Jaipur – Brief History, Tourist Places In Jaipur, Travel Tips and Many More (Part 2)

Birla Temple Surroundings
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Before reading this, click here to read Part 1 of this blog where we have written about Jaipur history, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort.

Also, read the TRAVEL TIPS to Jaipur here.

3. Jaigarh Fort

  • Jaigarh Fort was also built by Jai Singh II in the year 1726. It was initially built to protect the Amer Fort.
  • The fort “Jaigarh” was named after its founder Jai Singh II. It is also known as the “Victory Fort”.
  • Jaigarh Fort and Amer Fort are connected internally by subterranean passages and considered as one complex.
  • It has the world’s largest Cannon (Jaivana Cannon) standing on its wheel which is 30 foot in length and 50 tonnes in weight. It is also open for public display. It also has a Water tank (which has the capacity of 60 lakhs gallon), a royal treasure, and a Museum.


It is said that during the Emergency period, former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandi sent the Indian Army to Jaigarh Fort to find the hidden treasures. Gold, silver, jewels and other precious metals were loaded in 7 trucks and were brought to New Delhi. For 2 days, the entire Delhi- Jaipur highway was blocked for public use until all the trucks reached New Delhi.

But the other story says, Indian Gandhi sent Army to hunt for the Gold in the Fort but after a 3-month search they found nothing.

Timings To Visit

  • 9 am to 5 pm

Best Time To Visit

  • During Winter i.e November To February

Ticket Price

  • INR 35 per person for Indians.
  • INR 85 per person for Foreign Tourists.
Jaivana Cannon, Jaigarh Fort
Jaivana Cannon
Full Amer Fort photograph
View of Amer Fort from Jaigarh Fort

4. Jal Mahal

  • Jal Mahal which is also known as “Water Palace” is the palace standing tall in the middle of “Man Sagar Lake”.
  • Maharaja Madho Singh I constructed this Palace in the year 1750.
  • This 5- storey palace is made up of red sandstone and four octagon-shaped chhatris are located at the corners of the palace.
  • Out of these 5 storey’s, only the top floor is visible. Other 4-storey’s remain submerged under the water.

To be frank with you, there is not so much you can do here. You can only see the Palace from the banks of Man Sagar lake. There is no boating facility right now which can take you closer to the Palace. However, you can enjoy camel rider, take photos and buy Rajasthani Handicrafts from the stalls.

Timings To Visit

Since the tourists are not allowed to go inside the Palace, there is no such timing to visit. You can only see the Palace from the banks of the river.

Best Time To Visit

  • During Winter i.e November To February
Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal
Water Palace
Water Palace
Jal Mahal Jaipur
Jal Mahal Jaipur

5. Hawa Mahal

  • Hawa Mahal also known as “The Palace of Winds” is made up of pink and red sandstone.
  • It was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh (Grandson of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh) in the year 1799.
  • The construction was taken care of by Architect Lal Chand Ustad.
  • The Palace was mainly built for the women of the royal family so they could see from regular street scene to the processions of the city.
  • It is a 5-storey building with 953 small sized windows called Jharokhas which allow the wind to flow through the Palace.
  • Archaeological Survey of India (a Government Agency) takes care of this Palace.
  • In the year 2006, renovation of this Palace took place after 50 years which costs INR 4.5 million.

Timings To Visit

  • 9 am to 4:30 pm

Best Time To Visit

  • During Winter i.e November To February

Ticket Price

  • INR 10 per person for Indians.
  • INR 50 per person for Foreign Tourists.
Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal Fountain
Hawa Mahal Fountain
Full View of Hawa Mahal
Full view of Hawa Mahal
Top view of Hawa Mahal
Top view of Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal Courtyard
Hawa Mahal Courtyard

6. Birla Mandir

  • The Birla Temple also known as Laxmi Narayana Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi.
  • Situated at the foot of Moti Doongri Fort, it is the highly sacred place, especially for Hindus.
  • Built from finest quality white marbles, this temple is the perfect blend of modern-day architecture.
  • Built by B.M Birla foundation in the year 1988, it is one of the 14 Birla temples in India.
  • The construction of the temple started in the year 1977 and on Feb 22, 1988 it was publically opened.

Timings To Visit

  • 9 am to 5 pm every day.

Best Time To Visit

  • During Winter i.e November To February

Ticket Price

  • Free of cost.
Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir
Birla Temple
Closer look of the temple
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Laxmi Narayana Temple
Laxmi Narayana Temple
Hindu Temple in Jaipur
Hindu Temple in Jaipur
Birla Temple Surroundings
Beautiful View
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