The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area.
A jeep ride will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, take a stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
Visit Ladli (a NGO), An initiative of the Government of India, Ladli Vocational Training Centre, takes care of schooling, stay, training and nutrition of various children of poor backgrounds in India. Although, it is not one of the ‘touristy’ things to do in Jaipur, it certainly is one that will stay in your memory for a long time. The kids here are engaged into training for various vocations and are extremely friendly and welcoming. You can shop for handicrafts and intricate jewelry from here to take back home. The funds from the store go towards the maintenance of the center and the children.
Post lunch you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. Also visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. In the evening stroll around the colorful markets of Jaipur. Return to your hotel later for overnight stay.
Accommodations: Taj Jai Mahal Palace