Sky Waltz is a Government approved hot air balloon safari that has activities all over the country. It consists of a team of professional pilots from UK, Europe, India and USA who give you the experience of a lifetime. Sky Waltz is India's first licensed balloon operation programme.
Jaipur's most prominent cultural centre, Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK), pays tribute to the local culture. Although the construction began in 1986, the centre was completed in 1991 and has been a huge success ever since. The premises also houses a wonderful library, a cosy cafe and a small accommodation facility. The Center displays the works of famous artists and plays host to high profile dramas. If you thought all that was impressive, there's more to delight you! JKK also displays traditional Rajasthani artifacts to keep the soul of Jaipur alive. This place should definitely feature in your itinerary.
Sheesh Mahal is one of the main reasons contributing to the numerous tourists visiting Amer Fort everyday; and to call it beautiful would simply be an understatement. This winter palace in the fort complex got its name because the entire structure is decorated with mirrors (sheesha in Hindi). Lavish and stylish, this palace gives us a glimpse of Rajput grandeur from the bygone days. It is said that the main resting room is entirely covered with crystal clear mirrors imported all the way from Belgium. Today however, this section of the palace is closed for public viewing due to ongoing restoration work. Apart from the mirrors, Sheesh Mahal also flaunts single piece marble pillars with delicate work that reflects both Rajputana and Mughal designs, not only providing support, but also adding to the beauty of the place. It goes without saying, your visit to Jaipur is not complete till you have visited Sheesh Mahal.
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.
When one catches a glimpse of the striking edifice of the Birla Auditorium, it is hard to believe that it isn't a palace. Scenically set in middle of a garden, with a lively fountain in the center, this auditorium mirrors the customary decor of the renowned havelis of Jaipur. However from within, it is exactly opposite with its hi-tech equipment and state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities. A seating capacity of over a thousand and other conveniences such as an ample parking area, centralized air-conditioning and cafeteria within the confines, all add up to making this place a favorite with event organizers. Right from Rajasthani performing arts to business trade fairs, if it is a huge event, chances are it'd be hosted at the Birla Auditorium.
The City Palace Museum located in the heart of the Pink City, symbolizes the the city's rich cultural past. The museum boasts of having ancient and prized possessions. It houses handwritten scriptures as well as old mythological paintings. You will also be amazed to see the large silver vessels, painted ceilings and huge chandeliers. Objects belonging to the Mughals and the Persians is also housed here. The museum made its mark in The Guinness Book of World Records for having the biggest silver objects in the world. It is truly majesty and grandeur typified.
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.
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.
Swargasuli or Isar Lat was built in the mid 18th century to commemorate Ishwari Singh's victory over Mewar and the formidable Maratha armies. This monumental seven story minaret is situated right in the middle of Tripolia Bazaar, and happens to be one of the tallest structures in Jaipur. A perfect example of Rajasthani design, it is said that Swargasuli was inspired by the Qutub minar built in New Delhi. One can enjoy an unobstructed bird's eye view of Jaipur City from this tower, which is finely decorated in exquisite lattice work. Swargasuli literally means a 'minaret reaching for the heavens'; one look at this towering structure, and you'd know why the name is indeed so apt!
Amid ceaseless chants of Radhe Radhe and devotional songs blaring out of the loudspeakers, Govind Devji Temple is far from being secluded. Located within the City Palace conclave, this temple is devoted to Lord Krishna and has a history that is much older than the city palace itself. Although built on the orders of the illustrious Maharaja Man Singh, it is believed that the consent and the allotted land, was actually a gift from King Akbar. This shrine, however, has not always been where it is today, as the original temple was built in the late 16 Century in Uttar Pradesh. Over the years, the idol of Lord Krishna traveled from Govindpura Village to Kanak Valley, till finally in 1735 A.D., it was enshrined in “Suraj Mahal”, which was to be the permanent site of this temple. Today, thousands of devotees arrive here for divine blessings. Each evening brings in its wake, an electric atmosphere with mythological plays been enacted on the temple grounds, as devotees wait eagerly to catch a glimpse of their beloved Lord. Once the temple door opens, as is the custom, there is a collective cry of joy that is nothing short of startling. Anyone who wants to observe the essence of the Hindu religion and its association with the masses should come here.
Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds” as it is also called, has been a cornerstone of Jaipur's architecture for centuries. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh’s brainchild, Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 to allow the protected womenfolk of the royal families to catch a glimpse of the bustling city life without having to defy the then-prevalent pardah system. The total of 953 “Jharokas” or screened windows made of sandstone make for a unique honeycomb-like facade of the Mahal. The unique pyramid-like structure was a later addition to the original City Palace Complex. Standing five stories tall, Hawa Mahal, like any other palace is complete with a courtyard or Jaleb Chowk, as it was called back then. An ornate remnant of the Rajput Architecture, Hawa Mahal narrates fascinating tales of the city's aristocratic past.