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Jaipur- A destination that wins the heart of travellers | Jaipur Beat

It’s National Tourism Day and when we talk about tourism, how can we miss talking about our beloved Jaipur City?

The city, that welcomes visitors from all over the world. The city, that has a good number of heritage sites in the country and has a rich saga of folklore and tales to tell. The city, that has exquisite culture and legacy that has attracted generations after generations. The city, that wins the hearts of travellers from across the globe for its old-world charm including heritage, culture, landscape, cuisines, and a lot more. 

The Pink City has all the things/experiences to offer for travellers of all kinds making it one of the “Best Destination”. So let’s have a look at what’s in store for you depending on the kind of traveller you are.

Let’s enjoy the beauteous Pink City through Jaipur Beat’s blog.

  1. The History Lover

For its arcade and royal architecture, Jaipur has always been on the heritage list and a top destination for history lovers. It’s wondrous architecture, be it the Wall City, Bazaars, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, UNESCO sites Amer Fort & Jantar Mantar, and many more places which attract locals as well as travellers. Also, the Havelis and heritage hotels of Jaipur illustrate the rich architecture and grandiosity of the royal era of Rajputana. These heritage sites are worth seeing and experiencing. 

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Hawa Mahal
Jantar Mantar

2. The Culture Enthusiasts

You simply could not have found a better place to travel than Jaipur if you want to experience culturally rich cities. Jaipur will give you a chance to explore and experience its culture from close quarters. Taking a simple walk to Jaipur’s bazaars, the Rastas will offer you to witness the glorious traditions that are surviving and now thriving in the beautiful heritage city. Plus there is always the typical Rajasthani way of living where men & women in their traditional attire can be seen. So all in all, the Pink City represents a cultural feast. Some of the most popular places to visit like City markets, Johri Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Tripoliya Bazaar, etc. will help you dig deep into the cultural heritage. The colourful city becomes even livelier and lovely with the festivals celebrated here in a flamboyant way. The city observes different fairs and festivals at different times of the year like Gangaur festival, Teej festival & Kite festival.

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Teej Festival

3. The Nature Lover

Jaipur is a storehouse of exotic flora and fauna, green spaces, surrounding lakes & unique wildlife, set to be discovered by any nature lover. One of the best ways to see and enjoy the abundant nature in Jaipur is to visit places like Man Sagar Lake, Chandlai Lake, Barkheda, Maota in Amer. The avian beauties will capture your attention and you won’t be able to resist photographing them.

For such are the treats in store here that it’s hard to think of a place that is more rewarding to the nature seeker. 

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Chandlai Lake
Maota Lake

4. The Food Lover

Did someone just say “Food”? 😛

If you think of yourself as a food lover, there will be something to keep your palate occupied throughout your stay in Jaipur. The best way to enjoy Jaipur’s culture is through its food. Jaipur is well known for its royal hospitality and its mouth-watering delicacies including chats and kachoris which are also every local’s favourite. Not to miss the royal thali of Rajasthan, which is hot, spicy, and tempting all at the same time. The national and international tourists always make sure to try the authentic Rajasthani flavours – Dal, Baati, Churma and an authentic non-veg specialty – ‘Lal Maas’ – the best dish to savour amongst the other Rajasthani cuisines. And how can we miss Jaipur’s special sweet delicacy Ghewar?!

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Dal Baati Churma
Ghewar

5. The Religious Kind

The landscape of Jaipur is dotted with various temples and pilgrims. The temples here have a royal touch & splendour and are highly praised for their architectural beauty & faith by the tourists. Whether it is the visit to the Govind Devji or Moti Dungri Ganesh Ji, or Galta Ji or Khole Ke Hanuman Ji, Jaipur is the land of spiritual incarnation. Each year, several thousand pilgrims descend to the royal land to offer their prayers and seek blessings. It is said that a prayer offered at these holy temples does not go unanswered!

Moti Dungri Ganesh Ji Temple
Galta Ji Temple
Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple

6. The Adventurous One

Jaipur has some ultimate wildlife and adventure kind of stuff for adrenaline junkies. One can get up close with leopards and venture deep into the dense Jhalana Forest or Nahargarh Biological Park for a lion safari. The zone of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks that offer a panoramic landscape. One of the most popular tourist attractions to enjoy in Jaipur is the elephant safari. For jeep safari, there is the famous Ranthambore National Park, which is a 3-hour drive from Jaipur. It is home to tigers and also Sariska National Park which is just 2 hours away. Those looking for adventure can cycle and trek to the Nahargarh hills, or play golf at the Golf or Polo club.

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Elephant Ride at Amer Fort

7. The Shopaholic 

Jaipur’s markets, Johri Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are world-renowned for their authentic gold and silver jewellery as well as for textile, leather craft, and other traditional handicrafts. People from all over the world love to shop here. Shopping for Jaipur’s exquisite crafts is one of the most satisfying experiences one can have especially if you are a shopaholic. From a wide range of handicrafts – blue pottery, block print, carpets, jewellery, gemstones, juttis, clothes to puppets, and a lot more. Some of the most authentic shopping experiences can be provided by the city’s old Bazaars/ Markets, an experience that is amongst the most authentic of all things to do in Jaipur.

So, when are you planning a trip to Jaipur?

Happy National Tourism Day!

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With Wing Commander Abhinandan’s return, Jaipur relives the memories of our Hero from the pages of history

Famous for majestic forts and palaces, Jaipur has its own significance in terms of its brave warrior stories. The stories when Kings of Rajasthan were fighting with bravery at the battleground. Not to forget that the ultimate charm of Pink city lies in its brave stories of the bygone era.

People travel through this city and explore the heritage while hearing the legends of the brave heart of the city. The one such story is of HH Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh MVC of Jaipur’s royal family.

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Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh was the last Maharaja of Jaipur, as the princely states dissolved at the time, he took the throne. The legacy of Jaipur royal family has been widely acclaimed around the world, but is in no way limited to palaces, Bhawani Singh Ji proved his mettle in the war against Pakistan in 1971. Bhawani Singh Ji commanded the 10th Parachute Regiment and captured Chacharo, Sindh, he pulled a crucial plug from Pakistan’s regime which ultimately led to India winning the war.

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This was the biggest territorial conquest in terms of territory. The Chachro Raid of 1971 was Indian Army’s biggest Surgical strike in Pakistan for four days, the battalion infiltrated deep inside enemy territory and carried out raids on enemy positions. For his bravery and courage, the Maharaja was awarded the Mahavir Chakra. 

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Then were the times of newspapers, an article was published a day before his arrival to Jaipur after the war, about Bhawani Singh Ji arriving the next day. As Bhawani Singh Ji arrived at the Sanganer Airport, the people of Jaipur were overjoyed and welcomed him wholeheartedly, it took Bhawani Singh Ji the whole day as people all over Jaipur went out to congratulate him.

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The people of Jaipur have always embraced bravery and patriotism, be it 1971 when Maharaja Bhawani Singh Ji came back to his home town Jaipur after capturing Chachro, or Abhinandan Varthaman’s homecoming in 2019. The blood of citizens of Jaipur will never run dry when it comes to celebrating the soldiers of India, every Jaipurite salutes the bravery of Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh Ji then and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman now.  We have wholeheartedly celebrated the homecoming of our heroes.

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Gates of Jaipur: The Reflection of Opulence and Grandeur

Jaipur, the capital city of the land of Maharajas: Rajasthan. A city with so much to narrate about the culture and traditions, a city that reflects the royalty of Rajputs; a city with a splendid history. The foundation of the city was laid in the 16th Century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The Maharaja did everything to make it a spectacle for the entire world and to keep it safe from intruders. He built a city so grand and so beautiful that we can’t help but admire even today. Everything in Jaipur was built according to Vastu Shastra. With its magnificent forts and palaces, the unrivalled historic architecture of Jaipur narrates a story of grandeur and opulence.

When it comes to the architecture we often talk about palaces and forts and other monuments. But what we often forget is one of the most important parts of our city’s history, the Gates of Jaipur. The popular 7-8 gates of the city are said to be the original entrance into the walled city.

  1. Suraj Pol

Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate is situated at the east of the walled city, in the direction of the rising sun. The gate can easily be identified by the two sun painted on it.

Suraj Pol

  1. Chand Pol

Chand Pol or the Moon Gate is situated at the western side of the city near Chand Pol Bazaar and Gangauri Bazar. It lies on the same axis as the Suraj Pole Gate.

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  1. Ram Pol

Popular as Ghat Gate, it leads its passersby to Ramganj.

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  1. Shiv Pol

Now known as the Sanganeri Gate, it leads to the Sanganer. Shiv Pol stands to guard the entry of Johari Bazaar.

Shiv Pol

  1. Ajmeri Gate

Situated near Choti Chaupad, the gate was built to guard the southern entrance of the walled city and leads on the roads to Ajmer.

Ajmeri gate

  1. Ganga Pol

Situated at the north-east section of the walled city, it is not known to many.

  1. Dhruv Pol

Commonly known as the Zorawar Singh Gate, Dhruv Pol is the northernmost gate of the walled city. It is named after the Pole Star or the Dhruv Tara, a star that marks the North direction.  It is also the widest of all the gates.

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  1. Naya pol

Now known as the New Gate, it opens at the Chaura Rasta while you travel through the ever-bustling MI Road. The gate showcases a blend of European architecture with local style.

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After these 8 gates were built, every evening at dusk a cannon was fired to alarm the citizens of the closing time and the gates remained closed until dawn to keep the city clean of intruders crawling inside the city in dark. This practice continued till the 1940s, thereafter development outside these gates started and the gates remained open.

We went a little further and did some digging only to find that the list of gates is much greater than just 7 or 8.

  1. Sireh Deori Gate

The gate that leads you to the Jaleb Chowk and further to Govind Dev Ji temple and City Palace.

Sireh Deori Gate

  1. Tripolia Gate

The beautiful white gate near Govind Dev Ji Temple is one of its kinds. The gate is not open to the general public. It is still used only by the erstwhile Royal family, a tradition accepted by the locals without any opposition.

Tripolia gate

  1. Naqqarkahne ka Darwaza

It might not be of much importance anymore, but the gate during the reign of Maharajas was used to announce their arrival by eulogizing their works.

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The magnificent City Palace is known to the world as the residence of the royal family also has a number of awe-striking gates.

  1. Rajendra Pol

Right outside the Mubarak Mahal is a gate that portrays the flamboyant Hindu gatehouse architecture. The Rajendra Pol is flanked by two elephants both of which are carved out of a single marble.

Rajendra Pol

  1. Ganesh Pol

The gate at the exit of the City Palace that leads you out to the Jaleb Chowk.

  1. Ridhisidhi pol

The gate that on exiting the Rajendra Pol, leads you to the Pritam Niwas Chowk.

The Pritam Niwas Chowk is known to have four gates each representing a different season:

  1. Peacock Gate

It is the most alluring gate with paintings of peacocks signifying autumn.

Peacock Gate

  1. Lotus Gate

With continual flower and petal patterns, it stands as a symbol of summer.

Lotus Gate

  1. Green Gate

Also called the Leheriya gatesignifies spring.

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  1. Rose Gate

With repeated flower patterns, the gate is seen as a symbol of winter.

Rose Gate

Today, these gates are merely symbolic; part of city’s history, nostalgia and built heritage. However, they are an important element of Jaipur’s rich architectural legacy for which the city is famous across the world.

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5 Not To Be Missed Moments At Albert Hall, Jaipur

Our Pink City is a heaven for the history lovers. Surrounded by forts & monuments, a visit to Jaipur opens a gateway to the cultural and archaeological history of our rich Rajputana culture. Albert Hall Museum is definitely one such center, created with an intent to impart knowledge of civilizations, inspiring artisans, and preserving & developing traditional Indian art forms.
Come let’s explore the eye-catching Albert Hall through the lenses of your favourite Jaipur Beat

1.       Eye-catching Facade

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Standing tall in the midst of Ram Niwas gardens, the front face of the Albert Hall is every spectator’s delight. The exterior consisting of domes and archways that add to the beauty of the majestic museum. Rightly personifying the flamboyance of the city, Albert Hall is located right opposite to the New Gate and in the middle of busy streets of Jaipur.

2.       Amusing History

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Named after Albert Edward, Prince of Wales. The museum was designed by Colonel Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob in 1876 to greet the Prince of Wales on his visit to India. The Albert Hall later was converted as a museum of Industrial Arts in the 1880s by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II.

3.       Captivating Artifacts

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The museum is full of rare and tastefully decorated collection of various displayed object, arms, carpets. The main attractions of the museum includes the Persian carpets, coins of different eras, costumes & jewellery of ancient warriors and an Egyptian mummy. In fact, the mummy is the most popular of all the items in the museum, with one of only six in the nation. Placed in a hall with a high ceiling and a sunroof, the Egyptian mummy draws large crowds.

4.       Indo-Mughal Architecture

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Albert Hall Museum inspired by the Hindu-Mughal architectural style is nothing less than impressive! Full of tombs and archways the interior and exterior of the palace is full of beautiful paintings and art forms.
Nowadays, the exterior of the museum is quite popular amongst the couples for the pre-wedding photo shoots too.

5.       Night Tourism


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Supporting the initiative of night tourism, the Albert Hall is now open even during the late evening hours. The spectators can also enjoy the mesmerizing light show wherein the museum is covered in vivid colours which rightly adds to the charm and magic of the Albert Hall Museum.

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5 Must Know Facts about City Palace

The City Palace, Jaipur is one of the most admired and finest attractions among the places to visit in the Pink City. With an organized layout of large courtyards, perfectly manicured gardens, and magnificent mahals, the palace is still a home to the royal family of Jaipur.

It houses beautiful amalgamation of Mughal and Rajput architecture and narrates the city’s glorious historical past which can be seen at the major attractions of the City Palace, thus making it a perfect sight for every history enthusiast and photographers.

While making a trip to Jaipur, make sure you reserve a day to visit the corridors of the City Palace and live a day like the royals!

Royal History

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Located in the heart of the Pink City, the City Palace has been the official residence of rulers of Jaipur. It was built in accordance with the Vastu Shastra, under the guidance of Sawai Jai Singh II by two renowned architects- Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, depicting the fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles.

Story Behind The Gates

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Inside the City Palace, the Pritam Niwas Chowk houses 4 gates where each has a different role to play and a story to tell. These gates represent four seasons and Hindu gods and goddesses. The Peacock Gate with motifs of peacocks represents autumn and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Lotus Gate have continual flower and petal pattern representing summer season and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati.  The Green Gate is suggestive of spring and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Lastly, the Rose Gate with repeated petal pattern represents winter season and is dedicated to Goddess Devi.

Magnificent Structures inside the City Palace

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The legendary City Palace is said to comprise one-seventh of the walled city of Jaipur with temples, edifices, courtyards, gardens and a museum. Some major attractions include Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Mubarak Mahal, and Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. Diwan-I-Khas, decorated with plush chandeliers was once a private audience hall of the royals is now an art gallery. Interestingly, the hall also features two huge sterling silver vessels which are officially recorded as the world’s largest sterling silver vessels.

The City Palace Museum

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The City Palace Museum which is now called Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum houses largest and finest collection of arms in India. It includes- swords, double-edged cutters, daggers, knives, axes and arrows of various shapes and sizes. The sword of Maharaja Man Singh that weighs about 5 kilograms is one of the attractive exhibits. It also has a vintage collection of baggis.  One of the major attractions is Victoria Baggi which was gifted by Prince of Wales to the Maharaja in 1876. Also on display are the mahadol, a palanquin with a single bamboo bar that was used for carrying the idols of Hindu gods during festive processions.

A Royal Abode to the Royal family

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The Chandra Mahal is a seven-storied cream-white structure, sumptuously adorned with unique paintings and floral decorations with mirrored walls and ceilings. It has screened balconies and a pavilion at the roof from where a panoramic view of the city can be seen. It is set amidst well laid out gardens and a decorative lake in the foreground. At present, the royal family resides in the Chandra Mahal.

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The 3 Gems of Jaipur- Nahargarh, Jaigarh and the Fort of Amer!

Jaigarh, Nahargarh and Amer Fort are the three forts, where you can immerse yourselves in a quest to explore the history of Jaipur. These three Gems are the true Soul of Rajasthan.

Jaipurites are always fascinated with these, as there is lots of history attached- the incredible architecture, an awe inspiring planning, but what catches most is the awesome view of the city that we get from the top of any of these forts, while being hushed by the coo of the pigeons and whoop of the Monkey 😛

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Jaigarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort– Established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734, Nahargarh is set on Aravali mountain ranges and was once a strong defence ring, creating a tough protection for the city along with other two forts of Amer and Jaigarh. The place known as Nahargarh, which means “adobe of tigers’.

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 The fort offers the highest point, which happens to be a restaurant called ‘Padao’- this is an open-air restaurant at the top, gives awesome view.

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Jaigarh Fort- 

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Of the three-hilltop forts that watch the city of Jaipur, Jaigarh is the most splendid of them all. About 15 kilometres from Jaipur, and built by Sawai Jai Singh II in the early 18th century.

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Despite its ancient construction, it still retains most of its imposing citadel appearance. Visitors can see the world’s largest canon – Jaivana, at the fort. Interestingly, the cannon was fired only once with a charge of 100 kilograms of gunpowder and when fired covered a distance of about 35 kilometres. The fort also houses the armory and the museum.

The water supply of Jaigarh fort and its storage reservoirs are a marvel of engineering.

Amer Fort

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Amber (pronounced Amer), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated about 11 kilometres from Jaipur. Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. It was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhwahas of Amber, before the capital was shifted to the plains, the present day Jaipur.

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This place vibrates with its legendary past. Every evening an exemplary saga of valor, passion, endurance, culture & heritage of Rajasthan comes to life with Sound & Light Show. The show unfolds the legends of Amer Fort and Jaipur dynasty, with a profound blend of history, anecdotes, music and effects. Special effects combine with the unique ambience make this show an unforgettable experience. With the script by great Indian poet and lyricist Gulzar, folklore, local legends and voice by the globally famous Bollywood personality who need no introduction- Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, the show is worth visiting for the admirers of the legendary past of Jaipur and the connoisseur of folk music.

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So, be prepared to be amazed, intrigued and rejuvenated when you hop on a fascinated trip to the forts of Jaipur that gives an enriching experience while bringing out the richness of the city’s history.

 

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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 ! 🙂