Right after the Easter holidays the world, on 18th April every year, marks the “World Heritage Day” , also known as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. This day is marked to promote awareness about the commendable heritage of our country and how we can protect and conserve them. In support of this day, let us explore Jaipur’s marvelous epitome of great heritage- Amer Fort- the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and other fathoming epitomes of grand heritage in Jaipur .
Jaipur is always honored for its magnetic heritage beauty which is indiscreet from more than thousands of years. And, if you are a lover of the wild, culture and history, then travel to Jaipur and celebrate this day by visiting some of its Heritage Sites.
- Amer Fort
Poised on a high hillock of Aravalli, Amer Fort is a majestic citadel built by HH Maan Singh Ji I. The capital of Rajasthan before Jaipur , it is popular among local and overseas tourists for the temples , elephant rides right up to the fort and the Sound and Light Show narrated in Amitabh Bachchan’s baritone, which is a pure tribute to Rajputana heritage. The Sheesh Mahal within the fort, which is festooned with thousands of glass mirrors on its walls and ceiling, offers a fascinating aura to the visitors of this UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in Jaipur.
- Nahargarh Fort
The Abode of Tigers, Nahargarh was once a strong defense ring, creating a tough protection for Amer and Jaigarh. The fort comprising 7 palaces within its walls offers the highest point, which happens to be a restaurant called ‘Padao’ gives awesome aerial view of the city from top. The recently inaugurated zoo and wax museum at Nahargarh are added treat for the visitors.
- Jaigarh Fort
Among all the three forts that watch the city of Jaipur, Jaigarh is the most striking of them all. Built in 18th century around15 kms from Jaipur, Jaigarh is a majestic palace, which is surrounded by huge battlements, world’s largest canon originally built to protect Amber Fort. The two forts are also connected through secret tunnel.
- Jantar Mantar
Discrete observatories were conceived to reel out untold mysteries of the universe that have always fascinated man and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of them. This heritage site of intrigue is a phenomenal expression of the astronomical skills.
- Albert Hall
The State Museum of Rajasthan- Albert Hall is situated in Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur. The fascinating building houses marvelous paintings, sculptures and interesting objects of historic significance. Since its construction in 1876, Albert Hall is Rajasthan’s oldest museum, which is also popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture. The lush greenery surrounding the museum allows you to sit and admire its marvelous beauty from outside.
- City Palace
Covering a major portion of the walled city, the City palace is a historic land mark of Jaipur. It comprises of several temples; also the famous Govind Dev ji Temple, gardens and multiple museums. City Palace also showcases world’s largest silver containers which were used to carry water on Maharaja’s entourages.
- Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal is also known as the palace of Winds because of its striking five-storey exterior, which is akin to honeycomb 953 peep windows that keep the palace cool when wind blows. Interestingly, Hawa Mahal is the tallest building in the world without any foundation and there’s isn’t any door in the front; the palace can be entered from behind.
- Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal is a mesmeric five storey palace with just top two floors visible in the middle of Maan Sagar Lake. The palace appears floating in water and looks surreal especially at night when lit with colorful lights. The recent facelift and the installation of Shashi Savri cenotaphs offer a glimpse of royalty.
- Gaitore Chhatri
This prominent tourist attraction is the final resting place of the departed souls from the royal family of Jaipur. The valley on Jaipur-Amer road has cenotaphs built from marble and sandstone with Rajastani carvings, dedicated to the legendary kings and queens.
- Galta Ji Temples
One of the most precious gems of Jaipur heritage, Galta Ji comprises huge number of temples, natural fresh water springs and 7 holy ‘kunds’. Galta ji temple is also famous for the various monkey tribes dwelling in this area. The religious chants and hymns blending with the natural settings of encompassing Aravallis, provide peaceful ambiences to anyone visiting here.
Happy World Heritage Day !!