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General Information about Jaipur

Jaipur is one of the most popular cities of Rajasthan where you get to experience the traditional warmth in its colorful streets as you travel across the walled city area. Ancient parts of the city and its monuments offer you a glimpse of the royal splendor of the bygone era while Modern Township offers an array of upscale restaurants and shopping complexes where you can shop for ethnic Rajasthani handicrafts and textiles. Most parts of the city have been painted in pink thus giving it the title of ‘Pink City’. Magnificent havelis, palaces, forts and museums of Jaipur are bound to astound your senses as you explore the city and its architectural wonders.
Jaipur city was established in 1727 by Jai Singh II, and is India's first planned city. Jaipur was the capital of former Kachwaha rulers and it so presents itself as a versatile tourist destination. With splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis Jaipur is a royal place rich in heritage, culture and architecture.


Connectivity :

By Train
Indian Railways connect Jaipur from different cities of India and is one of the cheapest travel options. The Shatabdi Express is the most popular option from Delhi to Jaipur.

By Air : Jaipur has daily domestic air links with major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur,Udaipur. Hyderabad, Kolkata, Goa, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmadabad. The Jaipur airport is situated in Sanganer.

By Road
The National Highway no.8 connects Delhi to Jaipur via the new corporate hub of Gurgaon. The journey from Delhi to Jaipur via car is 4 to 5 hours. Also, there is an excellent bus service between Jaipur to Delhi by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) with air-conditioned Volvo buses plying approximately every half an hour. Once can drive down from Delhi to Jaipur in about 5-6 hours time.

October to March is the best time to visit Jaipur as the weather is pleasant and comfortable. This is also the time when the city hosts various fairs and fests. Some of the fests organized at a grand level are kite festival, camel festival, teej, gangaur, elephant festival, literary fare to name some.

 

Jaipur is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for foodies. IYou will find outlets of various cuisines and will never run out of options in the sparkling city. However, the most colourful here will be the local cuisine where a number of traditional dishes and desserts flourish. These preparations are relished daily by the locals and leave most tourist fascinated. Influenced by the Maharajas and Maharanis each element in a traditional Rajasthani thali has a story of its own.

A trip to Jaipur is thereby incomplete without digging into grand dishes like the Dal Bati Churma, desserts like Imarti and Ghevar and of course the famous chaat. Jaipuri cuisine itself symbolizes the beauty, dignity, and richness of Rajasthan. Some of the dishes that you can't miss in Jaipur include Dal Bati Churma, Missi Roti, Bajre ki Roti, Mirchi Bada, Gatte ki Sabji and Kadhi.The desserts here are very popular and it is almost imperative that you let your taste buds experience these unique dishes. These include Ghevar, Imarti, Halwa, Choorma, Gajak, Moong Thal and more.
Do not miss the street food available. Lanes of Johri Bazaar would be best for the exquisite and local street food ornamenting the cuisine here with an old world charm that it carries.

 

An Ideal Itinerary

Day 1: Start your trip with architectural and royal wonders as you see the famous forts of Jaipur. Visit Amer Fort (with the exquisite Sheesh Mahal), Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. If you still have time to travel for two hours and see the supposedly haunted Bhangarh Fort, then, by all means, do it, else spend a serene evening near the beautiful Jal Mahal, after having a sumptuous meal at 1135 A.D. Restaurant located inside Amer Fort.


Day 2: Start your day with having delectable kachoris and flavoured milk from Rawat Mishthan Bhandar at Sindhi Camp. Then head out to see the City Palace, and visit Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar, just moments away from it. By noon, you shall be done with these three hot spots and can venture out to fulfill your shopping quotient from Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar for jewellery, rare antiquities, and genuine silk/pashmina clothing, and then have a filling lunch at the famous Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar. If you need a breather from the historical ride, then head to the Museum of Gems and Jewellery, Albert Hall Museum or the Jaipur Zoo.


Day 3: Strolling leisurely through Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is a great beginning to your last day in Jaipur. Visit the Birla Temple, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, famous for its grand architecture. Have your tummies filled with the tasty food at Anokhi Cafe, along with its soothing ambience and old-time charm. Then head over to spend your lovely evening at Chokhi Dhaani, one of the many cultural villages in Jaipur. Visiting Chokhi Dhaani will take up to 4 hours, but with its cultural festivities and scrumptious thalis, it is definitely worth going for.

 


Few Places of Interest :

Amber Fort
Amber Fort is a marvel of Rajasthani architecture and one of the prominent tourist attractions of Jaipur. A royal palace carved in red sandstone, it was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century. Known for its large ramparts and cobbled paths, Amber Fort is situated on a hilltop offering majestic views of the pink city below. The grandeur of the fort offers you a glimpse into the royal lifestyle of Rajput rulers.

City Palace
City Palace is a fine blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732 AD. Situated in the heart of Jaipur, City Palace is a magnificent complex with courtyards and buildings that offer a glimpse into the royal past of the pink city. The architectural layout of the palace is admirable and has been designed on Vaastu Shastra principals. The palace museum houses a rich collection of antiques, artifacts and armory of the Rajput rulers.

Central Museum
Central Museum is the oldest museum of the city and houses a rare collection of antiques and artifacts of the erstwhile Rajasthani royal era. The arches and walls of the museum are adorned with miniature Rajasthani paintings from Bundi, Udaipur, Kota, and Jaipur School of Paintings. The museum houses antique furniture and weapons including tiger knives, hilts, swords, armor, shields, daggers, intercontinental art, the Egyptian collection, pottery collection, musical instruments, miniature paintings, sculptures, ivory carvings, wood work, jewelry, carpets, lacquer work, etc.
Hawa Mahal or the 'Palace of Winds' is a renowned tourist attraction of Jaipur situated in the heart of pink city. The five-storey palace was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who belonged to Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. The pyramid shape of Hawa Mahal and its 'Jharokhas' or miniature windows are decorated with intricate designs making it a unique piece of architecture. The main idea behind the conceptualization of Hawa Mahal was to offer the ladies of the royal family a view of everyday life through the windows to follow the day-to-day events and royal processions occurring on the streets as they never appeared in public.

Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be one of the largest observatories in the world ever built and houses the world’s largest sundial. This magnificent structure was built during the reign of Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1720's who was a great scholar and an avid astrologer. The term 'Jantar Mantar' is derived from the Sanskrit terms 'Yantra' and 'Mantra' meaning 'instruments' and 'formula' respectively. This astronomical observatory houses varied architectural and astrological instruments that have caught the imagination of astronomers, historians and architects from around the world. Jantar Mantar consists of fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time, tracking constellations and, even for, observing the orbits around the sun.

 

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