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 Jaipur (Rajasthan)

Jaipur, the capital city of the Indian state of Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant and colourful cities of India. Jaipur is often called the "Pink City" because its prominent buildings are washed in this colour. This city is famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. Main places to visit are :- Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar. The city, today, has grown to become the second largest city of Rajasthan, retaining the medieval splendour. 
History : Jaipur, (City of Victory) was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, a Kachhwaha Rajput, who ruled from 1699-1744. The City Palace is a historic landmark. Hawa Mahal, built by the poet-king Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most strikingly designed monument in Jaipur. Jantar Mantar is one of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Govind Devji Temple, The most popular temple of Jaipur dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Jaipur Quick facts

  • Jaipur Geography and Climate

    Geography : Jaipur is located at 26.92° N 75.82° E. It has an average elevation of 432 metres (1417 feet). 

    Climate in Jaipur is extreme  with hot, dry and scorching summers The temperature goes as high as 50 °C in summers  to cool and pleasant, as  low as 3°C in winters. Besides, the normal annual rainfall is 556mm.

  • Best time to visit Jaipur

    For all those who are prone to heat strokes and cannot stand the glaring sun, winter is the best option to travel to Jaipur. The city can be visited between September and March when the climate in Jaipur is pleasant and ideal for a holiday.

  • Jaipur Orientation

    Jaipur is famously referred to as the 'Pink City' because Maharaja Man Singh II ordered his city painted a pretty pink in honour of the visiting Prince of Wales, Edward VII in 1876. Jaipur is home to numerous palaces and forts, namely Amber fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, etc.

  • Jaipur Near Getaways

    Amanbagh Resort, Alwar (near Jaipur) : It is a garden gateway to Rajasthan's rugged frontier region. A luxury resort is set within a walled compound that once served as the site of a mobile hunting camp used by the Maharaja of Alwar. The resort comprises a main building rising over three levels, beyond which lies a swimming pool, dining area and wading pool.

  • Jaipur Distance(s)

    This city lies 260km away from Delhi. The Jaipur city has an area of 200.4 sq kms and  situated  at an altitude of 431m above the sea level.

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  • How to reach Jaipur by Road

    Good motorable roads connect Jaipur with Delhi, Agra, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer and Mumbai. Rajasthan Roadways runs excellent regular service of AC and Deluxe Coaches from Delhi (From Bikaner House, Pandara road and ISBT, Kashmeri Gate)

  • How to reach Jaipur by Rail

    An excellent connection from Delhi is Shatabdi Express which provides a fast, air-conditioned rail service. Other connections to Jaipur are, from Delhi, Agra, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Udaipur, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Secunderabad.

  • How to reach Jaipur by Air

    Jaipur's Sanganer Airport is 15 km from downtown, a drive of 30 minutes from most  of the hotels. Jaipur is well connected by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways with Ahmedabad, Delhi, Goa, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Udaipur.

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    Jaipur Festivals and culture

  • Jaipur Festivals

    The colorful city gets brighter during the celebration of special festivals. The fairs and festivals which are worth mentioning are Elephant festival, Teej festival, Kite festival and Gangaur festival
    Teej Festival :(July-August) Teej celebrates the arrival of monsoon, after the scorching sun of summers. Teej is celebrated in the month of 'Shravan' (July-August), according to the Hindu calendar. Women in full festive dresses symbolically play on flower-decorated swings.
     Elephant Festival :(March) This festival is one of the most popular festival of Jaipur. It has its own charm and is celebrated every year in March on the occasion of Holi, the festival of colors. The Elephants become the major attraction of this festival in their classy attires. Chaugan Stadium area which was once used for festival processions and wrestling matches, as well as elephant and lion fights is now considered as the venue for the famous Elephant Festival. 
    Festival : (January) Kite Festival is a popular festival of Jaipur. 14 January, the day of Makar Sankranti, makes the official day for flying kites in Jaipur. Kite flying is enjoyed by people of all age-groups. The Desert Kite Festival is organized by the Government of Rajasthan, where expert Kite makers show off their kites. Sometimes, these kites are as huge as 1.5km and are designed in different shapes. Such kites often carry social messages.

  • Jaipur Culture

    Languages: English, Hindi,Marwari and Rajasthani. Religion : The main religion which is followed in Jaipur is Hinduism. Other religions include Jainism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity in the decreasing order. People : Here, people prefer to wear bright colored clothes. Women of Jaipur like Red, yellow, green and orange colored attire with a dazzling work of gold/ silver zari or gota. Tribal Ladies wear loads of Silver jewelry even men too can be spotted wearing earrings. Cuisine : Jaipur is famous for its Dal Batti Churma, Mawa Kachori, Ghewar and Chapattis. In Jaipur, lot of ghee and butter is used in cooking the food. 
    Folk Dance and Music : Dance and Music of Jaipur bring liveliness to the desert lands of Rajasthan. "Ghoomar" is the main folk dances of Jaipur in which the ladies flaunt their huge ghagras or skirts while dancing. Regarding music, the people of Jaipur share the royal interest of Rajputs in Morchang, Naad, Tanpura, Sarangi and many others.

  • Jaipur Religious Places

    Govind Devji Temple : It is located in the central pavilion of the Jai Niwas Garden to the north of Chandra Mahal. This most popular temple of Jaipur  is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The image of the patron deity - Govind Devji, originally installed in a temple of Vrindavan, was reinstalled here by Sawai Jai Singh II as his family deity. 
    Birla Mandir : Jaipur, Rajasthan Birla Mandir or the Lakshmi - Narayan Temple, situated just below the Mooti Doongari, is one of the Hindu temples, dedicated to ShriLakshmi-Narayan. Built on raised ground, it is surrounded by large lush green gardens. The temple has been constructed in white marble.

  • Jaipur Monuments

    Hawa - Mahal : Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of Jaipur, Rajasthan, built the Hawa Mahal in the year 1799. This architectural wonder was built with pink and red sandstone. This is considered to be one of the most popular monuments in Jaipur. This historical monument is a multi-layered palace and is an architectural wonder. The Hawa Mahal was constructed for the women of the royal court to watch the everyday life and royal processions of the city.
     Jantar Mantar : The Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory located at Jaipur, India was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1716. The astronomical instruments at the Jantar Mantar were meant to determine the exact position of longitudes, the equator and the latitudes. The main astronomical instruments set up at this royal observatory are the Jaiprakash Yantra, Ram Yantra and the Samrat Yantra.
     Jaigrah Fort : It is located on top of a hill. This massive fort is flanked by tall and huge gateways and watchtowers  which make it  a great place to visit.

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    Jaipur Entertainment and Night Life

  • Jaipur Adventure

    Ramgarh Lake : Interesting options that you can try in Ramgarh Lake are boating (October-June), trekking in the mountains, fishing, jeep driving to the nearby jungle, etc,. makes the trip very adventurous.

  • Jaipur Nightlife

    Jaipur is not involved in a very active nightlife like other global cities. People usually enjoy quiet evenings by listening  music, puppet shows and traditional dances, which are exhibitors of Rajasthan's rich heritage. Bars and pubs of Jaipur: Madhu Shala, The Polo (Rambagh Palace), Rang Mahal, Talab and Maharani Express are some of the most happening bars of Jaipur. Coffee house culture is quite prevalent in the region. Coffee shops like Mr.Beans and Rocks are also frequently visited places.

  • Kidding around Jaipur

    Ramgarh : 25 Kms from Jaipur. is an ancient site , famous for its huge artificial lake created by constructing a high bund amidst tree covered hills, where the citizens throng in a large numbers for  picnic in the rainy season.

  • Jaipur Shopping

    This city is famous for woollen carpets and cotton rugs. Equally popular are the leather footwear, especially the embroidered 'Jutis'. Jaipur is also famous for semi-precious stones and the best place to buy them is off Johari Bazaar. The famous shopping spots are Rajasthani, Johri Bazaar, MI Road, Nehru Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Chaupar Stalls. The markets generally remain closed on Sundays.

  • Famous To Eat at Jaipur

    Jaipur is famous for its Dal Batti Churma, Mawa Kachori, Ghewar, Mirchi Bada, Rajasthani Subji and different kinds of Chapattis. In Jaipur, lot of ghee and butter is used in cooking the food. Among the various restaurants, LMB, Rawat and Suvarna Mahal are the most famous for Rajasthani cuisine. There are numerous multicuisine restaurants offering Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine along the famous MI Road. Hotel Maharani Palace, Hotel Rambagh Palace, Hotel Mansingh Palace and Hotel Jai Mahal Palace are some of the palace turned hotels that have some quality bars and multicuisine restaurants too. If you are a lover of fast food, the great variety of patties, pastries, sandwiches, pizzas, Indian chat etc. will definitely satisfy your appetite.

  • Jaipur Museum and Hill Stations

    Museums in Jaipur display the ancient manuscripts and scriptures, art and artifacts of erstwhile rulers of Rajasthan and India. 
    City Palace Museum : It is a well-preserved museum maintaining century old legacies with great care. The miniature copies of Bhagwat Gita, the holy book of the Hindus, were written to be saved from Emperor Aurangazeb's intolerance towards other religions, are found in this museum. Besides the miniature paintings of Rajasthan grace the halls. Paintings on Mughal art and Persian school of art are also on display. The ceilings of the museum are also painted and are preserved well. There is a hall for private audience known as the Diwan-I-Khas which displays world's greatest silver objects, two huge silver vessels. A part of the Palace is still occupied by the royal family but it is worth visiting the ground floor since you can spot the majestic peacock in the courtyard.

  • Gardens and Parks at Jaipur

    Ranthambore National Park : Originally a hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur, Ranthambore was declared a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1980, it became a national park and listed among the reserves protected under Project Tiger (1973). It sprawls over an estimated area of 400 sq kms. It is situated in India's north western state of Rajasthan, near the town of Sawai Madhopur, midway between Bharatpur and Kota townships. It is surrounded by the Vindhya and Aravali hill ranges and is very near to the outer fringes of the Thar Desert. The entry point to the Ranthambore National Park, goes straight to the foot of the fort (Ranthambore Fort, built in the 10th century) and the forest rest house, Jogi Mahal. The latter boasts of the second-largest banyan tree in India. The Padam Talab, the Raj Bagh Talab and the Malik Talab are some of the lakes in the area, that attract the tiger population.

  • Lake at Jaipur

    Sambhar Lake in Jaipur : Sambhar is a small town, located at a distance of 60kms in the west of Jaipur, on Jaipur-Ajmer Highway. Sambhar is famous for the largest saline lake in India. Due to this fact, Sambhar is also known as "Salt Lake City".

  • Jaipur Seasonals

    Best Time to Visit Jaipur

    Best Time to Visit JaipurEssentially, Jaipur is a hot place dominated by three main seasons. The summer season persists from Mid-March till June, Monsoons continues from July to September and Winters from October to March. During summers, the temperature rises to 45°C with the minimum of 25.8°C. With such high temperature, it is not preferable to visit the place during summers.

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    Jaipur Tips

  • Jaipur Travel Tips

    ALWAYS keep your passport, plane ticket, money and camera with you. In general, cash is better than traveler's cheques. Many merchants will take dollars and their rate of exchange can be higher than the "official" rate.
     Respect the tradition of the religious place by leaving the footwear outside the temples and mosques. 
    Light cotton garments are recommended for the hot summer months and woollens are suitable for winter..

  • Jaipur Tourist Offices

    Jaipur : Tourist Reception Center, Tourist Hotel (Govt. Hostel), MI Road, Tel:-0141-2365256/2370180 JaipurPinkPages.com 2029, Nahargarh Road, Jaipur Phone: Mobile : 9414361640 Govt.of India Tourist Office Hotel Khasa Kothi, Jaipur Phone: 0141-2372200 Govt.of India Tourist Office Airport, Jaipur Phone: 0141-2550222 Department of Tourism Western Gate , Govt.Hostel, Jaipur Phone: 0141-2370180

  • Jaipur ATM's

    ICICI Bank ATM In Jaipur : Jaipur Airport AG Office (Accountant General Office) Bhagwandas Road, C-Scheme, Jaipur 45, Brigade, Shopping Complex Cantonment Area, Jaipur IOC-Retail Outlet, M/S Yadav and Co. Ajmer Road, Jaipur

  • Must do at Jaipur

    It is a must see if you are visiting Jaipur. Sheesh Mahal was amazing. Intricate Marble and mirror work that even today's artists might take years to complete.

  • Not to do at Jaipur

    Avoid visiting in Summer season because of heat strokes.

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