Jaipur Rajasthan Travel Guide

Attractions in Jaipur

Hawa Mahal - Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal is Jaipur’s celebrated building. An intricate interplay of red and pink sandstone, carefully outlined with broad borders and motifs, the purpose of this complex was to allow the royal women a view of the ceremonial processions while seated behind the ties of pierced windows overlooking the street below. This allowed them to look out without themselves being seen. If you approach from the City Palace side, you will land in a spacious courtyard, guarded by a stately deorhi (door) . Today it houses a small museum to illustrate mini jharokhas of

Hawa Mahal at Jaipur

art and craft.

Jantar Mantar - Situated in close proximity to the City Palace is the Jantar Mantar, one of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. In fact his passion for astronomy was more notable than his powers as a warrior. This observatory is the largest and the best preserved, with 13 different instruments for calculating the movement of celestial bodies. You will be intrigued by the compelling collections of sculptures, with each construction having a specific purpose, for example, determining the position of the stars, altitude and azimuth, and for calculating eclipses.

City Palace in Jaipur

City Palace - This is the center of the royal residences in Jodhpur. While the original City Palace was designed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, each subsequent ruler made his own additions to the structure. As you explore this edifice you will enter a series of courtyards which houses several palatial structures, like the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.The City Palace accommodates the two famous halls, namely Diwan-I-Khas(Hall of Private Audience) and Diwan-I-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) .  You  will  find here today museums of miniature paintings,
palanquins, manuscripts and Persian carpets. You will be allowed to visit only the ground floor of the Palace. However, through the glass panes you may catch a glimpse of the Sri Govinda Temple, the first structure built by Sawai Jai Singh in Jaipur. An exotic blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture!

Quick Getaways near Jaipur

Sisodia Palace and Garden
- Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built this palace in 1728 for his Sisodia Queen from Udaipur. The terraced garden is located 8 kms from Jaipur on the Agra route. The beautiful landscaped garden laid in Mughal style has murals depicting the life of Lord Krishna in the interior apartments.

Galta - An ancient pilgrimage center, Galtaji lies beyond the gardens amidst low hills. Temples, pavilions and holy kunds (natural spring and water tanks) along with lush landscape make it a pleasant spot. These springs are believed to have curative powers. The small temple of the sun god built by Diwan Kriparam on the top of the highest peak is visible from all parts of the city.

Amer Fort - 11 kms away, Amer Fort, (also known as Amber Fort), is one of the most magnificent destinations in Jaipur. The building process was initiated by Raja Man Singh in 1600 AD, continued by Raja Jai Singh and then completed to its present form by Sawai Jai Singh in the eighteenth century. The fort is an example of a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture built in red sandstone and white marble. The palace or the royal apartments lie inside this fort. You will witness here some spectacular architectural marvels , including the  Sheesh  Mahal Jai  Mandir , with its exquisite

Amer Fort near Jaipur

mirror work , the Sukh Niwas, Shila Mata Temple, Kali Temple, and the well designed garden Kesar Kyari.

Jaigarh Fort
- This is one of the few military structures of medieval India built in 1726 by Sawai Jai Singh. Situated north of Jaipur, on a cliff and surrounded by huge battlements with inside pathways, the fort houses the Jai Ban the largest cannon in Asia, believed to have been test fired only once. This fort of Victory has a museum which displays a collection of weapons and cannons used by the Rajput rulers.
Nahargarh Fort Near Jaipur

Nahargarh (Tiger Fort) - Beyond the hills of Jaigarh, stands proud the fort of Nahargarh like a watchful sentry guarding Sawai Jai Singh's beautiful capital. It overlooks the city from a steep edge to the north, and is floodlit at night. Much of the original structures are now in ruins, but the lovely buildings added by Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai Madho Singh II in the 19th century have been preserved in a good condition.

Gaitor - Located 15 kms from  Jaipur , is Gaitor , balanced against the

rugged hills of Nahargarh. This is the place where Chhatris (cenotaphs) of Jaipur's rulers stand amidst respectful stillness. The cenotaph of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, is the finest. Twenty carved pillars support a stunning structure in white marble, its elegant dome. Other cenotaphs that are of importance include those of Pratap Singh and Madho Singh II.
Shopping in Jaipur

Jaipur has ample space and facilities for the production and marketing of handicrafts, which have made the place famous throughout India and abroad. An entire street and several city sectors are earmarked for artisans and traders. The main markets are stretched along Johari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Bazaar and M.I. Road. Johari Bazaar especially has shops dealing in precious and semi precious stones and ornaments. A shopper’s paradise indeed! Among other articles, Jaipur specializes in brass work, especially lacquered brass and carved brass.
Handicraft in Jaipur

A must-buy for you is the extremely beautiful Jaipur enamel or Minakari work done mostly on gold and silver in fact the skill and dexterity of the worker is revealed not only in the purity of colours, but also the evenness with which it is done. For some ethnic Indian-wear, check out the Sanganeri and Bagru block prints, which are a hot favourite with fashion designers today. The Bandhej (tie-and-dye) print is a typical of this region. There are Jaipuri quilts also available, which weigh from a few hundred grams to a kilogram. And if this is not enough, complete your purchases with a marble stone carving, the likes of which you will not find anywhere else.

Cuisine in Jaipur

The land of Princes’, Jaipur boasts of many a fine kitchen. The princely kitchen have produced many a sumptuous and exotic delicacies. Jaipurites are hence very fond of eating. In fact spicy food is what is most popular with them. While their most popular preparation remains “dal-bati-churma” (dal is lentils, bati is baked wheat ball, churma is powdered sweetened cereal), Jaipur’s specialty is Ghevar and the Mishri Mawa. An absolute treat for the sweet tooth!

Getting There & Away to Jaipur

Flights to Jaipur
Sanganer Airport at a distance of around 11 km from the city center is the main air gateway to Jaipur. There are direct flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, and some other cities from Jaipur.
Trains to Jaipur
From Delhi, there are many trains that connect Jaipur and other cities in Rajasthan; foremost among them is the Palace on Wheels. Other important trains include, Shatabdi Express and Pink City Express both from Delhi.
Car and Bus Service to Jaipur
From Delhi, there is a direct and well-maintained road to Jaipur. The city is connected to most of the tourist destinations in Rajasthan as well as Agra. Jaipur is part of the Golden Travel Circuit of India that includes Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Most of the tours are conducted either through the buses or trains.

Getting Around in Jaipur

Taxis and autos are the most convenient ways of moving inside the city as well as to reach some of the excursions located in the proximity. To move within the city, you can also look for cycle rickshaws, which are easily available and much cheaper than other transportation modes.
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