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in the rugged hills of the Aravallis, Jaipur is the pristine jewel
in the desert sands of Rajasthan. Jaipur is as remarkable for its
marvellous architecture and town planning as it is for the lively
spirit of the people who inhabit it. A city like Jaipur, where modernity
and tradition live hand-in-hand, is truly rare. Perhaps this is
what makes it an attractive destination for tourists who flock to
Jaipur , year after year.
Jaipur is located in the Northern India at a distance of around 258 km from
Delhi. The city would have been the part of Thar Desert, but for the Aravalli
Hills that provides it with much needed security from one side.
Climate of Jaipur is extreme with hot and humid summers and chilly winters.
Maximum temperature during the summers (from April to July) reaches
a high of around 45ºC. On the other hand winters have sunny and
pleasant days and bitterly cold nights. Temperature can touch a
low of around 5ºC, mostly during the nights.
The historic city of Jaipur or "The
City of Victory" was founded in 1727 A.D. by the great Kachhawah
ruler Sawai Jai Singh II (1700 - 1747 A.D.), and named after him.
The city is rectangular in shape and divided into nine blocks on
the basis of principles laid down in the "Shilpa Shastra", the ancient
Indian treatise on architecture.
Hawa Mahal is located in the Tripolia Bazaar to the west of GPO. Built
to let the ladies of royal harem watch the royal possessions, Hawa Mahal is
not a palace as the name suggests. Hawa Mahal is the part of the east wall of
the City Palace complex. Most well known of Jaipur's buildings, you can have
the best views of this great building from the street outside.
The City Palace
A major part of the City Palace has been converted in a museum. Remaining
part of the palace is still being used by the royal family of Jaipur as residence.
The palace is built in the fortified campus style and covers almost seventh
part of Jaipur. There are different sections of the museum dedicated to subjects
like arms and ammunition, textile and costume, and art gallery.
Translated into 'Instruments of Measuring the Harmony of the Heavens',
Jantar Mantar was built by Sawai Jai Singh between 1728 and 1734. Jantar Mantar
is a grand celebration of astronomical science and each instrument here serves
a particular function and gives an accurate reading.
Most of the fort is now in the ruins but it is a pleasant attraction in
terms of stunning views you get from here of the countryside. There are few
visitors here and solitude inside the ramparts of the fort makes the fort worthy
of a good visit. The fort is lit beautifully in the night and dominates the
skyline by the day.
Earlier known as Albert Hall. The building is located in sprawling Ram
Niwas Garden and houses precious collections of metalware, miniature portraits,
and other pieces of art.
Amber is located around 11 km north of Jaipur. This site is
one of the most popular in India during the tourist season and elephant
rides from the base of the fort to the hilltop. There are excellent
views from the hilltop of the countryside and Maota Lake below.
You can also boat on the lake for fixed amount of money.
Jaigarh Fort or the Victory Fort is another fort palace of Jaipur located
not far from the Nahargarh Fort. Main attraction inside the fort complex is
the series of water reservoirs built to store and supply clean water to Jaipur
City. Jaivan was the largest hand operated canon in the world and weighs 50
tones. The fort is almost intact as the enemies could never capture it and most
of the parts are open for public viewing.
Situated just 8 km away from Jaipur, Gaitor has the marble and sandstone
chhattris of the rulers of Jaipur. These chhattris were built by Jai Singh II
and set in landscaped gardens.
Sisodia Rani ka Bagh
Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is located 8 km east of Jaipur on the Jaipur - Agra
road. This garden palace was built for the second wife of Jai Singh and has
attractive tiered gardens with mountains, watercourses, and pavilions with murals.
Sanganer is located 11 km southeast of Jaipur and serves as the airport
for the city. The small town of Sanganer located near the airport is famed for
its block-printings and papermaking craft traditions.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
The festival is celebrated on the 14th of January every year. This has now become
the festival of kite-flying. The devoted ones, however, take a holy dip in the
kund at Galtaji. The traditional sweet associated with it is Phirni, made in
abundance by the halwais of Jaipur
Young girls and newly married women praying for their loved one or husband respectively,
offer prayers to Goddess Parvati in spring (March-April). A colourful procession
follows the silver and gold palanquins of Goddess Parvati brought out from the
City Palace. Ghever, the traditional sweet associated with this festival is
prepared all over the city.
This festival is held on the day of Holi, the festival of colours, at the Chaughan
stadium. Beautifully decorated and caparisoned elephants assemble to participate
in the royal procession. Elephant polo, elephant race, elephant tug-of-war with
a few tourist and holi on elephant back are some of the exciting events.
To celebrate the advent of the monsoon, girls and young women dressed
in colourful leharia sarees or costumes, sing songs, offer puja
to goddess Parvati, and pray for conjugal bliss and happiness.
Dussehra is celebrated by staging Ramlila in different parts of
the city and culminating in the ceremonial burning of the giant
effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath, celebrating Lord Rama's
victory over the Demon King and victory of Good over Evil. A mela
is organised at Amer and thousands of devotees visit the temple
of Shila Mataji situated there.
Celebrated every year in October- November, Diwali is perhaps the most popular
of all Indian festivals. The night is illuminated with the flaming lights of
fireworks, creating kaleidoscopic design against the black canvas of the sky.
During the Diwali celebration, decoration and lighting is done throughout the
walled Pink City. Most people prefer walking through the street to enjoy this
This is where you can buy jewellery and tie and dye sarees. Two lanes joining
the mainroad Gopalji ka Rasta and Haldion ka Rasta house numerous establishment
selling jewellery. On the main road itself you find many silversmiths.
Bapu Bazar and Nehru
Here you can purchase textiles, local perfumes and shoes made of camel skin.
The broad thoroughfare houses a large number of emporia selling a variety of
goods ranging from jewellery and brass work to textiles, to blue pottery, to
Tripolia Bazar and Chaura Rasta
You can shop here for textiles, utensils, ironware and trinkets.
Ramganj Bazar for shoes or jutis as they are called. Kishanpol Bazar
for tie and dye textiles, Maniharon Ka Rasta (Tripolia Bazar ) for lac
bangles and other items, Achrol House, Subhash Chowk for carpets, Khajanewalon
Ka Rasta for marble carving, and Saganer village for block printing,
hand-made paper and blue pottery.
HOW TO REACH
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.
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.
From Delhi, there is a direct and well-maintained road to Jaipur. 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.