Jaipur also known as “The Pink City” is dotted with splendid forts to its varied culture, from the sky touching towers to sun-kissed deserts, crowded Local Street bazaars to heart touching people, the city has many more to offer. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and is the largest city of the state that was built in 18th century by Raja Sawai Jai Singh. The innovative, beautiful and charming city which we call today Jaipur is located in a semi desert terrain. It is said that Jaipur was India’s first well planned city according to the Indian Vastushastra.
This ancient city was established by the ruler Amber, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727 AD. The primary architecture of the city was designed was Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya from Bengal. Earlier Jaipur was walled city but now it has extended much beyond the expectation. This beautiful town is the perfect example of Hindu Architecture. Since Maharaja Sawai Singh was promoter of astronomy which is quite visible in the planning of the city. It is quite interesting to know that he always uses the number 9 or it’s multiple significantly. Nine is symbolic of the 09 planets. In olden times the homes of the kings and queens was constructed in the form of Hawa Mahal by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II. Many gardens were developed and fenced in the center of the city.
People & Culture of Jaipur
Rajasthan is often described as the desert jewel of India. Beside ample of forts and havelis, the real glories of the exotic state meet in a riot colors. It is the trait in the magical soil of Jaipur that it attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world and across India. Apart from the world famous historical monuments, the city is also known for its festivals and fairs. Women observe Teej festival dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for long and happy married lives. Holi is celebrated with huge pomp and show in the city. Elephants are painted beautifully in different patterns and game of elephant polo is the special attraction on this occasion. The amazing elephant festival of Jaipur is an important annual event. Foreigners coming to India during this period prefer to go Jaipur. People also observe Gangaur festival that is also dedicated to lord Shiva and his wife.
Things to do in Jaipur
Jaipur hosts numerous attractions like Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Jai Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Ganesh Pol and many more to list. Tourists can enjoy adventurous activities like Rock Climbing, Paragliding, hot air ballooning, Camel Riding and so on. While you are in Jaipur you can take these excursions easily.
Food & Shopping in Jaipur
Jaipur has many more to offer while you are looking to eat in the city. The city is famous for its vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are spicy and delectable. Daal-Bati-Choorma is the recognised as Rajasthani specialty. Some of the famous non-vegetarian cuisines are murg ko khaato, achari murg and kacher mass. You can find these street foods at Nehru Bazaar and Johari Bazaar.
Keep your wallet happy as there ample of shopping markets in the city that offer a wide range of carpets, textile, pottery, jewellery, metalwork and gem. MI road is famous street market.
Best time to visit Jaipur:
November, December, January, February and March are the ideal time to visit Jaipur
How to Reach Jaipur:
Being the cultural hub of the country, Jaipur is well connected to almost every major cities of India through different means of public transport including Airways, Roadways and Railways. Jaipur airport is located at an approximate distance of 07-10 Kms from the main city while on the other hand Indian railways provides best service to the passengers. The city has a good network of National Highways eight, eleven and twelve to name a few. There is a good bus service between Delhi and Jaipur provided by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation.