Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal is the most stunning sight in the city of Jaipur. The palace, part of a huge complex, overlooks one of Jaipur’s main streets and was originally erected to offer women of the court a vantage point, behind stone-carved screens, from the royal ladies used to watch the activities taking place in the bazaar and the surrounding streets. This five-story, pyramid-shaped structure is made up of small casements, each with tiny windows and arched roofs with hanging cornices, intricately modeled and carved. Its façade makes Hawa Mahal look more like a screen than a palace. The palace is a fifty-foot high thin shield, less than a foot in thickness, but has over 900 niches and a mass of semi-octagonal bays, carved sandstone grills, finials and domes, which give this palace its unique façade.
How to Reach Hawa Mahal :
Air: Jaipur is connected to Delhi (300Km), Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi by domestic flights.
Rail: The train service to Jaipur is available from all the major parts of the country.
Road: Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.
In the heart of the old city of Jaipur stands the City Palace occupying a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh but other additions were made much later, some right up to the beginning of this century. The City Palace of Jaipur is a former royal residence built in a fine blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and coloured stones. Two beautifully carved elephants in marble guard the entrance of the palace. The major attractions in the complex are – Chandra Mahal, Museum, Silver Vessel, Peacock Gate.
How to Reach Jaipur City Palace :
Air : Jaipur is connected to Delhi (300Km), Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi by domestic flights.
Rail : The train service to Jaipur is available from all the major parts of the country.
Road : Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.
Standing proudly on the bank of lake Pichola, are an massive series of palaces built at different period commencing from 1559 A.D. The main entrance is through the triple-arched gate – the tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens – a harmonic opulence hard to explain.There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), derived its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala is remarkable while a series of wall paintings of Krishna are on display in Bhim Vilas.
There are numerous other palaces of interest like – Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna Vilas. Now, the palace is housed with many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils which attracts thousands of visitors every day.
How to Reach Jaipur City Palace :
Air: Indian Airlines & Jet Airways flights operate in the Udaipur-Delhi,Udaipur-Mumbai sector
Rail: Udaipur is connected by direct meterguage train from Delhi and Ahmedbad.
Road: Udaipur is well connected with neighbouring major cities by private and State Transport operated buses.
The Hotel Ajit Bhawan Palace Jodhpur is situated amidst the vast and quiet desert sphere. This heritage hotel is one of the first heritage hotels in India. The hotel stands as an oasis of hospitality, pageantry and Rajput charm. Built exclusively for Maharaja Ajit Singh, the younger brother of maharajah of Jodhpur, Hotel Ajit Bhawan Palace is one of the most impressive structure located in Jodhpur. This palace hotel is an awesome red sandstone structure of 1940’s with arched windows, carved balconies and cupolas enhancing its rugged beauty. The hotel consists of a courtyard, which is a quadrangle with delightfully carved latticework. The Ajit Bhawan Palace hotel area comes to life during meal times when Rajasthani delicacies are served by turbaned men and veiled women. At hotel premise you can enjoy the traditional folk music while savouring enticing Rajasthani meal.
How to Reach Ajit Bhawan Palace :
Jodhpur is well connected by air, rail and road to the rest of India, so reaching the palace hotel is very easy.