The Pink City
Jaipur, the 'Pink City' is the capital city of Rajasthan. It derives its name from the ruler of Amber, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II who founded the city in 1727. Jaipur got its title 'Pink City' when Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh painted the city pink to welcome Edward, Prince of Wales in 1876. Jaipur boasts of rich cultural heritage, architectural forts & palaces, enchanting gardens and lakes. Jaipur is known for riotous celebrations of fairs and festivals. The popular tourist attractions of Jaipur are Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, City Palace, Rambagh Palace and Jal Mahal.
Jaipur was under the rule of Matsya Kingdom. When Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Amber established his kingdom in the region, Jaipur got its modern look. Due to the scarcity of water and growing populations, he shifted his capital to Jaipur from Amber. Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya planned the city following the principles of architectural text Shilpa Shastra. The construction began in 1727. The city saw rapid growth in the 19th century.
Major Tourist Attractions of Jaipur
Forts & Monuments
Jaipur is one of the best destinations in India to study and explore the architectural marvels of bygone eras. Several architectures in Jaipur display the opulence of royal kings, who once established their supremacy in the beautiful city. Amazing fort and monuments of Jaipur are Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar and Jal Mahal.
Pilgrims and tourists on religious tours flock Jaipur as the city has numerous beautifully carved temples. Jaipur is also as 'Chhoti Kashi' because of countless religious places. Popular temples in Jaipur include Garh Ganesh Temple, Galtaji, Lakshmi Narayan Mandir aka Birla Temple, Govind Dev Ji Temple and Motidungri Ganesh Temple.
Jaipur exudes its colourful charms with countless gardens. Several trees and flowers of different hues and colours grow in the many gardens of Jaipur. Famous among them are Sisodia Rani, Kulish, Ram Niwas and Jawahar Circle Garden.
The alluring palaces in Jaipur attract hordes of tourists all throughout the year. Some of the palaces of Jaipur are even today the residences of royal families. Constructed in unusual designs and architectural styles, the palaces are hit among tourists. Manicured gardens, pavilions and galleries are some of the striking features of Jaipur's palaces. Some of the prominent palaces are Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Rambagh Palace and Jal Mahal.
Other Tourist Attractions
Other tourist attractions of Jaipur are Chokhi Dhani, Dolls Museum, Central Museum, Chand Baori and Sambhar Salt Lake.
Best Time To Visit
October to March is the best time to visit Jaipur.
People of Jaipur are mostly vegetarians. Dal-Bati Churma, Besan ka Gatta, Mawa Kachori, Dahi Vada, Pyaaz Ki Kachuri and Ker Sangri are popular dishes of Jaipur.
Jaipur offers a great shopping destination for tourists, looking to buy some traditional items. Jewellery, gems, carpets, traditional skirts, bags, light quilts, kolhapuri chappals, blue pottery, dolls are some shopping items you can purchase.
Finding accommodation in Jaipur is never a problem for visitors. Jaipur has some classic heritage hotels, resorts, five-star and low budget hotels.
How to Reach
Sanganer Airport of Jaipur operates both domestic and international flights. In fact, it is the only international airport in Rajasthan.
The main railway station is Jaipur Junction Railway Station. An extensive network of railways connects Jaipur to other important cities of India.
The National highways and State highways interlink Jaipur to main cities of the country.