The "Palace of Winds" was built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh. Projecting latticed balconies were the harem ladies could see the bustling market on the street, without being seen themselves. The Hawa Mahal is the most famous building in Jaipur.
The city palace was built in 1732 for the Maharaja of Jaipur. The palace is now a museum but is still used in parts as a royal residence. The Palace offers luxurious splendor, but from the outside it looks rather modest.
Ishwari Singh built the tower in 1749 at the Tripolia Bazaar, in memory of the victory over his step brother. The three-stage tower is also called "Iswari Lat", a reminiscent of minaret. But there is neither a mosque nor a temple nearby.
The charming complex of the "Royal Gaitor" is located in the north-west of Jaipur. The visitors are waiting for The "Royal Gaitor" are very beautiful, ornated buildings at the foot of the mountains, which served as a royal incinerator.
The water palace "Jal Mahal", is located in the Man Sagar Lake, in the north of Jaipur on the way to Amber. The palace was built in the 18th century by Madho Singh I. The famous Lake Palace in Udaipur served as a model.
The "Monkey Temple" Galtaji is somewhat hidden in a valley. The monkeys are provided with fruits and water by the locals, but they also take whatever they can.
The temple is located on a mountain on the eastern outskirts of Jaipur, on the way to the "Monkey Temple". From Suraj Devra Mandir, which stands on a hill top, you can see the whole city of Jaipur.
Before Jaipur became the capital of Rajasthan, Amer was the power center of the country. The Amber Fort was as well the palace of the ruler and is therefor very lavishly decorated. The Amer Fort is one of the top attractions of India.
The "Tripoli Bazaar" is the largest market in the city, there is everything that is colorful and fragrant. Besides thin sari fabric you can buy nuts and other local products. A feast for the senses, India just like in a tourist commercial.
The city wall of Jaipur is well preserved. If you want to go to the center you have to pass one of the numerous city gates. The city gates in the south of the old town are the best preserved. The "Ajmeri Gate" is also worth a visit.
Welcome to Jaipur
Jaipur is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan with about 3 million inhabitants. Rajasthan is with an total area of 342,000 km², slightly smaller than Germany with 357,000 km². About 70 million people live in the state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is very dry and half of the territory is covered by deserts.