Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and the home of the Jaipur Literature Festival that is held in January every year. The ‘pink’ of the Pink City however is more a hue of brown, known as geruwa in Hindi, in which the city was coated during the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1905-06. Known for its fascinating monuments and colorful markets, gorgeous handloom garments and wonderfully laid-out gardens, it is not difficult to fall in love with Jaipur the moment you land there.
Modernity and tradition jostle for space in this quaint city that is dotted with forts on its peripheries and palaces at its heart. Visit the City Palace or the Hawa Mahal located within the city limits or the Amber Fort (pronounced Amer) that stands majestically on its outskirts. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism.
While it isn’t advisable to travel there in the summers, ensure you carry a sunscreen lotion (SPF-20 or more) and dark sunglasses, and wear cotton clothes. Winters can be brutal, so be prepared.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN JAIPUR
Besides offering the usual smattering of budget, mid-range and five-star hotels, Jaipur also has several havelis that have been turned into homestays and professionally run lodging homes. Often run by their owners, these havelis also host wonderful weddings!
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN JAIPUR
Try out some authentic Rajasthani dishes like dal baati 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. The appetizers 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 roomali rotis.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Jaipur is as given below. The best time to visit Jaipur is also specified.