Jaipur - The City of Victory
|--> Location :
||203-km From New delhi
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|--> Significance :
||Capital City of Rajasthan State
|--> Best Season :
||October To March
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The Rose Pink City founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), is the
capital of Rajasthan. It is a major attraction for the first-time visitor.
Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts &
enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed windows line the streets
with their rose pink colour, lending enchantment to the scene, which is
almost magical at sunset.
The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around.
The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when
Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD. Today, every
home within the city is obliged by law to maintain its facade. It is a very
well planned city laid out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young
Bengali engineer and scholar by the name "Vidyadhar Bhattacharya".
Jaipur was and remains the only city in the world, symbolising the nine
divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it.
Jaipur is a royal city & this is its most noticeable aspect, small
buildings & festivals testify it.
Jaipur & its surroundings are rather like an endless museum. The city
also offers an endless variety of crafts. Jewellers here still fashion the
beautiful enamel-on-gold pendants, studded on the reverse with precious
stones or pearls & turquoise that one sees in miniature paintings.
Jaipur's lacquer bangles are famous all over the world. This is a city to be
Rajasthan Train Travel
§ Palace on Wheels
Ever wondered what luxury in the royal times was all about! Welcome to
Palace On Wheels, a luxury train that carries with it an ambience of the
Rajputana era and an exciting fairytale journey, which takes the visitor to
the imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day. The coaches also carry
out an image of the Rajput states with beautiful interiors. Last but not the
least the "Royal Treat" for the passengers on board include
saloons, bar lounges & libraries in every coach as well as restaurant
and organized shopping facilites.
Prime Attractions of Jaipur
-- Forts & Palaces -->
§ Amer Palace
The magnificent fort with its huge ramparts & watchtowers, overlooking
the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. It is believed to have been the capital of the "Minas",
the original inhabitants of Rajasthan.
§ Hawa Mahal
A Pandora's box of wonders, the enchanting Hawa Mahal is a multi-layered
palace, with a profusion of windows and stone screens.
§ City Palace
Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza, the imposing gateway of the City Palace guarded by
stone elephants, is monumental.
§ Nahargarh Fort
Originally called Sudarshan Garh, it affords a splendid view of Jaipur.
§ Jai Garh
Built on a peak, Jai Garh overlooks the palace & city of Amber below.
Jal Mahal is Jaipur's lake palace. It is surrounded with water.
-- Museums -->
§ Government Central Museum
This is the oldest museum in the state. The buiding, designed by Colonel
Sir Swinton Jacob is located in the centre of the sprawling Ram Niwas Bagh,
built in 1876 AD. When King Edward VII visited India as the Prince of Wales,
it was opened to public in 1886.
-- Gardens -->
§ Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
Has beautiful gardens, fountains, pools & some magnificent pieces of
§ Jantar Mantar
The amazing astronomical three-storey-high observatory, of an 18th century
Rajasthani king, named Jai Singh.
Excursions of Jaipur
-- Temples -->
§ Galta (2.5-km)
Beyond the gardens amidst the low hill guarding the city lies the old
pilgrim centre of Galtaji. Temples, pavilions and holy 'kunds' (natural
springs and reservoirs) dot the serene green landscape. The small temple of
the Sun god, built by Diwan Kriparam on top of the highest peak, is visible
form all parts of the city.
§ Bairath (86-km on the Shahpura-Alwar Road)
An important historical place with the excavated remains of a circular
Buddhist temple - unique in Rajasthan and the earliest known temple in
India. Bairath also has relics of the Mauryan, Mughal and Rajput periods. A
mint constructed by Akbar, a beautiful Mughal garden and a remarkable
monument with painted 'chhatris' and wall built by Jahangir, are other
-- Palace -->
§ Samode (40-km North West)
The beautiful Samode Palace, has been rebuilt and renovated and provides a
fine example of the Rajput haveli architecture. It is an ideal spot for
-- Lakes -->
§ Ramgarh Lake (32-km North East)
huge artificial lake created by constructing a high dam amidst tree covered
hills. While the temple of Jamwa Mata and the ruins of the old fort are some
of its antiquities, its beautiful landscape makes it an idyllic picnic spot.
-- Gardens -->
§ Vidyadhar's Garden
Nestled in a narrow valley, this beautiful garden was built in honour of
Jai Singh's chief architect and town planner.
-- Cities -->
§ Sanganer (16-km)
Located on the Tonk Road. This small town is entered through the ruins of
two 'Tripolias' or triple-gateways. The town has a ruined palace and a group
of Jain temples with fine carvings. Entry to the temples is restricted. The
town is an important centre for craft, industry and produces some of the
finest hand printed textiles from units of block and screen printers. This
textile is popular all over the country and abroad. On the Ajmer Road, the
ground level fort is still in good shape. It is noted for its hand printed
handloom industry using simple techniques.
Other Excursions of Jaipur
Gaitor (6.5-km on the road to Amer)
There are memorials to the queens in the Maharani-ki-Chhatri complex near
the Ramgarh road crossing. The white marble cenotaph of Maharajah Jai Singh
II is the most impressive and is decorated with carved peacocks. Next to it
is the cenotaph of his son. The island palace-Jal Mahal built by Sawai Madho
Singh as a pleasure spot at the centre of the Man Sagar Lake, and the Kanak
Vrindavan complex of temples and gardens recently renovated add to its
To the west of this road, in a narrow valley, is the royal cremation ground
at Gaitor. The cenotaphs of all Jaipur rulers, with the exception of Sawai
Ishwari Singh, who was cremated outside the Jai Niwas Garden, were built at
this place. The imposing cenotaph of Sawai Jai Singh stands out for its
delicate carvings and beautiful shape.
A major gem and jewellery centre, Jaipur is famous for Kundan work (enamel
work on gold). Also there are woollen carpets, cotton rugs, marble statuary,
enamelled wares, brass ware, hand-block printed Sanganeri and Bagru Cotton
fabrics, exotic blue pottery made from crushed quartz, leather footwear and
General Information about Jaipur
§ Local Transport
Tourist taxis and RTDC buses are available.
§ Art emporia and galleries
Art Fair, U-2, Chameliwala Market, Opp. G.P.O., M.I. Road. Maharaja Art
Emporium, Hawa Mahal Bazar.
Nayika, Thalia Building, M.I.Road, Crafts Impression, 17 Civil Lines.
Information offices: Foreigners Registration Office, Behind Hawa Mahal;
Govt. of Rajasthan Tourist Office, Railway Station
Sawai Man Singh Hospital, Soni Hospital, J.K.Mother & Child Health
§ P & T Offices
G.P.O., M.I. Road; Central Telegraph Office, M.I.Road; Railway Mail
Service, Jaipur Railway Station.
How to get there
Jaipur has its own airport, and is well connected to all other tourist and
An excellent connection to Delhi by Shatabdi Express and the Pink City
Express. Other connections to Jaipur are from Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur,
Ahemadabad, Secunderabad and Lucknow.
A network of reasonably comfortable tourist buses, run by road corporations
of Rajasthan, Haryana and others
Near by Cities of Jaipur
» Samode: 40 km
» Bairath: 86 km
» Pushkar: 146 km
» Sawai Madhopur: 165 km
» Jodhpur: 336 km
Places to stay in Jaipur
There are several budget hotels and paying guest accommodations available
Tour Packages of Jaipur