Located in the deserts of India in Rajasthan, is its capital, the 1st planned city of India, Jaipur. The city popularly known as the pink city was constructed on 18 November 1727 by the emperor of Amber-Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The entire city is armored by a fortified wall which encompasses it and is shielded by seven gates and is a must visit place to holiday in Rajasthan
The Pink City
The principles of Shilpa Sastra on Indian Architecture can be very well realized in the buildings of Jaipur. Jaipur is outstanding among contemporary Indian cities for the width and reliability of its streets. In 1853 the whole city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales! Book your Jaipur tour packages
to enjoy a nonpareil holiday.
The Hawal Mahal
Jaipur is a hotspot for forts, palaces, temples, monuments and even gardens. The magnificent Hawa Mahal is a royal treat for the eyes. Hawa Mahal the “Palace of Winds” or the “Palace of Breeze” is distinctive in its five-story exterior which is analogous to the honeycomb of beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are adorned with intricate lattice work. The cooling effect in the chambers is provided by the breeze passing through the small windows of the façade. This is enhanced by the fountains located at the centre of the chambers. The panoramic sight from the roof of the palace is unimaginably beautiful. The bazaar on the east side will remind you of the avenues of Paris! Jaipur is a world famous holiday destinations and an inevitable part of Golden triangle tours
Forts in Jaipur
The Nahargarh fort is a breath taking destination in Jaipur. The fort soars on a steep rocky face with massive walls and bastions. This small fort also known as Tiger fort (Nahar: Tiger, Garh: fort) provides an eagle’s-eye view of Jaipur, spread all around it. Another brainchild of Jai Singh Pratap to be appreciated is the Jantar Mantar meaning the ‘instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens’. This whole monument is built in stone with marble facing! Forts worth watching in Jaipur are the Jaigarh Fort ‘Fort of Victory’ the walls of whose spread three kilometers, the Amber Fort and the city palace.
Your Jaipur travel is unfinished if you don’t engage yourself in shopping expedition! There are copious shopping bazaars and malls like crystal Palm, Triton mall, MGF metropolitan and Apex hall. Hand-made camel leather products like jutis, sandals, bags and toys are aesthetic souvenirs you can find in Bappu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar. You can take home from the tribal stalls beautifully knitted embroidery skirts with mirror work on them or traditionally white Rajasthani Kurtha’s and pants which are blissful to wear during summer!
Planning your trip
Importantly, remember to pack your bags for two days. One day for visiting all the forts and palaces. Half-a-day for seeing the parks, gardens and monuments after which you can tickle you taste buds with spicy Mawa Kachori and Mirchi Bada and enjoy the aroma and sweet taste of Dal Batti Churma. And it’s worth spending a whole day for shopping and souvenir purchase. If you are traveling with a family of four then your stay in Jaipur could cost you as much as 8000 INR.
The apt time to book Jaipur tours from Delhi
is between October to March when the temperature is pleasant and comfortable. However, if you want to see the real India you must experience the majestic festivals! Watch the sky filled with multi colored kites during the Kite Festival on January 14. The Teej festival which celebrates the arrival of monsoon is widely celebrated in India, but its charisma can be found only in Jaipur during July and August. The Gangaur festival, Shitla Mata Fair and Chaksu Fair are other important festivals of Jaipur.
You can reach Jaipur by airways, railways or on wheels. Sanganeer airport has domestic flights connecting Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Ahmedabad. On tracks Jaipur is well connected with Mumbai, Agra, Delhi, Chennai, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Bikaner. Regular bus service connects Jaipur through AC and Deluxe coaches.
All this shopping and roaming around will unquestionably get you hungry and tired. Don’t panic. Getting a cab in Jaipur is child’s play or you could even try the camel ride! Rickshaw is another cheap option on your Jaipur vacation in North India
. Moreover you can mingle with the Rajasthani crowd by traveling in public transport busses! There are number of hotels which provide comfortable stay as well as match your budget. Jaipur is famous for its heritage hotels, five star hotels and many other budget hotels. Budget hotels come in range of 1000 to 2000 INR per day for a room. Some heritage hotels cost the same.