Hawa Mahal is known as the “Palace of Winds” and it is the most iconic landmark of Jaipur. Built as a high screen for the women of the royal household, this Mahal is made of red and pink sandstone. It stands right at the edge of the City Palace and extends to the women’s chambers. The Hawa Mahal served as a perfect cover for the Rajput women to watch the everyday happenings and the special processions on the streets below.
This fort is 13 km (8.1 miles) away from the city and proudly stands on the outskirts of Jaipur. It brings together the elements of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Unlike the other two forts, it’s less of a military fortress and more of a pleasure palace. Precious stones were once embedded in the walls and ceilings. This fort has tunnels for the Royal family to escape, in case of trouble.
The Jal Mahal is located in the middle of the artificial Man Sagar Lake. It looks like the building is floating on the water and it is inspired by the Lake Palace of Udaipur. Though boat rides were available before, the place is used only for photographs, now.
The City Palace is located right next to the Hawa Mahal, and a fun fact is that part of the City Palace is out of bounds to the general public because it continues to serve as the home of the royal family of Jaipur. This Palace also has a museum that displays a wide array of royal costumes, some very exquisite and precious Pashmina shawls, Benaras silk saris and folk embroidery, as well as weaponry used by the Rajputs,
Jantar Mantar is an observatory and, among many other interesting instruments, it contains the world’s biggest sundial. It is located just a stone’s throw away from the City Palace and Hawa Mahal. You can observe astronomical positions with the naked eye, using the instruments present here. This place is a fine example of Ptolemaic positional astronomy.
Albert Hall Museum
The Albert Hall Museum is one of the oldest museums in Rajasthan and it can be found on the outskirts of the traditional market area of Jaipur. It exhibits a collection of rare paintings, chiseled brass-ware, pottery, ivory goods and crystal works.