the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the ' Pink City
' because of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. It sits on a
dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills
surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is
certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. Jaipur has
massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and marvellous
gardens. All through, Jaipur has retained its strong Rajputana flavour
tempered by several influences - the mughal being the most prominent.
The region's strong cultural heritage is distinctly evident even today.
city is a visitor's delight. From the intricate, delicate looking Hawa
Mahal to the graphic forms of the Jantar Mantar - an open air
observatory of outsized astronomical instruments, the Badi Chaupar lined
with shopsand business establishments on both sides to the majestic
fort-palace at Amber; from the colorful fountains of life to the sublime
Birla Temple; from the architectural delight of the City Palace to the
serene Jal Mahal. The principal shopping centre in the old city is
Johari Bazaar, The jewellers' market. Unlike most other shopping centres
in narrow alleys in India and elsewhere in Asia, this one is broad and
If you are the hunt for reading
material, there is a wide range of English-language books as well as
magazines and maps at 'Books Corner', MI Rd (near Niro's restaurant).
You can pick up a copy of the informative 'Jaipur Vision' here, which
contains useful information about the city. A good range of titles can
also be found in the bookshops at the Rambagh Palace, Rajputana Palace
Sheraton and at the Bissau Palace hotel.Attractions
How To Reach
- Hawa Mahal
Jaipur's most famous landmark is the
Palace of the Winds or Hawa Mahal, a fantasia of 1953 ornate of
windows set in a rose-colored five storey facade. The palace , tier
upon tier of curved arch surmounting fairy casements with "jali",
lattice work screens. From here the ladies of the court could look
out at festive processions without jeopardizing their modest
- Jal Mahal
A picturesque palace admist the Man Sagar
Lake. It is Jaipur's lake palace surrounded with water. It is built
for royal duck shooting parties.
- Amer Palace
High on the rugged hills outside of town
sits ancient forts, including Amer (often called the Amber Fort),
where the Jaipur royal house held court for seven centuries.
Visitors ridding painted elephants can ascend to the fort to see
magnificent gateways, courtyards, pavalions, and a gliterring
chamber of inlaid mirrors.
- Jantar Mantar
The architectural astronomical
instruments of 18th century Rajasthani king named Jai Singh
contained in an amazing, three-storey-high complex known as Jantar
- City Palace
A pride of peacocks adorn an ornate
doorway in Jaipur's City Palace. Palace retainers stand at attention
as in the past when Jaipur Court was headquartered here. The palace
is now a fine museum. It houses a remarkable collection of textiles,
paintings, manuscripts, and extraordinary weapons. On display there
are two huge urns of silver, said to be the largest silver vessels
in the world. Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza, the imposing gateway of the
City Palace guarded by stone elephants, is monumental.
The western skyline is dominated by the
extensive walls, watch towers and gateways of Jaigarh built by Jai
Singh in 1726. It is one of the few military structures of medevial
India preserved almost intact, containing palaces , gardens, open
and covered reservoirs, a granary, an armoury, a canon foundary and
several temples. It is the royal treasury for several years. The
world's largest cannon on wheels is to be found here. The fort has
its own museum and provide an excellent view of Amer Palace.
- Nahargarh Fort
Built in 1734, the Nahargarh Fort lies
north-west of City Palace and provides some stunning views of the
city down below both during daytime and night.
Rani Ka Bagh Has beautiful gardens,
fountains, pools & some magnificent pieces of sculpture.
- Albert Hall Museum
It exhibits include a natural
history collection, models of yogis adopting various positions,
tribal ware, dioramas depicting Rajasthani dances and sections on
decorative arts, costumes, drawings and musical instruments.
- By Air
Indian airlines operates flights between Delhi
and Jaipur daily, and most flights continue to Mumbai, Udaipur or
Aurangabad. There are several weekly flights between Jaipur and
Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Calcutta and Jaisalmer. Private airlines
sometimes put on extra flights during the tourist season.
- By Bus
Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSTC)
buses all leave from the main bus station.Some services are
deluxe.These buses should be booked in advance. There are deluxe
buses to many destinations including Delhi, Jodhpur, Kota, Ajmer,
Udaipur, Bikaner, Bharatpur, Bundi, Mt Abu, Jaisalmer, Chittorgarh
- By Train
Jaipur is well connected by train to main
cities of India. Indian Railway reservation office opens from Monday
to Saturday. There are several trains from Jaipur to Agra, Bombay,
Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Chittorgarh, Alwar, Ajmer and
Delhi. There is a Shatabdi Exp. between Jaipur and Delhi and
continue to Alwar and Ajmer.