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To get the best views for a picture of the Hawa Mahal, one has to go outside and across the road. Do not get tricked into people offering you their terraces to get a few shots, as they trick you into buying jewelry and other little nick nacks.
by Afia Ahmad on Mar 24, 2014
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by Afia Ahmad on Feb 27, 2013
Holi is the most colourful festival in India and is celebrated all over the country with great pomp and show.
by Madhav Srinivasan on Dec 07, 2011
The Elephant Festival is celebrated in the month of February or March, and it attracts a lot of spectators from across the country and abroad. This royal festival is organized to showcase the pompous and majestic royalty of Jaipur during the Holi festival
The history of Jaipur dates back to the year 1727 when the city was discovered by the then king, Maharaja Jai Singh II. The king shifted his capital to Jaipur from Amber due to the increase in population and reduction in the water levels.
Jaipur prides itself on being the first planned city in the country as Maharaja Jai Singh II was deeply interested in the designing and construction of the city. Since the Marathas were constantly attacking and trying to take a reign over the city, the king was very skeptical about the security of Jaipur. Thus, with the assistance of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar of Bengal, Maharaja Jai Singh II started the construction of Jaipur in 1727.
It took around 4 years to build the entire city and huge buttressing of walls was created to ensure the safety. Constructed on the pattern of Shilpa Shastra, the Indian Architecture, the city of Jaipur was divided in nine blocks wherein there were two state buildings and palaces. The rest of the seven blocks were given for the public use.
The city was referred to as ‘pink city’ only in the year 1853, when the whole city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales.
Pink city as it is called, was India's first planned city, and designed in accordance to the principles of ancient Hindu treatise on architecture, the Shilpa Shastra (Vaastu). The rulers passion for art is reflected in the city's attractions.
Travel within city
Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, and the city is very well planned out in all levels, including transportation facilities. There are public transport buses that tourists can opt for while in Jaipur, and there are auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis available for commute too.
The cheapest way to travel around Jaipur would be through the public transport RTDC buses that ply to all major areas in Jaipur. Sightseeing bus services are available too, and you can opt for full day tours, half day tours and night tours. You can book your sightseeing trip through these buses online in the Rajasthan Tourism Department Corporation website. Bus charges will range from Rs 150 to 300 for sightseeing trips, depending on the class of travel opted for.
Auto rickshaws in Jaipur are a good way to travel around the city, and you can rent out an auto rickshaw for Rs 350. Auto rickshaws do not specifically run on the meter, so you can get a sightseeing slip from the police department and travel around visiting all the locations in an auto rickshaw at a predetermined price. Auto rickshaws are a safe way to travel within the city at night, and there are no special night fares.
Cycle rickshaws charge anywhere from Rs 10 to 30, but this mode of transport is very slow.
Taxis in Jaipur are very comfortable, and they are available from airports, bus stands and the railway station. Taxis run on meter, and charges will hover around Rs 12 per kilometer.
Pickcity Radio Taxi- Ph: (+91) 141 220-5000
Jain Taxi Service- Ph: (+91) 141 229-2064
Prepaid taxis and autos can be hailed for travel within the city, cycle rickshaws are also a good bet for shorter distances.
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