The radiant city Jaipur popularly known as Pink City is the capital of Rajasthan and was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1727. It fascinates tourists from across the world with its marvelous display of royal Rajput heritage evident in its impressive forts and palaces.
There is so much to watch for in Jaipur and tourists can actively take part in a number of festivals organized here such as Literary festival, Teej and Gangaur to name few.
The right time to plan holidays in Jaipur is during winters and summers are quite hot here with temperature soaring to 45 degree Celsius. The city is well connected with all other prominent cities in India by Air and Train routes.
Jaipur is planned and established as per the conventional nine-grid format and perhaps is the only city in the entire world symbolizing this division of the universe. There is a square in each grid and are planned in a manner that the City Palace is situated at the heart of the city and public buildings, residence places of noblemen and merchants etc are spread around it. The city has straight and wide roads which run through all over.
Other than its many tourist places and festivals, Jaipur also has so many other things to offer to its tourists from a treasure of handicrafts to royal palaces etc. it wont be wrong to say that the city is an architectural gem and is a retreat to those willing to know much about this city.
Why Visit Jaipur?
Jaipur known as the Pink City and also Paris of India occupies place in the list of some of the oldest cities which were built according to a prepared city plan. Not one but there are several reasons that make this city one of the most preferred tourist destinations in India.
Some of these reasons include:
Witness the Royal Living Style of Maharajahs
Many famous forts and royal palaces such as Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and City Palace and many more are the living evidence of royal life lead by Maharajahs. The architecture of the city displays the perfect blend of Mughal and European architecture making it more appealing to foreigners.
The Blues: the Beautiful
Jaipur is world famous for its blue potteries which stand apart and shopping them is undoubtedly a shopper’s delight. It is simply a unique experience to visit the intricate open markets of the city and picking up the unique but traditional things sold here like turbans, light printed quilts, hand woven bags and so many other attractive objects.
A Treat to Taste Buds
Visitors get an opportunity to taste and enjoy a huge list of its regional food. The list is endless, right from the delicious daal-bhatti to churma and one cannot avoid tasting the popular spicy sweet and sore chhaat.
Indulge into Princely Games
While enjoying vacations in pink city Jaipur, any one would love to enjoy some of the famous games played by royals. Visitors will simply fall in love with graceful Vintage Car Rally or they can enjoy polo matches on the vast greens of the city.
Jaipur is known not only for its royalty and colorful culture but also for many tourist attractions worth watching which include forts and royal palaces.
The most famous tourists’ attractions of the city are:
Hawa Mahal the most identified monument of the city was built by Maharaja Sawai Paratap Singh in the year 1799. this five storey astounding semi-octagonal monument is a living evidence of Rajput architecture. It has 152 windows. It was basicallybuilt for royal ladies so that they can watch and enjoy different functions that used to took place in the street below. Today it is a famous museum.
It is open from 10 am to 4:30 pm and the entry fee is Rs 5.00.
It is an observatory built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the eighteenth century. It was built with the purpose of observing the movements of constellations and stars.
It is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and the entry fee is Rs. 10.00
The place situated in the heart of the city occupies almost 1/7 of the total old city area. It has Chandra mahal, Diwan-E-Am, Diwan-E-Khas and Mubarak MAhal.
Entry time is from 9:30 am to 4:45 pm and entry fee is Rs.150.00 including entry to Jaigarh fort.
The place built by Maharaja Ishwar Singh is famous as it offers one of the most beautiful and stunning views of the city.
Graceful museum was built by Prince Albert in 1876 and contains a unique collection of archaeological pieces.
Timings are from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and the entry fee is Rs. 3.00 for Indians and Rs. 30.00 for foreigners.
In addition to above, there are other worth seeing places in Jaipur include Dolls Museum, Birla Planetarium, Jalmahal, Jaigarh Fort, Gaitor, Nahargarh Fort, Galta, Laxmi narayan Temple, Maharani Ki Chattari, Moti Doongari, Vagar Garden, Sisodia Rani Garden, Kanak Vrindavan and Amer.