Jaipur has its own city airport. The Sanganer Airport is 13 kms. from the city. The air terminal receives both domestic and international flights.Book with us
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To find some gold at times, you got to find pink! India bound travellers, looking for gilt edged experiences know this Kingdom of Pink as one of the Golden triangle, which with Delhi and Agra has been the pre-eminent travel circuit in the country, oozing an India king size. It also serves as the most generous gateway to Rajasthan leading the way to must see destinations like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Mount Abu. Undoubtedly the most masculine face of India, Jaipur goes by its rather curious sobriquet of Pink city. Though founded in the pink of health by Jai Singh II who after poring through books on architecture, and guided by the principles of Vaastu Shastra (the traditional Hindu science of architecture) and Shilpa Shastra (ancient Hindu science of design, arts and crafts), started construction in 1726, the tale of pink followed mush later..oops!! much later.
4 years, it took to build the city under the watchful guidance of architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Jai Singh II. With 9 blocks, two of which were relegated to the palaces and state buildings and the rest for the public, all guarded by massive ramparts and fortified gates. And then pink followed. In 1876. To welcome the Prince of Wales, known later as Edward VII, the then ruler of Jaipur, Sawai Ram Singh, had the city stucco painted in pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, known later to the world as Edward VII. Many of the avenues remained painted in pink, giving Jaipur a distinctive appearance and the sobriquet Pink city.
In the 19th century, the city grew rapidly and by 1900 it had a population of 160,000. The wide boulevards were paved and its chief industries were the working of metals and marble, fostered by a school of art founded in 1868. The city had three colleges, including a Sanskrit college (1865) and a girls’ school (1867) opened during the reign of the Maharaja Ram Singh II.
Jaipur has been known throughout history for its patronage of the fine arts and crafts, much in evidence today across boutiques selling antiques and handicrafts. Skilled artisans, artists and craftsmen from India and abroad invited by the rulers, settled in the city and Some of the crafts include the tie and dye craft Bandhni, block printing, stone carving and sculpture, tarkashi, zari, gota-patti, kinari and zardozi, silver jewellery, gems, kundan, meenakari and jewellery, Lakh ki Chudiya, miniature paintings, blue pottery, ivory carving, shellac work and leather ware. Enough to keep compulsive shoppers salivating.
Jaipur is also known for taking to the stage with its very own performing arts. The Jaipur Gharana for Kathak and Ghoomar are popular folk dance styles, while the Tamasha is an art form where Kathputli puppet dance is shown in play form.
Suffice to say this is a city that remains in the pink of tourism health for the right reasons. So here’s to Pink!!
Jaipur has its own city airport. The Sanganer Airport is 13 kms. from the city. The air terminal receives both domestic and international flights.Book with us
Connected by a good network of roads, Jaipur offers frequent and convenient connections from Delhi and major cities of India.Book with us
Jaipur is well connected to almost every part of India through Indian Railways. There are several trains commuting to the city. For a royal experience one can take the Palace on Wheels.Book with us
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The Jaipur Literature Festival, or simply the Lit Fest as some call it, is the world’s largest free literature festival in which country-wide authors, writers and literature lovers get together. The festival has been a great global ambassador for cultural India. The International Kite Festival On the 14th January, on the day of the Makar Sankranti, the Kite Festival takes to the skies with color. Some believe that the exposure to the sun during this period while kite-flying, helps the immune system.
Gangaur Festival, is the celebration of spring, harvest and marital fidelity. It is celebrated with great fervour by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the wife of Lord Shiva. The Elephant festival during Holi. There are fierce elephant fights in the Jaipur Chaugan or polo field, the venue of the Elephant Festival. During Holi, the Chaugan is brought alive with elephants, dancers, musicians, and onlookers from the entire globe. The festival starts with an impressive procession of the majestic animals lovingly painted and tastefully attired with glittering ornaments and embroidered velvets.
Gangaur Festival, is the celebration of spring, harvest and marital fidelity. It is celebrated with great fervour by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the wife of Lord Shiva.
Off beaters could explore the city with start up adventure outfits like “Cycle In Jaipur” and “Virasat Experiences” that make you discover the city and keep you fit. These are bicycle tours or heritage walks that help you discover the often less explored parts of the city. You could also head off to the Chulgiri Hills and have the forest and the Aravallis for company. Or simply relax at the Kapoor Chand Kulish Smriti Van, a biodiversity forest situated on JLN road. Or stroll around in one of Asia’s largest circular parks at the Jawahar Circle garden surrounded by rose gardens. Slow down to gulp some custard kulfis. You could always walk off the calories.
Overlooking the Maota Lake (derived from the banyan trees that fringe the lake), perched on the Cheel ka Teela (the hill of the eagles) on a natural ridge, the imposing but old Amer Fort, also referred to as the Amer Palace stands guard like the old lion. Built by Raja Man Singh, one of the most trusted generals of Mughal emperor Akbar, in 1592 and clad in red sandstone and white marble the palace is laid out on 4 levels, each with its own courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-i-Aam, or "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-i-Khas, or "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace. Local legend goes that that just one candle suffices to light up the Sheesh Mahal with its mirrors. The Palace is connected to the Jaigarh fort by subterranean passages meant to provide a quick escape route for the royal family members. With colourful murals, frescoes, mosaic work, red sandstone, green marbles, stained glass, ornate gates, inlaid panels, sandalwood doors, this fort built as per ancient principles of architecture (Vaastu) is a exemplary blend of Mughal and Rajput architectures. Open from 8 am to 5.30 pm for visitors, a must watch is the Amer sound & light Show that takes place below the fort on the lawns near Maota Lake from 6 PM onwards. You could also catch a lively Kathak performance on a full moon night, at the Deewan-e-Aam of Amer Fort.
Opened in 1887, designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, the Government Central Museum also known as the Albert Royal Museum, taking after Edward VII who laid the foundation stone and built along the lines of the Victoria & Albert museum in London. An example of Indo Saracenic architecture, the Central museum is a rich repository of paintings, dioramas, ivory, stone and metal sculptures, coins, textiles, pottery, carpets and delicate works in crystal. Further seekers would be even greeted by an Egyptian mummy that belonged to the Ptolemaic epoch. Catch the motifs in Mehndi Mandana, a speciality of the women of Rajasthan as well as puppetry shows and music performances at the central gallery. Corridors are dressed with murals of different styles and drawing inspiration from the works of several ancient civilisations – Egyptian, Chinese, Greek and Babylonian – apart from rendering the Ramayan and reproducing illustrations found in the Persian Razmnama prepared for Mughal emperor Akbar. Renowned author Rudyard Kipling, himself the son of a curator was so impressed with the exhibits and the complex that he is said to have remarked, “it is now a rebuke to all other museums in India from Calcutta downwards”.
Food adventures at Jaipur are both extensive and prolific. The Indian Coffee House, at M. I. Road serves up some of the finest steaming coffees apart from a strong whiff of nostalgia aided and abetted by the old paint, faded decor, and liveried turbaned bearers. For some local snacks like the famous Jaipur ki Kachori, do stop by the Lakshmi Misthan Bhandar in Johri Bazaar or munch away at some made to order, delectable cakes, pastries, and muffins at Zolocrust, the bakery at Hotel Clarks Amer. The more adventurous could head to small but formidably reputed stalls - Kalkatta Chaat and Gangawala Dhaba near the secretariat in Jaipur for street fare, or the best egg concoctions including omelette kulchas, egg pizzas and rolls at Sanjay restaurant in Bapu Nagar. Top it off with smooth Softys and milk shakes at Saras Parlour or a Lassi at Lassiwala on M.I. Road.
The Jantar Mantar, stands next to the Jaipur City Palace, quietly observing time in connivance with celestial bodies and planets. This observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh II, a keen student of astronomy uses 19 Jantars (instruments) that perform the Mantar (from mantrana, literally calculation) to determine the time, date, eclipse and movements of the Sun, Moon and Planets. This UNESCO World Heritage site features masonry, stone and brass instruments that were built using astronomy and design principles of ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts. It is believed that Jai Singh was Inspired by the renowned Arab astronomer, Prince Ulugh Beg, who built the 15th-century observatory at Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The Vrihat Samrat Yantra, (which means the "great king of instruments") is a colossal is 88 feet (27 m) high and tells the time with its shadow to within half a second of accuracy. Its face is angled at 27 degree to match the latitude of Jaipur. The Hindu chhatri (small cupola) on the top is used as a platform for announcing eclipses and the arrival of monsoons. Its shadow moves visibly at 1 mm per second and approx. a hand's breadth (6 cm) every minute, which is a sight for ardent timekeepers. The gnomon sundial (called Shanku, शङ्कु ) and their origins are discussed in the 1st millennium BCE Vedangas (ancient Sanskrit texts).
Modern Art Gallery is a small charming gallery housed in an old theatre located on the first floor of the Ravindra Manch Auditorium in Ram Niwas Bagh, a beautiful 33 acres lush green garden in Jaipur. This was built by Maharaja Ram Singh in the 19th century and exhibits the works of well known modern artists and sculptors of Rajasthan. Interestingly the garden was conceived by Maharaja Ram Sigh as a famine relief project to afford a livelihood to people affected by the famine. This park houses a sports complex, a museum, a herbarium, an aviary and a zoo. The gallery is closed on Fridays and public holidays.
Housing the Chandra Mahal, the residence of the royal family, the City Palace is a sprawling complex of palaces, gardens, temples, fountains, courts and stables with some parts accessible to the public. Built between 1729 and 1732, the city palace has museums dedicated to textiles, royal costumes, manuscripts, jewellery, armoury, royal carriages and several gathering halls and handicraft centres. Curious weaponry include the scissor-action dagger, (which when thrust into an enemy's body is said to disembowel the victim, on its withdrawal) and swords with pistols attached to them. The Bhaggi Khana is a conservatory of palanquins and European cabs or or buggies. On display are the Mahadol, a palanquin with a single bamboo bar that was used to carry the priests and the Ratha (chariot) that was used for carrying the idols of Hindu gods in procession on festive occasions. The spiritually inclined could visit Govind Dev Ji's temple in the City Palace. It's believed that the image of Lord Krishna in this temple is exactly how he looked like when he was reincarnated on Earth.
The lanes and bylanes of the pink city market and workshops on Amer road are great for picking up block printing and tie and dye stuff. For Leheriya Dupattas and sarees the Chaura Rasta and Bapu Bazaar are the markets to visit. And if you get the winter chills count on the Jaipuri razai (blanket) to keep you warm till summer. Made from just 250 grams of cotton, it easily fits in a small carry bag. Other must picks include bedsheets in Bagru and Sanganeri prints, the traditional block printing techniques of Jaipur, and blue pottery souvenirs, a craft native to Jaipur but of Turkish-Persian origins.
Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds is a five storeyed bright pink façade set with 953 latticed Jharokha windows and was built for women from the royal family to observe street processions and festivities. The lattice also allows cool air from the Venturi effect (doctor breeze) through the intricate pattern, air conditioning the whole area during the high temperatures in summers. Possibly the most photographed monument of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal flatters to deceive with its front façade giving an illusion of a sturdy palace. Built with red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, and extends to the “zenana” (the women's chambers). With a design inspired by the crown of Lord Krishna, the architect Lal Chand Ustad blended Hindu Rajput and Mughal architecture. Housing a small museum and surrounded by food stalls, Hawa Mahal located to the south ofJaipur city, at the main road intersection called the Badi Chaupad (big four square) and is open to visitors till 4.30 PM.
a quirky address, at the end of the main post office, this curious museum has stamps, telegrams and knickknacks like brass belt buckles and badges for mail runners and packers. It is said that postmen of those days were armed to the teeth with pistols and swords to ward off robbers and animals.
Iswari minar Swarg Sal is a 35 meters high Minaret which goes by the name Isarlaat and commands the finest panoramic views of the Pink City of Jaipur. Splendid sunsets in the company of pigeons, mynahs and other birds are guaranteed. A ramp leads up to the top of the Ishwari Minar Swarga Sal tower. The entrance is around the back of the row of shops fronting the Chandpol Bazaar. Alternativelyyou could fly high in the Jaipur sky and enjoy the best hot air balloon safari experience with SkyWaltz. Isarlaat is the tallest building in the old town and was built within the walls of the royal palace by Maharaja Ishwari Singh, successor to Jai Singh II. There is a tragic legend associated with the Maharaja. Ishwari Singh, who was unwilling to face the advancing army of the Marathas, ended his life humiliatingly by getting bitten by a snake. Following this, his 21 wives and paramours also committed the then accepted ritual of Sati or Jauhar (self immolation on the funeral pyre of their husband).
The Ghewar, a disc shaped sweet cake made of flour and sugar is associated with the Teej (Monsoon) festival and an auspicious customary gift of good will amongst the locals. Over time the humble sweet has had variations added and infused including rabri (thickened milk) and khoya (solidified milk), pistas, almonds and saffron.
One of the signature tracks from the popular Indian classic movie Mughal-E-Azam, was shot in Sheesh Mahal (the palace of mirrors). The movie was based on a 16th century legend - a doomed love story of the Mughal Prince Salim (who went on to become Emperor Jahangir) and Anarkali, a court dancer. Salim's father, Emperor Akbar, disapproves of the relationship, which leads to a confrontation between father and son. The movie went onto become one of the biggest box office grossers.
Seen at the top of the Chandra Mahal is the flag of the royal family, which is seen unfurled when the Maharaja is in the palace. It is a one and quarter sized flag. However, when the king is away, the queen's flag is hoisted on the building.
The Ravindra Manch, one of the oldest theaters in Jaipur and a hub for cultural activities has thrown up some of the finest stage performers in the country.
Maota Lake, which lies beside Amer Fort at the foot of a cliff, is said to contain a Lingam. According to ancient folklore, the state of Amber will come to an end when the stone is completely submerged. Many believe that Amber is a derivative of Ambikeswar, one of the many names of the Hindu god Shiva.
2 giant sterling silver vessels custom made by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II to accompany him on his trip to London in 1901 to attend the coronation of Edward VII, hold your attention at the Diwan – I – Aam (hall of public audience) at the City Palace. Being an orthodox Hindu, the Maharaja carried the water of the ganges in the vessels lest he commit a religious sin by drinking the English water. Standing 1.6 metres (5.2 ft) tall, with a capacity of 4000 litres, the vessels were made from 14000 melted silver coins and weigh 340 kilograms (750 lb). Today they also carry the weight of the Guinness Book of World records. The vessels are aptly named “Gangajelies” (Ganges-water urns).