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Amber, the former capital is situated 11 kms from Jaipur. It was the capital of the Kachhwahas for six centuries till Maharaja Jai Singh II felt the need to shift his capital from Amber to Jaipur. It stands proudly on top of a range of hills along the Maotha Lake.


The fort in all its grandeur with the majestic palace, battlements in red standstone & white marble is an excellent example of medieval Rajasthani architecture, with a blend of Hindu & Muslim influences. The inner sections laid by the Hindus remained austere, while the outer sections bear testimony to the rich taste of the Moghuls. In the time of Man Singh I who was Akbar's Commander-in-Chief, the palaces were richly decorated. Several successive rulers have contributed to the grandeur of the fort.

The Sheesh Mahal is richly laid with mirrors, where the light from a lit candle creates thousands of bright wavy reflections is also known as the Chamber of Mirrors.

Diwan-e-Am (Hall of Public Audience) with a hall open on all three sides standing on two rows of ornamental pillars, Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) where the walls are decorated with turquoise and green murals, Ganesh Pol the cremeonial two tiered painted gateway with inlaid mirror work, Sukh Manidr (The Hall of Pleasure) with its carved sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory are all magnifiecient artworks. Every window, wall and pillar is finely carved and sculpted.

Adjoining the palace is a temple dedicated to Shila Devi (Kali). This was originally meant only for the worship by the royalty. Raja man Singh sought the blessing of Goddess kali for victory in war. The Goddess asked for freedom from underground, for she was buried as a slab. Raja Man Singh dug up the slab and had it installed. Traditional rites are performed. The prasad is a local liquer.

The Jagat Shiromani Mandir is a temple built in the Hindu pattern following the Rajput style of architecture. There are images of Krishna as well as beautiful sculptures of Radha.

At Gaitore, which is near Jaipur, lie the Chataries - memorials to the royal family of Jaipur. They are laid in beautifully carved white marble. The finest of them is the memorial of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur.

Nahargarh Fort
The fort also known as Sudarshangarh was built in 1734 AD by Sawai Jai Singh for the city's defence atop a hill 600ft above the city. It was later enlarged by Sawai Ram Singh II in 1868. The Hawa Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan are situated within. It is believed that this fort containes a great treasure. It is also known as 'Tiger Fort'.

This ia a temple dedicated to the Sun God. It is believed that sage Galava performed severe penance here. The temple and the sacred tank can be reached by climbing the Suraj Pol (the Sun Gate) in the east.

Sisodia Rani-ka Bagh

The palace and terrace gardens with lovely fountains, situated 10kms from jaipur in the Jaipur Agra road was built by Sisodia Rani, the second wife of Maharajah Jai Singh. It is nested in a picturesque gorge and is adorned by bright murals depicting hunting scenes and Krishnalila.

Ramgarh Lake
This is a quite serne spot with boating facilities.

Sanganer is situated 11 kms from jaipur and is famous for the colourful block printed cotton textiles and handmade paper.

Lakshminarain Temple
This grand temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi built by the Birlas is situated near Moti Doongri.

The Palace on Wheels

This is a luxury train, fully air-conditioned and is steam engine driven. It offers an exotic 7 nights and 8 days tour between Delhi and Jaipur covering various places in Rajasthan such as Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur. The train boasts of grandeur such as gleaming brass, ceiling of painted silk, etc.