Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state before the move was made to Jaipur. The fortress-palace was contructed from 1592 by Rajah Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army. It was later extended and completed by the Jai Singhs, before the shift to Jaipur on the plains below.
Ganesh Pol (Ganesh being the Hindu God with Elephant Head, and Pol meaning gate) this is an imposing gate with the image of Ganesh taking a place of pride on the top. This is the main gate which leads to a courtyard containing the Diwan-i-Am - the Hall of Public Audience.
Sukh Niwas - the Hall of Pleasure - has a channle running through it, which once carried cooling water where the ladies of the palace used to cool off their feet. There is also a beautiful door made of sandalwood, inlaid with ivory.
Named after Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II's second wife, Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is a modest palace surrounded by vast terraced gardens. The Maharaja built the palace in the early 18th century for his new wife, from the Sisodia clan and daughter of the ruler of Udaipur, whom he married for political reasons. At her request, her palace was built in this remote location, near Galta, east of Jaipur, surrounded by mountains. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and contain many interesting antique sculptures. Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is open to visitors and is an excellent picturesque stop on the way to or back from Galta.
Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is located on Purana Ghat, east of Jaipur on the road to Agra.
on the way to the galta situated monkey temple one can also trek upto the sun temple and see the view of jaipur.
apparently this is the spot from where the architect of jaipur city vidhadhar envisioned the planned city of jaipur and all the city plan is so clear from this spot.
a must see sight of jaipur.
It's not unusual to see monkeys, camels, donkeys, and the ever-present cows in India, not only in and around her half million rural villages, but even strewn among the traffic in towns and chaotic cities. For the vast majority of these animals, life is hard work, whether plowing fields or pulling heavy loads that machinery might accomplish in more developed countries. And although many people try to care for their animals, the pressures of slim profit margins can mean that an animal is urged on to work, sometimes literally to death.
Many locals and travelers alike have seen these disturbing images of animals in pain, malnourished, working too hard. But when Englishwoman Mishy Rogers saw crows pecking out the eyes of a blind horse in Delhi in 1980, she vowed to do something for animals.
She launched Help In Suffering (HIS), which today is a fantastic two-acre animal shelter located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Years later, with thirty staff on board, HIS has made important strides in animal welfare. HIS has advocated for better conditions for the elephants at Amber Fort in Jaipur, securing signs for reporting mistreatment, a shade canopy, access to water, and reduced working hours in hot months.
Likewise, there are HIS mobile programs to teach pony-cart drivers about pain-free hoof cleaning and camel drivers about inserting humane nose pegs. There is a street dog birth control and vaccination program that has sterilized 70 percent of all female dogs in Jaipur (26,000 dogs!) and reduced rabies cases down to zero - an important accomplishment in a country that still sees 20,000 human rabies deaths a year.
Travelers on India trips with Intrepid have been impressed, even moved, when visiting the HIS sanctuary in Jaipur, where they are likely to see all sorts of animals in various states of recovery. One group met a man whose livelihood depended on his sweet, small pony, which had suffered an infection. This very poor yet sincerely concerned man was involved in the care of the pony, shown how to give medication, and encouraged to lay out his bedroll and sleep right next to the pony until recovered. In this way, HIS is helping animals and the people who rely on them, and so are Intrepid travelers who choose to donate. You can visit the HIS animal shelter on any Intrepid trip that travels through Jaipur if you wish, but a special visit is always organized on our India Family Adventure.
Galta is 10 km southeast of Jaipur hence you can stop here if you're coming from Agra. It is an 18th century religious site with well-preserved, colorful temples and water tanks, fed by natural spring water.
The Jantar Manter is an observatory built by Jai Singh in 1728. It includes an ENORMOUS sundial - with a 27 metre high gnomon - which is accurate to less than a minute. There are a lot of other odd structures which look like sculptures but which in fact are used to measure the position of the stars, calculate eclipses etc.
Its another good place to get away from it all since the site is far from crowded. Relatively rare in India - the explanations are quite well done and the leaflet given on entry contains lots of interesting information.
A Hare Krishna man played music in front of a roadside restauranton the main road between Agra and Jaipur. I gave him 100 rupies for filming and took some pictures. He gave the money to the restaurant, so I guess he was employed by the restaurant to drag tourists into the restaurant. Anyway, he was a funny guy and a good musician. (See movies)
East of Jaipur, on the busy road to Galta (and eventually Agra) is a row of 18th and 19th century havelis. These pleasure pavilions in the bottom of a valley hide behind them gardens that were once the summer retreat of the high society and ministers of Jaipur. Now abandoned and derelict, the havelis are fading reminder of a glorious time in the history of Jaipur.
In city palace museum there is a courtyard and around there are exquisite doors with art work which gives a 3 D effect. a must see, a photographers delight. On each door is a small statue of one God , ganesh, shiva etc
Discover the magic of Barathpur Birdpark. Besides a lot of birds you will also find monkeys and a tiger here. You can cycle through the whole park, it will take you about four hours at least to do a complete cycletour around the park. More about Barathpur Birdpark you can find in my TRAVELLOGUE!
Don't forget to pay a visit to the other palaces. The Waterpalace -surrounded by water- is very nice, but also the monkey or sunpalace is very special. In this palace live hundreds of monkeys. You can read and see more about this in my TRAVELLOGUE!
Bhangarh, a deserted town in Rajasthan, was established in 1613 by King Madho Singh, son of great Mughal general, Man Singh of Amber. Bhangarh was abandoned soon after being built and supposedly after it was cursed by a magician. In ignorance Ajab Singh, the grandson of Madho Singh, raised the palace to such a height that the shadow reached the forbidden place. Hence the devastation of entire town of Bhangarh happened. Local villagers say that whenever a house is built there its roof collapses. People say that nobody returned who stayed there after dark. And the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) sign board put up there says, "Staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in this area."
Visit the handmade paper factory in Sanganer. Salim papers private limited takes you around with a guide who explains the various processes. Photography is strictly forbidden. it is a good place to go to especially if traveling with kids, so that they can see the processes involved in handmade paper making, an interesting visit.
They also have a shop that sells handmade paper products.
Gramodyog road, Sanganer- 303902