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Jaipur

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  • 10+ km
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  • 2-3 days
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The capital of Rajasthan, also known as the Pink City of India

Jaipur Rajasthan India
Rajasthani food is the show stopper no matter where you go in Rajasthan so how could the capital city stay aloof of the exquisite cuisine! Some of the must try dishes while in Jaipur include 'daal baati churma', 'pyaj kachori', 'bajre ki roti', and 'garlic chutney'. If you prefer non-vegetarian delicacies, then you cannot miss relishing 'lal maans' (meat cooked in red chillies curry), 'khad khargosh' (wild hare cooked and roasted underground), and 'safed maans' (meat cooked in curd). If you have a sweet tooth, then enjoy a piece of 'dil kushal', 'ghewar', and 'Churma Ladoo'.Old Green Tandooori Dhaba, The Doors, Peacock Rooftop restaurant, and Niros' are some of the most popular places.
Jaipur is highly famous for its handicrafts, gems and jewellery, and artefacts. People from all over the world come here to shop and so the shopkeepers may charge a bit extra. Always bargain. Also, most of the bigger shops offer to home deliver your products with a shipping charge, however, it may be easier to take it with you. Avoid buying from shops which are closer to main tourist attractions as the prices will be sky-high. If you love jewellery and fabrics, Johri Bazaar is one of the most famous bazaars of Jaipur. To buy the typical Rajasthani Bandhani fabric, Kishanpol bazaar is a preferred choice. Kripal Kumbh is a tiny showroom lodged in a private home and is most famous for the highly renowned blue pottery which were produced by late Mr Kripal Singh.
Rooms can cost starting INR175-200(for dorms) and can go up to INR27,500 (for Rambagh Palace.
Meals vary from one restaurant to another but a decent thali can cost around INR85 and a full-fledged meal at a posh diner like Moti Mahal can start at INR300.

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is its largest city. The city is named after its founder, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the then ruler of Amber, who founded the city on 18th November, 1727. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City. The city was designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Bengali Brahmin, who planned it as per Indian Vaastu Shastra. The directions for every street is marked from North to South and East to West, with an Eastern Gate known as Suraj (Sun) Pol, and a Western Gate known as Chandra (Moon) Pol.

 

Jaipur is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. In fact, Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Survey ranked Jaipur as the 7th best place to visit in Asia in 2008. CNN ranked the Presidential Suite at the Raj Palace Hotel as second in its “World’s 15 most expensive hotel suites” list in 2012.

 

The city of Jaipur has everything – arts, history, shopping, entertainment, and food! Some of its must visit sights are as follows:

 

    1. City Palace – City Palace is a palace complex which includes Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other such edifices.Chandra Mahal houses a museum, however, most part of it is still a royal residence. The construction of the palace was initiated by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732, however, he only completed the outer walls of the palace complex. Later, additions were made by successive rulers and constructions continued until the 20th century. Other notable palaces and monuments inside the City Palace complex are the City Palace Museum, Maharani’s Palace, Mukut Mahal, and Shri Govind Dev Temple. There are three gates to the complex. While Virendra Pol and Udai (or Atish) Pol are  for the commoners, Tripolia Gate is reserved as the entrance for the royal family.
    2. Hawa Mahal – Literally meaning “Palace of the Winds” in English, Hawa Mahal was built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 and designed in the form of Lord Krishna’s (Hindu God) crown by Lal Chand Ustad. The palace was specifically built with such a high screen wall for the royal women to observe the festivities that took place on the streets. Hawa mahal has a five-storey exterior and 953 windows!! Built in red and pink colored stone, the palace is a perfect example of why Jaipur is known as the Pink City.
    3. Jal Mahal – Meaning “Water Palace” in English, Jal Mahal palace is literally located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake in the city of Jaipur. The lake lies partly in Jaipur and partly in Amer, Jaipur’s neighboring city and historically very significant. This masterpiece was also the brainchild of Sawai Pratap Singh and was built in the same year as Hawa Mahal. The palace has five storeys in total, of which four are totally submerged under water when the lake is full leaving only the top floor exposed. After going through major dramatic restorations over the years trying to improve the conditions of the lake and the palace, Jal Mahal is finally open to visitors now.
    4. Jantar Mantar – One amongst five in the country, Jantar Mantar is an equinoctial sundial which was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. The other locations in India to have a similar sundial are New Delhi, Ujjain, Mathura, and Varanasi. These monuments-cum-equipments were built between 1724 and 1735. The name “Jantar Matar” is believed to be over 200 years old. The word jantar is a version of the word jantra which has been further derived from the word yantra meaning equipment. Similarly, mantar is a version of the word mantra which implies chant or words. Put together, it is said that the term “Jantar Mantar” means magical words or magical diagrams. The instrument is intended to measure the time of day, correct to half a second and declination of the Sun and the other celestial bodies.
    5. Amer Fort – Amer Fort is not exactly located in Jaipur but in the city of Amer which is approximately 11 km from Jaipur. Perched on a high hill, it is one of the most important tourist attractions in and around Jaipur. Before being taken over by the Kachwahas, Amer or Amber was a small town built by the Meenas and thus named as a dedication to Amba, female Hindu deity who is believed to be the protector of the world. The current Amer Fort was created sometime in the 16th century by the Kachwaha King of Amber, Raja Man Singh. It was later completely expanded by his descendant Jai Singh I. Other significant modifications were made to the fort until the Kachwahas moved their capital to Jaipur in 1727 under the reign of Sawai Jai Singh II.

 

Apart from these breathtaking historical sights, Jaipur is also famous as the host of the Annual Jaipur Literature Festival (also known as Jaipur LitFest) which is held every year in January. Prominent writers, authors and other such literary experts gather from all over the world to attend this festival which carries on for 2-4 days.

 

If you want to capture the true beauty of the city after dark, you can sign up for the Pink City by Night Tour operated by RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) which includes a tour to several well-known sights of the city including Amer Fort plus dinner at Nahargarh Fort.

 

For a splendid twist to your holiday experience in Jaipur, sign up for a Hot-air balloon sunrise ride over Amer Fort. These rides are conducted by Sky Waltz and the package includes pick up and drop from your hotel, tea/coffee and cookies, witnessing the balloon inflation process, and a one-hour balloon ride. The entire activity takes about 3 hours and is available between the months of September and March.

 

Some of the other must-do things in the Pink City of India are to watch a movie at Raj mandir Cinema (a lavish theatre which somewhat looks like a pink cake), and visit Choki Dhani ( a Rajasthani themed mock village with souvenir shops and stalls, displays of rural artistry and handicrafts, open-air restaurants, plethora of traditional entertainment – music, dance, acrobats, and a lot of park like activities for the kids).



How to get there

Jaipur International Airport has regular flights connecting the city to other major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. RSRTC (Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation) operate between Jaipur and other nearby cities in Rajasthan. There are also daily buses from New Delhi.
Frequent trains to and from Delhi, Agra, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Jaisalmer, and Pushkar make travel even easier.

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