An iconic example of elegance and valour, Jaipur is known for its immense legacy. The walled city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2019. This royal city has always been a hub of interchange of ideas on architecture and town development since medieval times.
Situated at the edge of Thar, this beautiful city is bordered by the Aravalli hills. Entering the city makes you realise how everything in this city of Rajput Royals is quite like a story of an epic novel.
Founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, it is also the largest city of Rajasthan. The city derives its name from him.
It was also one of the first cities to have a proper township design and a full-fledged development map. The responsibility to fabricate the design was completed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya.
The mysticism of its past dwells in just about every corner of this historical city. Historic facades, tales of the battles, and the legendary forts and palaces contribute to making Rajasthan as one of the most colourful and eclectic states to explore.
The peace and quiet of the city, and the friendly vibes from the rustic village blokes, the phenomenal architecture has an amazing effect on the weary traveller. There are gardens filled with lush greens, streets filled with delicious food, and the bylanes offer a perfect place for shopping handicrafts & jewellery.
History, religion, tourism, culture to traditions, the Pink City of India has so much to offer, all you need is an open heart. From exploring the history of the city to tasting the ethnic cuisine, it is an epic joyride.
The signature building of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal stands at the very intersection of the main road in Jaipur. Built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh, the facade is a beautiful collage of red and pink sandstones. Designed by architect Lal Chand Ustad, it boasts of 953 small windows or Jharokhas. These Jharokhas were traditionally built for royal women for enjoying the bustling city life from quaint windows.
Until 1949, City Palace was the ceremonial seat of Maharaja of Jaipur. The yellow and white complex was once the royal seat of Maharaja Jai Singh II. With its historical ambience and a collection of courtyards, pavilions, gardens and temples on its premises its grandness is quite arresting. Some of the most prominent structures to explore here are Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, City Palace Museum.
One of the most amazing historical getaways to travel to, the Amber or Amer Fort is 11km away from Jaipur. The fort was built with a great artistic mindset. The large ramparts of the fort like Diwan-e-aam - hall for public gatherings and the elegant Sukh Niwas boasts of an artificial cooling effect-Typically created by the winds blowing over a water cascade.
One of the oldest museums in Jaipur, there are a great variety of antiques and other collectables like carpets, paintings, stones, and metal sculptures etc. Located in Ram Niwas Garden this place is also known as the government central museum. It was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. Named after King Albert Edward VII here you will also be finding coins consisting of Gupta, Mughal and Kushan periods.
You can consider travelling to Jantar Mantar which is more or less a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. It was built by the Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh II. This place is known for Ptolemaic positional astronomy, a science which was shared by many civilizations back in the days.
Visit and explore World Trade Park in Jaipur-a 350 crore project, it took about 2 years to reach its final phase of completion. Inaugurated by Shahrukh Khan the main highlight of this building is the display system in which 24 projectors amazingly create a single image on its very ceiling. It has been also accoladed with awards like “Mall Of The Year” and “Best Architect By BCI India.”
Celebrated in the month of March on the day of Holi this festival is an amazing spectacle of elephants. It features elephant polo and elephant dance. This festival begins with the procession of bedecked elephants, camels, horses and folk dancers. The best part of this festival is to see and embrace the elephants in their full charm as they are decorated with vibrant colours, saddle cloth and jewellery.
The Jaipur Literature Festival commenced in 2006 and is celebrated every year in the month of January. The main highlight of this festival is that it is the world’s largest free literary festival. Basically, this is a five-day festival which has been attended by literally lakhs of intellectuals from all around the world.
Parvati and Shiva’s forever relationship is a testament of pure love, devotion and commitment. Their bond defied the tenets of time and stood the test of the odds against them. Gangaur festival is the celebration of their pious relationship where Shiva is defined as Gan and Parvati is defined as Gaur. Shiva impressed by her devotion agreed to marry her. The Gagnuar folklore believes parvati went back to her maternal home after 18 days as a customary ritual and the festival is celebrated on the same lines.
The October till February-the winter months are the best time to visit the city. During this time, the overall temperature is quite pleasant and is ideal for sightseeing.
By Air - The Sanganer Airport is the nearest airport from the city. From there, you can either get a cab or some other means of transportation for reaching your destination.
By Road - Travelling via road is one of the easiest ways to reach the City. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) offers regular Volvo and other deluxe buses which are between Jaipur and its neighbouring cities.