Jaipur Tourist Palaces
One of the most frequented tourist spots in Asia, Jaipur has been bustling with visitors since several years. A distinct influence of Rajput and Mughals could be observed in the general cultural facets of the city. The Hawa Mahal palace, with its small gardens and a quaint lake probably tops the list of Heritage spots in Jaipur. The Entry fees are INR 50 for international visitors and INR 10 for the Indian counterparts. The City Palace comprising of the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal are interesting places to visit too.
The Chandra Mahal, a seven storied architecture stands out as the most notable buildings within the City Palace complex. Each floor was named after the purpose it served. The Diwan-I-Khas for example was a private audience hall for the Maharajas and contains two huge sterling silver vessels, which had been officially recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records, as the World’s largest Silver vessels. The entry fees stands at INR 300 for tourist and INR 75 for visitors of Indian origin with additional INR 75 for still cameras. The palace remains open for Tourists from 9:30 A.M till 5:00PM in the evening.
The Nahargarh Fort, which had been the residence for King Jai Singh II is another heritage spot worth visiting. The fort stretches across the hills on the northwest corner of the old city. INR 30 is charged to International tourists along with extra charges for cameras. The fort is open for tourists from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. The Nahargarh Fort looks mesmerizing during the evening, when the entire palace complex is lit up for public viewing. Jantar Mantar is one of the very popular World Heritage Sites and was built by King Jai Singh II who had served the Emperor Aurangzeb. An entry fee of INR 10 is to be paid along with additional INR 50 for a still camera. Jantar Mantar remains open from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. daily.