Discover Jaipur’s Splendid Heritage: 10 Must-See Sites

Nidhi Kadere

City Palace

This is the residence of the royal family of Jaipur and an example of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace complex has several courtyards, gardens, temples, and museums.

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Jantar Mantar

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the largest astronomical observatories in the world. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, in the 18th century. 

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Hawa Mahal

This is a five-story palace, built of red and pink sandstone, with 953 windows or jharokhas. It was designed to allow the royal women to watch the street life and festivities, without being seen by the public. 

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Amber Fort

This is a magnificent fort, perched on a hill, overlooking the Maota Lake. It was the seat of power of the Rajput rulers of Amber, before they shifted to Jaipur.

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Nahargarh Fort

This is another hilltop fort, built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, as a retreat and defense. The fort also houses a wax museum, a sculpture park, and a restaurant.

Nahargarh Fort | Shutterstock

Jal Mahal

This is a water palace, situated in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. It was built by Maharaja Madho Singh I, as a hunting lodge and summer resort. The palace has five stories, of which four are submerged in water.

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Albert Hall Museum

This is the oldest and the largest museum in Rajasthan, and a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. It was built by Maharaja Ram Singh II, as a tribute to King Edward VII.

Albert Hall Museum | Shutterstock

Birla Mandir

A white marble temple with a modern design, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. It was built by the Birla family, a prominent industrialist group, in 1988.

Birla Mandir | Shutterstock

Galta Ji

This is a complex of temples, built around a natural spring, in a valley near the Aravalli Hills. It was established by Saint Galav, a follower of Lord Rama, and is considered a holy site by Hindus.

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Jaigarh Fort

This is a massive fort, built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, to protect Amber Fort and Jaipur. The fort is also known as the Victory Fort, as it was never conquered by any enemy. 

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