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Must visit places in Jaipur, India

Updated on September 24, 2012
The iconic Jaipur Gate
The iconic Jaipur Gate

This state of Rajasthan in India is known for it's cultural richness. There are many cities of Rajasthan you'd love but Jaipur and Udaipur stand out of the lot!
Jaipur, also the capital of Rajasthan offers you more than you hope for. There are forts, palaces, lakes, palaces in lakes(I'd come to it) and much more. Also known as the "Pink city", the very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. Most(all) buildings in the old city are pink in color and that's why the name! Also, the city offers you all kind of jewellery, handicrafts and other cultural stuff that won't be available elsewhere.
So, now I'm going to tell you about the places you wouldn't want to miss if you happen to visit Jaipur.

The Amer Fort
The Amer Fort

Amer Fort

First and foremost, take AMBER FORT on the top of your must visit list! 10 kilometers out of the main city, this place will amaze you at the first sight. A giant fort built on a mountain with a lake of it's own is worth your time. And don't worry about climbing the stairs to see the amazing carvings and interior, the place offers elephant rides or tours across the fort. An emphatic experience, I must tell you.
If you have time on your hand, you can also visit the JAIGARH and NAHARGARH Forts which are in close vicinity.

The Hawa Mahal
The Hawa Mahal

Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal

Next stops are JANTAR MANTAR and HAWA MAHAL. These are built in very close vicinity of each other and can be visited at the same time. Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II. It has been inscribed on the World Heritage List as "an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period". Enough said, just visit it 'cause it's also in the main city market where you'll shop, won't you? The same thing for the Palace of Winds(Hawa Mahal). Just visit it 'cause you'll have to eventually.

The Scenic Jal Mahal
The Scenic Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal

JAL MAHAL (meaning "Water Palace") is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. Isn't it enough reason to watch a palace in the middle of a lake? Just check out the picture and decide. I'm not giving you reasons to visit it.

Apart from these, there are several gardens and temples you might wanna see. Also, visit Chokhi Dhani(my personal fav) that happens to be a village resort which will provide you Rajasthan's culture at it's best.

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