Jaipur, often called “The Pink City”, is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is said that 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 colourful markets, gorgeous hand-looms 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.
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.
In order to ensure that you get ample protection from the sun during the day, especially during the summers, it is advised that you carry your sunscreen lotion (SPF-20 or more) and dark sunglasses, and wear cotton clothes.
WHERE TO STAY IN JAIPUR
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.
WHERE TO EAT IN JAIPUR
Jaipur is one of the ideal places to try out some authentic Rajasthani cuisines like Dal Batti churma, Mawa Kachori and Ghewar. Chokhi Dhaani at Tonk Road is great for the perfect Rajasthani meal. Suvarna Mahal at Rambagh Palace serves one of the best thali spreads of its type. The appetisers include vegetable kebabs and barbecued lamb, and among the main courses is the restaurant’s signature dish, lal maas, and gatte among others. Handi, on MI Road, is a must-visit for meat-eaters. It serves tender mutton cooked in traditional pots (handis) and smoked with burning charcoal, along with wafer-thin roomali rotis.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Jaipur is as given below. The best time to visit Jaipur is also specified.