Jaipur - Pink City of Rajasthan
This beautiful city with ancient monuments got its name from the stone color material used to build the walled city. The architecture bears the talent of the Rajputs and Mughals. This capital city of Rajasthan state leads you all other cities bearing rich heritage and culture. Jai Singh-II is the founder of this city so it is called Jaipur. A single trip is not enough for the vast sightseeing in this city.
Major Attractions of Jaipur:
Sawai Pratab Singh, the king with poetic talent built this pink sandstone summer home. There are lattice windows crafted to blow breeze making cool for the queens as they privately looked through. Best viewed from across the street, you can even climb to the top to get the best view of the city.
When lit up at night this Jaipur City Palace is a colorful sight. This amazing palace was built by Maharaja Sawai jai Singh-II. Two of the floors are given away as museums while the royal family continues to live in a section of the palace. On Day 3, guests will proceed to City Palace for further activities by Indian Splendor Journey of Maharajas Express train.
This directly translates to Lake Palace. Made of rare sandstone colors its reflection in the calm blue waters gives a marvelous view. The palace is inside the man Sagar Lake that gives an appearance of floating on the waters.
Situated over the Aravalli Hills, this means ‘abode of the tigers.’ Built in Maharaja Jai Singh’s time this was to defend Amber. This fort looks attractive during night time when floodlit. People love to picnic here as it provides an enlightening view of the city.
This exotic wildlife zoo dates back to the 18th Century. The main zoo has two parts and one part is for mammals. The second part houses birds of various species and reptiles too. This zoo is located very close to the Albert Hall Museum.
Albert Hall Museum:
There are exquisite Royal Rajasthani Costumes, miniature paintings, antique woodwork and complex sculptures here. Founded by Albert in the year 1876 it was opened for public in 1887. The oldest in Jaipur it is also called Government Central Museum.
Best Time to Visit Jaipur
Jaipur is a very hot place so visiting at summer time is a hot and sweaty trip. October to March is an ideal time to visit as you can spend many days and cool evenings to explore this vast city. January attracts international tourists as it hosts the Jaipur Literature Festival. The elephant festival held in March is another reason to visit during winter months. Gangaur festival is held in April but temperatures can soar to 49°.
How to Reach Jaipur
The airport is located in Sanganer around 12 km from Jaipur. There are international and domestic flights to major cities in India and abroad.
You can also reach Jaipur by luxury trains such as Maharajas Express, Palace on Wheels and Deccan Odyssey which provides you the full comfort and royalty inside the train. Enjoy the royalty of Jaipur through these luxury trains of India.
There are interstate/ intercity Volvo A/C Non-A/C busses, Deluxe Busses. The RSRTC runs (Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation) Regular Busses too. Once in Jaipur take bus from Sindhi Camp Bus Stand & Narayan Singh Bus Circle.
Shopping in Jaipur :
The city is famous for Jaipur Handlooms, marble work, antiques, Jaipur Photographs and Lac Work. Prominent shopping spots include MI Road, Nehru Bazaar, Johari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar. There are stalls at Choti and Bari Chaupurs. Sundays is holiday for markets.