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Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan is royal in all the ways, why they even have royalty that still
lives in palaces! If you wish to spend the monies you too can hire out a royal palace and wed
in its courtyard! Elephant rides are still quite common here as is camel trading. This is Jaipur
– The Pink City, a spot on the Indian map where old customs, traditions and festivals are held
in their true flavor.

The city, when built was extremely well-planned, and some of its features are advanced for
today’s day and age too. It still has a walled city and drainage lines that leave one stumped!
This is a place that’s best explored on foot.

Jaipur is situated in the eastern part of Rajasthan. It is bound in the north by Sikar and Alwar,
in South by Tonk, Ajmer and Sawai Madhopur. Nagaur, Sikar and Ajmer in the west and in
east by Bharatpur and Dausa districts. It is about 261 kms away from New Delhi.

Jaipur is perhaps one of those few cities which still boasts of a Tonga – a horse drawn
carriage and cycle rickshaws. You have to bargain with the driver to get a cheap ride though.
For those who prefer motorized wheels the auto rickshaws are the best bet. Make sure that the
meters work before you begin the trip. For those who would like to ride in comfort and
willing to splurge, day cabs, rental taxis are also easily available. Should you wish too you
can squeeze your sight seeing trip into two days, which would work well if you are on a
budget, the main city itself, is best explored on foot, right from the walled villages to those
where the craftsmen create mind boggling silver jewellery and pottery. You really can’t get
lost in this city, there’s one main road and all other lanes lead here, the advantage of a
planned city!


Sawai Jai Singh's Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace) or the City Palace The city palace, with its
imposing and magnificent architecture blending Mughal and Rajasthani schools of
architecture, is actually walking distance from the main markets. There are two ways to enter
it; through the Virendra Pol and the other through the Udai Pol near Jaleb Chowk. A must see
is the pair of Gangajalis on display in the open Sarvatobhadra building, these were fabricated
in the court workshops for Sawai Madho Singh II to carry the holy water of the Ganges to
England! These even find a mention in the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest
silver objects in the world.

The Mubarak Mahal, (reception area) is a blend of awesome Rajasthani, Islamic and Mughal
architecture. Part of the building now forms the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and
the other half is still remains as the residence of the kings of Jaipur. Yes, you could actually
meet Royalty here! On display in the three-floored museum are a wide array of royal
costumes, some very exquisite and precious shawls, Benaras silk saris, Sanganeri prints and
folk embroidery and a favorite amongst the lot the unusual display of voluminous clothes
worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I.

The Maharani's Palace Strangely enough the palace of the Queen, now houses the huge
display of the Rajput weaponry. And amongst the hundreds of weapons on display here, is
one of the most remarkable and deadly piece - the scissor-action dagger. A fine piece of
mechanics: the weapon when thrust into the body, spreads its blades, tearing away the insides
completely at the time of being pulled out of the body. A gruesome weapon to use. The
armory collection is certainly not for the weak hearted. The other interesting parts of the
Queens Palace are the walls and ceilings with frescoes and gold inlayed art. As you go further
you come to the Diwan- E- Am, which used to be the hall for public audience. This is now a
vibrant art gallery showcasing the best Hindu art like precious and ancient hand written
Hindu manuscripts, delicate miniature paintings in Rajasthani, Mughal and Persian schools
on various themes including the Ramayana and Mahabarata. The palace has well maintained
gardens all along, complete with a full range of fountains and well laid out pathways. The
palace is open for visitors from 9.30 am to 5.30pm daily.

Jal Mahal Jal Mahal or the water palace was developed as a pleasure spot for the royalty. And
indeed its that to date. Situated in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, the palace has a lot of
intricate architecture. From across the lake, you feel that it's a small palace. But once you
cross over the causeway, you discover that the first four floors are fully submerged. Take the
time to go closer to the structure, else you will miss out on its beauty.


Jantar Mantar walk across to the Jantar Mantar from the city palace to enjoy magnitude and
design elements of this structure. Among the five observatories built during the reign of
Sawai Jai Singh, in 1728, this is one of the oldest, the biggest and the best preserved
observatories. Astronomy being a passionate hobby of the King he with the help of skilled
laborers, managed to create a collection of complex astronomical instruments chiseled out of
stone and most of which continues to provide accurate information to this day. Be sure to
stick with a guide, he will give you detailed descriptions of how each and every instrument in
the observatory fits in and also the story behind, the calculations involved. The must see here,
is the sundial which was built according to the ancient Indian texts on astronomy. The yellow
edifice has a 27m high gnomon, set at an angle of 27 degrees. The shadow it casts moves up
to 4 m in an hour and helps calculate the local time. Time : 9:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.(Daily).

Hawa Mahal This is a sight you will take home with you and never forget. The entire
structure seems to be made of paper and you wonder how it's standing high in spite of the
breeze!Hawa Mahal, when translated means the palace of winds is a stunning example of
Rajput architecture. This pink honeycombed structure has 953 sandstone windows knows as
jharokhas, and allows plenty of wind to flow in and out of the structure. The idea of the
structure was to let the ladies of the royal household watch everyday life and processions in
the city without coming out in public. The view from the top of the palace is remarkable.
Statue Circle This is a traffic roundabout In Jaipur. The Statue Circle is not only the most
famed circle, but also the most crowded. It is the favorite lounge of Jaipur and a place for
evening out, with 'Meals on Wheels' standing by. Strangely it acquires its name of Statue
Circle after its figurine rather -- the statue of Sawai Jai Singh the founder of modern day
Jaipur who stands there holding out astrological diagrams to exemplify his proclivity for
astrology. The lighting and the colorful fountains cheer up the roundabout and it's surrounds.
You do not have to make a special visit to this circle, you will pass this circle almost

Amber fort Amber (Amer) is situated about 11 kilometers from Jaipur and was the seat of the
ruling Kachhawa kings, before they created Jaipur. The Amber Fort itself is a fascinating
blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture made in red sandstone and white marble. The
interior wall of the palace abounds in paintings, carvings and mirror settings. Make sure you
visit the Maota Lake just outside the fort, it has a breathtaking view. The Jai Mandir is here
too, go there to check out the famous Sheesh Mahal, the intricacies of the inlaid panel and
dazzling mirror ceilings are worth the visit. Your trip here would be even more exciting if
you can catch a ray of light playing magic in these rooms. A good time to go here is early

Jaigarh Fort This is the most spectacular of the three-hilltop forts that overlook Jaipur.
Jaigarh means `Victory Fort' and was built between the 15th and the 18th century amidst
rock-strewn, thorn-scrub covered hills, its forbidding stone ramparts are visible till date from
Jaipur town, which is a good 15 kms away. A steep road goes up to the main gate, the Dungar
Darwaza, from where the view is stupendous. The fort during it's hey days was responsible
for protecting both Amber and Jaipur. It has palaces for the royals, the chief of staff and the
soldiers, a granary, a well-planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a giant
mounted cannon-the Jai Ban (Jaivan)- which is one of the largest cannons in the world.

Nahargarh Fort Nahargarh Fort (meaning abode of the tigers) overlooks the city and presents
a glittering view of the city lights by dusk. The fort has a unique cluster of 12 identical suits
for queens with a suit for the king himself at the head. During the peaceful days, the fort used
to be an excursion point for the royal family. The fort retains some delicate frescoes too,
guess where they're placed -- in the toilets. It's believed that the royalty picnicked here, well
now you can too.

Albert Hall Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, a British architect, Albert Hall combines the
elements of English and north Indian architecture. The Hall displays an impressively rich
collection of artifacts like paintings, carpet, ivory, stone and metal sculptures and colorful
crystal works. Gaitore The final resting place befitting the Kings. That is Gaitore about 6kms,
off the Jaipur-Amber road. Situated in a narrow valley the cenotaphs of the former Maharajas
are chhatris made in typical Rajput architecture. The chhatri of Sawai Jai Singh II is a work
of art with its typical Rajput architecture.

Sisodia Rani ka Bagh The multi level garden consists of fountains and watercourses along
with painted pavilions. While the kids play here, you can visit the several galleries that line
this garden created on Mughal lines, some of the beautiful murals depict scenes from the life
of lord Krishna.

Kanak Vrindavan This garden is best visited in the monsoons when it is back to its clean
green glory. Kanak Vrindavan is an exquisitely landscaped gardens with beautifully carved
temple in beige stone, with terrace sites all around and intricately carved marble columns and
lattices. This complex is a popular spot for picnic and more often than not parts of the garden
will be cordoned off due to film shoots.


Govind Dev Ji Temple Inside the City Palace complex is this temple dedicated to lord
Krishna. Sawai Jai Singh installed the image of Govinddevji (an incarnation of lord Krishna)
after it was brought from Vrindavan. The gods are unveiled seven times daily for 'Artis' and
bhogs offered in the silver wares, consisting of sweets most of the time. The idols of radha-
krishnan are dressed in different styles for each arti. A great sight to capture.

Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple On a small hill called the Moti Dungri (Pearl hill) lies a small
castle, built along the lines of a Scottish castle. This is a private property of the ruling family.
This is also where Lord Ganesha resides in Jaipur. The temple is know far and wide and in
fact, this elephant god gets more outstation visitors than he does locals.

Birla Lakshmi-Narayan Temple The temple that dominates the skyline of south Jaipur!
Constructed in white marble the temple has three domes, each portraying a different approach
to religion. The presiding deities here are Vishnu (One of the Hindu Trilogy Gods) called
Narayan and his consort Lakshmi Goddess of wealth and good fortune. The exterior of the
temple is beautiful with carved sculptures of various mythological themes and images of
saints. The interior has large panel in marble of mythological proceedings.

Galtaji If you've sinned come here for absolution! This ancient pilgrimage centre has a
temple of the sun god, but what's worth dipping into here is the holy kunds (natural springs)
along the lush green landscape. A dip in these kunds is supposed to cleanse you of all your
sins. It's not too far from Jaipur, just 2.5kms away.


The city is one of the best centre for precious/semi-precious stones and diamonds. The
Kundan style jewellery of Jaipur is well known in the world. Some of the famous shopping
places include:
1.M.I.Road - Jewellery and handicrafts
2.Bapu Bazar - Ironware and Utensils
3.Nehru Bazar- Fancy items and garments
4.Johari Bazar textiles - Jewellery and tie and dye textiles.
5.Khajane Walon ka Rasta - marble,carving and textiles
6.Sanganer Town Paper - Block printing and hand made paper.
7.Maniharon ka Rasta - Lac bangles and Lac items.


1.Om Revolving Restaurant-Mirza Ismail Road

2.LMB Restaurant-Johari Bazar
3.Handi Restaurant-Mirza Ismail Road
4.Chokhi Dhani Restaurant-Tonk Road
5.Gulab Mahal Restaurant-Taj Jai Mahal Palace
6.Suvarna Mahal Restaurant-Taj Rambagh Palace
7.The Copper Chimney Restaurant-Mirza Ismail Road
8.The Palace Cafe-The City Palace
9.Jaipur Darbar Restaurant-Amer Road
10.Surabhi Restaurant-Old Amer Road



1.Hotel Bharat Mahal Palace

16, Devi Bhawan Parivahan Marg,C scheme
Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
0141 2362627

2.Hotel bissau palace

Outside Chand Pol Gate
Near Saroj Cinema, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302016
0141 2304391

3.Chirmi Palace Hotel

Dhuleshwar Garden, Sardar Patel Marg
C-Scheme, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
0141 2365063

4. Hotel Diggi Palace

S.M.S Hospital Road
Jaipur, Rajasthan 302004
0141 2373091

5.Hotel Mandawa Haveli

Sansar Chandra Road
Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
0141 2364200


1.Hotel arya niwas

Sansur Chandra Road
Jaipur, 302001
0141 2372456

2.Jaipur inn
Shiv Marg
Bani Park, Jaipur, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302016
0141 2201121

3.Hotel ratnawali
New Colony, Near Panch Batti, M.I. Road
Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
0141 2377487

4.Hotel Shikha
R-14, Yudhishthir Marg, Behind Secreteriat,
Opp. Deer Park C-Scheme, Jaipur
0141 2225668

5.Hotel hr palace
Kabir Marg
Jaipur, Jaipur, Rajasthan
0141 2201308


If you are interested to learn something about Indian Culture?
Visit: Academy of Indian Culture.
Tonk Road, Jaipur.
M: +919929767600

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