Consturcted In : Situated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan, about 261 kms away from Delhi, the capital city of India.
Major Tourist Attractions: Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jal Mahal, Ram Niwas Garden, Jaigarh Fort, Nargarh Fort, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Rani Sisodia's Garden and Palace, Govinddev Ji ka Mandir, Albert Hall Museum, Statue Circle.
Best Buys: Jaipuri quilts, Tie-dye textiles, block printed textiles, semi precious stone jewelry.
Best Activity: Shopping
Nearby Tourist Destinations: Ajmer, Alwar, Delhi, Agra, Shekhawati, Sawai Madhopur.
Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, also known as 'Pink City' is sorrounded by an ancient 20ft high wall and eight gates. Situated at a distance of 261 km away from Delhi, today, Jaipur is the personification of the old order influence the new. An inherent interest for colour and design penetrated over stratum of society, and jewelry, crafts and architecture became objects of fascination equally between prince and peasant. Jaipur is also the main tourist hub of Rajasthan tourist circuit. From here you can reach out to places like Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pushkar, and many more such destinations from Jaipur. Jaipur is also the third corner of the famed Golden Triangle tourist circuit of India along with Delhi and Agra.
Located at a short distance of 11 kms from Jaipur, the Amer Fort complex stands amidst wooded hills overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway, with its forbidding ramparts reflected in the still waters of the Maota Lake below.
Constructed in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who appointed Lal Chand Usta as the chief architect who designed the Hawa Mahal for a specific purpose the Hawa Mahal is a five-storied structure that has no steps but ramps that lead to tiny cocoons from where the ladies of the regal family could see what was going on in the city.
The world famous palace of Jaipur which is popularly known as The City Palace was built by the Kachhwaha ruler of Amber Sawai Jai Singh in early 18th century. The different Mahals of this palace is decorated with pillars, arches, Mehrabs, and grills and also with beautiful inlay works. It is very rare to find such a scientific and modern 18th century building.
The Jantar Mantar is an astronomical garden observatory. Jantar Mantar in English means 'Magical Device'. It was built for the Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693 -1743) in the centre of Jaipur. The instruments were used to observe the movements of sun, moon, planets and stars.
The palace was built as a summer resort and pleasure spot by Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 in the middle of the beautiful Man Sagar Lake. It is one of the finest and most exotic pieces of Rajput architecture reflecting the technical excellence and knowledge of the builders of those times.
Also known as the fort of victory, Jaigarh Fort is a rugged structure built in 1726 by Sawai Jai Singh. It was the royal treasury for several years. The fort is perched on a cliff and is surrounded by huge battlements with inside walkways offering stunning views on all sides.
Sanganer: 12 km on Tonk Road. It has beautiful Jain temples and important craft industries besides the ruined palaces, broken city walls, triple gateway and a neglected Mughal garden. Large and small units of block and screen printers produce some of the finest hand printed textile in the country.
Bagru: 35 km southwest on Ajmer road. The ground level fort is still in good shape. Its attraction is hand printed cloth industry. The designs are simpler here, the techniques less complicated and the colours of more earthly shades.
Ramgarh Lake: 32 km northeast. It is famous for its huge artificial lake created by constructing a high bund amidst tree-covered hills where the citizens throng in a large number for picnic during the rainy season. The temple of Jamwa Mata and the ruins of the old fort still reminds of its hoary antiquity.
Samod: 40 km northwest. The old palace renovated and rebuilt provides the most gorgeously decorated and painted examples of Rajput haveli architecture. It provides an ideal spot for outing.
Bairath: 86 km on the Shahpura-Alwar road. It contains the relics and structures of Mauranyas, Mughal and Rajput periods. The excavated remains of a circular Buddhist temple, unique in Rajasthan and the earliest structural temple in India, make it an important historical place. Akbar the great, constructed a mint and his son Jahangir a beautiful Mughal garden and a remarkable monument with painted chatris and walls.
Abhaneri: 128 km northeast off the Agra road near Bandikui. It is famous for the temple of Harshad Mata built in 7th-8th century and the stepped Chanda Baodi. Two Jain temples were built at a later period.
Sambhar 94 km west. It is famous for the country's largest inland salt lake. It is also known for holy Devayani tank, beautiful Shakambhari Devi temple, the palace and the nearby Naliasar. Sambhar Lake is also famous for the illusion of water (mirage) during noon times.
Other Important Places to Visit In Jaipur:
Gangaur Festival (March -April): Gangaur festival is popular among women who pray to the goddess Parvati. This festival in common in all parts of Rajasthan but in Jaipur and Udaipur it is a attraction as procession of caparisoned horses and elephants accompanying the image of Lord Shiva. The married women pray for the well being of their husbands.
Elephant Festival (March-April): Elephant festival is held in pink city Jaipur to celebrate Holi, where visitors get to watch several elephant sports and can also play this festival of colours. A show is organized with the elephants turning out in their best finery.