Jaipur – The Pink City

jaipur the pink city

Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and spacious gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.

Once the capital city of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodhaji – chief of the Rathore Clan of Rajputs who claimed descent from Lord Rama. A major trade centre of 16th century, the city, today, has grown to become the second largest city of Rajasthan, retaining the medieval splendour.

General Information About Jaipur

State: Rajasthan
STD Code: 0141
Area : 64.75 sq. km. Jaipur City
Altitude : 431 metres
Population : 1.9 million
Climate : Summer 45°C (MAX)-25.8°C (MIN)
Winter 22°C (MAX)- 8.3°C (MIN)
Rainfall : 64 centimeters
Best Season : September – March
Clothing : Summer – Light tropical
Winter – Light Woollen
Language : Rajasthani, Hindi, English

Getting There

  • By Air: Jaipur’s Sanganer Airport is 15 km from downtown, a drive to 30 minutes from most hotels. Jaipur is well connected by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways with Ahmedabad, Delhi, Goa, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Udaipur.
  • By Rail: An excellent connection from Delhi is Shatabdi Express which provides a fast, air-conditioned rail service. Other connection to Jaipur are from Delhi, Agra, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Udaipur, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Secunderabad.
  • By Road: Good motorable roads connect Jaipur with Delhi, Agra, Bikaner, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer and Mumbai.

Jaipur Sight Seeing

Historic Places

  • Hawa Mahal (The Palace of Winds):
  • The Pyramid shaped palace in pink sandstone is naturally airconditioned through the numerous perforated stone screens (jali) dotting its facade. The purpose of the palace was to provide the royal ladies from where they could watch royal processions in the bazaar below, hidden from the public eye.
  • City Palace & Museum : Centrally located in Jaipur, the city palace complex almost a seventh of the citie’s area. The principal enterance is the Sirh Deorhi Aatish gate being the auxillary one.
  • Jantar Mantar : This is the largest observatory among those built by the astronomer king Sawai Jai Singh II in various parts of the country. Also called as the “Yantralaya”. Its various instruments (yantras) were used to observe the movements of heavenly bodies as also to measure the local time and predict eclipses.
  • Amer Fort : Encircled by the pristine Maota lake & enveloped by lush green hillocks stands the majestic Amer Fort. 11 km from Jaipur, overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway, the fort used to be abode of the Kachchwala rulers, 7 centuries before Jaipur was built.
  • It is approached by a step path which may be traversed on elephant back. The main attraction inside the breathtaking Sheesh Mahal (palace of mirrors), a fascinating view of the Kesar Kyari in the Maota lake can be had from the ramparts of the fort.
  • Jai Mahal : 8 Kms. from Jaipur is the lovely picture perfect Man Sarobar lake, which houses the wonderful Water Palace (built in 1735) Jai Mahal.
  • Maharani Ki Chattar & Gaitore : The Chattari is a complex dedicated to the memory of the queens of Jaipur. Also, enroute is Gaitore, where cenotaphs of the various rulers of Jaipur have been built. Intricately carved designs and elegant bas relief depicting the tastes of the person whom the cenotaph commemorates impart an aura of grandeur to the place.

Nature Sites

  • Sisodia Rani ka Bagh : Located along the road of Agra 8 kms from Jaipur, this magnificient garden was built by Maharaja Sawai Singh II for his Sisodiya queen. It also has a palace flanked by galleries on three sides. The beautiful multilevel gardens are dotted by bubbling waterways, fountains, pools and enchanting pieces of scultpture.
  • Ram Niwas Bagh : Originally built as a famine relief project the Bagh comprises a zoological garden, a museum and numerous sports grounds. The landscaped zoo, apart from being the home of a large variety of flora and fauna is also the breeding ground of crocodiles and pythons. The Albert Hall museum inside the Bagh has a vast collection of brass ware sculptures, paintings, crafts. Et al, reflecting the rich heritage of the city. The celebrated Persian carpet and Egyptian Mummy are principal attractions here.
  • Ramgarh Lake : 35 Kms. from Jaipur on NH 8, the sprawling artificial lake enveloped by emerald green hills is an excellent picnic spot. Boating and fishing are allowed and tourist accommodation is available at the Jheel Tourist Village.

Religious Places

  • Galtaji: This ancient pilgrim centre lies amidst the low hills which flank the city. A small sun temple located at the highest peak provides a fascinating view of the city below. Numerous temples, pavillions and holy pools (kunds) occupy the sprawling green premises. The natural springs here are said to possess curative properties. The legend is that Galtaji was the place where the sage Galava performed penance 15 centuries ago.
  • Jain Temple : This serene palace of worship of Jains has graceful 19th century paintings lining its interior walls. It is situated on the Agra road.
  • Moti Doongri : Located on a hill top, south of Jaipur Doongri, closely resembles a scottish castle.
  • Lakshmi Narayan Mandir : Near to Moti Doongri, is the Laxmi Narayan Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. This white Marble wonder was built only recently.

Jaipur Fairs & Festivals

  • Teej (July-August) is probably the best known, and marks the onset of the monsoon. Women in full festive dresses symbolically play on flower-decorated swings.
  • Gangaur Festival (March-April) is another festival concentrating on women when they pray of Goddess Parvati, and a procession in full regalia is taken out through the city.
  • Elephant Festival (March) Playing holi on these majestic mammals is a unique sight during the festival.

Jaipur  Heritage Hotels

The Raj Palace – Raj Palace is a Grand heritage hotel and the member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world. They were voted as the “World’s Leading heritage hotel” by The World Travel awards 2007.

Address & Contact Info:
Jorawer Singh Gate
Amer Road
Jaipur 302002
Tel : + 91-141-2634077 / +91-141-2634078
Fax : +91-141-2630489 / +91-141-2373119
Email : rajpalac@sancharnet.in,
gkvhotel@sancharnet.in

RamBagh Palace – The ‘Jewel of Jaipur’ as it is fondly called, remained the home of the Jaipur royal family until 1957, when it was first converted into a luxury hotel by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. But it wasn’t until 1972 that Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces took over the reins. It is now the ‘jewel in the crown’ among the authentic palaces of the Taj in India.

Address & Contact Info:
Bhawani Singh Road
Jaipur – 302 005
Rajasthan
India
Tel: (91-141) 2211 919
Fax: (91-141) 2385 098
Email: rambagh.jaipur@tajhotels.com

Bissau Palace – Bissau Palace is an elegant traditional hotel built in 1919 and recently renovated. Close to the walled city and overlooking the Tiger fort the Bissau offers an oasis of calm, care, comfort and respite from the ‘heat and dust’ of the city.
The guest rooms are spacious and comfortable.

Address & Contact Info:
The Bissau Palace
(A Part of Bissau Palace Heritage Project)
Outside Chandpole, Jaipur – 302016.
Tel: (91-141) 230-4371 , 230-4391
Fax: (91-141) 230-4628
E-mail: bissau@sancharnet.in, bissaujp@datainfosys.net

Narain Niwas Palace – The Hotel Narain Niwas Palace, a Heritage Hotel is the perfect place for you to experience history and the royal heritage of Rajasthan. Centrally located in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and the Pink City of India, the palace was built in the 19th century by General Amar Singh Ji, the then Thakur of Kanota.

Address & Contact Info:
Kanota Bagh, Narain Singh Road,
Jaipur 302004
(Rajasthan) India
Tel: (91-141) 2561291, 2563448
Fax: (91-141) 2561045
E-Mail: info@hotelnarainniwas.com | kanota@sancharnet.in

Jaipur Luxury Hotels

Oberoi Raj Vilas – The Oberoi Rajvilās is a unique way to experience Jaipur, one of India’s most vibrant and exotic destinations. A luxury resort with its own distinctive character, it revives the gracious lifestyles of India’s legendary Rajput princes.

Address & Contact Info:
The Oberoi Rajvilas
Jaipur,
Rajasthan – 303012
INDIA
Telephone: +91 141 268 0101
Facsimile: +91 141 268 0202
E-mail : gm@oberoi-rajvilas.com

Hotel Clarks Amer – The Pink City beckons you with its colorful traditions. When you check into Clarks Amer Jaipur the tranquility, the ambience, the culinary delights add to a wonderful experience.

Address & Contact Info:
U.P. Hotels Limited,
Jawaharlal Nehru Marg,
Jaipur 302 018. India.
Tel. : (+91-141) 2550616-19, 2550702 – 06.
Fax :(+91-141) 2550013, 2550319
Mobile: 93515 55617, 93515 55610
E-Mail: email@clarksamer.com, resv@clarksamer.com

Sheraton Rajputana Palace Hotel – Experience the finest Jaipur has to offer at the Sheraton Rajputana Palace Hotel, Jaipur. We’re proud to offer the best accommodations in the city with a host of comforts and services in settings that reflect the spirit of Rajasthan and its royalty.

Address & Contact Info:
Palace Road
Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006
India
Phone: (91)(141) 5100100
Fax: (91)(141) 5102102

Jaipur Budget Hotels

Hotel Arya Niwas – Situated in Jaipur, Rajasthan,Hotel Arya Niwas offers quality, budget hotel and travel options. A family managed hotel with open spaces, gardens and emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene.

Address & Contact Info:
Behind Amber Towers
Sansar Chandra Road,
JAIPUR – 302001 (INDIA)
Phone : +91 (141) 2372456, +91 (141) 2371773,+91 (141) 5106010
Fax : +91 (141) 2361871
E-mail : info@aryaniwas.com, aryahotel@sancharnet.in

Maurya Palace – Standing tall in the heart of the Jaipur, 56 rooms hotel. Located at M.I. Road, Jaipur, the Hotel offers spacious deluxe rooms, luxurious suites, the Law Club for the traveling legal fraternity along with Business Rooms.

Address & Contact Info:
S-35A, Arvind Marg
M.I. Road, Jaipur
Phone : 0141-5101414, 0141-3231414
Fax : 0141-5104455
Helpline Mobile Number :– 9314959277
Email: reservation@hotelmauryapalace.com