Jaipur

Lose Yourself Under A Magical Starry Night At City Palace Jaipur

Jaipur – A city that is known for its royal charm and towering forts & palaces, houses in it a palace which was once an abode to the Maharajas of Jaipur – The City Palace. A palatial complex in the walled city, which is still home to the royal family and an unmissable tourist attraction in Jaipur, City Palace is like a whole city within a city.

A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, City Palace was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and it owes its fusion of Rajput, Mughal & European architecture to two architects – Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. This treasure trove of centuries old art and craft, a place that loves fêtes and the one which refreshes the glorious past through a spectacle Sculpture Lumiére Show is nothing less than a magical visual treat to the eyes at night. 

So, let yourself loose on a voyage of discovering the City palace, at night. Located in the heart of the city in a rambling walled enclosure, the splendor of this Palace turns manifold when seen under the pristine night sky.

Voyage at Night

Jaipur Beat was invited to take this royal tour, so through the buzzing walled city and noisy roads, we entered the palace from Tripolia Gate that takes us straight to Mubarak Mahal. Usually, only royal family uses this gate and it’s like entering another world altogether.

Mubarak Mahal

As soon as you step inside the premises of City Palace from Tripolia gate, the sight of Mubarak Mahal welcomes you with all its might.

A gigantic door on the left of the passage leads to the Painting and Photography Gallery with an unusual collection of paintings & pictures that actually do tell a thousand stories !! It is interesting to see how an array of paintings portray a totally different and unconventional picture of what we see the old era as, for example, Chaugan painting by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh Ji showed his entire Jaipur family dressed in Black for a Diwali celebration, surprised? P.S. We consider black as an inauspicious color for festivals and celebrations.

The gallery also showed some of the self portraits taken by Maharajas at that time which we think is a recent discovery in the name of ‘selfie‘ but photography in this area is a strict no no !

Opposite this is the elaborately decorated building that displays the museum’s textiles collection. This embraces all textiles bought for or collected and used by the men and women of the royal family, irrespective of where they were made. No doubt, City Palace has the largest group of historic royal textiles surviving in India today. These are usually part of the personal collection and being relatively fragile, do not last long.

Sarvato Bhadra- 

The SarvatoBhadra (where the famous silver urns are displayed) is built on a plinth or platform, with marble pillars that hold up the roof. SarvatoBhadra means single-storeyed, square, open hall, with enclosed rooms at the four corners. The rest of this building and the courtyard around it is built with ordinary stone pieces, finished smoothly with plaster and then painted pink. The SarvatoBhadra is at its glorious best when illuminated with lights at night.

Pritam Niwas Chowk

The gate on the western side of the Sarvato Bhadra courtyard is called Riddhi-Siddhi Pol. Unlike most of the other gates, which are only plastered and painted, this gate is decorated with beautifully carved marble, giving us a hint about its importance – it was used by the Maharajas to enter their private residence! It leads into the Pritam Niwas Chowk, with the 7-storey Chandra Mahal on the right.

Sculpture Lumiére Show

Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust has recently started a Sculpture Lumière Show, created by world’s renowned light artist Patrick Rimoux, an introduction by the Shri Amitabh Bachchan and the State Anthem which has been revived by the Jaipur royal family and re-recorded by Rajasthan Roots inside the City Palace for visitors 🙂 It’s magical beyond words to see the buildings, walls of the palace suddenly transform, hold your hand and take you into the glorious past of the royal era.

The Sculpture Lumiére Show is an enlightening experience and an enchanting journey covering the history of Jaipur and its rulers, through images from the Museum collection, video, and graphics, all projected onto the walls of the Sarvato Bhadra Chowk, and the Chandra Mahal.

Chandra Mahal

Drenched in the spirit of pride, Chandra Mahal or the moon palace (perhaps because the moon shines right next to this palace) was the main residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur. It is seven storeys high, and was built in just seven years. The state flag of Jaipur, called the panchranga, or five-color flutters on the top. You may notice a smaller, quarter flag flying above it. That denotes that the Maharaja is in residence and is connected with the title ‘Sawai’ that is added to the names of the rulers of Jaipur. The founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Jai Singh the second, was honoured by the Emperor Aurangzeb with the title of ‘Sawai’ literally meaning ‘one and a quarter’.

The seven storied building, Chandra Mahal is built with such proportion that one can hardly realize its grand scale without going around its various apartments. The walls of the verandah of Chandra Mahal on the first floor are covered with life size portraits of Jaipur rulers painted by German Artist A.H. Muller during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. The verandah faces Royal Jai Niwas gardens, Govind Dev ji temple and scenic view of the tiger fort on the Aravali Mountains all in one line.

The second storey of Chandra Mahal is Sukh Niwas. The gilded room has walls decorated with gold work from over 200 years ago. The room is full of royal memorabilia, including a dining table made specially for the royal family in a way that once the cooked food was placed on that table, its temperature would stay intact.

Chandra Mahal’s third storey, called Rang Mandir is embellished with mirrors on the walls, pillars and ceilings.

The fourth storey is called Shobha Niwas. Created in 18th century, it is a room of mirrors embellished with decorations in colour and gold. This is the point that heralds all the royal ceremonies.

The fifth storey is the Chhavi Niwas, which is painted with floral pattern in blue & white to depict the reflection of clouds in the sky 🙂

The Sixth storey of the palace is Sri Niwas, one of the finest examples of Mughal artwork decorated with mirror & gold during 18th century. The reflections of the intricate glass work in candlelight is a treat to the viewer’s eye.

The top of Chandra Mahal or seventh storey is known as Mukut Mandir. It is the crown of the royal Palace over which the flag of Jaipur flies relentlessly. One can have a panoramic view of the walled city of Jaipur from the Mukut Mandir. While standing on the terrace you will find that there is something that carries a whiff of magic about the most beautiful city of Jaipur from here.

Baradari Restaurant

When grandeur of past blends with avant-garde settings, a gorgeous ambiance is conceived, which can be experienced at the restaurant, Baradari the latest in a series of initiatives by the Jaipur royal family for the visitors at City Palace. It wraps around the courtyard of what was once the historic service court of the City Palace. With cooling water cascades and an elegant bar that plays with the traditional form of baradari (a columned, open pavilion), it is the perfect place to conclude a visit to the Museum, or to host a meal. It serves sumptuous Indian and international cuisines in elegant surroundings and also runs a Snack Bar for the convenience of visitors who wishes to grab a meal on the go. Baradari has won the INSIDE Award for the Best Building in the Creative Re-use category.

So the next time you are planning a trip to Jaipur in Rajasthan, soak in the character of beauty and royal grandeur at the City Palace during night!

Jaipur · Jaipur Happenings · Vacations

10 Refreshing Summer Camps In Jaipur

A refreshing environment and interesting activities are all that your kid needs this summer. Blazing heat and constantly fluctuating temperature of the city should not be a reason to bring down the energy level of your child because this is the time for Summer Camps. Packed with fun, excitement, adventure and a lot to learn, summer camps are being organized all around the city to keep your child involved in power-packed activities and keep the over load of holiday homework off its shoulder (Well, for a few hours). Since holidays are far more than just completing the homework, it is time for you help your kid to enjoy and make the best of this time.

We bring you the most exciting workshops and summer camps of the city. Take a look…

  1. The Junior Summer Program

A summer training camp organized only at the Jawahar Kala Kendra. The camp started from May 15 will last up to June 20. The amazing activities being offered by this camp include personality development, photography, diction and art of debating and creative writing. Something your kid shouldn’t miss!

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  1. Star Gazer Summer Camp for Kids

If you are looking for a summer camp on B-7a Motilal Atal Road offering art and craft, camping, jungle party, cooking classes, etiquette classes, movies and storytelling and rhymes then Star Gazer is the right place for your child. The camp will be starting from May 17 and will last up to May 22.

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  1. Summer Camp and Hobby Classes

Organized by Saaz Music and Dance academy, this summer camp will surely help your child enjoy art and craft, Dance, Vocal and music. Lasting from May 16 to June 25, Saaz has organized this camp in different localities of the city including Plot 1, Jhulelal Marg, Near Vikas School, Shipra Path, Mansarovar along with Chitrakoot, Shyam Nagar and Malviya Nagar. Just the right place for music and dance lovers.

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  1. Super Kids Summer Camp

To all the parents living in or near Main Calgiri Road, Malviya Nagar, Super Kids Summer Camp is just right for your kids because it offers exciting activities including painting, calligraphy, dance, martial arts, nail art, skating, yoga and aerobics and basketball.  The camp has already started its batches form May 12 and May 16.

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  1. Junior Einstein Camp (Patrika Group)

Patrika in Education (PIE), 2016 brings you the much awaited summer camp including aerobics, mad science, abacus and robotics. Starting from May 16 in SV Public School, Adarsh Nagar, Raja Park and Gyan Ashram School, Shipra Path, Mansarovar, the camp will last up to May 28. If your kid loves science and books, Junior Einstein can help him to think and work like Einstein.

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  1. Yearly Summer Training Camp

The annual summer training camp is all set to be organized at the City Palace, Jaipur. The camp will last for a month and will offer Dance, Drama, Music and photography at a whole new level.

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  1. Acting Workshop

Darshak Sanstha (Academy of Music and Arts) will be organizing a one month workshop (May 30 – June 30) in Darshak College, Malviya Nagar specifically on acting theory, sound design, etc. If your kid loves acting or designing, this workshop can help him excel in this field.

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  1. Junior Picasso Camp (Patrika Group)

For the love of Dance, Theatre, Drama, Drawing, Sketching, Painting and Music, Patrika in Education (PIE), 2016 brings you Junior Picasso Camp from May 16 to May 28 only in SV Public School,Adarsh Nagar, Raja Park and Gyan Ashram School, Shipra Path, Mansarovar.

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  1. Summer Camp 2016

The Poppins pre-primary school has brought the most exciting summer camp for the kids starting from May 16 to June 4 in 71/262 Paramhans Marg, Mansarovar along with centers in Siddharth Nagar and Jagatpura. Whether it is martial arts, western dance, yoga and aerobics, art and craft, skating, music, cooking, calligraphy, spoken English, drama, French basics or sketching and painting, this summer camp will offer the best of everything.

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  1. Junior Explorer Camp (Patrika Group)

From art and craft, mind development, games, imagination development to knowledge improvement, Patrika In Education (PIE), 2016 brings you Junior Explorer from May 16 to May 28 only in SV Public School, Adarsh Nagar, Raja Park and Gyan Ashram School, Shipra Path, Mansarovar for helping your child to discover himself.

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Go out and help the kids join their favorite camp because the sun is shining and so are they !

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Jaipur

8 Perfect Romantic Places In Jaipur Where You Can Propose On This Valentine’s Day

As Jaipur has already been declared one of the most romantic cities in the world, there is no doubt that in case you are planning to ask the ‘Will you’ question on this Valentine’s Day, Jaipur is the perfect place to do it ! But Jaipur is full of some extremely romantic places where you can propose, let us suggest some 🙂

  1. NahargarhAlong with the first ray of sun rising or when the sky is full of hues at twilight, there is nothing more surreal and romantic a place than Nahargarh fort to said the golden words to your love 🙂

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  2. Hot Air Balloon 

    Go Breezy 😉 Just imagine a scene where you are thousands of feet above the ground and are soaking the beauty of the pink city and there it is, the biggest day of your life – a perfect proposal in the air ❤ So go ahead and book the Sky Waltz Hot air balloon ride.Hot Air Balloon - JB (VD)Photo Credits – Sky Waltz

  3. Albert Hall Museum 

    Midst the backdrop of the gorgeous pigeons flying in front of the Albert Hall Museum which looks like an architectural marvel, there lies a hidden shade of love. So go down on your knees, and ask her out right here !JB (VD) - Albert hall

  4. Polo Ground 

    If you are both watching the game of royals i.e. the Polo Match, either your tastes match perfectly or you’re doing it for your partner, so in both cases, there will be no better time and place to commit to each other 😀JB(VD) - Polo Ground

  5. Jalmahal Palace 

    A dreamlike palace standing in the middle of a vast lake in the town of royals, and the swaying blue waves are trying to say something to you – ‘Just tell her you are going to love her for the rest of your life’ 😉
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  6. Vintage Car 

    A long drive has been the most conventional yet one of the most romantic ideas of a date ever, and when this is combined with a royal vintage car, it becomes even more special and makes for a unique and beautiful place to confess your love.JB (VD) - Vintage Rally 1Photo Credits – Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club

  7. Dinner at City Palace 

    If adventure, drives and sight seeing is not your idea of romance, choose the classic ‘Dinner Date’, but remember that it shall not be ordinary. Go to the regal and lavish City Palace which oozes a royal charm which shall charm her in a way that she says ‘I do’ 😉JB (VD) - BaradariPic Via Google

  8. Amer fort 

    Be it at the Light & Sound Show or just while admiring the colossal fort of Jaipur especially in the evening, let your loved one know what’s in your heart and mind while all the lights around you are lit bright and heavens are giving you a clear signal 😉JB (VD) 3 Elephant safariHappy Valentine’s Day ❤

Forts & Monuments · Jaipur

Must See Attractions in Jaipur

Hello everyone, the weather is screaming something, can you hear?
This is the perfect time & the weather to go on a road trip or just roll down into the Pink City.

The Pink City is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the world. There is something unique and intrigued in the fragrance of the city that attracts innumerable beings here; based on a Pink & Red theme it has so many colourful sights.

Following are the sights of the Pink City you cannot resist to visit:

Birla Mandir: Birla Mandir which is also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. This majestic shrine is made up of pure white marble and one couldn’t resist looking at its beauty in the dim light under the moon. Birla Mandir was built in 1988 by Birla Group of Industries. This temple is situated on JLN Road of Jaipur.

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Jantar Mantar: Jantar Mantar is a very technical and astronomical monument. It is a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments which were built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734. It has the world’s largest stone Sundial (A device which tells the time by measuring the apparent position of the Sun). Jantar Mantar is also one of the most likable tourist sites of the Pink City.

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Albert Hall: The oldest museum of the state which is constructed by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II in the year 1868, when King Edward the Prince of Wales visited India. It is situated prominently in the center of the city and also is a cynosure in itself. Albert Hall has so many precious & priceless objects to display.

Albert Hall

Hawa Mahal: The Hawa Mahal is also called ‘The Palace of Winds’ made up of Pink & Red sandstones. This beautiful five-storey pyramidal shaped monument was actually built for the royal women, so that they could
observe the activities outside without being seen. It is situated in the walled Pink City.

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If you love the sightseeing over the mountains, then these majestic forts are a big treat for you. The view from the top is just impeccable.

Jaigarh Fort:  Jaigarh fort, once you reach to this marvelous castle situated on the Aravalli Hills, your mind impels you to not to come back down.  Jaigarh once was the center of the treasury and a place to keep eyes over the Amer fort and the Pink city. But now, this is one of the most popular sights of the city. Jaivan, the largest moving cannon in Asia is also resting here.

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Jaigarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort: Located on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, known for the unexpressed city view from the top. Nahargarh was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, once formed a strong defense ring for the
city but now it’s among the top major tourist sights of the Pink City.

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City Palace: The Palace of Royal family lies in the heart of the Pink City. It was actually the seat of the Maharaja and was built in 1730 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Now, this beautiful and immense paradise holds many museums showcasing the story of the royal world.

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City Palace
Jaipur

Explore 10 Heritage Sites Of Jaipur On World Heritage Day

Jaipur is always honored for its magnetic heritage beauty which is indiscrete from more than thousand of years.

A traveller’s delight , Jaipur offers incredible beauty to the people around the globe and on this World Heritage Day breathe in the fragrance of some history facts through these heritage sites, which by the way you can visit for free today !

1 . Amber Fort

A capital of the state before Jaipur , the fort is remarkable for the temples , elephant ride and the light and sound show which is a pure tribute to Rajputana heritage of the shire.

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2 . Jaigarh Fort

This majestic strong-built palace is surrounded by huge battlements originally built to protect Amber Fort through the connected secret tunnels within the complex.

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3 . City Palace

Situated in the heart of the old city , a historic landmark showcases world’s largest silver containers which were carried by the Maharaja for water on his foreign voyage.

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4 . Jantar Mantar 

Listed in UNESCO world heritage sites , Jantar Mantar has a collection of astronomical instruments which were used to study the movement of planets to determine time in early historic days .

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5 . Nahargarh Fort

A modern attraction of youth , Nahargarh Fort was named after a prince whose spirit used to haunt the site and cause mischief so as to delay the construction of the fort .

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6 . Hawa Mahal

Known as “Palace of Winds” , it serves as a natural cooler without any use of electricity . Its walls are made of lime and stone which helps to cool the surroundings & increase the life span of the monument.

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An oldest museum of the state with assorted articles of textiles, carpets, paintings, metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, toys, dolls and an Egyptian mummy that belongs to the Ptolemaic Epoch.

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8 . Amar Jawan Jyoti

A mark of respect to the warriors of  Rajasthan , this tomb is a tribute to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the honour of the country.

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A “Water Palace” once was a shooting lodge for the Maharajah, appears to float in the centre of Mansagar Lake . The 4 floors of the palace stay under the water and it is only the 5th floor that is visible.

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10 . Gaitore

The word ‘Gaitore’ is believed to be a mispronounced form of the Hindi phrase, ‘Gaye ka Thor’ which means ‘resting place of the departed souls’.

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Happy World Heritage Day Jaipurites ! 🙂

Jaipur

Cyclin’Jaipur-A new concept of “ecotourism” in the Pink City

For the tourist who love travelling and experiencing  the real essence of the city, the two French women Eleonore and Ophelie have brought a new concept of “ecotourism” in the Pink City. The organisation called  Cyclin’Jaipur is a very first of its kind to introduce this  unique and innovative idea for taking tourists, as well as locals, on a guided bicycle tour all around the walled city. These Two travelling enthusiasts Eleonore from Paris and Ophelie from Bordeaux were on a trip in Rajasthan in winter 2013 when they literally fell in love with our beloved Pink city.

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Like every tourist they went to the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal and Hawa Mahal and they were fascinated by the beauty and the rich history of Jaipur. But the idea of settling here and building their own venture came after a walking tour they did in the alleyways with a guide. They found out that the street life of Jaipur was as beautiful and fascinating as its stunning monuments. The history of Jaipur not only lies in palaces and monuments but is also vivid with the myriad of artisans, shops, markets, havelis and temples. They thought eventually that every tourist should get the chance to get off the beaten track and experience the real city.

Adventurous, they found some cycles and started exploring the walled city, enjoying the energy of every single street of Jaipur witnessing the amused look of the Jaipurwale.That experience became a passion that they decided to share with others.

In the French cities, cycling is a way of life. Quiet, Eco friendly, and convenient, it allows to cover long distances in a short time. Public policies encourage citizens to use bicycle in town to reduce pollution, noise and traffic. The more pleasant a city, the happier and healthier its inhabitants.

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This is the message that Eleonore and Ophelie want to deliver. They are not the only ones in Jaipur, the Jaipur Cycle Club also encourage awareness about cycling and its benefits for oneself and for a green city. Many other associations and NGO  work for a green and cleaner city, and hopefully, someday the “Clean India” extolled by the Prime Minister!
Cyclin’Jaipur invites you for a complete journey, filled with discoveries, thrill, sensations and passion. They provide cycles, helmets, bottles of water, some food tasting all along the way and a breakfast at the end of the tour. Three different tours have been designed by the ladies : Pink Royal, Pink Inside and Pink Sensation. It’s up to you to choose the one you would like to do! Find all the details on http://www.cyclinjaipur.com
They offer “Private tours” on demand, in English, Hindi and French.

Jaipur

5 Treasures of Jaipur Named After Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II

Some people just come and go, while some come, make a mark, change everything around for good and leave us with a lot of memories to treasure all our lives ! One of these great people is Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, the last ruling Maharaja of Jaipur who embarked on a program of modernization, created infrastructure and numerous public institutions that later resulted in Jaipur being selected as the capital of Rajasthan. Today, on his 108th birth anniversary, let’s look at some of his greatest treasures named after him 🙂

1. Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya

Also known as S.M.S. School, MSMSV is one of the best schools in town. It was organised in 1984 by the Sawai Ram Singh Shilpa Kala Mandir Society, a trust set up by the Late His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh and stands as a perfect example for relevant co-education till date.

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2. S.M.S Medical College

Established in 1947, SMS Medical College is the oldest college in Rajasthan and is one of the premier medical colleges of India.

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3. S.M.S Hospital 

Sawai Man Singh Hospital is the major hospital of Jaipur and Rajasthan state of India. SMS Hospital also became the hospital to have treated largest number of patients in India in 2013, leaving India’s premium AIIMS hospital behind !!

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4. S.M.S. Stadium 

A huge cricket stadium in Jaipur, S.M.S stadium is situated at the corner of Rambagh Circle. This stadium hosted a solitary Test match, between India and Pakistan, starting in February 1987 and never looked back. It has also hosted IPL matches for Rajasthan Royals, its local team, and who won the first season.

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5. S.M.S. Museum

The most stunning architecture and a major landmark in Jaipur, City Palace houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum that has a marvelous collection of art, artifacts and handicrafts illustrating the history and culture of the great Rajput kings and leaders.

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