Jaipur is a gateway to the state of
Rajasthan and is also the most natural place to begin a discovery of India's
multifaceted attractions. As a city, Jaipur is fairly young, less than three
centuries old and is the creation of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. It is a part
of the famous golden triangle tourist circle and can cast its spell on you
from the moment you arrive. In Jaipur, you will concoct your own fantasies.
It is still so much of the ' olde worlde ' that it is easy to believe you
are part of some exotic period drama.
See & Do
Jaipur is a wonderful place to visit in
the cool season even if it confounds a few romantic stereotypes. Visitors to
Jaipur are spoilt for choice since there is so much to see. The city's
forts, palaces, gardens and temples are spectacular and each proves a
rewarding experience in itself because they can keep you absorbed for long
hours at a stretch.
City Palace -
The City Palace Complex lies at the heart
of the city and is a classic example of Mughal and Rajput architecture.
A major part of the palace is a museum today that houses a collection of
rare manuscripts, weapons, Mughal carpets and costumes and Mughal and
Govind Devji Temple -
This temple is a part of the
City Palace Complex and is highly revered by the erstwhile royal family. The
image, brought from Vrindaban, is housed within the sanctum of this
Hawa Mahal -
Mahal is the most wannabe tourist spots of Jaipur. If it were not for the
bustling bazaars all around, it would have been easy to mistake it for a
film set, so exquisitely is it proportioned, and so incongruous is its
delicacy. Hawa Mahal can be best viewed from the street outside.
Jantar Mantar -
Jantar Mantar is one of the several
astronomical observatories created by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. These
concrete masonry instruments were used to measure everything from altitude
to time, and map the movement of the planets and the stars.
Amber Fort -
Built by Raja Mansingh in the 16th century,
the fort is an important tourist attraction and offers magnificent views of
the surrounding areas. The fort is a blend of Mughal and Rajput
Laxmi Narayan Temple -
This temple is built entirely of
marble and is a showcase of the continuing skill of the mason and the
It is the third of the hilltop forts that
guard Jaipur. It has some lovely gardens and pavilions . The members of the
royal family often used it for summer excursions and picnics.
Ram Niwas Bagh -
This garden was planned by
Maharaja Ram Singh in the 19th century. This extensive park consists of a
zoo, aviary, herbarium, museum and sports complex.
A popular site with pilgrims, Galtaji's hilly
location is full of surprising spires and peaks. Some of the temples here
are quite old, and a sun temple is perched atop the highest point of the
Enjoy the land
Camel Safari -
A vast part of Jaipur is covered by vast stretches of
sandy desert. Camel Safaris provide an opportunity to the tourists to
explore the near by and far flung areas of the desert. This so called back
breaking activity proves to be the real charm of the desert triangle.
Elephant Safari -
Get the royal feel of Jaipur on an elephant
safari. Equipped with a howdah, a large seat to sit, complete with soft silk
cushions, and with a ceremonial umbrella over the heads, modern day safaris
may pale in comparison, but are no less regal on that account.
Sawai Raja Jai Singh's Jaipur is a wonderful
destination for shopping. The large variety of handicraft items and other
artefacts attract tourists from distant lands. The colourful bustling
bazaars of Jaipur give tremendous shopping opportunities to the tourists and
a chance to enjoy the vibrant culture of the region. The Pink City offers us
the traditional dyed textiles, blue pottery, beautiful Kundan & Silver
jewellery, semi precious stones and hand crafted footwear. You can also shop
for miniature hand crafted elephants, horses and camels. Most Indians
touring Jaipur try not to miss on the Jaipuri Razai ( quilt ) which weigh
little but are quiet warm.
- Sanganer and Bagru, two little villages near Jaipur are famous for
their delicate floral sprigs and linear zigzag stripes in earth colours.
Sanganer is also well known for producing hand made paper and blue
- Bari Choupar is famous for Jaipuri quilts, Lac bangles, Tribal
jewellery besides leather jutis and readymade garments.
- Jauhari Bazzar is one of the best places to shop for tie- and- dye
fabrics and saris. Also available are the fine self -check weave cotton
saris from Kota.
- Mirza Ismail Road has a glittering row of some of the most exclusive
handicraft showrooms, curio shops, antiques, watches and textiles.
- Tripolia Bazzar is generally famous for metal wares and household
goods like steel almirahs, trunks, cycle shops.
- Khazane walon ka Rassta is a popular shopping area known for stone
- Indira Bazzar, Baapu Bazzar and Nehru Bazzar are some of the wannabe
shopping centres in Jaipur.
- B.M. Birla Exhibition Centre
- Ambedkar Circle Ground
- Export Promotion Industrial Park
Fuel your Appetite - Hungry kya?
Jaipur is very popular for its
rich and mouth watering delicacies. From the royal kitchen of yesteryears to
the posh and trendy restaurants of today, the flavour of all the
preparations has remained the same. Dal batti, churma, lachhedar paratha,
Besan ki missi puri, mawa kachori, malpuas, dil jaani, mishri mawa and
Ghevar are some of the lip smacking dishes of Jaipur.
- Fast Food
- Fresh Flavours : Subhas Marg, C-Scheme
- Garden Cafe : 6, Mahaveer Marh, Near Statue
- Hotel Breads : Sarojini Marg, C- Scheme.
- Pizza Hut : Ganpati Plaza, M.I. Road Surya Mahal
M.I. Road (Multi Cuisine)
- Wimpy : Raja Park (Burgers, Pizzas)
- Om Revolving Restaurant
- Handi Restaurant
- The Cooper Chimney
- Jaipur Darbar
- Surya Mahal Restaurant
- Surabhi Restaurant
- The Spice Court
- The Temptations
- Shivir Restaurant
Climate in view
The Sawai Jai Singh's Quarters experiences hot and
scorching summers where the mercury rises to as high as 45 degree C. On the
contrary winters are cool and pleasant with around 25.8 degree C
temperature. For those who are not used to the glaring sun, visiting the
place in winters is a better option. However monsoons do not create much of