+ *List of tourist attractions in Jaipur
*Amber Fort (map). This massive fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style dates back to Raja Man Singh and was the royal palace of the Kachwahas from c. 1600-1727. It’s one of six world heritage forts in Rajasthan. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands on thousands of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling.
*Jaigarh Fort (map). Never conquered in battle, this was considered the strongest of the three forts in the area. It is best known as the site of the world’s largest cannon, the Jaivana, which was test-fired only once. A better reason to visit the fort, though, are the scenic gardens at the other end and the spectacular views over the Amber Fort and the hills around.
*Nahargarh Fort (map). The smallest of the three forts, notable primarily for excellent views over Man Sagar lake and the vast sprawl of Jaipur. Built in 1734.
*Birla Mandir (aka The Marble Temple / Lakshmi Narayan Temple, map). This is a relatively new temple made of white marble with beautiful carvings. It covers a vast area in Jaipur city and is built in a contemporary manner. Birla Temple is completely constructed with the finest high-quality white marbles. In addition to having statues and paintings of Hindu deities, the temple has pictures of famous philosophers from around the world including Socrates, Confucius and Zoroaster.
Galtaji (Shree Galta Ji; Monkey Temple, map), 10 km from Jaipur. This temple is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site. The main temple, Galtaji, is constructed in pink stone. The temple has a number of pavilions with rounded roofs, exquisitely carved pillars and painted walls. The temple is surrounded by natural springs and reservoirs that are considered holy.
Galwar Bagh (The Monkey Temple), Eastern edge of the city (adjacent to Suriya Mandir (aka The Sun Temple, map)). Locals and tourists come here to feed the surprisingly tame monkeys, use the temples, and enjoy the views. At the top of the hill, you turn right to reach the Sun Temple for one of the best views of the city, especially at sunset. Monkey food is available for purchase at the bottom of the hill.
Govind Devji Temple (map). For Vaishnavites, particularly followers of Lord Krishna, this is the most important temple in the world after Vrindavan.