Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of Indian state of Rajasthan and one of the well-planned cities in India. Jaipur is often called "The Pink City" and there is a story behind it.

During the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1905-06, there was a desperate need for the city to appear presentable and hence had to be repainted. But since they did not have enough paint of other colours, the painters painted the whole city pink.

Jaipur is renowned for its fascinating monuments and colorful markets, gorgeous handlooms and wonderfully laid out gardens. The people are cheerful and friendly. Jaipur serves as the main business centre of Rajasthan and has all the amenities of a metropolis.

Jaipur, along with Delhi and Agra form the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism.

Tips

  • Don't forget to bring your sunscreen lotion (SPF-20 or more).
  • Ensure that you get ample protection from the sun during the day, especially during the summers.
  • Also get dark sunglasses, wear cotton clothes.
  • To experience hassle free holiday experience, make your hotel reservations in advance.

History

Jaipur was established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727. It was designed by architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. The architecture of the city was considered way ahead of its time and planned in a scientific manner based on the Shilpashastra. It took around four years for the major spots in the city to be completed.

The Maharaja himself was a great astronomer and a town planner. Hence, his influence is largely seen in the way the city has been built complete with Jantar Mantar (observatory) and Janana Mahals (women’s palaces). The ruler was also very keen on the security aspects of the city. Hence, the city was encircled with huge fortifications which had openings at seven different places.

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The city boasts of a rich architectural and cultural heritage. Do visit the various forts and monuments in and around Jaipur. Don’t forget to try the famous Rajasthani delicacies including the thali. Rajasthani arts and handicrafts are things that you can’t afford to miss. The museums in Jaipur boast a wide collection of antiques like old traditional ceremonial dresses of the royal families, woodwork, pottery objects, metal objects, sculptures and various other arts and crafts.

Culture

Pink City Jaipur is the land of fairs and festivals. Despite the transformation of Jaipur into a metropolis, it still continues to follow the traditions and customs of the old days. The cultural prosperity of Jaipur is visible in its local festivals and fairs like Teej, Gangaur, Makar Sankranti etc. Dance and Music of Jaipur add sparkle to the desert lands of Rajasthan. "Ghoomar" is the main folk dance of Jaipur in which the ladies display their huge ghagras or skirts while dancing. In music, the people of Jaipur share the royal interest of Rajputs.

Shopping

Exotic jewelry, stunning gems, semi precious stones, kundan and minakari work (enamel work on gold), striking cotton fabric including sanganeri prints, tie and dye, and excellent kota doria sarees, interesting blue pottery, enamel ware and brass, woolen carpets, cotton rugs, leather footwear, especially the embroidered jutees (footwear) are some of the specialties of Jaipur. The city is also a good place to buy furnishings for home.

Where to stay

Searching for a place to stay in Jaipur is not a difficult task as you can pick and choose from several lodging options depending on your budget. The hotel choices range from heritage properties and 5-star heritage hotels to mid-rung and budget hotels.

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Where to eat

The Dal Bati Churma, a Rajasthani preparation, is the most popular snack. Check out the dhabas near Sindhi Camp (Central) Bus Stand to relish it. Jaipur offers a lot in terms of street food. The samosas, pyaaz kachoris and also Mirchi Badas (thick green chilies dipped in gram flour batter and deep-fried), are to die for. For those with sweet tooth, Mawa Kachori and Ghewar are good options. aipur eateries are also renowned for the variety in Indian breads that they offer. Bajre Ki Roti, Makki Ki Roti, Jau-Channa Ki Roti, Besan Ki Roti, Cheelra, Paratha, Puri, Methi Puri, Rumali Roti… the list is endless. Restaurants also serve many local Punjabi- dishes and non vegetarian cuisine. Fast food joints are a plenty. Although Rajasthani cuisine is largely vegetarian, Murgh ko Khaato (chicken cooked in curd), Kacher maas (Lamb), Achaari Murgh (pickled chicken), Laal Maas (spicy lamb dish), Safed Maas (Lamb in white gravy) are few of the non-vegetarian dishes. Rajasthani cuisine could be spicy and hot for your palate. So, remind the staff to go easy on the chilli.s

Best time to visit

Period from October to March is the best time to visit Jaipur. This is the time when the weather is at its best. No scorching heat, no heavy downpours, and the atmosphere is simply pleasant.

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