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Far away from the city centre, lies the historic Galtaji Temple which was a drought-stricken place in the past. Centuries ago an ascetic named Galav meditated for more than a hundred years to appease the Gods and Goddesses, who then blessed him and the fervent locals with a perennial natural spring in this region. In the 18th Century, this temple was built in honour of the selfless effort of the saint. Galtaji has many temples within its premises. The pink sandstone exteriors and spellbinding architecture of these temples might easily be mistaken for palaces. Situated atop the hill, this temple dedicated to the Sun God, is considered the most sacred of all the shrines here. On auspicious occasions, devotees cleanse themselves in the holy natural springs and offer their prayers to God. Positive vibrations of devotional hymns and expansive views of the city, contribute to the tranquility of this sacred space.
Certain sports are usually associated with Royalty, and hunting is one of them. Jal Mahal is one of the remnants of the bygone era, where animal and bird hunting was a royal sport. This five-story palace which was an architectural marvel of its time served as a hunting palace since the time it was built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 AD. It got its name because of its location in the middle of the Mansagar Lake; Jal means water. Four of its floors are now submerged into the lake, with only the top-most story and the terrace visible to anyone standing on the edge of Mansagar. For decades, the Mansagar Lake has attracted various species of fauna and birds, thus making it a fitting spot to hunt that perfect game. Unfortunately today, Jal Mahal is closed for public visits, though one can still enjoy its beauty from afar, which is not a bad deal at all as the Mansagar Dam and Aravali Mountains in the backdrop make for some stunning views.
More popularly known as the Birla Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple serves as a tourist attraction, as well as a significant place of worship. Built in 1985 by the B.M Birla foundation, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and His wife, Goddess Laxmi. Constructed from pure white marble, the enclave is best visited in the evenings, when the brilliant lighting scheme accentaues the delicate marble work across the facade. As a matter of fact, white marble is a common feature in of all the Birla Temples across the country, including the ones in cities like New Delhi and Kolkata. The one in Jaipur is set in the middle of a vast garden and overlooked by the spectacular Moti Doongri. Other than that, the Laxmi Narayan Temple premises also house a souvenir shop called Amrit Malini.
Fondly known as the SMS stadium to locals, the sprawling Sawai Mansingh Stadium was built by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. With a capacity of around 30,000, this historic venue has hosted numerous cricket test matches, the most famous being the India v/s Pakistan in 1987. Also in a city where polo is given precedence over any other sport, SMS is a lone stadium that is used for other sporting tournaments. The confines also house a cricket academy, hockey field, badminton court and a swimming pool. The stadium has restricted entry and is open to the general public only during sports tournaments, so it makes sense to call ahead for details.
Maharaja Sawai Singhji fulfilled his beloved wife's desire to have a separate palace, by building this lush dreamscape of sorts in 1710. The Princess married the Maharaja only after he had promised to give the throne to her son. This palace outlined with trees and spacious courtyards is where their son, Maharajah Madho Singhji was born. He ruled the kingdom after the consecutive deaths of Maharaja Sawai Singhji and his elder step-brother Sawai Ishwar Singh. Currently Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh is open to everyone and allows visitors a chance to travel back in time while soaking in some splendid views. Named after the Maharani, this impeccably maintained palace, located amidst tranquil surroundings is perfect to spend time in solace. In the evenings, the Bagh is a sight to behold as the playful children of Jaipur splash in fountains interspersed with colors and lighting.
The Man Sagar lake is named after the king who commanded the lake to built, Raja Man Sigh I. This lake dates back to as early as the 17th Century and houses the Jal Mahal, a one-of-a-kind palace in the middle on the lake. Strategically designed, the lake was built as a water reservoir in the drought-trodden land of Rajasthan.