An extremely well planned city, Jaipur was designed by an engineer and scholar Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, in accordance with ancient Hindu treatise on architecture, the Shilpa Shasta (Vastu).
It was planned in a grid system with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes and uniform rows of shops on either side of the main roads. Jaipur remains the only place where the nine sectors that sub-divide the city symbolise the nine divisions of the universe. Jaipur is surrounded by a wall having seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and wild animals that lurked just outside in the jungles that surrounded the city.
The Old City, also known as the Pink City, is a wonderful place to wander around. The whole city was painted pink by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876. Today, every home within the city is obliged by law to maintain this facade.
Jaipur's regal heritage is evident in its architecture and culture. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvellous heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas are testaments to the Rajasthan of yesteryears.
The arts and crafts of the state are amazing. You'll find elaborately fashioned jewellery, the multi-coloured 'bandhini' fabrics, richly decorated handlooms, and other trinkets at the colourful bazaars of Jaipur. These bazaars are a lot of fun not just what's available, but also for the cheerful people in their traditional costumes.
For the first-time visitor, it is an intriguing and unforgettable experience.
Population: Approximately 1.9 million
Climate: Summers are hot, with temperatures soaring beyond 45°C. Winters are cold with temperatures as low as 8°C.
Main Language(s): Jaipur Time Zone: GMT + 05:30
Phone Area Code: 0141
Best Time To Visit: October to March. The weather is pleasant, but you should go prepared for winter.
Airport Distance from City Center: 14 kms Taxi Rates from Airport to City: Both private and pre paid taxi services available.
This magnificent fort with its huge ramparts & watchtowers, is believed to have been the capital of the "Minas", the original inhabitants of Rajasthan.
A magnificent structure, the palace occupies one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur and is a wonderful blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Constructions and additions to the palace continued until twentieth century. The palace houses an extensive collection of rare manuscripts, Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures, Mughal carpets, costumes and textiles, arms and weapons, objects of art and royal paraphernalia.
This fort was cleverly built to gives its archers an advantage over their targets. It is said that Raja Man Singh buried huge treasures here. The fort also houses the Jai Ban – the largest cannon in Asia, rumoured to have been test fired only once.
The enchanting Hawa Mahal is a multi-layered palace, with a profusion of windows and stone screens.
Jantar Mantar, one of the five observatories built by Maharaj Jai Singh, in 1718. He was an avid Astonomer and loved to study the movements of stars. It is the one of largest and the best preserved observatories today. A collection of complex astronomical instruments chiselled out of stone - most of which continue to provide fairly accurate information to this day - is the highlight of the observatory. Constructed with stone and marble, its complex instruments whose setting and shapes are precisely and scientifically designed represent the high -points of Medieval Indian astronomy.
Nahargarh meaning abode of the tigers was built by Jai Singh to bolster the defense of Amer. Originally called Sudarshan Garh, Nahargarh offers a breathtaking view of Jaipur.
Erected in the middle of Ram Niwas Garden, Albert Hall was built in 1876 to mark the visit of Prince of Wales. It was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob and opened in 1887 as a public museum. It contains a fine collection of sculptures, paintings, decorative art objects, natural history specimens, an Egyptian mummy and a celebrated Persian Garden Carpet.
Food in Rajasthan is typically north Indian. Vegetables and meats in rich gravies are cooked with strong and heady spices, and served with Indian breads and rice. Most restaurants offer this fare.
For the more conservative eater, Jaipur has lots of multi-cuisine restaurants that serve excellent food. In the recent years, the fast food culture has grown in the city where you can enjoy a quick, inexpensive meal.
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