Location: 250 Kms from Delhi
Clothing: Summer light tropical or cotton Winter Woolen.
Altitude: 236.53 mtrs.
Languages: Rajasthani , Hindi and English
Best Time to Visit: July to March
STD Code: 0141
Summer:Mean Max. 42.2 C Mean Min. 36.6 C
Winter:Mean Max. 27.5 CMean Min. 15.5 C
Jaipur is a land of natural beauty and great history. It has a flourishing tourism industry. Also called pink City, it is the capital of Rajasthan.It is well connected to the other parts of the world, through its vast network of airways, railways and roads.
Also known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is a place of kings, queens and legends. It is the capital city of the desert state of India, Rajasthan. Built in the 1727 A.D. by the king Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and also India’s first planned city. It is beautiful place that can be considered a perfect mirror to the Indian tradition and culture.
This land of fort and palaces is a top tourist destination in India. People from all over the world love to bask in the glory of this city which smells royalty everywhere. With its magnificent historical places such as the Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Naharagarh Fort, City Palace and Jal Mahal etc. Jaipur leaves its visitors mesmerized to the core. The art and architecture of these great structures is a perfect treat to eyes and a great blow to one’s mind. And the best part is that there are several legends associated with each monument that take you to the glorious days of the city’s past.
The historical monument Jantar Mantar is quite famous in Jaipur. It is the biggest of the five astronomical observatory build by Maharaja Jai Singh during the period 1727-1734 in north India. Similarly, the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Breeze is another big pull. It is a palace that was built by Maharaja Sawai Singh as part of the City Palace as an extension of the Zenana (women) chamber. Not to forget is the popular museum of Jaipur- the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing which is housed in a recently restored heritage haveli tucked into the back streets of old Amber.
Jaipur also boasts some huge gardens such as the Ram Niwas Garden, Central Museum (or Albert Hall), Zoological Garden, Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden, Vidyadhar Garden and the Central Park etc. These gardens are a delightful place to enjoy with your loved ones.
Jaipur is also a home to some great temples such as the Govind Deviji Temple, Moti Doongari, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Akshardham Temple and Jain Mandir. Tourists also like going to Galtaji which is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site situated 10 kilometers from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra highway near Sisodia Rani Garden.
All those who visit Jaipur do not forget to carry some typical Rajasthani items with them. From furniture to clothes, everything is special in this Pink City. Similarly, the food at Jaipur is irresistible. The popular food items at Jaipur include Daal Baati, Rasmalai, Pyaz ki Kachori and Gangaur. There are some excellent venues like the Choki Dhani and Apno Gaon, the Loharu House and Natraj where you can taste the lip smacking Jaipur cuisine.
Places to visit
CITY PALACE AND S.M.S. II MUSEUM - situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city. Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public audience) has intricate decorations and collection of manuscripts, Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of private audience) has a marble pawed gallery Mubarak Mahal has a rich collection of costumes and textiles. There is a Clock Tower near Mubarak Mahal. Sileh Khana has a collection of armory and weapons. Timing 9.30 to 16.45 hrs. Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 35.00 and for foreigners Rs.150.00 inclusive of entry to Jaigarh fort.
JANTAR MANTAR (Observatory) - built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky. Enormous sun-dial still provide accurate time, which are subject to daily corrections. Timing 9.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 10.00.
HAWA MAHAL - built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below. Now it houses a well laid out museum. The display “Jaipur past and present” is the special feature of this newly setup museum. Timing 10.00 to 16.30 hrs,Entry Fee Rs. 5.00:
JALMAHAL - (6 kms) on the way to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. A paved causeway leads upto the beautiful water palace.
JAIGARH FORT - (15 kms.) standing on a hilltop, overlooking the palaces and city of A mer. The world’s biggest cannon on wheels- the Jai Ban is positioned here, built during reign of Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh. It has a twenty feet long barrel and pumped in the cannon for a single shot. Timing 10.00 to 16.45 hrs, Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 15.00 & for foreigners Rs. 20.00.
AMER - The old capital of the Kachhwahas stands atop a range of craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when reflected in the lake at the foot hill, is a sight to behold. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh, the additional extensions were built by Maharaja Mirja Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh lIthe last Maharaja of Amer, who built a new city called Jaipur, where he shfted his capital in 1727.
The palace complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches of Amer. Sheesh Mahal chamber of Mirrors. Diwan-e-Am or the Hall of Public Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on three sides and stands on two rows of ornamented pillars. Diwan e-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass. Sukh mandir is guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory. Throughout the massive fort finely carved lattice windows, exquisitely painted doorways, halls and finely sculptured pillars crave for attention. The old city of Amer was the seat of power and bustling with life and prosperity. Other worth seeing sites are Jagat Shiromani Temple, Narsinghji temple, the stepwell of Panna Meena and fine carved royal cenotaphs on the road to Delhi. Timing: 9.00 to 16.30 hrs. Entry Fee For Indians Rs. 10.00, For Foreigners Rs. 50.00, Elephant ride charge Rs. 400.00 (inclusive of all taxes) Timing : 8.00 to 16.00 hrs.
NAHARGARH FORT - (15 kms.) cresting a hill about 600 ft. above the city, the fort was built in 1734. The walls of the fort run along the ridge and within are architectural beauties like Hawa Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan. Timing 10.00 to 16.00 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 5.00,
CENTRAL MUSEUM - situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and handicraft pieces. Timing 10.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 5.00, for foreigners As. 30.00,
BIRLA PLANETORIUM - It offers unique audio-visual education about stars and entertainment with its modern computerised projection system. Entry fee As. 20.00 show timings: 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00 hrs.
LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE - is situated just below the Moti doongri, known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble, popularly known as Birla Temple.
KANAK VRINDAVAN - (6.5 Kms on the way to Amer) This newly restored temple and garden, near Jal Mahal, has beautiful gardens and is popular picnic place. This is also beautiful location for film shooting. Entry fee Rs. 4.00 & Timings 8.00 to 17.00 hrs.