The essence of visiting City Palace & Jantar Mantar
Explore the bustling heart of Jaipur and gain an insight into the culture and traditions that filled up the lives of the city’s royalty.
Begin your tour at the City Palace, situated at the heart of the vibrant pink city of Jaipur. The impressive grounds of this royal complex house the imperial residence, as well as the more modern museum. The palace is made up of a seemingly never-ending succession of courtyards, meticulously landscaped gardens and elegant buildings, including the various temples and lower palaces. The Palace complex incorporates an array of architectural styles, dominated by the HIndu design style of Shilpa Shastra, but also incorporating Rajput, Mughal and European influences. There are three main entrances into the property, with the most impressive of these, the Tripolia Gate, reserved solely for the royal family. All three gateways feature intricate etchings and carvings along arches that boldly jut out from the thick walls, beckoning visitors and travelers to enter and explore Jaipur’s City Palace.
Just across the street, lose yourself among the fascinating exhibits at the Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to various astronomical and architectural instruments employed by scientists in the past. These intriguing instruments borrow from various civilisations, drawing on diverse cultures and religious beliefs. The collection was put together by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II and was completed in 1734, allowing scientists to find various astronomical points with the naked eye. The observatory houses the world’s largest stone sundial, exhibits a number of ancient methods used to measure declination and features a display for each of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The exhibits range from masonry, stone and brass instruments to venerable Hindu Sanskrit texts. The massive stone structure is a sight to behold, with large arches and inviting passageways, as well as a vast dome used to plots the positions of the stars.