Nahargarh hills, adjoining Amer Fort, on Amer-Jaipur Road. According to past records, the beautiful green valley was named Kanak Vrindavan Valley by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, almost 280 years ago. The valley seemed like the mythological Vrindavan (Land of Lord Krishna) to the King, consequently he installed an idol of Lord Krishna in the complex.
Kanak Valley is also believed to be the blessed place where holy water from several rivers was gathered to carry out the Ashwamedh Yajna. Govind Deoji Temple, with its beautiful and delicate carvings, spreads a holy aura of spirituality all over the valley. The temple looks marvelous with its chhatris, lattice and mirror work.
Divided into eight sections, the garden comprises a series of fountains. The fountain by the name of 'Parikrama' is carved out of a single piece of marble. At night, the temple is brightly lit, the sounds of chants and hymns offered to the God complete the celestial picture of the place. Kanak Valley is a green oasis that flourishes in a bare land.
Jaipur-Agra Highway, 10 kms from Jaipur. In 1728, this garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, as a gift to his Sisodia Queen from Udaipur. The Sisodia Rani Garden served as a natural sanctum and a getaway for the Maharani of Jaipur. Here, the queen would spend time in the lap of nature, away from the politics of the royal palace.
The garden is designed in a Mughal style, on the theme of eternal lovers, Radha-Krishna. The garden appeals to the artistic and visual tastes of the spectator with its layered gardens, fascinating fountains, painted pavilions and galleries. Several frescos, depicting scenes of Radha-Krishna, adorn the walls. Set amidst the desert land, the garden exhibits skill of a human hand and the beauty of nature.
On Jaipur-Agra Highway, 8 kms from Jaipur. Vidhyadhar ka Bagh was made in order to bring a sense of relief in the scorched scenery of the desert land. The Garden is situated at a distance of 8 kms to the east of Jaipur, on Jaipur-Agra Road. Initially, the place served as a vineyard to previous rulers then it was renovated to its present form.
Near Sisodia Rani ka Bagh, on Jaipur-Agra Highway. Galtaji is a destination of holy pilgrimage in India. The vast complex has several temples in it and is famous for its natural springs. Galtaji is considered holy as Saint Galav spent his life meditating here. However, the temple was built much later in the 18th Century. The outstanding structure of the Temple looks more like a mansion or Haveli. Built in pink sandstone it crests the ridge over a picturesque gorge. Galtaji Temple is dedicated to the Sun God. The temple is decked with rounded roofs, exquisitely carved pillars and painted walls. Out of all other temples, the Hanuman temple stands out, being surrounded by hundreds of monkeys.
The water of these springs is accumulated in the tanks or 'kunds'. In all, there are seven tanks, the holiest being the Galta Kund, which never goes dry. It is considered auspicious to take bath in the holy waters of Galtaji. Thousands of people come every year to take a dip in the tanks to rinse out their sins.
South of Jaipur just below the famous Moti Dungri Fort. The Birla Mandir, in pure white marble, dominates the skyline of southern part of Jaipur. The enormous temple was built during the year 1988, built by B.M. Birla Foundation, 1988, one of the business tycoons of India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple.
The attractive stained glass windows of the temple depict scenes from Hindu Mythology. The idols of Lord Vishnu and his consort, Lakshmi are made out from one piece of marble. The exteriors of the temple are carved splendidly based on mythological themes, while the interiors have a large marble panel portraying mythological events. The Birla Temple has a museum too, which showcases the ancestral valuables of the Birla family.