A Royal Rendezvous with Jaipur

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is known for its royal architecture, chaotic and colourful bazaars, and glorious sunsets. If that’s not enough, Jaipur will spoil you with choices when it comes to its local food! But most of all, it is Jaipur’s royal heritage that brings thousands of people to the city from across the globe. And there’s no better way to experience a slice of Jaipur’s rich history than to explore some of the most famous palaces in the city. Among the hundreds of palaces that calls Jaipur home, here are our top picks.

Hawa Mahal

The Hawa Mahal Palace was beautifully designed by Laal Chand Ustad keeping in mind the devotion of Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh towards Lord Krishna. It is for this reason that the structure of the palace is similar to the crown of the Lord.

The ‘honeycomb’ facade of this magnificent palace takes you back in time when the Maharaja got this palace constructed for the royal women to observe the city through the window. The palace has 953 small windows, popularly known as Jharokhas, to keep the palace ventilated. A fine example of Rajput architecture, the Hawa Mahal will leave you spellbound, no matter how many times you visit it.

Entry Timings: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: Indians – Rs 50/-, Foreigners – Rs 200/-

Amber Palace

The story of Amber Fort goes back to the 16th Century when Maharaja Man Singh-I began the construction of this magnanimous palace as the primary residence of the Rajput kings. The palace, however, was under construction under the reign of the successors of Maharaja Man Singh and was abandoned in the year 1727 when the Rajput rulers decided to declare Jaipur as the capital. The walls of this fort are a testimony to the historical game of thrones, bloodshed, and a lot of untold stories.

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 2013, Amber Fort stands synonymous to the royal grandeur of the Marwar Rajputs. Be it the magnificent architecture or the royal lineage, the fort is an epitome of grace and grandeur.

Entry Timing: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, 7PM – 10 PM
Entry Fee: Indian – Rs 100, Foreigners: Rs 500/- 

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal is what royal dreams are made of! The royal palace stationed right at the center of Lake Man Sagar with a backdrop of Aravali Hills is an absolute beauty to look at. Considered to be a destination of royal romance, the Jal Mahal is constructed with red sandstone to keep up with the ‘pink’ theme of Jaipur.

The palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 and the monument was visited by him during the duck-hunting days. It’s interesting to note that four storeys of this five-storeyed building are underwater, and it is only the 5th floor that tourists can see. Intriguing, mysterious and gorgeous – Jal Mahal is all of this and so much more!

City Palace

The City Palace of Jaipur, also known as the Rajgharana, is the abode of the Royal families of Jaipur. The massive structure is an amalgamation of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture with a tinge of European touch. Sweeping courtyards, beautifully manicured gardens, and other small Mahals inside the City Palace are an infusion of the traditional designs with Mughal architecture.

Take a stroll around the palace corridors for a lesson in history and get a glimpse of the royal lifestyle of the city’s rulers from the past. The City Palace of Jaipur has an unmatched charm that can only be understood fully when you visit the place.

Entry Timing: 9:30 AM – 5 PM
Entry Fees: Indian – Rs 10/-, Foreigners – Rs 50/-

There are few destinations in India that celebrate life the way Jaipur does. The warmth with which tourists are welcomed in the city will make you want to keep coming back. For a taste of authentic Rajput warmth and hospitality, plan your stay at the Sterling Atharva Resort for a luxurious experience in Jaipur. Strategically located to help you explore the city, but still keep you away from the city’s madding crowds at the same time, the resort is an ideal getaway destination for those looking to unwind. So the next time you are craving for a quick break, head to Jaipur and indulge in the city’s regal charm and delicious food complemented with Sterling Atharva’s impeccable hospitality!

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