Jaipur is the largest and capital city of Rajasthan. It was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s first planned city. Jaipur is fondly dubbed as the Pink city in reference to its distinctly colored buildings, which were originally painted this color to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Maugham cities. The present earthy red color originates from repainting of the buildings undertaken for a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876 it sits on the edge of the Thar desert and is surrounded by the Aravalli hills. It also serves as a stepping stone for travelers heading to the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. .Jaipur is known for its huge royal gates and the unique red stone built; it dates back to the 16th century and houses temples, gardens, palaces and a lake inside its premises.Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO world heritage site that dates back to the 18th century and is a major tourist attraction in Jaipur.
Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism. Not only does it attract domestic travelers, Jaipur is often an important stopover for foreign tourist. Jaipur is filled to the brim with bustling local bazaars the street style fashionista, products like meenakari trinkets, bandhani printed sari, lac bangles, and blue pottery are highly sold in the galleries of Bapu and Nehru Bazaar.
How to reach:-
By Air:- Air travel is the most convenient way to reach the pink city.The Jaipur airport is located 12 kilometres from the heart of the city at Sanganer.
By Train:- Indian Railways connects Jaipur from all over the country and is one of the cheapest options/Trains like the Shatabdi Express connects Jaipur to almost all major cities of India. An additional attraction is “The Palace on Wheels” which offers a royal ride to Jaipur.
By Bus:- There is an excellent bus service between Jaipur to Delhi by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) with buses approximately every half an hour.There is a regular service from cities like New Delhi, Kota, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Vadodara, and Ajmer at reasonable fares.
Things to do:-
Visit Choki Dhani and indulge into a delectable plate of heaven,Cycling expedition at Nahargarh Fort,see eleplant festival,jaipur literature festival,jaipur vintage car rally,international kite flying compitition,jaipur jewellery festival and many more.
Places to visit-
Pink City to experience the glorious past of Jaipur, your first stop here must be the Old City which is popularly known as the Pink City. The place founded by Sawai Jai Singh II is famous for its breathtaking palaces. In order to commemorate the arrival of Prince of Wales in 1876, the entire city was painted pink as the color resembles hospitality! You simply cannot help but marvel the architectural brain behind the very
City palace:- Built in 1729-1732 AD, the City Palace in Jaipur was where the Maharaja of Jaipur reigned from.It comprises of Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. As of today, the Chandra Mahal has been transformed into a museum that houses handicrafts and other hand made arts as a remembrance of the cultural heritage and richness of the city.
Hawa Mahal:- Hawa Mahal derives its name from its unique structure, which is a mesh of small windows that allowed cool wind to enter the palace and hence kept the palace comfortable during the hot summer months.This was constructed in the year 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh.
Amber Fort:- Amber Fort, situated 11 kms from Jaipur, is a fort built with great artistic taste. Cradled on the top of a hill forming a beautiful reflection in Maotha Lake, it is popularly known as Amer Fort.The fort was constructed in the year 1592 by Raja Mansingh. Further, the fort was extended by Raja Jai Singh I. This architectural marvel represents a fusion of Hindu Muslim architecture. The fort has 4 courtyards.
Jantar Mantar:- This UNESCO world heritage site is the largest of five astronomical observatories build by Maharaja Jai Singh during the period 1727-1734 in north India. This observatory has the largest sundial in the world . And many more places such as Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort,Bhiwandi Fort, Jal Mahal, Govind Devji Temple, Gaitore, Iswari Minar Swarga Sal,etc are also must visit spots.
Best time to visit:-
The best time to visit the Pink City is winters. Undoubtedly the summers are unbearable and monsoons are moody but winters are painted with the moderate sunlight and cool breezes. October to March can be described as the best time to go to Jaipur.
Jaipur in Summer (April-June):- The high temperature in the summers makes sightseeing difficult.Tourists need to keep themselves hydrated to prevent dehydration.
Jaipur in Monsoon (July – September):- Monsoon is the perfect time to see Jaipur in its natural shade. Though the season brings a relief from the scorching sun, the monsoons do not see a rush of tourists which results in a drop in hotel prices and tours.
Jaipur in Winter (October – March):- The moderate sunlight and pleasant breeze in October make a trip to Jaipur extremely enjoyable for tourists. Though temperatures in winter nights can go as low as 4?C, the season Jaipur attracts a lot of tourists due to the comfortable day weather and the Jaipur Literature Festival in January. March sees a relief from the chilly winters and adds charm to the city with the Elephant Festival