoury.
2. Rambagh Palace -The Gem of Jaipur
It’s a former abode of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Currently the place serves as a luxurious heritage hotel in the city. It’s a great epitome of an architectural masterpiece. A fusion of Mughal and Rajasthani styles architecture. Adding more it’s applaudable design, you’ll spot ornamental gardens, verandahs, adelic front lawns filled with peacocks and other birds. Even the corridors at Rambagh Palace are well-embellished with hand painted frescos. If you have the budget then we suggest you take a plunge into the quaint royal lifestyle of the Maharajas. For what the place holds this should be in your itinerary while visiting the monuments of Jaipur.
Monuments Near Jaipur
While traversing Jaipur and exploring the famous monuments of Jaipur, you should definitely visit these too!
1. Chhatris of Gaitore – A Place Worth Adoring
Situated 15kms away from Pink City, the place is known as the resting place of Rajput family members. Chhatris of Gaitore is a little valley made of sandstone and grand marbles, ornamented with intricate carvings, and built on elevated surface making it one of must-visit monuments of Jaipur
2. Jagat Shiromani Temple – One of the Oldest Temples in Rajasthan
This is a little different yet the most magnificent attraction. Situated at Amer Town, Jagat Shiromani Temple was built in the 17th century. The temple displays fine art of sandstones, marbles, granite and it’s construction is a fusion of Jain, South Indian, and Hindu styles of architecture making it one of the most visited monuments in Rajasthan.
3. Abhaneri Stepwells – The Mysterious Stepwell of Rajasthan
Abhaneri Stepwells is not really in Jaipur City, but you must add this in the list of monuments of Jaipur that you’re planning to explore. It is located somewhat 95kms from the city’s bustle ( a 2 hour drive). Built by Nikumbh Dynasty’s ruler Chadais, it is one of the archaic tourist attractions of Rajasthan. Popular as one of deepest and largest Stepwells in the country, Abhaneri Stepwells consist of 3500 stairs and it was used in ancient times to conserve water.
4. Galta Monkey Temple – A Place To Make A Lot of Monkey Friends
This is another famous pilgrimage site in Jaipur thus was bound to be in the list of monuments of Jaipur. Galta Monkey is also popular as Galtaji, situated about 10 Kms away from the city’s bustle and is encircled by the beautiful Aravalli Hills. The peaceful surroundings and lush green vegetation makes a pleasant backdrop for this place. In addition to that, the seven holy ponds (Saat Kund) at Galta Monkey Temple are the must visit places of this temple. The history reveals, the temple was built to pay ode to the gods as the region is blessed with water. And here you’ll meet a lot of monkeys, which explains the name.
Excited yet? So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Jaipur now and don’t forget to visit the aforementioned monuments of Jaipur.