Founded by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is a superb and well-planned city with many landmarks that epitomize sublime beauty in its most subdued form. The resplendent palaces and imposing forts of this heritage city will steal your heart with Rajput splendor. The Hawa Mahal - the Summer Palace for the Royal Ladies – has an ingenious natural air-conditioning and a delicate paper-thin five-storey screen façade that kept the ladies veiled from prying eyes while allowing them full view of whatever happened in the market area. Jantar Mantar or the Royal Observatory at Jaipur is an evidence of scientific ingenuity of the city’s founder. The interesting pink shade became the official color of the walled city area ever since the visit of the royal spouse of Queen Victoria.
Places to See
The winsome forts, palaces and museums that you must see at Jaipur are:
- City Palace
- Jantar Mantar
- Hawa Mahal
- Albert Hall Museum
- Raj Mandir
- Sisodia Rani ka Bagh
- Amber Fort
- Jaigarh Fort
- Nahargarh Fort
- Jal Mahal
A shopping heaven for tourists, Jaipur is famous for its block prints, tie and dye textiles, quilts, carpets, and ethnic silver as well as traditional gold jewellery. Meenakari and kundan jewellery here are quite famous. Precious gems, blue pottery and customized idols at Jaipur also attract several buyers.
Where to Stay
Jaipur is famous for its subdued opulence, warm hospitality and regal splendor. Several luring hotels and accommodations can be found lining the wide streets of the well-planned city, ready to welcome their guests with promises of pleasant and comfortable stay. Hotels at Jaipur range from budget accommodation options to luxury hotels that offer world-class services. The best hotels here are:
How to Reach Jaipur
Reaching Jaipur is easy with the brilliant road and railway network. Traveling to Jaipur by air is also possible.
Regular bus services including state, private, AC and deluxe coaches connect Jaipur to major cities nearby. Excellent road conditions in Rajasthan make for an easy drive.
The central station of Rajasthan, Jaipur Railway Station connects the city and the state to all other cities of India. Regular trains to and from Delhi and Agra are available.
13 km from the city of Jaipur, Sanganer Airport regular flights to and from Delhi and Mumbai. Several domestic airlines operate out of here and connect Jaipur to other major cities such as Udaipur and Jodhpur too. Recently, it has gained the status of being an international airport and connects the city to Sharjah, UAE and Muscat, Oman.