Journey to JaipurJaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, has a number of architectural wonders that attract tourists from all over the country and abroad. The city boasts magnificent forts, beautiful Havelis (personal residence) and colorful bazaars. A number of forts and palaces in and around Jaipur bear testimony to the city’s rich and vibrant heritage.

Jaipur is also known as the Pink City. This dates back to 1905 when Jaipur city was preparing to welcome the Prince of Wales and needed a fresh coat of paint. However, the contractor wasn’t able to provide any other color than pink and so Jaipur was washed in a pink shade.

Hawa Mahal was essentially used as a veil by the female members of the royal family to watch the proceedings on the road below. This five-storey building overlooking the busy bazaar street is a striking example of Rajput architecture and artistry with its 953 peaks, delicately honeycombed, sandstone windows.

The City Palace is another stunning attraction which was built by Kachchwah Rajput rulers of Jaipur. It is a classic example of Mughal and Rajput architecture. Today, a part of the palace is a museum that contains a collection of rare manuscripts, weapons, Mughal carpets and costumes and Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures.

Albert hall is located just outside the walled city in the sprawling Ram Niwas garden. It is a very well maintained and imposing building displaying a fine collection of paintings, carpet, ivory, stone and metal sculptures as well as colourful crystal works. It combines elements of English and north Indian architecture.

Moti Dungri and Ganesh Temple can be found in the middle of Jaipur. There is also an exotic palace which is perched atop of the Moti Dungri hill and is a replica of a Scottish castle once occupied by Maharaja Madho Singh’s son. The highlight, however, is the famous and auspicious temple of Lord Ganesh, which is popular with locals.