There are numerous monuments that serve as the tourist attractions of Jaipur. Some of the famous places to see in Jaipur are:
City Palace & Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum
The City Palace is also known as Chandra Mahal. A part of the palace serves as the residence of the royal family. On the ground floor and outer courtyards is the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. It has a rich collection of Mughal carpets, Mughal and Rajasthani miniature paintings, arms and weapons, rare manuscripts, royal costumes and textiles, etc.
In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and colored stones.
Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The retainers whose families have served generations of rulers serve as guides. The palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajputs. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic,Persian,Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh II to study astronomy in detail.
The Hawa Mahal (palace of winds) was constructed by the king Sawai Pratap Singh. Situated in the City Palace, this five-story structure is an architectural beauty. It has 953 pink sandstone windows known as jharokhas. The purpose behind this palace was to serve as a window for the royal ladies to watch everyday life and processions in the city from their covered comfort.
Overlooking Jaipur, the Jaigarh fort is the most magnificent hilltop fort of the city. Known as the fort of victory, it is one of the few military structures of medieval India. The fort consists of numerous palaces, a granary, a well-planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tower and Jai Ban, the largest cannon in the world.
Providing a striking backdrop to Jaipur in the north, Nahargarh Fort is located on the Aravalli Hills ridge. It was built by Jai Singh to strengthen the security of Amber. Floodlit at night, it presents an entrancing sight. There is a Madhavendra Bhawan in the fort used by the royal family for excursion in summers. Now, it serves as a picnic spot.
Located 11 km from Jaipur, Amber (pronounced Amer) Fort was the ancient fortress of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber. The fort is an awesome fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Built in red sand stone and white marble, Amber reflects a marvelous aura. On the inside, the palace is decorated with painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. The Maota Lake In the forefront strikes you with its scenic beauty.
Situated in the foothills of Nahargarh hills, Kanak Vrindavan consists of beautifully landscaped gardens. It also has a temple, made up of beige stone and with brilliantly carved marble columns and lattices. With Jal Mahal serving as the backdrop, Kanak Vrindavan serves as the perfect spot for picnic and shootings.
Lakshmi Narayan Birla Temple
The Laxmi Narayan temple, also known as the Birla temple, is an important tourist attraction in Jaipur. As the name indicates, the Birla Mandir/temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. The Lakshmi Narayan Birla temple is located near the Moti Doongri fort. It is interesting to note that the Birla temple at Jaipur has three domes, representing different approaches to religion. The Birla temple is built in white marble, which glows magnificently at night. As a popular pilgrimage place, the Birla temple attracts tourists and devotees throughout the year. The Lakshmi Narayan Birla temple is very crowded especially during the Hindu festivals.
Albert Hall Museum Jaipur
The Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur is one of the oldest museums of the state. The Albert Hall museum was built to welcome the Prince of Wales on his visit to India in 1876. Located amidst the Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur, the Albert Hall museum has an assortment of rare articles including textiles, paintings, carpets, metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, dolls, toys and an Egyptian mummy belonging to the Ptolemaic Epoch. The Albert hall museum also houses the famous carpet that was bought by Mirza jai singh I from Shah Abbas of Persia. The museum also showcases the miniature paintings from different schools of Rajasthan.
An ancient pilgrimage center, Galtaji has a number of temples, pavilions and holy kunds (natural spring and water tanks).
Govind Dev Ji Temple
Jaipur, Rajasthan sightseeing tour must include Govind Dev Ji temple. A part of the City Palace complex, this temple is dedicated to Govind Dev Ji (an incarnation of Lord Krishna), the patron deity of the royal family. The temple has been well preserved by the royal family.
A stone observatory. Largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments,whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy.
The most striking of these are the Ram Yantras used for gauging altitudes.
Swargasuli (Isar Lat)
The highest tower dominating the skyline of the western side of the Tripolia Bazaar. It was built by Sawai Ishwari Singh in 1749 A.D. to commemorate a grand victory.
Sisodia Rani Garden
It has tiered multilevel gardens with fountains, water channel and painted pavilions and suites of living rooms.
BM Birla Planetarium (Time 12.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs.)
The Planetarium offers unique audio-visual education and entertainment with its modern computerized projection system. For school groups concessions are available. Closed on last Wednesday of every month.
Once a settlement of nobles,craftsmen and common folks, the city of Amer is now in ruins. The remanants of its rich past are the beautifully carved and planned Jagat Shiromani Temple, a Krishna temple associated with Meerabai, an ancient temple of Narsinghji and a magnificent step-well,Panna Mian-ka-kund.
Shila Mata Temple
A beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions,gardens and temples built by Raja Man Singh,Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh over a period of about two centuries still stand in magnificent state. The palace complex emerges dramatically from the placid waters of the Maotha Lake and is approachable only through a steep path. Tourists often ride on the elephant back to the Singh pol and the Jalebi Chowk.Two flights of stairs rise from on end of the chowk, one leading to the Shila Mata Temple and other to the palace complex. The image of the patron of goddess,worshipped by thousands of deovtees, was brought from Jessore in East Bengal (now in Bangladesh) by Raja Man Singh, to be installed here.
A spectacular pillared hall -Diwan-e-Aam and a double storeyed painted gateway. Ganesh Pole dominate the from courtyard, An elegant tiny garden in Charbagh style beyond th corridors, has Sukh Niws to its right and Jas Mandir to its left. The latter combines the Mughal and Rajput architecture seen in its beautiful interior with intricately carved Jali screens,delicate mirror and stucco work and painted and carved dadoes. The well proportioned Mohan Bari or Kesar Kyari in the centre of the Maotha Lake and the Dilaram Bagh at its north end provides a spectacular view of the palaces above.
Ram Niwas Bagh
A lush spacious garden with a zoo, an aviary, a greenhouse, a herbarlum , a museum and popular sport ground. It was built by Sawai Ram Singh II in the 1868 A.D. as a famine relief project. The Albert Hall-fine example of Indo Sarcenic style of architecture designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, was opened later with an exquisite collection of sculptures, paintings, decorative wares, natural history specimen, and Egyptian mummy and the celebrated Persian carpet.
The exquisite jain temple on the Agra road has some of the most beautiful 19th century paintings in Jaipur style on its walls.
Moti Doongari is a privately owned hilltop fort built like a scottish castle. The Ganesh Temple at the foot of the hill and the marvellous Lakshmi Narayan Temple built in marbles a few years back,are also noteworthy.
The full-length exquisitely carve statue of Swai Jai Singh in white marble in the centre of the circle was erected under the newly planned scheme area to pay homage to the founder of Jaipur.
Ghat ki Guni
Beautifully landscaped gardens, laid out in the 18th and 19th century by king and courtiers dot the narrow gorge in the south eastern corner of the walled city, along the road to Agra.
The Kanak Vrindavan Complex of fine temples and gardens has been recently renovated to their pristine perfection. To the west of this road is the royal crematorium at Gaitore in a narrow valley with some spectacular cenotaphs of all the Jaipur rulers except Swai Ishwari Singh who was cremated outside the Jai Niwas Garden. Most imposing is the 'chattri' of Sawai Jai Singh II with the intricate carvings and a graceful shape.
Beautiful memorials to the queens,Maharani-ki-chattri are near the Ramgarh road crossing on the Amber Raod. The Island Palace,Jal Mahal built by Sawai Jai SinghI, is a fascinating spot at the centre of the Man Sagar Lake.