Brilliant reds, vibrant saffron, ochres meeting bright pink and deep blues come together in harmony in the beautiful garden called ‘THE PINK CITY’. Chaotically beautiful and endlessly fascinating. That’s Japur.
AND, WHAT ELSE?
Here, you are sure to be amazed beyond imagination.
Embellished with splendid palaces of a bygone era, this desert city of India is the city to escape to.
Truly has it been written that to look at India is like an examination of a microcosm of the Earth and visiting Jaipur is like romancing India inside out.
Jaipur is one of the most popular destinations in North India and every year large number of tourists from all over the world visit this place to enjoy its rich culture and heritage. Being the capital of India’s most flamboyant state Rajasthan, Jaipur has a lot to offer to its tourists. Colorful Bazaars, crowded streets, dodge dawdling camels, and the crazy hustle and bustle of the town will traverse you to a completely different era altogether. This city has spontaneous use of colour and adornment with unselfconscious grace in the way they are worn.
More about Jaipur
India’s first planned city, Jaipur, was built by Sawai Jai Singh in the eighteenth century, is home to India’s best historical monuments. It is the largest city of Rajasthan and attracts large number of tourists from India as well as other countries. The city is also referred as “Pink city” due to its beautifully colored buildings, which were planned to showcase the architecture of the Mughal era. The best thing about Jaipur is that it has abundant to offer to tourists of all age groups and one can take back some wonderful memories for a lifetime by visiting this place.
One of the unique and interesting facts about Jaipur is that this place is a living example of India’s rich and cultural heritage. One can also walk down the old city streets of Jaipur to have a glimpse of the vibrant heritage of India. The age old heritage of Jaipur includes a large number of monuments, forts, temples, and castles.
- Amber Fort- Amber Fort is the most magnificent tourist spot, located high on the hills, at a distance of 4 kms from Jaipur. Mainly constructed from pale yellow, pink, red sandstones and white marbles, the fort is divided into four sections, which include Diwan-e-Aam, or “Hall of Public Audience”, the Sheesh Mahal (the mirror palace), the Diwan-e-Khas, or “Hall of Private Audience”, or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas, each with a spectacular courtyard. Amber Fort also known as Amber Palance was a residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families and is the perfect place to enjoy the splendiferous Rajputana architecture that brilliantly showcases the glory of the royal family. Ah! Only if these stones could speak. Hehe.
- Hawa Mahal- Being in Jaipur, you cannot afford to miss this extraordinarily built fairy-tale honeycombed hive made up of pink sandstone. The palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 to provide a regal household to the ladies so that they can also enjoy and watch the life of the city. The top of the palace offers an astonishing view of the Jantar Mantar and City Palace on the one side and Siredeori Bazaar on the other. You can also visit the museum that showcases some amazing miniature paintings as well as ceremonial armor and objects from the royal past.
- City Palace- Located at the heart of Old City, City Palace is truly the pride of Jaipur. It is not wrong to call City Palace, the perfect amalgamation of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The palace has some unique and rare artifacts that often capture the heart of onlookers. The palace comprises of huge courtyards, magnificent gardens, beautiful halls, as well as amazing museums.
- Where to shop- If you love shoes and are looking for something traditional, Ramgarh bazar is the place for you. Bapu Bazzar with its eerie Rajasthani architecture will attract art lovers.
- Where to hang around- Though most of the tourists prefer daytime sightseeing, but the nightlife in Jaipur is truly breathtaking. It is not wrong to say that if you want to see the true spirit of Jaipur then you should hang around in Jaipur at night. Colorful bazaars, vivid colors, and buzzing town, you will surely make you have a gala time. Visit Madhu shala, Rang Mahal, The Polo (Rambagh Palace), Maharaja Express, and Talab to enjoy your time in Jaipur. You can also visit Chokhi Dhani to enjoy the tradition, culture and mouth watering cuisine of Rajasthan.
- Where to eat- People in Rajasthan are complete foodies and the amazing part about them is that they still practice their ancient methods of cooking and enjoy some of the amazing dishes of royal times. To enjoy the lip smacking Rajasthani cuisine, you can visit any of the places:
- Peacock Rooftop Restaurant
- Dragon House
- Sunder Palace Restaurant
- Natraj Restaurant
- Handi Restaurant
- Enjoy the beauty of Nature at Jal Mahal – Jal Mahal is the most serene and astonishing sight in Jaipur. If you see from a distance, this palace appears like it is floating in the center of the Sagar Lake and is also known as the Water Palace. The light colored stone walls perfectly compliments with the deep blue water of the lake. The Palace and Man Sagar lake around it was enlarged by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century. It is the most photographed and photo friendly tourist spot in Jaipur. You can also spot the hills with temples and ancient forts around the lake.
- Visit Jantar Mantar Observatory- Jantar Mantar is one of the most interesting places to visit in Jaipur. Built by the Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments and completed in 1734 CE. The monument showcases many fascinating masonry, stone and brass instruments that were designed using astronomy and instrument design principles of ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts.
- Experience the adventure at Nahargarh Fort- Along with Amber fort and Jaigarh fort, Nahargarh fort was built to protect Amer from any kind of foreign invasion. Built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh, Nahargarh fort is the best place to visit for both art lovers and wildlife lovers. Madhavendra Bhawan and Zenana (Female) quarters is the most amazing section of the fort due to its brilliantly designed and decorated walls, which is the perfect example of Rajputana art and lavish lifestyle.
- There is also a biological park located inside the premises of the fort for all wildlife lovers and one can enjoy the sights of tiger, Asiatic lion, sloth bear, deer, leopard, crocodile, gharial, and many other wildlife species. Visitors can also enjoy the sights of many bird species. If you are looking for peace and tranquility, Nahargarh Fort is the place for you.
- You can also visit many other interesting tourist places in Jaipur like Jaigarh Fort, Albert Hall Museum, Birla Mandir, Rambagh Palace, and Jaipur Zoo to add more excitement to your trip. Ahem ahem. So much to do!
Good to know
Jaipur is well connected to India’s other major cities by both train and road. You can also take a flight to the Jaipur International airport.