Jantar Mantar is a fantastic collation of astronomical instruments planned by the visionary ruler of Jaipur, Maharaja Jai Singh II. After a successful construction of Jantar Mantar in Delhi, the Maharaja built the same in Jaipur, which also happens to be the largest observatory in India. In 1901, the devices were restored with white marble and red sandstone for better clarity in denoting time. Jantar and Mantar mean instrument and calculation respectively. The Jaipur location comprises of 16 geometric instruments that measure time across various dimensions including latitude, longitude, position of the sun, planet inclination and declination. Starting from the small sundials, compass, Jai Prakash Yantra (instrument), Nadivalaya (Northern and Southern hemispheres), Yantra Raj, Rashivalaya Yantra (Sun Signs instrument) and moving on to the Rama Yantra, Digmasa Yantra, Chakra Yantra, all of which record accurate time. This biggest sun dial in the world standing 44 meters tall is the highlight of this center. Here, it is best suggested to book a guide who will provide a detailed insight into the center. A great place of interest for historians, scientists, artists and mathematicians, Jantar Mantar is highly educating and awe-inspiring for people from all walks of life.
The City Palace came into existence pretty much around the same time as the city of Jaipur itself. The original palace was built by Sawai Jai Singh II, and over the years his successors brought about numerous additions to it. Clad in pink sandstone, the royal abode is one the city's most visited attractions; it's a treat for the travellers and pride of the locals. City Palace is more of a complex consisting of the Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-i-aam or hall of the audience, Sihel Khana, Chandra Mahal and Govind Dev Ji Temple. Even today a part of this complex is inhabited by descendants of the royal family, however entry to those section is restricted. The rest has been converted into museums, galleries, or shops. Today, the gallery displays paintings, pottery and various such art forms that can even be bought. Diwan-i-Khas still has on display, the humongous silver vessel that has found its way to the Guinness Records. The Buggy Khana, Shiel Khana or the house of weapons and Sabha Niwas still have traces of the glorious bygone Rajput era.
Jaipur is known as 'Gem City of India', and Johari Bazaar is a magnificent testament to this fact. The finest ethnic jewelry including gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones are displayed at all the stores in this market. The endearing collection features pendants, earrings, necklaces, bangles and other accessories that are intricately designed by skilled artisans. For those who are ready to shell out a bit more, the Kundan and Minakari art are some of the luxuriant and exquisite choices in jewelry. Also, it is best to be well informed about gemstones before you enter here.
WAVS at the Maharani Palace hotel is one of the city's top nightlife destinations. Though small, accommodating up to 110 people, the club is well equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems that ensure the party keeps on going. With comfortable private areas, a happening dance floor and a great drinks menu, this Sindhi Camp club is a great place to blow off some steam with friends when visiting the Pink City. The chic décor, delicious eats, and bass-thumping beats combine to make an evening at WAVS one to remember. The theme is usually Bollywood so go ahead and bring your best bhangra moves to this party.
Pink Pearl Fun City is considered to be one of the largest Amusement parks in India. It is situated a little outside the Pink City, Jaipur. This is a perfect place for family gatherings, corporate meets, birthday celebrations, etc. This park offers a number of activities like a go-karting track, rain dance area, video games, skating rink and several other thrilling rides. This place has its very own treasure island and artificial beach if you are looking for some refreshment. The park also houses its very own gift shop.
Virasat Experiences takes you on an outdoor trek with an amazing scenery and fresh air in the surrounding area of the Aravali hills with the Heritage Walks. Whether you are interested in history, local culture or the local cuisine, Virasat Experiences chalks out four different types of tours that cover your area of interest. For those interested in history can enjoy Amber Heritage trail where you will a ruined fort, shrines and also the Meena community to know about their everyday lives. If you want to experience the local scene and food of Jaipur, Bazaars,Crafts & Cuisine Walk is just for you. Besides, there is Temples & Havelis walking tours for those interested in exploring India and the Art & Antiquities Of Old Jaipur tour is designed for the art enthusiasts.
Virasat Experiences takes you on a nice long evening walk to try some of the culinary delights like Samosa Kachori, Kulfi and Lassi. You also get a chance to try some of the finest sweets in the area. Get to meet the locals and experience their hospitality.