the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the pink city
because of the pink colored buildings in its old city. It sits on a
dry lakebed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills
surmonted by forts and crenelated walls. This buzzing metropolis is
certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes.
laden camel carts thread their way through streets jam packed with
cars, rickshaws, bycycles and pedestrians frantically dodging the
crazy traffic. Traditionally dressed Rajput men sporting bright
turbans and swashbuckling moustaches discuss village politics
outside restaurants serving spaghetti and American ice cream sodas.
Jaipur has long outstripped the confines of its city walls and is
today amongst the most tumultuous and polluted places in Rajasthan.
Despite this, it seldom disappoints first time visitors.Places
Fairs & Festivals
- Amer Fort
At a short distance of 11 kms . from
Jaipur, the Amer Fort complex stands amidst wooded hills
overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway, with its forbidding
ramparts reflected in the still waters of the Maota Lake below.
One of the finest examples of Rajput architecture, it was the
ancient capital of the Kachhawah rulers. The original palace was
built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai
- Jaigarh Fort
The western skyline is dominated by
the extensive walls, watch towers and gatewasys of the Jaigarh
Fort. It is one of the few military structures of medieval India
preserved almost intact, containing palaces, agrdens open and
covered reservoirs, a granary, an armoury, a well-planned cannon
foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted
acnnon-the Jain Ban, the largest cannon in the world.
- Nahargarh Fort
Perched atop a pricturesque hill,
the Nahargarh Fort offers a breathtaking view of the city below.
Initially built by Sawai Jain Singh in 1734 A.D. It was enlarged
and given its present shape by Sawai Madho Singh in1885 A.D.
Decorative motifs in some of the rooms are delightful.
- City Palace
The City Palce is an imposing blend
of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. The
City Palace complex houses several palatial structures. The
first building in it is Mubarak Mahal, built by Kaharaja Madho
Singh. It has a beautifully carved marble gate with heavy brass
doors on either side of this gate. Beyond this gate lies the
Diwan -e-Khas, or the "Hall of Private Audience".
- Govind Devji Temple
To the north of Chandra Mahal
in the midst of the sprawling Jai Niwas Garden is the spireless
temple of Lord Krishna. The idol wsa brought from Vrindavan and
installed here by Sawai Jai Singh II as the tutelary deity.
Today, the temple attracts devotees, from all over the country.
How to reach
- Elephant Festival
14 March, 2006, the elephant
enthrall the spectators on the day of the Colourful festival of
Holi at Chaugan stadium. Beautifully decorated elephants
assemble for royal procession, Elephant polo match, races etc. &
Rajasthan Folk music & dance performances are part of the
28-29 July, 2006, festival marking the
advent of monsoon, swings are hung
trees and decorated with flowers. Young girls sing songs of love
and about the rain. The festival is dedicated to parvati,
commemorating the day when she was united with Lord Shiva, A
magnificent procession is taken out from City Palace, similar to
the Gangaur procession, for two consecutive days.
1-2 April, 2006, this festival is
celebrated by the maidens and married women, and is dedicated to
Gauri, the incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord
Shiva. A Colourful procession is taken out from Zanana Deodhi of
the City Palace, passing through Tripolia Bazar, Gangauri Bazar,
Chaugan and converging near Talkatora for two consecutive days.
Jaipur Airport, Sanganer is at a distance of
around 11km from the city center. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways
and domestivc carriers operate regular flighta to and from
Jaipur. There are direct flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur,
Jodhpur, Aurangabad, and some other cities from Jaipur.
The train service to Jaipur is available
from all the major parts of the country. An excellent connection
from Delhi is Shatabadi Express that provides a fast,
air-conditioned rail service. Other direct connections to Jaipur
are from Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Secunderabad,
Agra, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta.
Jaipur is well connected by road to various
parts of India. Delhi-Jaipur national highway is one of the
finest roads in India. Rajasthan roadways runs excellent regular
service of AC and Deluxe Coaches from Delhi.