Jaipur City Information
Monuments of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jantar Mantar is the biggest of five astronomical observatory build by Maharaja Jai Singh during the period 1727-1734
in north India. It is located very close to the City Palace. The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices (or yantra in Hindi) for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes etc.
Unfortunately no text is made available to tourists regarding the various yantras nor are there any plaques/boards in front of them. In most of the cases local guides are not of any help either.
Hawa Mahal - Hawa Mahal (or Palace of Winds) was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Singh as part of City Palace. It was an extension of the Zenana (women) chamber. It's purpose was to allow royal ladies to observe
everyday life in the street below without being seen. It is a five storey high red sandstone structure complete with over 950 windows. The breeze (or hawa in Hindi) circulates through these windows giving the palace its name. Tourists are not allowed to go inside the palace.
Gardens of Jaipur
Vidyadhar Garden - One of the well-planned gardens of India is Vidyadhar garden, dedicated to Vidyadhar the principal designer of Jaipur. Constructed in Mughlai style the garden brings a sense of relaxation in the arid and stark scenery of the desert land. The picturesque Garden is sited at a
distance of 8 km to the east of Jaipur.
Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh - was made to refresh the queens and ladies of the royal family. It is one of the beautiful gardens in Jaipur, located at a distance of 10 km from Jaipur, on Jaipur to Agra Highway. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1728,
with a purpose to gift the garden, to his Sisodia Rani (queen) from Udaipur The garden is decorated in the Mughal style and portrays the legends of Radha and Krishna (mythological deities).
It is layered and is adorned with watercourses, fountains and beds of flowers. Amidst the luxuriant foliage is the palace house with painted marquees and murals depicting various epic sagas. Today the garden stands as a charming symbol of love and is a prime attraction among tourists.
Kanak Vrindavan Valley - is another exotic place in the desert lands of Jaipur. It is situated at the base of Nahargarh hills adjoining the Amber Fort, on Jaipur-Amber Road. The stunning green valley was named as Kanak Vrindavan by Maharaja Sawai Jai about three
centuries ago. Within the complex is the Temple of Govind Deo Ji, having intricate carvings in beige stone and marble pillars and lattices. The garden lies on the way to three famous forts of Jaipur - Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Amber Fort.
The Ram Niwas Garden - was designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob in 1886. It surrounds the Albert Hall, built to honour the visit of the King Edward VII to Jaipur. Constructed in Indo-Saracenic style, the garden is surrounded by pools, fountains and rows of flowerbeds.
The zoological garden in Jaipur is also worth visiting.