If you are fascinated by forts, palaces and wish to have an insight on the lifestyle of the Maharajas, Jaipur is the city for you. Popularly known as Pink City, Jaipur is Rajasthan’s biggest city and its capital. The ‘pink’ of the Pink City is Gerua (or ochre) in which the city was coated during the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1905-06.
This vibrant city comprises of rich history, colourful culture, immense natural beauty and unique architecture which also makes it a prime destination of India. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the famous Golden Triangle of Indian tourism which is very popular among tourists visiting India. Jaipur serves as a gateway to other prominent tourist destinations of the state such as Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer.
Indulge yourself in the famous Rajputana Fairs and Festivals like, Kite Festival, Teej Festival and Gangaur Festival which are popular among Indians as well as foreign tourists. Various tantalizing delicacies like Dal BaatiChurma, GattekiSabzi, Missi Roti and Bajreki Roti, Ghevar, Moong Dal Halwa, MawaKachori and Gajak make Jaipur a foodie’s paradise.
The palace was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732. As most structures in Jaipur this palace also reflects the fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The City Palace complex is spread over a large area occupying one seventh of the old city of Jaipur. It has a sequence of gardens, buildings and courtyards, temple and museum to give it a grand view that reflects its historical importance and magnificent royal grace. Its outer boundary was built by Raja Jai Singh and other structures by his successors to add charm to it. It also served as a residence for former Maharaja of Jaipur.
The JantarMantar monument in Jaipur, houses various architectural and astrological instruments that have caught the interests of astronomers, historians and architects around the world. Built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II , and completed in 1734 CE, It features the world's largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The renowned 'Palace Of The Winds', or Hawa Mahal, is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur city. Located in the heart of Jaipur, this beautiful five-storey palace was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja SawaiPratap Singh who belonged to Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty. The main intention behind the construction of the Mahal was fecilitate the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, and extends to the zenana, or women's chambers.
Jal Mahal or The Water Palace is certainly the most peaceful sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur. Jal Mahal is an exquisite palace built at the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. The palace stands bright with five floors, four of which remain under water.
The Amer Fort, situated in Amber, 11 kilometers from Jaipur, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. Amer, originally, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. This magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble.