City Palace of JaipurThis is the place that you should visit first in Jaipur because city palace is the most acclaimed historic building in Jaipur. City palace is located on Chokri Shahad, old Jaipur.
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Royal family of Jaipur was one of the richest in India and you would have a complete understanding of that upon your completion of visiting this castle. Inside the City Palace you would find lots of interesting displays of old Indian and loyal costumes, weapons and artworks. City Palace art gallery and museum holds and take care of them. The architectural beauty of the castle along with its gardens and courtyards combine both Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. The Peacock Gate of city palace is delicate, and holds a fascinating exhibition of comprehensive workmanship featuring vibrant peacocks. You would be fascinated seeing everything of city palace. Thus, city palace is the most attractive architectural beauty in Pink city.
If you are a foreigner, it would take only a $4-$5 for you to get into this beautiful castle. It’s open for everyone from 9 am to 5 pm 7 days a week.
Amber Fort and PalaceAmber fort and palace is located to the north of Jaipur, just a half an hour driving distance from the main city of Jaipur. Amber Fort is set at the top of a hill, overlooking the lake Maota. Before the city Jaipur was built, this was the actual home of Rajput royals. There have been a number of things to see like Amber palace, halls, temples, gardens etc. Inside the fort, you would find some exquisite mirror work which adds to the beauty of the building. There are number of ways to reach to the amber fort and palace. You can simply walk or take a jeep but the most amazing one would be to take an elephant ride. Taxis are quite available too.
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Entry to Amber fort and palace costs 50 rupees to a foreigner and an elephant ride costs 550 rupees which is about $12. There are different sound and lighting events out there every evening. So, you can enjoy if you stay a little late. This is quite an interesting place to visit.
Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds
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Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds, is located just next to City Palace. You can simply enter Hawa Mahal from rear of City Palace. The beautiful and intricate façade of Hawa Mahal is one of the pink city’s most recognized tourist attractions. Being built in 1799 by architect Lalchand Usta, Hawa Mahal has five floors containing rows of small screens and windows. The wind flow through the openings gives the palace its name “The palace of the winds”. But, now the wind seems to have disappeared from the Hawa Mahal. Legend says that this beautiful Hawa Mahal was built in a way that the women of the royals could see the streets below without being noticed by anybody from below. You would have an amazing view of Hawa Mahal, if you can have a look from the top of the building.
It takes about 50 rupees for a foreigner and 10 rupees for an Indian to behold the beauty of this amazing building. It’s open for visitors from 9 am to 4.30 pm, 7 days a week.