There are innumerable things that attract people to plan a trip to Jaipur – its lively markets, rich Rajasthani culture, historical sacred places, deep museums and more. However, the strengths that lie down in the Pink City have always been their biggest draw. These remnants of Jaipur’s glorious past are not only architectural masterpieces that evoke “fear” with their sheer grandeur, but also providing a glimpse into the real life style and military power of the former chiefs of the region.

Going back centuries, these magnificent monuments are the pride of the neighbors and the place from which each new guest should kick-off his / her city tour. Look at all the splendid forts that mark the map of Jaipur.

1. Fort of amber

Amber Fort

Sitting beautiful on the top of a hill on the outskirts of the city, the Amber Fort is a magnificent monument built with white marble and pale yellow and pink sandstone. Adorns the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites , which is a testament to its historical, architectural as well as cultural significance. The construction of the structure began in 1592 under the orders of Raja Man Singh I, but it was only a few years later completed by Raja Mirza Jai ​​Singh.

The strong exteriors of the fort built to defend against the attacking enemies are complemented by an opulent interior that corresponds to a ruler. Another thing that fascinates demanding tourists, who have knowledge about the subject, is the amalgamation of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture.

The whole fortress complex is, in fact, comprised of four sections, each of which has its own structures and courtyards. Sheesh Mahal and Diwan-e-Aam are the two highlights of the Amber fortress that you would not want to skip to explore, and so is the light and healthy show organized here in the afternoon.

Hours: 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry fee: ₹ 500

Light and Sound Show Fee: ₹ 100 (Hindi); ₹ 200 (English)

 

Suggested Itinerary: 7 Days – Travel Golden Triangle India

2. City Palace

City Palace, Jaipur

Lying in the heart of Jaipur, the City Palace was built by Sawai Jai Singh II, the same chief who founded the Pink City. This stunning monument is a fusion of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture, which is quite apparent in its many features. It is home to the last royal family of Jaipur, who lives in the private section of the complex. Most of it is open for guests to get a glimpse into the real lifestyle.

Mubarak Mahal, a part of the Jaipur City Palace, has been converted into a museum where you can find clothes that were once worn by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. Stepping in Maharani Palace You will see the Rajput armament. Some items shown here date back to the 15th century.

Hours: 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry fee: ₹ 500

 

3. Fort Nahargarh

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Located on a ridge in the Aravalli Hills, Nahargarh Fort Jaipur was once an important fortress to defend the city against invaders. Today, it stands as one of the most important points of interest in the area, narrating the captivating stories of the past. Originally called Sudarshangarh Fort, it was later renamed Fort Nahargarh, which translates to “the dwelling of the tigers.”

This is another of the many structures that were built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. But while the legendary ruler built the building in 1734, it expanded greatly around 130 years later in 1868.

In hundreds of years of the history of the fortress, it has never been successfully invaded. However, on a visit to the monument, you can still see the signs of battles that survived. Apart from the intricate mural painting that embellishes the corridors that connect several sections of the complex, the overwhelming views of the cityscape are another thing that enchant all guests.

Hours: 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry fee: ₹ 200

Suggested Itinerary: 15 Days – Rajasthan Travel

4. Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur

Like many to this list, Jaigarh Fort is another monument endowed to the Pink City and its people by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. It was built sometime in the early eighteenth century with the aim of defending the nearby fortress Amber and the palace within it. The monument is located approximately 15 km from the center of Jaipur between arid lands. This fortress also houses Jaivana – believed to be the largest canyon in the world.

A legend associated with the Jaigarh Fort claims that a treasure buried under the monument was found in the 1970s, which was seized by the government. Despite being centuries old, the fortress is in a great condition. You can call it “the most ignored point of interest in Jaipur” because, despite having so much to offer tourists, it is often lost by other attractions in the city. There are underground tunnels that connect Jaigarh Fort with Amber Fort located not far from here.

Hours: 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry fee: ₹ 150