Jaipur, the capital of northern Indian state of Rajasthan is one of the
most visited cities of the country. Known as the 'pink city', Jaipur
preserves a myriad of legacies belonging to the mighty Rajput rulers and
aristocratic princes of the past. Pink may be the predominant colour of this
place's landscape, but Jaipur is actually a riot of colours with magnificent
palaces, majestic forts, well laid gardens, revered temples and spirited
people. Entire Jaipur is surrounded by an ancient 20 feet wall having eight
which literally means the City of Victory was founded in the year 1727 by
Maharaja Jai Singh II. Most of Jaipur's designing and planning is the
brainchild of the Maharaja himself. The city has been divided into nine
blocks- two earmarked for the rulers and the rest seven dedicated to the
Jaipur experiences typical desert climate. Summers are very hot with
temperatures remaining upwards of 40 degrees during the season. The place is
mostly dry as rainfall is scarce. The winter months are cool and pleasant.
The temperatures begin to drop from October onwards and remains so till
Best Time to Visit
How to Reach
Sanganer airport of Jaipur is located 11 kms away
from the main city centre. Direct flights are available to Jaipur from most
national destinations. Both Indian Airlines and private carriers operate
flights to the place.
Jaipur is well connected to the rest of India by
railway network. Super-fast trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi operate
between national capital Delhi and Jaipur. Luxury trains like Palace on
Wheels also cover Jaipur.
Regular deluxe bus services operate between Jaipur
and many destinations of north India.
Where to Stay
Jaipur has adequate accommodation facilities in top end, mid range and
budget categories. Some of Jaipur's famous luxury hotels are Jai Mahal
Palace, Jaipur Palace, Hotel Mansingh, Raj Vilas, Rambagh Palace and
Attractions in Jaipur
Hawa Mahal :
One of Jaipur's most attractive buildings dating back to the Rajput period,
Hawa Mahal was constructed by Sawai Pratap Singh to enable the ladies of
royal household to witness every day life activities and royal processions
from safety and comfort.
The City Palace is a wonderful blend of Rajput and Mughal
architectural styles. The walls, ceilings and floors of the palace are
richly carved and decorated. A huge building, City Palace occupies total one
seventh of Jaipur's area. The palace also houses a museum having an
impressive collection of costumes and armoury belonging to both Mughals and
Jal Mahal :
Encircled by the clear blue water
Man Sagar lake, Jal Mahal is one of the most fascinating buildings of
Jaipur. The palace was built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 A.D for royal
duck shooting parties. It is interesting to note that many varieties of
migratory birds still come to the lake in the winter season. The palace is
built of red sandstone and a causeway from the main land leads to the
Perched on top of a cliff on the outskirts of Jaipur city, Jaigarh
Fort is regarded as one of the best examples of medieval period military
structures. The main attraction of this rugged military structure is Jai
Ban, the largest cannon on wheels found in India. The fort also houses a
museum where a large collection of weapons and cannons used by the Rajputs
have been kept for display. The fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1726 to
strengthen the defence of the area.
Built of red sandstone and marble, Amber Fort is one of the
most attractive forts of Rajasthan. Basically a military structure, an
element of luxury is also associated with the fort. The construction of this
fort was initiated by Raja Man Singh in 1600 AD but could only be finished
by Sawai Jai Singh in the eighteenth century. Influences of Hindu and Mughal
forms could be seen in the architecture of the monument.
Laxmi Narayan Temple :
More popularly known as the Birla
temple, this temple was constructed by the Birla family. Located on top of a
hill surrounded by lush green gardens, the exteriors and interiors of this
white marble temple has many exquisite carvings showing various mythological
themes and images of saints.
Excursion Places near Jaipur
Gaitor is located some 8 kms away from Jaipur.
Tourists mainly visit the place to see the cenotaphs of the royal family.
The most impressive is the cenotaph of Maharaja Jai Singh II made of white
marble and decorated with carved peacocks. Just opposite the cenotaphs is
the Jal Mahal in the middle of a lake.
Situated at a distance of some 20 kms from Jaipur
on the Jaipur-Agra highway, Galta is a small pilgrimage centre famous for
its magnificent Sun temple and sacred kunds.. Located on top of a hill, the
temple is visited by large numbers of people all throughout the year.
Sanganer is famous both as a place of
pilgrimage and shopping destination. The Jain temples of Sanganer are known
for meticulous carvings and polished marble idols. The town is famous for
its handmade paper and block printed fabrics. There are also a few ruins of
imperial houses, towers and gateways.
Shopping in Jaipur
Shopping in Jaipur is always exciting. Shoppers can lay their hands on a
rich treasure of sparkling jewellery, beautiful gems and semi precious
stones and enamel work on gold. Jaipur is also famous for beautiful cotton
fabrics like sanganeri prints, tie-dye and fine kota doria saries. As
souvenirs and gift items, blue pottery, enamel ware and brass ware could be
purchased. Jaipur is also a good place to buy woollen carpets, cotton rugs,
leather footwear and embroidered jutes.
The main shopping areas of the place are Johari Bazaar, MI road, Nehru
Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Chapur stalls.
Jaipur Tour Packages
Features : It is just eight
days luxury; the tour - Palace On Wheels, gives you one of the best
train travels you will ever experience. You will recieve a Royal Welcome
at your first destination - Jaipur. Expect the trumpets blowing, the
sweet smell and of course elephants. After Jaipur the tour will proceed
to destinations - Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh,
Udaipur, Bharatpur, Agra. It is a royal treat.
Features : This tour
showcases some of the best romantic places in India. You will get to
explore the Jaipur city. Here you will check at Alsisar Haveli, a great
palace hotel. In the morning of the seventh day you will get to explore
the beauty and the charm of this exotic place of Rajasthan. Places you
will see yourself through the tour include Agra, Bharatpur, Jaipur,
Pushkar, Udaipur, Narlai, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Gajner, Bikaner,
Features : On week tour - the
Golden Triangle Tour provides for the three major tourist destinations
in the country. Jaipur comprises one essential destination, the other
two being the cities of Delhi and Agra. Visit the famous forts and
palaces at Jaipur. The sight-seeing tour will be quite entertaining.
Trips to the popular tourist attractions in these cities will make you
vacations memorable ones.
Features : This tour - a big
one, covers a lot of destinations. The tour highlights the monumental
and heritage sites in India. You will reach the popular city, Jaipur, in
the late evening of 11th day and on 12th day of you tour will be
visiting Amber Fort, City Palace, Sheesh Mahal and more. Destinations
covered include Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Pokharan, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur,
Mount Abu, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Pushkar, Ajmer, Jaipur,
Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orcha,
Features : Experience the
North Indian feeling with the Grand North India Tour. The tour begins
from Delhi, moves into the cultural lands of Rajasthan and finally
concludes at Mumbai. Destinations covered include Delhi, Agra, Jaipur,
Pushkar, Jodhpur, Osian, Udaipur, Mumbai. Provides a complete day at
Jaipur. There will be guided city tour and visits to the famous