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.
The Amer Fort (also known as The Amber Fort) is situated in Amer, 11 kilometers from Jaipur. Amer was originally the capital of the state before Jaipur. The old fort overlooks the Maota Lake at its forefront. Built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the fort is also known as the Amer Palace. Made up of large ramparts, a series of gates and cobbled paths, Amer is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements.
The Amer Fort's true beauty lies within it's walls. Inside you will find an opulent palace complex built with red sandstone and marble consisting of the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. The palace was the home of the Rajput Maharajas and their families.
Hawa Mahal (translation: "Palace of Winds" or "Palace of the Breeze"), is a palace in Jaipur. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and was designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive due to its 953 small windows that are decorated with intricate latticework. Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur's business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women's chambers, the chambers of the harem. Hawa Mahal is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.
City Palace is a palace complex in Jaipur which includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but it is still a royal residence. The palace complex, which is located northeast of the centre of Jaipur city, incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. Among the variety of palaces and forts of Jaipur, City Palace stands out due to its outstanding art and architecture.
Jal Mahal (meaning "Water Palace") is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.
The Jal Mahal palace is considered an architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture providing a picturesque view of the lake (the Mansagar dam on the eastern side of the lake acts as a vantage point for viewing the lake and the valley), and the surrounding Nahargarh hills. The palace, built in red sandstone, is a five-storied building out of which four floors remain under water when the lake is full and the top floor is exposed.