The royal city Jaipur was founded by
Sawai Jai Singh and came to be popularly known as the Pink City when it was
painted pink to enchant the Prince of Wales in 1876. The place is remarkable
for its marvelous architecture and town planning. It is a city where the
ancient and the modern coexist in complete harmony. Jaipur is one place
where it is not rare to see camels roaming around and people dressed up in
vibrant costumes. The fascinating back-drop of ancient monument are
evidences to the bygone royal era.
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» City Palace: The city palace is an imposing blend of
traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art.
» Amber Fort: One of the finest examples of Rajput
architecture, it was the ancient capital of the Kachhawah rulers.
» Jaigarh Fort: It is one of the few military structures of
medieval India preserved almost intact.
Today Jaipur is a city of broad avenues and remarkable architectural
harmony. The city now has 1.5 million inhabitants and has sprawled
beyond its original fortified confines. Hindi, Rajasthani, English are
the local languages spoken. In the city you can travel by un-metered
auto-rickshaws, buses, cycle-rickshaws or you can also use car cabs and
car-taxi. You can enjoy your stay at various hotels suiting your budget
from affordable range to luxury hotels where you can experience the
royal splendor. The city gives you ample choice to relish the
traditional Rajasthani food mainly Dal-Baati-Churmaa and other lip
samcking delicacies like chaats, samosaas, kachoris and mirchi bada.
Jaipur has very warm summers with temperatures reaching highs of 45°
C. Even the minimum summer temperatures hover at 26°C. Frost on
winter nights is common when winter temperatures go as low as 5°C,
though the days are warmer at average temperatures of 20°-22°C.
Jaipur specializes in silver and semi precious jewelry, shops
specializing in precious and semi-precious stones are to be found on and
along Jauhari Bazaar. Bandhej (tie and dye), and block printed textiles
are another highlight of the place. The narrow Khajanewalon-ka-Rasta off
Chandpole Bazaar is the main center of stone carving. Shops dealing in
marble statuary are to be found here. Some shops opposite Hawa Mahal
stock the famous Jaipur quilts weighing only a few hundred grams!
» By Air: Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities
which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur, Udaipur. Recently,
flights to Dubai has also started from Jaipur by Indian Airlines.
» By Bus: Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe &
air conditioned buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Nr. India Gate) to
» By Train: Jaipur is on the Broad Gauge and hence
connected to all the metro cities of India. There are daily trains from
Delhi in morning (Shatabdhi Exp) and evening (Intercity Exp).