The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is the globally acclaimed as “Pink City”. It is the largest city of Rajasthan state and it was built in 18th century under the reign of Sawai Jai Singh as first planned city of India. History affirms that in 1876, the entire city was dressed in pink color to honor and welcome Queen Elizabeth II and Price Albert and since then the name Pick City was stuck to it. It is one of the major tourist attractions in India and situated in close vicinity to some of the major cities like Agra and Delhi, thus making it the part of Golden Triangle.
The historical monuments and mesmerizing architectural wonders are the major attractions of the city. Hawa Mahal is the most popular attraction indeed. This architectural marvel was once used as veil by the royal women so as to view the proceedings on the road and today it is one of the most visited ancient monuments of Jaipur. The City Palace is another popular attraction of the city which is the ultimate mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture. To experience the magnificent view of the entire city and its surroundings, tourists visit the striking Ambar Fort.
By Plane: The city has its own international airport, located in the satellite town of Sanganer from where tourists can take chartered flights to Dublin and London. Airline services to Bangkok and Singapore are also available through Delhi. Direct airline services to Dubai, Muscat and Sharjah are also available from Jaipur International Airport. The airport also offers domestic airline services to all major cities and towns of India.
By Train: The railway services of Indian government connect the city with all major towns and cities of India. There are direct railway services to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ajmer and many other places. There are three major railway stations in Jaipur, Gandhinagar, Durgapura, and Jaipur main junction.
Amber Fort: Amber Fort is one of the most visited and popular forts of Jaipur which is situated just 11 KM from the heart of the city. In 1592 CE, Amber Fort was built under the governance of Raja Man Singh. However, the fort was again renovated and expanded by Raja Jai Singh I. The entire fort was constructed with red sandstone and marble. Though the exterior of the fort may seem quite older, but the interior is really mind boggling which is festooned elegantly. The fort also comprises Maotha Lake which is located inside the fort and it enhances the magnificence of the fort.
Hawa Mahal: The Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal is the most popular tourist attraction in Jaipur and it is located at Johari Bazaar Road. This elegant 5 storey palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 CE of Kachhwaha Rajput Dynasty. The palace was actually constructed for royal women so that they can view everyday happenings from the windows.
The City Palace: This is one of the most visited ancient monuments by tourists situated right on the heart of the Pink City. In 1729-1732 CE, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II constructed this palace. He just constructed the exterior and walls of the palace. The later rulers of the dynasty completed the palace and added to the architecture of City Palace. Today it serves as a museum comprising displays of royal antiques and some of the fine collections of regal costumes. This palace actually depicts ultimate blend of European, Mughal and Rajput styles.
Where to Stay
World’s popular tourist destination, Jaipur is always known for its hospitality and serving both international and national guests with perfection. There are wide varieties of hotels and guesthouses across the city that well appointed and prepared to welcome guests with care, love and warmth. Some of the popular places for accommodation in Jaipur include, Zostel, Udai Palace, Explorer’s Nest, Hotel Ramsingh Palace, Oberoi Rajvilas Palace Hotel, Fort Madhogarh, ITC Rajputana and Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel.