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 Jaipur (Pink City)

Widely known as the 'Pink City', the city was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides, crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided in to nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of universe. Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with 'Shilpa Shastra'- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture.


Hawa Mahal

Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, also known as 'Pink City' is surrounded by an ancient 20ft high wall and eight gates. The city is situated 261 kms away from Delhi. It was a state of warring factions locked in deadly warfare, thousands of royal ladies consigning themselves to flames preferring death to dishonor.

Connectivity
By Air : Jaipur is well connected by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways to Delhi, Bombay and Udaipur

By Rail : Well connected to the Metropolitan cities of Delhi and Bombay, Jaipur is also connected to all important cities in Rajasthan like Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer and Bikaner by express trains.

By Road : 265 kms from Delhi, 250 kms from Agra, Jaipur is on the main Delhi

Places to visit:

Hawa Mahal : Built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur. The 5 storeyed stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture.

Jantar Mantar (Observatory) : built in 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the huge masonary instruments were used to study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky.

City Palace & museum : situated in the heart of the old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine view of the gardens and the city.

Raj Mandir Cinema Hall : Cinema, as anywhere in India, remains another major form of entertainment for the people of Jaipur. There are not many cinema halls in the city and a few have closed in the past 3 years or so, but some among remaining are good for viewing pleasure. One of them, Raj Mandir, has even become a tourist attraction and is ranked amongst the very best cinema theatres in the country.

Jaigarh : Jaigarh , or the Fort of Victory, is a rugged fort built in 1726. The world's largest cannon on wheels is to be found here. The fort houses a museum and provides some excellent views of the Amer Palace.

Amer : Set in a picturesque location, Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Built in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments, the likes of which are not to be found anywhere else in the country.

Holiday in the Pink city
On your holiday at jaipur you may enjoy the camel ride on the renowned sand dunes of Rajasthan, picnic at the nearby Ramgarh lake, watch a movie at the famous Raj Mandir theatre, play elephant polo at the Rambagh palace or simply be in gorgeous green gardens. The Kundan jewelry and the blue pottery top the list of the must buys for the tourists to Jaipur. The hand block printed Sanganeri and Bagru cotton fabrics also feature in the list of souvenirs. Besides the gift items on your way back from Jaipur you will carry the pictures of people clad in brightly colored clothes, riding camels through the ever-lasting stretches of sand, sweet memories and a wish to return to the royal treatment as soon as possible.

 

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