The royal city Jaipur was founded by Sawai Jai Singh and came to be popularly known as the Pink City when it was painted pink to enchant the Prince of Wales in 1876. The place is remarkable for its marvelous architecture and town planning. It is a city where the ancient and the modern coexist in complete harmony. Jaipur is one place where it is not rare to see camels roaming around and people dressed up in vibrant costumes. The fascinating back-drop of ancient monument are evidences to the bygone royal era.
» City Palace: The city palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art.
» Amber Fort: One of the finest examples of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of the Kachhawah rulers.
» Jaigarh Fort: It is one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved almost intact.
Today Jaipur is a city of broad avenues and remarkable architectural harmony. The city now has 1.5 million inhabitants and has sprawled beyond its original fortified confines. Hindi, Rajasthani, English are the local languages spoken. In the city you can travel by un-metered auto-rickshaws, buses, cycle-rickshaws or you can also use car cabs and car-taxi. You can enjoy your stay at various hotels suiting your budget from affordable range to luxury hotels where you can experience the royal splendor. The city gives you ample choice to relish the traditional Rajasthani food mainly Dal-Baati-Churmaa and other lip samcking delicacies like chaats, samosaas, kachoris and mirchi bada.
Jaipur has very warm summers with temperatures reaching highs of 45° C. Even the minimum summer temperatures hover at 26°C. Frost on winter nights is common when winter temperatures go as low as 5°C, though the days are warmer at average temperatures of 20°-22°C.
Jaipur specializes in silver and semi precious jewelry, shops specializing in precious and semi-precious stones are to be found on and along Jauhari Bazaar. Bandhej (tie and dye), and block printed textiles are another highlight of the place. The narrow Khajanewalon-ka-Rasta off Chandpole Bazaar is the main center of stone carving. Shops dealing in marble statuary are to be found here. Some shops opposite Hawa Mahal stock the famous Jaipur quilts weighing only a few hundred grams!
» By Air: Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur, Udaipur. Recently, flights to Dubai has also started from Jaipur by Indian Airlines.
» By Bus: Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Nr. India Gate) to Jaipur.
» By Train: Jaipur is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India. There are daily trains from Delhi in morning (Shatabdhi Exp) and evening (Intercity Exp).