The picturesque capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is
color washed pink-the color associated with hospitality in Rajput culture.
Built in 1727 A.D. by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur displays a
remarkable harmony and architectural splendor. The ancient heart of the
Pink City still beats in its fairy-tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched
on barren hills and broad avenues that dot the entire city. The only
planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.
A young Bengali architect, Vidyadhar
Bhattacharya formalised the city’s plans in a grid system. The wide
straight avenues. Roads, streets, lanes and uniform rows of shops on
either side of main bazaars were arranged in nine rectangular city sectors
(Chokris), in accordance with the principles of town planning set down in
the ‘Shilpa Shastra’- and epochal treatise on the Hindu
There is a timeless appeal to Jaipur’s colorful
bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets.
Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous
heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharaja’s are worth admiration.
Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued
costumes that make your trip to the pink city a memorable
The City Palace In the heart
of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the
Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The carved arches are supported by
grey-white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and colored
stones. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The retainers
whose families have served generations of rulers serve as
The palace houses a museum with a superb
collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajputs
including swords of different shapes and sizes with chased handles, some of them inlaid with enamel and embellished
with jewels and encased in magnificent scabbards.
The palace also has an art gallery with an
excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia
and rare astronomical works in Arabic,Persian,Latin and Sanskrit, acquired
by Sawai Jai Singh II to study astronomy in detail.
Jantar Mantar A stone
observatory. Largest of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories. Its
complex instruments,whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed,
represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy.The most striking
of these are the Ram Yantras used for gauging altitudes.
Hawa Mahal Built in 1799 A.D.
the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds is a major Rajput landmark. This five
storey building along the main street of the old city is in pink splendor
with semioctagonal and delicately honey combed sandstone
The monument was originally conceived with the
aim of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life
and royal processions of the city.
Govind Devji Temple The most
popular spireless temple of Jaipur dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is
located in the central pavilion of the Jai Niwas Garden to the north of
Chandra Mahal. The image of the patron deity-Govind Devji,originally
installed in a temple of Vrindavan, was reinstalled here by Sawai Jai
Singh II as his family deity.
Swargasuli (Isar Lat) The
highest tower dominating the skyline of the western side of the Tripolia
Bazaar. It was built by Sawai Ishwari Singh in 1749 A.D. to commemorate a
Ram Niwas Bagh A lush
spacious garden with a zoo, an aviary, a greenhouse, a herbarlum , a
museum and popular sport ground. It was built by Sawai Ram Singh II in the
1868 A.D. as a famine relief project.
The Albert Hall-fine example of Indo
Sarcenic style of architecture designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, was opened
later with an exquisite collection of sculptures, paintings, decorative
wares, natural history specimen, and Egyptian mummy and the celebrated
Recently, the Rabindra Manch with an
auditorium, a modern art gallery and an open air theatre, has been added
to promote cultural events.
Dolls Museum (Time 12.00 hrs
to 19.00 hrs.) Pretty dolls from various countries are on display in the
compound of the school for deaf and dumb children,near the Police
BM Birla Planetarium (Time
12.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs.) The Planetarium offers unique audio-visual
education and entertainment with its modern computerized projection
system. For school groups concessions are available. Closed on last
Wednesday of every month.
Galtaji An ancient pilgrimage
centre, lying beyond the gardens amidst low hills.Temples ,pavilions and
holy kunds (natural spring and reservoirs) along with lush landscape make
it a delightful spot. The small temple of the Sun god, built by Diwan
Kriparam on the top of the highest peak is visible from all parts of the
Jain Temple The exquisite
jain temple on the Agra road has some of the most beautiful
19th century paintings in Jaipur style on its walls.
Moti Doongari and Lakshmi Narayan
Temple Moti Doongari is a privately owned hilltop fort built
like a scottish castle. The Ganesh Temple at the foot of the hill and the
marvellous Lakshmi Narayan Temple built in marbles a few years back,are
Statue Circle The full-length
exquisitely carve statue of Swai Jai Singh in white marble in the centre
of the circle was erected under the newly planned scheme area to pay
homage to the founder of Jaipur.
The Kanak Vrindavan Complex of
fine temples and gardens has been recently renovated to their pristine
To the west of this road is the royal crematorium at Gaitore
in a narrow valley with some spectacular cenotaphs of all the Jaipur
rulers except Swai Ishwari Singh who was cremated outside the Jai Niwas
Garden. Most imposing is the ‘chattri’ of Sawai Jai Singh II with the
intricate carvings and a graceful shape.
Ghat ki Guni Beautifully
landscaped gardens, laid out in the 18th and 19th
century by king and courtiers dot the narrow gorge in the south eastern
corner of the walled city, along the road to Agra.
Sisodia Rani Garden has tiered
multilevel gardens with fountains, water channel and painted pavilions and
suites of living rooms.
Amongst others, Vidhyadhar-ka-Bagh is the best
preserved one, with shady trees, flowing water, an open pavilion. It was
built by the planner of the city,Vidhyadhar.
Amer Former capital of the
Kachhwaha rulers of the old state of Dhundhar for seven centuries. Very
little of the early structures survive now.
Amer Palace and Shila Mata
Temple A beautiful complex of palaces, halls,pavilions,gardens
and temples built by Raja Man Singh,Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai
Singh over a period of about two centuries still stand in magnificent
state. The palace complex emerges dramatically from the placid waters of
the Maotha Lake and is approachable only through a steep path. Tourists
often ride on the elephant bak to the Singh pol and th Jaleb Chowk. Two
flights of stairs rise from on end of the chowk, one leading to the Shila
Mata Temple and other to the palace complex. The image of the patron of
goddess,worshipped by thousands of deovtees, was brought from Jessore in
East Bengal (now in Bangladesh) by Raja Man Singh, to be installed
A spectacular pillared hall -Diwan-e-Aam and a
double storeyed painted gateway. Ganesh Pole dominate the from courtyard,
An elegant tiny garden in Charbagh style beyond th corridors, has Sukh
Niws to its right and Jas Mandir to its left. The latter combines the
Mughal and Rajput architecture seen in its beautiful interior with
intricately carved Jali screens,delicate mirror and stucco work and
painted and carved dadoes. The well proportioned Mohan Bari or Kesar Kyari
in the centre of the Maotha Lake and the Dilaram Bagh at its north end
provides a spectacular view of the palaces above.
Old City Once a settlement of
nobles,craftsmen and common folks, the city of Amer is now in ruins. The
remanants of its rich past are the beautifully carved and planned Jagat
Shiromani Temple, a Krishna temple associated with Meerabai, an ancient
temple of Narsinghji and a magnificent step-well,Panna
Jaigarh One of the few
military structures of medieval India, retaining its ancient splendour in
palaces,gardens , reservoirs, a granary, an armoury, a well planned cannon
foundary, several temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted cannon-the Jai
Ban,one of the largest in the country are preserved here. The extensive
parkotas (wallls), watch tower and gateways of Jaigarh dominate the
Nahargarh A sentinerl to the
Pink City is Nahargarh Fort, situtated beyond the hills of Jaigarh.
Although much of it is in ruins, the lvoerly building added by Sawai Ram
Singh II and Sawai Madho Singh II provides interest to the
Nearby Sight Seeing Places
WHEN TO VISIT
The best time to visit
Jaipur is between October and March.
HOW TO GET THERE
- Air: Jaipur is connected to
Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi by
- Bus: Jaipur can be accessed from all the
major places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by
- Train: The train service to Jaipur is available from all
the major parts of the country. The train services to Jaipur are slower,
because of the metre gauge line.
/ MONEY CHANGERS
- HERITAGE HOTELS
- BUDGET HOTELS
- Hotel Aryan Niwas
Air-conditioned and non airconditioned
Approved as a one star hotel by
Behind Amber Tower, Sansar
Chandra Road, Jaipur - 302001
Tel:091-141-372456, 364376, 370612,
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Rs 300 to 600 (US $ 7-14) Single occupancy
Rs 400 to
750 (US $ 10-18) Double occupancy
- Hotel Ratnawali
(Approved by Department of
Tourism, Govt. of Rasjathan)New Colony, Near Paanch Batti, M.I.Road,
Tel : 91-141-636217, 377487, 204256
- RTDC NETWORK
- Bank of Rajasthan, Hotel Rambagh
Palace time - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(only foreign exchange)
- State Bank of India, Sanganeri
- Thomas Cook, Jaipur Tower, M.I.
Road Time - 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
(foreigners only) 360801
- Paul Merchants, Ganpati Plaza
DISTANCES TO SOME IMPORTANT TOURIST CENTRES
/ HOSPITALS / NURSING HOME
- Agra 228 kms. Via Mahua,
Bharatpur, Fatehpur Sikri
- Ajmer 138 kms. Via Dudu,
- Alwar 143 kms. Via Shahpura,
- Bharatpur 174 kms. Via Dausa,
- Bundi 300 kms. Via Ajmer, Kekri,
- Chittaurgarh 320 kms. Via Ajmer,
- Delhi 306 kms. Via Sariska, Alwar,
- Gwalior 347 kms. Via Agra,
- Jaisalmer 638 kms via Ajmer,
Bhilwara, Jodhpur, Dechchu, Pokaran, Chandan
- Jodhpur 343 kms. Via Ajmer, Bewar,
- Khajuraho 608 kms. Via Gwalior,
Datia, Jhansi, Nowgong
- Sariska 105 kms.
- Udiapur 407 kms. Via Ajmer,
TRAVEL AND COMMUNICATION
- J.K. Mother & Child Institute,
J.L. N. Marg 48581
- S.M.S. Hospital, Ram Singh Road
- Santokba Durlabhji
Hospital,Bhawani Singh Rd. 566251
- Unani Hospital, Galta Rd. Suraj
- Getwell Polyclinic, J.L.N. Marg
- Ayurvedic Hospital, Jorawar Singh
- Zanana Hospital, near Chandpole
Gate, Station Rd. 378721
- Mahila Chikitsalaya, Sanganeri
- Red Cross, Sanganeri Gate
- Clagary Eye Hospital, Malviya
- Rajputana Hospital, Vaishali Nagar
- Airlines :
Air India, Opp. All India Radio
- British Airways, Park Street
- Lufthansa, 126, 127, Sarogi
- Air-France, Jaipur Tower, M.I.
- Royal Jordan, Jaipur Tower M. I.
- Singapore Airlines , Jaipur Tower
M. I. Road 377051
- Gulf Airways, Jaipur Tower M. I.
- Thai Airlines, Jaipur Tower M. I.
- K.L.M., Jaipur Tower M. I. Road
- Kuwait Airways, Jaipur Tower M. I.
- Cathay Pacific, St. Road, Near
Polo Victory 375625
- Alitalia, Opp HMT showroom, M.I.
- Indian Airlines, Nehru Place, Tonk
- East West Airlines, Vishal
Chamber, Tonk Road 370374
- Jet Airways , Opp. A.I.R. M.I.
- Railways :
- Railway Enquiry 131 -
- Railway Reservation 135
reservation time: 8 am. To 8 pm. (Sunday 8 am. To 2 pm.)
- Roadways :
- Central Bus Stand, Station Rd.,
- For Deluxe Buses
- For Express Buses 366579, 381272
- Area : Jaipur City (Municipal limits 64.75 sq.
km. ,Pink City 9.8 sq. km.)
- Altitude : 431 metres
- Climate : Mean
Max. Mean Min.
- Summer : 45.0 degree C 25.8 degree C
- Winter : 22.0
degree C 8.3 degree C
- Best Season : Spetember- March
- Clothing :
Summer light tropical
- Winter : light woollen
- Languages : English,